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Archives: June 2010

Vanity Fair Names Jessica Diehl Fashion Director

Vanity Fair has named Jessica Diehl as its new fashion director.

Diehl, who formerly served as the magazine’s contributing senior style editor, is taking over for Michael Roberts, who is staying on as style editor at large.

Wonder Woman Gets A Makeover

“She looks ready for Goth Day at the Sherman Oaks Galleria,” writes Nikki Finke of Wonder Woman’s new costume. In addition to a new look. DC Comics are giving her a re-written storyline and porn star boobs. And while both are ridiculous, let’s get back to her clothes. Wonder Woman’s costume is iconic. Don’t screw up a classic. And if you’re going to, don’t let comic book artists play fashion designer. Because you might end up with something like this:


Art by Don Kramer, copyright DC Comics

Fashion Site Seeks Skilled Designer — the Graphic Kind


www063010.jpgAs the great Tim Gunn says, “Designers, make it work!” Who What Wear is on the hunt for a full-time graphic designer to create daily content and other creative assets for the online fashion and beauty magazine.

If hired, you’ll be responsible for designing story layouts and in-house promotional media such as banners, buttons and newsletters. Expert knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are obvious requirements. There’s also a fair amount of photo editing involved, so you’ll be expected to be a whiz at color correction, too.

The company is looking for a highly creative self-starter, who can work in a fast-paced environment. Experience in fashion is a major plus, but a sincere interest in it will go a long way as well. If you think you’ve got what it takes, apply here.

RELATED: Attend Mediabistro Career Circus on August 4 in New York City to find out where the jobs are, develop a career plan and engage with media peers and leaders.

Barack Obama Runs the Country Like a Girl

parker06302010.png“While men seek ways to measure themselves against others, for reasons requiring no elaboration, women form circles and talk it out.”

So writes Kathleen Parker, 2010 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, in today’s Washington Post, on why Barack Obama is America’s first woman president.

We’ll resist our testosterone-fueled urge to measure Parker’s understanding of gender against our own. Instead, for reasons requiring no elaboration, we’ll form a circle, out of our body, by curling up into a ball and weeping softly, drying our tears with crumpled Washington Post op-ed pages.

The End of ‘Larry King Live’

Larry King spoke to his audience last night about his decision to leave his show after a 25-year run.

Slate Launches Blog About Twitter

retweet06302010.pngSlate business section The Big Money has launched a new blog, punnily titled “Re: Tweet,” all about Twitter. New York – based Big Money writer Steve Spillman is manning the project.

In an introductory post, Spillman says that the motivation for the blog is to explore the company’s transition from cultural powerhouse to a big business.

The first post takes Adrian Grenier, star of HBO’s “Entourage,” to task for his belief that Twitter can serve as an adequate surrogate publicist.

Adrian Grenier’s tweets, just by virtue of their existence, probably do help his image and exposure, but they’re no replacement for the hard work of being in show business.

Spillman tweets here (his bio reads, “Just a bro.”), and has fittingly announced the launch of Re: Tweet on Twitter. Sounds like a fun job!

Job Cuts at Playboy

195plabold.jpgPlayboy Enterprises Inc. has announced plans to lay off more employees, for an annual savings of $3 million. While the company won’t say how many jobs are being eliminated, Dylan Stableford at The Wrap has some hints as to who might be shown the door:

An individual with knowledge of the situation said the cuts are all high-ranking, highly-paid corporate executives.

Among them: two chiefs in the financial department, one in human resources and the head of administrative services. (All will get three months notice and then their severance.)

For once it’s the higher-ups – and not the bunnies’ bums – that are feeling the squeeze.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Playboy Shareholder Sueing Hef
  • Playboy’s Outsourcing Strategy
  • Someone Tell These People Cinderella Was the Pretty One, It’s Her Step-Sisters Who Needed Work Done

    How can we not put this delicately? Casting call for chicks who hang out with shallow pretty girls who feel bad for her.

    From the never catty Craigslist:

    Date: 2010-06-29, 3:32PM PDT
    Reply to:


    If you are the kind of woman that is always described as a beauty and you have a friend who struggles with her looks, this is your chance to help her get the Cinderella makeover of her dreams!

    Nominate your friend and participate on the show as her supporter! She will receive a COMPLETE MAKEOVER and have the opportunity to work with the nation’s finest plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, stylists and personal trainers!

    If you have an amazing friend and want to help her look as good on the outside as on the inside, do not miss this opportunity!

    This is a once in lifetime opportunity for your friend to receive the Makeover of Life-time, including PLASTIC SURGERY, DENTAL WORK, FITNESS TRAINING, MAKEUP, STYLING, etc.

    Read more

    In Digital Push, New Roles for Two Thomson Reuters Execs

    thompson_reuters_logo06302010.jpgFollowing its formation of a team of global managing editors to help ramp up news operations, Reuters parent Thomson Reuters has announced that two of its executives are assuming new roles to accommodate additional changes to the digital side of the business.

    Alisa Bowen, who had previously been charged with redesigning and developing mobile apps, on Tuesday was made global head of business operations with an eye toward revamping the Reuters news agency. Bowen joined Reuters in 2001 as a business analyst for media strategy.

    Meanwhile, former global editor of Thomson Reuters’ online projects Keith McAllister has been made editor and publisher of consumer media. Before joining Reuters in April 2009, McAllister was CEO of online syndicator Mochila. He has also worked for CNN, where he was senior executive in charge of newsgathering.

    Roger Ebert Has a New Cook Book


    Roger Ebert, the sage of Twitter – a critic whose reviews are often more entertaining than the films – cancer survivor and all around interesting dude has written a cook book.

    AP’s Caryn Rousseau writes:

    The idea for his book came after a 2008 blog post he wrote about rice cookers prompted hundreds of comments, with many readers including their favorite recipes. “I think I was somewhat frustrated by not being able to eat and I wanted to live vicariously,” the 68-year-old said during an interview at his Chicago home, his laptop computer speaking his typed answers.

    The book includes many of those comments, as well as more than two dozen recipes for dishes such as chili, risotto, jambalaya and oatmeal — Ebert’s favorite. He took a witty and funny tone when writing it; he says he didn’t want it to sound too specialized or difficult.

    He’s so cool.

    Here’s the pre-order on Amazon.

    Previously on FBLA:

  • Roger Ebert on Twittering