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Media Winter Redux
Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Dec. 11, 1995.
In one of the few instances of the Justice Department strong-arming journalists since the Nixon Administration, U.S. attorneys in Miami have convened a Federal grand jury to discover the identities of two reporters’ sources. In the process, Federal Government lawyers on the case have Read More
Just in time for the holidays, Spin‘s printing presses have officially stopped spinning. The music magazine, which started way back in 1985, announced today that print edition is officially no more.
After the magazine was acquired by Buzzmedia in July, they announced that there would be no November/December issue but affirmed the importance of print. Read More
The newly revitalized Spin magazine is being un-revitalized, Gawker’s big new hire, Blodget’s big new profile, Borowitz’s old trolling tactic attracts new “fans,” and more media stories in today’s Power Lunch.
Chick-Fil-A is an Atlanta-based fast-food chain you may have heard of, whose chicken sandwiches have a cult following, but whose cult-like devotion to anti-gay causes have increasingly put them in the media spotlight. Except on Sundays. They are closed on Sundays.
All of this recently culminated in that telltale culture-news saturation point indicator, a withering segment about them on The Daily Show. And on Friday, The Jim Henson Company—which makes Muppet toys for Chick-Fil-As kids’ meals—cut ties with the company as well. So, how’s Chick-Fil-A fighting back?
After weeks of rumors, Buzzmedia made it official and acquired Spin, adding a legacy print magazine (founded 1985) to its near-monopoly on music blogs. Buzzmedia owns: Stereogum, Idolator, Hype Machine, Pure Volume,
Brooklyn Vegan, AbsolutePunk, Buzznet, Concrete Loop, Gorilla vs. Bear, Pop Matters, Punk News, RCRD LBL, XLR8R, as well as the official websites of the Kardashian sisters.
The Transom stood at the end of a $40,000 ping-pong table inside Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall, paddle in hand. Two players representing Verizon (a self-described “M&A guy” and “venture capital guy”) stood at the other side, ready to spar. Fittingly, the table (an all-black “collector’s piece”) was the practice surface for that afternoon’s event, a Wall Street ping-pong tournament benefiting Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City.
SPIN Brands announced Oct. 11 the creation of a new editor-in-chief for online and the appointment of three new editors: Caryn Ganz, Christopher R. Weingarten, and David Bevan. SPIN also announced a redesign of SPIN.com for next year, which the editor-in-chief for online will contribute to.
The new title will be taken by Ms. Ganz, Read More
Judah Friedlander is known for sporting some pretty obtuse catchphrases on his trucker hats, but at SPiN’s “Ping Pong with the Models” charity event for Haiti, the slogan was actually appropriate: “WORLD CHAMPION.”
“I play here all the time,” Judah told us as he manned the net at the newly opened ping pong parlor, scooping Read More
As the Observer previously reported, the owners of SPiN New York, the Ping-Pong social club on East 23rd Street, have been shopping a reality show (narrated by club member Susan Sarandon) to networks for the past couple of months about their club. According to Grub Street, BBC America has agreed to Read More
Bob Guccione Jr., the founder of Spin and Gear magazines, is interested in getting back into the publishing business, but it might be hard to find a project that is edgy enough.
“I’d like to see more risk-taking,” he told Forbes.
Mr. Guccione, whose father founded Penthouse, said that he looked into buying Read More