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Judy Collins, Woody Allen’s Singing Writer and the Dish on the Definitive Bob Hope Biography

Lunch At MichaelsThe usual head-spinning Wednesday scene at Michael’s got an added boost of adrenaline today as Michael McCarty and his indefatigable staff presided over the jam-packed dining room while preparing for this evening’s main event. The famed eatery is celebrating 25 years in New York and to commemorate the impressive milestone, McCarty is throwing himself a party tonight. The guest list boasts 550 of his nearest and dearest A-list pals dropping by for air kisses and cocktails. We’ll be covering the festivities. (It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.) Look for a special “evening edition” of this column tomorrow.

Richard Zoglin and Diane Clehane

Richard Zoglin and Diane Clehane

I was joined today by Time magazine’s longtime theater critic and author Richard Zoglin, whose just-released book, Hope: Entertainer of the Century (Simon & Schuster), chronicling Bob Hope‘s 70-year career and extraordinary life, has garnered rave reviews. Kirkus Reviews heralds it as “the definitive biography” of the legendary comedian, People magazine recommended the 565-page tome as a must-read, and both Tom Brokaw and Dick Cavett have praised Richard’s exhaustive reporting. Our mutual friend, the tireless and terrific Cindy Lewis, introduced us and was the perfect hostess for today’s lunch. Fresh off his first author event last night, where he took questions from a “packed house” at his neighborhood Barnes & Noble on the West Side followed by a reception for friends and family at Martha Nelson‘s apartment, Richard told me he’s been heartened by the response the book has received from industry insiders and “civilians” alike. “I believe that Bob Hope was the most important entertainer of the 20th century,” he told me. “And I’m thrilled to see that there’s so much interest in his career now.” When I asked him why he decided to do a book on Hope, who, until now, had not been the subject of a major book, he explained: “When I did my last book [Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America], I asked every comic from George Carlin to Jerry Seinfeld who influenced them and everyone mentioned lots of people like Lenny Bruce, but no one mentioned Bob Hope. He’d fallen off the radar. The generation who remembers Vietnam didn’t take him seriously as a comedian.” So why go against the grain? “My contention is Bob Hope invented modern stand-up comedy.”

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ISIS Releases Fourth Video of Journalist John Cantlie, ‘Eagerly Awaits’ Ground War (HuffPost)
Islamic State militants have released a new video featuring British freelance journalist John Cantlie — the fourth since Cantlie was taken hostage nearly two years ago. The Guardian Cantlie, who has been held for almost two years, said ISIS was “dug in for the fight” in a seven-minute video that emerged on Sunday. Appearing to offer a scripted argument, he said the western public is being rushed into a war it cannot win, against thousands of armed militants. The Independent Cantlie also appeared in an online article calling for the British government to “open a channel and negotiate” with ISIS. It appeared hours after the British Ministry of Defence confirmed that a “specialist” team of British soldiers would head to northern Iraq to help train Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic militant group. The article was published in the ISIS online magazine Dabiq. WSJ The U.K. government said Monday that it was analyzing the article purportedly by Cantlie in which he says he awaits his turn to be executed by the extremist group unless British and American governments negotiate. The writer who identifies himself as Cantlie criticizes the West for not negotiating with ISIS when others have. “For now, I am still alive, but at some point in the near future, the mujahedeen will surely run out of patience. Just ask our government to talk. That’s all,” the article in question read. New York Daily News The British war photographer was captured in Syria along with James Foley in November 2012. Foley, an American war correspondent, was beheaded in August. The following month ISIS released a video of Cantlie criticizing American and British foreign policy, saying he’d been “abandoned” by his government.

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Outgoing Time Inc. EIC Martha Nelson Gives Managing Editors Her Blessing

martha nelsonThere is no longer a Time Inc. editor-in-chief successor to receive the company’s symbolic, tongue-in-cheek heirloom. But that didn’t stop recently departed EIC Martha Nelson.

Per a great little item from Ad Age‘s Michael Sebastian, Nelson redirected to Time Inc. managing editors the gift of company tradition. A pair of recipients told Sebastian the framed papal memento comes with the following note:

‘This fragment comes from the ‘Pope’s Miter,’ which resided in the office of the editor in chief of Time Inc. While the miter was passed on in jest, it symbolized the earnest belief in editorial independence, truth and integrity. Now that responsibility rests in your hands.’

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What Happens When Magazine Editors Start Reporting to the Business Side?

It is this week’s biggest and most far-reaching NYC media world question. What’s going to happen at Time Inc. now that editor-in-chief Martha Nelson is moving on and Norman Pearlstine, at CEO Joe Ripp‘s behest, has returned to oversee all such matters from the business side as executive VP and chief content officer.

