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Posts Tagged ‘Martha Stewart’

Seth Meyers Has a Newfound Appreciation for Pockets

NPRFreshAirLogoThe Web headline for today’s NPR Fresh Air interview with Seth Meyers is a good example of click-baiting with integrity. Because listening to the conversation titled “Seth Meyers’ Late Night Challenge: What To Do With His Hands?” does indeed address and answer one of the first bits of self-conscious business for the incoming talk show host:

“The trickiest part of this job the first week was just figuring out what to do with my hands. I think one of the great discoveries I made at the show was the memory of pockets. I was like, ‘OK, I can put one of these away.’”

“I as a person in conversation tend to use my hands a great deal and I think my first couple of monologues I looked like someone on a desert island trying to signal for a passing plane.”

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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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Let’s Make Fun of Media Elite’s First Tweets

Twitter has launched a great site — first-tweet.com — that will embarrass any user. Naturally we thought this would be a great opportunity to make fun of some media elite.

First-tweet is self-explanatory — it allows you to see any public users’ first tweet. Most of them are boring, but some — like the ones below — are worth pointing out. Oh, and in case you’re wondering — your FishbowlNY editors’ first tweets were fantastic.

First Tweets from Media Mavens

Rupert Murdoch was still grappling with basic English when he sent his first tweet.

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An Afternoon Dishing With Martha Stewart

martha-stewartFishbowlNY visited Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s test kitchen on the West Side Thursday afternoon to make chicken pot pies with Martha Stewart herself — and dish about, among other things, Season 3 of her PBS show Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, which premiered earlier this month (and will be exclusively sponsored by KitchenAid). A small group of journos and bloggers donned stylish striped aprons while listening intently to the domestic diva’s tips on stewing a whole chicken, combining it with buttery potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peas, thyme and cognac, and then layering an egg-wash-glazed puff pastry over the mixture-filled ramekins before popping them into the oven. Voilà. All the while, Stewart happily answered questions we peppered her with. Here are some of the tidbits we learned:

PBS keeps her busy. In addition to her Cooking School, Stewart is filming the third season of her other PBS show, Martha Bakes, and has just wrapped four shows in two days. She brought in the breakfast cookies she made on the show for us to nibble on while we waited for our pies to finish baking. “They’re about a pound each!” she said. No kidding. And delicious, we might add.

She gives credit where credit is due. Her test kitchen whips up around 1,000 recipes a year for the Martha Stewart Living magazines — and she credits her food editors, almost all of whom have been with her “for years,” with coming up with many of the inspired meals.

She wants to open a restaurant. “It’s so hard that life [as a restaurateur], but so fun,” she said. And the pot-pie recipe she shared that afternoon would be “the perfect lunch item.”

She likes football. Stewart isn’t cooking a Super Bowl meal — “I’m going to the Super Bowl!” she exclaimed. But if she were to prep something for game day, quesadillas and margaritas with “fresh lime juice and good tequila in sugar-rimmed glasses” would be on the menu.

More from Martha and photos from the event, after the jump.

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Martha Stewart Living Publisher, Managing Editor, Among MSLO Fired Staff

305px-Martha_Stewart_Living_Omnimedia_Logo.svgMartha Stewart Living’s publisher and managing editor were among those fired during Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s massive firing spree. Yesterday Martha Stewart was feeling in the holiday spirit, so she, along with MSLO’s CEO, Daniel Dienstgave 100 staffers a DIY project — find a new job.

The New York Post reports that among the cuts were Martha Stewart Living’s Peter Medwid (publisher) and Carl Germann (managing editor); Laura Petasnick, VP of integrated sales; Daniel Taitz, executive VP and chief administrative officer; and Jess Hollander, head of digital sales.

The firings come amid grumblings that Stewart isn’t doing anything to help the struggling company.

Just last year, Stewart received over $1 million in reimbursements from MSLO for things like personal assistant costs, security and a weekend driver. “She still runs the company as if it was the 1990s,” one former MSLO staffer told the Post.

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Martha Stewart Axed 100 Staffers (NY Post)
The ax started swinging early Thursday morning as home-entertainment diva Martha Stewart fired about 100 people from her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It is the first major move since scrap-metal executive Daniel Dienst was tapped to be the new CEO in late October, sparking speculation — now realized — about major cutbacks. NY Post / Media Ink The layoffs, coming only a week and a half before Christmas, unnerved employees, many of whom left in tears, carrying their belongings in Martha Stewart bags. Stewart spent last week in Miami at Art Basel, the winter playground of the beautiful people, where dozens of private jets landed to party and peruse the international art market. FishbowlNY The downsizing will impact about 25 percent of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s workforce. So if you work there, and were planning on getting Dienst or Stewart a present, perhaps a better idea would be donating money in their names to The Human Fund. WSJ The job cuts follow years of weak financial performance at the company, which has lost money in all but one year of the past 10 due to declines in its TV business and print magazine ad revenue. One person familiar with the layoffs said they were made to bring the company more in line with its current revenues, which have declined sharply in recent years. Adweek One Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia staffer described the current office atmosphere as “really awful,” adding, “It’s really scary and terrible right before the holidays.”

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Martha Stewart to Cut 100 Staffers

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 11.27.47 AMJust in time for the holidays, Martha Stewart is firing about 100 staffers. The New York Post reports that a majority of the cuts will come from Martha Stewart Living.

The downsizing will impact about 25 percent of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s workforce. It’s the first major move by the company’s relatively new CEO, Daniel Dienst. So if you work there, and were planning on getting him or Stewart a present, perhaps a better idea would be donating money in their names to The Human Fund.

The pink slips are expected to be handed out today. Good luck everyone.

Blogger Questions Martha Stewart’s ‘Food Porn’ Skills

The Internet really is the great equalizer. Today’s Exhibit Z – a Monday night post by LA Times food blogger Jenn Harris.

LATJennHarris_LogoHarris, host of Internet radio show Forkin’ Amazing and a self-professed “bacon schmootz lover,” spent some time scrolling through those contentious Martha Stewart food photos. In case you missed it, Stewart has been getting flak from her Twitter followers for the generally poor quality of her iFood photography, and Harris is now right there with these critics:

Some celebrities hire people to tweet for them, but after scrolling her feed, it’s pretty safe to say a professional had nothing to do with it. Most of the photos are poorly lit, which is something we’ve all experienced when trying to take a photo at a dark restaurant. But most are just plain awful. Some are blurry, some look neon and in some you really can’t tell what you’re looking at, no matter how long you look.

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Latest Smithsonian Magazine Features Gaggle of Celebrity Contributors

Smithsonian_November2013Want to read Martha Stewart‘s thoughts on the Singer sewing machine? How about Frank DeFord‘s look at the legacy of baseball’s Negro League?

These and many other celebrity guest essays are part of the November issue of Smithsonian magazine, which takes a look at the “101 Objects That Made America.” The objects were culled from The Smithsonian’s collection of some 137 million artifacts housed at 19 different museums and research centers, and are part of a fall multimedia offensive:

Richard Kurin (under secretary for history, art and culture) has selected 50 different items for his parallel book debuting this month, The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects. The Smithsonian Channel’s four-part series, Seriously Amazing™ Objects, premiering November 25, features surprising encounters with many of these objects.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for The Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY stories that made the most buzz this week.

1) Man Banter Makes Misogynistic Waves at Comic Con

2) Copyranter Fired from BuzzFeed for not Creating Enough ‘BuzzFeedy’ Content

3) Dr. Oz Magazine to be Titled The Good Life

4) Ten Years Later, Dan Patrick Talks to Captain Janks

5) Martha Stewart Doesn’t Like Bloggers

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