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Archives: September 2006

Sundown on Sunset

We don’t care what anyone else says. We like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. What does this have to do with the week in review? Nothing. But we’re feeling like picking a fight today.

O.K. midnight oil burners: Here it is, the week you missed:

shakira.jpg Six Nominations Don’t Lie: Shakira is shaking her hips all the way to the bank — and with six Latin Grammy noms, looks like she’ll be shakin’ it for a long time to come.

jackson_rowe_wi.jpgMichael Jackson Settles Custody Battle: Buried deep in the story is this nugget: Jacko’s kids are Jewish. Happy New Year, kids. May you be written in the book of Life. Unless you don’t want to be — which we totally wouldn’t fault you for.

canhotdog.jpgNice Cans: Also, this is happening.

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The Week In Media Video: Clinton Points Finger, Wolff On Fire

BusinessWeek Slashes 14 | ScarJo Sexiest | New Yorkers’ Stalking Game | New Mag For ‘Alternative Weddings’


  • BusinessWeek: Slashes 14. [NYP]

  • New Yorkers: Play citywide “stalking” game. [Reuters]
  • ScarJo: Sexiest, says Esquire. [WWD]
  • Ex-Source Editor: Arrested on assault charges. [Page Six]
  • New Magazine: For “alternative Weddings.” [Mediaweek]
  • Rich People: Reading magazines more than ever. [Folio:]
  • FBLA Exclusive — Us Weekly Has a New LA News Director and Some Advice for the LAT

    usweekly.jpgMartha E. Flores, former morning assignment editor at the LAT, starts her new gig as Us Weekly’s West Coast News Director on Tuesday. But now, she’s slumming with us.

    Flores and her boss, Ken Baker, spoke about her new role (overseeing the reporters), the secret to Us Weekly’s success (boobs, clothes and celeb sex) and the future of the L.A. (Hard) Times.

    “We’re booming and expanding. We’re knocking down walls to make space,” Baker said. “I’m sure there’s a cultural critique to be made in all that — but without the judgement, just from a business model perspective, Us Weekly is successful because we give consumers exactly what they want. The L.A. Times clearly is not doing that.”

    Flores nodded gravely, probably somewhat aware that she’s a metaphor for all that is happening to media here and elsewhere.

    Of her new gig, Flores said: “With my background I’m going to approach the job from a different angle.”

    Here’s hoping the LAT can do the same — while still giving us more news than boobs.

    Lance Armstrong Rejects Nike’s ‘Speedo’ Shorts For NYC Marathon

    lance_armstrong_runnersworl.jpgThe November issue of Runner’s World will feature Tour De France winner and rubber bracelet manufacturer Lance Armstrong on its cover. Armstrong, who, in the spirit of Diddy and Oprah before him, is prepping to run his first New York City marathon November 5, gives an “exclusive interview” to magazine about his forthcoming five-borough devirgining, including his defiance of Nike’s outfit proposal:

    The Nike guys came down and were like, “Here’s what you’re going to wear in the marathon.” And they brought these little short things. I said, “No, I’m not.” I’m running in, like, basketball shorts. That’s what I run in every day.

    Armstrong’s ex-wife, Kristin, is a contributing editor to Runner’s World, who took up running shortly after their split.

    Runner’s World

    Should Page Six-Attacking Radar Disclose Its Relationship With Ron Burkle?

    hard-to-kill-radar.jpgThat’s what some gossip-tinged media insiders in New York are wondering, after Maer Roshan‘s third incarnation of Radar spent the past couple days pounding Page Six.

