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Raphael Brion Named Editor of Bonappetit.com

Raphael Brion has been named editor of Bonappetit.com. Brion most recently served as editor of Eater’s national site. During his time there, the site earned James Beard Foundation Journalism Award nominations in 2013 and 2014.

“Raphael not only has a firm grasp on the workings of the Web, he knows the food world inside and out,” Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit said, in a statement. “To land someone of his caliber is a coup. We are fired up to welcome him aboard.”

Brion begins November 10.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Chernin, AT&T Strike Deal With Fullscreen | The Wire Shuttered

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Peter Chernin, AT&T to Buy Majority Stake in YouTube Network Fullscreen (THR)
Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group and AT&T have finalized a deal to acquire a majority stake in YouTube network Fullscreen. GigaOM Financial details of the transaction weren’t released, but Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos, who previously handled partner relations for YouTube, will retain “a material ownership stake in the company,” according to the release. Re/code The sale is supposed to wrap up in the next month; ad holding giant WPP, which invested in Fullscreen earlier, will remain as a “strategic shareholder.” The deal is likely to value Fullscreen, which says it has 4 billion monthly video views, between $200 million and $300 million. Earlier in the year, Disney bought YouTube network Maker Studios, which had 5.5 billion views, in a deal that could ultimately hit $950 million. That sale kicked off a new wave of investor interest in Web video networks, which for now generate most of their eyeballs and revenue on YouTube. Capital New York Dreamworks acquired YouTube channel AwesomenessTV in 2011 for $150 million, Discovery acquired Revision3 in 2012 for $30 million, and Legendary Entertainment bought Nerdist for an undisclosed sum in 2012. Variety Fullscreen, founded in January 2011, works with more than 50,000 content creators — including such YouTube stars as the Fine Bros., Connor Franta and O2L — who have an aggregate of 450 million subscribers. The Culver City, Calif.-based company has about 200 employees worldwide.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Todd Eyed for MTP | LA Times Names Publisher, CEO

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Meet The Press Reportedly Plans to Announce New Moderator Soon, Chuck Todd The Favorite (Politico / Playbook)
Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of Meet The Press, with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. TVNewser Meet The Press has slipped to third among the Sunday public affairs shows. Todd is currently NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director, as well as the anchor of the 9 a.m. Daily Rundown on MSNBC. FishbowlDC The New York Post’s Page Six first reported in late July that Gregory may soon be replaced. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove later wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.” TVNewser Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace appeared on MediaBuzz to give his thoughts on the rumors and the influence of Sunday shows today. “I think it’s lousy,” Wallace said about how NBC News is treating Gregory amid rumors of his imminent ousting. FishbowlDC “I think they either ought to say he’s our guy, we’re sticking by him, or they ought to get rid of him, but they shouldn’t put him in this limbo,” said Wallace.

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Condé Nast Kicks Lucky to the Curb

Dakota FanningIt appears the reports of Lucky’s demise were not greatly exaggerated. In a major move, Condé Nast has spun off Lucky into a new company, titled The Lucky Group.

The Lucky Group is a joint venture between Lucky and BeachMint, an e-commerce platform. The print version of Lucky will continue, but make no mistake about it — this is a turn toward the digital for the brand.

The Lucky Group will be led by BeachMint’s Josh Berman as CEO, Lucky’s Eva Chen as chief creative officer, and Gillian Gorman Round as president. Even Anna Wintour is staying on as an “advisor,” though we wouldn’t be surprised if that arrangement didn’t last long.

Anyone who has been paying attention probably isn’t that surprised by this news. Lucky has been struggling for awhile, and its dismal September ad page showing might have been the final nail in the coffin. The glossy’s all-important September issue only featured 90 ad pages, a whopping 34 percent decline from last year’s issue.

Please keep all Lucky puns/jokes (Lucky wasn’t so lucky, Lucky was unlucky, Lucky could’ve used more luck, etc.) to yourself.

AFAR Media’s Trajectory: Self-Funded, Bi-Coastal, Profitable

In 2009, AFAR Media was launched with a focus on travel and a combined $20 million investment from Joe Diaz, Greg Sullivan and Ernie Garcia. This summer, at the five-year anniversary mark and with the August/September issue having just hit newsstands, AFAR has arrived at profitability.

