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Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Joins Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has lent their voices to Dan Savage‘s online “It Gets Better” campaign to end bullying against LGBT youth–with a rendition of Cyndi Lauper‘s “True Colors.” The production team for the video packs some serious names, including Brian Graden, former President of Programming at MTV, VH1, CMT and the LGBT channel Logo; Emmy Award-winning producer/director Tim Atzinger; and John Lavin of Bloodrush Films.

Previously on FBLA:

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    Breaking: More Layoffs At MTV

    mtv.pngBroadcasting & Cable is reporting that MTV Networks laid off a big group of staffers today — with possibly as many as 75 employees getting the axe.

    According to B&C, the cuts mostly affected “mid-level executives in the program development department, digital division and scheduling at the company’s music and logo group which houses channels including MTV, VH1 and Logo.”

    Representatives for MTV were not available for comment this evening.

    The cuts come just over six months after MTV’s owner Viacom cut 850 staffers, with a bulk of that bloodbath coming from MTV.

    And last week, MTV dumped Brian Graden, president of entertainment of the Music and Logo group, saying it was part of a “broader reorganization,” the New York Post reported. Looks like the reorganization is very much under way.

    If you have any tips email us.

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    AgencySpy: The Wall Street Journal will be running its advertising column less often — twice a week instead of five times. Says the ‘Spy: “The section has been around for decades, and after you cut it to twice a week, there’s not much left to cut.”

    FishbowlDC: The Boston Globe has named political editor Christopher Rowland DC bureau chief. He is replacing Peter Canellos who was moved up to edit the Globe‘s editorial pages last week.

    TVNewser: ABC responded to the Republican National Committee’s claim that the network is excluding “opposing voices” during next week’s planned coverage of Pres. Barack Obama‘s national health care plan.

    New York Post: MTV Networks’ Brian Graden “is leaving as part of a broader reorganization” of the company. He is credited with bringing shows like “South Park” and “The Osbournes” to MTV and Comedy Central.

    Mediaweek: New research predicts that the magazine industry will rebound by 2013 but only after hitting an all time low sometime soon.

    MTV’s Bloody Valentine

    mtv_green_logo.jpgMore on those MTV job cuts:

    It would appear even BFFs are not safe: “An insider tells us that at the top is Salli Frattini, senior vice president of production and — more notably — best friend to MTV prez Judy McGrath. It’s Sally who was behind big events like the VMAs and Movie Awards. She’s also been there since Day One, a tattler tells us. And now she’s gone, as is everyone under her. So too is Kathy Flynn, the SVP for production events, and her staff. Elsewhere, in a shock to even the most cynical staffers, we hear executive VP of programming Paul DeBenedittis is also out the door. No matter that he’s best friends with MTV programming president Brian Graden.”

    Gawker on the global guillotine: “MTV World — which includes Chinese-American themed MTV Chi, South Asian-themed MTV Desi and Korean American themed MTV K — has completely folded.”

    VH1 Classics? That too.

    UPDATE, DEVELOPING: We hear that MTV’s Total Request Live may be, ahem, dead.


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