- TVNewser: The entire Kardashian clan is going to be co-hosting the “Today” show next week. If you think this is below “Today” standards, you haven’t watched the show.
- FishbowlLA: Because anything Metta World Peace does is link worthy, here’s his idea for a Lakers theme song.
- TVSpy: An anchor is caught sleeping on the air. We have to admit, he does recover nicely after he’s finally roused from his slumber.
Archives: September 2011
The season premiere of the CBS comedy had an estimated 1.9 million New York viewers and a 9.7 rating, according to Nielsen.
WCBS held down second place, thanks to the New York Jets game in Oakland (1.4 million/7.2).
Channel 2 also scored with the season premiere of 60 Minutes, which featured a profile of NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly. The venerable newsmagazine tied for number four (1.2 million/6.4).
The Emmy-winning Modern Family nailed down third and fourth position with an average 1.3 million WABC viewers and a 6.5 rating.
Channel 7 viewers welcomed Dancing With The Stars. The two-hour season premiere landed at number six (1.2 million/6.2). The Tuesday night result show had an eighth-place finish (1.1 million/5.4).
More from the Top 10 after the jump
Harper’s Bazaar has added a slew of new staffers to its sales and marketing team. Michael Krans, formerly of Details, is now Advertising Director, Fashion & Luxury at Harper’s Bazaar. Connie Livsey comes from Bon Appétit and is now Advertising Director, Beauty & Lifestyle. Ronnie Shankland is the magazine’s new Integrated Marketing Director. Shankland was most recently with Newsweek/The Daily Beast.
Esther Levy-Raphael comes from Good Housekeeping, and is Harper’s Bazaar’s new Director, Programs and Partnerships. Erin Pollard, most recently with Modern Luxury Media, is now Account Director, American Fashion and Retail. Sam Griffin is the magazine’s new Creative Services Director. Griffin, like Livsey, comes to Harper’s Bazaar from Bon Appétit.
We have more details on the West Coast plans for Lolita Lopez. The WPIX/Channel 11 veteran has been named a general assignment reporter with KNBC in Los Angeles. Our sister site TVSpy reports that Lopez’s first day is October 10.
Lopez, as we reported earlier this week, was relieved of her WPIX contract for the KNBC opportunity.
TVSpy has more on the story, including comments from Lopez’s new boss, Vickie Burns, KNBC VP of News.
The Week, which was founded in the UK back in 1995, is doing its best Beatles imitation. Much like the Fab Four, the magazine came stateside and has been a hit ever since. And just like the Beatles, as time goes on, The Week’s popularity only increases. It made a $4 million profit last year and it was among the top weeklies during the first half of this year.
According to min, next year will be another bright one for The Week, because it’s increasing its rate base from 510,000 to 525,000. The Week’s President, Steven Kotok, says that readers drive its success:
Our number one source of new subscriptions is our current subscribers turning on their friends, families, and colleagues to The Week. Not only is this a rewarding validation of our efforts editorially, but The Week‘s subscribers know better than any computer model or mailing list who else will enjoy [our] sophisticated blend of multiple perspectives. And their evangelism of our editorial product doesn’t just drive The Week‘s growth, but it is the most cost-effective way to gain new subscribers in the business and contributes to [our] ongoing strength.
In other words, The Week gets by with a little help from its friends. Or The Week has come together because of reader loyalty. Oh! Try this: For The Week, it’s getting better all the time. Alright, we’ll stop. No need to twist and shout.
When Wolff joined Adweek — only a little under a year ago — he brought about sweeping changes. The magazine was redesigned and the website was revamped, all with more of a media centric outlook. In May, Wolff sat down with MediaBeat to discuss this new direction.
While those changes certainly brought plenty of attention to Adweek (and Wolff), they seem to have run their course at the company. We’re not worried about Wolff. We’re sure we’ll be hearing about him for as long as there’s media to report on.
Diane Goldie, Editor-in-Chief of amNewYork, is leaving her post and heading to Newsday. The New York Post reports that Paul Turcotte, amNewYork’s Publisher, is looking at all options for Goldie’s replacement. One obvious candidate is Mae Cheng, the paper’s Managing Editor.
Both amNewYork and Newsday are owned by Cablevision.
