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Archives: July 2011

Breaking: WOR Radio, Buckley President Rick Buckley Has Died

Rick Buckley, who succeeded his father as president of Buckley Radio in 1972, has died. The flagship station for the company is WOR Radio/710.

All access.com reports that Buckley suffered a brain embolism yesterday afternoon and died peacefully this morning.

According to Radio-info.com, Buckley was boating on the Long Island Sound yesterday when he complained about not feeling well, and was taken to a hospital.

Just last month, the veteran radio executive was in Lake George for enshrinement into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Connie, and daughter Jennifer, the director of sales at WOR Radio.

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Ignored by Hollywood, Asian-American Performers Get Their Revenge on YouTube

Among the many revolutionary changes brought about by YouTube is the fact that Asian-American performers can now more freely connect with their audience.

At the head of this burgeoning class are three performers who rank among the service’s top 20 most subscribed video channels. People like Michelle Phan, a 24-year-old Vietnamese-American who calls LA home. Her beauty and make-up tip reports have garnered close to 1.5 million YouTube subscribers and, per a New York Times piece by Austin Considine, one of the all-time great professional vindications:

Before her YouTube stardom, Phan was turned down for a job at a Lancôme makeup counter; now she is a company spokeswoman.

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THR Parent Company Exec Denies His CEO Days Are Numbered

The New York Post continues its excellent reporting on Prometheus Global Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, AdWeek, and Billboard, with news of an internal memo informing top-tier staff that CEO Richard “Mad Dog” Beckman is surrendering day-to-day managerial duties to his boss, chairman Jimmy Finklestein. All apparently so Beckman can focus on a new branded entertainment unit.

The Post also slants the piece, with help from unnamed insiders, to suggest that the move is a likely prelude to Beckman permanently stepping away from his CEO post. Not so fast, Beckman insists. Reached for follow-up by TheWrap, he refuted the read:

Said Beckman; “I am the CEO, I was the CEO and I will continue to be the CEO.”

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Two New York Articles Get Optioned

International Creative Management (ICM), through its partnership with New York magazine, has brokered a deal with Sony Pictures TV to option two articles from the magazine; perhaps one day turning them into a TV show or movie.

The New York Observer reports that the two articles are “A Serial Killer in Common,” by Robert Kolker, which details the Long Island serial killer’s victims and their connections, and “Paw Paw & Lady Love,” by Dan Lee, a piece on the tragedy of Anna Nicole Smith.

As you can see, Hollywood loves a sad story.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Hearst to Launch “Cosmo for Guys,” July 27
  2. Oprah Might Be Hurting O, July 26
  3. New York Media Reacts to Singer Amy Winehouse’s Death (left), July 25
  4. Awarding the Worst: The 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Winners, July 26
  5. Man Who Penned Iconic “Headless Body in Topless Bar” Headline is Retiring, July 22
  6. MTV’s First VJs Reflect on the Network at 30, July 25
  7. WNBC Removes Daily Connection from Schedule; Can The Rundown Be Far Behind? July 25
  8. Three Execs Out at AOL, July 25
  9. Vogue’s Creative Director Sells Memoir for $1.2 Million, July 26
  10. WPIX to Air 5 p.m. Newscast Starting in September, July 28 

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Bonnier Corp.’s Parenting Group Names New Associate Publisher, Marketing

The Parenting Group, the publishing division of Bonnier Corp. responsible for ParentingBabytalk and Parenting.com, has named Heather Gumbley as its new Associate Publisher, Marketing. Gumbley was most recently Executive Director of Creative Services for the Fairchild Fashion Group at Conde Nast.

At Bonnier Gumbley will be tasked with increasing marketing efforts for The Parenting Group’s brands. Mark Wildman, Vice President and Group Publisher, said she’s well-equipped to handle that job.

“With her strong integrated marketing background and extensive experience with fashion and retail advertisers, Heather has the perfect blend of media and client expertise to help Parenting become the leading media brand serving today’s modern families,” explained Wildman.

Tim Rutten ‘Surprised But Not Shocked’ by LA Times Layoff

The official clock-punch time for those affected by the latest round of LA Times layoffs is midnight, tonight. As first reported by FishbowlLA, one of those who got thrown under the Sam Zell bus this time around was media columnist Tim Rutten (pictured).

Rutten spoke with KPCC-FM 89.3 morning host Madeleine Brand about the end of a very long downtown LA run. There have already been a number of eloquent farewell emails from similarly affected colleagues. Rutten tells Brand he knew he was on shaky ground:

“Whatever the merits of your work, to be older and to be collecting a relatively large paycheck was to have a kind of target on your back,” he says, admitting that he was surprised but not shocked by the news…

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Another Name from the LA Times Layoff List

In the chaos of the past few days, we somehow failed to mention that LA Times environmental reporter Margot Roosevelt was among those let go in the latest round of layoffs at the paper. Her tweet last night reminded us to get our act together. Roosevelt had been with the Times since 2007, after stints at The Washington Post and Time.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Major Layoffs at the LA Times

Vanity Fair Launches New E-Book on Rupert Murdoch

Everything Rupert Murdoch is in vogue right now. Profiles in magazines, TV talking heads examining his health, Rupert Bobblehead Night – if you’ve got something about News Corp.’s man, you’ve most likely got yourself a hit. So it’s no surprise that Vanity Fair’s second e-book ever takes an in-depth look at the man.

Rupert Murdoch: The Master Mogul of Fleet Street, takes 20 selected pieces from the pages of Vanity Fair and puts them in one, tiny electronic place (it’s available on the Kindle or Nook).

The book documents Murdoch’s journey from Fleet Street until now, and includes works from Sarah Ellison, Edward Klein, James Wolcott, and Michael Wolff and more.

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