Archives: September 2014
AllFacebook: Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have purchased a 357-acre beachfront estate for $66 million. Somehow, this made checking Facebook today a little less fun.
FishbowlDC: George H.W. Bush is a joke maker.
Former Lifetime, UPN and CW programming exec Dawn Ostroff is now the president of Condé Nast Entertainment, responsible for a prospective 100 digital series. During an appearance Monday at the Interactive Advertising Bureau MIXX Conference portion of Advertising Week New York, she colorfully framed how the audience-fragmentation writing was on the wall during her time at The CW.
In meetings with Les Moonves, Ostroff remembered that her boss would ask how it was possible that a show like Gossip Girl, on the lips of everyone, could have such mediocre Nielsen ratings. Ostroff would struggle to reply since DVR, social and Internet metrics were in their infancy. But, as she told IAB president and CEO Randall Rothenberg on stage:
“While I was at The CW, we single-handedly watched them [18 to 34-year-old viewers] migrate away from television on to other platforms. Legally or illegally, unfortunately.”
First-timers pitching to regional glossy Philadelphia will want to start small, targeting their pitches to the front-of-book sections that have just recently been opened to freelancers. Build a relationship with the magazine, and you could find yourself writing the 4,000- to 5,000-word features that pique editors’ attention.
Your pitch should, of course, cover topics relevant to the city, but with a readership that includes older suburbanites as well as younger city dwellers, you have plenty of options for coverage, as long as your reported pieces can tell a story:
As far as advice for newbies pitching to the mag, [deputy editor Patrick Kerkstra] said that “The best way to sort of clear [the high bar] is to just come in with a story that’s so compelling that we just have to take a risk on you.”
For more, including details on the FOB revamp, read: How to Pitch: Philadelphia
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After fleeing South Africa in the mid-1960s, photographer Ernest Cole sadly wound up living homeless on the streets of New York City. He died in 1990, at age 49, just one week after the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.
But the memory of Cole’s robust art lives on this fall thanks to an exhibit running through December 6 at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. The courageous photojournalist was also a topic of discussion today on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show. Former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, who befriended Cole in South Africa and wrote the introduction to the photographer’s seminal 1967 book House of Bondage, reminisced about Cole’s life and work.
News Corp. has purchased Move, Inc., an online real estate business. Move owns and operates Realtor.com, Move.com and ListHub. Through those sites, the company “displays more than 98 percent of all for-sale properties listed in the US,” according to a release.
“This acquisition will accelerate News Corp’s digital and global expansion and contribute to the transformation of our company, making online real estate a powerful pillar of our portfolio,” said Robert Thomson, News Corp’s CEO, in a statement. “We intend to use our media platforms and compelling content to turbo-charge traffic growth and create the most successful real estate website in the US.”
As part of the deal, News Corp will buy Move’s outstanding shares for $21 a pop, or roughly $950 million.
Playboy Enterprises and Arbol Publishing are partnering for a new shade of the venerable men’s magazine. Playboy Latino will launch in December as a bi-monthly. From today’s announcement:
Playboy Latino will be published predominantly in Spanish and will feature a mix of original content, as well as pictorials and articles from the Playboy archives that will be repackaged for a Latino audience.
“We are thrilled to begin publishing Playboy Latino for the fast-growing U.S. Latino and Spanish-speaking market,” said Playboy Latino publisher and editor-in-chief Edgardo Iorio. “The past 30 years have produced a significant shift in the U.S. demographic and a new generation of Spanish speaking consumers has emerged.”
As a reminder of how much times and sportswriting have changed, let’s telescope back – courtesy of Bill Madden‘s recent book 1954 – to this date 60 years ago. On September 30, 1954, New York Daily News readers were treated to the following World Series Game One summary lede by famed sportswriter Dick Young:
The story of the Giants 5-2 victory over Cleveland in yesterday’s World Series opener should be written vertically from top to bottom in Chinese hieroglyphics. It was won on a 10th inning homer that was not only sudden death but pure murder… right out of a Charlie Chan yarn.
Ming Toy Rhodes, sometimes called Dusty by his Occidental friends, was the honorable person who, as pinch hitter, delivered a miserable bundle of wet wash to the first row in right field in Polo Grounds some 258 1/2 feet down the block from the laundry.
Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles has an additional role at Hearst Magazines — editorial director of Seventeen. Coles has been editor of Cosmo since 2012.
“Like Cosmo, Seventeen speaks to an audience of millennial women, and while their readers are at very different life stages, they share a love of style and entertainment and value independence and equality,” said Hearst Magazines president David Carey, in a statement. “Both brands enjoy strong advertising support from a similar group of national marketers across a range of categories as well.”
Ann Shoket, who had served as Seventeen’s editor-in-chief for the past seven years, is stepping down to “persue other media projects,” according to Hearst. She will also remain a consultant at the company.
A new editor-in-chief for Seventeen will be named soon.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The New York Times and Reuters. Details are below.
- The Times has named Tony Brancato has been named executive director, web products and audience development. He previously served as head of web products. Brancato joined the Times last year.
- Charles Levinson is joining Reuters as its Wall Street investigations editor. He comes to the company from The Wall Street Journal, where he most recently covered white collar crime.
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