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Archives: November 2012

Manhattan Media to Take on The Hamptons

Niche Media’s Hamptons magazine has been holding down that market for years, but come next year, there will be a new title looking to grab some readers. According to The New York Post, Manhattan Media is planning on launching Avenue At The Beach, a glossy targeting all the rich people that call the Hamptons their home (or second, third and fourth home).

Manhattan Media has already named Mark Drucker, the former publisher of the now-shuttered Plum Hamptons, to lead its new magazine.

This is a curious move, considering Manhattan Media is for sale, but hey, you’ve got to give them credit for being ambitious.

Seth MacFarlane Crashes Professor Mann’s Contemporary Film Class

What a great idea. Instead of models escorting winners off the Oscar stage next February, it will be college students. Even better, per a press release from the Academy this morning, 2013 show host Seth MacFarlane announced the official launch of the related online contest by crashing UCLA professor Denise Mann’s (pictured) “Overview of Contemporary Film Industry” course:

MacFarlane announced “The Oscar Experience College Search” presented by The Academy and mtvU. College students who are interested in pursuing careers in film – writing, directing, producing, acting and more – are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Oscar show, winners will be flown to Los Angeles and provided hotel accommodations.

So, to all campus cinema buffs, here’s the deal. Think about the question, “How will you contribute to the future of movies?”, put together a video answer and then head over to the Academy’s Facebook page.

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Real Simple Names Food Director

Sarah Copeland has been named food director for Real Simple. Copeland is a veteran of the food journalism industry, having contributed to magazines such as SaveurFood & Wine, and Everyday with Rachael Ray for the past 10 years. She is also a published author and the creator of Edible Living, a food blog.

“Sarah has a diverse food background and an invaluable understanding of how to deliver recipes and know-how across all platforms, from TV to cookbooks to blogs,” said Real Simple managing editor, Kristin van Ogtrop, in a statement. “We admire her simple yet sophisticated approach to food and think she will bring fresh ideas and life-improving solutions to the Real Simple consumer.”

Copeland begins at Real Simple December 3.

YouTube Space Los Angeles Opens Its Doors to Content Creators

When the owner is YouTube, the focus viral Web content and the reception area the size of a small airplane hangar, press coverage of a new Playa Vista 41,000-square-feet hybrid production facility is not a problem.

Reports about this week’s official opening of YouTube Space Los Angeles include John Jurgensen for the Wall Street Journal, Darren Franich in Entertainment Weekly and Shira Lazar of What’s Trending. She in fact did a live broadcast from the location during Wednesday night’s cocktail soiree (excerpt above). From Jurgensen’s report:

YouTube will assess proposals submitted online, along with each applicant’s track record of acquiring subscribers and working with other YouTube creators. If approved, they’ll have their run of the facility for a period of three months. On site, a 20-person staff will keep people on track with a minimum of hand-holding. About 25 channels will be represented in the first term, starting in January.

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LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Barbara Demick Earns Stanford Journalism Award

The 2012 Shorenstein Journalism Award that LA Times Beijing bureau chief Barbara Demick will accept at Stanford early next year comes with a very impressive descriptor. She is being honored, says the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, for “her innovative and extraordinarily sensitive reporting on Northeast Asia over the past decade.”

Demick has been with the LA Times since 2001 and the paper’s Beijing bureau chief since 2008. She has also earned many accolades for her fall 2010 book Nothing to Envy, about the lives and experiences of a select group of North Korean defectors. In a recent Q&A with thebeijinger.com, here’s how she answered when asked to recount her most shocking or heartbreaking story about the DPRK:

“There is a story in my book that the doctor told me. She had a friend, another woman doctor, whose husband and son died of starvation. When she expressed her condolences, the friend said it was good that they were gone because she didn’t have the extra people to feed. That story stuck with me more than any others.”

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David Wild Revisits the James Franco-Anne Hathaway Oscar Disaster

This week’s episode of Allison Hope Weiner’s Lip.tv interview program Media Mayhem is fantastically entertaining. The guest is David Wild, who got a job straight out of college with Esquire magazine, moved on from there to a staff position with Rolling Stone before winding up (with a little help from Steven Spielberg) as a go-to guy for the Emmys, Grammys and various other awards show/celebrity tributes.

One of Wild’s Oscar writing brushes was the year that James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted. Weiner asks Wild for his thoughts on why it went so wrong:

“I cannot explain it other than I felt like it was the worst blind date in show business history. It was the homecoming queen or head of drama club trying hard in the sweetest possible to put on a show, and a guy who for whatever reason I don’t think wanted to host the show. In fact he went on Jimmy Kimmel and announced his intention to be the worst host in Oscar history. So on a certain level, the show was a tremendous success, because he achieved that goal.”

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Odd Direction | Battle of The Babes | Memory Time

TVNewser: Jeff Zucker, the brand new head of CNN, said his vision for the network is to “broaden the definition of what news is.” Uh-oh.

FishbowlDC: A Politico reporter spars with a HuffPost reporter on Twitter in an effort to prove that grown men are still fully capable of acting like babies.

FishbowlLA: Nikki Finke takes a stroll down Newsweek memory lane.

Wired Adds Online Entertainment Editor

Laura Hudson is joining Wired as its online culture and entertainment editor. Hudson comes to Wired from ComicsAlliance, an AOL-owned comics site that she founded in 2009.

According to a release, at Wired.com, Hudson will oversee any coverage — from TV shows and movies to video games and books — that falls under the “geek culture” umbrella.

Hudson’s appointment is effective immediately. She reports to Kevin Poulsen, Wired.com’s news editor.

Local PA Announcer David Courtney Dies at 56

Los Angeles lost a legend on Thursday as David Courtney, the voice of the Los Angeles Kings, Clippers and Angels, died at the age of 56.

Outside of his work with the local sports teams, Courtney provided sports and traffic reports for 710 ESPN-KSPN, AM 830 KLAA and 99.9 FM. The cause of death is unknown but his last tweet on Wednesday stated that he was awaiting an angiogram at the hospital.

Below is a statement from Los Angeles Kings executive Luc Robitaille:

David was tremendously passionate about the Kings, our fans and the game of hockey. His time with the Kings dates back to the mid 1970s both in our PR office as our public relations director and also with work he did in our video department before he took over full-time Public Announcing duties at the Forum and STAPLES Center. In the arena he was an institution – he was the voice of the Kings – and his work added so much to the live, in-game experience for our fans as it did for the Clippers and Angels as well. Next season would have been David’ 35th year with our franchise, and on behalf of the entire Kings organization and AEG we are incredibly saddened by this news and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Janet and the rest of the Courtney family.

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