Prison blues. Will Robert Downey Jr. ever stop whining (see Vanity Fair)? I realize he's a major talent and jail's no walk on the beach, but how many chances did this guy have to straighten out?
Latest in East Hampton, bike riders cell-phoning as they whiz past me on Further Lane.
In September, Bloomberg Magazine becomes Bloomberg Markets. To announce this historic moment their PR folks sent the announcement inside a red mini-fridge that actually works, declaring the "hottest" mag is now "cooler than ever."
Let's hear it for Holly Craig, new group ad director for Hearst Group of mags. She was with the Washington Post and sold national auto advertising. Also, Hearst acknowledged the first-rate job David Arnold's done as publisher of House Beautiful by naming him a VP. Another of those cunning Brits taking jobs from decent and needy Yanks.
Entertainment Weekly's new Eastern sales manager is Ray Chelstowski.
TransWorld Media (a division of Times Mirror Magazines) promoted Peggy Cozens to VP-consumer marketing and Fran Richards to group publisher of three mags, two about skateboarding (of which I am hardly an aficionado, as you know.)
Current Teen People is 238 pages thick. Publisher Anne Zehren threw a party last Saturday poolside at her Southampton digs. As well she might!
In charge of new biz development at Entertainment Weekly is Julie Schoenberg.
Reed Foster is the new publisher of Hearst's Classic American Homes.
Another winner on the corporate ladder is Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, just named VP-publisher of Travel & Leisure, Ed Kelly's old job. He is these days traveling in even more glorious realms.
George named Debra Birnbaum of Redbook a senior editor.
Oprah's mag, launched in May/June, set its rate base: 900,000. The book goes to monthly frequency with the September issue. New color page ad rate is $58,000. Any questions about this baby?
Lot of buzz about this new Lions Gate flick, "Two Family House." Won big at Sundance.
Leave it to Daily Variety Gotham to tell it as it is: they hailed the Madison Square Garden performance of Diana Ross. But roasted Ms. Ross for hogging the stage, ignoring her two "Supremes," and "tugging constantly" at the audience. The tour was canceled shortly afterwards.