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Toby Young Ponders Tina Brown’s ‘Galactic Chutzpah’

TheSpectatorLogoSome of the contextualizing is questionable. But overall, Toby Young‘s The Spectator essay about the money-losing media trail trodden by Tina Brown and his companion commentary for The Daily Telegraph are thrillingly thought-provoking.

From The Spectator piece:

Take the case of Tina Brown, a New Yorker whose business ventures have lost far more than L’Wren Scott’s ever did, but who is completely inured to these setbacks because of her posh English upbringing… You won’t find Tina retiring to a darkened room with a bottle of whiskey and a revolver. On the contrary, she’s just signed a contract with Doubleday to write her memoirs — the appropriately titled Media Beast. Failure is just another career opportunity for her, which has always been the British way. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is going from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.’

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Alamo Drafthouse Still Waiting for Madonna Apology

Shutterstock_MadonnaMadonna is going to remember The Alamo Drafthouse for a very long time.

Since the pop diva chose to text on her Blackberry throughout the first half of the New York Film Festival October 8 premiere of 12 Years a Slave, all manner of media hell has broken loose. Sparked by a Facebook post from film critic Charles Taylor about her rude Lincoln Center behavior.

We’ve confirmed with a rep for the Alamo chain that per CEO/founder Tim League‘s tweet that she would be as a result banned from all Alamo locations unless she apologized (a joke that he is now standing more firmly behind), Madonna has not at press time contacted the theater chain. As far as the ensuing, exploding media coverage of The Blackberry Girl’s Lincoln Center transgressions, one of our favorites items is Toby Young‘s op-ed in London’s Telegraph:

I’m so hysterical about it [objecting to people being anti-social in movie theaters] – so shouty and aggressive – that my wife refuses to go to the cinema with me. She would far rather turn a blind eye to the disturbance than endure the torture of sitting next to me when I explode with indignant rage because the person two rows in front is eating their popcorn too loudly.

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How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Condé Story

vogue222.jpgAccording to an unnamed source at Condé Nast, today’s New York Observer reports, head-honcho Si Newhouse is “against anything that he feels takes the focus away from the printed magazine brand. That’s why he used to be so against digital.”

But today’s story wasn’t about how Newhouse has mended his ways to incorporate Condé Nast Digital into his magazines’ 10-year plan. Instead, the quote serves to reinforce how anti-Newhouse the idea of marketing the Condé brand for licensing purposes is. But it’s been a tough two years for the company and a lot of concessions have had to be made: we may not be so far off from a reality where Gourmet gets a second life in the form of cookbooks and baking supplies.

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Carpetbagger Torch Passed On

Award season just won’t be the same this year, and it’s not just because there will be 10 movies up for Best Picture. Variety announced yesterday that new media reporter David Carr of The New York Times will no longer be covering the Hollywood gala beat, and his Carpetbagger blog will now be written by Melena Ryzik.

At first we were worried that this meant Carr was slowly being filtered out of The Times (or worse, already let go!) but he says he’ll be keeping his “day job” for now. But he will miss covering the self-congratulatory festivals that he’s been commenting on since 2005: “I love my fake friends…Penelope Cruz air-kissing you, even when she’s not exactly sure who you are, has to have an effect on you.”

If we had our say though, we’d hand that blog right over to Toby Young.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman To Host MSNBC Show|HarperCollins’ Revenue Declines|Google Could Save Journalism|CNBC Host Mad Over Kindle DX|Toby Young Hit By Car

TVNewser: NBC News chief medical editor, and author of “Medical Myths That Can Kill You,” Dr. Nancy Snyderman will anchor an MSNBC midday show focusing on health issues starting next month.

GalleyCat: HarperCollins’ revenue was down 20 percent last quarter.

MediaJobsDaily: Is Google good for journalism?

Silicon Alley Insider: CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is “furious” over the new Kindle DX — because she just bought a Kindle2.

Huffington Post: Former Vanity Fair contributing editor, author and “Top Chef” judge Toby Young was hit by a car and knocked off his bike in London. It looks like he’s going to be okay, but the picture of his face is kind of gruesome.