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Ousted Cathie Black talks to Fortune About Making a Comeback

After being ousted as the chancellor of New York City public schools after merely 95 days, former Hearst magazines boss Cathie Black granted one of her first interviews to Fortune, and seemed to be in good spirits.

“It was like having to learn Russian in a weekend — and then give speeches in Russian and speak Russian in budget committee and City Council meetings,” she said about her brief stint in the public sphere.

Before managing magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Oprah’s O, Black also built USA Today for Gannett. But her media success has not shielded her from the barrage of criticism since she began the chancellor post.

“And the worst pictures!” Black told Patricia Sellers, “obviously referring to a horrid closeup shot of her on a February cover of New York magazine.”

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An Inside Look At The Inside of Hearst

Cathie Black, former Chairman of Hearst Corporation, took on her new job as Chancellor of the city’s schools today. To commemorate that, Cooper Smith at Business Insider got an exclusive look inside the Hearst Corporation building, the place Black used to call her home away from home.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work at Hearst, head on over and take the photographic tour. But be warned, it’s not all “exclusive” items. There’s definitely good stuff, like pictures of magazine layouts and a tour of the Good Housekeeping Institute. But then there’s also pictures of people waiting for elevators (shocking!) and people eating in a break room (maybe what they were eating was worth documenting?).

Oh, and there’s also a picture of Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, with a look on her face that says “What are you doing here you idiot?” so everyone can get a feel for what being an intern at Hearst is like. Check out the picture of Coles after the jump.

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Hearst Execs Jump, Jive And/Or Wail During Their Annual Sales Meeting

What Hearst is losing in outgoing chairwoman Cathie Black, it has gained in a pervading spirit of unbridled joy during sales meetings. Yesterday, the company’s president, marketing and publishing director Michael Clinton held an annual company-wide sales meeting with a very special theme: “Jump.” In order to make sure meeting-goers fully felt the spirit of the sales meeting, Clinton — joined by Hearst GM/EVP John Loughlin, Esquire VP/publisher Kevin O’Malley, Good Houskeeping SVP/publisher Pat Haegele, Cosmopolitan SVP/publisher Donna Lagani, and Marie Claire VP/publisher Nancy Berger Cardone performed Madonna’s single “Jump.”

Luckily, the good people at Hearst sent a couple pictures of the performers our way. We hope that you enjoy them thoroughly:

O’Malley, Haegele, Clinton, Berger Cardone, Loughlin and Lagani

Blonde leading the blonde: Pat Haegele, Nancy Berger Cardone, Donna Lagani

If You Say So: Hearst Exec Cathie Black Takes On Role Of NYC Schools Chancellor As Joel Klein Moves To News Corp.

In a somewhat baffling series of moves, Joel Klein is stepping down from his post as New York City’s schools chancellor for a job at Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp, where he’ll act as the company’s senior advisor. Taking his place as chancellor is none other than Hearst chairwoman Cathie Black.

Klein first took on the role eight years ago, with no prior experience working with schools. He was formerly an antitrust chief at the Justice Department and chairman and chief executive officer of media giant Bertelsmann Inc.

Black, who addressed the move in a press conference today, was asked to be Klein’s successor by Mayor Mike Bloomberg himself. Explained Bloomberg:

Cathy is a world-class manager, and she is uniquely qualified to take us in the direction people keep talking about: jobs, jobs, jobs. That is something Cathie Black knows about, as much as anybody in this room.

The Village Voice points out that Black’s own children attend private boarding schools in Connecticut.

And just how are New York media reporters reacting to this bit of news?

The New York Observer‘s Kyle Pope Tweeted, astutely, that “this is all very odd.”

Runnin’ Scared blogger Jen Doll, meanwhile, chose to look for a silver (or pink and navy) lining, Tweeting that she rather likes Ms. Black, “especially how she spells her name with that peppy ‘ie.’ that’s good for kids.”

Tru dat!

Chris Matthews Stops by Michael’s

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Now that summer is unofficially over and the glitterati have shuttered their cottages in the Hamptons, the regulars have begun to trickle into Michael’s for catch-up power lunches. Things weren’t exactly operating at full tilt today, but there were enough media mavens and moguls scattered around the dining room to signal that the city’s busy social season is upon us. So, pack up those summer whites and buckle down. It’s back to business.

I was joined today by jewelry designer Lisa Salzer and my good pal Miriam Driot, who is handling international public relations and marketing for Lisa’s line of vintage costume jewelry, Lulu Frost. The gals were all abuzz about Lisa’s first-ever Fashion Week presentation with live models at MAC & Milk Studio next Monday. Lisa says the show will have an “elegant, fifties feel” and feature Mad Men-inspired period clothes from Amarcord. Despite the frenzy going on in showrooms all over town, this afternoon Lisa was the embodiment of Grace Kelly cool. “It’s the calm before the storm,” she joked.

