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This Talent Agency Represents Over 1,000 Instagram Users

Freelance writer Sheila Marikar had an interesting look over the weekend in the New York Times at the new breed of talent agencies being spawned by social media. Here in Manhattan for example, there’s GrapeStory, specializing in Vine stars, and Cycle, which is all about Instagram.

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Cycle is a brand new division of Laundry Service. Launched in April, it already represents more than 1,000 Instagram users:

On a recent afternoon at Laundry Service’s New York office, which is decorated with custom wallpaper that shows Victorian-era figures steam-ironing the Facebook logo, founder Jason Stein, 29, and Liz Eswein, 25, the executive director of Cycle, were talking about how Eswein was paid around $50 a promotional post as recently as two years ago. (Eswein, who created the Instagram account newyorkcity while studying media and communications at New York University, now has more than 1.2 million followers on the social network.)

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Kanye West is Upset with Annie Leibovitz

BREAKING: Kanye West is upset. Again. According to Page Six, West’s latest beef is with Annie Leibovitz. West told a crowd at the Cannes Lions Festival that his wedding shot with Kim Kardashian took four days to produce because Leibovitz pulled out of his wedding the day prior to the event.

According to West, Leibovitz dropped out because “She was afraid of celebrity.” Now, this is an odd thing to think — considering all Leibovitz does is work with celebrities — but hey, maybe West was right. Whatever the reason was, we do agree with West that it was a shitty thing for Leibovitz to do.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Time Inc. Struggles | Netflix Shareholders Back Hastings

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Time Inc. Stock Falls in Its Debut (NYT)
Shares of Time Inc., the magazine company that began trading Monday after being spun off from Time Warner, got off to a rough start, falling nearly 7 percent before recovering somewhat. Bloomberg The shares, trading under the ticker symbol TIME, slid less than 1 percent to $23.30 at the close in New York, after earlier dropping by as much as 6.7 percent. Shares of Time Warner, which owns the Warner Bros. movie studio and cable networks such as HBO and CNN, rose 1.2 percent to $68.99. FishbowlNY Last week, Time Inc.’s execs met with editors and asked them to begin the process of cutting 25 percent of editorial spending. That means staffing cuts are coming by the bunches. HuffPost Time Inc. laid off hundreds of employees in 2013 and earlier this year. Some titles, such as People, appear to have already started with their layoffs. Time Inc. is also set to leave its longstanding home, the Time-Life Building, for a cheaper downtown pad. THR Dealmaking could be on the agenda, but unlikely in the form of big acquisitions. Time Inc. was spun off with $1.3 billion in debt. Analysts have compared that to the lack of debt that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp got when the mogul’s empire was split into two last year. Moody’s recently rated Time Inc.’s debt below investment grade, but other observers said the debt will also allow Time Inc. to show that it can be trusted financially.

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Scout Willis Talks to The Village Voice

Today’s item by Village Voice staff writer Anna Merlan has three blog content tags. The one that jumped out to us: Breasts.

ShutterstockScoutWillisMerlan’s exclusive interview with Bruce Willis and Demi Moore‘s daughter Scout about this week’s Instagram brouhaha is also filed under ‘Celebrities’ and ‘Protest,’, but if you click the ‘Breasts’ tag, you will get a fascinating refresher on other recent topless matters. From Merlan’s article:

The [Instagram] deletions were particularly galling for Willis because she had a breast reduction surgery several years ago, and has only recently come to feel comfortable with her body.

“It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. It completely changed my relationship to my body,” she says. “I felt so empowered and love my breasts so much. I don’t feel like wearing a bra.”

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Jill Abramson’s Daughter Throws Instagram Upper Cut

We all know the expression about a picture being worth a thousand words. Well, in this case, the snapshot posted to Instagram by Jill Abramson‘s daughter Cornelia Griggs is worth, easily, 100 captions.

How about:

‘All the news that’s fit to pummel’;
‘The gloves were sometimes off’;
‘I will always be a contendah’.

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Slate Editor: Please God, Let James Franco Just Be a Creep

As we head into the weekend on the wings of James Franco‘s Live with Kelly and Michael Mea Culpa, FishbowlNY wanted to highlight a favorite bit of media reaction to all this. In case you missed.

Picking up on the suggestion by colleagues that the actor’s Instagram contretemps has some very convenient resonance with Franco’s upcoming theatrical release Palo Alto, Slate assistant editor Katy Waldman posits the equivalent of Dear God… no:

If Franco’s Instagram flirtation is performance, it is deeply, deeply tired. Can celebrities ever really achieve authenticity? Is all the world a stage? What is the value/cost of testing the edges of romantic convention, in a knowing way, for art? What is art? Who am I? God, JF, you were so much more tolerable as the poufy-lipped nothingvillain in Spider-Man.

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Instagram Leads New Zealand Teen to Ford Models

MaiaCottonAuckland agency 62 Models has sparked the beginnings of a possibly remarkable Down Under saga.

Per a report by Fairfax NZ News, agency booker Andrea Plowright spotted a photo of 15-year-old Kiwi teen Maia Cotton (pictured) on Instagram. Cotton flew from the countryside to Auckland a few weeks ago, a new photo was posted on the agency’s Instagram account and, voila!:

“We just placed a digi taken on my iPhone of Maia and the reaction towards it was incredible,” Plowright said. “She’s amazing, she’s going to be big…”

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Up Your Game, NYC; We’re #2 on ‘Selfiest Cities’ List

It’s not even that close. According to Chris Wilson‘s super-fun interactive map at Time, the folks in the Manila suburbs of Makati and Pasig City post 258 selfies per 100,000 users, while we here in Manhattan are mustering 202/100K.

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Each yellow dot in the picture above represents a selfie taken over a recent ten-day period. The gang at Time went to quite some trouble to put this all together:

To investigate the geography of selfie-taking, Time built a database of more than 400,000 Instagram photos tagged “selfie” that included geographic coordinates. In total, we ranked 459 cities to determine the selfiest places on earth.

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Everyday Instagram Users Graduate to New York Fashion Week Big Time

According to Time magazine associate video producer Diane Tsai, the latest edition of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (wrapping up today) is the “first time everyday Instagram users were treated like industry insiders at a major designer’s runway show.”

In the video above, Instagram users Ender Baykal (@enderbaykal) and Patricia Serrano (@freshtraveler) talk about their experiences this past week in NYC. There is also a snippet of conversation with Brian Difeo (@bridif), co-host of one of a number of “InstaMeets.”

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Two High School Friends Meet at Facebook HQ in New York

One, Dominic D. Giongson, is a reporter who has worked extensively in Asia. The other, Teru Kuwayama, is a globe-trotting photojournalist who has also, along the way, created the Facebook-enabled portal Basetrack to help stationed U.S. Marines and their families stay in touch.

TeruKuyamaBioBoxThe pair went to high school together in New York and have kept in touch. Recently, last November, they found themselves back together once again at Facebook headquarters in New York, to discuss among other things Kuwayama’s experiences as a senior TED fellow. The very talented Kuwayama was also recently hired as a photography liaison for Facebook/Instagram. From Giongson’s Q&A article in the Jakarta Globe:

“With Basetrack it was in a way like operating a newspaper for a small town. It had an audience, a core audience or a community of a few thousand people.”

“But actually, I think to all of us, it was really interesting, and I think that it felt like [it was] the most meaningful practice of journalism that we had ever done because you could actually see every day a response.”

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