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The Designer Who Showed Cory Booker How to Turn Bullets Into Bling

LunchAtMichaelsIts Thanksgiving bounty décor having disappeared like last week’s leftovers, Michael’s was festooned with lush garland and poinsettias today, helping to kick the air-kissing up a notch as the regular round up of mavens, moguls and strivers embarked on the ‘We have to get together for the holidays’ lunch season.

In yet another installment of ‘All Roads Lead to Michael’s,’ I was joined today by designer and activist Jessica Mindich who I was introduced to by fashion maven Mickey Ateyeh. “She’s a terrific designer doing something wonderful and you have to meet her,” Mickey told me a while back. Who am I to argue?

Diane Clehane, Mickey Ateyeh and Jessica Mindich

Diane Clehane, Mickey Ateyeh and Jessica Mindich

Funnily enough, I knew of Jessica’s company, Jewelry for a Cause, which creates jewelry as a fundraising tool for a variety of worthy causes, because I’m pals with her mother-in-law, my former Scarsdale neighbor Karen Mindich. Even though Jessica and I were “friends” on Facebook (thanks to Karen) we’d not met until very recently. Last month, we were seated together at a luncheon for designer Angela Cummings, which was held at Richard’s, a swanky luxury emporium on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, where we both live. Cozy, no?

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Leadership Changes at Seventeen

Michelle Tan won’t take over as editor of Seventeen until next week, but there are already major changes at the magazine. According to WWD, Seventeen has cut managing editor Jo Ann Liguori; fashion market editor Jasmine Snow; beauty director Yesenia Almonte; and fashion assistant Rachel Lowe.

Joanna Coles, who was named editorial director of Seventeen in addition to her role as editor of Cosmo, has filled some of those holes with Cosmo staffers.

Leah Wyar, Cosmo‘s beauty director, has been promoted to group beauty director, and will add Seventeen oversight to her role. Likewise, Cosmo fashion director Aya Kanai has been upped to group fashion director for both Seventeen and Cosmo.

Jill Abramson, Joanna Coles Added to Media Summit

Mashable’s upcoming Media Summit was already an exciting event for media nerds like us, but now it’s got us downright giddy. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. However, we now have a few more reasons to attend the event: former New York Times exec editor Jill Abramson, Cosmo editor Joanna Coles and Orange is The New Black author Piper Kerman.

All three women are now part of Mashable’s Media Summit, which will feature media types discussing the future of storytelling across all formats. More details are available here.

The Summit is December 5, at the Hudson Theater.

Michelle Tan Named Editor of Seventeen

Michelle Tan has been named the new editor-in-chief of Seventeen. Tan comes to Seventeen from People, where she most recently served as special projects editor.

Tan will be reporting to Cosmo editor Joanna Coles, who was named editorial director of Seventeen in late September. Tan is succeeding Ann Shoket, who departed from Seventeen when Coles’ appointment was announced.

Tan tweeted that she was “beyond thrilled” to join Seventeen and was eager to start working with Coles.

Special ‘Evening’ Edition: The Media Mob Turns Out for Michael’s 25th Anniversary

LunchAtMichaelsWe’re serving up an extra helping of Lunch this week to bring you the rundown on Michael’s 25th anniversary party at 55th and Fifth last night. At one point, it felt as though all 600 invited guests were there at one time. A few minutes after six o’clock, the steady stream of A-listers had already bottlenecked at the front door, filled the dining room and had migrated to the Garden Room, causing one regular to quip, “Oh so this is what it looks like back here!” Here’s a collection of news and notes we collected as we ricocheted from one cluster of fabulous folks to the next…

Hilary and Bryant Gumbel

Hilary and Bryant Gumbel

I arrived right behind Jann Wenner and his perpetually scruffy son, Gus Wenner, who dutifully waited on the check in line. “Name please?” requested the clipboard-wielding young gal at the door. “Wenner, the two of us,” said Jann, who put an arm around his son and ushered him inside. Right behind him came Bryant Gumbel and his wife, Hilary Gumbel. I’d last seen Hilary at a Michael’s lunch for Cosmo editor-in-chief Kate White a while back when we feted Kate on the occasion of her latest book. “Hilary’s got a book now,” Bryant told me. The book, Unichef, is a collection of international recipes from chefs around the world with proceeds from book sales benefiting UNICEF. Hilary has been a consultant for the U.S. fund of UNICEF for years.

