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Awards Mania

Ricky Gervais Says He’s Open to Hosting the Oscars

A few days ago, Mark Burnett told Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil that he thought Ricky Gervais would be a perfect Golden Globes crossover candidate for 2014 Oscar show hosting duties. He even went so far as to make his Webcam case directly to Gervais.

That kind of thing is too good an opportunity for most journalists to pass up and, sure enough, this morning O’Neil has an exclusive update. Gervais says he would be completely open to dishing from the Dolby Theatre stage. With one proviso:

“On the one hand I would be incredibly flattered and whatever you think of those sort of things, it would be a thrill and an honor to be asked,” Gervais said. “On the other hand I doubt the job offer would come without some strings attached. The worst string being, handing in my credentials as a comedian in favor of a family entertainer. We have to be able to poke fun at society without favoring any part of it because we are beholden to someone…”

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Immersive Journalism Pioneer Snags AP-Google Scholarship

Nonny de la Peña is no stranger to heady praise. Last holiday season for example, she was singled out by Fast Company as one of “The 13 People Who Made the World More Creative in 2012.”

Now, thanks to an AP-Google $20,000 scholarship, the former Newsweek correspondent, documentary filmmaker and USC Annenberg Fellow doctoral candidate will be well-positioned during the 2013-14 school year to make journalism even more “immersive.” From this week’s announcement:

De la Peña’s focus is on pioneering immersive journalism, a groundbreaking way for first person experiences of the news using virtual reality and gaming platforms. A graduate of Harvard University, her award-winning documentary films have screened in more than 50 cities globally and she also co-founded the Knight News Challenge winner Stroome.

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San Diego Student Newspaper Racks Up More National Awards

When a student newspaper keeps winning awards in the fashion that Southwestern College’s The Sun newspaper, there is only one thing left to do. Click right on through to the home page and see what all the fuss is about.

The first article that caught FishbowlLA’s eye is a Q&A by staff writer Nickolas Furr with TV showrunner, author, comic book writer, screenwriter and Southwestern alum J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, World War Z). Furr leads with a whole bunch of firsts involving the talented, prolific writer, including one very close to Chula Vista home:

From 2009 to 2010, students, faculty members, Sun journalists and concerned citizens fought with a corrupt Southwestern College administration and governing board to keep the First Amendment Freedoms of Speech, Assembly and the Press alive on the campus. In 2010, when the administration attempted to strangle the newspaper by tying its purse strings around its throat, Straczynski responded by undermining the administration the best way possible – financially.

It was definitely the first time that had happened.

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And the Three Nominees Are… Dylan Howard

When the 55th annual LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards are handed out Sunday June 23 at the Biltmore Hotel, please forgive Radar Online’s Dylan Howard for any awkward facial expression as the finalists for category H9 are read aloud. There are a total of three for this Online bracket and all are named Dylan Howard.

The former Celebuzz editor-in-chief has moved on from his Hollywood digs to a return-job with AMI in New York. In his wake is one of the craziest latest examples of the problems caused by the LA Press Club’s paid-entry award finalist process:

H9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Caught On Tape: Chevy Chase Rips His Own TV Sitcom
* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Exposed: Hollywood’s Clandestine Poker Ring
* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Family Feud: The Battle Over Michael Jackson’s Millions and His Three Children

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SoCal Ad Firms Make Effie Awards History

It’s not just the massive box office for Fast & Furious 6 that reminds of our Brave New Multicultural World. Ahead of Justin Lin‘s gargantuan visceral pull, interTREND Communications made some similar history and is still celebrating post-holiday weekend.

The Long Beach ad firm’s AT&T Web series campaign Away We Happened, propagated in partnership with San Gabriel-based Rezonate Media, was the winner of the first-ever Asian Community award. The Effie has been handed out since 1968 and interTREND CEO Julia Huang was in New York City last week to accept the trophy.

Six-week YouTube series Away We Happened relied on Asian American influencers to spread the word and amassed more than 12 million total views. Along the way, audiences were asked to provide interTREND and Rezonate with direction on where to take the plot next.

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Gracie Awards Attendees Offer Cogent Career Advice

The Gracie Awards were held last night in Los Angeles, celebrating “outstanding programming for, by and about women.”