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_AP recently announced that it will be entering the sponsored content game in 2014, so let’s start out by reminding ourselves that the rules are changing fast, and often. Ad Age media reporter Michael Sebastien spoke to both Ripp and Pearlstine in the wake of this week’s seismic news. Ripp restated something he said in the official announcement – that it’s designed to speed up the content work-cycle:

“Whenever you have a very large organization as ourselves and important decisions need to be cleared through multiple layers it creates a slowdown of the process,” Mr. Ripp said. “I’m a firm believer that businesses are more successful when you can empower people at a local brand level.”

“It will help create entrepreneurship at the brands,” Mr. Pearlstine said.

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Norman Pearlstine Returning to Time Inc.

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_Fortune senior editor Dan Primack has posted some major parent company news. Norman Pearlstine is leaving his post as chief content officer at Bloomberg LP to assume a “similar position” with Time Inc.

From Primack’s report:

The move comes as Time Inc. is preparing to spin out from corporate parent Time Warner (TWX), which is expected to occur early next year.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Pearlstine, who served as editor-in-chief of Time Inc. from 1995 through 2005 (after more than two decades with The Wall Street Journal, and a short stint running Forbes).

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TIME Appoints First Female Managing Editor

By sheer coincidence, the once iconic newsstand combo of TIME and Newsweek have both this month anointed new senior editorial staff.

Last week, IBT Media announced that Jim Impoco was being handed the reins of Newsweek. Today, Time Inc. EIC Martha Nelson made it official by sharing the news that Nancy Gibbs has been promoted to replace the departed Rick Stengel as managing editor:

I cannot think of a more perfect person than Nancy to lead TIME. She has done an outstanding job running TIME since July, when I asked Rick to assist me with corporate matters related to our upcoming spin off. Her cover stories in the past weeks on Syria, collegiate sports and child-free couples have been huge successes with readers and in the media, and, in the same period, she launched TIME’s Martin Luther King Jr. anniversary special issue in tandem with a new documentary film unit, Red Border Films, that is expanding the way TIME tells stories through video online…

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Vanessa Bush Named Editor of Essence

Vanessa Bush is officially taking over editor-in-chief of Essence. Bush had been acting editor since Constance C.R. White was fired in February. Prior to that, Bush served as Essence’s executive editor since 2011. She has been with the magazine since 2000.

“Vanessa’s more than 10 years of experience as an editorial leader at Essence will ensure continued success for the preeminent African-American women’s media brand,” said Martha Nelson, Time Inc.’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “She has the full support of Time Inc. to execute on her vision to honor this loyal and cherished audience.”

Bush has her work cut out for her, as some have claimed that Essence has been suffering from an identity crisis for several years.

Peggy Northrop Named EIC of Sunset

Peggy Northrop is joining Sunset as its new editor-in-chief. Northrop was most recently a consultant for a variety of media startups, but this marks a return to Time Inc. for her, as she served as a Real Simple’s deputy editor years ago. Northrop also served as vice president and global editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest, from 2007-2011.

In a statement, Martha Nelson, Time Inc.’s editor-in-chief, said “Peggy is one of the best in the business. I’ve long admired her work and look forward to bringing her talents back to Time Inc.”

Northrop begins at Sunset on April 22. She will report to Sid Evans, Time Inc.’s Lifestyle Group editor.

Time Inc. Vet Cyd Wilson Branches Out with Her Own Firm

It’s been a great run for Cyd Wilson at Time Inc. But after 17 years as west coast based director of creative development for the Style and Entertainment Group, the 54-year-old has decided it’s time to continue working her awards season and branding magic for a different boss – herself.

As a testament to how pleased Time Inc. has been with Wilson’s efforts, they will become a client of Cyd Wilson Entertainment Marketing. The CSUN graduate, who began her career far from the glamour of Hollywood working in psychiatric hospital administration, started on her current path when she volunteered for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. That led to the position of development director and her eventual recruitment by then People publisher Ann Moore.

From this morning’s announcement:

“As an ambassador for our brands in Los Angeles and in the entertainment industry, she has been nothing less than extraordinary, representing us with intelligence, integrity and creative flair,” stated Tim Inc. editor-in-chief Martha Nelson.” She has advanced our name and our business and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for her many efforts.”

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Edward Felsenthal Named Managing Editor of Time.com

Edward Felsenthal has been named managing editor of Time.com. Felsenthal is succeeding Cathy Sharick, who is stepping down to work on a startup. She had been a managing editor since 2011.

Felsenthal most recently helped launch Al-Monitor, a news site that covers the Middle East. He has also consulted for companies such as UStream. Felsenthal was a co-founder of The Daily Beast in 2008, and he served as its executive editor. He was also a reporter and deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal.

In a memo announcing the moves, Martha Nelson wrote that Felsenthal is “a true digital leader.”

The full note from Nelson and Rick Stengel is below.

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