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Posts Tagged ‘Chris O’Shea’

Sochi Drag Queen Manhandles Ball State Student

On Poynter this week, Kristen Hare had an interesting article about a team of Ball State journalism students who paid their own way via Amsterdam to Sochi to cover the Olympic Games. Embedded in her report was a link to an even more fascinating blog item by team member Matt Amaro, a photography major.


Titled “The Best Little Gay Bar in Sochi,” the item relates the experiences of Amaro, teacher Ryan Sparrow and fellow student/reporter Ryan Howe when the trio visited Cabaret Mayak, a place where drag queens perform. Howe is openly gay and, as Hare notes, wrote ahead of departure for The Advocate about his fears regarding visiting Sochi. From Amaro’s blog item:

After the first drag queen performed, she started talking with and reading people in Russian. “Because reading is what?! FUN-DE-MENTAL!” She walks over to where I am knelt on the side of the stage. She tells the bar that I am one of her friends.

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Graydon Carter’s Contract Negotiations Stall, Possible Successors Discussed

Graydon Carter, the 63-year-old editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, is currently negotiating a new contract with Condé Nast. According to The New York Post, the main hold-up to getting the deal done is that Carter’s lawyer — Allan Grubman — is pushing for a signing bonus and a raise for Carter.

The other issue at hand is that Carter isn’t sure how much longer he wants to stay at Vanity Fair. He has already been the editor of the magazine for 21 years, so you can hardly blame him. Carter also has other interests, such his overseeing his popular restaurants and producing films.

Charles Townsend, Condé’s CEO, told the Post that all is well and “There are no plans for anyone to succeed Graydon at Vanity Fair.” Which means, of course, it’s time to guess who is succeeding Carter at Vanity Fair! Below are some names that have been circulated:

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Rupert Murdoch Breaks Silence on New York Post, FishbowlNY Says You’re Welcome, Guys

Rupert Murdoch dragged a wrinkled finger across his iPad yesterday, scanning Twitter to see who was mentioning him. And that’s when he saw it, the tweet and paired blog post that made his eyes widen and his cheeks flush. He mouthed a breathy “no,” as he read it.

The guys from FishbowlNY had skewered him, and his beloved New York Post tabloid, again.

The leather desk chair creaked as he sat back, sighing exasperatedly. He placed the iPad on his mahogany desk. Unsure if he was angry, or just embarrassed, he thought about it. Maybe I’ll buy Mediabistro and just put those hacks out of the job, he thought. Or maybe I’ll sue them for libel, he thought, but quickly brushed off the idea, because he knows he doesn’t need any more legal woes. The phone hacking thing was enough. No need to drag some brazen bastards before a judge and jury.

He scratched his forehead, the creased 82-year-old skin molding like Silly Putty ™ in his finger tips.

Only one thing to do, he thought. I’ve got to launch a stellar defense of my newspaper, my New York Post, my baby.

“Wendi,” he called across the room to his wife, Wendi Deng, who was catching her breath after verbally demolishing the new maid for breathing too loud or something like that. “Can you look over my shoulder on this one? I want to make sure I get it just right — so all the world’s media gazers recant their criticisms of the Post.”

“Sure,” she said, and cracked her knuckles.

Old Rupe started tapping away at the screen.

“Yeah, yeah, that’s perfect, darling,” Wendi said. “This will probably boost the Post‘s subscription sales! You’re so smart.”

Rupert smiled. He clicked send. And the rest of us got this:

So, on behalf of my co-editor Chris O’Shea and the rest of FishbowlNY, you’re welcome.

Editor’s note: This is more satire. Duh.

Image: [BBC/Daily Mail]

FishbowlNY Hires Former TheWrap Media Reporter Alexander C. Kaufman

We have some exciting internal news to share on this Friday afternoon involving our sister site FishbowlNY.

Two weeks after co-editor Jerry Barmash accepted a TV reporter job with the New York Daily News and bid farewell to Mediabistro readers, his replacement has been confirmed. Starting Monday, April 15 as co-editor alongside Chris O’Shea will be former TheWrap media reporter Alexander C. Kaufman.

“I interviewed with a couple of other companies,” Kaufman tells us this afternoon via telephone from Boston. “I’m really excited to be joining Mediabistro and look forward to helping continue to grow the FishbowlNY brand.” Kaufman, a native of Long Island, will be based in New York.

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Mark Burnett’s VIMBY Helps Launch McDonald’s TV

A lesser known piece of reality TV kingpin Mark Burnett‘s empire is the Van Nuys located VIMBY, which stands for Video In My BackYard. With local crews in about three dozen American cities, the company has provided customized video content for a whole range of clients including Macy’s, Mazda and Red Bull.

Now, together with LA’s ChannelPort Communications, KABC and BBC America, VIMBY is getting ready to turn on arguably its biggest showcase yet. Per an LA Times report by Joe Flint and Greg Braxton, the in-restaurant McDonald’s TV channel is being officially served up after beta runs in LA, San Diego and Las Vegas:

The McDonald’s channel is being rolled out slowly during the next few months and will soon be up in 800 McDonald’s restaurants in Southern and Central California…

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