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Archives: January 2011

Tina Brown Adds Peter Boyer and Wayne Barrett

Sidney Deane, the hustler charachter from White Men Can’t Jump, once said,  “I don’t mean to brag, but I’m the greatest!” After today, FishbowlNY imagines Tina Brown might want to add that quote to her repertoire as well.

The Newsweek/Daily Beast venture she’s in charge of keeps adding elite talent, showing that Brown knows how to put together a winning squad. The latest additions include Peter Boyer from The New Yorker and Wayne Barrett, most recently from The Village Voice.

According to Jeremy Peters at Media Decoder, Boyer will be a correspondent for news and politics, and Barrett will do what he does best – investigative reporting.

Once the Newsweek/Daily Beast entity gets launched we fully expect Brown to send out an email to competitors with the subject, “It’s hard work makin’ you look this bad.”

No Al Jazeera, No Worries! Fox News Has Egypt Covered

As HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim notes, Al Jazeera and its sterling coverage of the uprising in Egypt and across the Middle East, is blocked out by most cable providers in the United States. Even though our hockey-playing cousins to the north have access to Al Jazeera‘s English language network. But don’t you worry! American networks are on the ball! Get your international eduhmacation right here, on Fox News. First lesson, geography.

Holy shit! If we don’t bomb Egypt soon the Iranians are going to get control of the Suez Canal. All 2,000 miles of it.

H/T The eXiled

Essence to Honor Angela Bassett Among Others at Annual ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ Event


Essence magazine will be in Los Angeles come Oscar-time to throw its fourth annual “Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.” This year the event will celebrate the work of Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Loretta Devine and Viola Davis.

Press release after the jump:

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Entrepreneur Hopes to Make Digital Media Marilyn Monroe’s Best Friend

Having recently paid in the neighborhood of $50 million for the rights to the image of Marilyn Monroe, Toronto businessman Jamie Salter has big posthumous plans for the one-time star of Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

He tells Canadian Press reporter Victoria Ahearn that he has no doubt Monroe will, within the next couple of years, magically re-materialize on screen to star in a Hollywood movie:

Salter said his company is talking with Creative Artists Agency to represent them as they try to incorporate Monroe’s likeness into digital media. He wouldn’t divulge names but confirmed that he’s “had conversations with some pretty big movie people in the last couple of months and there’s definitely an interest.”

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The SAG Awards: Jewels, Monarchs and Billionaires

Call us crazy, but what does it say about our culture that in the midst of a general American decline, on the eve of austerity measures poised to virtually eliminate the social safety net, and in the middle of a democratic movement in the Middle East that in a matter of months could potentially take away access to all the cheap, ill-gotten oil our society is built on, do we choose to elevate films about a power-hungry billionaire, a pitiable British monarch and ballet, while lavishing praise and attention upon an actress–Natalie Portman–for showing up to her celebration decked out in $2 million worth of jewels?

We’ll let you ponder that as you take a peak at the SAG Award winners from last night. After the jump:

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Gabriel Snyder To Run The Atlantic Wire

Gabriel Snyder has been put in charge of The Atlantic Wire, the magazine’s digital component and news aggregation site.  In his new role, Snyder will compile real time news stories and help lay out the day’s headlines for the site. While The Atlantic and theatlantic.com are located in DC, Snyder will work out of Manhattan’s Madison Avenue and is expected to add 15 new hires to work under him.  Snyder explained the benefit of a New York home base.

For the same reason that a lot of places based in New York want a DC bureau, because they want people steeped in the culture of DC, I think this will bring [to DC] people who are more attuned to what’s going on in New York.

Snyder, a former contributor to Variety and W, has resided in New York since 2008 when he served as editor-in-chief of Gawker – a stint that lasted until his untimely dismissal last February.  He then found work at Newsweek where he ran the magazine’s website, however — due to the magazine’s sale to Sidney Harman in August — he only lasted five months in that role.

State of the State is Tonight

Our new/old Governor Jerry Brown is to give his first State of the State address (for this term). It’s tonight at 5pm.

You can watch it online here.

Hearst Purchases Lagardére Magazines for $887 Million

Okay, now it’s official. Hearst Corporation announced this morning that it has acquired over 100 of Lagardére’s magazines, in a deal that has been talked about for quite some time now.

The question of what happens to Elle has been answered as well – Hearst will have publishing rights for the magazine in 15 countries, including the United States.

Hearst is paying $887 million for the titles, and all is expected to close by the beginning of the third quarter.

Nothing like starting off your Monday with a multi-million dollar deal. What happens next for the Hearst execs? How do you even top this? FishbowlNY bets it involves donut holes.

Julian Assange on 60 Minutes

60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft interviewed Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.

This is the first in depth interview Assange has done and it’s a dichotomy of media. New school interviewed by old school. The new tech journalist pushing the activist envelope on a show that employs the oldest weekly commentator in the history of the universe, Andy Rooney.

Rabbi David Nesenoff Named Editor Of The Jewish Star

Rabbi David Nesenoff has parlayed his role in a major media story into an editor role at the Garden City-based Jewish Star.  Last May Nesenoff interviewed Helen Thomas at a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House and asked the journalist if she had “any comments on Israel.”  Thomas responded with the now infamous words “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine” and “Go home [to] Poland, Germany and America, and everywhere else.”

In June Nesenoff published a story on his discussion with Thomas on his blog RabbiLive.com.  The news of Thomas’s inflammatory remarks resulted in her resignation from her position as a columnist for the Hearst Corp.

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