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Archives: August 2010

LA Observed’s 3rd Annual Rooftop Party

The rooftop patio of the Formosa was packed Friday night with scribes, all brought together by Kevin Roderick of LA Observed.


FBLA editors Pandora Young and Tina Dupuy with host Roderick.

More partygoer pics after the jump.

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Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup


  • Dickey Publishing Buys Angeleno parent Modern Luxury Media – FishbowlNY

  • Thomas Pynchon Defends Ian McEwan Against Plagiarism – GalleyCat
  • The Associated Press Launches to Connect with Users – WebNewser
  • Companies Shorted Freelancers $4.7B in New York Last Year – MediaJobsDaily
  • Piers Morgan Finally Admits He is Talking to CNN – TVNewser
  • KPFK’s Cautious Approach to Programming Changes

    Last month, KPFK program director Alan Minsky sent a memo reminding everyone of the station’s financial dire straits. He politely asked programmers to grow their audience and fundraising, or voluntarily leave the airwaves in order to make room for new and more profitable shows.

    LA Observed has the latest email from Minsky, explaining that exactly no programmers took up on the offer.

    As a result, he warns that the hammer is about to fall: “New voices need to be added to KPFK’s programming. In a week’s time some very difficult decisions will be made by KPFK management.”

    Marc Cooper, who used to anchor a show on KPFK and has never been one to pull any punches where the station is concerned, addresses the glaring question:

    Why would a manager ask instead of direct and just fire those who are dead wood? Answer: because the station is dominated -both on staff and in its audience- by loonies who scream “fascist coup” if anybody’s special interest i.e. his or her program, is tinkered with. Minsky is a nice guy but what a pathetic, groveling and demeaning position to put oneself in – to have to beg your subordinates to give up their positions!

    Managing Editor Carl Lavin Leaves managing editor Carl Lavin is leaving the site, the latest in a string of changes at Forbes since it was first announced that Lewis D’Vorkin, founder of True/Slant, would come on board as the website’s new editorial chief.

    Perhaps one of the most significant changes at Forbes since D’Vorkin’s arrival was editor William Baldwin‘s announcement that he would take what basically amounted to a step down in order to become an “investment strategies editor,” blogging and writing a monthly column for Forbes.

    So far, D’Vorkin has shaken up the magazine’s online presence by creating a mandate that every one of Forbes‘ reporters be required to have his or her own blog.

    AP And Google Reach A New Agreement

    The AP announced this morning that it has reached a new agreement with Google to share news with readers:

    The Associated Press and Google have reached a new agreement on the continued licensing of AP content by Google. Under the agreement, AP and Google will also work together in a number of new areas, such as ways to improve discovery and distribution of news.

    This means Google will continue to feature news items from the Associated Press following ongoing negotiations about the partnership. At one point, Google stopped featuring content from the AP when talks became particularly tense.

    Google News signed a deal with the AP in 2006 wherein the former agreed to pay to include the latter’s content as part of its news aggregation services.

    Big Names Dominate List of Emmy Winners

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    John Lithgow, Al Pacino, Claire Daines. Some seriously big names picked up honors at last night’s Emmy Awards. With cable continuing to step up its game in the programming department, one would have to expect the flood of big movie starts to television to continue.

    TV is the great American art form. Funny, we used to say that as an ironical and bitter commentary about our valueless culture. But now it’s actually true, and not an entirely depressing thought.

    Full list of Emmy winners after the jump.

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    Emmis Publishing Acquisition In Jeopardy

    Back in May, we reported that Emmis Publishing, which is responsible for a number of regional titles, was restructuring its upper tier of management. Then, later that month, we told you that the company was planning to go private after its board of directors approved an agreement to merge the company with JS Acquisition, owned by Emmis Corp chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan.

    Now it appears that the talks between Smulyan and the company’s investors have stalled to the point where it appears doubtful that the deal with actually go through. A shareholder meeting to discuss the deal’s terms of agreement has been postponed several times until September 2nd (this Friday) after both a group that holds 38 percent of the company’s preferred stock and an affiliate of equity partner Alden Global Capital declared they have serious issues with the negotiated terms.

    Should the deal eventually go through, JS Acquisition would purchase Emmis Publishing for over $90 million.

    Dickey Publishing Buys Modern Luxury

    manhattan_mag_8.30.10.jpgModern Luxury Media has a new owner in Dickey Publishing, Folio: is reporting, where it will be controlled under the company’s radio broadcaster, Cumulus Media. Modern Luxury Media includes titles catering to affluent readers and travelers, including Modern Luxury Dallas, Modern Luxury Hawaii, San Francisco, Manhattan, The Atlantan and Angeleno. Additionally, the company publishes magazines for brides and for distribution in hotels.

    Although all involved are keeping mum on the actual sale price, it is rumored to be “just north of $20 million” — a drop from the $243 million Modern Luxury Media garnered three years ago.

    Homecoming for Former Fox 5/WNYW Sports Reporter Andy Adler


    Many may have been left to wonder–what happened to popular Fox 5/WNYW weekend sports anchor Andy Adler?

    Well, Adler is back home with her family in SoCal.

    She exited Fox 5 in March for an opportunity to rejoin KNBC in Los Angeles. Adler leaves her sports work behind in New York. The occasional fill-in host for “Good Day New York” now has her focus on general assignment reporting for the weekday “Today in L.A.” and co-anchoring for the Saturday morning edition.

    “It’s been a good opportunity,” Adler says.

    After graduation from Stanford University, Adler started her career at KNBC as a page.

    “I was always sort of looking into it, always thinking I would eventually, maybe, end up in California. …This was always the station [KNBC] that I felt familiar with.”

    After the jump, Adler discusses how working in New York helped her professional growth.

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    Reaction to Lindsay Lohan Radio Offer


    We told you last week about JVC Broadcasting wanting actress Lindsay Lohan to host a nationally syndicated radio show with her mother Dina.

    The show’s would be based in Ronkonkoma, New York at the Party 105 studios.

    The Long Island broadcaster, led by President/CEO John Caracciolo, is offering the Lohans 1 million dollars to lead the morning show.

    Since that post, several former JVC and TMO [previous company name] employees got in touch with FishbowlNY regarding the possible Lohans hire.

    “They already attempted this with Amy Fisher,” one former staffer says. “Interesting that when Long Island ladies go bad, TMO/JVC is there to put them on the air!”

    Fisher was dubbed the “Long Island Lolita” for her tryst with mechanic Joey Buttafuoco. In 1992, you’ll recall, there was a media firestorm after she shot and severely wounded Buttafuoco’s wife Mary Jo.

    After Fisher’s jail time, JVC management signed her to write columns for their Long Island Press and co-host a short-lived morning show in 2003.

    As for Lohan, she is attempting to resurrect her career and her life. The Merrick, N.Y., native has had various personal issues in recent months, including DUI convictions and rehabilitation stints.

    Messages left with Caracciolo were not returned.