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Archives: April 2013

Alan Citron Moves Over to Yahoo

LinkedIn remains a very handy tool. Per a FishbowlLA tipster, it does indeed appear that Alan Citron is newly installed as a business lead with Yahoo Entertainment.

Citron, one of the genuinely nicest guys in town, has had a long, illustrious career, one many journalists today would pine for. After working for more than a decade as a reporter and editor at the LA Times, he segued to Ticketmaster Online and MusicNet.

Most recently with BuzzMedia (a.k.a. SpinMedia), Citron was instrumental as founding GM in helping the late Jim Paratore and Harvey Levin build out TMZ. His fellow TMZ-er at Buzz-Spin, Gillian Sheldon Heckendorf, previously left for Berman Braun.

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Gawker And Jezebel Were Down Today [UPDATE]

Gawker and Jezebel went down on Monday afternoon in an apparent server failure, but were quickly revived.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Gawker Media’s other sites, including Gizmodo, io9 and Kotaku, remained live.

A Gawker editor and a spokesperson did not immediately respond to emails from FishbowlNY requesting comment.

 

An Historic Hollywood Trades Panel

We’ve attended many Digital Hollywood’s and similar conferences over the years. For the life of us, we cannot remember another time when editorial representatives from all four Hollywood trades participated in the same panel discussion.

The May day confluence will occur tomorrow afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. Moderating “The New Digital Age of the Hollywood Trade Press” will be Rick Markovitz, president of Weissman/Markovitz Communications. And participating:

- Andrew Wallenstein, editor-in-chief, digital, Variety
- Chis Krewson, editor, THR.com, The Hollywood Reporter
- Dominic Patten, reporter, Deadline Hollywood
- Joseph Kapsch, deputy managing editor, TheWrap

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Watch Them | In The Way | A Natural

SocialTimes: Airbnb is rolling out a new identity verification program because people are as creepy as you thought.

TVSpy: Hiccups, the non-silent killer, claim yet another victim.

AgencySpy: J.B. Smoove is a fan of The Economist. He loves getting all up in that German bank reform.

Adam Savader, Former Romney Campaign Intern Arrested for Sexploitation, Shares Anderson Cooper’s Breaking News Problem

Three obstacles stand in the way of former Mitt Romney campaign intern Adam Savader‘s political career.

  1. Being arrested for allegedly cyberstalking young women and blackmailing 15 of them into sending him nudes
  2. A creepy smile — a smile some may say should have indicated his potential for sexploitation and the fact that we missed it a sign of the Obama administration’s degradation of national security (we’re lookin’ at you, Lindsey Graham)
  3. A breaking news problem

Last week, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw diagnosed Anderson Cooper with a “breaking news problem,” abusing the terms to describe news events that were neither new nor breaking.

The boy-who-cried-wolf use of the term has, as Shaw put it, rendered it all but meaningless.

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Former NY Times Publisher’s Fifth Avenue Co-Op Sells For $12.5M

The Fifth Avenue co-op owned by Arthur O. Sulberger, the former publisher of The New York Times, has sold for $12.5 million, $1.5 million less than its original asking price Bloomberg reported.

The deal for the four-bedroom at 101 Fifth Ave. was completed on April 11. It was listed last December for $14 million.

Sulzberger died last Sept. 29 at his home in Southampton after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 86.

But he left behind a legacy at the Times, having morphed the company into a publicly-traded multimedia firm with television, radio and magazine assets.

Jason Collins Piece Brings Record Traffic to Sports Illustrated

When you publish a scoop like the Jason Collins story, you’re bound to enjoy a traffic boost. However, we do wonder if Sports Illustrated expected record numbers. According to the magazine, SI.com netted almost four million unique visitors yesterday, as a direct result of the Collins article. It was the most traffic ever for the magazine’s site.

The 3.7 million visitors bested SI.com’s previous high of 3.6 million, set on February 9, 2010. That day featured the power-packed combo of the Winter Olympics and the debut of that year’s swimsuit issue.

Collins’ coming out tale beat bobsledding and bikinis. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Editors at Latina Are Hungry for Pitches

Editors at Latina love getting thoughtful pitches. The mag has a small staff and relies on outside contributors for a whopping 80 percent of its content. Although the pub often assigns articles out to freelancers, executive editor Damarys Ocaña says she would “love to get really informed, specific pitches… that would make my life a lot easier.”

Ocaña is always looking for great writers who know Latin culture and are familiar with the publication. But do the writers, themselves, have to be Latin? “No, definitely not,” said Ocaña. “We have plenty of freelancers who aren’t.”

For more info, read How To Pitch: Latina.

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Jeffrey Hayzlett Joins Bloomberg TV

Jeffrey Hayzlett is joining Bloomberg Television as a contributing editor. Hayzlett is the founder and CEO of The Hayzlett Group, a marketing consulting company. He is also a published author, public speaker and from 2006 to 2010, served as CMO of Eastman Kodak Company.

At Bloomberg TV, Hayzlett will be offer an “insider’s perspective on corporate marketing, branding and social media management strategies,” according to a release.

“I look forward to providing the network’s audience with practical insight based on my experience,” said Hayzlett, in a statement.

Crunching Quantcast’s Latest Mobile Traffic Numbers

When it comes to the Top 50 mobile content destinations in the U.S., a pair of killer “B’s” crown the latest Quantcast ratings (next to comScore, these are generally agreed to be the most accurate publicly available metrics). Coming in at #7 with 4,373,802 monthly visitors is BuzzFeed, while 3,919,244 measured Smartphone/tablet visitors places The Bleacher Report at #9.

A number of listed sites have chosen to keep their profile names “hidden.” For example, if our cross-referencing is correct, #41 is Gawker.

Looking at the rest of the Top 50 group, FishbowlLA is intrigued by the listing’s reminder of the ageless value of the “Hollywood” word-brand. PMC’s hollywoodlife.com ranks 32nd and Guggenheim Digital Media’s  hollywoodreporter.com comes in 48th.

“Hollywood Life’s audience of millennial women wants to get the latest news no matter where they are or what time it is,” Fuller tells FishbowlLA via email. “That’s why they are flocking to Hollywood Life’s well optimized mobile site in rapidly increasing numbers.”

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