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Tablet Editor Jesse Oxfeld Takes On Theatre Reviewing Duties At The Observer

observerlogo.jpgJesse Oxfeld, the current executive editor for online Jewish magazine Tablet and former editor at Mediabistro.com, Gawker and New York magazine, is taking on a new title: theater critic.

Last week, New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel revealed that Oxfeld would be assuming the critic’s role at The New York Observer, after the paper’s longtime theater critic John Heilpern stepped down from his post.

Oxfeld, a self-proclaimed “theater obsessive,” told FishbowlNY that he “fell backwards” into the Observer‘s critic spot, “which is ridiculous and fun and a classic Broadway plotline,” he said.

Earlier this year, Oxfeld jumped at the chance to do theater coverage for the Observer as part of the paper’s plan to expand its culture coverage under new editor Tom McGeveran. But since the summer is a slow time in the theater world, Oxfeld only had the chance to write one review before Heilpern decided to depart. Now instead of playing second fiddle to Heilpern, Oxfeld will primarily take on meaty Broadway show reviews.

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New Magazine Launch: Jewish Online Mag Tablet

tablet.pngIn the midst of recent magazine closures and more layoffs, it’s always heartening to see a new pub launch. And even online only content paves the way for more growth within the industry.

So let’s welcome Tablet magazine, a daily online Jewish magazine focusing on news, culture and ideas. The site is a “beefed-up, rebranded, refocused update” of Nextbook.org, explained editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse, in her welcome letter on the site. Launched in 2003, Nextbook.org published Jewish arts and culture writing, up until earlier this year. Now, Tablet takes over its mission and brings something new to the table.

“We’ve expanded our mandate to cover, break, and analyze news and politics, and will work to tie our cultural coverage much more closely to current public discourse,” Newhouse explained. “Even more important, Tablet is not simply a read. On our site, you will find lengthy pieces of in-depth journalism and cultural criticism, fiery blog posts, audio podcasts and video clips, beautiful slideshows, and bits of animation.”

Newhouse, who joined Tablet from Jewish weekly newspaper the Forward, is joined by a formidable team of journalists, including deputy editor Gabriel Sanders, who has worked for the Forward and Vanity Fair and former Gawker editor and New York magazine editor Jesse Oxfeld, who will serve as executive editor.

Curbed Switches Most West Coast Sites to Freelance Model

curbedgg.pngSo we noted earlier today that everyone’s favorite new Twitter stream was reporting that the west coast offices of Curbed had suffered some layoffs. We caught up with founder Lockhart Steele who confirmed there had been changes:

We’re transitioning most of our West Coast sites to a freelance model instead of a full-timer model; the exception to the change is Curbed LA. It’s also true that we offered the freelance positions to the current full-time editors, most of whom have indicated they’ll stay with us. This all went down about a week ago.

Of course, it sucks, and of course it’s about focusing resources on our most-trafficked (and most lucrative) sites for 2009.

In other news that loosely includes people who used to work for Gawker, Gawker is reporting that Jesse Oxfeld may have been laid-off from New York magazine.

What Surprised Michael Wolff Most About Rupert Murdoch May Also Surprise You!

100_3532.jpgThe party for Michael Wolff‘s much ballyhooed official Rupert Murdoch biography The Man Who Owns the News was held last night at the stunning penthouse of Milk Studios on the West Side and, not surprisingly, attracted a whole slew of media big wigs (every style of horn-rimmed glasses appeared to be present — said one party-goer on knowing the room was packed with famous names but not recognizing the faces: “I wish there was an iPhone app for that.”). Sadly Rupe himself was noticeably absent. Turns out the last-minute party date switcheroo from Monday night to Tuesday was just…a mistake, and not actually a scheduling conflict with Wendi Murdoch’s 40th birthday party.

100_3535.jpgWe eventually caught up with Wolff — the man knows how to work a room! — and asked him what, in the course of writing the book, had most surprised him about Rupert Murdoch?

That he takes an enema before a long-haul flight.

