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Jill Abramson, Joanna Coles Added to Media Summit

Mashable’s upcoming Media Summit was already an exciting event for media nerds like us, but now it’s got us downright giddy. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. However, we now have a few more reasons to attend the event: former New York Times exec editor Jill Abramson, Cosmo editor Joanna Coles and Orange is The New Black author Piper Kerman.

All three women are now part of Mashable’s Media Summit, which will feature media types discussing the future of storytelling across all formats. More details are available here.

The Summit is December 5, at the Hudson Theater.

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Shondaland’s Betsy Beers Inspires During Marie Claire’s New Guard Lunch

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From left: Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider, Jennifer Lee, Rashida Jones, Cindy Holland and Marie Claire publisher Nancy Cardone; Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty

On Thursday, Marie Claire held its second annual New Guard luncheon at the Hearst Tower, honoring 50 “badass innovators, mogulistas and shot callers.” This year’s theme was “Flipping the Script,” a nod to female writers and producers breaking through Hollywood’s glass ceiling. The afternoon began with a keynote speech from Betsy Beers, executive producer of ABC’s #TGIT lineup (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder). Words so inspiring — and refreshingly blunt — that even one of the male wait staff in the room could be overheard saying, “Wow, just wow.”

Beers explained that she has worked with executive producer and head writer Shonda Rhimes since 2002, when the duo pitched a salacious hospital drama to a roomful of male network execs. After one of those men insisted viewers would never relate to the lead character, a female medical intern who could get drunk and have a one-night stand the night before her first day on the job, Beers proceeded to describe her own real-life experience doing just that. That show, Grey’s Anatomy, is now in its 11th season and a frequent contender on the awards circuit. These days, when asked how she and Rhimes manage to produce three different hit shows simultaneously, the first thought Beers has is no one ever asks that of Dick Wolf (producer of the Law & Order franchise). Read more

Tina Brown Partners with Vice, Marshall Project for ‘American Justice Summit’

Tina Brown Live Media, the event company run by Tina Brown, has announced a new event — The American Justice Summit.  Vice and The Marshall Project are partnering with Brown on the event, which will “explore the personal, social, and financial inequities of a prison system.”

Speakers include Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Orange is The New Black author Piper Kerman, Harry Belafonte, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, and CNN and The New Yorker legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

“Criminal justice reform is a burning national issue,” said Brown, in a statement. “The mission of this Summit is to shine a light on an accelerating crisis and showcase the people who offer creative new solutions.”

The event is free and will be held November 10, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on 59th Street.

FGI Night of Stars Honors Fashion’s Protagonists, Including Oscar de la Renta

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Last night, a stylish group of entertainment and media personalities gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for The Fashion Group International’s 31st Annual Night of Stars event, honoring the creative contributions of about a dozen fashion designers and executives. This year’s theme was “The Protagonists: Those who play the leading roles in their own lives,” which could certainly describe the life of the late Oscar de la Renta. Among the evening’s highlights was a touching tribute to de la Renta by Superstar Award winner Diane von Furstenberg. Upon receiving her award, the designer recalled a tradition she had with her good friend:

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WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough is a ‘Giant of Broadcasting’

We attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today where prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities honored leaders of TV and radio. Chuck Scarborough longtime main anchor at WNBC’s was honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.” Scarborough joined WNBC in 1974 and has won 31 Emmy Awards in his storied career. Other honorees included former ABC, NBC and CBS executive Fred Silverman and Regis Philbin, who couldn’t attend due to a scheduling conflict, so his former “LIVE” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford accepted on his behalf. 170 Giants of Broadcasting have been honored since 2003, including Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Brian Williams, Tim Russert and Ken Burns. TVNewser has more on today’s event.

Tamron Hall and Kirsten Gillibrand Give Career Advice at Real Simple/Time Panel

tamronmcmahon1Last night, young women packed the Onyx Room at the Park Hyatt Hotel for a panel discussion hosted by Real Simple and Time magazine. The “Women & Success” panel was an extension of a poll the magazines did on women and their sentiments towards success. To kick off the night, Time’s managing editor Nancy Gibbs interviewed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who spoke candidly about the “jerks” she’s run into who talked more about her appearance than her legal prowess, the lack of an effective women’s movement right now, and how women can mentor each other. Guests received a copy of her new memoir Off the Sidelines. 

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We’re Hosting a Media Intern Party!

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The networking event will be held at Turtle Bay next Tuesday, August 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We’ll have drink specials, complimentary appetizers and even a chance to win a free Mediabistro course.

This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow city-dwelling media interns, swap stories and learn more about how Mediabistro can help you to land that all-important first job.

You can register for the party here. We hope to see you next week!

Join Us Tomorrow for a Career Lunch Hangout with a Veteran Freelance Copywriter

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Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET for our latest Career Lunch Google+ Hangout! Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios and MediaJobsDaily editor and career expert Vicki Salemi will be chatting with Kim Taylor, a veteran freelance copywriter and MediabistroEDU instructor.

Taylor has worked for a variety of agencies and brands, including David Levy, Brand Jam and American Express Platinum Travel. She’ll share her best advice for freelancers, on everything from managing your time wisely to scoring new clients and more.

Join the conversation with your questions and comments on TwitterFacebook or Google+ with the hashtag #mbhangouts.

Saveur Serves Up Gourmet Eats on the West Side Waterfront

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Foodies flocked to Saveur magazine’s annual barbecue last night at the 79th Street Boat Basin, where they could sample bites from 17 different chefs and restaurants. Highlights included seafood boudin blanc from Sean Rembold‘s Wythe Hotel; Dale Talde‘s lemongrass slippery pork noodles; grilled lamb sliders by Amanda Freitag; barbecued chicken wings and potato chips from Marc Meyer of Tenth Avenue Cookshop; and barbecued octopus grilled up by Chris Cipollone, executive chef at Piora. Food lovers also got to try dishes crafted by Joey Campanaro, Mike Price, Kerry Heffernan, Jenn Louis, Dana Cree, Einat Admony, Jonathan Benno, Richard Capizzi, Brent Young, Sara Bigelow and Justin Devillier. Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland and publisher Kristin Cohen co-hosted the event, which was packed with hungry diners. Click through the jump for more photos!

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks Reparations and Racism

ta-nehisi coates small Ta-Nehisi CoatesAtlantic cover story on reparations has sparked reactions from outrage to enthusiastic agreement, and he sat down yesterday with Anne-Marie Slaughter of the New America Foundation to discuss how we can address three centuries of systemic racism. He builds his case on the story of a 91-year-old black man who fled Depression-era Mississippi and moved to Chicago, only to discover that he couldn’t get the government-sponsored mortgage that he needed to buy a home.

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