Yoni Lotan, scheduled to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade July 10 and 30, has kicked it up a notch. His perfectly timed bit as a FIFA soccer referee running around Times Square and giving passers-by yellow and red cards for various social media and other fouls is gaining media steam.
Richard Horgan[Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press).
The best way to frame FishbowlNY’s phone conversation today with Lea Ann Leming, chief content officer of SheKnows (pictured, right), and newly hired editor-in-chief Amy Boshnack (pictured, below) is as follows. The company has been profitable for the past several years and expects a 30% increase in revenue in 2014.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that Cosmopolitan, a magazine where Boshnack served as managing editor from January 2005 to January 2008, has just revamped its website. When asked about the then-print vs. now-Web differences, Boshnack notes the obvious change in the speed of news and feature cycles. Per comScore, SheKnows currently averages around 40 million monthly uniques.
“A big thing for me is making sure the women reading us are having conversations,” Boshnack explains. “Part of what’s being done here is continuing to make sure that articles being published are about things women are talking about. And to feed that through our comments section, social media.”
Even though it flies in the face of any hint that a certain member of sports royalty will be giving FishbowlNY an exclusive interview, we love today’s Bloomberg View headline.
Truly, at this point it seems as likely that LeBron will stay in Miami as it is that he’ll join Al Qaeda. But wait: Apparently there’s a universe in which the possibility of him joining ‘Melo in New York exists. As an unnamed source – is there any other kind? – told the New York Post, Phil Jackson “really wants LeBron to come to New York. That’s his dream right now. Phil is trying to get it done.”
Per Lucia Moses‘ Digiday analysis, the publication has nearly doubled its Facebook halo in the second quarter of 2014. So how did Time during that stretch outpace the likes (pun intended) of BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post?
Moses says it’s complicated. The reporter lists five ways the magazine has managed to up Facebook in 2014 as a source of 16% of all traffic, a sizable increase from the five percent measured in the first half of 2013. And she notes that the gained knowledge is being compiled for future Time Inc. generations:
M. Scott Havens’ team takes a weekly look at what’s working on the site and what’s not, with plans to put those lessons in a handbook to be used across other Time Inc. brands. “We have been a very siloed institution, but we have had some successes, and what I’m trying to do at my perch is spread those rapidly across,” he said.
Campbell is the founder and CEO of recommendations App Posse. After working from a one-bedroom apartment, various coffee shops and her apartment lobby here in New York, the Australian-born entrepreneur evaluated a number of different spaces before settling last summer on a Flatiron district co-working location.
Campbell is candid – but not mean – about the problems she encountered, listing five major friction areas. One of these was the specter of “unhealthy competition:”
There were more than 200 companies operating from our co-working space, and some of the more serious ones used the close community to their advantage. I knew of at least three other startups that were also building location-based shopping recommendation engines, and their team members were always inviting our team members to lunch. I wonder why.
Gause’s dental office was once an art gallery so it’s only natural, he says, that it’d be converted back to one from time to time, where works from the legendary Andy Warhol to local, up-and-coming street artists are displayed for sale. Ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $120,000 per piece, 100 percent of the art sales go toward treating people, who might not otherwise be able to afford the highest quality of dental care.
Gause labels these efforts the Smile Design Gallery. In addition to the in-office for-sale displays, he also stages monthly related art exhibits.
Mullen’s article is about the response garnered by co-worker Kathy Maloney‘s very first piece for the paper. Published on May 11, “My Life With Joe” recounted the administrative assistant’s struggles with her late husband’s mental illness:
Since the story appeared, Maloney, an administrative assistant in the newspaper’s design studio, has been inundated with emails, notes and phone calls from as far away as Ireland, where she has relatives.
One of the emails came from a woman in Ireland who lost her son to suicide. “There are so many points in the article that I can relate to,” she wrote. “I think it is such a brave thing to share your experience, where I can’t approach it. I wish I could.”
It’s been added as a word to the dictionary. It’s the subject of endless media debate. But in this case, the selfie angles are all good.
Per a report by LA Times pop music writer Randy Lewis, Ringo Starr was in front of Hollywood’s Capitol Records building Monday on his 74th birthday, urging fans to join him for a worthy cause. The ex-Beatle’s promotion of fashion designer John Varvatos‘ 2014 “Peace Rocks” fall collection includes a fun social-media component:
For each person who tweets a selfie while flashing the “V” peace symbol using the #peacerocks hashtag, Varvatos’ company will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, supporting the David Lynch Foundation…
Back in the early 1990s, celebrity journalist Gregory Speck published an intriguing, imagined Tinseltown dinner party book Hollywood Royalty and spent three years/$50,000 amassing a large taxidermy collection.
Per a fascinating New York Times item by Michelle Higgins, he is now selling a Central Park West co-op for $3.95 million, with or without those animals. Realizing that only some may be interested in the additional option of stuffed animal heads, Speck and his listing agent came up with a novel solution:
The online listing will offer two sets of photos. One will show the apartment as-is, the other will have most of the taxidermy edited out “so prospective buyers can get a sense of the grandeur of the apartment,” which has a dining room and a maid’s room, Mr. [Robert] Dowling [of Halstead Property] said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy a home at the Beresford, an iconic New York City landmark, one of the most prestigious addresses in the city.”
On the Internet, you just never know who might be reading.
Case in point: our June 24 post “Busy Author Circles Marie Osmond, Daniel Radcliffe and Ellen DeGeneres.” In the two weeks since publication, something exciting and wholly unexpected has transpired for Utah-based writer Randy Jernigan. Per some text provided by Jernigan’s U.S. publishing company rep:
On Monday July 7, contractual agreements were signed between Jernigan, Creative Partners Publishing and a newly formed Japanese publishing firm, Bunkyo-Ku Ltd. of Tokyo.
This agreement gives the Asian company co-publishing and distribution rights for the Asian market to Jernigan’s The Life and Career of Daniel Radcliffe and all succeeding books in the “fan book” series.