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TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider Fires Back

JeffSneiderTwitterProfilePicHaving sparked and now read our earlier item featuring less-than-complimentary words from Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr., Jeff Sneider has some less-than-complimentary words of his own.

“Mike Fleming is a f*cking loser,” TheWrap senior film reporter tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “I used to look up to Mike Fleming. Now, I pity him.”

“Mike Fleming asks, ‘What purpose is served rebroadcasting news broken elsewhere?’” Sneider continues. “Well, that is called the news, Mike. You don’t own it. And not everyone in Hollywood thinks that this is the case. Not everyone reads Deadline, a fact reflected by its now sagging numbers. More people now read TheWrap and Jeff Sneider than Deadline and Mike Fleming.”

“Every story that goes on thewrap.com under my byline is independently confirmed. So we don’t need to copy stories from Mike Fleming, because I have my own sources. And I also credit Deadline for every one of the news breaks. You can look at our Toronto coverage and see.”

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Deadline EIC Responds to a Rival’s Accusations

On Twitter yesterday and today, TheWrap senior film reporter Jeff Sneider questioned the integrity of an item posted by Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr.

Initially, he mocked Fleming for labeling as exclusive some project news involving Michael Eisner‘s Tornante Company . Then, less forcefully, Sneider noted and wondered about the deletion of the Deadline item in question.

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So What Do You Do, SallyAnn Salsano, Television Producer and EP of The Real ?

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If it seems as though there’s nothing on TV but talk shows and reality shows, you likely have SallyAnn Salsano to thank for that. After getting her start as an intern on the iconic Sally Jessy Raphael Show, Salsano launched her own production company and was responsible for bringing some of the most popular — if not controversial — reality shows to air, including Jersey Shore and spinoffs Snooki & JWoww and The Pauly D Project.

But Salsano’s not all about hard-partying coeds. She’s also behind milder programming like HGTV’s Design Star, CMT’s Nashville Star and, most recently, The Real, a fresh, youthful take on the ensemble daytime talk format. These eclectic interests, along with her crazy work ethic, have cemented Salsano’s rep as one of the most sought-after producers in the industry and are indicative of her own tendency to binge on a good TV show or 10. “This business is all the time, and you have to love it,” she says. “It’s not the kind of thing that you get into just because it’ll be fun to pass the time and pay the bills. It literally takes over your entire life, so you have to really be sure this is what you want to do.”

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InTouchWeekly.com Gets a New Look

If you go to the new In Touch Weekly website unveiled today by Bauer XCel Media, it appears at first as if there is only a single story posted. Something about Michael Sheen, Sarah Silverman and matrimonial handicapping.

But start scrolling down and the next story… and the next… and the next appear one after the other as if out of Web thin air, bannered in each case by large, full-width photos. Clicking on an image opens up the article text below, within the preserved infinite scroll.

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Article Author, NYT Culture Editor Address Shonda Rhimes Outcry

Sometimes, it’s all about the article updates.

Adding to a post this morning about the furor surrounding New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley‘s weekend piece on Shonda Rhimes‘ new ABC-TV program How To  Get Away With Murder, public editor Margaret Sullivan has shared post-publication feedback from culture editor Danielle Mattoon and author Stanley.

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Let’s start with Mattoon’s remarks. Rhetorical is all fine and dandy, but next time, she and her fellow NYT editors may want to make sure a question mark (or some other equivalent indicator) punctuates this approach. As written, the first-paragraph intent was not clear enough:

“Alessandra used a rhetorical device to begin her essay,” Mattoon said, “and because the piece was so largely positive, we as editors weren’t sensitive enough to the language being used…”

She told me that multiple editors — at least three — read the article in advance but that none of them raised any objections or questioned the elements of the article that have been criticized.

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Will Lee Named People.com Editor

people_magazine_logo12811Will Lee has been named editor of People.com. Lee comes to People from The Hollywood Reporter, where he most recently served as VP, digital content and programming.

This will be a homecoming of sorts for Lee, as he worked as an editorial assistant at Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly in 1998.

In related news, Kristin Boehm, People.com’s director of news and engagement, has been promoted to deputy editor.

Lee begins his new role October 20.

Three Breasts, Half a Million Page Views

Today’s BuzzFeed item by Alan White is just the beginning. By the end of the week, a Florida woman aiming to chest-butt instant, inane 21st century fame will have reportedly graced the sets of Inside Edition, Jimmy Kimmel Live and more.

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Vogue Article Inspires Eva Longoria-Produced TV Show

vogue-logo-editEva Longoria’s production company — UnbeliEVAble Entertainment (yes, it’s really called that) — is joining forces with Condé Nast Entertainment to bring a political drama to ABC. The show was inspired by a Jacob Weisberg Vogue article, which profiled twins Julián and Joaquin Castro.

The yet-to-be-named project will follow the lives of Chris and Alex Reyes, two “Latino golden boys” who are best friends, yet political rivals. “The drama explores the American dream and the lies, blackmail and manipulation it takes to rise to the top of power in Texas — and perhaps someday DC,” reports Deadline.

Lies! Blackmail! Manipulation! Golden boys! Please inform your parents about this news.

A Journalism Teacher Blessed with ‘Effortless Eloquence’

UniversityofHoustonLogoEarlier this month, at the criminally young age of 34, University of Houston journalism professor Jemimah Noonoo passed away. Before committing to the classroom, she had worked for Newsweek, the New York Times and the Houston Chronicle.

Cara Smith, editor-in-chief of UH student newspaper The Daily Cougar, took Noonoo’s class during her freshman 2013-14 year. Over the weekend, she remembered the many great qualities of her teacher and how the course very playfully ended:

On the last day of class, the last day I saw her, Ms. Noonoo had us do a “mock” twenty-year reunion.

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From Golden Gate Reporter to Golden Gate Spokesperson

Priya David Clemens’ first assignment for KTVU-TV in San Francisco led her to interview Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokesperson Mary Currie. Nine years later, Clemens has improbably taken over for Currie, who retired in April.

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From a Marin Independent Journal report by Mark Prado:

Clemens worked at KTVU between 2005 and 2008. She then worked as a CBS News correspondent based in New York, reporting for CBS Evening News and The Early Show, and filling in as a weekend news anchor. From there she worked as an anchor for KOIN, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon. Clemens lives in Alameda, is married and has two young children.

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