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HollywoodLife Welcomes New Managing Editor

CarolynDavisPicPeople magazine; MTV; US Weekly; HollywoodLife. That’s the career progression of Carolyn Davis (pictured) who, effective July 15, is the managing editor for Bonnie Fuller‘s celebrity news site.

To go along with this hire, HL also promoted senior reporter Emily Longeretta to news editor. From this week’s announcement:

“Carolyn’s in-depth knowledge and experience in the celebrity/entertainment and pop culture world will be a tremendous asset to HollywoodLife, as well as her infectious energy and enthusiasm for connecting with our audience of female Millennial readers,” said HollywoodLife president and editor-in-chief Fuller.

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Hardcore Pawn Stars on Popularity of Pawn Shop Shows

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Remember when pawn shops were dark, dirty and cramped storefronts where fictional detectives would go to sweat a confession from an equally fictional shop owner? Now that pawn shops are featured on reality TV, the former dens of iniquity are now revealing a softer side complete with a family focus.

Recently Les Gold and daughter Ashley, stars of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn sat down with MediabistroTV to give us some insight into why viewers like to watch shows about what they do. One hint? Anyone looking for a slightly used prosthetic leg?



Last week: Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they’ve bought or sold.

Next Week: Is Hardcore Pawn real or just reality show?

Rupert Murdoch Tried to Buy Time Warner

Rupert-Murdoch-10-7Rupert Murdoch wants to own all the media. All of it. According to The New York Times, Murdoch and his entertainment company — 21st Century Fox — attempted to buy Time Warner for $80 billion, but the offer was rejected.

As part of the offer, 21st Century Fox said it would sell CNN to alleviate any antitrust concerns that arose because Fox News competes with CNN.

21st Century Fox released the following statement regarding the failed takeover bid: “21st Century Fox can confirm that we made a formal proposal to Time Warner last month to combine the two companies. The Time Warner Board of Directors declined to pursue our proposal. We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner.”

Don’t take that to mean this is over with. In fact, it’s probably just beginning. Don’t forget, this comes only a week after word leaked that News Corp might try to buy Tribune Newspapers.

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Kara Swisher’s Stated Goal: One ‘Really Good’ Scoop Per Week

About a third of the way through Benjamin Wallace’s crackling New York magazine profile of 51-year-old tech journalist extraordinaire Kara Swisher, there are two reminders of how effectively she blankets her beat.

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Exhibit Re/a:

Swisher has heard of current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer holding a meeting in which she graphed the impact on Yahoo’s stock price of various Swisher posts.

Exhibit Re/b:

“It is a constant joke in Silicon Valley when people write memos for them to say, ‘I hope Kara never sees this,’” says Facebook’s [Sheryl] Sandberg.

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A Relaunched Good Seeks Multimedia Pieces With an Emphasis on the ‘Global Citizen’

It is rare to see a magazine return to print after stopping the presses, but Good has done just that, returning to magazine shelves in the last quarter of 2013.

Rather than focusing on chasing news stories, editorial director Joshua Neuman says that the magazine has a stronger interest in the idea of the “global citizen.” Since its relaunch, the magazine has become more open to pitches from freelancers for both its online and print components. In fact, the magazine is now comprised of 80 percent freelance content and Neuman says he accepts “as much as possible.”

Each issue is focused on a theme, such as urban sustainability or waste, so it would be in writers’ best interest to pitch accordingly and provide supplementary content. Neuman says:

We are invested in telling stories across various multimedia platforms and exploring new ways of telling these stories. The multimedia content should be intrinsic to the story being pitched. Ultimately, a strong story or irresistible idea has the best chance of being accepted — no matter what medium or media.

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Critics Sip on ‘Shark-Tinis’ at Sharknado 2 Premiere

Monday night’s screening at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles was, appropriately enough, poolside at the Beverly Hilton. Among those in attendance: Chuck Barney, critic for the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area newspapers.

From his write-up, ahead of The Second One‘s broadcast debut on SyFy Wednesday July 30:

While the sequel features just slightly better production values, it is louder and splashier. In short, there’s more bite for the buck – and more chain saws.

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Trump Interview Crowns Scottish Doc Sequel

ShutterstockTrumpTowerBuzz is starting to build for A Dangerous Game, Anthony Baxter‘s follow-up to his Michael Moore-style 2011 documentary You’ve Been Trumped. In that original movie, the filmmaker chronicled some eventual local resistance to a luxury golf course resort development ushered in by The Donald.

The sequel recently premiered at film festival events in Sheffield, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. As part of the latter unveiling, Baxter spoke with the Scottish Daily Record about the climactic centerpiece of his new movie – an interview with Trump. The billionaire did not participate in the first movie and in fact, when the BBC announced plans to broadcast the film, he initially tried to have that airing blocked. From Baxter’s conversation with Record reporter Brian McIver:

“I went to Trump Tower and it was quite a strange experience,” said Baxter. “It was good in the sense we were able to put questions to him that were still remaining from the first film but new questions also emerged in the making of the second film. It was an extraordinary encounter and an important one in terms of being able to put to him directly the issues the residents have endured for so long.”

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Rupert Murdoch Thinks Climate Change Isn’t a Big Deal

Rupert Murdoch has two words for scientists and anyone else who believes climate change is having a disastrous impact on the way we live: Oh c’mon. In an interview with Australia’s Sky News, Murdoch said the rising temperature of the Earth wasn’t a big deal.

“We should approach climate change with great skepticism,” he explained. “Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here. And there will always be a little bit of it.”

While Murdoch admitted that climate change might result in the sea level rising and thus devouring entire islands, he had an easy solution for that. ”The Maldives might disappear, but we can’t mitigate that, we can’t stop it, we just have to stop building vast houses on seashores,” said the 83-year-old News Corp CEO. Now that’s some smart thinking.

Glossy Mag Vet Amina Akhtar Joins theFashionSpot

AminaAhktarPicAmina Akhtar, a former New York magazine fashion editor, executive editor at Elle and digital editions editor for Vogue, is about to start as the editorial director of a website launched 13 years ago – this month. Per comScore, theFashionSpot – a community of designers, stylists and influencers that is part of Evolve Media’s TotallyHer brand – notched 2.5 million unique visitors in May.

From today’s announcement:

Amina’s most recent stint was at Vogue, where her responsibilities included managing the tablet edition. Prior to that, she was the executive editor for elle.com, where she oversaw all online editorial while working closely with marketing to develop custom content advertising packages.

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LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated

This is what you call one hell of a get. Everyone in the sporting world — and many others outside of it — was awaiting word on where LeBron James would play next season, and Sports Illustrated got the scoop.

In an article by James (as told to SI’s Lee Jenkins), James explained his reasons for returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavs:

It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

You can bet this essay is going to break some of SI’s page view records.

Congrats to everyone at the magazine. You should all get to call it a day.

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