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America’s Largest-Circulation Classical Music Magazine Has a New Publisher

Diane M. Silberstein OPERA NEWS Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc.Here’s an atypical career trajectory: from Playboy magazine to Opera News.

Diane Silberstein started May 9 as publisher of the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 78-year-old magazine. In addition to previously being the publisher at Playboy, Silberstein has also served as publisher of Elle, The New Yorker and Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. She began her career at Glamour and was part of the launch team for Allure. From this week’s announcement:

“Diane’s in-depth understanding of the media and publishing worlds is an invaluable asset,” said Richard J. Miller, Jr., president of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. “Her innovative leadership will guide Opera News into an exciting new era in its long and distinguished life.”

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New York Times Company’s Profit Drops 24 Percent in 1Q

The New York Times Company announced its 2012 first quarter results today, and as has often been the case, there was mostly bad news. Despite net income skyrocketing to $42 million as a result of the company selling its Regional Newspapers, profit was down 24 percent in 1Q, compared to last year. Print and digital advertising revenue dropped as well, down seven and three percent, respectively. Additionally, revenue at About Group plummeted 23 percent.

“The uneven U.S. economic environment and uncertain global conditions continued to present challenges to the advertising marketplace,” said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., in a statement.

However, it wasn’t all bad news. Circulation revenue was up almost 10 percent and “Paid subscriptions to all of the company’s digital packages, e-readers and replica editions totaled approximately 472,000,” according to Sulzberger, Jr.

Fingers crossed that those numbers keep growing, not the ones we mentioned in the beginning.

For the First Time, Hearst Hires a CTO

Times are a changing. And for Hearst, that means hiring its first chief technology officer.

Philip R. Wiser, a digital entrepreneur and former chief technology officer of Sony Corporation of America, will start February 1. Most recently, Wiser was the chairman and president of Sezmi Corporation, a provider of broadband-broadcast hybrid TV solutions that he co-founded in 2006.

“Phil’s been on the front lines of the digital convergence,” said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation. “His experience as chief technology officer of a major media company and building digital companies in two different fields — television and music — will certainly help our businesses grapple with the changing landscape and continue to provide the best media and information products possible.”

“Hearst has been pushing the envelope in the digital arena for some time and has been very successful in leveraging its products and brands through new channels,” Wiser said. “I see great future potential and I’m delighted to join Hearst to help accelerate its efforts and maximize digital market opportunities across the corporation.”

 

Barbara Walters, Harold Ford, Jr. and Bravo’s Chris March

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We could barely keep up with the steady stream of A-listers who poured into Michael’s today. When we arrived a little before noon, there was a handful of power brokers quietly hunkering down to business over their Cobb salads in the back of the room. By the time Bravo’s latest star, designer Chris March arrived with Jennifer Geisser, the network’s senior vice president of communications, and publicist Alana McElroy, there was a palpable party vibe in the dining room.  Late arrival Harold Ford, Jr. worked the room like nobody’s business while social swans Muffie Potter Aston and Suzanne Johnson doled out air kisses like they were candy.

While it was a little hard to hear over the chattering crowd, I thoroughly enjoyed dishing with Chris, whose new show, Mad Fashion, premiered Tuesday night on Bravo. Chris, you might recall was a finalist on Project Runway. (Christian Siriano was the winner that season). His quirky couture and good natured personality ( gotta love that laugh!) made him a fan favorite. Chris tells me when Bravo’s resident boy wonder, Andy Cohen, got wind he was shopping a show around, he got in touch with Chris and insisted Bravo see it first. The deal was done in a matter of days.

Unlike most of those ubiquitous Bravolebrities, Chris isn’t into the fame game. “I didn’t do either show to get famous,” he tells me. “I did it to get to do the type of work I wanted to do.” Things have worked out pretty well on that score. On the Wednesday before the I Heart Radio concert in Las Vegas, Chris got a call from Lady Gaga’s office requesting he make something fabulous for her appearance at the show. In less than a week, he delivered the studded motorcycle cape she wore on stage. “That wouldn’t have happened without being on television.” Maybe, but the guy has definitely got it.  This is the same man who made Meryl Streep‘s last Oscar dress at his kitchen table. His secret weapon: a drama-free attitude when dealing with people who live and die for style.

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Gay Talese: ‘Nobody tells the truth as much as the Times tries to tell the truth.’

If Gay Talese knows one thing, it’s The New York Times. However, when we read that he told Vanity Fair “I think the Times is now better than ever,” it was pretty surprising. After all, the paper is a lot different now. Hell, everything is a lot different than when Talese wrote about the paper back in 1969. But he said he liked it, so there you have it.

Here’s a few more gems from Talese:

On Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.:

I think the Times is now better than ever. Better than when I worked for it. And Sulzberger the publisher has to take credit for it. And I think that the reporters we celebrate tonight are the quintessential journalists of my lifetime, and the editors too: The Jill Abramsons, the Bill Kellers, and the publisher Sulzberger. Here I am sort of making a belated celebration of and tossing of the hat to and making my genuflection to people I criticized four or five years ago.

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Annual Parade Marks Martin Luther King Day

The 26th annual Kingdom Day Parade attracted thousands this morning to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade, held in South Los Angeles, culminates with a festival in Leimert Park. The theme of this year’s festivities is “Working together, we can make the dream come true.”

