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Archives: August 2010

Off-The-Shelf Love | Viral Infection | As Tim Gunn Is My Witness…

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Mashable: This resort makes it so, finally, it is virtually impossible for a girl to laugh at your misshapen, sad excuse for a… social life.

HubSpot: How do stories go viral on Twitter? Through lots and lots of unprotected linking.

UnBeige: Well apparently someone out there does give a damn.

FishbowlLA: This Catfish stinks.

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Troubled Tribune Co May Soon Have Michael Eisner as Chairman

165eisnertrib.jpgAccording to a report by The Wrap, negotiations are in place to make former Disney CEO Michael Eisner chairman for the bankrupt Tribune Co., parent company of the Los Angeles Times. Official camps aren’t commenting, but The Wrap apparently has a source on the inside, known only as “the person.”

“Right now, it’s going to be Eisner,” the person said. “The lenders are going to try to take the company. It’s the only way they are going to get some of their money. But they’re not ready yet.”

Eisner’s guardian angel in negotiations is his close friend John Angelo, one of the creditors who are poised to take control of the company from the current board of directors and management.

The announcement could come as early as next week, after the Labor Day holiday, the person said.

Are we the only ones fantasizing about a Los Angeles Times-themed amusement park? Er, probably.

Michael Eisner Inching Closer To Tribune Co. Position

eisner_8.31.10.jpgIt would appear that everything is in place for Michael Eisner, formerly the CEO of Disney, to take over as the chairman of the Tribune Co.

TheWrap is reporting that Eisner has the support of personal friend and Tribune creditor John Angelo, who is helping him through the negotiation process. Angelo’s investment firm, Angelo, Gordon & Co, is one of two Tribune Co. creditors.

So far, Eisner and the Tribune Co. have chosen not to comment.

A formal announcement is expected next week.

California Assembly Passes Anti-Pap Law

“Reckless” driving to capture photos of celebrities may soon be illegal in the state of California, after the Assembly overwhelmingly passed an anti-paparazzi bill 43-13.

Funny, we thought reckless driving was already illegal.

Perhaps it’s better to say that snapping photos of celebs from a vehicle now carries the threat of serious punishment. Violators could face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Newspaper groups aren’t pleased with the result.

“We don’t deny there’s a big problem, we just think that this particular bill is overly inclusive,” general counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association Tom Newton told The Wrap. “I don’t represent paparazzi, I represent photojournalists and these folks drive cars. Under this law though, if you harbor an intent to capture an image then it appears to us you could be subjected to enhanced criminal prosecution.”

The bill is now off to the Governator’s desk for final approval.

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  • Harry Ransom Center Raises $30,000 to Restore Gone with the Wind Dresses – UnBeige

  • Internal Memo Says The Washington Times to Sell for $1- FishbowlDC
  • Jonathan Franzen Reviewed on Video – GalleyCat
  • WaPo Columnist Mike Wise Gets One Month Suspension For Twitter Hoax – MediaJobsDaily
  • CNN Has Lowest Primetime Viewership In 10 Years – TVNewser
  • Now Hear This: Metromix Seeks Contributing Music Editor

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    metromixlogo083110.jpgIf we hit shuffle on your iTunes, would we hear everything from Taylor Swift to Metallica? Well, Metromix is searching for a contributing music editor to create original content and develop new initiatives for the company’s music channel. The gig is only part-time and mostly on-site, but we think it’s too good of an opportunity to pass up. Who knows what kind of doors it could open?

    If hired, you’ll be copyediting album reviews, artist interviews and editorial features in addition to handing photo galleries and cropping images. There will be some writing involved (more if you’re interested, we assume), but you’ll also be looked to for identifying music trends and brainstorming traffic-increasing ideas.

    If you have top-notch writing and editing skills, plus a broad understanding of Top 40, country, hip-hop, metal and more, you’re a perfect candidate for this position. Knowledge of CMS, Photoshop and major social media platforms are a definite bonus. Interested? Gather your clips and apply here.

    Top Chef Returning to New York

    Popular reality competition Top Chef is heading into its eighth season on Bravo.

    Season number eight brings the foodie program back to Big Apple. The fifth season also took place in New York.

    On Sunday night, Top Chef won its first Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality/Competition Program. It marked the first time that The Amazing Race didn’t go home with the trophy since the category’s inception in 2003.

    Top Chef features culinary wizards competing against each other in various challenges.

    They are judged by a panel of chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode.

    Top Chef, the seventh installment of the hit series, is winding down in Washington, D.C.

    Steed Media Group Launches Producer 10 Magazine

    Steed Media Group has partnered with Ford to create Producer 10, a multi-media magazine heralding the launch of the 2010 Ford Taurus and geared specifically towards black men. The title will highlight the personal stories of 47 influential individuals, including Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

    Additionally, Producer 10 plans to produce a documentary in February 2011 to coincide with Black History Month. More information about the project and the producers involved, as well as fashion and culinary tips, can be found at www.producer10.com, the project’s online home.

    Wade explained why he elected to participate in Producer 10: “It’s important to me because I can tell my story and hopefully help someone else out to understand what people have to do in order to become successful.”

    The magazine will be distributed across ten target markets via home delivery and through “specific male-oriented points of contact,” like certain shops, gyms, businesses and special events. Additionally, the project will include a multi-city tour, called “Design and Dialogue,” to further highlight the men profiled in the magazine.

    WABC-AM Winning the Overnight with ‘Red Eye’

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    77 WABC is winning the overnight thanks to Doug McIntyre’s Red Eye Radio.

    On February 8, the talk stalwart made the switch from Coast to Coast with George Noory.

    In the most recent PPM results, McIntyre’s Citadel Media-syndicated show is number one in highly sought after demographics–men 18-49 and 18-34.

    The show, which airs from 1-5 am seven nights a week on WABC-AM, also registered a number two position for men 25-54.

    “There was a clear opening for an overnight show that’s live, entertaining, and issues-driven,” Laurie Cantillo, WABC Program Director, tells FishbowlNY. “Doug McIntyre has a humorous and engaging style that’s perfect for the late night/early bird crowd, particularly in a city that never sleeps like New York. As the ratings indicate, his show is on fire, particularly with younger listeners.”

    Following the national overnight broadcast, since the fall of 2009, McIntyre hosts the 5 a.m. hour exclusively for WABC.

    That show, which is the lead-in for Imus in the Morning, is tops among men 18-34 and men 25-54.

    “[It] has been a consistently strong ratings performer, particularly in the men 25-54 demo, so his ratings success is not a surprise,” Cantillo says.

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    Zombie Mags: Gourmet Returns To Print

    gourmet_8.31.10.jpgBy now it’s fairly old news that Gourmet, the food and wine magazine that Condé Nast shuttered in October of 2009, has found new life as a digital brand, providing insight on all things culinary to its loyal readers via apps and the web.

    Now, however, Condé Nast has announced that it will indeed bring back Gourmet in print form as well, specifically as a series of three newsstand-only issues.

    The first, Gourmet Quick Kitchen, is due out September 7. The 120-page magazine, which will act as something of an illustrated cookbook and wine guide, is expected to have a relatively small circulation and a cover price of $10.99.

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