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Philadelphia Magazine Writer Crowdfunds Bill Cosby Play

Victor Fiorillo, a senior writer with Philadelphia magazine who has extensively covered the Bill Cosby scandal, has his sights set on next’ fall’s local Fringe Festival. To get there with what he has tentatively titled The Bill Cosby Assault, he is looking for at least $10,000 on Kickstarter.

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From a report on philly.com:

Producing the play independent of Phillymag, Fiorillo has gathered Philadelphia theater personalities like James Ijames, Amy Smith and Jennifer Kidwell to develop The Bill Cosby Assault, which still is only in very early development. It will be Fiorillo’s first professional foray into writing and producing theater.

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Bill Cosby Accuser Restates Her Case

ShutterstockBillCosby2014The headline of today’s Washington Post first-person essay by Barbara Bowman dramatically sums up what is to follow: “Bill Cosby Raped Me. Why Did It Take 30 Years for People to Believe My Story?

Bowman writes that given the amount of attention she has been able to bring to her accusations over the past ten years, she is puzzled it took the fall 2014 cry of a male stand-up comedian for the world to finally take notice. Her allegations are damning:

Over the years, I’ve struggled to get people to take my story seriously. So last month, when reporter Lycia Naff contacted me for an interview for the Daily Mail, I gave her a detailed account. I told her how Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure and then assaulted me multiple times. In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry.

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Philadelphia Magazine’s Low Pitch Count Means Now is the Time to Get Noticed

Philly-Mag-Oct-2014-artFirst-timers pitching to regional glossy Philadelphia will want to start small, targeting their pitches to the front-of-book sections that have just recently been opened to freelancers. Build a relationship with the magazine, and you could find yourself writing the 4,000- to 5,000-word features that pique editors’ attention.

Your pitch should, of course, cover topics relevant to the city, but with a readership that includes older suburbanites as well as younger city dwellers, you have plenty of options for coverage, as long as your reported pieces can tell a story:

As far as advice for newbies pitching to the mag, [deputy editor Patrick Kerkstra] said that “The best way to sort of clear [the high bar] is to just come in with a story that’s so compelling that we just have to take a risk on you.”

For more, including details on the FOB revamp, read: How to Pitch: Philadelphia

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Eliot Kaplan Promoted at Hearst Magazines

Eliot Kaplan has been named Executive Director, Talent Acquisition, at Hearst Magazines. Kaplan most recently worked as Editorial Talent Director for Hearst, a position he held since 1999.

Kaplan has had quite the career in magazines, including his time at Hearst. He elevated GQ into a well-respected brand serving under its Editor-in-Chief Art Cooper. Then, for seven years he was Editor-in-Chief at Philadelphia Magazine, and during that time the title was nominated five times for National Magazine Awards and won twice.

FishbowlNY wishes Kaplan the best at his new position, even though we hear he’s a big Phillies fan.