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BuzzFeed Adds Finance Reporter

Matthew Zeitlin is joining BuzzFeed’s business vertical. According to Peter Lauria, editor of the business section, Zeitlin will serve as an economics and finance reporter.

Previously Zeitlin served as a business reporter for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. He has also contributed to Bloomberg View.

The BuzzFeed business site hasn’t launched yet, but with the addition of Zeitlin, Lauria tweeted that “the team is complete.”

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Harvey Weinstein, Ali MacGraw and the Brains Behind Coffee With Tim Cook

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Where to begin? This week at 55th and Fifth, the scene in the dining room provided whiplash-inducing people watching with a tasty mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein, Jimmy Finkelstein) with a side of social swans (Sharon Bush, Patricia Kluge, Terry Allen Kramer).

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Wednesday at Michael’s without the random celebrity sighting. I was thrilled to hear that I would be sitting next to none other than Ali MacGraw today. The ageless actress, who catapulted into the pop culture hall of fame with her iconic performance (and preppy wardrobe) in the 1970 tearjerker Love Story, turned every head in the place when she arrived — which is quite a feat among this crowd. She was beyond gracious as diners (including yours truly) lined up for pictures. Several years ago, I worked with her on The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars where she was honored with FGI’s entertainment award for her contributions to film and fashion. When I re-introduced myself, she immediately said, “Oh, I remember that night. It was so much fun!” and then proceeded to tell me this delicious bit of gossip from the evening: “I was standing next to Bill Blass when he saw Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones come in. And Bill turned to the person next to him and said, “Finally, some real movie stars!” She giggled, clearly delighted by the memory of the snarky diss from the designer.

Diane Clehane and Coppy Holzman

Speaking of the power of celebrity, I was joined today by Charitybuzz CEO and founder Coppy Holzman who dazzled me with tales of his work with the famous and philanthropic. His company, which he founded in 2005, is currently the world’s largest online charity auction site and is the go-to partner for every famous person with a charity looking to raise serious money for their pet causes.

It all started at a backyard fundraising party for The Clinton Library in Westport, Connecticut that Coppy attended where he met President Bill Clinton and Chevy Chase. “Isn’t there a way  for you to use your experience on the Internet to raise for the library?” the host of the party asked Coppy. On the spot, he came up with the idea of auctioning off a lunch with the former president. One year later, The Chevy Chase Earth Day Auction brought in $250,000 for the library, including $80,000 paid by one bidder to lunch with Clinton and Chase. Since then, Coppy has worked with Clinton on many different initiatives. “There is no bigger celebrity in the world,” he says. The top dollar paid to spend the day with Hillary’s husband: $255,000 in an auction last year.

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BuzzFeed is Launching a Business Section

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that BuzzFeed is adding a business section to its wide array of offerings. Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of the site, told the Journal that people love business content and are sharing it more than ever. Therefore, BuzzFeed wants a piece.

To run the new section, BuzzFeed has tapped media reporter veteran Peter Lauria.

Rumor has it BuzzFeed’s top dogs have already sent a memo out asking staffers to scour Reddit for business content to use. We kid! We kid!

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. Former Bloomberg Radio Anchor Becomes Published Author (left), March 17
  2. Top Newsweek/Daily Beast Writer Gets New York Times Gig, March 16
  3. Meredith Names VP of Corporate Sales, March 19
  4. Peter Lauria Thinks its Time for Oprah to Shut Down OWN, March 21
  5. The 2012 Digital Ellie Award Winners, March 20
  6. YES Network Names New Sideline Reporter, March 20
  7. Massive Layoffs Hit Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN, March 20

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Peter Lauria Thinks It’s Time for Oprah to Shut Down OWN

Peter Lauria is not an OWN fan. In the Reuters “Media Bite” segment above, Lauria says what many in the media world are probably thinking: Oprah’s network is a “complete disaster” and should be shut down.

