Media

Bezos Accuses Pecker Of Dick Pic Blackmail

by The Editors on February 7, 2019

In a story posted on Medium today (February 7, 2019), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claims that Surfer Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding, and Transworld Skateboarding’s new parent company American Media (through its tabloid The National Enquirer) has threatened to publish photos of Mr. Bezos’ penis “as well as nine other images” if Mr. Bezos didn’t call the Washington Post off its investigation of American Media CEO David Pecker’s relationship with Donald Trump, according to a story on the Huffington Post.

Here’s a little of what Mr. Bezos is claiming:

I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten. . . They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.

Usually these stories that have nothing to do with skateboarding, snowboarding, or surfing would be well outside our “lane.” But last week’s sale brings it all home to our world. Think about it? This suggests that those left at what once was TEN are now in a not-so-roundabout way working for the Trump Administration, forcing action sports marketing people to ask themselves, “Do we really want to support Donald Trump by spending advertising and marketing dollars with American Media in light of all this?”

We can say this: if this is how American Media does business, then the people who had their jobs eliminated last week are the lucky ones.

February 8, 2019 Updates:

Jeff Bezos’ investigator suspects ‘a government agency’ intercepted Amazon CEO’s text messages
Could the National Enquirer—Bezos scandal end AMI’s federal plea deal?

[Link: The Huffington Post]

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Grant Ellis Waves Goodbye To Surfer Mag

by The Editors on February 4, 2019

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Friday was my last day @surfer_magazine, the company was sold and my position was made redundant. I spent the last 15 and a half years as the photo editor of the magazine I dreamed of being apart of as a child. I opened my first issue in the mid 1980’s and got my first postage stamp picture published in around 1998, of @rosswilliamshawaii surfing #JBay. I remember my first full page shot of @tajamos and then my first cover of @taylor_knox and thinking it doesn’t get any better than this. Then came the position of photo editor, Wow, incredible. This job has been a dream. I have met and traveled to amazing destinations with some of my childhood heroes. One of the highlights was a trip with @markocchilupo #Andyirons @lukeegan and @daverasta. Every trip has been an adventure, having traveled all over the globe with amazing people. The job has not always been easy it came with challenges which I have learned from. I am really excited about my future I am still just as passionate about surfing as I ever have been. It is so exciting to watch and be part of these days. I plan to stay involved in the lifestyle I have been dedicated to since the age of 8 and look forward to spending even more time out there amongst the action and excitement that is surfing today. I wanted to send this to everyone that has been a friend, a mentor, a teacher and a critic over the years. Thank you all it has helped me guided me and made me wiser.

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Did American Media Just Buy TEN?

by The Editors on January 31, 2019

American Media, the parent corporation of Men’s Journal, Radar, US Weekly and more famously the National Enquirer (you know, the company run by Donald Trump’s friend David Pecker) is reportedly purchasing all the action sporting brands from TransWorld Skateboarding, SnowboardingSnowboarder, and Surfer Magazine’s parent company The Enthusiast Network. TEN employees were apparently informed today (January 31, 2019) during an all-hands meeting at TEN’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California. 

According to reports the new owners sent the staff of Transworld Snowboarding, Snowboarder, and Powder magazines home from the OR/Snow Show in Denver, Colorado as quickly as they’d arrived.

Things may not be looking all that bright for current TEN employees. As one media executive who is not involved with either company told us, “I would assume this is going to be brutal. American Media has tons of debt, so I doubt they’re going to invest in anything. They probably see synergies and cost-cutting as a quick way to shape up the bottom line.”

According to a post on Transworld Motocross’s website (which has since been taken down) the magazine has been shuttered. Here is the entire note from TWMX’s Donn Maeda:

I founded TransWorld Motocross in November of 2000. At the time, the motocross magazine marketplace was crowded and we were the eighth title joining in on the fun. It was an exciting time, paired with my good friend Garth Milan and teamed with Revolution Advertising – a freelance agency that laid out the magazine – we built the foundation for what would become the world’s best-selling motocross magazine within only a matter of months.

It’s hard to cover all the highlights that I’ve enjoyed over the past two decades… there have been too many. We’ve produced over a dozen great motocross movies, successfully launched the largest local race series on the west coast…heck we even had a one-year stint helping produce TransWorld Motocross Japan. Most of all, the memories I treasure most are of all the places I’ve visited and the friends I’ve made. Watching racers I’ve met as mini riders grow up, rise through the ranks, and go on to be champions, has been a privilege…

Today, our parent company was purchased by another media entity that sadly, has no interest in moving forward with TransWorld Motocross, in spite of our overall success and profitability. That said, our magazine, web site, and race series are on hold. I say hold, because the same group of dedicated editors and salesmen who have built this brand alongside me are still committed to creating the same great content. We are actively working on a plan to resume business as usual.
So, as cliché as it sounds, this is not a goodbye…it’s a see ya’ soon!

Stab Mag has some inside scoop from TEN’s Surfer Mag side that goes something like this:

All up, more than 50 percent of TEN’s staff was culled, which was reportedly part of the deal between TEN and AM. In other words, if TEN wanted to be bought by AM, they’d have to slash a significant number of employees first. . . Included in the termination was the renowned South African photojournalist, and the magazine’s longtime Photo Editor, Grant Ellis, who spent nearly two decades under the Surfer Mag banner, and worked through its most successful years, often putting out 200+ page mags each month through the mid-’00s.. . Writer Ben Waldron, sales manager Brent Reilly, and long-time publisher Tony Perez were also reportedly laid off from Surfer’s staff, along with dozens more employees from TEN’s other publications. . .“It was shocking,” said a source from the Carlsbad office. “It was like the whole building got the air sucked out of it.”

