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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: In Memoriam

cronkite.jpgOur favorite part of any award show is the memorial montage commemorating the lives of all those who passed away in the past year. While this year’s headlines were populated by the tragic deaths of celebrities and other bold-faced names — from Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett to Patrick Swayze and Senator Ted Kennedy — our industry lost quite a few of its prominent members in 2009 as well. Here, a look back at some of the media’s brightest stars we said goodbye to this year:

Former anchorman Walter Cronkite was perhaps the biggest name in the media world to pass away in 2009, and he was honored by a star-studded memorial in September.

A number of famous columnists also left us without their prolific narratives about politics, celebrities and the English language in 2009. Conservative columnist Robert Novak died in August from a brain tumor, Vanity Fair‘s Dominick Dunne passed away later that month after a battle with bladder cancer. The New York Times‘ “On Language” columnist, William Safire, died in September from pancreatic cancer. Another columnist who we had the pleasure of working with last year, men’s wear expert Stan Gellers, died suddenly last winter, just a few months after the publication he had contributed to for more than 50 years, DNR, folded.

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Remembering Dominick Dunne

ddunne.jpgIn its November issue, Vanity Fair, where Dominick Dunne contributed countless articles since the mid-1980′s, has a detailed tribute to the tireless journalist and chronicler of Hollywood life and high profile court cases, written by executive online editor Michael Hogan, who first met Dunne while working as the assistant to editor Wayne Lawson.

Wrote Hogan:

“What makes his accomplishments all the more astonishing is how low he was just three decades ago. Before he became one of the most instantly recognizable magazine writers in the world, Dominick Dunne’s only claim to fame was his epic, humiliating failure.”

The must-read article highlights Dunne’s work throughout his life, particularly his propensity to identify with the victims of horrible crimes as he covered the trials of Claus von Bulow, the Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson — an affect arising out of his experience with the murder of his own daughter Dominique, whose killer John Sweeney was convicted of a lesser charge of manslaughter:

“Dominick’s article about John Sweeney’s case was published in the March 1984 issue of Vanity Fair under the title ‘Justice.’ Even today, you can feel the rage pulsating behind his carefully chosen words.”

Hogan also talks of Dunne’s various feuds with family and friends over the years, from his own brother John to the Kennedy family, who seemed to haunt Dunne even to the day of his death last month.

“Dominick died on August 26, but fate had prepared one last humbling joke for him. The night before, Ted Kennedy had beaten him to the punch. The man who, in Dominick’s estimation, had ‘lived recklessly, performed brilliantly in Congress, and often failed miserably in life’ was all anybody could talk about.

Even in death, Dominick was being tormented by the family he resented most. It was the kind of story that would have amused the hell out of him–if only it had happened to someone else.”

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Earlier: Vanity Fair Columnist, Prolific Author Dominick Dies

Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel On The Menu: “One Or Two Brands Will Always Survive”

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It was a big show for a Monday morning on today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Time magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven to talk about the media industry, Time and surviving the recession.

Despite talk of the impending death of weekly news magazines, Time has been doing well recently, no doubt thanks to this summer’s two “bookazines” about Michael Jackson and Sen. Ted Kennedy.

“In so many industries…one or two brands will always survive,” Stengel said about Time‘s success. “The combination of having a very strong brand and doing something that is very valuable, and even indispensable to some people, is making us very strong right now.”

Stengel also talked about Time‘s commitment to national service. The magazine is promoting the cause and dedicating an issue of the magazine to it.

“I certainly think of Time as a public trust, and I think what we do as journalists is a form of service and a form of civic engagement,” he said. “I’ve thought from the beginning, when I became editor, that this is one of the ideas that we can embrace. It has nothing to do with a political party or political persuasion. It has everything to do with citizenship…And we could also cover the movement and how service is changing. It doesn’t affect the way we cover the news at all, but it does put a halo around your brand in a sense.”

Also discussed: Stengel’s take on the Time brand and its audience in today’s media environment. “Whatever form something takes from the Time brand…it has that essential DNA of Time,” he said.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

“Sense And Sensibility And Sea Monsters” Author Debuts Novel On The Menu

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by author Ben Winters who announced his upcoming book, “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” for the first time.

The Jane Austen mash-up is a follow up to the surprising success “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” It will be available in September, although you can preorder it today, Winter said. He talked a little bit about “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and the impetus for his book.

“[Publisher] Quirk has this idea to take a classic novel and mash it up with a monster genre and worked with Seth Grahame-Smith to create ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ which became this real bestseller, one of those surprising and exciting things for a publishing company,” Winter said. “And they knew, almost right away…that they wanted to do another one. And that’s where I got involved. This one is still Jane Austen but it sort of takes the idea into a new realm of ridiculousness…It was a lot of fun to write and I’m really excited for people to read it as well.”

Winter talked about his feelings about repurposing content, and the possibility of facing longtime Austen fans. “People come to these books looking for the adventure…and end up reading the book and saying ‘Hey, I really like those characters,’” Winter said. “And maybe they end up being more a fan of English literature or Jane Austen when they’re done. So, everybody wins.”

“It still has the romance plot, the heartbreak, the social distinctions, all these wonderful things that Austen was investigating and interested in,” Winter added. “Except now we also have a jellyfish the size of a man who dissolves someone into stomach acid!”

Also discussed: the upcoming Ted Kennedy biography that will be sold for $1,000 a copy and Fitness magazine’s recent ad sales successes.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Schwarzenegger Is Happy About One Thing — Peace In The Bedroom

arnieandmaria.jpgCalifornia Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s party might have been clobbered by President-elect Barack Obama’s Democrats, but the Terminator tells CNN’s John King he’s happy about one thing — his life is better in the bedroom.

Just days after Schwarzenegger announced his support of Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, his wife Maria Shriver, an avowed Democrat in the Kennedy lineage, proclaimed her support for Barack. This was following the line of her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass.)

Until election day, things were dicey in the Schwarzenegger household. When Obama emerged victorious, Mrs. Schwarzenegger let down her guard and the happy couple is happy again. That is, until 2012.

Protest Video: ‘I’m A Grandmama For Obama’

Bedroom videos, GQ-mandated Twitter-free zones, and all the other doings in Denver notwithstanding, the action isn’t there alone. Staging a protest this morning outside mbHQ (in an effort to get the attention of our Park Ave. South neighbor, the New York Democratic Party) were “Grandmothers Against the War.”

The group of approximately 20 sassy seniors bore signs, big flowered hats and balloons emblazoned with anti-war slogans as they spoke out against the ongoing conflict in Iraq. We’ve got the good word on what the grannies are liking and loathing about the DNC after the jump.

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