Archives: February 2010
“Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.”
Not just funny, historical. That was the notoriously Twitter-phobic O’Brien’s very first tweet. Within a few hours of posting, he had 126,667 followers…er…127,923…129,500…well, you get the idea. To use the parlance of O’Brien’s native Boston, he’s wicked populah.
Feel better yet Coco?
After a brief experiment with success, NBC took a small step back towards mediocrity last night, losing to “American Idol” in prime-time. The Fox behemoth drew 24 million viewers to the Olympics’ 21.2 million. NBC had been on its high horse, after they unexpectedly beating Idol in prime-time for the first time in six years last week.
“‘American Idol’ deserves applause,” NBC Sports Senior Vice President Mike McCarley told the L.A. Times. “It’s an absolute juggernaut that went undefeated for six years and is now 223-1; we are just happy to be the 1.”
Previously on FBLA:
In an otherwise sandpaper dry Hollywood Reporter story about how media conglomerates are staring to pay their shareholders dividends again, writer Georg Szalai tacks on one of the most fascinating throw-away kickers we’ve read in quite some time.
“Sports entertainment powerhouse World Wrestling Entertainment is an industry dividend-yield champ: Its 36 cents per share quarterly dividend amounts to a yield of 8.8%.”
Yes, you read that right. If only you’d have invested your life’s savings in the WWE a couple of years ago — instead of that eight-bedroom, public transportation-adjacent monstrosity in Van Nuys — you’d be a rich bastard right now, with your choice of bargain-basement, foreclosed Van Nuys monstrosities.
With all apologies to Sarah Palin, capitalism sure can be retarded, can’t it?
Photo Illustration: WWE
Over at mediabistro.com, Daily Media News Feed editor David Hirschman interviews The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman. Among the more interesting tidbits, Waxman responds to the popular Internet rumor that she’s going to flip The Wrap to the highest bidder the first chance she gets.
We don’t have any plans to sell The Wrap right now. We have investors, and our investors expect to be able to get a return on their investment, which I fully intend to give them. We’re funded by a venture capital firm, so they’re not in it for the fun. But right now, I’m not really thinking about when we sell the company. I’m thinking about this huge growth opportunity that we have. So we’re currently looking at expanding — expanding our coverage in other verticals that are related to entertainment. And we are raising money at the moment for that expansion.
I definitely wouldn’t rule out our finding an alliance with some bigger media company down the road, but right now I think we’re very much at the beginning of this venture, and I think we feel that we’re on the map in a really significant way, and that there is a huge opportunity for us to become the number one voice in the space. That’s really the goal. And my goal is to create a business model that works for quality journalism.
Nikki Finke is many things – a journalist, a showman, an entertainer, but her math skills seem to be…well not on par with her other legendary abilities.
Nikki sent us this post:
Last month, I told you that Deadline|Hollywood, after just four years in existence, has a larger readership than Variety and The Hollywood Reporter print and online combined. Now I can tell you that, according to comScore, DH from January 1st-31st doubled its own November U.S. traffic, and also increased its lead over Hollywood trades and other media websites. In fact, Quantcast numbers show Deadline|Hollywood global uniques of 4,282,752 bested Gawker’s 4,164,897 for the same month. And we’re doing it by staying lean and mean with original business news content that’s advertiser supported and doesn’t bottomfeed about celebrities just to inflate web traffic.
According to comScore (the web’s leading U.S. analytics and traffic source), Deadline|Hollywood in January recorded 2,299,000 uniques, 5,100,000 visits, and 8,000,000 page views. That was nearly 3 times more uniques and page views than The Hollywood Reporter; 4 times more than Variety; 5.5 times more uniques and 8 times more page views than The Wrap; 21.2 times more uniques than Paid Content and 30.6 times more page views; 3 times more uniques and page views than MediaBistro; and 4 times more than Vanity Fair.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, comic George Lopez is adding “his Latino seal of approval” to New Line’s adaptation of the (in)famous Loony Tunes character “Speedy Gonzalez.” The film will purportedly be a 21st century PC update of the 1950′s “racist speedy” — as producer Anne Lopez referred to the mouse.
Even if that is true, and the film will be about takin’ Speedy back, the fact the script comes from the comic masterminds behind “Garfield,” Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, should have set off Lopez’s alarms.
Didn’t he see Bill Murray‘s cameo in Zomblieland? Playing himself, dying of a gunshot wound to the chest, Murray is asked if he has any regrets.
At least according to this infographic put out by Intac.com. Seems more than half of the blogosphere spends less than 3 hours a week actually blogging. What, like you people have jobs or something?
Admittedly the numbers are a little suspect… They also claim that 35% of all bloggers are “professional” journalists. Ha.
Hat tip Neatorama.
Disgraced memoirist and bad Los Angeles novelist James Frey has a new racket, reports the New York Post. Perhaps realizing that his name has become a liability, Frey allegedly has nine projects underway using various pen names. One of them may be sci-fi writer John Twelve Hawks, author of the Fourth Realm Trilogy. Twelve Hawks, and his transparently American Indian sounding last name, is a recluse who refuses to interact with the outside world. His preferred means of communication is a satellite phone with a voice scrambler.
Now, we here at FBLA don’t know for sure, but we’d be willing to make a sizable bet that there’s no f’ing way this cracker is Native American. If Frey is Twelve Hawks, he’d join the ranks of Grey Owl, Forrest Carter, Margaret B. Jones, Nasdijj and dozens of others suckling the cultural teat of American Indians to sell books.
As for Frey himself, he had little comment on the matter: “I will neither confirm nor deny that I am John Twelve Hawks [...] or anyone else … I will say that I have done, and I am continuing to do, projects that will come out anonymously or with invented names on them,” he told the Post.
H/T The Wrap