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Dan Abrams Defends Huffington Post From the “Strikers”

Huffington Post had an unlikely ally today — Dan Abrams, founder of digital media company Abrams Media, wrote a post on Mediaite defending Huffington Post from the hoardes of unpaid bloggers who are supposedly poised to go on strike against the giant aggregator.

Last week, the Newspaper Guild and its 26,000-member union called for all unpaid Huffington Post bloggers to withhold their work in support of a “strike” launched earlier this year by the art publication Visual Arts Source, whose writers had previously contributed free content to the Post.

Abrams’ problem with this move is the timing:

But why the public cry for a strike now? What happened last week? [...] Maybe, in the words of the Newspaper Guild, because the outcry comes “in the wake of its $315 million merger with AOL.” Ah. So it’s the fact that Huffington Post now has a distinct and clear numerical value?

Abrams doesn’t give let aggregation go entirely free of charge — he writes that “it’s also true that aggregation has had a disastrous effect on newspapers and I believe journalism as a whole.” But unlike the New York TimesBill Keller (who really, really hates aggregation, and holds Huffington Post mostly responsible for its pervasiveness), Abrams says that “with or without Huffington Post, newspapers would be suffering the precise fate they are today.”

The problem is not Huffington Post in particular, says Abrams, but the broader problem of the Internet. So, he advises us all, “don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

It seems like new media is sticking up for its own.

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Abrams On His Latest Site: Geekosystem To Cover Everything From Gamma Ray Bursts To Zelda

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When MSNBC‘s Dan Abrams launched Mediaite.com last July, it raised a host of questions: what was the media news site’s relationship to Abrams’ other recent project, Abrams Research? What was this Power Grid that everyone was talking so much about? And why did the site immediately go dark upon launch?

In the past several months, most of these queries have fallen by the wayside: if there’s been an overlap between the groups that consult with Abrams Research and the entities that are discussed on Mediaite, not one of the vigilant watchdogs of the Internet have been able to spot a specific example. Abrams himself brushes off what must be the hundredth question about the potentially blurred ethical boundary, telling FishbowlNY, “there hasn’t even been a close call” in keeping the businesses separate entities.

“I think we’ve shown with Mediaite that there’s no editorial overlap [with Abrams Research], and it has nothing to do with another business we happen to own,” he said.

And after sufficiently proving that Mediaite is a success (the site reportedly hit 1.2 million page views in its first month alone), and launching a Perez Hilton/TMZ-style celebrity site GossipCop.com close on its heels, Abrams is ready to expand his digital empire further with today’s launch of Geekosystem.com, a site that will cover every aspect of “geek” culture.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas|Rushfield Leaves Gawker|Another List For 2009|Thoughts On Leaving NYT, Set To Verse

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The Wrap: Four months after leaving The Los Angeles Times for Gawker, Richard Rushfield has left the blog to join the start-up Digital Entertainment Corporation of America.

Mediaite: What do Arianna Huffington, Roger Ailes and the cast of “The Jersey Shore” all have in common? They’re all among Mediaite.com‘s list of 50 innovators and influencers of 2009.

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Partytime With The Atlantic

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Last night, members of the New York media gathered to toast The Atlantic and the incredible year the publication — and its parent company — have had.

There was plenty to celebrate. This year, the title reported a 16 percent increase in advertising revenue, thanks to a 115 percent increase in digital revenue. Events and subscription revenues also saw a boost, with digital subscription revenues climbing 158 percent. What’s more, 2009 saw the launch of the company’s new digital property, The Atlantic Wire, as well as politics, business and food channels on TheAtlantic.com.

“We had such an incredible year,” publisher Jay Lauf told us last night.

And there were plenty of people on hand last night to celebrate that year with Lauf and The Atlantic‘s president Justin Smith, including Glynnis MacNicol and Rachel Sklar of Mediaite.com, All Things D‘s Peter Kafka, John Carney of Silicon Alley Insider, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter and PRNewser editor Joe Ciarallo.

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Mediaite Launches Three More Niche Sites

logo-mediaite.jpgLets face it, New York media rankings are interesting to a small group of people: the power players involved, and their parents.

So it was surprising when MSNBC‘s Dan Abrams launched his much-talked about Mediaite.com — which pitted all of media’s hottest writers and pundits against each other in the Power Grid — and the site immediately overloaded with traffic. Maybe there is room on the Internet for the self-referential media scene that isn’t entirely taken over by Gawker. (By the way, does anyone else think it’s weird that Abrams, who still appears on MSNBC, has his site currently funded by CNN?)

Especially now that Abrams is expanding. On Mediaite today, Abrams announced the expected launch of three new sites: Styleite, Geekosystem, and SportsGrid. Though the editors of these upcoming sites “will be announced in the weeks to come,” Abrams said “many of the lead figures in these projects will come from within the existing Mediaite family.”

It will be interesting to see where this ecosystem of blogs put Abrams himself: is he hoping to become the next Nick Denton, or just looking for a way to utilize some of the best of Mediaite’s resources, mainly its love for geek culture in movies, books, and television? Not to mention that the market is much bigger for a new style Web site, helping it to generate its own advertising revenue more so than say, another New York media blog.

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Previously: Mediaite Launches To Server-Crashing Traffic

Atlantic Wire Launches With (Media) Star-Studded Fete

atlantic wire 1.jpgAll of the (op-ed) stars were out last night to celebrate the launch of Atlantic Wire, the opinion aggregating sister site to TheAtlantic.com.

Writers for The Atlantic and TheAtlantic.com like Corby Kummer, Marc Ambinder, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Megan McArdle sipped champagne or checked out the incredible view from the balcony at The Glass Houses on the top floor of the Chelsea Arts Tower, as slides of the Atlantic 50 streamed above the bar.

