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Anything But a (Star-Spangled) Banner Week at Wenner Media

WennerMediaLogoHoly cow. According to Lisa Granatstein, managing editor at Mediabistro’s very-soon-to-be sister publication Adweek, this happened at Wenner Media:

[COO John] Gruber was ordered to fire Rolling Stone‘s head of brand and content and marketing solutions over the phone while the exec was on vacation after newly promoted Wenner Media digital chief Gus Wenner was said to have told his father that he didn’t like him, the sources added.

Not surprisingly, Gruber has bolted. Granatstein notes that this is the highest-ranking shuffle at Wenner Media since Gruber took over for Kent Brownridge in 2005. She also got confirmation of another major departure – Rolling Stone publisher Chris McLoughlin.

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A Big Mess at Louise Blouin Media

New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly has been doing a great job of documenting the ongoing turmoil at Louise Blouin Media.

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His latest dispatch re-affirms payment delays faced by various domestic and foreign freelancers, and highlights two major recent defections:

Art + Auction senior editor Julie Baumgardner was working late one night when water started dripping from the ceiling, sources told Media Ink.

“The next morning the whole office was flooded, and it sat like that for weeks, as Louise would have to pay to have it cleaned,” said a source. “The staff cleaned it up, but it was there so long mold appeared everywhere, and they had to evacuate. Julie walked out in early May over the issue. She just got up and left.”

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Specter of Philip Seymour Hoffman Looms Over National Enquirer NYC Relocation

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsOn Tuesday, Keith J. Kelly broke the news that the National Enquirer was relocating its editorial operations to New York City from Boca Raton. And that, according to his sources, the decision to not include editor-in-chief Tony Frost in the migration was payback for a huge, recent mess:

Frost’s ouster comes months after an embarrassing February Enquirer story that falsely claimed the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had a gay lover. Insiders claim the Hoffman story cost Frost his job, but the tabloid’s publisher, American Media Inc., denies there is a connection between the two.

Today, in a subsequent piece by New York Times staff reporter James Barron, the man taking over in Lower Manhattan for Frost – Dylan Howard – reiterates the company line:

Howard denied that the changes had to do with an Enquirer article published after the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February…

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Danny Seo Magazine Contract Stipulates: He Will Not Be on the Cover

DannySeoPicGreen movement champion (a.k.a. “environmental lifestyle expert”) Danny Seo is our new, newsstand hero.

Per a report by Keith J. Kelly, Seo has a new magazine in the works, with the initial issue set for July. But unlike the Martha Stewart‘s and Oprah Winfrey‘s of this niche world, his monthly publication comes with a newsstand-environment-friendly caveat:

“I contractually said I will not be on the cover,” Seo told Media Ink. Seo expects to do split covers on the first issue. One will likely feature a still-life shot of a dairy-free “vegan ice cream,” the other will likely feature actress Ali Larter, the former Heroes star who is cast in a new TNT drama, Legends.

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In Wake of Tumultuous Departures, Louise Blouin Media Announces New EIC

Last week, New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly had the scoop on a shake-up at Louise Blouin Media. Depending on which side was talking, the departure of editor-in-chief Ben Genocchio and several colleagues was either voluntary or forced/contractual.

SarahPHansonPicAs Genocchio prepares to launch rival site Artnet News next Monday, his former employer has found a successor from within for both the print and digital content side – Sarah P. Hanson (pictured). From today’s announcement:

“Sarah is a leading expert in the art market industry, and it is with great pleasure that we have her spearheading BlouinArt+Auction,” said Louise Blouin, CEO and chairman of Louise Blouin Media. “This is a time of enormous growth for BlouinArt+Auction. Revenues have continued to increase within recent months, and our March issue is up significantly compared to previous years.”

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A Typo-Filled Anniversary for 2012 New York Subway Incident Victim

Earlier today, we caught a typo in the New York Post. Instead of Jonah Peretti, media columnist Keith J. Kelly had as the winner of Adweek‘s Digital Editor of the Year one “John Peretti.” (The typo has since been fixed.)

iMediaEthicsLogoHowever, that slip-up can’t hold a candle to the litany of errors the Post and many other outlets made with another, less famous person’s name. As documented today by iMediaEthics reporter Sydney Smith on the one-year anniversary of the tragic subway incident death of Ki-Suck Han, various wrong versions of this Queens resident’s name were widely disseminated. The Post for example got it wrong three different ways, and like many outlets tracked and re-contacted by Smith, failed to quickly correct.

The Daily News also had tri-trouble with the spelling. In terms of major New York dailies, only the New York Times got it right. From Smith’s piece:

Night Metro editor Peter Khoury quickly responded to our inquiry last year asking how the Times got the correct spelling. According to Khoury, the Times verified the spelling with the police and public records.

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Report: Penske, Lasry Circling Discounted Variety Sale Price

Another week, another [BLANK]-is-in-the-lead-to-buy-Variety news story. This one from a pair of reporters (the New York Post’s Keith J. Kelly and Josh Kosman) who have filed several, similar previous dispatches.

According to the duo’s sources, Ron Burkle walked away after his recent low-ball $20 million range offer for the trade was rejected. Which reportedly leaves Jay Penske (PMC) and Marc Lasry (Avenue Capital Group):

Reed Elsevier has been forced to cut Variety’s asking price by more than 25 percent and offer “seller financing” to close the deal, The Post has learned. It has recently cut Variety’s asking price to below $30 million from its original $40 million price tag, sources close to the situation said.

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Report: Variety’s New Owner is… Avenue Capital

So it looks as if it’s not going to be Ron Burkle after all.

According to the New York Post, Variety parent Reed Elsevier has accepted a formal bid for the trade publication. The winning party is a billionaire, but not the one who had recently been touted, partly because Burkle reportedly wasn’t willing to go high enough:

New York billionaire Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital has emerged as the front-runner to take control of Hollywood trade Variety, The Post has learned. Variety’s parent company, Reed Elsevier, has accepted the hedge fund’s bid for between $30 million and $40 million, a source close to the talks said. Reed Elsevier has been seeking around $40 million.

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Jack Shafer Vs. Keith J. Kelly

0820shafer.jpgIt’s a battle royale of the media reporter stars. In Slate, Jack Shafer accuses Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly of pulling punches on coverage of labor issues at the Wall Street Journal ever since News Corp. launched their takeover bid:

In the old days, the Post would have commemorated the union’s agitprop with a headline such as “WSJ Staffers Take a Hike, Send Love Letter.” But the paper ignored the demo. This was in keeping with the blind eye the paper turned on a June 29 union protest, in which Wall Street Journal reporters skipped work in the morning to oppose Murdoch’s bid for Dow Jones and demand a better contract. It’s tough for any publication to report on itself or about its owners, yet Murdoch’s ownership of the Post didn’t discourage the tabloid from covering in detail the progress of the Dow Jones deal. That the New York Post no longer wishes to kick the union anthill now that the ants work for Murdoch should come as no surprise.

In other Jack Shafer news, his review of Robert Novak‘s memoir for the Times is well worth a look.

— Neal Ungerleider