    As Eat The Press’ Rachel Sklar deftly explains:

    Both items mentioned Jared Paul Stern, the former Page Sixer who this spring was alleged to have attempted to blackmail supermarket magnate Ron Burkle. That’s the same Ron Burkle who has been alleged to be a part-owner of — wait for it — Radar. In March, before the Page Six scandal broke, the rumor surfaced on Women’s Wear Daily that Ron Burkle and Yusef Jackson were in talks to fund the then-defunct magazine (broken, in a poetic twist, by then-WWDers Sara James and Jeff Bercovici, the now-Radar staffer who wrote both the above-linked items). Jackson did indeed go on to fund Radar, and has specifically not confirmed (but not denied) that Burkle is involved (“I don’t discuss my investor group,” he told the Chicago Tribune, even though everyone else does: both the Trib and the NYT mentioned Burkle and Yousef’s partnership in making a play for the Chicago Sun-Times in 2004). Radar editor Maer Roshan would not so confirm, either, saying “To my knowledge, Yusef has not publically named any other investors in this venture, but your question about Ron Burkle’s involvement is best addressed to him.”


  • Page Six Reporter Fired
  • Jason Binn’s Niche Media Sold?

    niche_media_binn_sale.jpgMultiple sources tell FishbowlNY that Jason Binn [left, with Lizzie Grubman] is exploring a sale of his luxe publishing company, Niche Media, to Jerry Powers‘s SoBe News, who co-founded Ocean Drive with Binn, and Nevada-based Greenspun Media, which co-publishes Vegas magazine with Powers.

    Binn is a shareholder in SoBe News.

    Binn, who founded Niche Media in 1998, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

    Binn’s ability to reach high-end advertisers through his oversized titles, including Aspen Peak, Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, led to his induction into the advertising hall of fame.

    Gawker’s Coen Jumps To Vanity Fair


    Ex-Gawker co-editor Jesse Oxfeld with Jessica Coen in May

    Gawker co-editor Jessica Coen is leaving Nick Denton‘s Gawker Media — the so-called Condé Nast of the blogosphere — for the real thing. Coen today announced she’s taken a gig as Vanity Fair‘s deputy online editor:

    These are my last two weeks at Gawker, and I’d rather not get reflective and emotional just yet (and seriously, why the hell am I so emotional?! I’m exhausted — move on, lady!), as I still have to get up at some ungodly hour and help you procrastinate for a little while longer. After I’m done here, I’ll be heading over to Vanity Fair, where I’ll be their deputy online editor. While it’s actually quite hard to say goodbye to this job (crap, am I being sincere already?), I can’t pass up the opportunity to do all sorts of inappropriate things to the Conde Nast salad bar when no one’s looking.

    Coen’s departure comes less than three months after her longtime co-editor, Jesse Oxfeld, was let go in a companywide shakeup and replaced by a co-editor, Alex Balk, and managing editor Chris Mohney.

    FishbowlNY’s Gawker Coverage:

  • Denton On Gawker Shift: ‘Like a TV Network, We Have to Back Our Hits, And Clear Out Our Schedules Of Less Popular Shows’
  • Gawker’s Denton: ‘Better to Sober Up Now, Before the End of the Party’
  • Oxfeld On Gawker Tenure: ‘I Was Brought In Explicitly To Bring Gawker Back To Its Original Inside-Media Mission, And I Think I Did That’
  • Gawker To Focus ‘More On Pop Culture And Less On The Media’?
  • Oxfeld Out In Gawker Shakeup
  • Janet Jackson’s Publicist, Breasts Deserve Raise

    Judith Regan Shops for No-Tell Motel

    cloud (Small) (WinCE).jpgJudith Regan, according to a side-bar in W, wants to refurbish a classic 50s La-La land motel to serve as offices for staff, guest rooms for visiting authors, and eventually a writer-in-residence program. Her classy quote:

    I’ve published Jenna Jameson and Tommy Franks. My vision is to have both of them sitting side by side at the pool.

    FBLA knows how most authors work, and thinks that doors that lock from the outside are a good bet.

    But while cruising around the internet, we’ve found some other interesting things about the publishing dynaminx. Is she going to pull an Arianna and go native, out here on the left coast?

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