We caught up with a few media personalities on the red carpet, getting some career advice from the pros. Shaun Robinson took the Outstanding Host award last night for her work on Access Hollywood, but she shared some general advice about breaking out in the business:

“Today there are so many different media outlets for people to get started. When I was coming up in the business, you had like four stations that you could send your resume tapes to. Now there’s so many outlets, you can start own show and then send those links out to different executive producers and let them see your work. It’s a new day today, it’s about creating your own show. You can have your own show, like that. It wasn’t like that when I was first coming up in the business.”

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Getting to Know Some of This Year’s SoCal Journalism Award Finalists

Congrats to all finalists (so far) for the LA Press Club’s 55th annual SoCal Journalism Awards, to be presented at the Biltmore Hotel Sunday June 23. In perusing the honor rolls, here are some of the categories that most intrigued us:

Journalist of the Year – Print (Over 50,000 Circulation):

The name we were not completely familiar with – alongside those of Gustavo Arellano (OC Weekly), Matthew Belloni (THR), Gene Maddaus (LA Weekly) and Matthew Garrahan (Financial Times) – is U-T San Diego’s Fred Dickey (no relation to TMZ managing editor Josh). Even if this Dickey wins, he will still have a tough road to hoe in that department at home. According to his website bio, microbiologist wife Kathleen has lent her name to nine U.S. patents.

Journalist of the Year – Online

These are dark days for Patch, with a conference call last Friday as reported by Romenesko revealing more rough tactical agenda items. But here in SoCal, the sun is shining on Rancho Santa Margarita local editor Martin Henderson. He is nominated in this category together with Dennis Romero (LA Weekly), Dylan Howard (Celebuzz), Chris Hedges (Truthdig) and Catherine Green (Neon Tommy). This guy has paid his dues, winning his first journalism award in high school and starting at the LA Times all the way back in1990.

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The Oscars Are Now Jimmy Kimmel’s to Lose

Remember that brief March 1 New York Post “Page Six” item? Here’s a quick refresher:

Jimmy Kimmel is already being lined up to host next year’s Oscars, we’re told. One source said, “Jimmy is favored to host the Oscars next year; ABC has been pushing him for the role.” The late-night host already seems a shoo-in for the job after he earned his best post-awards show ratings on Sunday night.

We’ve been saying for several years that the logical host for the annual ABC-TV telecast is the one within walking-commute distance. Now that Seth MacFarlane has confirmed what pretty much everyone in Hollywood already knew, it’s hopefully only a matter of very little time before Kimmel finally gets his outside-the-special-box shot.

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LAT Duo in Florida to Accept Scripps Howard Award for Environmental Reporting

Tonight in Naples, Florida, LA Times reporter Kenneth R. Weiss and photographer Rick Loomis will accept a check for $10,000 and the Edward J. Meeman Award for their five-part series “Beyond 7 Billion.” It’s the winner of the 2012 Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Environmental Reporting.

The pair’s look at what it will take for the earth’s human population to preserve the planet’s ecosystem beat out reports by InsideClimate News and Pro Publica. The fact that the former recently won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting makes this LAT victory especially sweet.

Other winners to be honored tonight in South Florida, where the awards ceremony was moved from its previous Washington D.C. home, are journalists with the Chicago Tribune (Public Service Reporting), The Denver Post (Breaking News) and the PBS program Need to Know (Television/Cable In-Depth National and International Coverage):

John Carlos Frey, John Larson and Brian Epstein‘s documentation in the Need to Know episode “Crossing the Line at the Border” of abuses by the U.S. Border Patrol led members of Congress to call for an internal review, and the United Nations to address what it called “an international issue of concern.”

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Creative Arts Emmys Add Three Interactive TV Categories

When the nominations for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are announced at 5:35 a.m. on Thursday July 18, a big change will be the number of categories honoring interactive TV. From Variety awards editor Jon Weisman‘s Monday item:

Chief among the changes is the establishment of a competitive award for outstanding interactive program, saluting either a standalone experience or one that serves as a companion to a TV program. In the Emmy context, “interactive” denotes anything that encourages proactive engagement from the audience — not to be confused with video content delivered via broadband, such as Netflix’s House of Cards.

This category can have zero or multiple awards as determined by the Academy’s 12-year-old interactive media peer group, which currently counts 627 members. The other new interactive TV awards categories cover multi-platform storytelling and visual experience/visual design, to go along with the existing brackets of original interactive program (not tied to an existing TV show) and social TV experience.

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