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Joel Klein, Diana Taylor and the December Diehards

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It was good to be back on the Michael’s beat after a two week absence (Word to the wise: Get that flu shot!). I’m happy to report the monsoon-like rains didn’t keep those dining room diehards away, although the mood was a bit more subdued than usual. The place was festively decked out with holiday finery though, and we particularly liked the Christmas carols being piped in. God knows you don’t hear those enough around town.

I was joined today by my good friend Dr. Robi Ludwig who managed to squeeze in our lunch between her appearance this morning on Today discussing options in caring for one’s aging parents and a spot this evening on Jane Velez Mitchell’s chatfest on HLN. Between weighing in on the issues that keep us all up at night on every show you could possibly name, Robi still manages to see a full slate of patients in her own private practice as a psychologist. Funny coincidence: none other than fame addict Kate Gosselin, who, I’m sure, will be discussed in plenty of therapy sessions for the next several decades, shared Today’s green room with Robi this morning. The deluded mother hen appeared to talk about the reports that her children are having anger issues and defend her decision to keep them in front of the cameras. Nope, no issues there. Robi reports that Kate brought along hunky bodyguard Steve Neild for protection. We all know how dangerous those hallways at 30 Rock can be!

After Robi and I finished dishing about Kate, she told me all about her new line of jewelry set to debut next month on ShopNBC.  She’s calling her collection, Vice Mari (Romanian for ‘big dreams’). The pieces will be sterling silver and gold vermeil with genuine stones, and the designs will all have “symbolic meaning.” Why do a jewelry line? “I wanted to do something to make people feel good without therapy,” says Robi. Makes sense to me.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The “Imber Gang”: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jeff Greenfield, Jerry Della Femina, Michael Kramer and Andy Bergman.

2. PMK/HBH managing director Cindi Berger

3. Producer Terry Allen Kramer, looking chic as ever.

4. Discovery’s main man David Zaslav

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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: Stories That Captivated NY Media

Here at FishbowlNY, we stick to covering stories that affect the media. But it’s the media’s job to cover the biggest stories in the world today. Here, we take a look back at the news stories that left New York and the world riveted in 2009, covered faithfully by our local newspapers and the other pubs that are based here.

nypost1215 - 2.jpgTiger Woods scandal
The intrigue of this domestic-dispute-turned-sex-scandal started Thanksgiving weekend, and continues today — nearly a month later. Tiger’s escapades provided cover fodder for local tabloid The New York Post for three straight weeks, holding the attention of Post editors even longer than 9/11. And beyond the cover of our local papers and tabloid magazines, Tiger also caused some questions for Golf Digest, which has a close relationship with the golfer and, with some serious bad timing, put him on the January cover with President Obama. Men’s Fitness also got mixed up in the whole mess, reportedly striking a deal with Tiger for a cover story in return for covering up the scandal two years ago.

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Talking Digital Publishing On The Menu

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Today’s media-bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast started off strong with some serious talk about digital publishing, Amazon.com’s Kindle and e-book publishing strategies.

Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven kicked off the show with a discussion about the Kindle’s upcoming debut in the U.K.

“If they can get this global footprint…I think it’s going to be a really big moment for Kindle and Amazon,” Jason said. “It’s just going to exist all over the world and it’s going to be hard to replace that.”

Next was a discussion about the news that the release of Sarah Palin‘s e-book will be delayed until December 26, even as the pub date of her memoir, Going Rogue was pushed up earlier this week. According to Jason, the publisher’s hope is that Conservative Christians who backed Palin during the election will buy the book for Christmas and then the electronic version — which is usually priced lower than the hard copy version at around $9.99 — will debut after the holidays. “By withholding this digital version, [publisher HarperCollins] is just ducking this whole issue of how much should it cost,” Jason said. Jason also compared this technique to the releasing of a DVD after a movie has a run in movie theaters.

However, Matt pointed out that environmentalists will probably not be very happy with this decision. But, were environmentalists going to buy Palin’s book either way?

Also discussed: Dan Rather‘s suit against CBS was dismissed yesterday and “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ will now become “Kate Plus 8″ and focus on Kate Gosselin‘s struggles as a single mom.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Kennedy Family Starts Twitter Feed|Tribune Lenders Seek Zell Investigation|Saturday Evening Post Editor Emerson Dies|New Yorker Hires 26-Year-Old Managing Editor|Kate Gosselin Takes On “The View”

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FishbowlDC: The Kennedy family has turned to Twitter and the Web to get word out about plans for Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s memorial. Check it out at @KennedyNews and TedKennedy.org.

Wall Street Journal: Tribune‘s bondholders have called Sam Zell‘s $8.2 billion takeover of the company in 2007 a “fraudalent conveyance” that plunged Tribune into bankruptcy and have asked the bankruptcy court for permission to investigate.

