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Archives: October 2009

Disney Downsizes Miramax President

Daniel Battsek is leaving his post as president of Miramax after 18 years of working for Disney. Details from The Wrap:

“With the change in direction at Miramax, we have reached a mutual agreement with Daniel that he will leave his post as president, effective January 2010,” Rich Ross, newly appointed chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, said in a release Friday.

The news comes less than a month after Disney significantly downsized the division’s release schedule and folded much of its operations into the studio’s larger film group.

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup


  • Bill George apologizes for Keith Olbermann article – TVNewser

  • Forbes Media cuts toll: 30 edit, 100 total – MediaJobsDaily
  • Layoffs expected as Time Inc. looks to shed $100M – FishbowlNY
  • Some European publishers avoid pricing battles – GalleyCat
  • Twitter listomania grips Huffington Post – WebNewser
  • New LA Times Celebrity Blog

    Anyone keeping track of web traffic knows that celebrity news equals page hits, if not journalistic respectability. Maybe that’s why the LA Times is launching a new celebrity blog. Below is the LAT memo, found via LA Observed:

    To: The Staff
    From: Lisa Fung, Online Arts & Entertainment Editor

    Christie D’Zurilla is joining the entertainment team as a blogger for a new celebrity blog on The move is a natural progression for Christie, a former stand-up comic and SAG card holder who has been a copy editor and backstop for the Dish Rag blog since it launched on the site in 2007. In addition to anchoring the blog, Christie will edit posts submitted by other contributors.

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    FBLA’s Top 5 Stories Yesterday

    Scary News On The Pre-Halloween Menu: WSJ Closes Boston Bureau


    Boo! It’s Halloween eve on the Morning Media Menu podcast, and hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven opened the show with some scary news about The Wall Street Journal‘s closure of its Boston bureau.

    “This unit in particular was working on longer form investigative pieces, and there’s just not too many outlets for that anymore,” Jason said. “And to watch them lose some resources at a paper that is doing better than other papers is kind of scary. People are worried about the future of investigative journalism.”

    Also discussed: WPP’s earnings and Walmart’s book pricing battle with Target and Amazon.

    You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321.

    Associated Press Plans Summit To Quell Employees’ Fears

    associated.jpgWith possible layoffs putting The Associated Press on the top of our layoff watch, employees at the newswire are understandably anxious about losing their jobs. Silicon Alley Insider reports that an AP “Town Hall” meeting will be held next month, and that those concerns will probably be on the top of the list of issues addressed by CEO Tom Curley.

    Curley says addressing employees via Q&A sessions are business as usual, but there is obviously one question on most workers’ minds: Will they have a job come Christmas?

    Update: AP spokesperson Paul Colford has notified us that the town hall meeting has been scheduled since October 1, and that it’s primary focus will be on “the outcome of the AP’s recent management retreat at Lake Placid.”

    Official memo about the conference after the jump.

    AP Bigwigs Host Town Hall To Ease Paranoid Staffers — Silicon Alley Insider

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    Ad Agency Thinks It Invented Product Placement

    Delaware-based advertising agency Denizen scored a patent for product placement back in 2005. And now, The Hollywood Reporter explains, the delusional little company is suing a media agency called Mindshare for “stealing an idea to integrate a brand of Vaseline into a Lifetime miniseries called Maneater.”

    Richard Rushfield of Gawker took the time to read the patent, and has posted it on the Gawker site. He declared:

    This legalistic rabbit hole’s silliness is so profound that it makes us think that it might be time to throw the entire judicial system out the window and muddle by on mob rule for a few decades.


    Former Reader’s Digest VP Wildman Joins Bonnier

    wildman headshot.jpgMark Wildman is leaving Reader’s Digest to join magazine publisher Bonnier Corp. as senior vice president of corporate sales and marketing. Wildman was most recently vice president of integrated marketing at Reader’s Digest Association, but his replacement, Maureen Polo, was announced last week. He will start at Bonnier on November 6.

    While at RDA, Wildman worked to establish the integrated sales and marketing group for the company’s Food & Entertaining Affinity. Before joining Reader’s Digest in 2007, Wildman worked as executive director at Conde Nast Media Group.

    “Bonnier is a strong, forward-thinking organization with more than 50 consumer media brands like Saveur, Popular Science, Field & Stream and Parenting,” Wildman said. “As consumers continue their shift toward real and meaningful, the Bonnier brands are very well-positioned, delivering specific well-defined audiences which are highly engaged and emotionally invested in the content.”

    Full release after the jump

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    Blogger-Penned This Is Why Your Fat Launches With Two Events

    Richard Blakeley and Nick McGlynn – Image via Random Night Out

    Last night, media bar Destination (co-owned by Dan Maccarone of Hard Candy Shell, which has redesigned major media sites from Gawker to Eater) hosted a book release party for This Is Why You’re Fat, a meme-to-book deal in the six figures co-written by Gawker videographer Richard Blakeley and Buzzfeed‘s Jessica Amason. The event was co-hosted by Obliterati, a monthly media party started by Nick McGlynn of Random Night Out after Blakeley discontinued his Media Meshing soirees last year.

    Earlier in the day, Amason hosted a book release celebration of her own, asking dedicated foodies to travel between six food trucks around the city, order a special This Is Why You’re Fat-inspired culinary creation and post pictures of themselves eating it to Twitter. The event, dubbed the “Eat N Tweet Challenge,” kicked off at 11 a.m., and by the time we made our way to the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream at 5th Ave and 23rd St. at 1 p.m., McGlynn had already claimed victory. His prize? A private party for 25 friends, catered by the food truck of his choice.

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    Halloween With Octomom


    Scarier than zombies. Nadya Suleman and her demon brood celebrate Halloween.

    Picture from the Daily Mail.