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Daily Beast Launches Entertainment & Fashion Section Sexy Beast

sexy beast.jpgIt’s only fitting that Tina Brown‘s online publication The Daily Beast would launch its new fashion and entertainment section, Sexy Beast, on the first day of Fashion Week in New York.

The new section collects all of the Web site’s fashionable content, including new articles about designer Yigal Azrouël who was rumored to have had stolen away Billy Joel‘s young wife Katie Lee Joel and a gallery of hunky photos from heartthrobs like Tom Cruise and Matt Damon in their younger days.

And since tonight is Fashion Night Out tonight in New York, you’d be wise to check out Sexy Beast’s guide to the 10 craziest events happening tonight.

If you want to learn more about Sexy Beast and The Daily Beast’s upcoming projects, former Mediabistro.com editorial director Rebecca Fox — who was named The Daily Beast’s director of editorial development and operations earlier this summer — will be on the Morning Media Menu tomorrow morning.

Update: Daily Beast executive editor Edward Felsenthal tells FishbowlNY, “We’re launching Sexy Beast because our readers have responded so strongly to our fashion and entertainment stories. And with the launch of an L.A. bureau, led by Gabe Doppelt, we plan on deepening our coverage in these areas.”

Earlier this summer, Doppelt, who has worked with Brown at Tatler and Talk, left W‘s West Coast bureau to lead the Daily Beast’s new bureau in Los Angeles.

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The End Of An Era

tina.pngTen years ago, Tina Brown‘s Talk magazine launched with a lavish party. But the way things are going, we’re probably never going to see another big magazine launch again.

That’s the gist of David Carr‘s sobering media column in The New York Times, remembering the bloated industry that led up to the launch of Talk, and the downturn it preceded — perhaps even predicted.

Ten years ago, journalists, long the salarymen of the publishing economy, began gorging on big contracts and options from digital start-ups like shrimp at a free buffet. With coveted writers commanding $5 for every typed word into magazines that were stuffed to the brim with advertising, there was a fizziness, some would say recklessness, in the air. The industry was drunk on its own prerogatives, working a party that seemed as if it would never end.

Think about it: magazines bursting with advertising, seemingly endless edit pages and luxurious launch parties filled with more celebrities than bloggers. It was only a decade ago, but it might as well have been another planet considering how far the industry has fallen since. As Brown herself said, “It seems like that happened in the 18th century.”

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TVNewser: The strangest mea culpa press conference ever: Gov. Mark Sanford admits to affair.

FishbowlLA: W‘s Gabe Doppelt is moving to Tina Brown‘s The Daily Beast‘s LA bureau. This is the first time Doppelt and Brown have worked together — Doppelt started her career as Brown’s assistant at Tatler and also worked as an editor at large at Brown’s Talk magazine.

New York Magazine: We were blown away by the in-depth reporting that went into Matthew Cole‘s account of New York Times reporter David Rohde‘s kidnapping and the measures taken to try to get him out.

wowOwow: “60 Minutes” contributor Lesley Stahl interviewed CNN‘s Christiane Amanpour about foreign reporting and the crisis in Iran. “If I’m kidnapped I want you, personally, to lead the charge and make sure people know about it,” Amanpour told Stahl, in response to the David Rohde kidnapping.

Vanity Fair: Matt Pressman examines why the public hates the media

Tina Brown on The Daily Beast: ‘I Spend a Hell of a Lot of Time in My Pajamas’

brownkurtzg.pngOne sometimes wonders if Tina Brown‘s The Daily Beast would have had such an easy time defining itself if not for the sprawling presence of the Huffington Post — it seems Brown never misses the chance to subtly point the differences. This Sunday Brown was a guest on Howie Kurtz’s Reliable Sources where she defended the Beast a “completely bipartisan” site: “we’ve have as many Republican pieces — perhaps more, actually — than we’ve had Democratic pieces. As for the Daily Beast’s niche in a seemingly swamped market? “There are so many sites out there that what I thought that the intelligent reader needed was a kind of pilot fish [Portfolio fishes out a definition here] that would take them through this absolute sort of mass of data and Web sites and material and links and everything that’s hurled at people morning, noon and night and give them like 10 smart things that they should read every day that are interesting and provocative…we’re sort of like the smart friends.” She also tells Kurtz the difference between editing a major magazine (she’s previously headed-up Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk) and a website is that she spends “a hell of a lot of time in my pajamas” also, she’s having the most fun she’s had since she was 25! Full video including Brown’s thoughts on whether the coverage of the election was sexist after the jump.

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