There you have it! To file in your TMI folder. We also managed to chat with Christie Hefner for a few minutes (full disclosure: we have written for Playboy) about her decision to step down as CEO from Playboy Enterprises.(Above: Michael Wolff; Right: Dan Abrams and David Zinczenko)

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Happy New Year From New York’s Jewish Media Celebrities!

Something to celebrate! It’s Rosh Hashanah next week, and to mark the occasion The Jewish Channel has launched Holy Dazed, four half-hour episodes on the channel featuring New York media celebrities! In this episode Maer Roshan, Jesse Oxfeld, Rachel Sklar, A.J. Jacobs, Andrew Krucoff and others discuss good deeds done this year, perhaps a topic the titans on Wall St. would do well to consider but we’ll take what we can get.

Guy Branum Takes on Chelsea, Hillary and the Whole Clinton Machine

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TV writer/comic Guy Branum, writing in Slate, has a peach of a Clinton story. After writing a snarky column in the UCal paper:

Scraping for something to say about the upcoming football game between Cal and Stanford, I criticized my school’s rival for pouring resources into the circus surrounding Chelsea’s arrival, The comments made their way to suggesting that they were more concerned with maintaining a pristine, photogenic student body than educating as large and diverse a population as possible. I then encouraged Berkeley students to share our less refined ways by trashing the campus, including Ms. Clinton. Sure, my line “show your spirit on Chelsea’s bloodied carcass” was over the top and poorly chosen.

He got strong-armed:

The comments made their way to Mrs. Clinton, who asked the Secret Service to search my apartment and quiet me down, according to Chris Von Holt, one of the nice agents who visited. The Clintons later denied any involvement, but I did manage to get the agent’s claim otherwise on a tape recorder I had with me.

Summing up?

The treatment of Chelsea Clinton as a special figure in American politics has to end. If she’s shy, she should return to private life. If she wants to campaign for her mom, she should get our respect, but she must also expect our scrutiny.

And here’s the best part–Branum works on E!’s Chelsea Lately. Obsessed? You tell us.

Inside The Time 100 Party

America Ferrera and John Mayer

It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)

Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.

But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.

But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.

Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.

FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of Last Year’s Time 100:

  • Inside the Time 100 Party
  • Diddy’s Time 100 Posse Bigger Than Most Posses
  • Time 100: The Most Influential People in the Room

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  • Meta Intel: New York Blog Rips Gawker On Lack Of Disclosure, Fails To Note Own

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    Following a pair of Gawker posts — on the Observer‘s redesign and the undulating Frank Bruni imbroglio — today’s Daily Intel points out Gawker’s failure to disclose that managing editor Choire Sicha worked for the Observer and once dated Frank Bruni.

    Daily Intel itself, though, fails to point out that its editor, Jesse Oxfeld, was Gawker’s longtime co-editor.

    We’ll disclose that Oxfeld was once mediabistro.com’s editor.

    We’ll also disclose that we asked Oxfeld to Lunch at Michael’s recently, but he was too “slammed.”

  • Today in Seemingly Required But Apparently Not Gawker Disclosures [Daily Intel]
  • Gawker Fires Mohney, Rehires Sicha

    choire_sicha_gawker.jpgGawker Media has fired Chris Mohney, the first-ever managing editor of its flagship, Gawker, six months into his tenure. Daily Intel, edited by former Gawker co-editor Jesse Oxfeld (and former mediabistro.com editor), has the scoop on his old digs:

    Gawker Media, Nick Denton‘s swaggering blog network, yesterday fired Chris Mohney, the managing editor of its flagship site, Gawker, and will replace him with Choire Sicha [left], the New York Observer writer and editor who was solo editor of Gawker in 2003 and 2004.

    Daily Intel is quick to point out Gawker’s stagnant traffic which had “doubled in the prior year” as the reason for Mohney’s ousting, and Sicha’s unhappiness at the Observer for his jump.

    UPDATE: Mohney is moving to an as-yet-unannounced post within Gawker Media in the short term, says Eat The Press.