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Archives: January 2007

In The Trades

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Variety

Scott Rudin has offered one of his former development guys, Craig Perry, a first-look deal, thus gaining an opportunity to “generate mainstream comedies and family films.” Perry produced the American Pie and Final Destination movies.

Sidney Sheldon, the prolific author and producer, has died. During his extensive career he wrote several Broadway musicals, screenplays and televisions series, in addition to a multitude of novels. His television career included producer of The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Hart to Hart, in addition to a number of his novels produced as made-for TV movies including Rage of Angels, Bloodline and Memories of Midnight. His career awards included a Tony for Best Musical: Redhead in 1959, an Oscar for his original screenplay of The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer starring Cary Grant, two WGA awards for Easter Parade and Annie Get Your Gun, and an Emmy for I Dream of Jeannie.

Hollywood Reporter

Television is the new feature, according to a CBS development exec. Pilot orders are running towards nighttimee soaps and high-cncept dramas, while the networks are avoiding open-ended serials–Lost being the only hit out of the current crop. Big name directors, like Spike Lee, Brett Ratner, Guy Ritchie, and Barry Sonnenfeld are directing pilots.

The Police will perform at the Grammys in February. Sting had hinted at this during the TCAs, where he was promoting his PBS project, a collection of 16th-century classical music called Songs From the Labyrinth, as the 30th anniversary of the band was approaching. THe group will open the show on CBS.

Out Of Office Reply: Time Inc. Managing Editor Jim Kelly

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—–Original Message—–
From: Jim Kelly
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2007 12:48 PM
To: Dylan Stableford
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply

I am attending the Libby trial in Washington until Wednesday afternoon. I will not be reading e-mails while court is in session. If you need immediate assistance, please call Ann King at XXX-XXXX.

New York Responds To Brown Family

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As FishbowlNY first reported, lawyers for Denise Brown and Nicole Brown‘s are furious over this week’s New York magazine article by Vanessa Grigoriadis chronicling the O.J. Simpson book debacle and subsequent fall of Judith Regan at News Corp — specifically, the Brown family’s involvement in HarperCollins’ attempts to pay them off with profits from the ill-fated If I Did It book project.

New York magazine’s response, via spokesperson Serena Torrey:

New York’s story reflects the facts as we know them. News Corp. executives present at the meeting in Indianapolis say that one of the lawyers there was representing the Brown family in the negotiation. The Brown family maintains that that is not the case. A day after a prospective settlement was hammered out and presented, the Brown family conclusively rejected it. While Vanessa Grigoriadis called the Brown’s lawyer for comment 24 hours before final closing, we are sorry we were not able to represent the Browns’ position fully in the article.

Torrey adds that the magazine first became aware of the Browns’ complaints via FishbowlNY — when we obtained and posted a faxed letter from Brown family lawyer Natasha Roit to New York — and that it never arrived at New York‘s offices or those of its owner, Bruce Wasserstein:

Incidentally, the only place we’ve seen this letter is on your site today. It never arrived in any offices associated with New York magazine or Bruce Wasserstein.

EARLIER:

  • Nicole Brown Family Demands Retraction From New York Mag Over Regan Article
  • Brown Family’s Letter To New York [PDF]
  • Media Events: 01.30.07

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    Parties, panels and other notable media gatherings

    TUESDAY 01.30.07

    WHAT: The Jonathan Show
    WHO: Jonathan Ames
    WHEN: 11:15PM
    WHERE: Mo Pitkin’s House Of Satisfaction, 34 Avenue A
    WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Ames, a FishbowlNY favorite, screens his unaired 2004 pilot What’s Not To Love?. Plus the guy’s a nut.

    WHAT: On the Shoulders of Giants Signing
    WHO: Kareem Abdul-Jabaar
    WHEN: 5:30PM
    WHERE: Borders, 2 Penn Plaza
    WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Outside of Michael’s, where else are you gonna see him?

    Stop the Presses: LA Times Keeps Own Employees in the Dark–No Emails for Pressmen

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    The Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club blog is basically an on-line club for the pressmen (and women) of the paper. It’s folksy, with postings of jokes, recommendations for lunch spots, and the occasional criticism of what’s in the paper.

    But check out Ed Padgett’s post about the flow of information within the company:

    If your wondering why I post messages from the movers and shakers at the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Company, its for the benefit of my fellow employees that do not have access to company emails.

    and check this out:

    The Spring Street Project requested input from Los Angeles Times Employees, yet, if you did not have an internal email address, you could not submit your ideas. We were given an email address to submit our ideas three days before the project ended, but by that time, the workers in the pressroom knew our input was not wanted.

