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Archives: July 2010

Shattack | Eat & Tell | Fat Chance

william-shatner-7.29.10.jpgNYT: Did you know William Shatner interviewed a sniper? Beat that, Chuck Norris.

UnBeige: Wonder what lunching at the White House is like? Organic? Orgasmic? Smart Design’s Tom Dair lets you know.

FishbowlLA: Southwest Airlines bumped a woman off a flight so an obese teenager could have two seats. Sounds a whole lot like riding the subway.

The L Magazine: Understanding the SoHo Effect (by which we mean something other than the There Are No Places To Have Lunch Here Effect).

Psst, Did You Hear? Life & Style Seeks Senior News Editor

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lifeandstyle072910.jpgCan you name each of Brangelina’s kids and the countries they were born in? Is your DVR filled with everything from “The Bachelor” to “Dexter” to “Gossip Girl”? Well, here’s the perfect gig for you. Life & Style Weekly is looking for a senior news editor to join its Englewood Cliffs, N.J. team.

While it’s good to know what Danielle Staub is whining about this week, the ideal candidate must also have experience in driving big news stories and breaking celebrity exclusives. Naturally, you’ll need to have great sources and incredible contacts in the industry to get the ultimate scoop.

An impressive editorial resume, experience managing reporters and strong relationships with publicists are must-haves for this position. Knowing who Kate Hudson’s latest boyfriend is won’t hurt either. If you think you have your finger on the pulse of celeb culture, 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.

Newsweek Not Thrilled With The Company Avenue Capital Keeps

ami_7.29.10.jpgNewsweek parent The Washington Post Co. is said to be nervous over bidder Avenue Capital Group’s plans to forge a closer relationship with the National Enquirer‘s publisher, American Media, Inc.

Avenue Capital is proposing that AMI handle advertising and other functions not related to editorial. Nonetheless, the association with AMI’s titles might not sit very well with The Washington Post Co. and stirred up concerns at the company over the future of the ailing news magazine.

In an effort to assuage these fears, Avenue Capital sent the company a letter stating that it, and it alone, would oversee Newsweek‘s editorial content if named the winning bidder.

If the Washington Post Co. decides that its fears are substantial enough to take Avenue Capital Group out of the running, it will have to choose between auto equipment mogul Sidney Harman, founder of an audio-equipment company, and former New York Daily News publisher Fred Drasner. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Avenue remains interested in owning Newsweek, but it now suspects Mr. Harman is the favored bidder.”

LA Weekly Profiles Hugh Hefner

215hefcry.jpgPlayboy‘s Hugh Hefner is the world’s most famous Editor-in-Chief, as well as a long-time Los Angeles resident. The Playboy Mansion is one of L.A.’s best known properties, and the iconic bleach-blonde Playboy bunny has a distinctly California look. Fascinated by the local treasure that is Hef, the LA Weekly spent their Summer vacation wandering the mansion, talking to current, former, and aspiring girlfriends, and of course the man himself:

“Success and popularity by their nature are like a bell-shaped curve. You have the high point and then there’s an aging process, etc. The remarkable thing in terms of Playboy – certainly in terms of my own personal life – is how this thing has gone on and on,” Hef says. “We sell fewer magazines in the old-fashioned way than we did in the ’70s and ’80s, but we reach a larger audience now on a global level than any other time in history. … I must be doing something right.”

Hefner does not deny the economic problems facing his magazine. “That’s real. We live in the real world. But it’s more interesting and newsworthy when it’s related to Playboy. We’re doing better than some, and not as well as others.”

Read the full article here. Our favorite part? The group sex sessions with Hef being described as “a crowd of girls taking turns for a joyless 60-second hop on pop.”

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • YouTube Encourages 15 Minute Book Trailers – GalleyCat

  • New Media Index: BP’s Photoshop Follies Top Blogger-Shared News Links – WebNewser
  • W‘s En Vogue, Filming A Documentary On Their September Issue – FishbowlNY
  • McClatchy’s Profit Plummets 83% – MediaJobsDaily
  • Obama Talks News Media on ‘The View’ – TVNewser
  • W‘s En Vogue, Filming A Documentary On Their September Issue

    W magazine is filming a documentary about the production of their September issue, drawing obvious comparisons to The September Issue — R.J. Cutler’s behind-the-scenes look at the making of Vogue‘s extremely important issue as well as the relationship between editor Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington.

    New York mag reports that the movie is due out sometime in October, but a source at W wouldn’t provide any further details about the film.

    W‘s upcoming September issue will prove more special than ever as it will debut the magazine’s redesign under new editor in chief Stefano Tonchi.

    Essence Editor-in-Chief Defends Hiring of White Fashion Director

    187angess.jpgThe hiring of a Elliana Placas, a caucasian, as fashion director for Essence, a magazine for black women, has caused some uproar. Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray explained her reasoning for the hire on website The Grio:

    I first got to know and came to respect Ellianna when she came to work with us nearly six months ago. We were conducting a search for a new director when she was hired to run the department on a freelance basis. I got to see firsthand her creativity, her vision, the positive reader response to her work, and her enthusiasm and respect for the audience and our brand. As such, I thought she’d make an excellent addition to our team. And I still do. This decision in no way diminishes my commitment to black women, our issues, our fights. I am listening and I do take the concerns to heart.

    Tonight: Birds Reading At Tavin

    Journalist Steffie Nelson and boutique owner Erin Tavin continue their reading series ‘Little Birds’ tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Authors include:

  • N.Y. Times Bestselling Author Janelle Brown, reading from her novel “This Is Where We Live”
  • Jillian Lauren, reading from her memoir “Some Girls: My Life in a Harem”
  • Foam magazine editor Mandy Kahn reading new poems
  • The event will be located at Tavin Boutique, 1543 Echo Park Ave, 213.482.5832.

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    Lindsay Bierman Named Editor Of Southern Living

    Lindsay Bierman has been named the newest editor of Southern Living magazine, and will begin her new job on August 9. He replaces Eleanor Griffin, who left the position to become VP of brand development for Southern Living.

    Bierman was formerly the deputy editor of Southern Living

    Meredith Corp. Swings to Fourth-Quarter Profit

    mereditih07292010.pngConsumer magazine behemoth, marketer and TV broadcaster Meredith Corp. (MDP) today said it rang up a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $33.4 million, vs. a loss of $163.7 million in the year-ago period.

    Revenue climbed 6% year over year to $365 million, bolstered by a 7% rise in ad revenue to $202 million.

    For the full year, Meredith rang up a profit of $104 million on revenue of $1.39 billion, compared with a loss of $107.1 million on revenue of $1.41 billion in 2009. The company said its share of the magazine advertising market increased to 12% from 9.5% over the past two years, and magazine readership reached 113 million this year.

    “Fiscal 2010 marked a return to earnings growth as we strengthened our business across the board,” said CEO Stephen Lacy in a statement. “We increased advertising market share in both magazine and television, grew the size of our consumer audiences, and generated higher sales of our licensed products at retail. Additionally, we made important investments in new media platforms including mobile and eTablets.”

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