Atlantic Consumer Media chair David Bradley, president Justin Smith and editor James Bennet later said a few words for the crowd, which included The New York Times‘s Frank Rich and David Carr, Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol from Mediaite.com and AOL DailyFinance‘s Jeff Bercovici.

“We like to fight with each other,” Bennet said of the impetus behind launching Atlantic Wire, which gathers some of the best opinions on the biggest topics of the day in one place.

Bradley, who leads arguably one of the few media companies that is growing despite the recession, offered some advice to would-be media moguls. “Before you own a media company, you should own a company that does well,” he said, noting how his previous experience in business allowed him to effectively operate Atlantic Consumer Media.

Well he certainly knows how to put on a party.

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Celebrating The Launch Of WNBC’s New Local Lifestyle Show

lx logo.jpgOn Monday night, we headed west to Hudson Terrace to join the festivities celebrating the launch of WNBC‘s new afternoon live local lifestyle show, “LX New York.”

The show debuted live on channel 4 at 5pm on Monday, with senior vice president of LX.TV Morgan Hertzan and on-air talent Sara Gore, Siafa Lewis, Michael Flocker, George Oliphant and Maria Sansone heading over to the party afterward to celebrate and sip Absolut cocktails on the open air roof deck.

Hertzan told us that he thought the first show went on without a hitch, even though launching a live show is always nerve-wracking. “Live is the only way to go,” he said.

We also learned that Gore, who appeared on “Today” Monday morning to promote “LX New York,” was a chef before she became the bubbly host that we know her to be today. When we asked her where she got the recipe for the steak she cooked with Al Roker that morning, she boasted, “It’s mine!” (Check out the video below.)

So what did Gore, who now hosts three LX.TV lifestyle shows, think of the “LX New York” premiere episode?

“There were a few things I wish had gone more smoothly,” she said. “But it was the first show and it was live, and now we know what we can work on.”

Also spotted in the crowd, Olivia Metzger of talent agency CAA and two former TVNewser editors, The New York TimesBrian Stelter and Mediaite.com TV editor Steve Krakauer.

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Earlier: WNBC Launches Afternoon Live Local Lifestyle Show

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Catching Up With The Guinea Pig Himself, A.J. Jacobs

jacobs.jpgLast night, we stopped by Hurley’s near Times Square to celebrate A.J. Jacob‘s latest book, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment.

Though we arrived a bit too late to claim a free copy of Jacobs’ autobiographical tome, we did manage to score a blow up of the book’s cover, which Jacobs graciously signed. (And if you can’t read the inscription, it advises us to carry the poster — which is almost as tall as we are — around everywhere.)

We also managed to get Jacobs to open up about his next project. After conquering the mind, when he read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica front to back in The Know-It-All, and the soul — with his book The Year of Living Biblically — Jacobs said he is now ready to conquer the body.

“I have a trainer and I’ve been trying to eat healthy,” Jacobs told us. “I’ve been drinking goat’s milk because some people say that’s good for you.”

Jacobs also told us about these special shoes he’s been wearing that fit like a glove around the feet, “because some people believe you shouldn’t wear shoes.”

We can’t wait to read how that turns out.

In addition to Jacobs, we also chatted with Mediaite.com‘s Rachel Sklar, Emmy-nominated “Daily Show” writer Kevin Bleyer and Twitter Wit author Nick Douglas. We also made sure to say hello to Jacobs’ son Jasper and wife Julie, who wrote a rebuttal chapter in Guinea Pig Diaries and was celebrating her ninth anniversary with A.J. last night. Congratulations all around!

Photos From Mediabistro’s Producing Online Content Panel

onlinepanel.jpgIf you missed last week’s Mediabistro panel discussion on creating and distributing online entertainment content online, here are some photos of the event for you to enjoy.

The panel, moderated by Reuters business and technology reporter Manoush Zomorodi, featured panelists IFC executive producer Colin Moore, “The Heather Gold Show” host Heather Gold, Bright Red Pixels founding partner Adam Elend, For Your Imagination CEO and co-founder Paul Kontonis, Next New Networks vice president of business development Diane de Cordova and blip.tv co-founder Dina Kaplan.

Mediaite.com‘s Panel Nerds also have a pretty entertaining recap if you (like us) missed the show. We like blip.tv’s Kaplan’s insight for making money with online content the best: “Advertisers are a lot less interested in content than they are in your audience.” But good content creates an engaged audience, right?

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Former Portfolio Deputy Editor Impoco Joins Reuters In Newly Created Role

Jim Impoco.JPGJim Impoco, the business journalism vet who had the misfortune of being fired by Portfolio Editor-in-Chief Joanne Lipman last year before the Condé Nast business publication folded earlier this year, has taken up a new post at Reuters.

Impoco, a longtime editor for The New York Times, has been appointed enterprise editor for Reuters Americas, a newly created position that will conceptualize and edit “groundbreaking and innovative stories and multimedia packages,” Reuters said.

“Reuters is an impressively large and influential platform, and I am sincerely flattered that they have asked me to try my hand at this,” Impoco said in a statement. “To be able to shape feature stories at an organization with Reuters reach is a dream job. No matter what happens to our industry, Reuters is certain to remain in the thick of it.”

In addition to working as the Sunday Business editor for the Times, Impoco has also previously served as assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine and was a Tokyo-based reporter for the Associated Press and Tokyo bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report.

Not long after his ouster from Portfolio last year, Impoco was named executive editor at Men’s Journal. He has also been contributing to other outlets like the Times magazine and Mediaite.com.

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