Archives: March 2012
Time Warner Cable and AT&T customers in San Diego that were hoping to catch the Padres on Opening Day next week should start making alternative plans because Fox Sports San Diego announced Thursday a deal isn’t likely prior to next week:
Despite our best efforts, we do not expect to have an agreement with Time Warner and AT&T by Opening Day.
We have offered Time Warner and AT&T very fair rates that are consistent with the terms that Cox and DIRECTV have agreed to. Time Warner has not even responded to our most recent proposal.
Unfortunately for Padres fans who subscribe to Time Warner and AT&T, they should explore alternatives for watching the Padres on Opening Day.
DirecTV and Cox Communications are the only two cable providers that currently have a deal with Fox Sports San Diego.
Stylus Media, a London-based consumer trends data intelligence firm with offices in New York and El Segundo, has a major new backer. This week, it was announced that Hearst Corporation has purchased a 20% share of the company.
Launched in September 2010, Stylus has quickly grown to over 100 staff and 200 major corporate subscribers. Their very slick website features client testimonials like this one from HGTV:
“We’ve only been using Stylus for a few months and have already tapped into it as an excellent resource for researching design trends and creative inspiration. It’s a great way to stay connected and see what great creative minds are up to around the world.”
Stylus was founded by Marc Worth. In the late 1990s, he created a similar fashion industry trends forecasting service, the Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), with his brother. That company was sold in 2005 to Emap.
The British born 23-year-old star of Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of pop superstar Phil Collins) told Kit that back in 2008, she was well on her way to becoming a journalist. In addition to getting published in Elle Girl and Seventeen magazines, she covered the U.S. presidential election for Nickelodeon. Collins enrolled in broadcast journalism and communications at USC, only to have a role in The Blind Side thwart those plans:
Collins had to decide between school and acting when she found herself shooting The Blind Side in Atlanta and flying back to LA for exams. She has since deferred her schooling but plans on returning… No matter what happens with school, Collins said she’ll always be a journalist even as her acting career grows.
Here is about as plum an assignment as imaginable within the quadrangle of Hollywood trades. Beginning April 10, current Hollywood Reporter New York bureau chief and business editor Georg Szalai (pictured) will re-up in London as international business editor.
He will join senior staff member Stuart Kemp there, and be in close contact with other THR international contributors such as Scott Roxborough (Cologne) and Deborah Young (Rome). From today’s announcement:
“Georg is a first-rate business reporter whose breadth of knowledge and relationships on Wall Street remain an asset,” says THR editorial director Janice Min. “In his new role, he’ll expand The Reporter‘s reach as the global market becomes increasingly important to Hollywood and the entertainment industry overall.”
At the nadir of the bankrupt Frank McCourt era, FishbowlLA offered up what we felt was a more fitting version of baseball’s seventh inning anthem. We’re sure glad we don’t have to sing that song anymore.
Thanks to this week’s $2.15 billion Dodgers deal, it’s time for a different Chavez Ravine shower refrain. So all together now, follow the bouncing billions and learn the words to “Take Me Out to the Bid Game:”
Take me out to the bid game,
Take me out with the zeros.
Buy me some land and broadcast rights,
I don’t care if it was a sneak attack,
Sometimes, great ideas arise from simple, casual conversation. Case in point: the new iPhone-iPad game Attack of the Groupies.
Per an article in St. John’s, Newfoundland paper The Telegram, when Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed attended the Atlantic Brand Confabulation event there last year, they met Gogii Games president George Donovan. The company, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, has created titles such as Escape the Museum and Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse.
Donovan asked Mrs. Tweed-Simmons if she had ever thought about doing a video game:
“I’d played some of those games on my phone as a way to waste time, but that’s it,” Tweed-Simmons told The Telegram. “He said, ‘You should do one,’ and I said, ‘Like what — ‘Attack of the Groupies’ or something? He said, ‘That’s a great idea.’”
The game features an animated Tweed-Simmons fighting off hordes of crazed female groupies intent on getting their hands on her man.
Ron Burgundy made the trip up north from San Diego to Burbank today to announce that an Anchorman sequel is in the works. He also took the time to make reference to his “turgid penis” and to suggest Conan O’Brien get immediate plastic surgery. Good times.
Radio talk show host Carson Daly apologized Wednesday after he implied that gay people wouldn’t have been able to take down the JetBlue captain that disrupted a flight from New York to Las Vegas Tuesday.
TMZ has the audio and details of the joke:
It all went down on Daly’s L.A. radio show this morning … when he was talking about the flight and said, “Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas … it was like a bunch of dudes and well trained dudes … thank god.”
He laughingly continued, “With my luck, it would be like … ‘this is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco … I mean, that would be my colleagues.”
Then, changing his voice to sound like a gay stereotype, Carson said, “Uh, we’re headed down to Vegas for the floral convention.”