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Archives: February 2013

Photographer Eric Charbonneau Joins AP’s Invision

You can add the name Eric Charbonneau to the parade of photo-credit names gracing images on The Hollywood Reporter website and weekly print magazine. He’s the latest photographer to sign with Invision, the multimedia entertainment agency owned by The Associated Press in partnership with its member photographers.

Charbonneau, a native of Montreal, was discovered at age 16 by Alan Berliner after coming down from Canada to attend college. The rest is Berliner Photography, WireImage and now, Invision history:

Charbonneau’s addition builds on Invision’s growing line-up of top-tier photographers, which includes John Shearer, Jon Furniss, Jordan Strauss, Matt Sayles, Todd Williamson, Casey Rodgers, Victoria Will, Evan Agostini and Chris Pizzello.

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SocialTimes: HP became the first company to reach one million followers on LinkedIn. That’s… Something!

FishbowlDC: One of the meanest things we’ve ever heard? Someone referred to Anderson Cooper as Nancy Grace.

Lost Remote: Nikelodeon’s iPad app is soaring in popularity. That might say something about the state of parenting in our country, but we’re not going to go there.

Time Celebrates 90 Years

Time turns 90 this week. To celebrate, the magazine has a slew of offerings, including a slideshow/history lesson as taught by Time, an interactive cover feature (tweet your favorite and it’ll show up here) and some birthday advice from Joel Stein.

“For me, 90 is not so much a milestone but evidence that for nine decades Time is always new, always of the moment,” Rick Stengel, managing editor of Time, writes in this week’s issue. “We have to be because we cover the way the world is changing and that never stops.”

Happy birthday Time. Thanks for sticking around and not doing more covers like the one shown here.

Cover Battle: O, The Oprah Magazine or The New York Times Magazine

Welcome back to another Cover Battle, FishbowlNY’s weekly event pitting magazine covers against each other. Today we have O, The Oprah Magazine versus The New York Times Magazine.

For its latest issue O, well, okay, we’re going to be honest: We only picked this cover because it’s absolutely hilarious. What the hell is going on here? “Surprise, Oprah’s home!” Yo Oprah, being that you’re Oprah, it’s impossible to surprise anyone, even if you’re emerging from behind a door floating in space.

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LGBT Journo Panel Will Address Being ‘Out in the Newsroom’

Our friend Phillip Zonkel has let us know about a Saturday March 2 event that he will be taking part in. Zonkel, along with CNN’s Miguel Marquez, LA Times reporter Bettina Boxall, NBC LA’s Mekahlo Medina and LAT assistant travel editor Jane Engle will talk about what it’s like to be an openly gay reporter.

“Out in the Newsroom: A Look at LGBT Coverage and Careers in Journalism” is being sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and Los Angeles Press Club. It will take place at the latter organization’s 4773 Hollywood Blvd. HQ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is to be moderated by Variety political editor Ted Johnson. The suggested donation is $5.

By the way, Zonkel is nominated this year at the GLAAD Media Awards for his Long Beach Press-Telegram two-part investigation of bullying of LGBT high school youth and the willful disregard by certain school districts of state measures designed to mitigate this very ugly phenomenon.

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Jared Shapiro Named EIC of Ocean Drive

Niche Media has named Jared Shapiro editor-in-chief of Ocean Drive. Shapiro most recently served as editorial director, news and entertainment, for In Touch and Life & Style. He had been with Bauer Publishing, parent of the latter two titles, since 2005.

“Jared is a well-recognized entertainment journalist with deep relationships with the Hollywood community, and a first class reputation for combining integrity with news,” said Mandi Norwood, editorial director of Niche Media, in a statement. “His broad range of experience and creative energy will continue to solidify Ocean Drive’s position as the premiere lifestyle publication for the sophisticated and socially active audience.”

Shapiro’s appointment is effective next month.

As Pope Benedict Leaves the Vatican, WPIX Provides Live Coverage

All the channels broke in this morning for extended coverage of Pope Benedict’s farewell. However, the stations were all taking network special reports. Not so at WPIX/Channel 11.

WPIX, which could have provided the “counterprogramming” by keeping Jerry Springer on the air, made a good choice. Channel 11, recognizing the historic nature of the pope’s resignation (first time is almost 600 years), had its own coverage.

Morning anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera led the special programming. They were joined on the couch by reporters Mary Murphy and Dan Mannarino, both of whom are headed to Rome for the Conclave of Cardinals next week to select the next pope.

Krishnan did make a faux pas as they came on the air just before 11 a.m. She said the pope was set to leave the Vatican at 5 p.m. Italian time and “11 p.m. our time.”  Seconds later, the graphic on the screen made the correction.

Rivera also had hands in the blooper jar by saying, “Certainly, a monumentous day here. Historical day, unprecendented.”

Adding insight to the proceedings was Monsignor Kieran Harrington of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

BuzzMedia Cuts 20 Percent of Staff

BuzzMedia, which bought and then folded Spin, is now laying off 20 percent of its workforce. According to All Things D, the company is going to end up hiring new people to replace some of those who are dropped. The rumor is that about 50 people will lose their jobs today, and sometime shortly after that, about 25 new hires will be made.

In a memo, BuzzMedia’s CEO Steve Hansen called the changes “painful,” but added that they were neccessary as part of a restructuring that includes focusing on a select few brands:

Transformation sometimes requires making very hard decisions. Make no mistake about it, today will be difficult for all of us but our success is dependent upon greater focus on our audience, evolving our portfolio of brands, all supported by powerful technology and data. We need to align the organization around those objectives and today is a first step, albeit a very hard one.

Steve Lopez Still Wants Your Vote for the [Other] Perfect LA Song

As LA Times columnist Steve Lopez acknowledges, Randy Newman‘s “I Love LA” is going to be impossible really to equal. Still, both at the Oscars and on the geo-hit parade, there is some honor to being a runner up.

Lopez has blogged an update to his column earlier in the week asking for people’s favorite “odes to LA,” informing that reader response has been overwhelming. He lists a baker’s dozen of Vox Populi second-place frontrunners. For FishbowlLA’s cover-charge money, this is the one that might have to win:

Guns N’ Roses – “Welcome to the Jungle”

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Oscar Night Gives Golden Week to WABC

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As the sweeps period ends today, WABC/Channel 7 had an easy win leading up to the February ratings block. The prime time figures were released today and WABC/Channel 7 rode the Oscars to victory.

Although the approximately three-hour 45- minute broadcast didn’t end until about 12:15 a.m., enough eyes were glued to Seth MacFarlane‘s first time as emcee. The telecast had an estimated 4 million WABC viewers with a 20.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

But it didn’t stop there. WABC also found Oscar gold in the 90-minute Red Carpet special, notching number two, three, and four in half-hour intervals. The highest portion, obviously, was just prior to the awards show starting with 2.9 million viewers and a 14.7 rating. Cable network E! also charted at number 22 for its Red Carpet coverage Sunday (618,000/3.2).

NCIS was fifth for the week with 1 million viewers and a 5.2 rating.

WNBC made its first appearance in the Top 30 with Law & Order: SVU at 27 (592,000/3.0).

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