Talk Media buzzes up a storm

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Talk, creation of Editor Tina Brown, Publisher Ron Galotti and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, created a stir before the first issue. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani refused to allow the star-studded, news-making opening party for the Hillary Clinton-friendly magazine, which is published as a joint venture with Talk Media, Hearst Magazines and Miramax Films -- to take place on city property. So, the event was moved to the no less-conspicuous Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty. Four issues later, the media reaction to the actual magazine has been minimal, and the talk generated isn't the kind Ms. Brown is accustomed. Mr. Weinstein has been accused of wielding too much influence over editorial, which has featured several Miramax Films' pet projects. Several editors have left, and ex-Rolling Stone star Robert Wallace has been brought in to beef up investigative pieces. It seems the pre-launch buzz provoked more fizz than fireworks.
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