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Seth Meyers Has a Newfound Appreciation for Pockets

NPRFreshAirLogoThe Web headline for today’s NPR Fresh Air interview with Seth Meyers is a good example of click-baiting with integrity. Because listening to the conversation titled “Seth Meyers’ Late Night Challenge: What To Do With His Hands?” does indeed address and answer one of the first bits of self-conscious business for the incoming talk show host:

“The trickiest part of this job the first week was just figuring out what to do with my hands. I think one of the great discoveries I made at the show was the memory of pockets. I was like, ‘OK, I can put one of these away.’”

“I as a person in conversation tend to use my hands a great deal and I think my first couple of monologues I looked like someone on a desert island trying to signal for a passing plane.”

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Christopher Mims Joins The Wall Street Journal

Christopher Mims is joining The Wall Street Journal as a tech columnist. Mims will contribute a weekly column to the paper, along with columns, blog posts and more to WSJD.com, the Journal’s tech site.

Mims comes to the Journal from Quartz, where he served as technology and science editor. His work has appeared in publications such as Wired, Scientific American, The Atlantic and Glamour.

“Chris is one of the leading tech writers and commentators in the country,” said Jonathan Krim, the Journal’s technology editor, in a statement. “We’re delighted that he’ll be joining our expanding WSJD coverage team.”

Mims will join the Journal early next month.

Time Warner Names Time Inc. Board

timeinc_logo_2.25.10Time Warner has announced Time Inc.’s board of directors. Once the spinoff from Time Warner is complete — it’s still supposed to happen in the second quarter of this year — Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp will be chairman.

The rest of the directors are listed below.

  • David Bell, Chairman and CEO, Slipstream Communications, LLC; former co-Chairman and CEO of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
  • John Fahey, Non-Executive Chairman and former CEO, National Geographic Society
  • Manuel Fernandez, Former Executive Chairman, Sysco Corporation; former Chairman, President and CEO of Gartner, Inc.
  • Dennis FitzSimons, Chairman, Robert R. McCormick Foundation; former Chairman and CEO, Tribune Company
  • Betsy Holden, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company LLC; former co-CEO, Kraft Foods, Inc.
  • Kay Koplovitz, Chairman and CEO, Koplovitz & Company LLC; founder and former Chairman and CEO, USA Networks
  • J. Randall MacDonald, CEO, Managing Partner, Windham Mountain Partners; Retired Senior Vice President, Human Resources, IBM
  • Ronald Rolfe, Former Partner, Litigation, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Howard Stringer, Former Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Corporation

Theresa Griggs Named Creative Director of Cosmo

Theresa Griggs has been named the new creative director of Cosmopolitan. Griggs comes to Cosmo from Women’s Health, where she served as design director since 2010. Prior to her time at Women’s Health, Griggs was Glamour’s art director for two years. She also formerly served as Entertainment Weekly’s art director.

“Theresa is a superb magazine designer and I’m thrilled she’s coming on board,” said Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor, in a statement. “She’s the final piece of the puzzle to the team I’ve assembled at Cosmo and I look forward to evolving the look of the magazine with her.”

Griggs’ appointment is effective May 12.

2014 Hillman Award Winners Announced

The Sydney Hillman Foundation has announced the winners of the 2014 Hillman Awards, which honor journalists and others whose work promotes social justice and public policy for the common good.

Below are the winners, who will be honored at The Times Center on May 6.

Book Journalism

Ira Katznelson
“Fear Itself”
Liveright/W.W. Norton & Co.

Newspaper Journalism

Pat Beall
“Private Prisons: Profit, Politics, Pain”
The Palm Beach Post

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Quentin Tarantino’s Gawker Lawsuit is Dismissed

Quentin Tarantino attempt to sue Gawker for copyright infringement has hit a road block. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a federal judge has granted Gawker’s motion to have the case dismissed.

Tarantino had sued Gawker because the site posted a link to the leaked script of Tarantino’s film, The Hateful Eight. Gawker then countered that it didn’t break any copyright laws because there’s no proof that anyone who clicked on the Gawker link saved, copied or reproduced the script. Unfortunately for Tarantino, the federal judge sided with Gawker.

“Nowhere in these paragraphs or anywhere else in the complaint does Plaintiff [Tarantino] allege a single act of direct infringement committed by any member of the general public that would support Plaintiff’s claim for contributory infringement,” read the court ruling. “Instead, Plaintiff merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place.”

Tarantino and his lawyer have until May 1 to correct their complaint and resubmit it. That means this isn’t officially over, even though it really should be.

[Image: cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com]

Exhibit, Book Pay Tribute to ‘Father of Canadian Photojournalism’

TedGrantCoverPreviewing Thursday and opening Friday at the Leica Gallery (607 Broadway), “Ted Grant: Sixty Years of Legendary Photojournalism” showcases a photographer known for, among other things, a shot of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sliding down a staircase banister at the 1968 Liberal party convention.

Over the years, Grant also taught students at Carleton University in Ottawa and later, in British Columbia, where he is now based. One former student, Carol Goar, recalls in a recent Toronto Star column how another student, Thelma Fayle, played a critical role in the exhibit coming together:

Twenty-five years after she took his course, Fayle sent a letter to Grant asking for advice on a magazine profile she’d been assigned. Not only did he respond to her letter, he came to her house with his wife Irene. They chatted at her kitchen table for three hours. Without being asked, he accompanied her to the interview, stayed in the background and took some of the most evocative photos she’d ever seen.

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Lupita Nyong’o is People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ Person

Lupita Nyong’o, the 31-year-old Oscar winning actress, has been named People’s Most Beautiful person. And since we know no one will disagree with that, what else do you want to discuss today? Seriously, she’s gorgeous.

Nyong’o described the Most Beautiful honor as “exciting” and a “major accomplishment,” because “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [the cover] and feel a little more seen.” This woman is fantastic.

People’s Most Beautiful issue hits newsstands April 25.

Muscle & Fitness Names New Publisher Ahead of Redesign

AMI has named Christopher Dolan the new publisher of Muscle & Fitness. Dolan comes to the magazine from Scout (a sports centric brand), where he served as digital director and group publisher. Prior to that, Dolan worked in the Home & Garden Group for Reader’s Digest.

In the announcement of Dolan, Chris Scardino — AMI’s executive VP and group publishing director — mentioned that Muscle & Fitness is gearing up for a “full redesign” debuting with its July/August issue. The magazine has been getting the David Zinczenko touch ever since Zinczenko joined AMI, which means this revamp will surely mean even more of a shift toward a general interest title.

“Men are flocking to the idea of being at their best in all aspects of their lives and Muscle & Fitness is perfectly positioned to drive this trend,” said Dolan, in a statement. “This is a performance-driven male community committed to success, and I’m excited to put in front of them the editorial content and advertiser brands that will help them get there.”

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