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Archives: March 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Rushfield Out at BuzzFeed

If you look at the masthead for BuzzFeed Entertainment, there’s a rather conspicuous name missing. That’s because LA bureau chief Richard Rushfield is no longer part of the operation.

“Indeed, I have parted ways from BuzzFeed,” Rushfield told FishbowlLA via email Saturday night after a long day at Anaheim’s WonderCon. “Wasn’t the right fit in the end, but I wish them all the best.”

The exit comes exactly five months after Rushfield joined BuzzFeed last fall to launch a west coast bureau. He leaves behind chief correspondent Kate Aurthur, senior film reporter Adam B. Vary, reporter Tessa Stuart, correspondent-at-large Michael Hastings and associate editors Louis Peitzman and Erin La Rosa.

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Mediabistro Course

Children's Picture Book Writing

Children's Picture Book WritingStarting September 15, this part lecture, part workshop course will take you through the process of outlining, writing, editing, and submitting a children's picture book. Taught by a published children's book author, Dashka Slater will teach you how to write in pictures, hook readers and editors with your story, apply the nuts and bolts of marketing, and more. Register now! 

LA Times Asks: Is University Section Sponsorship a Conflict of Interest for Orange County Register?

Next week, the Orange County Register is launching three new weekly six-page insert sections dedicated to area universities. The UC Irvine one debuts April 1; Chapman University April 2; and Cal State Fullerton April 3.

Ahead of those debuts, LA Times reporter Kim Christensen questions the wisdom of the paper respectively partnering with each institution for the sections on a $275,000, one-year contractual basis. For that money, each university gets a half-page ad in 45 issues. From Christensen’s piece:

Some Register staffers have expressed concerns — most of them privately for fear of alienating their bosses — that the collaborative effort and the schools’ paid sponsorship of it will undermine the newspaper’s credibility and blur the line between advertising copy and news stories…

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PMC, Prometheus Settle Deadline-TVLine-THR Lawsuit

From a PR standpoint, it’s been a strange week for PMC.

On Tuesday, Jay Penske’s operation rolled out a new weekly edition of Variety. But for a variety of reasons (pun intended, sorry), the launch yielded not nearly the boffo media splash it should have.

Now, at the end of a Passover/Good Friday week’s close, there is news of the settlement of a contentious IP theft lawsuit filed by PMC against Hollywood Reporter parent-parent company Prometheus Global Media. In this case, perhaps PMC was readying a big Cesar Chavez Day press release. But instead, Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz this afternoon got to the court documents first, followed by TheWrap’s Lucas Shaw:

When PMC filed the suit, it was seeking more than $5 million in damages, accusing THR of lifting source code from PMC’s site TVLine.com. The two parties settled on $162,500 as well as some other pieces that have not been made public, according to an individual with knowledge of the suit.

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Wife of Lakers Broadcaster John Ireland Pays It Forward

The tweet, sent out late this afternoon via @LAIreland, transcends the realm of professional sports:

And on this Good Friday, the news waiting at the above shortened link is indeed very Good for all those who, like us, didn’t in fact already know. Leasa Ireland, wife of ESPN AM 710 host and Lakers radio play-by-play man John, is cancer-free after an arduous, year-plus-long battle. She writes:

I was overwhelmed and blessed with amazing support from family and friends near and far. I am also extremely fortunate to have a good healthcare plan (well, pretty good), and to live in a city where great doctors and quality care are readily available.

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Devious Duo | Watch and Tweet | Done Deen

TVNewser: Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie think people getting fired because of one person’s ego is so fun and silly!

Lost Remote: This is pretty interesting — MLB is going to stream a Yankees game on Twitter.

FishbowlLA: Here’s more information about James Deen, just in case you’re somehow not sick of him yet.

CNN Reporter Josh Levs Gets Nice Laguna Beach Shout Out

The slick one-page write-up about Josh Levs appears in Modern Luxury’s The Atlantan magazine. But thanks to the magic of resourceful editors and far-flung freelancers, it was in fact written by Laguna Beach-based vet Wendy Bowman.

Bowman does a nice job of framing Levs multi-tasking talents. They are of a kind upon which Jeff Zucker can build a whole new foundation.

We wish there was a little bit more info about that novel the 40-year-old Levs is writing. But his subsequent explanation of how the whole pink-ties thing started more than makes up for this.

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Tim Grieve Named NationalJournal.com Editor

Tim Grieve is joining National Journal as editor of nationaljournal.com. Grieve comes to the magazine from Politico, where he most recently served as a managing editor. Grieve had been with Politico since 2008.

“Tim is one of Washington’s most accomplished journalists and digital innovators,” said NJ’s president, Bruce Gottlieb, in a statement.  ”We are thrilled that he will spend the next chapter of his career here, delivering National Journal’s trusted voice on politics and policy to engaged citizens across the nation.”

The Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for The Week

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

1) Matt Lauer Hating Is in Full Swing

2) Jane Pratt: “I Was Definitely Doing Everything I Could to Get Cat Marnell Into Rehab”

3) Time Publishes Two Gay Marriage Covers

4) Unfortunately for Brooklyn, MTV Brings VMAs to Barclays Center

5) Meghan McCain is Getting Her Own TV Show for You to Hate 

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Disney Tops Media Company Revenue List

Disney is the top dog (or mouse, if you want to be dumb/cute about things). SNL Kagan released its annual list which ranks media companies by analyzing revenue and profitability, and The Walt Disney Company takes the number one spot. According to Mediapost, the company had $42.3 billion in revenue last year. Not bad, considering the people who work at Disney thought Taylor Kitsch was a great actor.

Here’s the top five media companies, ranked by 2012 revenue:

1) Disney ($42.3 billion)
2) News Corp. ($33.7 billion)
3) Omnicom Group ($14.2)
4) CBS ($14.1)
5) Viacom ($13.9)

OC Register Going Behind a Paywall in April

Following the LA Times‘ lead, the Orange County Register will put its online content behind a paywall starting next month, according to a letter to the paper’s subscribers obtained by OC Weekly. Unlike the Times, however, which allows full online access to Sunday paper subscribers, the Register paywall will be more restrictive.

From the letter:

In April, we will take another promising step to reinforce the value of your subscription by introducing Digital Access. The local content that you access digitally through OCRegister.com is moving to a digital subscription model. Current print subscribers will have free digital access on the days you are subscribed to the print-edition. You simply need to link your account to activate your free Digital Access. In the coming week, we will send a follow-up email with instructions on how to link your account.

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