In just six years, Lisa went from being a Dartmouth college student who sold jewelry out of her dorm room to respected talent whose vintage pieces are carried in Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and overseas in Paris and Japan. “It’s my passion,” she said. She also told me she inherited her love of all that glitters from her grandmother who ran an antique estate jewelry firm in England.

When I asked her how her business has been affected by the lingering recession, she said: “We’ve been lucky. Things have been very good. Because the collection is costume, women are still buying the pieces they love. It’s much different than selling apparel.” I’ll say. In fact, Lisa is so optimistic about her clients’ bling obsession that she’s planning to launch a fine jewelry collection next year.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Diana Taylor and Susan Mercandetti

2. Terry Allen Kramer and James Nederlander

3. Women’s Day‘s Carlos Lamadrid

4. Public relations scion Steve Rubenstein

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Lunch: James Cameron’s Oscar Campaign Comes to Michael’s

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It was Hollywood on the Hudson at Michael’s today as Peggy Siegal hosted one of her legendary lunches right smack in the middle of the dining room. Today’s guest of honor was James Cameron. Looks like Peggy pulled out all the stops, rounding up quite an eclectic collection of actors, directors, and entertainment A-listers to celebrate the Avatar auteur’s nine Oscar nominations and, no doubt, drum up a few votes. Ballots are due March 2! In case you haven’t heard, Cameron is up against some stiff competition in the best picture and director categories. His ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, has been nabbing plenty of statuettes this award season for helming The Hurt Locker, and everyone in Hollywood is waiting to see who comes out on top on Oscar night.

I was squeezed into the bar with Redbook‘s editor-in-chief Stacy Morrison and Hearst’s director of public relations Alexandra Carlin. Stacy is about to publish her first book, Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce (Simon & Schuster) next month and it’s a real page turner. After spending a year “trying not to write the book,” Stacy decided to chronicle her painful but ultimately life-affirming journey from jilted wife of a year-old baby to happy single mother. The memoir, which seems destined for the big screen, took two years of writing and rewriting on weekends to finish. “I wanted to make people think differently about divorce,” Stacy told me. After tiring of deflecting people’s inappropriate questions about the split, Stacy says she ultimately thought: ‘If you want to see the real story, here it is.’ And she doesn’t hold anything back. From the nights spent sobbing on her kitchen floor to the painful conversations with her soon-to-be ex, it’s all there.

I asked Stacy if she had any misgivings about exposing so much about her personal life in the book, given her high-profile position as a relationship ‘expert.’ (She got her boss Cathie Black‘s blessing to write it.) On the contrary, she told me. “The book is a resilience road map,” says Stacy. Miraculously, she and her ex-husband have managed to remain friends (really!) and have a co-parenting strategy that works for the couple and their young son. Stacy even dedicated the book to the man who left her because, she says, “I couldn’t have written it without him in more ways than one.”

The book is getting plenty of good buzz and even earned high praise from none other than Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote of her own reawakening after divorce in Eat, Pray, Love. Gilbert “loved the tone” of the book, calling it “real, without the slightest hint of self-pity.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Just an intimate lunch for 38 including James Cameron and pals Bob Balaban, Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn (looking absolutely ageless), Avatar villain Stephen Lang, indie It girl Parker Posey, documentarian Ken Burns and director Julie Taymor, Jean Doumanian and Warner Music’s Lyor Cohen. Also in attendance: Les Moonves, John Stossel, Felicia Taylor, and “Mayor” Joe Armstrong. Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar odds-maker Dave Karger was also on hand taking it all in.

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Wanted: Media Blogger Extraordinaire

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FishbowlNY is seeking an avid media nerd with a nose for breaking news and a love of media panels to take over the reins of this blog from yours truly.

Yes, you heard it here first: I am moving on to a new project. And if you’re interested in the gig, I welcome you to check out the job posting. The best candidates will have a background in journalism, some experience hunting down and gathering news, a familiarity with how old and new media operates, working knowledge of New York’s media landscape and — what we’re all seeking — a unique voice.

If you enjoy dissecting Rupert Murdoch‘s latest tirade and know the difference between Cathie Black and Tina Brown, this might be the job for you.

(Photo via Flickr)

Is HGTV Magazine In The Works?

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With the success of Food Network Magazine and the loss of shelter titles like Domino in the past year, it sort of comes as no surprise that Hearst would be in talks with Scripps-owned lifestyle channel HGTV to launch a new magazine.