    Considering what lousy ideas the paper has had in the past, you’d think the editors would be begging for ideas–from all over. FBLA is going to be pissed if this guy catches any flack for his blog.

    Times‘ Friedman Responds To Radar Over Second Home In Aspen

    New York Times op-ed columnist and frequent flyer Thomas Friedman was a bit irked by a recent piece posted on Radar which asserted he maintained a second home in Aspen. Friedman responded via e-mail:

    Thanks for your piece on Radar[Online]. You got all your facts right, but one. We don’t have a second home in Aspen, or anywhere else. I will need to get more things wrong to achieve that status. I think you might be referring to my in-laws’ home, where we stay when we visit them. You seem to be interested in facts, so I figured you would want to know. All best, Tom Friedman

    Still, as FishbowlNY found out last year , Friedman is fully aware of his seemingly open-ended Times expense account.

    EARLIER:

  • Why NYT‘s Thomas Friedman Hates TimesSelect
  • Air America Sold | Franken Out | Judy Miller Testifies | Top Chef Spoiled | Martha Lures Boodro From MacBain | Demetri Martin Shills | VH1 Loves Bloggers

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    • Air America Sold: And Al Franken‘s leaving. [AP | ETP]
    • Judith Miller: First up to testify at Scooter Libby CIA leak trial. [E&P]
    • Top Chef Winner: Spoiled again before show airs. [Eater]
    • Martha: Lures Culture & Travel editor Michael Boodro away from Louise T. MacBain. [NYP]
    • Nickelodeon: Launches “Second Life for ‘tweens.’” [Mediaweek]
    • Times Soccer Story: Leads to Hollywood fight over movie rights. [WSJ]
    • VH1: Developing show about bloggers. [Jossip]
    • Time Inc.: Mulling health portal. [BusinessWeek]
    • NYTimes.com, NYPost.com: Web traffic climbing fast. [HuffPo]
    • Demetri Martin: Popular on the Internet, shills without shilling. [NYT]

    Food & Wine Tries to Mop Up Top Chef Leakage

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    Food & Wine is pretending that they didn’t spaz yesterday by posting a spoiler interview with the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef. From the site:

    Yesterday, an intrepid reality tv fan found a Top Chef story on Food & Wine’s server. Food & Wine prepared profiles of both Top Chef finalists in advance of the last episode so that we had a story on the winner ready to publish immediately after the season finale.

    How intrepid must one be to type in their url? There’s no Wayback Machine involved here. And as FBLA knows full well, glossy magazines regularly assign two stories to cover all contingencies: Presidental races, Best Picture Oscars, you name it.

    Eater LA thinks for a minute that it could be a fiendishly brilliant plan:

    F&W did the whole leak thing on purpose to see how rabid everyone would get over a supposed spoiler and watched as the fan base spun itself into a tizzy before the finale.

    But it’s not, and we all know it.

    Mag Editors On Truth Serum: ‘I Have So F*cked Up’

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    All hail the editors-in-chief (from left): CosmoGIRL!’s Susan Schulz, Redbook’s Stacy Morrison, mediabistro.com founder and CEO Laurel Touby, Men’s Journal’s Tom Foster, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg; Jane’s Brandon Holley, and Departures’s Richard Story

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    Slate‘s Jacob Weisberg called Slate a “cult.” Jane‘s Brandon Holley advised to “kill them with kindness.” Departures editor Richard Story admitted he was most famous at Vogue for hiring Lauren “Devil Wears Prada” Weisberger. CosmoGirl! editor Susan Schulz estimated that she spends 40 percent of her time editing.

    At our “Editors on Truth Serum — The New Rules of Success Now” panel last night, top dogs at some of the leading glossy magazines (and Slate) got down and dirty, telling the crowd of 100 exactly where they’ve gone right — and wrong — as they carved their respective paths to that corner office.

    Excerpts of some of the juicier moments:

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    Of All the Nerve: Ask John Waters Anything

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    John Waters, in what must be an example of publicity gone wrong, as agreed to answer questions at Nerve.com. From the site:

    Send us your questions as feedback to this post or email them to scanner@nerve.com–please leave your first name, age, and location-and we’ll pick the best questions to ask Waters on Friday. You’re welcome to reach back into the murky depths of his career, but be sure to ask about his new CD, A Date With John Waters.

    What’s to ask about the CD? Is there a secret surprise inside? If you need help with a question cheat sheets abound.

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