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Archives: February 2011

Too Much Sheen | The Truth Hurts | Sad Oprah

  • PRNewser: The publicist for Charlie Sheen quit today, which is sort of like leaving a house after a fire has already burned it to the ground, but still, good for him.
  • SportsNewser: An English cricket player has announced that he’s gay. It’d be nice to see a male player from a major league come out here, but sadly, there are no male gay pro athletes. None at all. Not one single gay man among all those players.
  • FishbowlLA: OWN, the Oprah-fueled network, has absolutely terrible ratings. Somehow, this is all Dr. Phil’s fault, we just know it.
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2,000 Angelenos Will Receive YSL Manifesto

Although the term “Yves St Laurent manifesto” sounds like something of an oxymoron, the politically fashioned standalone mag is actually a well-known quantity within the clothing design industry. Come March 5th, for the first time ever, the YSL Manifesto will be handed out on the streets of LA to the tune of 2,000 random copies.

The New York Times has an exclusive first look. In addition to LA, other cities on the spring 2011 target list are New York, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Via advance interview excerpt, YSL creative director Stefano Pilati explains the basic idea behind the magazine:

“I wanted to create a wider influence for the message that was being sent from the catwalk, by taking imagery of a collection and giving it to people on environmentally friendly paper in the street without targeting a specific demographic…”

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Drinking Was Widespread at The New York Times in the 60s

Everyone – okay, almost everyone – likes Mad Men, because there’s a lot of things to like about it. One of the more interesting aspects is its portrayal of the rampant drinking during work. It happens so much it almost seems unbelievable.

But according to Gay Talese, who wrote for the New York Times around the same time as Mad Men is set, everyone drank during work, especially at the Times. In fact, he says the drinking at the paper was way worse than anything shown in Mad Men.

In the short video above he discusses this, including an incident when a colleague passed out on his typewriter (that’s a machine used to type words). Talese says the drinking was so bad “It was a wonder the paper could ever get out.”

The New York Times in the 1960s > College frat houses everywhere.

Hearst Magazines Adds Rodale Veteran to Team

Fotoulla Euripidou, who has been with Rodale for eight years – most recently as Vice President of Consumer Insights – will join Hearst as Vice President, Director of Consumer Research, on March 21st.

Euripidou will report directly to Ellen Levine, Editorial Director at the company’s magazines division. Levine said Euripidou will help expand Hearst’s brands, explaining, “As the media landscape evolves, her insights will be key in helping us navigate and evaluate opportunities, from launches to content extensions for our existing brands.”

We have one thing to say to Euripidou: Growing brands is great, just please don’t make us cover the launch of Popular Mechanics Restaurant.

Music & Culture Journalist Darryl Morden Dead at 52

Accomplished music journalist Darryl Morden died this past Friday from cancer. He was only 52.

Morden, a Los Angeles native, wrote for a number of media outlets, including Billboard, Grammy Magazine, Buzzine, and Music Connection. He wrote concert reviews for The Hollywood Reporter for almost two decades. Today THR published an obituary of their longtime contributor. An excerpt:

Born in Hollywood, Morden graduated from Cal State Northridge and began his career in 1981, working for ABC-Watermark on American Top 40, the most successful program in radio history. He was a writer for the show hosted by Casey Kasem — including its syndicated TV spinoff America’s Top 10 — penning and editing scripts, conducting artist interviews and working PR for the show. By 1988, he was associate producer for AT40, then hosted by Shadoe Stevens, and was head writer and associated producer of special programming projects for ABC Radio Networks.

The complete obit can be read here. Morden is survived by his wife Barbara and son Declan.

LA Director Connects via Amazon Studios for $10,000 Win

Amazon Studios, the much ballyhooed movie development arm of Amazon.com, today announced the winners of its January contests. Among that group is Playa Vista based director Christian Davis, who landed $10,000 for a two-hour video recording that was judged Best Table Read.

