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Archives: August 2012

Grantland Adds Zach Lowe and Steven Hyden

Grantland, the sports/culture site led by Bill Simmons, continues to attract premium talent. In its latest hiring spree, the site tapped Zach Lowe from Sports Illustrated and Steven Hyden, a contributor to Pitchfork, Salon, AV Club and more.

Simmons announced both of the hires via Twitter.

(VIDEO) Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC

Howard Stern was a personality that radio would not soon forget. But in 1982, listeners in the New York City area could only imagine what the hype was about.

And then August 30 happened.

Thirty years ago, Stern arrived in New York at WNBC Radio (clip below), complete with sidekick Robin Quivers, who first worked with Stern in Washington a year earlier. Of course, with his roots in rough and tumble Roosevelt, Long Island, this was Howard’s homecoming.

As characterized in his book and film, Private Parts, Stern dealt with internal clashes from day one at WNBC. Specifically, his verbal barrages with program director Kevin Metheny, not-so-affectionately called “Pig Vomit” in the film (“Pig Virus” in real life). Stern slightly altered the immortalized version of Metheny, changing his name to “Kenny Rushton,” played exquisitely by Paul Giamatti.

“The book and the script are fascinating, engaging, and entertaining,” Metheny tells FishbowlNY. “I think [there's] a fair and appropriate amount of artists’ liberties taken with factual elasticity in order to make a more interesting project.”

In one memorable scene, Giamatti’s Rushton attempts to teach Stern the key to success, announcing the call letters properly (W-N-N-N-N-B-C). (See clip after the jump)

“I’m certain that I was a pain in the tush with respect to putting the emphasis on the “N” in WNBC,” Metheny says.

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Runner’s World Names Design Director

Benjamen Purvis has been named Runner’s World’s new design director. Purvis comes to Runner’s World after serving as creative director at Men’s Journal for a little over a year.

“Ben is an immensely talented, experienced, versatile designer whose vision and leadership will influence not only the magazine but also our rapidly growing website, our upcoming tablet offerings and various other parts of the brand,” said David Willey, general manager of Rodale’s Active Living Group and editor-in-chief of Runner’s World.

Purvis’ changes will be first seen in the magazine’s October issue, which hits newsstands September 4.

This UCLA Women’s Studies Major is Also a Porn Star

Around the San Fernando Valley, she’s known as Tasha Reign. But on campus at UCLA, where she transferred from Santa Monica College in 2010, this 23-year-old porn star goes by “Rachel.”

Thanks to today’s LA Weekly piece by Adam Popescu, chances are what’s left of her stealth student cover will soon be gone. While she asked that her last name not be used in the article, it’s not going to be difficult for fellow students to figure out which Rachel is which. Then again, it’s not like she stumbled into her profession by accident:

As a high school junior in Orange County, Rachel was a cast member for a season of MTV reality show Laguna Beach. Even then, she knew she wanted to be in the adult industry. Today, she owns her own production company and writes and directs most of her material.

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Guggenheim Partners Set to Acquire Dick Clark Productions

Even though The Hollywood Reporter has a very direct connection to private equity behemoth Guggenheim Partners, reporter Alex Ben Block writes that he was unable to get reps to comment on his report that the firm is successfully pulling a Dodgers strategy with Dick Clark Productions.

Block’s sources say that thanks to Guggenheim’s willingness to go ten percent higher than other bidders, the company will soon be adding to the west coast Dodgers portfolio a production company synonymous with the annual Golden Globes and American Music Awards telecasts:

The deal is expected to close in the next week or two, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. After entertaining several offers, DCP owner Red Zone Capital is now negotiating exclusively with Guggenheim.

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Dog Days of Summer? Not at OC Register, Where Full-Time Opportunities Abound

Want to pretend for a moment like the sub-prime mortgage loans meltdown, print newspaper downturn and jobless recovery never happened? Then have we got the Web page for you.

In the past two weeks, a dozen full-time Orange County Register job opportunities have been added to the Freedom Communications Inc. Careers page. This week alone, there are new listings for a sports senior copy editor, baseball writer, senior copy editor, copy editor and reporter. To go along with earlier mid-August postings for everything from a restaurant critic to a movie critic. That’s right; the OC Register is hiring, not firing, for the big screen beat:

Hollywood is just up the road. Some of our people have made it big there. But even if we’re not in the business, we love movies. We watch them. We read about them. And we talk about them. Your job will be to fuel that passion. We need someone with a long movie memory. Someone who can help subscribers understand why they should or shouldn’t care, and why they should or shouldn’t buy that ticket. You will need to have a strong voice along with a love of the form. And you must enjoy sitting in the dark and writing in the light.

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Jets Sunday Night Preseason Loss Tops Weekly Ratings

America got its first look at Tim Tebow in action for the Jets Sunday night. Curiosity also got the best of New Yorkers, making the NBC game, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth at the mic, number one. The matchup with Carolina drew an estimated 839,000 WNBC viewers with a 4.3 rating, according to Nielsen.

The Giants also performed well in the ratings, tuning up for the regular season. It was another case of  the national exposure, as the G-Men hosted the Bears on CBS. The sixth-rated show of the week had 526,000 fans and a 2.7 rating.

America’s Got Talent pulled in huge numbers again, placing second and third. The competition averaged approximately 670,000 viewers and a 3.5 rating.

The season finale of HBO’s vampire series, True Blood, was fourth (602,000/3.1), while CBS’ 60 Minutes grabbed fifth place (587,000/3.0).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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Shine America Adds Former NBC Exec Vivi Zigler

Vivi Zigler has been named president of Shine 360° and Digital at Shine America, a production company owned by News Corporation. Zigler departed NBC Universal in July, but before that had been there since 1993.

“Vivi is an innovative and dynamic leader with extraordinary multiplatform experience that makes her the ideal person to lead both our Shine 360° and digital businesses,” Shine America’s CEO, Carl Fennessy, told The Hollywood Reporter. ”She has the vision and expertise to develop our brands and content into true 360-degree experiences and will add a whole new dimension to our executive team.”

“One of the things Shine believes in most is attracting the best talent on — and offscreen, and I think Vivi is a rare breed kind of talent,” added Shine America’s president, Eden Gaha.

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