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Archives: November 2012

BuzzFeed LA Launch Party at Mondrian’s Skybar

FishbowlLA braved the harsh L.A. drizzle on Thursday night to hit Skybar, where BuzzFeed staffers and friends were celebrating the launch of the website’s new Los Angeles bureau. Top BuzzFeed brass was in attendance: CEO and founder Jonah Peretti, president Jon Steinberg, editor-in-chief Ben Smith, executive VP of video Ze Frank, and probably more we didn’t recognize.

We spotted Nate Silver in the crowd, as well as Julia Boorstin of CNBC, comedian Chelsea PerettiLA Times VP of Communications Nancy Sullivan and former Good magazine editor Ann Friedman, who tolerated some gushing on our behalf over her delightful Tumblr and column, #Real Talk.

But we don’t have pictures of any of these lovely people, because we forgot our camera. We only managed this one grainy cell phone picture before giving up and hitting the open bar:

That’s Ann-Marie Thomson of SYCO television, Grantland editor Emily Yoshida and BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles bureau chief Richard Rushfield being blinded by my cell phone camera.

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50 Shades of Winning | Knowledge Game | Up The Ante

GalleyCat: E.L. James is Publishers Weekly “Person of The Year.” She reportedly commented “You mad bro?” when asked about the haters.

FishbowlDC: Knight Kiplinger considers “damn” a curse word and cut his own hair for over 40 years.

PRNewser: For cops, giving a homeless person a pair of shoes is a great career move.

Author Michael Levin Pays Tribute to Motivational Guru Zig Ziglar

The death on Wednesday of pioneering motivational author and speaker Zig Ziglar has reverberated far and wide.

Here for example is how LA Times celebrity blogger Christie D’Zurilla initially reacted on Twitter:

Saturday’s memorial service in Plano, Texas will be live-streamed. Leading up to that, one of the very best ways to remember Ziglar is to read an essay published earlier this year by New York Times bestselling author Michael Levin. It begins:

The last time I saw Zig Ziglar, I was one of 17,000 in attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, where he was speaking as part of a program of superstars, including Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Joe Montana. He was onstage accompanied by his daughter, Julie Ziglar Norman, because Zig had suffered a fall a couple of years before that and nobody wanted him to fall again, especially onstage, and especially in front of 17,000 people.

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WNYC Adds Investigative Reporter

Robert Lewis has joined WNYC as an investigative reporter. Lewis comes to the station from Newsday, where he also served as an investigative reporter.

Previously Lewis worked for the Sacramento Bee, and during his time there was a Loeb Awards finalist.

“Robert brings to the WNYC newsroom a profound indignation in the face of injustice, an equally profound sense of fairness, and terrific reporting and storytelling skills,” said WNYC’s vice president for news, Jim Schachter, in a statement.

Which Media Giant Uses This Office?

The above is an office used by a big name in media. Can you figure out who it is? Does the desk give it away? Maybe the chairs? Below the secret is revealed! Oh c’mon, click through. It’s Friday, you know you don’t feel like thinking.

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Seven Months Later, Disappearance of Gavin Smith Remains an Excruciating Mystery

As we head into a rare, rainy weekend in LA, the mysterious disappearance of 20th Century Fox distribution executive Gavin Smith is set to cross the seven-month mark. With no signs that his baffling May 1 drive-to-nowhere will be solved any time soon.

FishbowlLA reached out to America’s Most Wanted to find out whether an October 12 segment about the case elicited any solid leads. We’ve also tried, without success at press time, to get comment from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective overseeing the investigation. If we hear back from either party, this item will be updated below.

The circumstances of Smith’s vanishing into thin air are as confounding as the deaths of Ronni Chasen and Natalie Wood (and, beyond LA, that of Natalee Holloway). With the big difference of course that there is no certainty at present that Smith, a one-time UCLA basketball star, has in fact perished.

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Leveson Report Suggests News Corp. Cover-Up

The phone hacking scandal report from Judge Brian Leveson, who examined an exhaustive amount of evidence, proposes that News Corp. actively covered up information about the incident. According to Bloomberg News, the 2,000 page report explains that when News Corp. was presented with the hacking claims, it didn’t do nearly enough to investigate them.

“Questions were there to be asked and simple denials should not have been considered sufficient,” explained Leveson, in his report. “This suggests a cover-up by somebody and at more than one level.”

If you’ve been following the phone hacking story, this will come as little surprise to you. But despite Leveson’s claims, it’s worth wondering if anything will change, and if anyone actually wants it to; at least the way Leveson suggests.

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NBC Anchor Turned Mystery Writer Kelly Lange Plotting New Main Character

After three novels featuring fictional LA news anchor and crime solver Maxi Poole, author Kelly Lange tells The Valley Chronicle’s Jenna Hunt ahead of a book signing event this weekend in Hemet that she’s changing things up with her next book. The former NBC LA anchor says her sixth tome will feature a deceased designer trying to solve her murder from the vantage point of the after life. Shades of The Lovely Bones.

Hunt’s feature article provides a wonderful, breezy overview of how Lange successfully segued from conveying the real news to conjuring up some sensational mysteries of her own. Here is how it all began:

The budding writer in Lange grew when she started reading mysteries to relax between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. when her “crazy work hours,” left her feeling wired. She said she decided to start writing her own mysteries in the twilight hours from her Los Angeles home in the early 1990s.

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Freelancers Everywhere Welcome to Pitch San Antonio

San Antonio may have a bunch of local pubs, but San Antonio Magazine bills itself as being the ‘premier magazine’ of the city. “Our [magazine] definitely stands out as being the most comprehensive,” said editor-in-chief Rebecca Fontenot. After being bought out by Open Sky Media in the summer of 2011, the book underwent a major overhaul that changed the logo and freshened up the content, 60 to 75 percent of which is freelance-written. The best part is, you don’t have to live in the area to pitch.

“It’s not necessary that freelancers be in San Antonio, but,” said Fontenot, “a familiarity with the city is important.”

For example, an out-of-state home and garden writer can localize an article on new home construction by interviewing a San Antonio-based builder who is following national trends in his design.

For more info, read How To Pitch: San Antonio Magazine. [subscription required]

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