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Archives: August 2012

Bookworms: Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles

From our friends over at GalleyCat:

Want to talk about books or make some literary friends in Los Angeles?

If you live in the Los Angeles area, we can help you answer all those questions. You should join us for our Cocktails in Los Angeles party at Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT).

Follow this link to RSVP. The party will be hosted by Write On Online‘s Debra Eckerling and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. It is a great way to meet new friends, network with media professionals or tell this GalleyCat editor about your favorite book.

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Dennis Hopper: Gone But Not Forgotten

Who should play a young Dennis Hopper? That tantalizing question frames Mike Fleming‘s Deadline item about the launch of Ex Machina Media Group. The company’s first project will be Rebel in Paradise (My Life and Times of My Buddy Dennis Hopper), based on partner Della Manitou‘s friendship with the actor and book of the same name.

Several other bits of Hopper-related news recently caught FishbowlLA’s attention. In a Wednesday Q&A with The Guardian, architect Amanda Levete brought up his name when asked about the best advice she was ever given:

About four years ago, I sat next to Dennis Hopper at dinner. I’d just come back from Las Vegas, where we’d been commissioned to design an art gallery. I’d found it apocalyptic. When I told him so, he just said, “Relax, babe – if you can’t enjoy Vegas for a few days, there’s something wrong.” He was right: I was being far too uptight.

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Big Brother Most Watched Prime Time Program in New York Despite Airing on WLNY

The management of WLNY is heading into the holiday weekend on cloud nine. It’s the upshot of an unusual event last night. WLNY-TV 10/55 had the highest rated prime time show in New York. WLNY aired the Channel 2 prime time lineup because the Jets preseason game was broadcast on sister station WCBS.

Big Brother gave WLNY the one night of ratings glory, tops among adults 25 to 54 (2.1/5) and adults 18-49 (2.0/6).

“It’s extremely gratifying to be able to shift CBS prime time over to WLNY for one night and not skip a beat,” WCBS president and general manager, Peter Dunn, says. ”Prior to our acquisition of WLNY [in April], we would move CBS prime time programming to late night whenever we had a Jets preseason game… It’s a big win for our viewers across the tri-state area.”

Last night’s episode of Big Brother on WLNY retained 100 percent of the Thursday average on WCBS this summer among adults 25 to 54.

The Jets vs. Eagles was the second-highest rated program for the night (1.6 rating in adults 25-54). WCBS sports anchor Otis Livingston was the sideline reporter.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. New York Times reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA, August 28
  2. Cover Battle: The New Yorker or Vice, August 30
  3. New York Live Makes Another Programming Switch to 12:30 p.m.; Jane Hanson (left) to Exit Show Friday, August 27
  4. News Corp. Either Loves Obama or Really Hates Romney, August 23
  5. Bloomberg Insider Calls Reagan a ‘Socialist,’ Waits for Republicans to Burn Convention to the Ground, August 28
  6. Weekend Weathercaster Domenica Davis Out at WNBC; Steve Villaneuva Bolts WPIX to Fill Slot, August 24
  7. Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC, August 30

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Sets Traffic Record

Who’s ready for more Newsweek news! Yay! Yay? Anyway, we know it’s the afternoon before a long weekend, but check this out: All the press (read: attacks) Newsweek got about its Niall Ferguson cover story paid off in terms of website traffic.

According to an internal memo from Tina Brown, August was a record setting month for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. The site “will close out [the month] at over 15 million uniques / 118 million page views.” The print side did well too — with ad sales up 22 percent compared to last August.

With these numbers, you can all safely assume there will be plenty more crazy Newsweek stories in the future. Brown’s full note is after the jump.

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Forecast the Future for Popular Science

Are you interested in things that are ‘hard, fast, and shiny?” If spaceships and supercars are your thing, you might think about pitching to Popular Science. This mag is freelancer-friendly (75 percent of its content is written by freelancers!) and is always looking for news from around the corner. After all, their motto is, “the future now.”

“The one central tenet of our magazine is that it’s a really relentlessly optimistic magazine,” said editor-in-chief Jacob Ward. “We believe that technology and science are gonna make the future better than it is today.” So, if you’ve got a scoop on the next innovation that will save us from the apocalypse, better pitch it before anyone else does.

Read more in How To Pitch: Popular Science. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Newsweek/The Daily Beast Hires and Promotes

A few changes at Newsweek/The Daily Beast today. According to a memo from Tina Brown, David Freedlander is joining as senior political correspondent, Winston Ross is now a national correspondent and Adam Auriemma has been promoted to senior editor.

Freedlander comes to Newsweek/The Daily Beast from The New York Observer, where he oversaw Politicker and wrote features. Ross has been contributing to Newsweek since 2002 and Auriemma has been homepage editor since 2009.

The full note from Brown is after the jump.

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Writing Prof Grouses About Google News Editors’ Picks

Do you pay much attention to the Editors’ Picks section on the right-hand side of the Google News page? Although for many this widget is likely just a quick, passing blur on the way to inputting search terms, San Diego writing prof Bob Dorn still thinks it’s worth mentioning how selective the showcasing is.

After a week spent monitoring the site about two hours per day, he makes a somewhat porous argument in the San Diego Free Press. In the sense that like the Oscars, there are only so many slots to be filled, so inevitably many deserving publications will always be left out of the EP honor roll:

Why are so many of the nation’s very best newspapers seldom allowed into the coverage on the left side of the [Google News] page, and why do they never appear in the Editor’s Picks section?

That small prestigious group of the excluded is made up of organizations such as the Los Angeles Times, winner of 41 Pulitzer prizes (only the NYT and WashPost have won more), the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe, which since 1941 has won 20 Pulitzers. Esquire and Vanity Fair, two magazines that have produced devilishly daring investigations, and The New Yorker and Harper’s and The Nation don’t appear in Google News. The Atlantic, during the week appeared just once during my monitoring of the site.

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Mitt Romney Convention Displaces 10 O’Clock Newscasts

The major networks were ready to go with the closing of the Republican National Convention. The main attraction of the night, and the week, was Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech to the nation.

Romney hit the podium just after 10:30, as WNYW/Channel 5 and WPIX/Channel 11 were well into their 10 p.m. broadcasts. WWOR/Channel 9 typically ends its newscast at 10:35.

Even though Romney was live over the air at NBC, CBS, and ABC, there were other outlets that carried Romney’s big moment.

Starting on Channel 5, anchors Greg Kelly and Dari Alexander, using the Fox News feed, suspended regular news programming for Romney. When the GOP nominee concluded at 11:15 p.m., Kelly and Alexander stuck around for an additional 15 minutes to give viewers sports (with Ryan Asselta) and weather (with Nick Gregory).

“11:27, a little bit late for the 10 o’clock news,” Kelly says. “But it was a lot of fun.”
“It certainly was,” Alexander added. “An eventful night. So have a great night, and we’ll see you tomorrow.”

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