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Backstage Magazine Exalts ‘Digital All-Stars’

Lisa Donovan, co-founder of Maker Studios, is on the cover. She is joined inside this week’s issue of Backstage by other “actors, creators, moneymakers and misfits building the future of entertainment” as part of the publication’s first annual list of Digital All-Stars.

The crisply laid-out cover story blends a half-dozen interviews and shorter snippets to celebrate Funny or Die host Billy Eichner, Hulu senior VP of content Andy Forssell, YouTube Space LA chief Liam Collins, Issae Rae Productions namesake Issae Rae, Amazon Studios director Roy Price and many more. There’s also a nice, timely intro from executive editor Daniel Holloway:

And then there was House of Cards. Love it or hate it, Netflix’s $100 million venture into scripted original programming – David Fincher! Shakespearean undertones! — signified a Gutenberg moment. From this point on, high-end entertainment with genuine artistic ambitions would no longer only come first through a cable box or a cinema projector; it can and will come from anywhere…

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Funny or Die Launches iPad Magazine

Just in time for the latest, greatest version of Apple’s tablet, the folks at Funny or Die have unveiled their newest comedy empire component: an iPad magazine called The Occasional.

Although the name sounds like a calorie-rich treat The Jersey Shore’s The Situation might occasionally allow himself on his abs workouts off-day, it is of course a reference to the fact that this digital publication comes out sporadically (every other month). That, and the fact that it sounds better than The Sporadic. Among the contents of issue #001 are a special “unreleased” episode of Between the Ferns for which host Zach Galifianakis chats with Ed Helms, a profile of Billy Eichner and a kids’ audio book featuring sound effects by Marc Maron.

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Another Merry Year at FunnyorDie.com

Long-time Bloomberg News entertainment correspondent Michael White has a good year-end wrap-up look at FunnyorDie.com. According to one of his sources, the profitable company will gross close to $30 million this year; not bad for a venture that started out as a “clubhouse for our friends.”

Seeded with $15 million from Sequoia Capital, FunnyorDie counts several other high-profile owners besides main partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. As we head into the holidays, Judd Apatow, CAA and HBO can toast the ongoing expansion of the company’s reach:

FunnyorDie’s third show on cable TV, Billy on the Street, starts today on Madison Square Garden Co.’s Fuse network. The first feature film, Funny Or Die Presents Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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Danny DeVito Bears Brunt of Early Schwarzenegger Jokes

One of the first things FishbowlLA heard this morning in connection with the shocking LA Times news about Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s love child was a joke on The Dan Patrick Show that Maria had always assumed the youngster was the Governator’s Twins co-star Danny DeVito.

Variations thereof are popping up all over Twitter. J.D. Crowe, a political cartoonist for Mobile, Alabama’s Press-Register, is getting heavy re-tweet action for his earlier, similar observation. Ditto for New York City YouTube talk show host Billy Eichner.

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