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Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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Last Week at BusinessWeek

businessweek_cover.jpgWe would have awarded the media fatigue prize last week to Condé Nast and all the speculation of what they’d cut next but, let’s face it, every week is a Condé Nast week.

Last week, the true speculation has been about Bloomberg LP‘s acquisition of BusinessWeek from McGraw-Hill: Who’s staying, who’s going, and who should step up to the plate and run the publication.

Read on for a recap of BusinessWeek news.

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Joanne Lipman: A New Prototype of Feminism in Journalism?

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One year ago, Portfolio was on its last legs. After the market saw the biggest plummet in decades, the cover of the business magazine had American Apparel founder Dov Charney on the cover: A misstep for the magazines that some say it never recovered from. The waiting game of Portfolio‘s cut from the Conde Nast empire wasn’t long, and many blamed editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman for the bad turns the title had taken.

Six months later, Lipman is back, in a New York Times weekend editorial, talking about feminism and inequality in the workplace, which some groups have read as her bitter grapes towards Si Newhouse for killing off Portfolio. But her argument is more than just sarcasm towards a former boss: If you don’t think there are still issues of gender divided in the newsroom bullpen, then maybe you should go back and read some Nan Robertson.

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Former Portfolio Deputy Editor Impoco Joins Reuters In Newly Created Role

Jim Impoco.JPGJim Impoco, the business journalism vet who had the misfortune of being fired by Portfolio Editor-in-Chief Joanne Lipman last year before the Condé Nast business publication folded earlier this year, has taken up a new post at Reuters.

Impoco, a longtime editor for The New York Times, has been appointed enterprise editor for Reuters Americas, a newly created position that will conceptualize and edit “groundbreaking and innovative stories and multimedia packages,” Reuters said.

“Reuters is an impressively large and influential platform, and I am sincerely flattered that they have asked me to try my hand at this,” Impoco said in a statement. “To be able to shape feature stories at an organization with Reuters reach is a dream job. No matter what happens to our industry, Reuters is certain to remain in the thick of it.”

In addition to working as the Sunday Business editor for the Times, Impoco has also previously served as assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine and was a Tokyo-based reporter for the Associated Press and Tokyo bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report.

Not long after his ouster from Portfolio last year, Impoco was named executive editor at Men’s Journal. He has also been contributing to other outlets like the Times magazine and Mediaite.com.

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Lunch: The Usual Suspects Today — But Sarah Palin Was Here Last Night!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Michael’s was packed with plenty of familiar faces this afternoon. Seems the gang was out in force before disappearing for the true dog days of August. The real side show in the dining room took place last night, when none other than Sarah Palin dropped in with Bob Barnett and took the staff completely by surprise. A little birdie told me Bob was dining with a couple of folks, left and came back with Palin and her husband Todd, the ex-’First Dude.’ According to all accounts, the former governor was clearly enjoying her new role as a private citizen last evening: She drank Deutz champagne and ordered lobster ‘off the menu.’ Could she have been celebrating some big soon-to-be announced TV deal? As they say on the small screen, stay tuned!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Cablevision’s Barry Frey presiding over a table full of Red Bull marketing execs

2. Public relations powerhouse Lisa Linden (loved that amazing handbag!) with Silda Spitzer, who was wearing a pretty summer toile dress

3. Jim Wiatt, Tim Armstrong, and another gent we didn’t recognize.

4. Would have liked to have been a fly on the wall for this one: Barbara Walters and ex-Portfolio editrix Joanne Lipman

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Portfolio Editor-In-Chief Fires Back

lipmanbg2.jpgWe haven’t heard much from former Portfolio editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman since her magazine folded Monday. Now Lipman’s back in the pages of the New York Post with a few choice words for some of her harshest critics.

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Newspapers, Bloat Behind Portfolio‘s Demise?

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Rumors of problems at Portfolio began long before the Conde Nast business magazine folded Monday. Media watchers have been obsessively analyzing Portfolio’s every move since the title launched in April 2007 and much of the criticism has focused on editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman. Observers say Lipman, who came to Portfolio by way of the Wall Street Journal had a troubled relationship with her staff, spent too much money, and didn’t get the Internet. According to others inside the embattled business book, Portfolio’s demise may have also stemmed from poor planning and organization, a missed opportunity with its critically-lauded Web site, and falling newspaper revenues at Conde Nast parent company Advance Publications.

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Video: Exclusive Interviews Live at the Matrix Awards

touby_4-28.jpgDanyLevyVideo.jpg mediabistro.com was on the scene at Monday’s 39th annual Matrix Awards honoring women’s achievements in the communications industry. Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira, a past winner and this year’s emcee, told TVNewser before the ceremony began, “This is a room full of such accomplished women, it’s a little mind-boggling.”

mediabistro.com founder and senior vice president Laurel Touby caught up with Daily Candy founder and editorial director Dany Levy (who sold her company for $125 million in August 2008), ProPublica editor-in-chief Paul Steiger, Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket, and Studio 360 anchor Kurt Andersen to discuss the future of the media industry, with the news of Portfolio‘s closure as a catalyst for conversation.

Watch the videos to find out what they had to say about Portfolio‘s demise and more, after the jump…

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Portfolio Postmortem: Business Mag Missed The Membership Mark

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From the ashes of just-shuttered Portfolio comes yet another smoke signal that the business of magazines is in need of a major tune-up — and fast.

The Deal‘s Yvette Kantrow today compared the now-defunct Portfolio to the currently expanding Bloomberg, pointing out that the latter does a much better job of providing a niche audience with a product its members are willing to pay for. Sound familiar?

It should: mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby was singing that same tune when she sat down with The Deal’s Mary Kathleen Flynn last week to discuss the maladies of the media industry. In the video interview‘s second installment, Touby suggests that outlets monetize their content by making it an essential product to their specific readerships, which they should treat at member-based communities. “Treat readers as your friends that you want to help,” says Touby.

Seems Portfolio never got that message: “It never delivered on its lofty goal of creating something significantly different than any other business pub out there, even as editor Joanne Lipman gobbled up talent that the rest of media immediately labeled ‘stars,’” wrote Kantrow.

“Though Portfolio vowed to produce serious, yet-accessible long-form business journalism, it seemed to traffic more in luxury and CEO porn,” Kantrow continued. “To make it in business journalism, perhaps you need to serve people who actually like business.”

Megan Stride

Breaking: Portfolio Folds

cover_portfolio_190.jpgPortfolio magazine, the two-year-old Conde Nast business monthly, has folded as of this morning. Thus far, there’s been no official word on whether Web site Portfolio.com will live on in any capacity, but it’s not looking likely, as there’s no mention of future plans for the site in an early report from Portfolio.com media blogger Jeff Bercovici, in which he details that Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman learned of the magazine’s closure from Conde Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. just this morning. Silicon Alley Insider’s Nicholas Carlson reports that staffers were called into a meeting with Conde executives where they were told the magazine will be shuttered and “there was a round of applause” for the embattled Lipman.

Portfolio launched two years ago with a large budget and a slew of big-name contributors. Its high profile made Portfolio the target of endless speculation from media watchers, with rumors of its potential closure floating around for some time. This month’s issue of Portfolio had the smallest number of ad pages in the magazine’s history. We’ll update you with more news as this story develops…

Update: Full memo from Conde on Portfolio‘s closure and word on the number of casualties…

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