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David Granger Discusses Changing Male Reader

David Granger has been editor-in-chief of Esquire since 1997. That’s one hell of a tenure. In 1997, people still cared about Marilyn Manson. That’s how long ago 1997 was. Because Granger has overseen the title for so long, he has insights into the magazine world that others don’t. Granger shared a few with Adweek, but below are our favorites.

How Esquire dealt with the post 9/11 environment:

Esquire’s role in that time has been to explore all of the issues, trivial and massively important. We’ve also been optimistic and forward-looking. Even though I worry about everything and am motivated principally by fear, I’m also deep down deeply optimistic.

On men caring about fashion and style:

If you look back to the beginning of the 20th century, men were deeply concerned [about their looks]. Look at fashion coverage in the 1930s. It was expected that a man was a little bit of a dandy. Throughout history, men have many times been really concerned with their outward appearance. So this isn’t an anomaly.

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Cover Battle: New York or Esquire

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s critically acclaimed (thanks mom!) weekly Cover Battle. Today we have New York versus Esquire. New York’s cover features Michael Bloomberg. Pretty sure we spot some mayoral (for now!) ear hair, but hey, no one’s perfect.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Tina Brown Out at IAC | Esquire‘s 9/11 Fiasco | NR Sues Cory Booker


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IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown to Part Ways (BuzzFeed / Business)
Tina Brown, who sought to reinvent buzzy magazine journalism on the Internet in the form of The Daily Beast, and IAC have agreed to part ways. According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, The Daily Beast parent company IAC, owned by media mogul Barry Diller, does not plan to renew Brown’s contract when it expires in January. The decision has been made for the two sides to part ways, said the source, but precise details of the separation are still being worked out. Brown confirmed her departure in both a meeting with staff and in an email sent to friends and contacts after BuzzFeed broke the news on Wednesday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Brown will split with parent-company IAC next year and launch her own company, Tina Brown Live Media, according to sources with knowledge of her plans. The contract negotiations have been going on for the last few months, according to a source familiar with the discussions, and the split has been a “long time coming.” Daily Beast Brown is optimistic about the future of The Daily Beast. “The great thing about change is that you get influxes of new energy and you get different ideas,” she said. “I will be one click away from you every morning,” she told staffers, and added, “I will continue to see you grow.” Capital New York Brown, who was once editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, told Daily Beast staff she will take her successful Women in the World Conference, and its staff, with her, according to a source who was present at the newsroom gathering. Rhona Murphy, The Daily Beast’s CEO, said during the meeting that there are currently no plans to close the site, which is still in the process of extricating itself from Newsweek, and that a budget was being planned through 2014, the source said. Mashable A source claiming to be close to the negotiations emphasized that Brown — not IAC — “ultimately made the decision to walk away from The Daily Beast” and that it’s “more of a mutual separating of ways.” The source added that Brown’s relationship with IAC Chairman Barry Diller is “not strained” and she continues to have “a ton of respect” for him. FishbowlNY Brown’s departure will surely kick “The Daily Beast is dead” rumors into high gear. The site is on pace to lose $12 million this year, so don’t be shocked if IAC decides to sell or completely shut it down.

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J.D. Salinger Scavenger Hunt Features Two Famous Magazine Covers

In the summer of 1961, 25 cents at the newsstand got readers a TIME cover illustration of reclusive author J.D. Salinger under the slanted headline “A Private World of Love and Death.” Sixteen years later, Esquire subscribers were treated to an issue teasing the Ron Rosenbaum story “The Haunted Life of J.D. Salinger” with the photo of a Salinger lookalike on the cover shielding his face behind an open book.

These respective September 1961 and June 1997 covers are stealth-featured on the new website launched today by The Weinstein Company for their upcoming documentary Salinger. Stealth in the sense that the materials are not linked on the main navigation menu but rather require some cursor scavenging.

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Esquire Network to Debut September 23

Esquire Network, the much anticipated rebranding of G4, will launch September 23. The new network aimed at “the full, multi-faceted lives of today’s modern men,” starts things off with a two-hour, original show about…. Esquire. Hey, what the hell did you expect? “The Esquire Anniversary Special” is exactly what it sounds like: a look back at the magazine’s 80 year history.

The network also announced two new series: Brew Dogs and Horse Players. Beer Dogs follows the adventures of two Scottish beer experts as they travel around America, sampling the best craft beers. Horse Players is an inside look at horse race handicapping.

