The New York Observer has just hired a new photo editor. She’s a talented photographer in her own right, with a great eye and an extensive network of photographers who shoot in all styles. These are all important traits. But the skill that makes a really great photo editor is the ability to select a photo that both illustrates the accompanying story and elevates it. Read More
Self-help guru/reanimated Easter Island moai Tony Robbins is back! After conquering all bad feelings and motivating himself to the highest levels of success at seminar-giving, the founder of the Unleash the Power Within (UPW) was tangled up in an embarrassing PR blunder last summer after administering treatment for “minor burns” during his firewalking retreat.
But it’s like the saying goes: when life gives you lemons, convince a bunch of people to pay $10,000 for a four-day lemonade making class, and using the net profits, buy a private island in Fiji. Then just kick back and wait for the prestigious Private Islands Magazine comes calling. Read More
Michael Malice, the celebrity ghost writer, recently raised more than $30,000 on Kickstarter to write an autobiography of Kim Jong-il.
Mr. Malice never met Mr. Kim, who died in 2011, but he has traveled to North Korea, where he got a bunch of books about the dictator for research purposes. The title of Read More
Dave Karger, perhaps the most widely-known awards-season journalist (yes), has left his longtime perch at Entertainment Weekly for a newly-created position at movie-ticket vendor Fandango, reports the Times. Mr. Karger, who frequently does media hits in the (roughly) November to February “Oscar season,” will report to an integrated marketing executive, fitting given the dearth of editorial Read More
Keith Kelly at the Post reports that Reed Elsevier has cut the asking price for Hollywood trade rag Variety to under $30 million, from over $40 million. The leading bidders include Jay Penske’s Penske Media Corporation, which owns Nikki Finke’s Deadline and Bonnie Fuller’s Hollywood Life, and would, Mr. Kelly speculates, benefit from ensuring no rival can Read More
The Fall Fashion Season began with a complex game of editorial musical chairs at Hearst this morning. Current Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles has been named editor of famed women’s title Cosmopolitan, replacing a retiring Kate White. Brides editor Anne Fulenwider will replace Coles at Marie Claire. As of this publication Read More
Sally Singer, the editor of T, the Times style magazine, is to depart the magazine and the company by the end of the week, reports WWD, which has a memo from the paper’s editor Jill Abramson. “Arthur Sulzberger Jr. just stunned the city,” this paper wrote when Ms. Singer was hired in 2010 from Vogue; she’d been Read More
Amid the pile-on of denunciations of Jonah Lehrer, the New Yorker writer whose invention of a Bob Dylan quote was uncovered earlier this week by a contributor to the Tablet, his former editor steps up to defend him.
About six years ago, Tom Florio, then the publisher of Vogue, had an idea. He wanted to expand the fashion bible’s brand into a new platform: online television. The magazine’s discerning editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, approved and Mr. Florio found blue-chip financial investors who did too. He’d been working on the proposal for nine months when he presented it to Si Newhouse, Chuck Townsend and other top Condé Nast brass.
“I hate it,” Mr. Newhouse said.
Encountering Mr. Newhouse at a dinner party a few days later, Mr. Florio asked the Condé Nast chairman to elaborate on his abrupt dismissal of the idea.
“All that did was make money,” the boss told him. Read More