Branded content currently accounts for a third of AFAR’s revenues. In the latest print issue, starting on page 19, there is for example “Artisans Inspired.” Part of a year-long partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, the three-page feature is anchored around quotes from surfer Lon Klein, New York Botanical Gardens curator Karen Daubmann and international travel excursions leader Sean Nelson.

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“This is a multi-dimensional, multi-platform branded content program that lives in print, mobile and on desktop,” says Diaz during a recent telephone conversation with FishbowlNY. “How we try to approach branded content is – it’s really all about what is the core idea. What are the hooks, what are the elements that are going to get people excited.”

“We don’t care if it’s paid [content] or if it’s editorial,” he adds. “Our philosophy is that the content always has to be good. And we’re not shy about making sure everybody knows that this is paid for. The whole idea of the campaign is that artisans inspire and let’s help bring those rich values and characters to life, through the eyes of the people on the ground.”

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New Wine Magazine Features WSJ, Bon Appétit Alums

There’s a new New York-based wine magazine to savor. Grape Collective is officially launching today and features a number of very recognizable food and wine journalism names.

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Former Wall Street Journal wine columnist Dorothy J. Gaiter, who wrote for the paper from 1998 to 2010 and conceived her “Tastings” column there with husband John Brecher, is senior editor. She starts things off with an evaluation of Lionel Osmin Villa’s 2012 La Vie en Rose rosé.

Meanwhile, former Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild has joined Grape Collective as travel and restaurant editor. She reviews a restaurant in Healdsburg, a more laid back portion of Northern California wine country:

Healdsburg does have its share of posh spots to stay like the Relais & Chateaux Hotel Les Mars, the Hotel Healdsburg, historic Madrona Manor and romantic comfortable B&Bs like the Belle de Jour Inn…

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Ad Age Names Bon Appétit Magazine of The Year

Bon Appétit has been named Ad Age’s Magazine of The Year. Ad Age ties the magazine’s dominance directly to editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport and Pamela Drucker Mann, Bon Appétit’s VP/publisher:

This year, the magazine’s ad pages through October have increased 21% from the period a year earlier, according to the Media Information Newsletter, with much of its new business coming from non-endemic clients such as Chanel, BMW and Chase. That has helped the magazine turn in some of its thickest issues in the last six years.

Rapoport said that the secret to success wasn’t just his and Drucker Mann’s leadership. In fact, creating a good magazine was simple. ”It’s about working your tail off and producing great content,” said Rapoport.

Drucker Mann was a bit less humble than Rapoport when describing Bon Appétit. ”We’re not just following the food trends,” she told Ad Age. “We’re making the food trends.”

As Drake would say, oh you fancy huh.

Bon Appétit Bestows Huge Honor on 26-Year-Old LA Chef

Here’s how Bon Appétit magazine frames their choice of Ari Taymor‘s 39-seat downtown Los Angeles eatery Alma as this year’s best new USA restaurant:

To put it in sports terms, [it's] like a minor league baseball player who goes from batting .200 one year to hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to win the World Series the next. Yes, it’s that unexpected.

In nearby local baseball terms, another way to think of Taymor is as Yasiel Puig – squared. Rounding out the top three new American eateries is San Francisco’s very pricey Saison (#2) and Nashville’s Rolf & Daughters (#3).

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Ashlea Halpern Departs New York

Ashlea Halpern is leaving New York for Bon Appétit. Halpern had been a senior  strategist editor for New York, overseeing the Strategist section. At Bon Appétit she’ll serve as a special projects editor.

“One of the nice things about how generous ASME has been to us in the magazine section category was that each time I seemed to be on the podium accepting this award, it was for a different Strategist editor,” Adam Moss, New York’s editor, wrote in a memo obtained by WWD. “Next year I have no doubt we’ll be deserving once again.”

Halpern starts at Bon Appétit in two weeks. July 10.

Cover Battle: Time or Bon Appétit

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This week we have Time versus Bon Appétit. Time went with a photo of a confident looking Sheryl Sandberg. One question: Do people really hate her? We had no idea. Maybe they will now? That would be mean of Time.

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