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Archives: January 2012

Buzzfeed Grows Again, Adds Tech Vertical

It’s getting to the point that it’s difficult to keep up with how much Buzzfeed is expanding. It started in December when the site added Ben Smith to be its new Editor-in-Chief, then continued when Doree Shafrir joined as Executive Editor earlier this month, and now there’s more news: Matt Buchanan, a veteran of Gawker’s Gizmodo, has been added to the team.

According to All Things D, Buchanan will be in charge of Buzzfeed’s new tech section. Joining him is John Herrman, who most recently worked at Popular Mechanics, but is a former Gizmodo editor as well.

Buchanan said the chance to be part of something completely new was enough to lure him away from Gawker Media. “It’s an opportunity to build something completely new on a really exciting platform, which, even though the hallmark of Gizmodo is the immense freedom we all have, you know, the one thing I can never get here is the chance to do it all from scratch,” Buchanan told All Things D. “And to do something that’s different from what a lot other tech sites are doing, I hope.”

If you think this is it for Buzzfeed, you’re wrong. Smith said there will be more, so we’ll try to not blink and catch it all.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Columnist Recalls Good Old CAA Media Leak Days

Patrick Goldstein has an interesting take on the current media fascination with the astronomical free agent salary deals landed by Major League Baseball stars Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols.

He suggests that just as the DVD boom once fueled the headline-grabbing paydays of Hollywood A-listers, billion-dollar media rights deals for MLB teams are now powering a similar inflationary curve on the baseball diamond. This shift has also taken out a once common top-tier talent agency tactic:

CAA was famous for leaking its star salary numbers in the ’90s, and every dazzling new salary breakthrough sent a telling message to stars signed to a rival agency–why isn’t your agent raking in all that moolah for you? When salaries are in decline, as they are now, you rarely see the likes of Kevin Huvane or Ari Emanuel feeding any information to the press, as today’s salary news only offers another instance of the scaling down of A-list actors’ earning power.

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Dodger Thoughts is on the Move Once Again

Jon Weisman‘s blog on the Los Angeles Dodgers is on the move … again.

Dodger Thoughts is leaving ESPNLosAngeles.com and moving to www.dodgerthoughts.com. The Variety features editor wrote a brief farewell Monday:

I would very much like to thank everyone at ESPNLosAngeles for giving me the opportunity to be part of their team for two years. It’s been a great addition to the Los Angeles sports landscape, and I was proud to be part of it. (In fact, you might still see me over at ESPNLosAngeles on a freelance basis.)

Weisman’s blog is my favorite by far when it comes to thoughts and musings on the Dodgers. Let’s hope this move is his last one for good.

Pork Attack | Swamped | Whining Time

  • TVNewser: Miss Piggy has attacked Fox News. That might be the most depressing sentence ever to appear on FishbowlNY.
  • FishbowlDC: Florida is the land of oranges, mediocre NFL teams and Politico reporters.
  • SocialTimes: Just as you expected, people often use Twitter to complain.

The Personal Stories Editors Want to Publish

After talking with at least 60 editors for our four-part series on pitching personal essays, we’ve learned a lot about what they expect in a publishable story.

Paula Derrow from Self wants fresh and relatable while Whole Life Times’ Abigail Lewis puts extra emphasis on humor and a tie into their L.A. home. And for Shape, editor A.J. Hanley says it’s all about tone, tone, tone.

Our latest installment adds 15 more magazines that are gunning for a first-person narrative. Find out what these editors and others crave in the pitch in Personal Essay Markets, Part  III. [sub req'd]

Viacom’s CEO Sees Pay Drop by Almost 50 Percent, Could Still Buy Your Life

In 2010, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman was the highest paid CEO in the country, pulling in a cool $84 million. However, things changed drastically last year. According to company security filings, Dauman saw his pay almost halved, as he earned $43 million.

According to the Washington Post, the drop in pay can be attributed to lower stock options which were valued at six million, down 79 percent from 2010.

We imagine that getting your pay cut in half hurts a lot less when your salary can still afford you the finer things in life, like luxury cars, diamond-encrusted Toms and a small country or two.

Star Magazine Pair Blocked by Ashton Kutcher

Badge of honor or badge of shame?

That’s the mock Twitter debate going this afternoon between Star magazine senior executive editor Dylan Howard and editor-in-chief David Perel after the pair discovered they have been blocked on Twitter by Ashton Kutcher:

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Veteran Communications Exec Departs News Corp.

Teri Everett, News Corporation’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, is leaving the company after 12 years. Everett started with News Corp. in 200o, directing its Los Angeles communications. She has been in her current position since 2009.

“News Corp. executives are a peerless group and I will miss them immensely,” said Everett. “I will always be grateful to Rupert and Chase for their support over the years and am thrilled that Julie will be succeeding me. While it may be a tired cliche, I am ready for something new.”

Julie Henderson is succeeding Everett, whose last day is February 10. Henderson’s title will be Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer.

Boston Talk Show Comes to LA Public Access

The home page for The Steve Katsos Show playfully proclaims, “Welcome to the Minor Leagues of Late Night Television!”

Be that as it may, this weekly Tuesday night half-hour is now available on TV locally via public access channel LA36. The first program broadcast under this new umbrella featured former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis (pictured).

Katsos tapes the show each week from the Boston suburb of Arlington. Since launching in April of 2009, he has managed to expand into a total of ten different countries.

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