New York Times: William A. Emerson Jr., an editor in chief of The Saturday Evening Post, died Tuesday at age 86.

The Observer: The New Yorker has appointed a new managing editor, 26-year-old Amelia Lester, a former fact-checker for the magazine. She is replacing Kate Julian, who is moving to Washington, D.C. where her husband just got a job.

E!: Kate Gosselin will be one of the subs filling in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck on “The View” while the conservative mommy is on maternity leave. “It appears Gosselin has taken the conservative host’s riled-up advice, dished out on the show in June, to ‘get a job,’” the E! article said. “Bet Hasselbeck wasn’t expecting it to be hers.”

Advice From “The Hills” Kristin Cavallari

Don’t you wish life was as easy as it is for reality show “star” Kristin Cavallari? This video from the newest cast member of “The Hills” made us giggle — especially her advice to Kate Gosselin (“I’d change my name to Katherine and throw that dork’s collection of Ed Hardy sh*t in the yard, and then light it on fire”) and Sarah Palin (“You’re doing everything right!”).

Happy Friday!

Life & Style Weekly Ups Rate Base

life & style.pngHere’s a bright spot in the magazine world: celebrity weekly Life & Style is increasing its rate base 12.5 percent — to 450,000 — effective immediately.

Although there were fears earlier this year that celebrity weeklies’ newsstand sales were suffering due to the recession, stories like Jon and Kate Gosselin‘s failing marriage and Michael Jackson‘s death have breathed new life into the celeb tabloids.

Life & Style‘s group publisher Mark Oltarsh said the magazine’s circulation “has been trending in a very positive direction” during the first half of the year, warranting the rate base increase. Oltarsh attributed the increase to the magazine’s strengthened celebrity coverage under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Dan Wakeford, who joined the mag in October.

Wakeford said he wanted to balance “celebrity escapism and practical style advice,” introducing new columns like “The 10 Best Dressed Stars of The Week” and “What I Really Eat,” which asks celebrities to give a run down of their diets. Life & Style has also had a few exclusive “gets” this year, including a Kate Gosselin interview after she got caught on camera spanking one of her eight kids.

And Life & Style isn’t the only magazine with good news recently. Earlier this week, Parenting magazine announced it was upping its rate base as well.

Life & Style‘s full release after the jump.

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As Jon & Kate Head Toward Divorce, Is It Time To Back Off?

jon&kate.pngAfter proclaiming that the “Jon & Kate + 8″ marriage scandal was single-handedly helping to bring a dying media back to life, we thought it only fitting to add our voice to the cacophony of opinions making noise after last night’s “J&K” episode revealed the couple’s plans to divorce.

While watching last night’s very special one-hour episode, we couldn’t help but agree with Kate Gosselin: the show and it’s publicity did not cause this couple’s problems. It may have sped up the process of a total break down in communication, but it also gave the family the means to survive. Maybe Jon wouldn’t have had to quit his job if he had to support the family, but he probably would have grown to resent his wife for something else instead. And without the show, Jon certainly wouldn’t have been able to afford those pretty diamond earrings he was wearing last night, not to mention the hair plugs and the exciting life he now leads. Do you think a 32-year-old, balding man with eight kids would be able to attract 20-something girlfriends without the allure of reality show fame?

Regardless of what the inner workings of Jon and Kate’s relationship might be — before or after the cameras began to capture their every move — what’s at stake is a brand and empire that they have spent the last few years building. It seems that neither one of them wants to let all that hard work go to waste, so both Jon and Kate said last night that filming of the show will continue, even as they try to figure out custody, alimony and all of those lovely things that come with the splitting of assets.


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“Jon & Kate + 8″ Scandal Helps Bring Life Back To Dying Media

jon & kate.png Confession: We were one of the 9.8 million viewers who tuned in to watch the season premiere of “Jon & Kate + 8″ on TLC Monday night. Although we have long found control freak Kate Gosselin and henpecked husband Jon a bit difficult to watch, the train wreck of a big family reality show has nevertheless kept us riveted for four seasons.

This week’s viewership was up 4.4 million from last season’s finale earlier this year. The jump is undoubtedly linked to the Jon and Kate scandal that has been splashed across tabloid magazines, television shows and Web sites for the past few weeks.

Not surprisingly, this scandal has meant big bucks for a tabloid media industry that has been searching for a golden goose since Angelina gave birth to her twins. Today, the New York Post‘s Keith Kelly jumped on the bandwagon by reporting that putting Jon and Kate on the cover of Us Weekly for the past six issues has helped the celebrity tabloid bump up newsstands sales dramatically.

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