Things have been pretty busy at Michael’s this week. On Monday, none other than James Bond aka Daniel Craig dropped by. (“His eyes are so blue!” cooed one smitten staffer). Yesterday, a very laid back Rosie O’Donnell showed up with, so we’re told, a new lady love in tow, and they didn’t have to wait for one of the coveted tables at the very front of the restaurant. They settled for something further back. Today, the usual Wednesday SRO crowd started showing up well before the appointed lunch hour, leaving plenty of time for air kissing and glad handing all around.
I was joined today by Lisa Sharkey, HarperCollins’s senior vice president and director of creative development. Lisa is one hot property herself having spent 25 years in television including stints at Good Morning America, Inside Edition and Al Roker‘s production company before making the switch to publishing four and a half years ago. “The skills were totally transferable. I wanted to bring the TV model to books. I love authors. When I was in television, I was always drawn to them. Now, I consider my authors part of my family and have great relationships with them,” Lisa tells me. “I’m much happier in book publishing because there is more time to spend on a projects. Books have the power to last for generations.” Now, anyone who is anyone — or who wants to be someone — is after Lisa to publish their books. This season, Lisa had no less than four books on the New York Times best seller list, including How to Love an American Man (currently being shopped as a film project by United Talent Agency), football phenom Tim Tebow‘s Through My Eyes, and soap opera diva Susan Lucci’s memoir, All My Life (We really loved the scathing epilogue she added to the paperback edition taking ABC president Brian Frons to the woodshed for cancelling the beloved soap, All My Children. Go Susan!)
Lisa has a full slate of upcoming books where there is something for everyone. Later this month, actress Carre Otis‘ no-holds barred memoir, Beauty Disrupted, will tell all about her relationship with Mickey Rourke. Due out in November, Imperfect Justice by Jeffrey Ashton is sure to make headlines when the Casey Anthony prosecutor offers his version of what happened behind the scenes of her trial and why is he completely convinced of Anthony’s guilt. “The prosecutor’s story is the real story of the trial. He’s got a lot to say,” says Lisa. No doubt. On the other end of the spectrum, HarperCollins has a slew of celebrity titles this fall including the first novel penned by those ubiquitous Kardashian sisters, which was Lisa’s idea. The book, due out November 15, spins a fictional (but no doubt inspired by real life) tale of three sisters growing up with a famous father in Hollywood. “The fun is trying to figure out what’s real disguised as fiction,” says Lisa. There was quite a fracas coming up with a title. Lisa wanted to call it Keeping Up but, she told me, the powers that be at E! put the kibosh on the idea saying that was their brand. Lisa then came up with the idea of launching a contest on Twitter asking followers to come up with their own titles. The winning entry, Dollhouse, was submitted by a gal named Courtney who will herself be written into the book as a wedding planner. Savvy Lisa, who is always coming up with clever ways to market her books, decided the cover will be in leopard print and is hoping to do a special edition adorned with Swarovski crystal (“Kim loves bling!”). The sisters’ fans can also turn the cover over for a special keepsake poster that is sure to find its way into plenty of teen bedrooms.
As for the general state of the industry, Lisa weighs in with this: “Publishing is in a new transformative stage. The new wave of eBooks has opened up a world of possibilities. For those who are addicted to technology and books, it’s the perfect fit.” To wit: HarperCollins’ eBook version of Sammy Hagar‘s best selling memoir, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, featured enhanced content that included a sit-down with Hagar talking about his career at the end of each chapter. Lisa and her team expect the eBook version of Gregg Allman‘s yet-to-be-titled memoir due out next year to have a wide range of enhanced content. By the way, I got a glimpse of the book’s stunning cover and it has best seller written all over it.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Fashionista Mickey Ateyeh with an impressive crowd of power lunch gals: producer Fran Weissler, Fern Mallis (looking fabulous since being on the mend from two broken elbows), Cindy Lewis, Barbara Cutler and Laurie Tisch
- MediaJobsDaily: Dunkin’ Donuts says writers and editors consume a lot of coffee. We would love to discuss this more, but our hands are shaking too much to type anything too complex.
- eBookNewser: The details on the new Kindle.
- SocialTimes: In an effort to show just how optimistic the team is, the Phoenix Suns are looking to hire a social media reporter for a season that might not even happen.