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Marie Claire Names Site Director

marie claire logo GJessica Pels has been named site director of MarieClaire.com. Pels comes to Marie Claire from Teen Vogue, where she most recently served as online deputy editor and features editor.

“Jessica’s enthusiasm for Marie Claire is infectious,” said Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider, in a statement. “Her smart, savvy approach to fashion, beauty, news, feminism, and culture embodies the Marie Claire spirit. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the brand.”

Pels starts December 8 and will report to Kate Lewis, Hearst Magazines Digital Media’s VP, content operations and editorial director.

WSJ Launches New Social Media Accounts

wsjilogoThe Wall Street Journal is expanding its social media presence by launching accounts on Line and WeChat. Line is popular in Japan; WeChat in China.

“Line’s phenomenal growth in Japan over recent years has been well documented, but we are now seeing the platform grow in popularity in many regions internationally,” said Adam Najberg, the Journal’s digital editor, in a statement. “The growth potential is exponential. We’re also excited to be one of the first international news organizations to have an official WeChat account outside of mainland China. Though the majority of WeChat’s 468 million active monthly users are in mainland China, we view this as a great opportunity to connect with a new base of users on this dynamic social platform.”

Both Line and WeChat accounts will give users a similar offering — a daily selection of top headlines from the Journal.

Hipsters Annoyed by Vice

VICE_Logo1Vice — the media organization for hipsters, rich kids who dress like they’re poor, terrible artists and other annoying people — is preparing to move to its new headquarters in Williamsburg. As Ad Age reports, the building used to house music venues Glasslands and Death By Audio. Both are now closing, and that has angered the locals:

During one of Death by Audio’s final shows on Tuesday, Tim Harrington of the band Les Savy Fav took the stage with ‘Suck It Vice’ written across his body

Last week, during a do-it-yourself art show at Death By Audio, someone painted ‘Fuck You Shane’ on a wall, presumably a reference to Shane Smith, Vice‘s co-founder and CEO

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John Cleese is No Fan of Rupert Murdoch

JohnCleeseLiveTalksLAThis penultimate portion of Live Talks LA’s fifth season sold out quickly a month beforehand. A total of 900 copies of John Cleese‘s autobiography were purchased in conjunction with the November 18 Alex Theatre sit-down. And per the full video of the conversation now posted, nearly an equal amount of scintillating anecdotes were shared.

Event series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has matched up a lot of great authors and interviewers over the years, but the pairing of Cleese with Monty Python pal Eric Idle ranks right at the top. Probably the funniest single stretch is when Cleese and Idle recalled touring New Zealand during their earliest days (“We left England in July 1964 and we arrived in Auckland in…” Cleese began, “…in July 1864,” Idle added.)

There were also during the discussion a couple of notable mentions of Rupert Murdoch. At one point, Idle and Cleese talked about having recently read Nick Davies‘ acclaimed book Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch:

Idle: “It’s a very interesting book of how, we won’t mention his name – Rupert Murdoch! – took over England, really, and was responsible for electing Thatcher, Blair, Major and Brown. That power is really extraordinary.”

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NY Times Corrects Article with Fake Kanye Quote

The editors at The New York Times don’t think much of Kanye West. If they did, they’d probably be skeptical of a quote in which he said his butt was superior to Kim Kardashian’s. That’s a bit much, even for Kanye. Instead, the editors ran an article with such a quote, despite it being pulled from satirical site The Daily Currant:

At least the editors have now learned two lessons: 1) The Daily Currant is a fake news site and 2) No one has a better butt than Kim Kardashian.

(h/t: Jim Romenesko)

Leadership Changes at Seventeen

Michelle Tan won’t take over as editor of Seventeen until next week, but there are already major changes at the magazine. According to WWD, Seventeen has cut managing editor Jo Ann Liguori; fashion market editor Jasmine Snow; beauty director Yesenia Almonte; and fashion assistant Rachel Lowe.

Joanna Coles, who was named editorial director of Seventeen in addition to her role as editor of Cosmo, has filled some of those holes with Cosmo staffers.

Leah Wyar, Cosmo‘s beauty director, has been promoted to group beauty director, and will add Seventeen oversight to her role. Likewise, Cosmo fashion director Aya Kanai has been upped to group fashion director for both Seventeen and Cosmo.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Files for Bankruptcy | MSNBC Hires Ex-WH Staffer

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Aereo Files for Bankruptcy (TVSpy)
With a post on the company’s blog Friday morning, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia announced the company had filed for bankruptcy protection. THR The digital TV service, which broadcast network owners battled in courts for offering access to broadcast TV signals via digital devices, made a voluntary Chapter 11 filing, it said in the statement. “We encountered significant challenges from the incumbent media companies,” said Kanojia in the statement. Mashable Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is typically expensive and allows for the company to restructure its debt. While filing for bankruptcy does not necessarily mean the end of the business, Kanojia struck a tone in a statement on Aereo’s website that insinuated the company was done. Variety New York-based Aereo had raised about $97 million, from investors including IAC chairman Barry Diller, media investor Gordon Crawford, Himalaya Capital Management, Highland Capital Partners and FirstMark Capital. Earlier this month Aereo laid off a majority of its staff, including employees in New York and Boston. The company said a small executive team of about a dozen people would remain. GigaOM Aereo’s bankruptcy petition shows it owes roughly $2 million to a list of creditors that include Internet companies like Level 3 and Google, as well as several law firms. But the most significant creditors on the list are names like ABC and Fox, the TV networks that are continuing to sue Aereo over copyright infringement. Aereo’s filing simply states “unknown” in the amount owed to the “litigation party” TV stations, which also include PBS, Telemundo and NBC.

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Graham Norton on Tom Cruise, ‘Bad Boyfriend’ and More

GrahamNortonHeDevilCoverPolly Vernon‘s profile of Graham Norton for the New Zealand Herald is unlikely to leave a single reader “banjaxed.” As opposed to Norton himself, to whom Vernon at one point applies that descriptive to convey the talk show host’s reaction to a question about the perhaps-missed-opportunity of engaging a female sex surrogate.

Vernon and Norton are a match made in dazzling-wit heaven. The 51-year-old UK media star, who foresees exiting his BBC America talker in three years, says he is at peace with both not making it “big” in the U.S. and being less proactive than a certain year-older A-lister:

Tom Cruise is supernaturally good at [being nice]. Nothing will prepare you for it. He is like an alien. He’s like someone from a different planet! So like, on the way in here, he’ll have met that manager guy, who did introduce himself to me, but I don’t remember his name. Tom will know it! And on the way out, he’ll thank him for everything. And then that guy will love Tom Cruise forever. We can be pleasant to him, but already we’ve messed up, because we don’t remember his name. And the difference is that.”

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Time Cover Story Interviewer is Nine Months Younger Than Taylor Swift

JackDickeyPicVery impressive.

At this week’s “Conversation Series” hosted by the New York Daily News Innovation Lab, time.com managing editor Edward Felsenthal reminded the audience about a second layer of precociousness framing the magazine’s current cover story. The bylined reporter, Jack Dickey (pictured), is nearly a full year younger than the highlighted celebrity, Taylor Swift. From a report by The Huffington Post’s Lily Karlin:

“Jack, who we hired right out of [New York's] Columbia [College], is younger than Taylor Swift,” Felsenthal explained. “First week he walked in with the idea, and said he refused to write it until he had access to her. With the perseverance of someone of more experience than he actually has, he got to her and broke news in his cover story and wrote a beautiful 2,000-word piece.”

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