New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog reports today that Hearst prez Cathie Black is hoping to launch the shelter magazine, citing unnamed sources within the magazine publisher. Hearst already publishes Food Network Magazine, tied to Scripps’ popular foodie channel, which launched in late 2008 with its first paid issue this past summer — so it doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult to do the same thing with HGTV, following the Food Network Magazine model.

Now the question is: would you read HGTV Magazine?

Read more: Hearst To Launch HGTV Magazine? –Daily Intel

Previously: Cablevision Customers Get Their Food Network Back

Lunch: ‘Bag Lady’ & Madoff Victim Alexandra Penney: ‘Writing Well is the Best Revenge!’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Things must be looking up in the journalism biz, because Michael’s dining room was jam packed with media folks of every stripe. While CEOs and spinmeisters held court from their usual perches, writers and editors were shoehorned in all over the place. I was glad I got there early because I bumped into former Self editor-in-chief Alexandra Penney, who I had not talked to since she authored the much buzzed about book, How to Make Love to a Man. “That was another life ago,” said Alexandra. I’ll say. Last fall, I was riveted by her posts on The Daily Beast where she chronicled the emotional and financial devastation that almost consumed her when she lost everything thanks to Bernie Madoff‘s ponzi scheme.

Alexandra bravely wrote about her experiences for Tina Brown‘s site under posts dubbed ‘The Bag Lady Papers,” because, she says simply, “I needed money.” When agent Ed Victor read her deeply personal revelations he told her, “I think you might have a book here.” And indeed she did. The Bag Lady Papers is due out February 16 from Hyperion’s Voice imprint. “When something like this happens, it either galvanizes you or devastates you. I chose to be galvanized because I had to. It’s amazing what you can do when you really need to.”

I was joined today by another enterprising woman, my good friend Dr. Robi Ludwig. In addition to her thriving private practice as a psychotherapist, Robi is a frequent contributor to the Today show where she weighs in on modern relationships and the celebrity crack-up of the moment. She’s logged plenty of airtime trying to get inside Tiger Woods‘ marital meltdown, and she and Redbook‘s editor-in-chief Stacy Morrison dished with Al Roker just yesterday on what couples are fighting about most these days (If you guessed money, you’re right). When Robi is not seeing patients or lending her expert opinion on matters of the heart, she keeps busy with her “inspirational” jewelry line for QVC, Dr. Robi. After her first book, Till Death Do Us Part: Inside the Mind of A Killer Spouse (Atria), kept her busy on the talk show circuit, she is now hard at work on her second which will offer tips on how to have a happier marriage during these stressful times. Earlier this month, she also signed on as a contributor to care.com, an online community and comprehensive source for people searching for caregivers of all kinds from babysitters to eldercare workers. “I’ve always loved the idea of not pigeonholing myself,” says Robi. “There’s no reason to do just one thing if you’re passionate about a lot different things.” Obviously.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The “Imber Gang”: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Andy Bergman and Michael Kramer.

2. A casually clad Paul Wilmot (loved the sweater!) and Omnicom’s CEO Tom Harrison

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Norris Mailer

4. Former William Morris chairman Jim Wiatt and Quadrangle Group’s Josh Steiner

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Marie Claire Publisher Proves Dreams Do Come True

prar01_cardone212-1.jpgWhen Gourmet folded nearly four months ago, its staff, including publisher Nancy Berger Cardone, found themselves adrift among a sea of unemployed media workers.

Not long after, Cardone sat down for lunch with Hearst Magazine’s chief marketing officer, Michael Clinton. Although he had no job to offer her, Clinton asked Cardone which Hearst title she would work for if she had her pick. Her answer: Marie Claire.

“Maybe it was wishful thinking,” Cardone said last night, as Clinton and Hearst president Cathie Black celebrated Cardone’s appointment as the latest publisher of the fashion magazine in a small gathering on the 44th floor of the Hearst building. As luck would have it, not long after her lunch date with Clinton, Marie Claire‘s publisher Susan Plagemann departed for Vogue, joining the very company, Condé Nast, that had just cast Cardone aside. Clinton acted fast, and Cardone was installed as publisher there by December 7.

Still, Cardone had to suffer through a few weeks of unemployment, and she confessed to us that she frequently trolled the job boards at mediabistro.com. To paraphrase Us Weekly: publishers, they’re just like us!

Also last night, after a heartfelt welcome of Cardone to the Hearst family, Black, wearing a black shift dress with a fur wrapped around her shoulders, said, “If it seems like I’m overdressed, I am. I’m going to Lady Gaga!”

Previously: Gourmet Publisher Finds A Home At Marie Claire

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