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Archives: May 2011

Dirty Wendy | The Joke | Whine On

  • SocialTimes: An ex-Wendy’s employee posted a YouTude video that documented various health code violations at one of the chain’s locations in upstate New York. Noted: Never eat at any Wendy’s in upstate New York.
  • TVNewser: Watch Ellen Degeneres prank Meredith Vieira.
  • MediaJobsDaily: Millennials complain that they get a bad rep, which only adds to their bad rep.
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Variety Critic Pummels LA Times Calendar Piece

It didn’t take long for a Twittering journalist to react to Variety critic Brian Lowry‘s harsh takedown of Rebecca Keegan‘s LA Times Sunday Calendar cover story “Muscle Summer – The Men of Captain America, Thor and Conan.” Lowry holds up the feature as an example of questionable entertainment journalism, suggesting it is “filled with ridiculous statements” and “tricks of the trade,” which he breaks down paragraph by paragraph.

Entertainment Weekly film writer Anthony Breznican quickly jumped to Keegan’s defense, rebutting the Lowry item as “a crock” and offering some Variety blog item critiques of his own in the A), B), and C) format used by Lowry:

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Sarah Palin and Donald Trump Dining Together in New York Tonight

CNN’s Peter Hamby just tweeted that Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are going to be dining together in Manhattan tonight. Possible dinner conversation topics include:

  1. Getting the media to hang on your every word even when all of your words never add up to anything worthwhile
  2. Where Trump lies on The Maverick Scale (Tom Cruise being the best, Mel Gibson the worst)
  3. Why Barack Obama refuses to comment on the upcoming Third Eye Blind album

Kevin O’Malley Named Senior Vice President, Publisher, Chief Revenue Officer of Elle

More Hearst news! Kevin O’Malley has been tapped by Hearst to be Elle’s Senior Vice President, Publisher, Chief Revenue Officer. O’Malley comes to Elle from Esquire, where he held almost the exact same title.

Michael Clinton, President, Marketing and Publishing Director for Hearst Magazines, says that O’Malley’s ability to expand the Esquire brand will benefit Elle greatly.

“Kevin has shown a tremendous amount of innovation and creativity during his time at Esquire and developed thoughtful, multi-platform programs with major advertisers ranging from Lincoln to Hugo Boss,” explained Clinton. “His expertise in the luxury and fashion space, coupled with his ability to understand how to take a magazine brand well beyond the page, makes him a perfect fit for Elle.”

O’Malley’s replacement at Esquire is expected to be named shortly.

Rumors of Hearst Editor Being Axed Surface

Today WWD asks “Is a fashion editor’s head on the table in the Hearst Tower?” While we don’t know why that would be true, rumors can be fun (as long as they’re not about us losing our job), so let’s take a look at which editor the writer’s at WWD think is going to get fired.

Immediately ruled out is Joanna Coles, who apparently just signed a new deal to stay Editor-in-Chief at Marie Claire for awhile. There’s some guessing that it might be Cosmo’s Kate White, but the final target appears to be Harper’s Bazaar’s Glenda Bailey. Apparently things haven’t been going so well at the magazine:

Harper’s Bazaar finished the first half of 2011 down 5.4 percent in ad pages and circulation numbers so far this year are behind those of 2010. The book missed its rate base for January, February and March, according to data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

There’s no evidence that Bailey is going to be fired, and a few sources even tell WWD that there isn’t anything to the rumor, but good gossip isn’t always correct gossip. It just gets people talking.

Mental Floss Magazine Hires Editor-in-Chief

Mental Floss, the bi-monthly magazine chock full of odd facts (Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day), has hired James Kaminsky as Editor-in-Chief. According to The Cutline, Kaminsky has previously worked at Playboy, Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal.

Will Pearson, C0-Founder of the magazine, is hopeful that Kaminsky’s background will help the title expand beyond its typical reach. “We’re looking to introduce this magazine to more people, and I think he’ll be an editor who can fine-tune it to reach a larger audience,” said Pearson.

Mediabistro Alum Recounts Her Hellish Freelance Pitch

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Mediabistro.com’s one-time director of education (pictured), shared a funny freelance writer experience over the weekend via Salon.

Once a year, the wife of New York magazine west coast editor Claude makes a point of flying from LA to New York to confab in person with her various features editors. Smart move. This winter, the group included Sarah from Salon.com, whom Brodesser-Akner knew only up to that point via email:

I started talking ideas. I had an idea about Ikea, how it’s come to represent the interchangeability of our society–after all, isn’t it weird that we’re all buying disposable furniture now? As I told her an anecdote about meeting a friend at Ikea recently, she just let me talk and talk. She must really like me, I thought. Five whole minutes must have passed.

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Hearst Corporation Completes Hachette Filipacchi Media Acquisition

Hearst Corp. has announced that the acquisition of the magazines owned by Hachette Filipacchi Media is now complete. Lagardère brands published in Italy, Spain, Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Mexico, Taiwan, Canada and Germany, are part of Hearst’s portfolio as well. Brands published in Russia, Ukaraine and China are expected to be ushered under Hearst’s wing later this year. The price tag? About $919 million.

The much discussed deal puts Hearst in charge of over 300 titles, including 13 editions of the powerhouse Elle. Frank Bennack Jr. issued the following statement:

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‘Fart,’ ‘Skank,’ and When Offensive Words First Appeared in The New Yorker

The Awl has a great post today that chronicles when several vulgar words first found their way into The New Yorker. For example, the first time “anal” appeared in the magazine was in 1994, but the first “shit” can be found in a 1976 piece titled “The Autumn of The Patriarch.”

Here’s a couple more:

slut
First used: 1974, Edna O’Brien, “The House of My Dreams”

blowjob
First used: 2003, Tad Friend, “Remake Man”

If your inner teenager is laughing, then go ahead and click through to find out more.

Fortune Magazine Editors Pick Their Executive Dream Teams

Business can be just as much fun as sports, we hear. Fortune magazine has a new editorial feature where the editors each select their dream team, fantasy football-style, of business executives, including the top CEO, CFO, CIO, CMO from corporations. Readers can also vote in a poll using a code from the magazine between these five major players:

  • J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon
  • Apple’s Steve Jobs
  • McDonald’s Jim Skinner
  • IBM’s Sam Palmisano
  • PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi

How to choose?! Our instinct is to go with Steve Jobs, just because his company is the coolest. But there’s a lot more to it than that.  Fortune editor-at-large Geoff Colvin introduces the feature in a column this week, called “What Makes a CEO an MVP?” He gives a little more background on their pros and cons. IBM’s Palmisano can “change strategies and business models” in a shifting market. J.P. Morgan’s Dimon can handle the government. And McDonald’s Skinner kept up profits in a recession. Decisions, decisions… Okay fine: Steve Jobs, but we’ll sub in Skinner if things get rough.

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