Update: September 15, 2000
Shares Drop 4%
to some 30,848 shares being sold by three company execs, the stock
price dips even though sales are up.
Times Mirror Magazine Bidders Unveiled
who is in the running to own TransWorld Media and its parent
company Times Mirror Magazines? Here's what the "experts"
were saying two weeks ago: Ziff Davis Media, Gruner &
Jahr USA Publishing, Emap USA, Primedia, Hachette
Filipacchi, North American Outdoor Group and American
Emap Lagging with Peterson Pubs
the British publishing giant and Times Mirror bidder Emap
purchased Peterson Publishing (parent of Surfer, Snowboarder,
Powder, and Bike) for $1.5 billion, many thought they
were insane in the membrane. Now, 20 months later, Emap has yet
to prove that the deal was worth it.
Times Mirror Magazines could be the shine Emap CEO Tom Maloney
is looking for.
Getting Reorganized by Dunning
this isn't getting crazy enough, Jim Dunning, the guy who
made a cool billion selling Peterson Pubs to Emap
is now shaking things up at Ziff Davis Media. For those who
don't remember, Dunning was responsible for Peterson buying Surfer
Pubs in the first place. Now, he's rumored to be bidding on
Times Mirror Magazines. Can
this knitting circle get any smaller?
Inside.com is reporting
that German media conglomerate Bertelsmann (parent company
of Gruner & Jahr USA) is ready to spend some $13.2 billion
on its way to becoming the world leader in media-related e-commerce.
''We are sitting on a lot of cash,'' brags Thomas Middelhoff, Bertelsmann's
chairman. The company recently bought online music retailer CDNow
and is said to be bidding on book publisher Harcourt General
and the Times Mirror Magazine group.
Surf Web Less Than Adults
no, a new study released by Media
Metrix says that, contrary to what some have been saying,
teens spend far less time on the Internet than their adult counterparts.
Theater Bring 'Em In
A friend decided to see Taylor Steele's Hit and Run
at an Adrenaline Theater showing in Manhattan several weeks
ago. "I was too embarrassed to even hoot," he said. "There
were only two other people in the theater." Hopefully, the
new Hatchett film TB-9 will bring them in. Then again,
how many 13 year olds can make it to a 10:30 PM movie screening.
it out yerself at one of these theaters.
Surfers? Say It Isn't So
People in techville surf but it's not your average surf according
to writer Paul Hughes. No, up North they ride with "postmodern
cowabunga." Whatever that means.
Ah, Could You Please Repeat That?
he's the Urban-Outfitters-wardrobe-wearing suburban-snowboarder-next-door,
a regular guy whose most distinctive personality trait is probably
his averageness." --Sacramento
Bee writer J. Freedom du Lac describing MTV's Carson
Adult Film Industry Loves Playstation 2
San Fernando Valley porn mills haven't had the easiest time selling
their DVD titles lately because few have the players. With Sony's
Playstation 2 all that could change.
could mommy and daddy borrow your Playstation tonight?"
California Woodie Club is
having a gathering a Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA this
Saturday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Organizers expect more than 240
woodies to be on display.
Skateboarding in Seattle
It was the Californians who ran away with the wins in a downhill
skateboarding contest held in the rainy city.
Bluetorch's Publishing Unit
the crew at Broadband Interactive Group just did a good job
at pretending that they were in no real hurry to generate revenue,
but Monday when they layed off 64 people, they looked like they
were in a much bigger hurry than anyone thought.
Country Register Coverage
Lane Slams Coast
Too busy chasing around the Bluetorch? South facing beaches got
hit with 10-12 footers on Monday and Tuesday and I missed it.
storms up some surf
Street Goes off
Spawns Surfers Paradise
Flame Snatched From Carroll
Tom Carroll, former world surfing champion, was carrying
the Olympic Torch in Kiama (just south of Sydney, Australia)
when a spectator jumped from the crowd, grabbed the torch and attempted
to throw it into the Kiama harbor. You know Tommy wouldn't allow
that. He wrestled the guy to the ground and turn him over to police.
People around the world pressed their noses up to computer monitors
after someone mass mailed a jpeg of Laird Hamilton on the
sickest Teahupoo wave ever. Most thought it was a hoax. Well, it's
not. Check out the video
Bluetorch Listed on Fuckedcompany.com
Someone was kind enough to pass on a "rumor" to the dot.com
deadpool site. On a side note, if you'd like to purchase fuckedcompany.com
you can click over to E-Bay
where the bidding has reached a cool $9 million.
Swell Launches Serena Brooke
They apologize on the front screen for not launching and are stretching
the true definition of "late summer," but the Swell
machinists have created a pretty cool little interactive piece on
Serena's last season. Too bad it's already six months old.
Hardcloud has one, too.
is 20-50 on the Web
Don't know how we missed this SF
Chronicle story from August 26, 2000, but now with recent
developments (especially on the Swell.com
fronts) this story is chock full o' ironic humor bits. If you read
it before, your really should read it again.
ASR Coverage on ExtremeSports.com
The Way to the Forum
X Games Bigger than Superbowl
Wife Called Out on Anti-Violence
Bags o' Crapola:
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18 , 2000
11 , 2000
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com.