Other shows for Esquire Network include Risky Listing, about the “competitive world of New York nightlife real estate” that we had no idea existed; and How I Rock It, a style show hosted by Baron Davis, who had a fantastic career with the Knicks.

Esquire Supports SEAL Team 6 Piece

There’s a bit of a dustup happening regarding Esquire’s “The Shooter” piece, about the SEAL Team 6 member who shot Osama bin Laden. CNN quoted a SEAL as saying that the details given by the Shooter were “complete BS” and that he is not the man who shot Bin Laden. CNN’s SEAL claims that the “point man” in the raid on Bin Laden’s compound was the real shooter and that there were no guns within Bin Laden’s reach, as Esquire’s Shooter claimed.

While the details of CNN’s SEAL’s account match up more with those laid out in No Easy Day, written by another SEAL on the mission, Esquire’s editor-in-chief David Granger writes that he and the magazine stand by the Shooter’s account:

Yesterday, CNN issued a report that attempted to cast doubt on The Shooter’s account of the mission and on whether he was the man who was responsible for killing Osama bin Laden. To be clear: Esquire and Phil Bronstein, the veteran journalist and writer of the story, object to CNN’s report in the strongest possible terms. By stark contrast with Bronstein’s thoroughgoing 15,000 word report, the CNN story constitutes a mere act of assertion. As far as can be gleaned from the report, it is based on the opinion of one current SEAL who was not on the bin Laden mission and who therefore could not have first-hand knowledge of it. It is little more than gossip. Esquire’s story remains the most thoroughly reported account of the raid and of the death of Osama bin Laden.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Maxim is Up for Sale, March 15

2. Andrew Sullivan Tightens Paywall Because People are Cheap, March 19

3. Judge Grants Rob Morrison Modified Protective Order for Sake of His Son, March 14

4. Hearst Allegedly Cuts Scott Sassa Because He Sexts, March 14

5. Esquire Editor is Cool with Objectifying Women, March 20

 

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Esquire Gets Interview with Navy SEAL Who Shot Osama Bin Laden

Esquire has quite a scoop in its March issue. Inside the issue Esquire has published the first interview with the Navy SEAL responsible for killing Osama Bin Laden. Not just one of the SEALs on the mission; the SEAL who shot the most infamous terrorist in the world. In fact, he’s referred to only as “The Shooter” in the piece by Phil Bronstein.

Aside from getting the SEAL to give his account of what happened that day, the most interesting aspect about this piece is that Bronstein gets him to open up about what has happened after that day. Not much, it seems, has gone well.

The Shooter explained to Bronstein that now that he has retired, he has been left with no pension, no medical insurance for his family, no assistance transitioning to civilian life and about a nine month wait to gain access to medical benefits for himself.

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Adam Carolla’s Mangria Lands Esquire Review

Adam Carolla is a jack of all trades.

The former carpenter turned media and podcast giant is now diving into the world of alcohol with the release of Mangria, a spinoff of the popular sangria beverage that he concocted one night at home while searching for a way to get buzzed with whatever he could find in the house.

Matthew Kitchen of Esquire cracked open a bottle of the powerful drink (20.9 percent alcohol content) and shared his thoughts on Carolla’s latest endeavor:

At first whiff, Mangria smells like that sticky red punch that paints the corners of a child’s mouth a birthday party. To be honest, the taste isn’t much more masculine. Apparently the “Man” part comes from the alcohol content, which tops out at 20.9 percent, or about eight percent above what you get from your standard wine bottle.

Mangria calls itself a wine that boasts “aromas of plum, cherry, blackberry, orange, and citrus.” But it’s fooling absolutely no one. This is a stiff drink that goes down easy because it doesn’t taste much like alcohol. And therein lies the problem: It isn’t so much a way to unwind after work as it is the fastest road I’ve found to forgetting I have adult responsibilities. Fans sometimes refer to it as “college in a bottle.”

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The Cut Adds Fashion Features Editor

Kurt Soller, online style editor for Esquire, is leaving the magazine for a spot with New York’s ever-expanding fashion/lifestyle site, The Cut. Soller will be a fashion features editor for the site.

“On Monday, I start a new job at @nymag, editing fashion features for @thecut,” tweeted Soller. “Can’t wait to get started!”

Soller joins a growing staff at The Cut, which includes editorial director Stella Bugbee; features editor Maureen O’Connor; senior editor Charlotte Cowles; and beauty editor Christina Han

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