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Archives: August 2012

Neville Wakefield to Consult for Playboy

Playboy has hired Neville Wakefield as a consultant on marketing projects, according to WWDRumors that Wakefield was going to be part of a Playboy rebranding are apparently untrue; a spokesperson told WWD no changes are being planned.

Wakefield is a curator, writer and photographer. His work has appeared in publications such as W and Acne Paper.

Advertising Age Appoints San Francisco Bureau Chief

Big announcement this morning from Advertising Age digital editor Michael Learmonth. The Chicago-founded, New York based publication has added a San Francisco bureau chief, Cotton Delo.

She will be based out of the Crain’s newsroom in the Hearst Building and have a couple of weeks to get settled before the magazine’s Digital Conference in San Francisco September 20. Delo gets the bump just a year after starting out with Ad Age covering the social media beat:

As head of Ad Age‘s San Francisco bureau, Cotton will expand her coverage to Bay Area ad agencies, consumer-focused startups, ad tech and venture capital firms. She will, to put it in old-fashioned journalism terms, “follow the money,” which increasingly flows from the world’s biggest brands to tech platforms such as search, social and video to reach consumers. She’ll also cover the personalities creating change, so expect to see her at meetups, parties and events.

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Video: Vin Scully’s Unique First Pitch

Thursday at Dodger Stadium was Vin Scully bobblehead night, and the  broadcast legend was asked to throw out the first pitch.

You didn’t really expect the 84-year-old to throw out his arm by tossing from the mound, did you?

Yinka Adegoke Named Deputy Editor of Billboard

Yinka Adegoke has been named deputy editor of Billboard magazine. Adegoke comes to Billboard from Reuters, where he served as senior media correspondent since 2006.

“Yinka is one of the top entertainment business journalists and thinkers in the industry today,” said Bill Werde, Billboard’s editorial director, in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring him on to lead Billboard’s world-class team of reporters. The hire of Yinka shows yet again that Billboard is a brand that invests in talent to serve our readers.”

Adegoke begins at Billboard September 17.

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Radio Hosts Gear Up for Full Season of TV’s Dish Nation

Rehearsals started this week in Studio City for Dish Nation, KTTV FOX 11′s mash-up of celebrity news. Following a limited 2011 test run, the program is scheduled to return to the airwaves September 10  at 12:30 p.m. /6:30 p.m weekdays in SoCal and at various other times on Fox stations across the country.

The interchangeable sets of featured radio show teams include DJ Laz and his KXOL 96.3 FM morning show sidekick Liliani Gonzalez. Both recently relocated to the west coast from Miami.

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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]

For THR Awards Blogger, It’s Telluride – Take Two

A year ago at this time, Scott Feinberg (pictured) had just signed a contract with The Hollywood Reporter to join the publication as lead awards blogger and tumbled into his first-ever trip to Telluride. This weekend, he’s back in the picturesque Colorado mountains, ready to handicap 2012 Oscar hopefuls alongside a small group of LA journo regulars that includes Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Gregory Ellwood (Hit Fix), Steve Pond (TheWrap) and Pete Hammond (Deadline).

“It’s funny, the one place where we all end up is the Santa Barbara Film Festival,” Feinberg told FishbowlLA via telephone yesterday shortly after arriving in the rain. “It’s weird. Some of us can’t make it to Telluride, some of us can’t make it to Toronto. But the one that it just seems, year after year, all the usual LA Oscar beat writers end up at is Santa Barbara.”

Everything is walking distance in Telluride. It’s also a place where, with a very few exceptions, outlets pay the same hefty price for journalist passes as attendees. And because locals are used to living next to the likes of Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise, the already secluded event has a welcome, casual feel for A-list attendees. Starting with today’s traditional kick-off picnic.

“At the end of last year’s awards season, George Clooney told me Telluride had been one of the highlights of the circuit, which he was on for a whole six months,” Feinberg recalled. “He felt that he could walk around here with no bodyguards, no entourage… Of course, one or two people might still ask him for photos. But it’s nothing like LA or Toronto.”

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Obama Tweets Response to Clint Eastwood

A good comeback, but the Obama team has always been adept at social media. Clint Eastwood, on the other hand, doesn’t even appear to have a Twitter account. But the empty chair he scolded last night does:

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What the Hell, Clint?

Clint Eastwood‘s surprise appearance last night at the Republican National Convention managed to upstage even Mitt Romney, but that wasn’t due to the iconic actor’s star power. Rather it was Eastwood’s long, rambling speech that stole the show, an episode so bizarre we’re almost reluctant to make fun of it.

For reasons unknown, Eastwood tossed aside a prepared speech and decided to ad-lib it. Bad idea. The veteran actor should know that improv is harder than it looks, and he isn’t exactly a graduate of The Groundlings. Though only scheduled for 5 minutes, Eastwood spoke for over 10, addressing an imaginary President Obama in an empty chair, whom he imagined to be hurling obscenities, and veering wildly from topic to topic without making much sense.

The Romney campaign responded to the disaster by saying, “You can’t look at him at through the same political lens that you would other politicians. He’s Clint Eastwood.”

Anyhow, watch and cringe.

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