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Details on Jill Abramson/Steve Brill Venture

During an talk at the Journalism and Women Symposium’s annual Conference and Mentoring Project, Jill Abramson gave a few more details about her startup with Steve Brill. According to Poynter, the news venture will produce one feature a month, paying writers up to $100,000 to do so.

Abramson said the articles — described as “one perfect whale of a story” — will be longer than a typical magazine piece, but shorter than a book. The content will be available to readers via a subscription.

Abramson wouldn’t identify who is investing in the project, and admitted Brill and her didn’t have a name for it yet. But we’re sure that’s enough details to get writers who are looking for work thinking.

Condé Nast Exec Fired After Alleged Theft

CondeNastLogoDeb Lee has been fired by Condé Nast for allegedly stealing $50,000 from the company over the past few years.

Lee had most recently served as GQ’s senior director of entertainment and partnerships. She previously worked for Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue.

The New York Post reports that Howard MittmanGQ’s relatively new publisher — decided to let Lee go a few weeks ago when the allegations were brought to light.

There is no word on how, exactly, Lee allegedly stole the money. A Condé spokesperson would only confirm that Lee was no longer with the company.

Denise Warren Leaves NY Times After 26 Years

31warren-190Denise Warren, a veteran of The New York Times for more than two decades, is leaving the paper. According to a memo from Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson, her decision to depart was a result of her role being split into two roles.

Warren had most recently served as executive vice president for digital products. The role was split into executive vice president for marketing and executive vice president for digital.

“Denise Warren has made the decision not to occupy either of these positions and will leave the Times after a 26-year career that saw her serve in a wide range of strategically important positions throughout the organization,” wrote Sulzberger and Thompson.

Warren joined the Times in 1988 as a financial analyst. She has served a variety of key roles for the paper, including chief advertising officer and general manager of NYTimes.com. She also oversaw the Times’ now-successful implementation of a paywall in 2011.

You can read Sulzberger and Thompson’s full note below.

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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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Tom Bergeron Makes Up for Osama bin Laden Interruption

When Tom Bergeron sat down this week with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd, there was an immediate, obvious connection. Redd, as Miss Virginia, competed in 2003 in the Miss America pageant, the same year that Bergeron hosted.

Later on in the conversation, Bergeron was reunited via Skype from Redwood City, CA with Dave Bradley, whose son’s unusual readings of picture book words (toucan became crocodile, shark became dolphin) netted a $10,000 prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Explained dad:

“We had a big viewing party at our house for our episode. And just before you announced the winner, ABC News came one with news of Osama bin Laden’s death. So we never got to hear you announce us as the winners. So I have a request that you would tell my son Luke, in your best announcer voice, that he’s the big winner on America’s Funniest Videos.”

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Bill Simmons Pokes the Bear

ESPN’s suspension of Bill Simmons for ranting about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ended Wednesday, October 15. Last night, he was back at it again, poking the bear. Simmons’ tweet correctly points out that if the NFL isn’t hiding something, why did Goodell have to be forced to testify in the Ray Rice hearing?

Simmons’ attack on Goodell was much more brutal the first time — he called Goodell a liar, described the situation as “f-ing bullshit,” and dared ESPN to suspend him. Nevertheless, it’s amazing that Simmons is back taking shots at the commissioner so soon.

Most of the replies to this tweet say something along the lines of “Don’t get fired Bill.” Perhaps it’s time to start wondering if that’s exactly what he wants.

‘Mad Men’s’ Matt Weiner: ‘Find a Way to Turn Rejection into Something that Inspires You’

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ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, and CBS chief research officer David Poltrack are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas.

MediabistroTV caught up with several TV luminaries, including Kelly, Costas, “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner and even former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, to get their keys to success. WATCH:

Jill Abramson Joining Steve Brill on Startup

Jill Abramson, the former New York Times executive editor who was fired last May, has finally shed some light on what her future holds. During WBUR event “Fast Forward,” Abramson said she’s teaming up with Steve Brill on a startup that “will be doing one big story a year.” She also noted that she’s currently pitching the startup to investors, who “sound very interested.”

The pairing would actually be a homecoming of sorts. Brill — who founded American Lawyer in 1979 — made Abramson one of his first hires. Brill’s most recent brush with notoriety came when he penned the massive “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” cover story for Time.

Abramson already has a teaching job at Harvard lined up. She also had stated that she’d “like to be working at the highest quality kind of magazine,” and if she and Brill are doing only one story per year, perhaps she still wants to do that.

We imagine more details about the duo’s project will emerge soon. We’ll keep you posted, because we’re just as interested as you are.

Meredith CEO Stephen Lacy Talks Media

stephen lacy GMeredith Corporation just announced a mega licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, so there’s plenty for Meredith’s CEO — Stephen Lacy — to talk about. In an interview with WWD, Lacy discusses that partnership and more. Below are some highlights.

On how the MSLO deal happened:

I just have a long-standing philosophy that, when a leader comes into one of our peer businesses, I just reach out. When Dan Dietz, the new CEO, came on board at Martha, he and I had a get-acquainted meeting, just over a year ago. It was just a matter of, is there anything we can do to capitalize on our collective strength that would be good for both sets of our shareholders?

On the economic future of Meredith:

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Chelsea Handler Has Her Sights Set on Silicon Valley

Apple employees, App developers and everyone in between. Get ready!

During an interview today with HuffPost Live’s Roy Sekoff, Chelsea Handler touched on the topics she plans to cover next year on Netflix. In between her comedy special Uganda Be Kidding Me, debuting tomorrow, and the talk show reboot in 2016, Handler will produce and anchor four one-hour 2015 specials:

“We’ve been in New York, meeting with all these producers and kind-of documentarians,” Handler explained. “It’s not going to be serious; I’m not a journalist. But I want to have somebody who’s really good in that world, and combine it with my world. And then I think we can come up with something amazing. And then I’ll be so interested in my job. I can’t even believe how interested I am, already.”

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