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Archives: April 2008

Pre-Ellies Nominees’ Reception: The Twitter Files

Too slow to catch all of tonight’s updates in the scrolling feed in your right-hand column here, chronicling the ins and outs of this evening’s pre-National Magazine Awards reception for the 2008 nominees? Get all the reverse-chronological glory in the continuous FBNY Twitter feed, and be sure to check back tomorrow for pics from tonight, and more Ellies madness in real time as we liveblog the awards proper…

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Lunch: Moguls, Mavens and a Vampire Primer



Had we stopped by on Monday we would have seen Anjelica Huston (Love you on Medium!) Oh well. This week Hollywood on the Hudson was strictly a downtown affair as it seems all those Tinseltown types were staying busy with the Tribeca Film Festival. Today’s crowd at Michael’s was the usual mix of movers and shakers with one MIA mogul (Welcome back, Ron!) resurfacing after an extended absence.

I was joined at the bar by my long time pal Kathryn Leigh Scott who was in town from Los Angeles on her way to London. Kathryn and I met back when I doing a piece for TV Guide about NBC’s short-lived nighttime version of the ABC daytime cult classic Dark Shadows created by the late, great Dan Curtis back in the (gasp!) late sixties. I might be dating myself a bit, but I was totally obsessed with the show — and its lead actress, none other than Kathryn — when I was an impressionable youngster who rushed home every day from school to watch the gothic soap that introduced vampires and werewolves and other creatures that went bump in the night to a generation of fans.

These days the absolutely ageless Kathryn, having sold her incredibly successful imprint Pomegranate Press which published countless tomes on Dark Shadows and other pop cultural touchstones, is concentrating her considerable talents on writing fiction. Her first novel, Murder in Primetime, was a hit and now she’s hard at work on her next thriller. But Dark Shadows remains a big part of her busy life. Tomorrow she departs for the UK to do three new recordings of new material based on the show for Big Picture. The project is timed to DS‘s 40th (!) anniversary.

Kathryn has also sent none other than Johnny Depp the complete collection of her DS books as primer for him to study as he prepares to sink his teeth into the role of vampire Barnabas Collins for the feature film version of the show. Turns out Johnny is a long time fan — something Kathryn first discovered when she worked with the Oscar nominee on 21 Jump Street back in his teen idol days. “To have everything come full circle and see Johnny do this is marvelous!” We can’t wait!

I was happy to introduce Kathryn to my pal People‘s East Coast news editor Liz McNeil, who was lunching with staff writer Nina Burleigh (another rabid Dark Shadows fan!) and attorney Suzanne Kimberly Bracker. Turns out Suzanne is something of an expert on celeb divorces. Who could these gals have been talking about over lunch? The list is long, don’t you think? Talk about great dish!

Here’s a rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The Imber Gang: Gerry Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield and the gang. Just asking, but is Fox News’ Monica Crawley breaking into this ole boys’ network? This is the second time we’ve spotted the blonde beauty lunching with these formidable fellows…

2. Peter Brown and, we’re told, a lady “ambassador” of some import.

3. Hallmark honcho Henry Schleiff with Steve Scheffer and John Redpath.

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Time Inc. EVP: SI Digital Revenue Up $20 Mil. Over Last Year

Time Inc. EVP John Squires shows off his new hairdo

Earlier today in the Luce Room of the Time Life Building, we caught the Time Inc. Digital Showcase, detailing the Web successes of InStyle, Sports Illustrated and All three brands have enjoyed record traffic but the talk of the day was’s Hollywood Hair tool, which allows users to see themselves in the hairstyle of their favorite celeb. In the past five months, 1.69 million women have uploaded their photos, totaling 40 million individual try-ons. Even EVP John Spiers got into the act (see picture).

During the Sports Illustrated segment of the presentation, managing editor Paul Fichtenbaum discussed the runaway success of the SI Vault. He anticipated getting 500,000 unique visitors in the first month (3/20-4/20), but the site received 1.7 million. It’s been four years in the making, so we’re glad the portal’s a hit.

During the Q&A, Spiers revealed that SI gets 15 percent of its revenue for digital and this number should increase to 20-30 percent. He thinks that soon all of Time Inc.’s brands will follow this same model.

(If you’re interested, TVNewser has more on the front.)

Among other worthy tidbits:

  • Real Simple‘s Web site will relaunch this fall
  • has almost 20 million video streams a month
  • Keith Kelly got up to get coffee during the brief Q&A session
  • TV Guide Lays Off EIC, ME, Seven Other Edit Staffers

    heroes-tv-guide-cover-small.jpgTV Guide, whose sale to Macrovision was completed last night, laid off nine editorial staffers including editor-in-chief Ian Birch, managing editor Lois Draegin and Steve Sonsky, an executive editor based in Radnor, PA. Consuela Golden, the magazine’s assistant managing editor, confirmed the news to FishbowlNY this afternoon.