Lauria, amid so many camera cuts that it feels like you’re watching MTV, makes some good points. Time will tell if Oprah listens to the advice or simply has her legions of fans maul him.

Reuters and YouTube Join Forces to Launch Reuters TV

Reuters and YouTube have teamed up to launch Reuters TV, a site packed with video analysis and commentary much more educational than what you typically watch online. While the videos featured probably won’t be as funny as a cat reading a book (that’s silly! Cats can’t read!), they’ll definitely be worth checking out.

A sampling of the videos:

“This deal with YouTube gives Reuters a way to showcase our collection of talented journalists and compelling video from around the world,” commented Dan Colarusso, Reuters’ Global Head of Programming. “It will offer unique insights and images that other media companies simply can’t match.”

Report: CAA Eyeing Silicon Valley Office

Peter Lauria, editor-in-charge of technology, media, telecom at Thomson Reuters, had an interesting item yesterday about the possibility of CAA opening up a small office in Silicon Valley.

Agents from Hollywood’s leading talent representation firm already shuttle back and forth to the technology hotbed several times a week, where marquee clients include Biz Stone and Mark Zuckerberg‘s sister Randi. But per Lauria’s unnamed sources, there’s a lot more to it than that:

Currently, the agency’s business in Silicon Valley is divided into three: advising tech companies about Hollywood, partnering with venture capital firms to incubate start-ups, and matching clients who have digital media ideas with companies that can help bring them to fruition.

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Peter Lauria Joins Reuters

Peter Lauria, most recently with Mogulite as a consultant, has been named an Editor-at-Large for Reuters. The Cutline reports that at his new position Lauria will be responsible for media, technology and telecommunications coverage.

Tiffany Wu, Reuters’ Editor-in-Charge of Company News in The Americas, said of hiring Lauria:

Peter is one of the best reporters covering U.S. media and technology today. He is known for his excellent industry sources, deep expertise on the media business, and his relentless pursuit of media moguls. Our readers and clients will benefit from Peter’s wealth of experience and passion for breaking big news.

Dan Abrams Hires Peter Lauria For Mogulite

Dan Abrams‘ new site Mogulite, which will detail the trials and tribulations of media moguls not unlike Abrams himself, is set to launch April 25th.

We’re very curious about Mogulite, especially since we heard that it aims to “elevate the discourse” on media mogul gossip. We’re not quite sure what that means, so we’ve been keeping our ear to the ground for the latest developments. Now Michael Calderone reports that Peter Lauria, who’s covered media moguls in the past for the New York Post and the Daily Beast, is joining the site as consulting editor.

Lauria won’t be joining the operation full-time, but is “expected to write posts and provide tips and contacts” to recently hired managing editor Amy Tennery. Abrams also said he plans on hiring at least one other full-time staffer for Mogulite.

Lauria quietly left the Daily Beast a few months ago, and the New York Post reported that he left the newsroom amid rumors of tensions with management. We can only hope this means we can expect some “elevated discourse” on Tina Brown.

Peter Lauria Out At The Daily Beast

It was nearly a year ago when Peter Lauria left his media reporter post at the New York Post for a job at The Daily Beast.  Now it appears as though Lauria is on his way out from and is negotiating his severance package with The Daily Beast.  Lauria has not published a story for The Daily Beast since Jan. 25 and, according to his former Post colleague Keith Kelly, calls to his office phone has been answered by newest Beast hire Nick Somers.

Sources close to the situation claim that Lauria has not been getting along with top editors including Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown.  Some believe Brown was upset with Lauria after he garnered a great deal of publicity and an interview on NBC’s Today Show for his story on Viacom owner Sumner Redstone’s obsession with the all-girl band the Electric Barbarellas.  Lauria seemed to have lost his way at The Daily Beast when Brown hired a horde of media reporters following the merger with Newsweek.  Notable additions to the department were Somers and Howard Kurtz who came aboard as DC bureau chief.

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