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Archives: October 2008

Disney Retrenching With Belt-Tightening That Could Include Layoffs: Times

The Disney Studios may be headed into a period of retrenchment with some cost-cutting measures possibly leading to layoffs, according to the L.A. Times.

Disney executives are meeting this week to deal with this worsening economy and declines in ad spendingDisney Studios.jpg.

Studio executives said Thursday that no decisions had been made on possible layoffs. People familiar with the situation have said reductions are being contemplated companywide, the Times said.

Disney spokespersons declined to comment.

Disney is not the only entertainment company to retrench in anticipation of recession. NBC Universal said two weeks ago said that it was planning to slash $500 million in spending — 3% of its budget — because it expected “unprecedented economic challenges” in the year ahead.

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The 2008 Election in Video

The 2008 election might be remembered as the first one in history that was won and lost through online video. From will.i.am‘s brilliant “Yes We Can” clip supporting Barack Obama to the Wassup 2008 vid — viewed over 3 million times in little more than a week — never have videos been so prevalent in the campaign cycle. (It is certainly the first election where a presidential candidate had a dance-off with Ellen.)

Silicon Alley Insider‘s Nicholas Carlson put together a list of the 10 video clips that altered the race, including the two mentioned above and other hits from the campaign trail.

Daily Show Showdown: William Kristol Vs. Barack Obama

Both Senator Barack Obama and William Kristol made appearances on the Daily Show this week. Who was better?

Who Was Better On The Daily Show?
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Nightmare on Media Street: But Wait! You’re Not Dreaming, There’s Still Jobs!

This is the last weekend of the election cycle, the end of a very long and difficult week for print media, and also Halloween. For those of you not already scanning our job boards on an hourly basis here’s the link.

*The opening to Part 2 is after the jump.

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DHD: MTV Hiding Layoffs

imdsfasdfsages.jpgDeadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that “Viacom‘s MTV Networks is planning a lot of layoffs.” Which it is planning to announce on, um, Tuesday. As DHD puts the election day hide-and-seek: “”Dontcha just love Big Media’s sensitivity?”

OC Weekly Bids Adieu To Register Reporters. But Not To The Ones Who Are Leaving.

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The OC Weekly ends its story about the Orange County Register Layoffs with this juicy tip:

*MORE: Add classical music critic Timothy Mangan and theater guy (and all-around mensch) Paul Hodgins. Per our source, “Paul Hodgins asked for a buyout and will probably get it but it hasn’t been formalized yet.” With those two losses, the Reg has abdicated a large chunk of the arts scene in the county. I forget–is dance critic Laura Bleiberg (sp?) still around?

One problem. It isn’t true. At all. (Well, except for the part about Paul being a mensch.)

Dudes, your offices are in the same area code. Pick up a phone some time and figure it out!

[UPDATE: Paul blogs about the false rumors of his death ... also, we mistakenly thought OC Weekly called Mangan a mensch and reported as such. We've fixed the error, but for the record, they're both mensches.]

William Kristol on Jon Stewart: ‘Even Though We Never Agree on Anything You are Always Welcome Here’

Jon Stewart: “I live in New York, everyone around me agrees with me.” Actually this whole spot is excellent and a good example of what Crossfire coulda, shoulda been.

Michael Wolff on Rupert Murdoch’s Family Ties

poar02_murdoch0812.jpgVanity Fair is excerpting Michael Wolff‘s much talked-about (much criticized by Rupe, himself) forthcoming book, The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch. Judging from the excerpt the secret world involves, perhaps not surprisingly, a whole lot of family dysfunction, except that Rupe doesn’t like that word. And anyway, everything’s relative!

Another benefit of dealing with the hapless Bancroft family was that it made him feel so much better about the dysfunction in his own family (dysfunction is a modish word that irritates him — he uses it only because his children say it so often). The Murdochs, who have had their problems, are not, he is confident, heading in the Bancrofts’ direction — not yet.

Other interesting tidbits? His eldest daughter Prue from his first marriage is the only one who doesn’t have her sights set on taking over the business, also she often talks him as though he’s her husband “irritating husband she has to beat some sense into.” The other children, meanwhile, learned through eldest son Lachlan’s missteps that it was a good idea to be at a distance, at a far remove from the old man,” making them “the Murdochs everybody who is also distant from the old man wants to get close to.”

Local L.A.Talent Maintain: DON’T VOTE

Two L.A. musicians, composer Cliff Tasner and rapper Wil Bwilb.jpg, are circulating a video on You Tube that tells people not to vote. We suppose they’re being facetious, but you can never tell. Click here to take a look.tasner.jpg

It’s Not All Bad at Conde Nast

details10.31.08.pngThe hallowed halls of 4 Times Square are littered with bodies, but one magazine is doing okay. Details, the eight-year-old men’s magazine, will raise its rate base 25,000 to 450,000 starting with the Jan/Feb 2009 issue. It’s an increase of around six percent, not much at all, but in this world any positive news is more than welcome.

Details has had its strongest year ever in terms of both revenue and circulation, and readers continue to seek our unique editorial voice,” Steve DeLuca, the VP and publisher, said in a statement.

The lesson? In a struggling ad climate, go gay.

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