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Cooking Up Media Deals With Rachael Ray, and a Murdoch Scion Sighting

SV2008w.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

Ken Lowe, President and CEO of the Scripps company (formerly Scripps Howard) was morose at the bar in Sun Valley Lodge late last night. He was lamenting the foreboding loss of the printed written word in media. What better than to complain about the internet to a half-drunk blogger.

Lowe was keen however on discussing the mega-investment Scripps has in chef extraordinaire and rising media starlet Rachael Ray, who ironically was at the other end of the bar drinking up the joint with her agent, William Morris’s Jim Wiatt.

Wiatt had just left a table with deposed Viacom exec Tom Freston (who is here with a company called Firefly 3).

Luckily for the bar hoppers, Viacom chief Sumner Redstone was nowhere to be seen, otherwise fisticuffs at dawn.

In another corner Rupert Murdoch‘s kid James, former head of Sky TV, was mingling with journos, one of whom came back to our group explaining how young Murdoch had been roommates in college with Post managing editor Jesse Angelo. So the Post has a nice in with young Murdoch.

Forget that dad owns the paper.


The Who’s Who of Media at Sun Valley

Dan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

SV2008y.jpgThough Allen & Company are extremely tight-lipped about everything of interest at the Sun Valley Media Conference, a few small bits and pieces are leaking out on the first day.

A list of attendees surfaced and included such mega-moguls as Paul G. Allen of Vulcan Inc., Emilio Azcarraga of Grupo Televisa, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, independent writer Ken Auletta, BET chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee, Diane von Furstenberg of her eponymous studio, National Basketball Association Commissioner David J. Stern and Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

Weirder still was the inclusion of celebrity chef Rachael Ray, of Watch Entertainment Inc. The assembled media standing outside the Sun Valley Lodge joke that she might be here to cook dinner for all these moguls.

In true Allen & Co. behavior, the list of those invited also had a schedule, which carefully omitted anything specific with just early morning discussion or meeting events labeled as simply “Presentation.” After that came, “White Water Raft Trip,” “Golf at the Sun Valley Golf Course” and “Biking, Fly-Fishing, Hiking, Trail Rides” and “Yoga.”

Those moguls sure know how to do it right.

Rachael Ray Doll–EVOO Not Included


Brenden Spiegel alerts us to the Rachael Ray doll. Relax, it’s a virtual fashion doll, not a blow-up one that oozes EVOO while squeaking Yum-O. Not yet, anyway.

Tony Bourdain Chews Up Food Network Awards, Spits ‘Em Out


Tony Bourdain goes off on the Food Network over The Food Network Awards. He actually felt some pity for Rachael Ray:

how must it have felt for her to stand up there in front of what appeared to be a halfway empty room of stunned, near comatose trout and feign enthusiasm while presenting the award for “Best Appliance”?

The award, an metal slice of cake, is inedible. Fitting, isn’t it?

Winners include, besides those of us smart enough to avoid this–and we’re damned few in number, as this was the second most-watched program in the network’s history:

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FishbowlNY’s Media Guide To Valentine’s Day

Looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas for your significant, media-consuming other? Here are some can’t-miss picks:

  • Pink Roses with Hypericum, 20 stems | $59.99, Martha’s Flowers

    A Valentine’s Day standard. Plus, support Martha’s continued penitentiary comeback and brand-off with that pesky Rachael Ray. Classic!

  • My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless | $11.99,

    What Valentine’s Day would be complete without the 1991 shoegazer, white noise classic? All of them? Well, buy it anyway.


  • Trump Vodka | $38.00 for 750ml, Park Avenue Liquors

    Nothing says “You’re my Valentine” like a belligerent billionaire’s cocktail sauce.

  • Vincent Gallo | $50,000/day plus travel expenses

    The wack actor is not exactly shy about his, uh, manhood-for-hire ($1 million for Mr. Gallo’s sperm “includes all costs related to one attempt at an in-vitro fertilization” — c’mon, that’s a steal!). A perfect V-Day gift for that discerning starf*cker — literally!


  • Steven Colbert’s “Americone Dream” ice cream | Ben & Jerry’s

    Not yet available, but if you know the right people in Vermont like we do, the “vanilla ice cream with waffle cone pieces and a fudge swirl” is the perfect nightcap to a media Valentine’s Day. Rich, creamy and right-leaning.

  • FishbowlNY @ Fashion Week: Media Models Ripa, Ray, Zahn Take To Runway

    Ray5.jpgIn case this whole media thing doesn’t work out: Rachael Ray [left] prayed, Paula Zahn swanned, and Kelly Ripa clomped to the beat like any good super worth her $10,000 to wake up that day. While we didn’t get a good gander of First Lady Laura Bush, who was front-row and center for pet charity The Heart Truth’s fashion show Friday morning, we did catch some media misses hitting the runway to support heart health for women.

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    Mag Lifetime Achievement Awards: Tom Ryder Likes To Eat, And Lewis Lapham’s ‘A Snob’


    No one can out-eat Tom Ryder, and Liz Smith has never slept with Lewis Lapham, though she wouldn’t exactly mind.

    Those were just two of the themes to surface earlier today during the Magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards luncheon at Gotham Hall feting Ryder — outgoing CEO of Reader’s Digest and owner of a Darien, Connecticut, barbeque joint — and Lapham, the iconic former editor of Harper’s.

    Over herb and peppercorn crusted chicken, Ryder and Lapham were showered with praise from their glossy peers, both live and in pre-taped video segments (“I love you almost as much as spaghetti,” said Rachael Ray, whose Everyday launch last year may be the crowning achievement for Ryder’s 8-year run at Reader’s Digest). Friend and — what else? — uber-restaurateur Danny Meyer said it is “a dangerous thing to try and keep up on the eating path” with Ryder. Longtime friend Gary Rich, former head of HR at American Express Publishing during Ryder’s tenure there, recalled the moment Ryder asked him, “How could butter possibly be bad for me?” in 1986.

    Ryder, for his part, said that magazines “not only tranformed his life,” they gave him one.

    In introducing Lapham, Smith, the 84-year-old New York Post gossipist, said, “I’ve never slept with him and I don’t have any anecdotes about him.”

    “He’s a snob — a literate one.”

    Smith admitted that when she tried to turn the “low-brow gossip readers” of her column onto Lapham, “my editors at the New York Post hated it.” Her response? “Even low-brows like to swim upstream.”

    Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter opened Lapham’s video tribute [above] by recalling an outing with Lapham and a woman who was disappointed upon hearing Lapham was not the editor of Harper’s Bazaar.

    Lapham closed the three-hour lunch by reflecting on his 28 years as Harper’s editor: “As an editor I’ve been thought of as cynical or an acerbic observer of the American scene,” Lapham said. “Optimism is an occupational hazard.”

    [VIDEO CREDITS: Directed by Joia Speciale; Becky Glupczynski, producer; Scott Miller, director of photography]

  • Lapham’s Acceptance Speech [Word Document]
  • Ryder’s Acceptance Speech [Word Document]