Anyone who thinks this shocking, doesn’t know the history at TEN. The brands involved have been through decades of interesting times not much different from today. Yes, it is hard on the employees who get cut, but it seems the brands will live to fight a few more battles before this whole action sports media thing is over.

Forbes had the following story up for a minute, took it down, and now it’s back up with all the quotes.

New owner. New people. New plans. Have a great weekend, ya’ll. Oh, and if you’d like to read the official press release from American Media about their purchase, please follow the jump.

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Maximum Rocknroll Quits Print

by The Editors on January 15, 2019

Seriously. This is something we never thought would happen. And it has pretty much nothing to do with snowboarding, surfing, and even skateboarding. But, the dirty, inky, packed punk rawk ‘zine Maximum Rocknroll is shutting down their presses after 42 years (and 400 issues) covering DIY punk and hardcore music. We probably haven’t read it in 20 years, but it’s still kind of of sad (maybe not to Green Day). Here’s MMR’s explanation.

It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the end of Maximum Rocknroll as a monthly print fanzine. There will be three more issues of the fanzine in its current format; later in 2019 we will begin publishing record reviews online alongside our weekly radio show. Readers can look forward to more online content, updates regarding the archive project initiated in 2016, and other yet-to-be-announced MRR projects, as well as new ways for punks around the world to get involved. We will be having a public meeting at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 20 at the MRR compound to discuss the future — please write mrr@maximumrocknroll.com for details.

Seriously? Who looks forward to online content these days? Anyone? Thought not. Guess it’s almost time to get inky again.

[Link: Boing Boing]

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Apple CEO Tweets Surfer’s Journal Cover

by The Editors on December 9, 2018

Tim Cook, the man running what is often the world’s most valuable company (Apple, duh!) sent out a photo via Twitter from The Surfer’s Journal because the cover was shot on an iPhone by Zak Noyle.

The point here being, all you need is a brand new iPhone and you too can shoot photos like this. Seriously, you’re only $1,100 away from a cover shot right now. Get on it. Happy Holidays.

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Jonah Hill and The mid90s Crew

by The Editors on October 30, 2018

Jonah Hill’s mid90s is a great start of a movie. It is real, and moving, and serious and perfectly captures a slice of life for those coming of age in mid 90s skateboarding. The performances are solid, the characters mostly well developed, and the story hooked us right in, however, it’s missing a third act. Yeah, the “story” doesn’t wrap. Guess that’s better than going on too long, right? Here Jonah Hill, Sunny SuljicNa-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia and Ryder McLaughlin speak with Hypebeast about how it was to make a film with first-time actors and skateboarders.

[Link: Hypebeast]

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Jonah Hill’s mid90s Trailer #2

by The Editors on September 26, 2018

Not gonna lie, this whole mid90s thing is looking pretty sweet. Maybe a movie can save the skateboard industry! Now all we need is for every kid in America to see the movie and then go out and buy a skateboard. . . could happen.

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The Snowboarder’s Journal 16.1 Out Now

by The Editors on September 20, 2018

If you’re going to buy a snowboard magazine this fall, and we suggest it as you can read it without being bombarded by Google ads curated just for you (like the ones you see on the right side of this page), we suggest you start with The Snowboarder’s Journal Volume 16, Number 1. Then while you’re at it go ahead and subscribe. Click the link for all the goodness you’ll find inside.

[Link: The Snowboarder’s Journal]

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RIP: Gerhard Gross

by The Editors on August 15, 2018

We were saddened to learn that former Associate Editor of Snowboard Canada, Managing Editor of Transworld Snowboarding, and Dew Tour content director Gerhard Gross died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 after nearly two years of bravely, stubbornly striving to survive stomach cancer. He was 39.

Unlike many in the snowboard industry we didn’t get much time with Gerhard before his diagnosis, but we will forever cherish every minute we spent with him, his wife Kris, and their son Gerhard Gross IV.  Our thoughts are with Kris, little G, and Gerhard’s entire family. For more on Gerhard and his life in snowboarding please click the links below.

[Links: TransWorld SnowboardingSnowboarder Magazine]

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So Long, Yobeat.com It Was Good

by The Editors on August 2, 2018

Admittedly, we haven’t been paying much attention to anything that doesn’t fall pre-packaged into our email boxes, but we did want to take a moment to remember all the good times we’ve had with Yobeat.com over the past 21 years. There are far too many to mention, but let’s just say that we were there at the beginning, we’re thankful for everything the site helped create, and we’re glad to still be here waving goodbye to the last great independent snowboarding website.

Here’s what Yobeat’s founder Brooke Geery had to say about the site’s demise:

Dear Dedicated Readership,

Twenty-one years. When I began this website on my AOL account, I never imagined it would last this long or take me to the places it has. But they say all good things must come to an end, and my friends, that day is today. The website you love to hate will not see any futher updates. It will remain online for the time being, but may be deleted at any time. I recommend you print out your favorite articles now or forever live in regret when they are gone.

This was not an easy decision to come to, and it was aided in large part by a legal battle with my former partner. As a result, the name Yobeat no longer belongs to me. For the record, the instagram @yobeat is no longer affiliated with this website and any merchandise you may encounter is not either. The media juggernaut and the T-shirt company have parted ways and I do not want to do anything to inadvertently promote the latter.

Instead, I aim to continue my efforts on a new platform under the name Blower Media. As of right now, it’s just a logo and some stickers, but it could be something amazing some day. Stay tuned.

Brooke Geery
Founder, Editor, Publisher, Yobeat.com.
1997-2018
RIP

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