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Doug Cantor, Others Join Businessweek

Doug Cantor is joining Businessweek as its new technology editor. Capital New York reports that Cantor will succeed Barrett Sheridan, who is leaving for a fellowship at Columbia University’s journalism school. Cantor comes to Businessweek from Popular Science, where he served as senior editor since 2006.

Additionally, Jeff Muskus and Nick Summers have joined the magazine. Muskus was most recently a senior editor at The Huffington Post and is now an associate editor at Businessweek. Summers comes to Businessweek from Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Summers is now a finance correspondent.

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Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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News Corp to Hold Crisis Conference in LA

News Corp’s board of directors is meeting in Los Angeles tomorrow to hold a crisis conference–its first since the News of the World scandal broke and the company finds itself potentially facing a slew of criminal charges.

The Daily Beast’s Nick Summers lays out the stakes:

The boards of most publicly traded companies are elected by shareholders and represent their interests, hiring and firing CEOs and charting strategy; independent directors are brought in from the outside to add perspective and accountability. News Corp., though, employs a dual-class stock structure that concentrates voting power in the hands of chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. That means he effectively chooses the board, and even most of its independent directors have spent their careers under Murdoch, are close friends, or are otherwise beholden to him.

Tuesday’s meeting will determine whether the control Murdoch exerts over his board is still total, or whether the company’s independent directors will push for change.

We’ll see how much change they can actually impact. Tough to imagine a News Corp not completely under the thumb of a Murdoch.

Nick Summers Leaves The New York Observer

Nick Summers just can’t stay away from Newsweek. Joe Coscarelli is reporting that Summers is headed back to the magazine; leaving the New York Observer after only a few months.

He will reportedly be a senior writer at Newsweek, a magazine that according to Summers, has completely changed since he left in October:

As fond as I was of the old Newsweek, I never would have gone back to that. The new Newsweek is a different story. The place is pretty much gutted to the pillars and the rafters. It’s basically a brand, plus Tina and they’re building up. I think she can pull it off.

Nick Summers Moves To The New York Observer, Much To The Consternation Of One Village Voice Tipster

By now, you’re likely aware that John Koblin has left The New York Observer for WWDier pastures. Now, nearly a month since the announcement that he was leaving made its way across the interwebs, comes news of his successor, courtesy of Runnin’ Scared: Nick Summers. Summers founded snarkelitist blog IvyGate and formerly worked as a reporter for Newsweek.

But, alas, this doesn’t mean that everything is all sunshine flowers and gin-flavored lollipops at the Observer offices:

Zeke Turner was the junior reporter under Koblin, and Summers is being brought in above him. A tipster writes in:

Zeke should have gotten that job. The morale in the newsroom is already in the dumps: hiring an outsider only makes it worse. I’m sure Nick is a good guy and talented. But Kyle doesn’t understand that Observer writers were never stars when they got into those spots (including Koblin, Sherman, Calderone, etc.). They become stars by having natural talent and moving up the ranks. Maybe he doesn’t know how to raise young writers (/be a fucking editor) so he gives these jobs away to more established people. It’s crap.

Dramatical.