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TALKING TECH: Tina Brown touched down in Los Angeles Tuesday to host Burberry’s 3-D presentation of its London runway show (tape delayed rather than live, to accommodate the cocktail-hour event at Hollywood’s Milk Studios). In terms of innovations at The Daily Beast, Brown had the site’s president, Stephen Colvin, formerly of CNET and Dennis Publishing, in tow, along with newly appointed Los Angeles sales manager John Livesay, formerly of W magazine. The site already features ads from Benetton and Burberry, and Colvin said he’s working on custom programs with Gucci, Bottega Veneta and British Airways, among others. As for regionalizing the site, Brown said she wants to keep it all on a national and international platform.
She also talked about The Daily Beast’s first annual Women in the World Summit, taking place at New York City’s Hudson Theatre March 12 to 14 and featuring speakers including Meryl Streep, Queen Rania of Jordan, Madeleine Albright, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Cherie Blair, as well as a Julie Taymor-directed play on opening night. “I’ve spent six months developing the concept,” Brown said.
Also present at the screening was “The September Issue” director R.J. Cutler, who recently inked a deal with Fox to produce scripted content for television. Although he was tight-lipped about any fashion-related shows, he said: “I have several exciting projects in the work and some of them were informed by my work on ‘The September Issue,’ so stay tuned.”
Cutler also just finished filming Rag & Bone team Marcus Wainwright and David Neville during New York Fashion Week for a short film he’s directing in collaboration with Starbucks. Next up is his interview with Grace Coddington and André Leon Talley.
— Marcy Medina