In the fall of 2005, Michael Wolf, a top executive at MTV, flew to Palo Alto, Calif., to visit the offices of Facebook. MTV, like seemingly everyone else at the time, was interested in buying the rapidly growing social networking company from its founder, Mark Zuckerberg-then 21, with a fondness for Adidas sandals and a Read More
By Felix Gillette 5/21/10 3:22pm
Recently, we wrote about Yahoo’s sporty blog overlord Jamie Mottram, who is currently bulking up the portal’s staff of full-time bloggers.
As part of that effort, sometime later this summer, Yahoo will launch a yet-to-be-named news blog, which has already begun hiring up a team of experienced writers and editors. Today, The Business Read More
By Felix Gillette 5/19/10 9:44pm
Top 10 shows in New York, May 10 to May 16, according to Nielsen Data (total viewers, time shifting/DVR not included)
The upfronts came and went this week with lots of excitement and disappointment, anger and awe. What makes good TV?
By Felix Gillette 5/19/10 3:51am
On the morning of Monday, May 17, a Web site called DNAinfo.com published a story about a rooster named Napoleon Bonaparte and two hens, named Lucy and Apple. The story was a classic nugget of neighborhood reporting: a concise anecdote about how officials had made life better for an abandoned bird, which spoke Read More
By Felix Gillette 5/18/10 9:06pm
Yahoo executives in Sunnyvale, California announced today that the company has purchased Associated Content for an undisclosed amount–which Edmund Lee of Advertising Age reports to be slightly more than $100 million.
What Readers Really Want: Stories About Megan Fox, Japanese Cat Outfits, and India’s First Porn Star
By Felix Gillette 5/13/10 4:53pm
In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, former Observer scribe Andrew Rice has a must-read story about the struggles of traditional and new media outlets alike to place a value on pieces of writing in the digital age.
Along the way, Mr. Rice checks in with newfangled media outlets, such as Demand Media, Read More
By Felix Gillette 5/12 9:16pm
Modelizing media wingmen Dan Abrams (Mediaite) and David Zinczenko (Men’s Health) have opened a restaurant on West Ninth Street! We already knew that the restaurant was “engineered for table hopping,” but how to square chef John DeLucie’s fare with Mr. Zinczenko’s draconian best-selling diet plan? Below, we offer a humble Read More
By Felix Gillette 5/12 7:10pm
“I certainly wouldn’t rule out making additional hires,” said Jen Sargent.
It was Monday afternoon, and Ms. Sargent–CEO and co-founder of the entertainment news Web site HitFix–was on the phone with The Observer.
Recently, Ms. Sargent’s year-and-a-half-old Web site made a serious splash in the entertainment-reporting world by hiring away Read More
By Felix Gillette 5/12 4:34pm
HBO executives announced today that they have purchased the rights to Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 hit book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
According to the press release, Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball will serve as producers on the feature-length film adaptation of the book.
By Felix Gillette 5/12 3:47am
In recent years, when she wasn’t putting together stories as a senior producer for ABC’s World News or helping to oversee global news-gathering operations as a network vice president, Mimi Gurbst liked to advise her colleagues on various ways to improve their personal and professional lives.
Somewhere along the say, sources tell The Observer, Ms. Read More