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Page Six Editor Gives NPR the 300 Sandwiches Update

By FishbowlNY’s calculations, the bread-and-butter courtship of a certain lucky guy by Page Six senior editor Stephanie Smith will be completed – assuming no holiday breaks – on January 29, 2014. Just in time for a logical, return Valentine’s Day gift.

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By then, also, who knows how many media appearances Smith will have logged. Not quite 300, like the number of daily sandwiches she is famously making for her boyfriend. But certainly in the dozens, if she so chooses.

This week, Smith dropped by NPR’s NYC studios to connect with Tell Me More host Michel Martin. Responding to the Internet criticism aimed at her engagement-ring efforts, Smith urged critics to actually read her blog posts. If they do, she suggested, they’ll understand the spirit of it all:

“It’s not just a girl making all this food to earn a man’s love. This is a journey between the two of us as we continue on towards engagement. And I don’t think I’m less of a woman or a hard-charging career woman because I want to do something nice for my boyfriend.”

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Bravo ‘Newlyweds’ Alaska and Kim Dish on Reality TV Instafame

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While it was a bit more subdued than usual at Michael’s today with some of the glitterati off to Cannes and a few others up in Greenwich watching Prince Harry play polo (our invite must have gotten lost in the mail),  the usual mix of editors (Anne Fulenwider, Lucy Danziger) and media moguls (David Zinczenko) were in full power lunch mode celebrating each other’s successes and hatching their next big deals.

I was joined today by Kimberly Cherebin and Alaska Gedeon, stars of the new docu-series Newlyweds: The First Year, which premiered May 6 on Bravo. Also in attendance were the network’s PR marvels, Jennifer Geisser and Julia Nietsch, as well as the happy couple’s manager, Camille White Stern. The show is a hit, having snagged over 1 million viewers for the first episode. With Kimberly stuck in traffic en route from the studio where she was styling Justine Skye‘s new video, I got a chance to chat with Alaska first. I asked him what in the world would possess anyone to allow cameras to follow them during their entire first year of marriage. He told me he’d been absolutely opposed to doing the show at first, and Kimberly asked him “about six or seven times” before he finally agreed. Looking back on the experience (shooting wrapped earlier this year), Alaska said having the details of your daily life play out for all the world to see “forces you to raise the standard of who you are: how you treat others and especially how you treat your wife.” He then added brightly, “It’s like a mirror and like therapy.” So did he like everything he saw reflected back at him? “I just don’t think I’m that big of a jerk,” he said with a laugh. (After meeting him, I’m inclined to agree). “My sarcasm doesn’t always read well on camera.” He also told me that it wasn’t until after he viewed the scene where he and Kimberly discussed their bi-coastal marriage that he realized just how “heartbroken” Kimberly was at the prospect of their separation.

Alaska Gedeon, Kimberly Cherebin and Diane Clehane

When Kimberly arrived, I asked her why she was so enthusiastic about  doing the show, and she admitted that she didn’t exactly know what she was getting into. “At first, I thought it was one of those David Tutera>-type ‘planning your wedding’ shows, and I thought that would be fun, but it was nothing like that,” she explained. Once she did understand that she and Alaska would be agreeing to 10-hour shooting days over the course of year and be required to use their ‘Couples’ Cam’ on each other to capture intimate moments (not that kind, silly), she remained undaunted. “It seems like when you see marriages on TV you either see these fairy tales or something pretty terrible. We have really ‘extreme’ careers, and this was a chance to show how you balance it all.” 

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Ian Mohr Named Page Six Deputy Editor

New York Post‘s gossip column Page Six has named Ian Mohr its new deputy editor, we learn from The Huffington Post.

The news was tweeted out by Former Page Six Deputy Editor Paula Froelich Friday morning: “Congrats to Ian Moore! The new Page Six deputy editor…”

Mohr has worked in the past as Variety‘s box office reporter and The Hollywood Reporter‘s New York bureau chief. At Page Six, he will be working with current editor Emily Smith, as well as reporters Stephanie Smith and Tara Palmeri.

NYMag.com Launches Video Distribution|NYTCo. Takes Worcester Paper Off The Market|Bloomberg Seeks More Acquisitions|New York Magazine’s Adam Moss|Stephanie Smith Leaves WWD For P6

WebNewser: NYMag.com announced today that it plans to use Blinkx, Metacafe, Sling Media, YouTube and 1Cast to expand distribution of its original videos, with the partner sites selling advertising against the fare for a revenue share.

New York Times: The New York Times Co. has decided not to sell Massachusetts paper The Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Financial Times: Bloomberg LP is planning to “aggressively” seek out new acquisitions following its recent purchase of BusinessWeek.

Washington Post: Howard Kurtz profiles New York magazine editor Adam Moss.

Gawker: WWD‘s Stephanie Smith is leaving the media beat to fill Corynne Steindler‘s spot at Page Six.

Vanity Fair, GQ Latest Casualties Of Condé Nast Cuts

xin_47080301082891330201.jpgYesterday, the axe fell hard at Vanity Fair, which had already cut a handful of business-side staff last week as part of the Condé Nast bloodletting. Hey, if Anna Wintour has to do it, so does Graydon Carter.

Except, according to Keith Kelly, Graydon didn’t even stick around for the bloodbath, instead enjoying a meal at his restaurant Monkey Bar while staffers in “the double-digits…as high as senior editors and as low as fact-checkers” (hey! fact-checkers are people, too!) were informed of their new unemployment status. And it’s all Graydon’s fault, too, for not making the necessary 5 percent cut that all Condé titles were ordered to make last year. The New York Post article ominously warns that some contributing editors will be cut as well, and soon.

Stephanie Smith at Condé Nast-owned WWD reports that GQ, which had been spared from layoffs so far, let about six staffers go from both the business and edit sides yesterday.

Smith also added that senior editor Heather Halberstadt was among those trimmed from the Vanity Fair staff while executive editor Susan Kittenplan was one of the five staffers to be cut from Allure‘s masthead yesterday. Meanwhile, Smith’s own pub is one of the few who hasn’t eliminated staff over the past few weeks.

For more information about the Condé Nast layoffs so far, check out our extensive round-up of reported cuts.

Inside The Time 100 Party

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It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)

Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.

But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.

But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.

Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.

FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of Last Year’s Time 100:

  • Inside the Time 100 Party
  • Diddy’s Time 100 Posse Bigger Than Most Posses
  • Time 100: The Most Influential People in the Room

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