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Archives: January 2013

@TheInSneider is Suddenly a Variety Outsider

Like so many things involving feisty Variety film writer Jeff Sneider, the info was divulged suddenly and without warning via Twitter:

Then came a story on TheWrap about Sneider’s dismissal, written by Alexander C. Kaufman with input from Sharon Waxman. The article gets a critical fact wrong; a tweet referenced was not connected to Robopocalypse but rather was the sixth and final component of Sneider’s rapid-fire expression of dismay on Twitter when he learned he had lost an entirely different long-simmering scoop to The Hollywood Reporter (about Christopher Nolan planning to direct Interstellar).

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How Many Times Does This Vogue Piece Make You Want to Vomit?

It’s still early, but we think Vogue has published the most intolerable article of 2013. “American Pastoral: Miranda Brooks and Bastien Halard’s Brooklyn Home” is horrible in every way possible; thrusting privileged quaintness at readers like a hammer bludgeoning a skull. Let’s go ahead and count up all the times we wanted to vomit while reading the piece, shall we?

“Did you feed the bunnies?” Miranda Brooks asks her husband, Bastien Halard, as she ladles cauliflower soup into an antique ironstone china bowl.

This is the first goddamn sentence. If you can’t stomach this, just close this tab and forget you ever heard of this article. Go on, save yourself. It’s better this way. Still here? Grab some Pepto, because this is about to get downright nasty.

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Reuters Promotes Two

Reuters has promoted two staffers. Details below. Both will be working out of Reuters’ London office.

    • Ossian Shine, most recently sports editor, has been named global sports editor. Shine has been with Reuters since 2006, and was responsible for overseeing all of Reuters’ London Olympics coverage.
    • John Pullman has been named global editor, Reuters Video News. Pullman most recently served as head of news output. He has been with the company since 2010.

 

A Lot of Media People Partied Last Night

The whirlwind surrounding the New Republic continued last night as Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief and publisher of the magazine, threw a party to celebrate the glossy. Since those in the publishing business love nothing more than to hobnob with people just like them, there was a slew of big names in attendance.

Now you might be saying “I don’t care about yet another event full of media people congratulating themselves for being themselves” but we know you do! Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So allow us to give you what you want, a list of people who went to Hughes’ shindig, via The Huffington Post.

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Scott and Todd, Dish Nation to Return for Another Season

Haven’t seen enough of Scott and Todd? If yes, you’ll like this post. The longtime WPLJ morning duo of Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill will be back for another season of Dish Nation, seen here on My9/WWOR. The nightly 30-minute entertainment/gossip show has been picked for 2013-14 by Fox for its O&Os. It also is being picked up by other syndicators throughout the country.

Scott and Todd are part of the rotating air personalities featured on Dish Nation.

Rickey Smiley based in Atlanta and Kidd Kraddick, out of Dallas, round out the show.

Anna Wintour’s Boyfriend Owes the IRS $1.2 Million

Shelby Bryan, boyfriend of Annna Wintour since 1999, owes $1.2 million in taxes to the IRS. The Telegraph reports that things went downhill for Bryan after a stock arrangement “unraveled” and left him owing a huge chunk of money all at once.

Bryan, who once had about $30 million to his name, was hit hard by the economic crisis and subsequently had to set up a payment program with the IRS to get back in good graces with the agency.

This must kill Wintour. She has a boyfriend who is in debt and on a payment plan! That’s something only mortals do. But hey, at least he’s making the payments on time. Or do you think Wintour is making them?

Fizziology Stirs Hollywood A-Lister Drink with Expansive Social Media App

This is fascinating stuff. Variety film editor Josh Dickey got a first-hand look at a social media intelligence tool of a kind that we will be hearing a lot more about in the coming months and years.

CastTyper comes from the good folks at Fizziology, a leading entertainment market research firm. It goes a little deeper by categorizing info shared about actors on social media into the groupings of “physical appearance, emotional resonance, intellectual prowess and power of personality.” Of the four examples Dickey was shown, he says the one that resonated most involved Brad Pitt‘s Moneyball co-star:

Fizziology found that as audiences focused on Jonah Hill‘s weight loss and dramatic acting chops, they lost sight of his lovable personality… Some fans even openly complained about Hill’s weight loss, saying it would make him less funny and lovable; others felt offput by watching a skinny Hill promote Moneyball, in which he was still seen as overweight.

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Maxim to Launch Cologne Line

Maxim, the magazine for dudes who enjoy being dudes, is launching a fragrance line. Alpha Media Group, Maxim’s parent, is partnering with Omni Scents to produce the Maxim Fragrance Collection, due to hit shelves this fall.

“The Maxim brand continues to resonate with men around the globe,” said Jack Kliger, executive chairman of Alpha Media Group, in a statement. ”We welcome this first fragrance brand for men, which will provocatively express the brand’s unique voice and believe it will have tremendous appeal to the global Maxim consumer.”

While the jokes practically write themselves when it comes to Maxim cologne, this could be a good thing for the magazine. The brand simply doesn’t have the same appeal it once did. But if there are still guys out there who buy Axe, there is definitely a place for Maxim fragrances.

Former Neon Tommy Editor Lands at LA Business Journal

Just before the holidays, Ryan Faughnder wrangled his third job since graduating from USC Annenberg in the spring of 2012. Following paid internships at the LA Times and Bloomberg News, he joined the Los Angeles Business Journal December 17 as a staff reporter.

“I’ll be covering manufacturing, transportation and trade,” Faughnder tells FishbowlLA. “Meaning I’ll be dealing with the ports on a very regular basis. I’m helping out by contributing other types of stories too, like this one on a struggling local flash-sales website.”

Faughnder (pictured) heard about the Business Journal job from a friend and former classmate who works there. He thinks the fact that he’d been focused at LAT and Bloomberg on business journalism was definitely a major plus, as was his genuine interest in the beat.

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