In the clip below, Local FOX channel KTTV 11 speaks with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and City Councilwoman Jan Perry during the hustle and bustle of the pre-parade prep:

Thousands Attend Kingdom Day Parade: MyFoxLA.com

Eliot Spitzer Dishes It Out, Jeff Zucker Takes It In

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— DIANE CLEHANE

They were lined up into the street to get into Michael’s today for that last gasp of revelry before heading out of town for the holidays. (We were impressed by how patient Eliot Spitzer seemed on the coat check line.) The red wine was flowing as VIPs cooled their heels in the lounge waiting for their dates to arrive. “Can’t anyone get anywhere on time in this city?” groused one well-heeled gent as he sipped his pinot noir while compulsively checking his iPhone. Apparently not. By the time Jonathan Wald, Becca Thrash and Harold Ford, Jr. strolled in, the place was going at full tilt — just the way the regulars like it.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Dan Rather, Eliot Spitzer, Tom Tuggle and another ‘suit’ we didn’t recognize. For the record, it looked like ‘The Steamroller’ did most of the talking …

2. Today show’s Marc Victor, frequent morning show guest security expert Bill Stanton and Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko. Did you happen to catch the cover story in the Style section of this Sunday’s New York Times chronicling Dave’s relationship with BFF Mediaite founder Dan Abrams? All we can say is: Gentlemen, give your publicists a raise.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and money man George Farias.

4.  Departing NBC Uni honcho Jeff Zucker, who we spied listening intently to the whisperings of  CNBC Squawk Box anchor Joe Kernen. Stock tips, perhaps?

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First Paley Center Awards Set for 2012 in NY

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There are the Emmys and Golden Globes, among the many awards shows. But you can add another to the list of annual awards telecasts.

The Paley Center for Media, formerly the Museum of Television and Radio, will offer its first television awards beginning in May 2012.

“We believe the awards committee has made significant progress in identifying the ways to achieve our objectives, and we will continue to carefully refine our plans to leverage those assets as we further refine the nominations process, voting, judging and award categories in the months ahead,” Pat Mitchell, Paley Center CEO and president, said.

That awards committee was formed in March.

“The Paley Center has considerable curatorial expertise and occupies a unique position at the intersection between the industry and the viewing public,” Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chairman of the Paley Center, said in a statement. “Our goal is to put our own distinctive stamp on honoring the great work being done by so many in the media community.”

The Paley Center, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley.

Lunch: Tim Gunn Talks ‘Age Appropriate Fashion’ with Grace Mirabella

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— DIANE CLEHANE

If we’d come by on Monday, we would have run into Tyra Banks at breakfast and Harold Ford, Jr. at lunch. Oh, well. Michael’s was still brimming with plenty of the usual suspects today, and more than a few did a double take when Tim Gunn arrived with legendary editor Grace Mirabella on his arm.

When Project Runway‘s unflappable designer mentor sat down with the former Vogue editor, I wasn’t surprised to overhear their conversation turn immediately to fashion. Tim was all ears when asking Ms. Mirabella (whose namesake magazine remains one of my all-time favorites) about her thoughts on age-appropriate looks for everything from jeans to evening wear. Gathering intelligence for all those fledgling fashionistas, no doubt.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Jack Myers of Jack Myers Media Advisory Group, presiding over a table of social media gurus: Huffington Post’s CEO Eric Hippeau, president Greg Coleman and senior vice president Phil Cara with Stephen Cannon of Mercedes Benz, Virgin Mobile’s Stacy Schwartz and Tom Cuniff of Combe Inc.

2. Peter Brown and John Reid

3. Producer John Hart (long time, no see!) with another distinguished looking white-haired gent

4. My good friend and publicist extraordinaire Catherine Saxton and Richard Smullen, co-founder and CEO of AdGenesis, beezag, and koppr. Catherine tells me she’s jetting off in a few days to Marabella to visit with “some Khashoggis.” Send us a postcard!

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NYT Execs: Don’t Call It A Pay Wall

PRNewser‘s Joe Ciarallo attended the PaidContent 2010 conference today in New York. At the conference, the top three executives at The New York Times Company addressed perhaps one of the biggest stories in journalism in recent months: the company’s decision to move to a “metered system” over the next year from what is now a completely open and free website.

Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the company’s chairman & publisher, insisted that the Times is not worried that a pay meter will cause the newspaper to lose relevance. “We are not trying to eliminate ourselves from the digital eco-system,” he said. “We’ll only lose relevance if we lose our brand promise, and our brand promise is having the best journalism you can find.”

“What people misunderstand about the business model issue is it’s not just to figure out a pricing and metered based model, but it’s about how to figure out how to grow your advertising business,” said Martin Neisenholtz, SVP of digital operations. “We intend fully to grow that ad business for as long as we need to, and that is the challenge.”

When asked if the company’s blogs will be a part of the metered system, Neisenholtz said, “Our intention is that blogs would be behind the wall.”

President & CEO Janet Robinson reinforced the stance that the metered system will help the Times grow its ad revenue and audience. “The metered solution is an elegant solution providing both free and paid content. This is a way for us to continue to have a robust ad base but also have a large audience as well,” she said.

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