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Cover Battle: Scene or Vanity Fair

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Scene versus Vanity Fair. Scene went all in with Joe Jonas because apparently it’s still 2008.

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Graydon Carter Named to Magazine Editors Hall of Fame

Graydon Carter, the longtime Vanity Fair editor, has been elected to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He’ll be honored at a ceremony at the Marquis on May 1.

Carter has been in the magazine business for many years. He was a staff writer at Time and Life, and co-founded Spy in 1986. Carter served as the editor of The New York Observer before jumping to what would ultimately cement his legacy — editing VF. He has held that spot since 1992. During Carter’s span as VF’s editor, the title has won 14 National Magazine Awards; two for General Excellence.

“Few journalists are as influential — and as well known — as Graydon Carter,” said Sid Holt, ASME’s CEO, in a statement. “All you have to do is look around in print and online to see the lasting influence of Spy, the magazine he co-founded and edited in the 1980s. As the editor of Vanity Fair for the last two decades, he has continued to have an outsize impact not only on magazine journalism but also on American culture.”

Vanity Fair Interviews Edward Snowden

Vanity Fair’s May issue is officially a must read. The magazine somehow snagged an interview with Edward Snowden, which serves as a starting point for the glossy’s 20,000 word piece on the man who leaked countless NSA documents to the press. Below are some highlights from the Snowden interview.

On the rumor that he has almost 2 million documents:

Look at the language officials use in sworn testimony about these records: ‘could have,’ ‘may have,’ ‘potentially.’ They’re prevaricating. Every single one of those officials knows I don’t have 1.7 million files, but what are they going to say? What senior official is going to go in front of Congress and say, ‘We have no idea what he has, because the N.S.A.’s auditing of systems holding hundreds of millions of Americans’ data is so negligent that any high-school dropout can walk out the door with it?’

On his political leanings:

I’d describe my political thought as moderate.

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Chris Rovzar Leaves Vanity Fair for Bloomberg

Chris Rovzar is leaving Vanity Fair to join Bloomberg. According to WWD, Rovzar is going to lead a vertical dedicated to luxury at Bloomberg.com.

Rovzar had been with VF since 2011, when he left his spot as a senior editor of New York’s Daily Intel to become the magazine’s digital editor. Rovzar will be starting at Bloomberg in a few weeks.

As for VF, Mike Hogan — who returned to the glossy in early October — is currently interviewing Rovzar’s replacement.

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Amazon Announces Set-Top Box ‘Fire TV’ (LostRemote)
Amazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing Wednesday a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings. Mashable The set-top device, called Amazon Fire TV, will be sold for $99. It is a small flat box with a remote control. The hardware aims to take on the Apple TV, Roku and even the Xbox One. The Internet-connected set-top box, which uses voice search when you speak into the remote and also serves as a gaming console, was announced during a launch event in New York City on Wednesday with Amazon VP Peter Larsen playing master of ceremonies, not CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ The new Fire TV is an ambitious move by Amazon to break into the living room. Amazon offers a streaming-video service to its Prime subscribers, but until now has been largely dependent on other hardware manufacturers to deliver that content to televisions. Sales of streaming media devices such as Roku are expected to grow 24 percent this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple currently leads the market, followed by Roku and Google, the firm said. NYT Fire TV will show a range of content from other providers, including Hulu, Netflix and ESPN. With a separate $40 controller, it can be used to play games, including a version of the extremely popular Minecraft. Among the improvements and enhancements promoted for Fire TV: a voice search function that allows users to utter a name like “George Clooney” or a genre like “horror” and see results instantly pop up, and a prediction feature that knows what you want and queues it up. THR The small black box began shipping Wednesday, Larsen told a crowd of reporters. It has a premium price point in line with Apple TV. Roku, meanwhile, costs as low as $50 and Chromecast retails for $35.

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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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Mark Rozzo Joins Vanity Fair

Mark Rozzo is leaving Town & Country to join Vanity Fair as a deputy editor. The New York Post reports that Rozzo isn’t technically filling the void left by Wayne Lawson  who recently retired — but with a space to fill, Graydon Carter considered Rozzo a smart addition.  Lawson had been with Vanity Fair since 1983.

Before coming to T&C as an executive editor in 2011, Rozzo had been a Condé Nast man for many years. From 2005 to 2008, he served as a deputy editor of the now folded Men’s Vogue. Prior to that, Rozzo worked at The New Yorker.

With the addition of Rozzo, Vanity Fair now has four deputy editors — Rozzo, Aimee Bell, Dana Brown and Punch Hutton.

Game of Thrones Cast Graces Cover of Vanity Fair

The fourth season of Game of Thrones begins in April, so Vanity Fair decided to welcome the gang back by turning its cover over to the cast.

The cover — shot by Annie Leibovitz — is bit disappointing, because she could have at least photoshopped some weird medieval crap into the mix. There aren’t even any wizards. Or maybe one of them is a wizard? They could be, we aren’t Game of Thrones fans. Because c’mon — we’re not going to watch a show that features dragons. Sorry.

Even Annie Leibovitz Takes Selfies

Let the record show that even Annie Leibovitz takes selfies. At a party at the Chateau Marmont for her upcoming book (creatively titled Annie Leibovitz), the famed photographer couldn’t resist snapping a picture of herself. Hey, at least she’s including other people.

The gathering was attended by Graydon Carter, David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg and more. According to Vanity Fair, they all had nothing but good things to say about Leibovitz’s book, which will be released next month.

Two other notable moments from the party included Leibovitz proclaiming that she’s not ready to join Instagram, and Sly Stallone desperately trying to keep 80s fashion alive:

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App Claims to Scoop Vanity Fair by Publishing Gwyneth Paltrow Affair Allegation

proxyTypically, the “secrets” shared on Whisper — an app that allows uses to share their thoughts anonymously — are from whiny, overly emotional teens confused by the cruel game that is love. However, the app just posted a bombshell: That Gwyneth Paltrow is cheating on her husband Chris Martin with Kevin Yorn, a lawyer.

The note is especially interesting because Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, recently released a long-winded explanation of why Vanity Fair didn’t follow through with a big Paltrow story that had the actress upset. If you recall, Paltrow didn’t want the piece published, but no one knew exactly why. Carter, in his note, explained that there wasn’t much to the story so he decided to stall (read: Paltrow’s pressure on the magazine worked).

Neetzan Zimmerman, the editor-in-chief of Whisper (we suppose an editor is needed when you’re dealing with millions of tweens) claimed that the app’s Paltrow secret is exactly what kept Vanity Fair from publishing its piece on the actress. Not only that, but the secret was vetted.

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