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Archives: July 2012

E3 Staying in Los Angeles Through 2015

The Electronic Entertainment Expo will remain in Los Angeles through 2015, the Entertainment Software Associated announced on Monday.

“We are proud to partner with Los Angeles for another three years,” said ESA CEO Michael D. Gallagher in a statement. The City serves as a strong backdrop for the video game industry’s biggest announcements and we look forward to remaining in LA. Video games are a dominant force in the global entertainment marketplace and there is no better place to display that than Los Angeles. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the City and AEG.”

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Jonah Lehrer Resigns from The New Yorker

Well, the saga of Jonah Lehrer is officially over. The New York Times reports that Lehrer — who was busted recycling stories for his New Yorker blog — has resigned from the magazine after he was caught fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in a book he wrote. The latest accusations came from Tablet, the online magazine.

Add this to everything else, and you see that Lehrer has built quite the career (well, had built quite the career) out of being a liar.

Via the Times, a snippet of Lehrer’s statement:

The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down, especially my editors and readers. I also owe a sincere apology to Mr. Moynihan [author of the Tablet article]. I will do my best to correct the record and ensure that my misquotations and mistakes are fixed. I have resigned my position as staff writer at The New Yorker.

Everyone who actually believes Lehrer when he says that “the lies are over now,” please congratulate yourself, because you’re a more optimistic person than us.

Fairchild Fashion Media Makes Publisher Changes

There have been two changes at Fairchild Fashion Media. Pamela Daniels has joined the company as the new publisher of Beauty, Inc. Daniels comes to Fairchild from Rodale, where she served as business development director since February.  She will report to Paul Jowdy, vice president, publisher of WWD.

Additionally, Matt Rice has been promoted to associate publisher of Style.com, NowManifest and Style.com/Print. Rice was most recently advertising director for Fairchild.

UK Journo Guy Adams Questions His Suspension from Twitter

As another day of competition draws to a close in London, a huge related media story is breaking here on the west coast. At press time, The Huffington Post, Mediate and Mashable are among the latest outlets reporting the suspension from Twitter yesterday of Guy Adams, LA based correspondent for UK’s The Independent.

After tweeting out the corporate email address of an NBC executive on Friday as part of a series of rants about the network’s decision to tape-delay the opening ceremony, Adams was suspended from the service on Sunday for violation of terms of service. But in a piece posted today, Adams questions the logic of this decision, sharing the latest email he sent to Twitter’s European PR head Rachel Bremer:

“I’m of course happy to abide by Twitter’s rules, now and forever,” the email reads. “But I don’t see how I broke them in this case: I didn’t publish a private email address. Just a corporate one, which is widely available to anyone with access to Google, and is identical [in form] to one that all of the tens of thousands of NBC Universal employees share. It’s no more “private” than the address I’m emailing you from right now.”

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Camille Edwards Named WABC-TV VP of News

WABC/Channel 7 has appointed Camille Edwards to oversee the more than 40 hours of live news programming. As VP of News, Edwards is also in charge of the station’s content on all platforms, including online and Taxi TV.  She succeeds news director Kenny Plotnik, who left WABC June 1 after 25 years.

Edwards has more than 20 years of journalism and management experience, including major market stops in Washington, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

“Camille Edwards’s proven commitment to excellence in local TV news, along with her innovative work expanding news content to new-media platforms, made her the ideal choice for the top news post at WABC-TV,” Dave Davis, WABC president and general manager, says. “We’re all proud to welcome Camille back to the ABC Owned Television Stations Group and look forward to her continuing success ahead at WABC-TV.”

 

WCBS-FM Moves on in Middays Without Bob Shannon

A WCBS-FM mainstay is no more. Midday jock Bob Shannon, who hasn’t appeared on the station since late 2011 while on medical leave, will not return to the Classic Hits station.

Until earlier this month, Ron Parker and Joe Causi had been filling in saying, “In for Bob Shannon…” Now, Parker has taken the midday slot. Showing an unfortunate end to Shannon’s illustrious radio career, Causi is no longer rotating at night or saying that he’s in for Parker.

As early as April, FishbowlNY learned that Shannon would not be able to return, but remained quiet due to privacy issues.

Shannon, 64, is a link to the Oldies past of CBS-FM, where he was the popular afternoon DJ starting in 1986. For the recent 40th anniversary celebration, Shannon was heard on tape from several years earlier. It is yet another indication that Shannon was apparently too ill to participate live.

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Trio of LA Times Entertainment Contributors Get Bumped to Full-Time

The fall-winter of 2008-2009 was a particularly bad time for LA movie critics. Carina Chocano was let go from the LA Times in October; the Daily News laid off Glenn Whipp in December; and Andy Klein got his walking papers from LA CityBeat in January.

Today, the LA Times announced that Whipp is joining the paper fulll-time as anchor reporter for The Envelope, “with the special mission of making the online version as compelling as the print edition.” There’s a certain level of irony there, but given that this gig comes with full benefits and a fair amount of prestige, Whipp will take it.

Fellow LA Film Critics Association member Mark Olsen, author of the paper’s Saturday “Indie Focus” column and contributor to LAT film festival coverage, has also been promoted to full-time status. In his LAFCA questionnaire a few years ago, Olsen had this advice to would-be fellow film critics:

“Please do not enter this profession expecting to become rich in a monetary sense, but it will push you as a person in ways you likely cannot expect. Also, there will, if you’re lucky, be crazy-ass moments when you’re utterly pinching yourself knowing that your 15-year-old self just had his/her mind totally blown. (Your 15-year-old self will also sometimes frown and be scornful of the very grown-up compromises and decisions you will be forced to make. But maybe it’s better to forget that kid.)”

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Newsweek Calls Romney a ‘Wimp’

According to Newsweek, Mitt Romney is a “wimp.” He is also “kind of lame,” “weenie-ish,” “annoying,” and he says “incredibly off-key things.” But those are just the facts in the magazine’s cover story. The opinions are way worse.

Village Voice Editor Shares Another Huge Scientology Scoop

Tony Ortega has done it again. Over the weekend, on his Scientology-focused blog Runnin’ Scared, the Village Voice editor-in-chief published a groundbreaking two-part interview with John Brousseau, a 32-year member who very methodically “blew” Hemet’s Int Base in 2010.

Ortega remains the church’s number one journalistic foe, tirelessly publishing scoop after scoop. But FishbowlLA figured that this latest Saturday-Sunday opus must rank pretty high on his list of feature articles. Via email, Ortega concurred.

“I think this is definitely one of my favorite four or five Scientology pieces I’ve ever done,” Ortega says. “And people are telling me it fills in some interesting gaps in the historical record, so that’s nice to hear.”

“I was talking to JB for more than a year,” he adds. “In February 2011, Larry Wright’s New Yorker piece described some of the work Brousseau had done for Tom Cruise, and then I actually put his photos of that work up (Marty Rathbun had already done that too). Then, over the last year JB helped me here and there with stuff and questions about people like Ann Tidman [link] and Shelly Miscavige [link].”

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Spin Cuts 11, Drops Nov/Dec Issue

The changes we anticipated coming to Spin have come big and fast, as new owner Buzzmedia cut 11 staffers and said it was dropping the November/December issue. The New York Times reports that Steve Kandell, Spin’s editor-in-chief and Catherine Davis, its managing editor, were among those let go.

The next issue of Spin will be its September/October issue; it will be available in late August.

According to a statement from Buzzmedia, it remains “committed to moving forward with print,” but this can hardly be seen as anything other than a move toward dropping the magazine altogether.

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