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Barbra Streisand Town Hall Anchors Limited-Time SiriusXM Channel [Updated]

ShutterstockBarbraStreisandLaunching Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET and running through Friday October 10, SiriusXM’s Barbra Streisand Channel will allow fans to bask in a non-stop flow of the singer’s catalog. From her 1963 debut right through to her new album Partners, releasing September 16.

It’s a clever way to promote Streisand’s new LP and comes with the benefit of an exclusive interview on Sunday. From today’s announcement:

The Barbra Streisand Channel will feature an exclusive “Town Hall” special with Streisand. Streisand will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

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SpinMedia Cuts Tom Morrissy After Just Five Months

SpinMediaLogoSpinMedia has cut its chief revenue officer, Tom Morrissy, after only five months on the job.

Morrissy, a former publisher of Entertainment Weekly and OK!, came to the company from Selectable Media, where he served as chief revenue officer as well.

The New York Post reports that Morrissy was let go in an effort to cut costs at the still unprofitable company.

SpinMedia is nothing if not well, spinning. The company named its fourth CEO in less than two years just a few weeks ago.

That Time Joan Rivers Did the Cover of Cosmoparody

For The Observer, Lisa DePaulo has compiled a life-affirming hit parade of memories from journalists, journalism students and others who crossed paths along the years with Joan Rivers. Among those sharing anecdotes is our very own Lunch columnist Diane Clehane.

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But the reminiscence we want to focus on here comes from Edward Shain, president of TSM Publishing. It harks back to the mid-1980s, when Rivers was at the peak of her live-performance powers:

In the spring of 1984, my partner Jerry Taylor and I were putting together a parody of Cosmopolitan magazine. We were struggling for a good cover idea and someone came up with trying to get Joan Rivers to do a cover shoot. We didn’t think it was possible but we were going to try, and so we called her agent. Next thing we know, we are sitting across from Joan and her husband Edgar in an elegant suite discussing in detail what the cover joke was going to be. She’s smart, funny, knowledgeable and straightforward. She has no entourage. It’s just the four of us. We come to an agreement on her fee and it’s done. We’re in a state of disbelief. We got Joan Rivers — THE Joan Rivers — for our Cosmoparody cover?!

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Chris Brown Gives Billboard Understatement of The Year

Maybe you were out of control when you beat Rihanna, Chris. Maybe.

Who You Gonna Call for ‘Bill Murray Day’?

Why, Bill Murray of course. However, the headline for Scott Roxborough‘s Hollywood Reporter item about today’s dedicated celebration at the Toronto International Film Festival – published a scant 24 hours before – suggests the actor’s participation was anything but a sure thing:

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Part of the reason for this is contact logistics:

“It’s going to be fun,” Ivan Reitman told THR, noting how rare an opportunity it will be to interact with Murray, who doesn’t have an agent, manager or publicist and still utilizes a mythical 800-number for voicemail. “He decided to lead this very independent, eclectic, remarkable existence. He deserves to do whatever he wants.”

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RIP: Joan Rivers

ShutterstockJoanRivers2011With this afternoon’s sad news that Joan Rivers has passed away, we turn to the FishbowlNY archives to pay tribute to a force of comedic nature. We covered Rivers quite a bit over the years and it is our sincere hope that in the Great Beyond, she and Johnny Carson can finally make peace. Here are three favorite coverage memories:

1) “Joan Rivers Remarries Gay Couple

Our most recent item involved Rivers ministering the marriage of a male couple. It was well-intended, during a book-tour stop on the west coast. And then, made officially legal at the Plaza Athenee New York.

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Jay Penske Tells WWD Employees About the Money They’ve Been Losing

FFMLogoNew York Times reporter Laura M. Holson has the details of meetings chaired by Jay Penske with Women’s Wear Daily staff the day after the announcement of his acquisition of Fairchild Fashion Media.

The meetings took place on Third Avenue, in a seventh floor conference room. But the number that jumps out from Holson’s article is much larger: $50 million, or the amount Penske told gathered employees that Fairchild has lost over the past five years:

Through a spokeswoman, Mr. Penske declined to be interviewed. But Gerry Byrne, the vice chairman of Penske Media Corporation, confirmed Mr. Penske’s plans for WWD’s digital and overseas expansion.

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So What Do You Do, Ricardo Baca, Marijuana Editor for The Denver Post?

RicardoMost of us both inside and outside the media world can appreciate the occasional (dated) joke about marijuana — but the world’s most popular weed is now big business, and some would argue that there’s no going back. For evidence, look no further than The Denver Post, the paper of record for the state that may now double as the safest place in the world to grow, sell and consume cannabis.

The Post launched The Cannabist, a vertical dedicated entirely to the business and culture of marijuana, in December 2013 right after Colorado passed laws legalizing what remains a tightly controlled substance in much of the United States and the world at large. The paper didn’t have to look too far to find a reporter who was more than ready to handle this new challenge.

Ricardo Baca, a veteran journalist who worked on the Post staff for more than a decade as a music critic and entertainment editor, now has a new title to add to his resume: the first American journalist dedicated to covering all aspects of the (legal) marijuana industry.

He spoke to us about challenges, controversies and day-to-day operations at his high-profile gig. Read more

Media Rushes to Keep Up with Latest Kim Kardashian Nude Spread

In terms of answered SEO prayers, it doesn’t get much better at the midpoint of the first work week of September for scrambling U.S. webmasters than “Kim Kardashian” + “Naked.”

The deliverer of this gift from the traffic gods is British GQ. Their 2014 Woman of the Year does a very good Beyonce impression, both on the cover and inside. Complex raves that the pictures snapped by Tom Munro “may be the sexiest we’ve ever seen.” E! Online suggests “post-baby Kim has still got it.” US Weekly declares “she’s a whole lotta woman.” And HollywoodLife leads with “no need for phone hacking.”

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Opposing Views Recommends the Wrong Slide Show

The battle being fought by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz is a serious one. It began with an essay in Time magazine this spring about being raped on the first day of school and has progressed to the senior now carrying around a mattress to protest the school’s handling of her case.

Opposing Views, a website based in Los Angeles that gets gargantuan Web traffic, does a good job of summarizing Sulkowicz’s campaign. But then, all is undone thanks to the following link at the bottom of the article:

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