The 2010 Media Holiday Party Circuit Crash-Map
For my second-to-last Press Clips, Day 27, we have a very, very special treat. Every year, many of the New York-based media companies who produce a large portion of American media that is consumed across the country gather after months of conspiring...to get shitface drunk. Behold:
The 2010 Media Holiday Party Circuit Crash-Map:
A few of the notes come from Amy Wicks' report in yesterday's WWD MemoPad.
On the map, you'll find notes on each of the entries, which have been color-coordinated for my completely subjective and otherwise unofficial assessments of the doors at each party.
View The Media Holiday Party Circuit 2010 in a larger map
Red means you don't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting in, either because the door's too tough, the party's too intimate, or it already happened.
Yellow markers indicate crash-able parties you should approach with caution but might be able to snake your way into, you devil.
Green parties are parties you can probably sneak into and cadge free booze and great gossip. And the pink marker is for our party, which is tonight, because we're a bunch of freaks and we get down in ways you probably wouldn't enjoy even if you think you would. That said, our door monkeys are armed with butterfly knives, so, you know, also approach with caution if you're like that.
The entire list:
Finally, we're still looking for tips or reports on the parties, and also, we still want to know where:
- Vanity Fair
- News Corp
- Men's Health
- US Weekly
- The New York Times
- CNN/Time Warner.
And anyone else you can think of who are getting down without us knowing. Email me and I'll throw them on the list. Why spend one of my last days here on a seemingly innocuous and gossipy post about where media companies are having their parties?
Well, because it's innocuous and gossipy, for one thing. For another, the minutiae actually means something.
Over the last five years, the culture of media holiday parties has changed dramatically, and the place and tone of them are generally obvious indicators as to the health, status, and morale of an individual publication. For example, the last vestiges of opulence in supposedly "better"/"old-school" times (like, say, 2006), as compared with the parties of 2008/2009 -- which were mostly abysmal -- certainly said something, but look at what's happening now:
- The Observer is out of the conference room!
- Like years past, Hearst -- my employer-in-reluctant-waiting -- is skipping out on the tradition, BlackBook is at Pao for the third straight year, and Glamour is having their party at Glamour editor Cindi Leive's home in Brooklyn for the second year in a row.
- Meanwhile, Forbes, who this year acquired True/Slant, is throwing their shindig in their offices.
- I'll bet you the Newsweek party this year is going to be exponentially different from last year's. For one thing, they'll be sharing it with the rest of IAC, and their new Daily Beast co-workers.
- Gawker Media's holiday party last year was far more modest (and cramped!) than this year's is going to be.
- Only one person went home in an ambulance at the Viacom party we heard, as opposed to the given over/under of three! Also, Doug E. Fresh was there.
And so on. They're generally a better way to take the given pulse of a company -- and a media climate -- than a stock price or a quarterly report. Whereas stupid numbers that are probably fudged anyway only tell you stupid number bullshit, these things have people there! Drunk people! And drunk people either celebrating or mourning.
But really, it's just stupid, fun, catty gossip. That's why I like knowing these things. Remember, people: Water is your friend.
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