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Men’s Fashion Finesse on the Event Stage

Awards shows aren’t the only venues where one can make a fashion statement. While conferences don’t feature red carpet entrances, the corporate event stage still represents a prime occasion for speakers to display their sense of style.

With more attention being paid to female executives’ wardrobes, our focus today is on their male counterparts. A recent New York Times article pointed to the rise in men’s fitted suits, but colorful accessories or footwear can also attract notice. Nowadays, almost anything to draw the audience’s gaze towards the stage instead of their mobile devices amounts to a good strategy.

We’ve compiled six examples based on New York-based events we’ve covered this year at which some element of the presenters’ attire was as buzzworthy as their performances.

Well Suited: Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (left) sported a gray suit during an Internet Week talk in June. We couldn’t help but think that since Brad Pitt portrayed him in the movie Moneyball, he’s always got to look his best in public (though the actor himself seems to have stopped trying).

Pumpkin Power: Nothing conveys leadership like a bright crewneck sweater, since hoodies now are cliché. That must have been Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s view when he wore an orange pullover to an October appearance at the 92Y. As his interviewer, Kara Swisher, remarked, “By the way, I’ve got to tell you that you rock in that pumpkin [colored] sweater!”

In Mufti: Former (and perhaps future) TV show host/sportscaster Keith Olbermann wore blue sneakers to an April evening event at the Paley Center for Media. Sneakers were a smart choice that day, since he filed a lawsuit against Current TV, his former employer, then attended a New York Mets game and appeared later at the Paley Center. When you’re so busy, you need comfortable footwear.

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Dish Network Wants Glenn Beck to Punch Eliot Spitzer

Dish Network has gone all out in an effort to promote its new offerings to American cable cutters—and to distract the public from the ongoing PR problems stemming from its controversial “Auto-hop” commercial skipping technology and its and its decision to drop AMC.

Today in New York, Dish held a “news conference” that involved former New York governor/TV host Eliot Spitzer, pundit Glenn Beck and legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer–and turned out to be a bizarre fake “fight” between the two TV personalities. Why did this happen? Because Spitzer hosts a show on Current TV, a channel carried by Dish–and the provider recently announced that it has given Beck a chance to turn his website, The Blaze, into an entire channel filled with original content (we assume there will be chalkboards).

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Revolving Door: Hearst and YouTube, Current TV Countersues

Hearst is launching a YouTube channel on April 15, Hello Style, that will bring together content from five of its titles including Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. Teaser above. [via]

Current TV has filed a countersuit against Keith Olbermann claiming that he’s the one guilty of breach of contract. Filing available here.

The co-founders of YouTube are working on a new venture, Zeen, that will allow users to “discover and create beautiful magazines.” No further details about what exactly that means just yet.

Richard Huff is leaving the New York Daily News to handle PR for the CBS News programs 48 Hours Mystery and CBS Sunday Morning, and for CBS Productions and Primetime Specials. He joined the paper in 1993 and was promoted to TV editor in 2001. [via]

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Olbermann Files Lawsuit Against Current TV

Keith Olbermann has made good on his promise to sue Current TV, TMZ is reporting. The site says Olbermann filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles just this afternoon, “suing for breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement.”

Current’s founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt released a joint statement on Friday announcing Olbermann’s dismissal, with Olbermann retaliating on Twitter and in his own statement. For his part, Olbermann said he would show “in the legal actions” that claims made by the Current execs are untrue. Since then, Olbermann has appeared on Letterman and talked about the situation.

His lawyer is Patricia Glaser, who represented Conan O’Brien after he was fired by NBC. O’Brien got a $45 million settlement for he and his staff.

*Update: TMZ has posted a copy of the lawsuit, in which Olbermann says Current owes him as much as $70 million.

Current TV Hires a PR Firm After Olbermann Dismissal

With Keith Olbermann promising a lawsuit following his dismissal from Current TV, the network has hired crisis PR experts Fabiani & Lehane.

The two PR pros, dubbed the “Masters of Disaster,” are known for their high-profile work. They helped Lance Armstrong throughout the doping scandal and worked with the Clintons during their various issues with Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky. Chris Lehane has a previous relationship with Current co-founder Al Gore.

In his statements released Friday, both on Twitter and on Politico, Olbermann says that the “claims” made against him by Current and its founders (Gore and Joel Hyatt) will be shown to be untrue “in the legal actions” he plans to file.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

@ESpitzer Probably Not the Real Spitzer

Late Friday afternoon news just broke that Keith Olbermann got fired again, this time from Current TV. Olbermann will be replaced by Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York and CNN host. However, Eliot Spitzer is probably not the person tweeting from the @ESpitzer handle referenced in Current’s press release announcement about this switch. There have been no new tweets on that account since 2010 and it includes posts such as, “Just kidding. Please help me gain followers.”

Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer will debut tonight at 8p.m. ET. And Keith Olbermann is firing back with this statement (also available in parts on Twitter) promising legal action. Stay tuned to TVNewser for updates on this story.

Update: TVNewser’s Alex Weprin has confirmation on the mix up.

Revolving Door: AOL Layoffs, ‘New York’s New Design Mag, and More


James Murdoch has resigned from his role as executive chairman of News International, the UK publishing group that has been embroiled in the infamous phone-hacking scandal. In a statement from his dad, Rupert Murdoch says, “Now that he has moved to New York, James will continue to assume a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates, with particular focus on important pay-TV businesses and broader international operations.” However, shareholders want him gone all together. They may get their wish, as insiders say that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for James Murdoch to hang on while the scandal still unfolds. Reuters Peter Lauria breaks down the story above.

According to PandoDaily, AOL will layoff hundreds of employees next week, many in the hyperlocal Patch division.

New York magazine is launching a new publication focused on home design. New York Design Hunting will be published annually, coinciding with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Longtime design editor Wendy Goodman will lead the coverage.

James O’Keefe, a right-wing favorite who has launched attacks against Planned Parenthood, NPR, and the now-defunct liberal activist group ACORN, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Keith OlbermannCurrent TV, and their guest host David Shuster. The lawsuit alleges that O’Keefe was wrongfully labeled a “convicted felon” who had been accused of rape. O’Keefe has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was accused of harassment. The harassment charge was dropped. [via, via]

Whitney Houston has boosted magazine sales at the newsstand so much so that they’re going to continue putting her on the cover. Whitney Houston died on February 11.

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Roll Call: Kyodo PR, WCG, Business Wire, and more

Akira Yamada has been named the president and CEO of Kyodo Public Relations, one of the largest firms in Japan, after the company’s founder Sakae Ohashi stepped down following a financial scandal. An investigation found that Ohashi embezzeled money to repay personal loans. Two board members have also left the company. Yamada says a corporate governance group has been established. Ruder Finn partnered with the firm in November[via Holmes Report]

H-P CEO Meg Whitman has hired Henry Gomez as chief comms officer and EVP. The two have a long relationship that extends back to her work at eBay and her run for California governor. The relationship even spawned the moniker “Menry.” AllThingsD has the press release.

Michael Frohlich has been named Ogilvy PR‘s MD of the EAME region’s consumer marketing practice, a newly-created position. Frohlich was previously with the Bell Pottinger Group, which recently ran into trouble over some secret footage. He’ll join the firm in February. [via]

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Revolving Door: AOL, HuffPo, NY ‘Daily News,’ and More

The lead story this afternoon on HuffPo Science.

AOL is partnering with Bonnier’s Parenting Group to bring Parenting.com content to AOL Family, HuffPo Parents, and AOL.com. [via Fishbowl NY]

Speaking of Huffington Post, they’ve launched a new channel, HuffPost Science.

Colin Mylar, former editor of News of the World has been chosen as the new editor of the New York Daily News. Mylar has been unemployed since NOTW shut down amid the phone hacking scandal that erupted this summer. Capital New York has the internal memo.

There are reports that the Kardashian family has spoken with American Media about the possibility of launching a new magazine. However, Kim’s publicist at PMK-BNC has no comment.

Eric Carven has been named the AP’s social media editor. He was previously a news producer at the AP Nerve Center.

Keith Olbermann has already stirred up the pot at Current TV. Where it will lead seems up in the air. But people do agree on one thing: production value needs to improve a bit.

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Revolving Door: Olbermann, ESPN, ‘GQ,’ and More

Photo: Current TV

Keith Olbermann has been bringing a lot of attention to himself and Current TV with the debut of the latest iteration of Countdown. The ratings for the first episode were an impressive 179,000 for the 25-54 age group, which surpassed CNN and pleased Olbermann. The PR continued this week with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Some noted that Olbermann used his new Current TV gig to criticize his former colleagues. “It may seem like score settling, but that’s part of the Olbermann brand. Successful TV talk hosts are able to meld their personalities and their material,” notes Time today.  ”Olbermann’s gift on Countdown has been to turn his ‘me against the Man’ attitude into an ‘us against the Man’ mantra as he enjoins his audience to resist corporate power.”

After the jump, some more of this week’s major media moves.

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