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Variety Editor Recalls His Mike Wallace Moment

There was understandably no shortage yesterday of cable news, Twitter, Facebook and Internet tributes to the late, great Mike Wallace. One of FishbowlLA’s favorite Sunday reminiscences was provided by Variety TV editor Andrew Wallenstein.

Two decades ago, Wallenstein was interviewed by Wallace for a 60 Minutes piece about Holocaust revisionism. As the editor-in-chief of the Queens College’s student newspaper, he had chosen – like several others around the country – to deliberately publish an incendiary ad from the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust. Wallenstein speculates that perhaps he was singled out for media attention because he was Jewish and stationed on a campus whose student body was close to one-third Jewish as well. From his Variety blog post:

Publicizing the ad was at the core of the rationale behind my decision. I wanted to raise awareness about the very existence of Holocaust revisionism, even at the risk of legitimizing what my many detractors felt was best left ignored…

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The Future of Original Web Video Programming

Perhaps the single biggest takeaway from the 2012 TV Summit is that Yahoo is trying REALLY hard to drum up Hollywood awareness of its new video content production strategy. The website sponsored the event and the Yahoo logo was front and center everywhere.

“We’ve got eight out of 10 people online touching Yahoo.com.” said Yahoo’s VP of  originals & video programming Erin McPherson in a new-media panel discussion.  “We call ourselves the ‘fifth network.’ That’s aspriational. But we’re TV on steroids. We’re creating a TV consumer experience but adding social and mobile.”

They’re also creating some nice swag. I was given not one, but two shiny blue Yahoo pens from a booth inside the  Summit. Very nice.

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TheWrap’s Daniel Frankel Segues to PaidContent.org

It took some time, but PaidContent.org has finally found someone to step into the slot previously occupied by Andrew Wallenstein. Starting January 9, Daniel Frankel—formerly of TheWrap and Variety (pictured)—will take over as west coast based senior editor. His last day at TheWrap was December 30.

“PaidContent has been trying to establish a west coast operation for a while,” Frankel tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “We had some talks last spring and then continued talking. PaidContent also lost David Kaplan, so I will be doing some coverage of New York advertising and publishing as well.”

Frankel, who will be home-based, is familiar with that territory from his days with Adweek. He comes to PaidContent after a long stint at TheWrap as news editor and senior writer. After being laid off at Variety the same day as Mike Speier, Frankel began freelancing for the latter at TheWrap in May of 2009 and joined the website’s staff in October of that same year.

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The Simpsons Producers Agree to Pay Cut

The future of The Simpsons took a step in the right direction Wednesday when some of the top producers from the Fox cartoon agreed to a pay cut, according to Andrew Wallenstein of Variety:

“Exec producers for The Simpsons include Al Jean, John Frink, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Matt Selman and Sam Simon. It unknown whether all have committed to the reduction in compensation or whether that request extended below the EP level.

Reps for top Simpsons producers either declined comment or calls were not returned.

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Variety’s Tom Lowry Off to The Daily

The pickup of Andrew Wallenstein in March seemed to portend a stem in the bleeding of reporters leaving Variety and its paywall.  But HuffPo’s Michael Calderone is reporting yet another staffer has been poached away by a rival publication. This time it’s New York based senior editor Tom Lowry, who’s off to The Daily to become the new business editor.

Here’s the memo from Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo:

Folks,

I’m happy to announce that Tom Lowry is joining The Daily as our Business Editor. Tom comes to us from Variety, where he was a senior editor, and BusinessWeek before that. He is an excellent journalist and a great guy and we’re thrilled to have him aboard. Please give him a warm welcome when he starts July 1.

Jesse

Lowry was with Variety for little more than a year.

Variety Picks Up Andrew Wallenstein As New TV Editor

Andrew Wallenstein has a new home, leaving his position as senior editor of PaidContent to become Variety‘s new TV editor.

“As we continue to beef up our reporting, Andrew is the perfect fit,” Variety group editor Timothy M. Gray said in a piece on Variety.com announcing the hire. “With Andrew on board, we have the bench depth to provide the news, insights and analysis our readers need to navigate a fast-changing business landscape.”

Wallenstein will provide “analytical and in-depth features for all Variety platforms.” He’ll also “help expand coverage of the digital media marketplace, with particular emphasis on its intersection with traditional showbiz players.”

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Get Ready for the ‘TMZ Hollywood Tour’

Presumably, once the new TMZ tour buses start rolling around Hollywood May 1st, a scheduled stop will be the show and website’s headquarters at Crescent Heights and Sunset Blvds. After all, right across the street is Hyde and The Laugh Factory, where Michael Richards and an astute cell phone owner combined to give Harvey Levin ‘s crew an infamous bit of celebrity bad behavior.

Media commentators like Andrew Wallenstein are reacting with awe at the synergistic genius of today’s announced partnership between TMZ and Starline Tours, as they should. The new venture is a license to print more gossip-soaked money. From the release:

Members of the TMZ TV show will appear in video vignettes, offering up an inside look at Hollywood’s most well-kept secrets and biggest stories.

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Minus Frosty, LA Radio Personalities Heidi and Frank Carry On

When FM powerhouse KLSX 97.1 ditched the talk format in early 2009 in favor of an all-music “Amp Radio” slate, it took down a number of beloved local personalities including Tom Leykis and the so-called “Triplets” – Frosty, Heidi and Frank. Then, last fall, when the trio was dropped once again from new home KABC 790 AM, Frosty Stilwell announced he was leaving the hijinks fold.

Remarkably, in the few months since, Heidi and Frank have found a faithful paying audience with their new podcast. Andrew Wallenstein shares their subscriber stats via a nice profile piece today at PaidContent.org:

The Heidi and Frank Show has attracted well over 6,000 subscribers who are paying anywhere from $5 per month to $50 a year for access to a trove of audio and video programming, including two hours every weekday morning. There’s limited access to a layer of free content intended to get unacquainted viewers sampling and, if this freemium model holds up, signing up for added benefits like ad-free podcasts.

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Tonight is Jay Leno’s Last Night as the Tonight Show’s Host

the_tonight_show_with_jay_leno-show.jpgIt’s been 17 years since Jay Leno took over Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. In all those 17 years Leno has personally groomed/mentored/launched exactly zero other comedians. But maybe now that he has an earlier show that will change, right?

Anyway, we like Andrew Wallenstein from The Hollywood Reporter’s commentary on All Things Considered about the move by NBC to have Leno at ten every night:

To understand what NBC is up to in late night, consider the comb-over. Some men paste the remaining hair on their heads over their bald spots. And NBC takes the few big hits it has and just stretches it over fallow sections of its schedule. Hey, it’s easier than what most networks do, which is try to launch brand new hit shows.

Wallenstein notes that with this add – there will be four funny white guys with talk shows every weeknight on NBC.

Hm. There’s an overdone premise.

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