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Posts Tagged ‘People Magazine’

Expect a Lot of Sponsored Tweets and ‘Experiential Marketing’ During the Oscars

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Vanity Fair publisher Edward J. Menicheschi tells Stuart Elliott of The New York Times that “Oscar night is Vanity Fair’s Super Bowl“, and the mag will go all out this year to prove it.

The brands sponsoring the awards and the top two magazines covering them (VF and People) plan to stage “events” rather than simple advertisements or social campaigns. What will those events encompass?

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Star‘s James Heidenry: ‘If a publicist wants to serve their clients, they should have a good relationship with us’

In Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview, Star editor-in-chief James Heidenry tackles his newsstand nemeses head-on, calling People and Us Weekly “the mouthpiece of celebrity publicists” – and he didn’t mean that in a positive way. 

“They covet these relationships with the publicists, and as a result they don’t say negative things about the celebrities, something like a famous person getting caught cheating, whereas we don’t have any such relationships,” he explained.

Although the pub isn’t necessarily beholden to PR pros, said Heidenry, getting on his team’s good side can sometimes work in your favor. “If a publicist wants to serve their clients, they should have a good relationship with us, because, frankly, we do have stories on certain people that we hold, because we like the relationship with the publicist and we’ve done Q&A with the celebrity in the past or photo shoots with them,” he said. 

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, James Heidenry, Editor-in-Chief of Star?

Sarah Palin to Write Diet Book

The halcyon days of 2008 seem like a distant memory to most of us, but the predictable lamestream media has yet to recover from its fascination with former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

When Sarah went shopping in LA’s Studio City this week, the trusty paparazzi were there to capture all the action—and the resulting photos led gossip blogs to speculate about her apparent weight loss.

Never one to let the story get away from her, Palin (sort of) responded in an email to People magazine, stating that her family “…is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we still eat our beloved homemade comfort foods!”

Palin and husband Todd have always identified as proud hunters–and Sarah has commented on her “high protein”, Atkins-style diet in the past. In her first post-election interview way back in ’08, she spoke with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren while preparing a moose chili that sounded quite delicious. We think she may be onto something here!

As of this morning, no publisher or date for the book has been announced.

Will Sarah hire Nancy French, ghostwriter of daughter Bristol’s memoir, to pen this meaty tome? Will this new project help revive the Palin brand? More importantly, why didn’t Kris Jenner think of this first? “Kooking with the Kardashians” practically writes itself!

Roll Call: Syndicate Media Group, GolinHarris, BuzzFeed, and More

Syndicate Media Group has announced the promotion of Samantha Kain to the position of managing director. In her new role, Kain will oversee team management and client profitability in the agency’s 27 -person New York office. She will also work closely with Syndicate’s Los Angeles office to manage national accounts and the agency’s new business team to develop new client opportunities. In addition, Samantha continues to hold the title of associate partner. (Release)

GolinHarris has appointed award-winning Chicago Tribune science and healthcare journalist Trine Tsouderos as healthcare media director. Tsouderos joined the Tribune in 2003, and she has written about science and medicine since 2009. Before joining the Tribune, Tsouderos wrote for People Magazine, The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and The Wilson Daily Times in Wilson, N.C. Tsouderos will be based in Chicago. (Release)

BuzzFeed has hired Ze Frank. Frank will work to continue the company’s growth through online video, building a team of video producers in Los Angeles and establishing a studio to create content native to the social web. The acquisition and hire are effective immediately–Frank will work with BuzzFeed’s existing teams to produce viral hits inspired by BuzzFeed posts like “The Angriest Babies In The Whole World,” “How To Restore Your Faith In Humanity,” and “What Is Your Worst Pet Peeve?” He will also develop new YouTube channels covering a wider range of topics and collaborate with BuzzFeed’s social advertising clients on branded content. (Release)

Erin Felentzer is moving from ABC to TNT, where she will serve as the new VP of public relations, overseeing all publicity for TNT and its original programming including “Dallas” and “Major Crimes.” During the decade she spent with ABC Entertainment Group, Felentzer served as director of media relations and director of publicity, working on campaigns for ABC series including “Desperate Housewives“, “Lost” and “Ugly Betty“; she most recently served as VP of communications. (Variety)

CNN, ‘People,’ and Cartoon Network Partner for Anti-Bullying Initiative

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host a one-hour town hall special on Friday, October 8 titled Bullying: No Escape; an AC 360 Special report with People Magazine and Cartoon Network that will tackle the issue of bullying in America. Among the guests scheduled to appear are American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox and TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw.

Leading up to the special report, Anderson Cooper 360° and People Magazine will air a week-long report on bullying. Anderson Cooper has dealt with the subject in previous reports.

The initiative coincides with Bullying Prevention Month. CNN will also air a series “Back to School=Back to Bullies” on American Morning, with a special segment for the series on HLN, CNN Student News, and CNN.com/Bullying. People Magazine will dedicate a special package on the subject in the October 18 issue.

And Cartoon Network, has announced a long-term commitment through the “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” initiative launching Monday, October 4 in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America, The Anti-Defamation League, The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Stop Bullying Now” campaign. The network will provide an online resources for parents.