Friday, July 12, 2024

Tina Brown Leaves Journalism For the World of Event Production


Tina Brown is leaving The Daily Beast after five years. But more importantly, she’s leaving journalism after runs with Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk magazine, and then the website she started to compete with the Huffington Post. Brown says she’s taking her conference, called Women in the World, and starting Tina Brown Media Live.

Essentially, she’s becoming an organizer of seminars, lunches and dinners, and conferences. She hosted one such conference last night in Toronto with Harvey Weinstein, her former partner in Talk, for bankers, actors, and who ever was still hanging around the film festival.

Tina Brown Media Live could be very successful. But Brown’s exit from the Daily Beast marks the second time a project post-Conde Nast hasn’t worked out for her. Talk magazine started with fireworks- for real, on Ellis Island– and ended with a whimper two years later. Brown wrote a bestseller about Princess Diana, and then convinced Barry Diller to invest $18 million in The Beast.

There was the whole debacle with Newsweek. And now the Beast has just a few employees left, still churning out the site. But without Tina Brown there’s no Daily Beast. It was her idea. It’s only a matter of time before it’s shuttered, or sold off.

Maybe Brown will write a book about Hillary Clinton. And she will certainly remain a talking head on TV. But it does seem that, with print slowly dying, it’s the end of an era.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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