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FishbowlLA Going on Hiatus

Mediabistro’s FishbowlLA is taking five. In the meantime, FBLA co-editor Richard Horgan has moved over to FishbowlNY to cover the Hollywood trades, awards season and a broad range of national media stories.

Launched in 2005, the site has seen its fair share of illustrious editors over the years including Claude Brodesser-Akner, Mayrav Saar, Tina Dupuy and Kate Coe. Thanks to all of them as well as to Matthew Fleischer, Pandora Young and Marcus Vanderberg for keeping us in the LA loop.

We’re keeping the Twitter account @FishbowlLA active with news and updates. So follow us there, if you don’t already. Within the next few weeks, all existing FishbowlLA content will be folded into the FishbowlNY archives.

We look forward to interacting with you elsewhere on the Mediabistro blog network. If you haven’t seen the redesigned Mediabistro home page, which launched last week, check it out here.

Hasta la vista…

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Check out our Redesigned mediabistro.com Homepage

If you haven’t been there yet, head over to mediabistro.com to check out our all new — but not yet finished — homepage. We’ve decluttered the place after years of adding links, more links and even some more links.

It’s got a much cleaner look featuring the four main features behind the brand: Jobs, Courses, Events and News, with mega drop-down menus to take you further into the site.

There are more prominent sharing buttons for our Facebook and Google+ pages, our Twitter stream and our YouTube Channel. We’ve enhanced the search bar and simplified the overall experience.

We say it’s not quite finished because this is just phase one. Stay tuned for phase two in the New Year, with even more functionality with the same great content you’ve come to expect.

Jumping Into the Fishbowl

On this, Columbus Day 2010, it gives me great pleasure to be able to introduce myself as FishbowlLA’s newest blogger.

When I moved from Toronto to Los Angeles in the late fall of 1993, I did what any self-respecting Canadian would: I drove around at night with the convertible top down, marveling at the balmy low-50′s temperatures. As winter season approaches, a new wave of Canadian and Scandinavian west coast transplants will no doubt soon be cruising down Sunset Boulevard in similar fashion.


Since my arrival in L.A., I have hung out at the House of Blues Foundation Room with Jimi Hendrix Jr.; helped filmmaker Brian Herzlinger land a date with Drew Barrymore; felt the wrath of Mel Gibson after authoring an article about video piracy; and become fascinated with North Korea as a result of starting a grassroots Twitter and WordPress campaign in 2009 on behalf of detained Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

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Laurel Touby’s Twittering From TED

mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby is in Long Beach this week for TED2009. She’s been Twittering all week, so we thought we’d share the feed here on FishbowlLA. Click here to follow Laurel


Daily Video Content Kicks Off On Monday

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Alright, kids. Starting Monday we’re introducing a new feature to FishbowlNY:

360° Daily Angle

It’s daily FishbowlNY video.

The mediabistro.com/NYC TV production will be hosted by New York 360°‘s Amy Palmer (above). We’re going to have new episodes each weekday that will also appear on NYC TV’s website. Expect top stories, interviews and all sorts of good stuff on the latest in New York media and entertainment news.

Press release after the jump.

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So, It’s Official

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The lunatics are officially running the asylum. But don’t let their inviting exteriors hide their ruffian sensibilities. Kate Coe and Mayrav Saar know where to find you.

A hearty, and belated, welcome to both of our new (no-longer-guest) editors of FishbowlLA.

CNBC Does Mediabistro

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Yes, that’s a boa in the background (Laurel really does love them), and her at her desk (though she’s usually less made up). CNBC came by for “On the Money” and since they’re all about business, Laurel told them all about how our business at mediabistro is more than the Web.

The boss also joined us for Friday yoga. We’ll have to wait until after Wednesday — CNBC is shooting our party that night — to see what we look like bending and twisting for the camera.

Who Is This Chick, Anyway?

mayrav.saar.jpgSince you’ve been nice enough to read my posts, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mayrav Saar, and I’ve been guest-blogging this week.

I’m a humor columnist with a piss-poor blog, a yippy dog and a cute kid. I like dark chocolate, giant underpants and juicy news tips. So if you have any of those things, stick them in that little Tips Box in the corner there, and send them my way!

A farewell from yours truly

As I mentioned a few days ago, I am headed off to bastion of vox pop, TMZ.com starting on Monday, where I’ll be writing the City of Industry column – essentially, all about Hollywood’s foibles in business.

After today, I am handing off the vaunted FishbowlLA to a variety of guest bloggers over the next week or two, until our vast international search comittee secures the services of a permanent media and culture business scrutinizer-in-chief. goodbye_mr_chips.jpg

It was great fun blogging for you here, and most of you were very patient as I learned the ropes of blogging. As a reporter, I have mixed emotions about blogs: They can be the most insightful, inventive and open areas of discussion and discoure on the web, though some are simply places that indulge the lazier, sloppier aspects of journalism. We’ve always tried to be the former and not the latter. Hopefully, you’ll continue to check back in the coming weeks to keep the ‘bowl honest with your engaged, thoughtful criticism – and, of course, your helpful tips.

So, as they say in the movie business, “That’s a wrap… print it!”

With best regards,

Claude Brodesser-Akner

Wanted: Smart blogger. Apply within!

Yes, it’s true, folks: Yours truly has sold out. I’m going to go work for The Man. Or rather, The Men: Time Warner and Telepictures‘ newest venture, TMZ.com, as their industry columnist.rolodex good.gif

This means that we’re looking for my replacement. Might it be you?

Well…Can you, potential blogger, do 6-10 posts/day every business day? Can you write for an intelligent, professional audience and break news while also injecting clever opinion or piercing analysis? Do you have great Hollywood contacts? Do you own a Members Only jacket?whitemembersonlyjacket_2.jpg

OK, forget the jacket: Do you also want to have a lot of fun, gain entree to the inner sanctum of entertainment and media, and write for a relentlessly obsessive, smart audience?

Then write 2-3 posts of up to 250 words each and send them with your qualifications (perhaps even a resume) to jobs AT mediabistro DOT com with “FishbowlLA tryout” in the subject line.

And, may the Fish be with you.

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