Black & Brown & read all over
There was a lot of Talk buzzing the grand ballroom of the N.Y. Hilton the evening of Feb. 16 as hundreds of media and marketing execs joined the American Jewish Committee for a dinner honoring Hearst Magazines prexy Cathie Black. The event marked the first public appearance of Black and her new partners Tina Brown and Ron Galotti since Hearst signed with the dynamic duo to co-publish Talk. But while attendees scoped the interactions of Black & Brown, it was other news that created the real buzz. Just an hour before the event, word came that Hachette chief David Pecker was leaving to join an investment group buying the National Enquirer and Star. Enquiring minds want to go.
Ziff-Davis eyes CMP
Add one more top contender to buy CMP Media (AA, Feb. 15): Ziff-Davis. Conventional wisdom was ZD, burdened by debt and in the midst of a ZDNet IPO, would pass. Not true. ZD approached CMP months ago and definitely is interested.
Teletubbies . . . Gorby lunch
Microsoft next month rolls a broadcast and print campaign for its computerized Actimates Teletubbies, Po and Laa Laa. Fans of is-he-or-isn't-he Tinky Winky will have to wait till his computer version arrives this summer. . . . Time is bringing its 1990 Man of the Decade, Mikhail Gorbachev, in for a lunch talk in Los Angeles March 2 with key advertisers and guests. . . . IDG's InfoWorld is starting a quarterly supplement, WITI Fast Track, with Women in Technology International. Content will target the growing base of female execs in the computer industry. . . . FCB/NY's lobby will be seen this summer in a new flick "You Are Here," directed by Jeff Winner. In the scene, a young man comes in for a job interview and surprises his potential employer with unbridled enthusiam. (FCBers are known for their unbridled enthusiasm.)
Compiled by Bradley Johnson with news from Scott Donaton.
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