    Tip us if you hear anything.

    Details‘ Peres On Which Women’s Mag He’d Edit: ‘I’m Waiting for Cindi to F*ck It All Up At Glamour

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    Ok, so he was joking… Last night’s panel, from left: Maxim editorial director Jim Kaminsky, Details EIC Dan Peres, Playboy EIC Chris Napolitano, Elle executive editor Alexandra Postman, Glamour EIC Cindi Leive and Marie Claire EIC Joanna Coles

    In what felt to many like an Ellies week amuse-bouche, 118 senior-level men’s and women’s magazine editors converged upon Twenty Four Fifth last night for’s first-ever joint men’s and women’s magazine dinner, “Skirts, Slacks, and Supper.” Despite the fact that we were elbow-rubbing with the same people who by Friday we’ll be seeing in our bleary-eyed, blog-posting waking nightmares, spirited conversation quickly became the order of the evening, particularly in a post-meal panel featuring Details EIC Dan Peres, Maxim editorial director Jim Kaminsky, Playboy EIC Chris Napolitano, Elle executive editor Alexandra Postman, Glamour EIC Cindi Leive and Marie Claire EIC Joanna Coles.

    Here are some choice bits from them on the differences between editing men’s and women’s mags, how their political coverage differs, the advent of celeb culture, and what the hell to do about the Internet…

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    Ellies ’08: New Board Members

    a10161.jpgAs expected, David Willey, senior vice president of Rodale, was elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors today at the annual ASME luncheon. He replaces outgoing president Cindi Leive. Willey, who is the editor-in-chief of Runner’s World and the editorial director of Running Times, is the first ASME president based outside of New York in more than a decade.

    Elle EIC Roberta Myers will serve another term as vice president, while New York‘s Adam Moss and Self‘s Lucy Danziger get one more year as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

    Joining the board for two-year terms are Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, James B. Meigs, EIC of Popular Mechanics, and Ladies’ Home Journal‘s Diane Salvatore.

    Full release after the jump.

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    LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

    38343712.jpgLindsay Lohan’s Watering Hole Burns To the Ground: Basque Nightclub and Restaurant burns to the ground. No cause has been determined, but the LAT is careful to remind us that it’s the Hollywood Blvd club where Lilo celebrated her 21st birthday. (Is that an implied probable cause?)

    22150091.jpgPellicano Rests His Case: Referring to himself in the third-person, Anthony Pellicano says of himself, “Perhaps his business card should have read, ‘ I deliver,’ because that’s what he did over and over again — not just for his private clients but for law enforcement…,” the private eye told a federal jury. “He kept things to himself and only allowed people to know what he wanted them to know.”

    37303917-30125445.jpgDaytime Emmy Noms: The Gold Derby has one of ‘em picture-book thingies if you’re interested.

    Pellicano Case Closing Arguments

    ALeqM5g6bHKsEWSbHnVPUc7HUfMjL2sJLg.jpgAssociated Press: Indicted Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano said Wednesday he acted as a “lone ranger” while gathering information for his A-list clients and did not lead a criminal enterprise as prosecutors have alleged at his racketeering trial.

    Nikki Finke: So the trial that would not end is finally ending with closing arguments. Not much of a Hollywood angle to report, except for the lawyer for LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson, who is accused of doing all those illegal law enforcement database investigations. I’ve been reading the coverage – anxiously awaiting the verdict on this end!

    L.A. Weekly: “The sheer Alexandrian inventory of charges precluded (prosecutor Daniel Saunders) from engaging in the kind of narrative-tweaking storytelling that might have brought the eight-week proceedings to more vivid life.

    L.A. Times: After all the testimony about Anthony Pellicano — the industry titans who said he loyally helped them during troubled times, the harassed men and women who recalled being targeted at their most vulnerable times — a federal prosecutor, in arguments Tuesday, reduced him from a powerful private detective to a “very well-connected and very well-paid thug.”

    TMZ Destroys A Kid’s Life

    hlevinpic.jpgTMZ published the name of an underage alleged sex crimes victim. Super classy, guys. Tune in later, when Harvey Levin randomly selects one L.A. preschool sandbox to defecate in during recess.

    The Daily Angle: Wednesday, April 30

    National Geographic Channel overhauls its website, CBS rakes in the March Madness revenue and MySpace users show off their talent. Here’s Julie Ann Sageer with today’s Daily Angle.

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