The 43-year-old Davis connected via the service with 38-year-old Malboro, VT screenwriter Alex Greenfield, author of Memory, a thriller loglined as “Memento meets Se7en.” It’s the story of a former homicide investigator with a photographic memory who revisits his most traumatic case.

Davis got some actor friends together and shot the table read in about three hours. A few more hours of editing, and it was done… “Right now, I’m concentrating on the development of Memory,” he said. “I really think this script has a solid, commercial premise. I’ve never seen a hero like Nick. I’m especially excited to explore the visual potential of the script as the test movie develops.”

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A-List Turnout for Kathy Freston’s Vegan Book Party


For most of us ink-stained wretches, throwing a book party in Los Angeles during a torrential downpour would whittle the attendees down to single digits. But when Arianna Huffington and Wendi Murdoch (yes, wife of Rubert) host such an event, everyone grabs an umbrella and braves the rain.

Friday night’s event, hosted at Arianna’s Brentwood home, was held in honor of Kathy Freston‘s newest book, “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change The World.” Notable guests included Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Moby, Frances Fisher, Lorne Michaels, and Rob Reiner. So naturally, there was plenty of starfuckery going on. This fishie was making polite conversation with an elderly gentleman when he abruptly shoved me out of the way to get to Marla Maples. Remember her? Other 90′s flashbacks in attendance included Elizabeth Berkley, Tracey Ullman, Candice Bergen, and Oliver Stone.

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LA Times Reporters Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb Win 2011 Selden Ring Award

The awards keep rolling in for LA Times reporters Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb, who broke the story about the outrageous salaries of various city officials in Bell. It was announced today that the pair picked up the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting–an award given out by USC’s Annenberg J-school. Vives and Gottlieb beat out finalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News.

A winners ceremony will be held at USC on March 25.

Press release after the jump.

Previously on Fishbowl LA: LA Times Bell City Scandal Coverage Garners Another Award

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Oprah’s OWN Ratings Aren’t So Hot

It’s only been two months, so we’re not sure how much to read into this, but Oprah’s network OWN isn’t doing very well in the ratings. In fact, it’s getting its butt kicked. OWN is averaging about 135,000 viewers at any given time, far lower than the network that preceded it: Discovery Health. Oprah’s ratings are a full 10 percent lower then her predecessor’s, according to a big Sunday story in the New York Times.

Of the seven shows that had their premieres in January, the stand-out was “Ask Oprah’s All-Stars,” a four-part panel discussion featuring Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Phil McGraw and Suze Orman. The flop was “Your OWN Show,” a “Survivor”-style competition to groom a new talk show host for OWN.

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More on Roger Ailes Indictment Rumor

Yesterday morning FishbowlNY picked up on a rumor that Roger Ailes was going to be indicted this week, possibly even today. The rumor was sparked by a blog post by Barry Ritholtz, in which he cited a source telling him that Ailes was in serious, imminent trouble. Naturally, we tweeted about it and waited to hear anything more. Well, Justin Elliott at Salon, has more; or at least more about the specifics behind the rumor.

Apparently the source Ritholtz cited in his post was some random guy he met at an airport. Perfect! Elliot explains:

Here’s what happened, according to Ritholtz, who just got back from a vacation on the tropical island: He was sitting in the Barbados airport waiting for a plane to arrive and he struck up a conversation with an older man sitting next to him.

‘We started chatting and next thing I know, we’re waiting to leave the gate, his phone rings and he tells his wife, ‘yeah Ailes just canceled the event,’ Ritholtz says, describing the man as “obviously annoyed and frustrated.’

The man runs an annual event in March at which Ailes was scheduled to speak, according to Ritholtz, who declined to specify the event. When he asked the man why Ailes canceled, the man said Ailes was about to be indicted. He describes the man, who he would not name, as an ‘Upper East Side Democrat.’

Well, thank god he’s an Upper East Side Democrat and not a Hell’s Kitchen Independent, because then this story would really lack credibiltiy.

Perhaps the guy will end up being right, but maybe, just maybe, Ritholtz should have waited and got another source before starting up the rumor mill.

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