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Cosmo Bringing Comedy to NBC

Cosmopolitan and its editor, Joanna Coles, are bringing a single-camera comedy to NBC. According to Deadline, Coles will serve as an executive producer, along with Leslye Headland (who is also writing and directing), Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad.

The show center on a down-on-her-luck political blogger who restarts her life as a sex editor for a progressive women’s magazine. That’s where Cosmo comes in.

Cosmo was a must read for me growing up,” Headland told Deadline. “Under Joanna’s influence, the magazine embodies topics for every modern female, which makes this a perfect union.”

Joanna Coles Named Editorial Director of Seventeen

Joanna Coles GCosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles has an additional role at Hearst Magazines — editorial director of Seventeen. Coles has been editor of Cosmo since 2012.

“Like CosmoSeventeen speaks to an audience of millennial women, and while their readers are at very different life stages, they share a love of style and entertainment and value independence and equality,” said Hearst Magazines president David Carey, in a statement. “Both brands enjoy strong advertising support from a similar group of national marketers across a range of categories as well.”

Ann Shoket, who had served as Seventeen’s editor-in-chief for the past seven years, is stepping down to “persue other media projects,” according to Hearst. She will also remain a consultant at the company.

A new editor-in-chief for Seventeen will be named soon.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Kal Penn Joins Fusion for Midterms | SoftBank, DWA Talks Cool

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Kal Penn Named Special Correspondent of Fusion’s Midterm Mayhem (TVNewser)
Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila. FishbowlDC In addition to its television broadcast, the program will be livestreamed. Midterm Mayhem will be hosted by Vila with contributions from anchors Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez and Fusion’s Alice Brennan and Romina Puga. Capital New York Fusion is still modestly distributed, with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV among the major distributors that don’t yet carry the channel. The livestream — which will only apply to the month-long midterm election series — is a chance for viewers who don’t get Fusion to sample its programming, with the goal of getting them to lobby their pay-TV provider to carry the channel. The channel held a similar stunt tied to its coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. THR Penn is known for his roles in the Harold And Kumar trilogy, The Namesake, House and How I Met Your Mother. In 2009, he took a break from acting to work as an associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, serving as the Obama administration’s liaison to young Americans. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The show aims to “bring viewers all the essential political news of the day and answer questions of fundamental importance to Fusion’s audience,” the network said in a release. It premieres Sunday, Oct. 5, at 9:30 p.m. and runs until Election Day.

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Joanna Coles Discusses Cosmo

Joanna Coles GRefinery29 has published an interesting and thorough interview with Joanna Coles, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan.

Coles discusses a variety of subjects, and it’s well worth your time. Below are some highlights. Click through for the entire piece.

On critics who attack Cosmo for covering fashion as well as more serious issues:

I don’t understand why men are allowed to talk about sports and women aren’t allowed to talk about fashion. And, somehow women who do talk about fashion are taken less seriously than men who drone very boringly on about sports.

On how Cosmo maintains its success:

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Cosmo Launches Subscription-Based Fitness Channel

Cosmopolitan has launched a subscription-based digital fitness channel. CosmoBody will stream exercise, wellness and lifestyle programs for $9.95 per month. There is a 10-day free trail available.

CosmoBody will include workouts from eight trainers plus other specialized content, like Cosmo’s editor Joanna Coles interviewing Kate Upton; week-long fitness challenges; cooking shows that focus on healthy foods; and more. One of the more interesting aspects of CosmoBody is that it allows users to track their progress, and eventually they’ll be able to sync the data with wearable fitness devices.

Coles and Cosmo’s fitness editor, Liz Plosser, played big roles in developing the content for CosmoBody. The questions is: Will it be enough to bring in the subscriptions? Because if the content doesn’t shine, people are not going to pay for this.

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