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BuzzFeed HR Exec: ‘You Can’t Have an Ego Here’

BuzzFeedLogoThe latest installment of Cosmopolitan‘s “Interview Insider” is most apt, since it relates to a media company that has – per the interview subject – ‘hired a new employee every day for months.’ We’re talking BuzzFeed.

When writer Heather Wood Rudulph asked senior vice president of talent Joel Greengrass what BuzzFeed looks for in job candidates, he gave this very useful reply:

“You need to be self-directed and know how to solve a problem on your own. But you must be excited about the opportunity to work with others and understand that you’ll become better by bouncing ideas off of colleagues.”

“You can’t have an ego in a collaborative environment such as this. If you have too much pride of ownership of an idea, this is going to be a difficult place for you to work. The other piece I look for is leadership. I want to sit across my desk from someone — whether just out of college or working in the industry for 20 years — and think, I want to work for you!”

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Tony Soprano Lives! [Updated]

That’s the delayed but still startling news from The Sopranos creator David Chase.*

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Film and media critic Martha Nochimson caught Chase off-guard recently during a coffee shop conversation. Though the creator of the HBO TV series did not offer any details, he did confirm to her that the final episode’s infamous fade-to-black did not mean to suggest that Tony would go on to soon die. The writer’s immediate reaction:

Fine. Tony’s not dead. But what do we do with this bald fact? And isn’t Chase’s flat response exactly the point? The mere answer doesn’t really go anywhere unless we consider it as a part of the larger context of The Sopranos, and as a part of the much bigger story of Chase’s art…

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Greg Coleman Talks BuzzFeed

Greg Coleman, the new president of BuzzFeed, has an interesting way of talking about the company. In an interview with USA Today, Coleman described BuzzFeed as a rocket ship and said he was happy to be part of the “Huffington Post mafia,” which makes us wonder if he knows what “mafia” means.

Coleman explained that for now, he’s just trying to get up to speed. “I’m meeting, learning, listening,” Coleman said. “In the next couple of months, I’m gonna be catching up to the rocket ship, getting into the rocket ship. Then once I catch up, I’ll figure out how to add the value the team here wants me to add.” We hope he brought his space suit.

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Anonymous Website Group Claims to Have Outed Nikki Finke

A turbulent week of media coverage for Nikki Finke just got a whole lot more turbulent.

Following pieces by BuzzFeed‘s Kate Aurthur and NYT‘s Ravi Somaiya about Finke’s current settlement talks with PMC, a mysterious new website – nikkistink.com – has gone live today with footage it claims is that of the reclusive Hollywood journalist. For those in LA who care about such things – and there are many – the video and multi-camera-angle screen grabs depict a woman the site claims is Finke getting into a black Town car.

From the Hollywood Reporter item about this:

According to two sources who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter on the condition of anonymity, one of whom has met Finke in person in recent years, the woman in the NikkiStink.com video is the real Nikki Finke. A call and email to Finke were not immediately returned.

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So What Do You Do, Rina Stone, Creative Director at InStyle?

Rina-StoneAs creative director of InStyle since 2007, Rina Stone has seen her purview expand from the pages of a magazine to an entire brand universe that now encompasses everything from apps to stilettos (created as part of an ongoing collaboration with Nine West). And the hot-off-the-presses September issue is an even bigger deal than usual this year, as its 700+ pages celebrate not only fall fashion but 20 years of InStyle‘s signature inspirational yet attainable approach. As for how she balances multiple projects and tasks, Stone is quick to credit her fellow InStylers. “None of this work would be possible without the huge contribution of the many talented art directors, designers and photo editors on my team,” says Stone. “They can switch gears in an instant from a magazine feature to a digital mini book to — believe it or not — a behind-the-scenes video. They rock!” Fashionably speaking, agility is the new black. Read more

From Crystal… to Billy Crystal

On his 63rd birthday, Robin Williams shared the following photo via Instagram. It depicted him with Crystal, his co-star from the Night at the Museum film series.

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Last night, the most striking aspect of Billy Crystal‘s wonderful Primetime Emmys tribute to the late actor and comedian was the photo of Williams displayed throughout. The selection of that picture made Los Angeles Times photo editor Cindy Hively very proud:

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Donald Trump to Seth Meyers: You Should Never Have Been Hired

Apparently, The Donald still has not forgiven Seth Meyers for one of the all-time great set pieces [Trump material begins at 12:00 video mark] delivered by a White House Correspondents Association dinner host. Ahead of today’s big Primetime Emmys broadcast, Trump tweeted the following:

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FishbowlNY hopes that host Meyers will find a way to slip a reference about this tweet into the show. It’s not so much opening monologue material; but later on, as the broadcast inevitably drags a bit, it could stand as huuuuge goose-the-audience ammo. As in, “Maybe that Donald Trump tweet today was right…” Or, “That one was for you, Mr. Trump.”

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Superman Comic Sells for $3.2 Million

As with most eBay auctions, it came down to the final day.

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On Sunday, bidding for a pristine copy of Action Comics #1, the publication that introduced the Man of Steel, increased by a full million dollars. In the end, one bidder edged out another by just $100. Final purchase price: $3,207,852.00

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Spin Media Improvises a New CEO

SpinMediaOfficesThis ranks as one of the more unusual rises to the CEO chair at an Internet content company. Not to mention speediest.

Per Peter Sterne‘s Capital New York report, Stephen Blackwell started roaming the halls of Spin Media Group last month after Spin acquired the website he founded, deathandtaxes.com. Blackwell enthusiastically articulated his vision for the newly stabilized operation and, well, now he’s running the place:

“When I first got to Spin, and I started talking to everybody about, we’ve got an incredible brand here and a lot of opportunity for growth, I saw nothing but upside,” Blackwell said in a telephone interview with Capital. “I started expressing my vision on how we could help the brand grow, and that’s kind of when the conversation started about, well how does the CEO position look to you?”

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Hollywood Trade #IceBucketChallenge Devolves Into Twitter War

LAObserved got the ball rolling with some media coverage of TheWrap’s August 18 #icebucketchallenge and the admittedly funny visual of site founder Sharon Waxman seeming not to get wet while underlings to her left and right did.

However, as Waxman subsequently tweeted – and LAObserved’s Kevin Roderick updated – she did in fact sustain collateral ice-cube damage. The lack of an SW torrent was the result of TheWrap’s decision to opt, in drought-stricken SoCal, for the most optimally water-supply-friendly route.

But it is on Twitter where the real cold water was poured on TheWrap. After TheWrap senior film reporter Jeff Sneider did not take kindly to the LAObserved coverage, he got into it with David Poland (Movie City News) and Kristopher Tapley (HitFix/In Contention), both of whom with Poland harshly criticizing the above video. [Editor's Note: Tapley has taken exception with my characterization; please see comments, below.] Also chiming in more neutrally: Sneider’s former colleague Josh Dickey, now with Mashable, and Wall Street Journal film reporter Joe Flint.

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