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Archives: September 2012

Will Monday Night’s Deadline/Soho House Bash Include a Big Announcement?*

A cryptic Deadline advisory posted Saturday morning by Nikki Finke has some Hollywood trade watchers speculating that the PMC-Variety deal is done. The 11:34 a.m. PDT September 29 message reads:

The Deadline Team won’t provide 24/7 news coverage for at least the next week. One of the reasons is DH business affecting the entire staff in LA, NY and Europe. As a result, we’ll probably miss some breaking stories and delay monitoring some comments, emails and phone calls. Please cut us some slack for the duration.


Which begs the question – will Jay Penske be making a “big” announcement at Soho House in West Hollywood tomorrow night? That’s when the “PMC” in Penske Media Corp. will briefly overlap with “private members’ club,” as Deadline hosts a “Kick Off the Awards Season” party there from 6 to 9 p.m. A who’s who of studio execs, film publicists and awards season PR consultants will hobnob with not just Penske but many other PMC/Deadline folks: film editor Mike Fleming, tv editor Nellie Andreeva, awards columnist Pete Hammond, marketing consultant Madelyn Hammond, executive editor David Lieberman, reporter Dominic Patten, PMC senior vp Nic Paul, PMC senior sales director Cathy Goepfert, Awards/Line managing editor Anthony D’Alessandro and Awards/Line editor Christy Grosz.*

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Actor Taylor Negron Celebrates the Life, Legacy of an LA Murder Victim

A piece posted Friday afternoon on xojane.com by actor Taylor Negron about the horrific murder of 81-year-old LA resident Catherine Davis is getting a lot of attention this weekend. Deservedly so.

Negron fills in the many blanks contained in the rash of sensational media coverage more concerned about leveraging the SEO potential of a Katy Perry ex-boyfriend reference than discovering the true identity of Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis’ alleged victim. During his early years as an actor in LA, Negron rented every room in Davis’ “writer’s villa” abode in Los Feliz. It was a place that welcomed numerous other performers such as Val Kilmer, Parker Posey and Thomas Jane.

Negron notes that Davis and her daughter were both writers. Margaret penned “biographies of prominent Los Angeles figures and families,” with Negron and co. attending related book launch events. Mom meanwhile was working on an equally ambitious portrait:

Cathy, always the writer and reader, began writing her own historical biography on the life of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst. She was working on the book in her room when she was murdered.

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Arthur O. Sulzberger Dies at 86

Arthur O. Sulzberger, who transformed The New York Times through his 34 year tenure there, has died. His family announced that he died from a longtime illness. Sulzberger was 86.

Sulzberger took over as publisher of the Times in 1963, and slowly began to alter the paper for the better. In perhaps his most memorable move, Sulzberger decided to publish “The Pentagon Papers,” which detailed the government’s many stumbles and evasions during the Vietnam War. President Nixon demanded that the documents be pulled, but Sulzberger refused, and the Times ultimately won the case in the Supreme Court.

Sulzberger is also credited with adding sections to the Times such as business, home, weekend and metropolitan. Competitors panned the decision, but after they saw how popular the new sections were with readers, quickly began to add them to their own papers.

“Adolph Ochs is remembered as the one who founded this great enterprise,” said Richard L. Gelb, a member of the Times’ board, when Sulzberger stepped down as chairman in 1997. “Arthur Ochs Sulzberger will be remembered as the one who secured it, renewed it and lifted it to ever-higher levels of achievement.”

For much more on Sulzberger, please read the Times’ excellent piece on his life.

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Fresh Face | Bad Apple | Proper Tweet

TVNewser: CBSNews.com got a makeover because it was just feeling in a rut and not itself lately, you know?

AppNewser: Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologized for the Apple Map app being not up to par. He will also sit next to Steve Jobs’ grave for one month straight as a penance.

FishbowlDC: Politico’s Jonathan Martin is a Twitter master.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. Mike Francesa and WBLS Are Marconi Award Winners, September 21
  2. Sue Simmons (left) in First Interview Since Leaving WNBC: ‘I Cried Every Day,‘ September 26
  3. Cover Battle: GQ or Complex, September 20
  4. Sandra Lee is Launching a Magazine, September 26
  5. Vogue Issues Fantastic Correction, September 25
  6. Michael Moynihan Joins Newsweek/The Daily Beast, September 26

 

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7 Ways to Manage Up and Get Ahead in the Media Biz

New Yorkers sure do complain a lot. (And rightly so!) But the last thing you want is to come off as a whiner in the workplace. In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts give tips on the art of “managing up,” or how to better your relationship with your boss.

No. 6: Tell your manager what you need

Managing up doesn’t mean saying yes to every request; that can cause trouble later if you become overwhelmed. “Communicating requires you to be open about your needs rather than assuming your manager understands what’s going on,” said career coach Deborah Howard, president of Guiding Change Consulting. “Learn to say, ‘I’ll be happy to work on this project, and I’m also working on these three other projects, so how would you like me to prioritize them?’”

For more advice, read Managing Up: 7 Ways to Keep the Boss Happy.

Budget Travel Names Gillian Telling EIC

Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel has named Gillian Telling its new editor-in-chief. Telling comes to BT from Front Desk New York, where she served as editor-in-chief as well. Previously Telling had been a staff editor at Details and Rolling Stone.

“I am excited that we were able to attract someone of Gillian’s caliber to our magazine, and certain that she will continue to provide Budget Travel’s audience or more than two million readers with the award-winning brand of travel journalism they’ve come to expect,” said BT’s vice president and publisher, Elaine Alimontiin a statement.

“As a longtime budget traveler myself, I can’t say how thrilled I am to now be editing what has always been one of my favorite magazines,” added Telling.

Changes at The Top for Time Inc.

Laura Lang, CEO of Time Inc., just shuffled the deck at the top of the company. According to Adweek, Paul Caine will now be group president as well as chief revenue officer.

David Geithner was also promoted to the top of the company’s Style and Entertainment Group. Geithner will oversee People, In Style and Entertainment Weekly.

Lang directed Todd Larsen, group president of Time’s News and Sports Group, to oversee the company’s international tactics.

Additionally, Fran Hauser — director of digital for the Style and Entertainment Group — was tasked with managing an “innovation lab.”

Roseanne Barr vs. the ‘Duopolistic Fundraising Machine’

Roseanne Barr dropped by The Young Turks to chat with host Cenk Uygur about her presidential campaign. Ahead of tonight’s airing of the interview, the show has posted a teaser clip.

Barr is likely the only 2012 candidate you’ll hear talking about the domestic prison labor force being used to manufacture 90% of house paints sold in the U.S. She calls herself the “legalization candidate” and says she’s all about “common sense solutions.”

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Mark Thompson Joins CNNMoney

Mark Thompson has joined CNNMoney as assistant managing editor. Thompson previously worked at Reuters in a variety of roles. At CNNMoney, Thompson is overseeing the site’s international content.

According to a memo from Lex Haris, CNNMoney’s managing editor, Thompson will be hiring two reporters in London, and an editor and reporter in Hong Kong.

The full note from Haris is below.

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