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Archives: December 2007

NYE: Not A Busy Media Day


Two signs that New Year’s Eve isn’t the most exciting day for media writers and commentators:

1. The WWD Memo Pad is stark raving empty.

2. Radar is totally taking the day off.

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Was Dick Parsons A Good CEO At Time Warner?

56% of FishbowlNY voters said that media mogul/NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is headed to an Independent conference in Oklahoma next week, will run for President. Today’s poll:

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WGA, Worldwide Pants Come To Agreement

The Writer’s Guild of America and David Letterman’s production studio Worldwide Pants have come to a separate agreement from the AMPTP. Since mid-December the WGA has been looking to negotiate individually with independent production companies. The deal allows Letterman to return to CBS January 2nd with his team of writers. The WGA has been on strike since November 5th.

WGA statement after the jump…

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Deborah Chesher: Everyone I Shot is Dead


Rock photographer Deborah Chesher photographed musicians when “the music business was about the music”, self-published a new book of her work, blogged about the process, and told us all about the journey. Her book, Everyone I Shot is Dead, is required reading for everyone who loves music, rock stars or wanted to be a rock star.

FBLA: How did you decide to do the book?

DC: One day the thought “everybody I shot is dead” crossed my mind. After mulling it over for a while, I decided to pay tribute to the wonderful musicians I had the privilege to photograph who had since passed away. I originally thought it might be a small book of 20 but it turned out there were 48, plus a few more whose photos I seem to have lost.

How did you round up all your negatives (this is film, not digital, for the most part, right?)

DC: They’re all film. Except in the front of the book there’s a small picture of my empty slide boxes with musician’s names on them that I shot digitally.

All the photos had been stored away in boxes since the early 80s. I had no idea what I would find or even if the photographs were any good. It turned into a real treasure hunt. Finding negatives without contact sheets and putting them in the scanner and having them materialize on my computer screen.. It was an amazing experience.

You set up your own publishing company to do the book?

DC: Yes. I also published my first book, Starart, in late ’79. It is a coffee table book exhibiting the artwork of musicians Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, Ron Wood, Commander Cody, Klaus Voormann and Cat Stevens. I had many many offers on that book from the big NY pub houses but when they couldn’t guarantee the quality of the production I had promised the artists I turned them down. Fortunately, publishing Starart myself turned out to be a good thing–the book has become a collector’s item. I’ve seen used copies of the trade hardcover sell for $500.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Edward Padgett


The NY Times might have some fancy writers, editors and such but the LA Times has a secret weapon: Edward Padgett, pressman, blogger, and relentless teller of truth. And the truth comes out, when he answers those “so random they must be profound” questions of ours.

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? LAObserved, LA Biz Observed, Fishbowl LA, Media Bistro, Los Angeles Times, San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website?

3. What job do you fantasize about having? Tour guide on the Island of Cozumel for non Spanish speaking tourist.

4. Last movie you saw? I-robot with Will Smith

5. Last book you read? On Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross M.D.

6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter. Met Debra Wilson from MAD TV at Naja’s in Redondo Beach, we danced, drank, and laughed. Just met Danny Bonaduce at the 2007 Love Ride, and found him to be much calmer than portrayed by the media.

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Times Discovers Lapham’s Quarterly Is Pretentious, Earth Is Round

1231laphams.jpgOnly a month late, the Times is finally getting around to reviewing that ungainly beast known as Lapham’s Quarterly. What does the newspaper of record think of the unapologetically intellectual thingamajob? Well:

In The New Criterion, a conservative monthly journal, Roger Kimball, the editor, twice used the word “pretentiousness” in his assessment of the new magazine. He said Mr. Lapham’s “command of inconsequentiality has elicited comment for years.” Robert Wilson, editor of The American Scholar, found Lapham’s Quarterly “very smart” but said that because of the many contributors who were dead, “it feels a little like a museum.”

Thus, the proud tradition of slagging magazines through secondhand quotes continues. But it’s Lewis Lapham, people!

LAT In 90 Seconds

moneypilepic.jpegDo You Need More Ad Revenue? A jaw-droppingly loud ad for Honda — that reads “Do You Need A New Car?” in big flashing letters — greets readers as soon as they click on the home page. If this is a ploy to get more people to buy the print version, it just might work.

34495252-30132359.jpgDo You need A Point? If you understand Robert Lloyd’s obtuse and meaningless piece about Jamie Lynn Spears please let us know. Because we don’t.

34441557.jpgDo You Need Copy? If you’d like to read the LAT’s business columnists New Year’s resolutions, we’re not going to stop you. We’re not going to join you, but we’re not going to stop you.

Morales Melodrama: Nancy Jo Sales on her Spiritual Marriage


The story of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake’s tragic deaths really should become an opera, not a sad little documentary, not a poorly-lit cinema-stylo indie movie. Everyone involved is so dramatic.

Famed writer Nancy Jo Sales, author with the solo byline on Vanity Fair piece, takes issue with Melinda Hunt’s version of events at St. Marks in the Bowery that night in July and on her own relationship with Father Frank Morales.

Morales is begging for a nickname, ala the NY Post–the frisky friar? The popular padre. The ecstatic ecclesiastical, the vivacious vicar, the randy rector, the liturgical Lothario, the cuddling canon, the sexy sacristan.

Let’s hope Father Frank got lots of Christmas gifts, so he can give up wearing Jeremy Blake’s old wardrobe.

(Photo: Jeff Mermelstein/For New York Magazine)

ATPMP: Strike Organizers Cost WGA Members More Than $151 Million

At year’s end the Writers Guild of America has issued a statement on the state of negotiations on the strike, which is in its sixth week. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said today on their web site that the WGA strike organizers have cost their members more than the WGA’s $151 million proposal package. From ATPMP stite:

”It’s official: The people in charge at the WGA have led working writers into a strike that has now cost those working writers more in salary and benefits than the WGA’s organizers ever expected to gain from the strike.”

Dana Harris of Variety’s WGA Strike Blog writes, ”To be clear, that’s the AMPTP’s calculation of how much writers have lost in wages and benefits over eight weeks compared with the cost of the WGA’s proposed package over three years. That seems something less than compelling to me, but hey, it’s their press release.”

The WGA statement after the jump …

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