LIST OF MANY: Bland chicken, ill-timed music and uncomfortable men in suits. A bad wedding? Nope, just Media Industry Newsletter's annual luncheon at Tavern on the Green to toast the top launches, Web sites and most intriguing media executives of 2007. Condé Nast's Portfolio received three honors — the magazine was named Launch of the Year, beating out the likes of Garden & Gun; ELDR, a magazine for seniors citizens, and The Land Report. Portfolio's editor in chief Joanne Lipman and vice president and publisher David Carey were also named to MIN's 21 Most Intriguing List. Among those joining Lipman and Carey on that list were Atoosa Rubenstein, Slate.com's Cliff Sloan, Alpha Media Group's Kent Brownridge and Esquire editor in chief David Granger, who said he "had no idea" why he was intriguing. Time and Women's Day were honored with Top Reinventions of the Year.
Meanwhile, could Brownridge and The Source co-founder Dave Mays do business together soon? The two chatted about meeting up after Mays picked up one of MIN's awards for Hottest Launch of the Year for his new magazine, Hip Hop Weekly. Brownridge first met Mays when he and Wenner Media founder Jann Wenner attempted to buy a part of The Source in the mid-Nineties. The negotiations fell through; The Source — which eventually birthed a Web site, CDs and an awards show — fell into bankruptcy, and Mays was sued by his former editor in chief for sexual harassment. Fast-forward to 2007: The Source was bought out of bankruptcy by Black Enterprise several weeks ago. Mays, who is no longer a part of The Source, says the lawsuit was settled for "significantly" less than $8 million and he launched Hip Hop Weekly, a hip-hop version of Us Weekly. In January, he's launching another magazine — Monster, a monthly title that will compete with Vibe, Blender and his own former enterprise, The Source. — Stephanie D. Smith