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Bette Midler, Al Roker & Bravo’s Bickering Brokers From Million Dollar Listing New York

LunchAtMichaelsWhen it comes to Bravo’s ever-expanding slate of reality stars, it’s hard to keep the players straight without a scorecard. Between the Housewives, hipsters and wannabe singers, few have retained more than a few seasons of fame (or infamy) outside the realm of their melodramatic universe give or take a few Life & Style covers. I can count the number of Bravolebrities on one hand that have left an impression on me beyond registering their sheer delight at their own insta-fame. That’s why my lunch with Luis D. Ortiz and Fredrik Eklund, stars of the network’s Million Dollar Listing New York, was such a pleasant surprise.

Luis Ortiz, Diane Clehane and Fredrik Eklund

Luis Ortiz, Diane Clehane and Fredrik Eklund

Besides being charismatic, funny and extremely well dressed (more on that later), these guys are driven beyond belief and smart as hell. Over the course of our lunch to dish about the new season, (premiering next Wednesday, April 2 at 9 p.m) I learned quite a bit about Fredrik and Luis (unfortunately their castmate Ryan Serhant was tied up at a pitch meeting and never made it to Michael’s.) Fredrik heads up the country’s top selling real estate team (which he founded) at Douglas Elliman. Between bites of his Cobb salad, he told me he sold 36 apartments last year, raking in 2.2 million in commissions during season two. So far this year, he’s sold $400 million (yes, you read that right) worth of real estate. Luis, who now works with Fredrik at Elliman, where he heads up his own real estate group, has sold over $300 million in residential real estate in the past three and a half years.

Almost thirty minutes before the appointed hour, Luis arrived at Michael’s and we sat at the bar chatting about the fickle finger of reality television fate waiting for the rest of our party. Besides being struck by Luis’ impeccable made for GQ style (a perfectly cut, made-to-measure suit “from a tailor in Mexico,” Patek Philippe watch and a Zara coat I’d kill for), I couldn’t help but notice his laser-like focus on my questions. The guy knows how to listen (a very underrated character trait, if you ask me). When I inquired if he thought the show had created a ‘character’ for him he said, “Television can’t edit you differently if you are yourself. I respect myself and I’m myself at all times. I understand the need for drama, but the business is inherently dramatic enough that we don’t have to make things up. I feel like the camera is telling the truth.”

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Time Inc. Streamlines Structure, Eliminates Jobs

TimeLifeBuildingRockCenter_articleboxThe reshaping of Time Inc. continues. According to a memo from Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s CEO, the company is streamlining its structure by eliminating the brand clusters (like Style Group, News Group, etc.) and therefore, cutting jobs. The biggest departure is that of David Geithner, who had been with Time Inc. for over 20 years. Ed Kelly, CEO of American Express Publishing is also out.

Without the brand groupings, Evelyn Webster and Todd Larsen will be taking on larger roles. Webster will now oversee All You, Black Ink, Cooking Light, Coastal Living, Departures, Essence, Food & Wine, Health, InStyle, People StyleWatch, People en Español, Real Simple, Southern Living, Sunset, This Old House, Travel + Leisure, and IPC.

Larsen will oversee People, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, CNNMoney, Money, Golf, SI for Kids, Time for Kids and Mexico’s GEx.

In the same memo, Ripp announced that Mark Ford will be joining the company as executive VP of ad sales. You can read Ripp’s entire note below.

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Time Inc. Buys American Express Publishing

Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s new CEO, has made his first big move: Purchasing American Express Publishing and its five titles. As part of the deal, AmEx Publishing — the company behind DeparturesTravel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Executive Travel and Black Ink — will become a subsidiary of Time Inc.

As with any large buy, the Time Inc. acquisition was accompanied by a variety of statements that all sound the same. “American Express Publishing is home to the most desirable brands in the luxury space and we’re delighted they will become part of Time Inc.,” said Ripp. Ed Kelly, president and CEO of AmEx Publishing, added “This sale is a formula for success that will allow us to further develop our extraordinary brands, services and traditions.”

The deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Financial details weren’t disclosed. But feel free to guess.