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Posts Tagged ‘Claude Brodesser-Akner’

Warner Bros. Halts Development of Top Secret Kevin Clash Project

The usual term to describe a Hollywood studio’s decision to cut ties with a progressing project is “turnaround.” But in the case of this particular feature film, as reported exclusively this morning by Vulture west coast editor Claude Brodesser-Akner, the more apt lingo is “spurnaround.” From this morning’s item:

Clash had secretly been at work on a new [feature film] character for the studio over this past summer and fall. It would have featured in “a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ kind of movie about a kid and his stuffed animal that takes on a life of its own because of the child’s imagination,” according to a development document shared with Vulture summarizing the untitled project.

Brodesser-Akner tried to get comment from the pair of producers linked to the nascent project – Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes franchise, pictured) and Roy Lee – but both declined. As further reminder of just how toxic Clash has become, he couldn’t even get William Morris Endeavor by press time to confirm whehter the embattled puppeteer is still that agency’s client.

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Daily Beast vs. Vulture

Thursday afternoon, The Daily Beast‘s Peter Lauria posted a very blunt, mightier-than-thou “Facebook Exclusive” take-down of a Claude Brodesser-Akner November 3rd item on New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. West coast editor Brodesser-Akner (pictured) had suggested after speaking to his sources that Universal President and COO Ron Meyer‘s days may be numbered now that Comcast is coming into the NBCUni kingdom.

Responded Lauria:

The lengthy post surmised that Meyer, the longest-tenured CEO in Hollywood, may be pushed out of Universal Studios by new owner Comcast once the takeover is complete. Too bad the story is a steaming pile of poo. According to three sources—all insiders at Comcast or Universal—Meyer’s position under the Comcast regime is secure…

The truth is that Comcast isn’t sure what to do with Universal right now. But sources say that until Comcast can dig into the business it would prefer to keep Universal’s executive team stable and give them a chance to prove themselves.

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New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog Expands

image001234.jpgNew York magazine’s blogs — from Daily Intel to Vulture to Grub Street — represent an interesting mini-empire on the Web. Unlike the disparate sites owned by say, Dan Abrams or Nick Denton, you always know that the New York blogs are there to represent the print publication and sell subscriptions, even if their timely scoops and commentary often transcend that purpose.

But magazine’s entertainment blog, Vulture, has been gearing up for a massive revamp, which it is unveiling this week. The redesigned blog now includes new widgets to help you search, expanded coverage and highlights, under the leadership of recent hires Josh Wolk (formerly of Entertainment Weekly) and Claude Brodesser-Akner as entertainment editor and West Coast editor, respectively.

In addition, NYmag.com is looking towards doubling their first quarter profits from the same time last year. So while ad sales might be trickling back into print, there is still an argument to be made for keeping your Web sites timely and relevant. Hear that, Condé?

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: Enetertainment Weekly Editor Joins NYMag.com, Former FishbowlLA Editor Joins NYMag.com As West Coast Editor

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Former FishbowlLA Editor Joins NYMag.com As West Coast Editor

NYMagVultureLogo.jpgAs part of its expanding entertainment coverage, NYMag.com has hired its first West Coast editor.

The New York magazine site announced yesterday that Claude Brodesser-Akner, a media and entertainment reporting veteran, would be joining the team of its Vulture blog. Brodesser-Akner has been covering the industry since 1996, working for Mediaweek and Variety, editing our sister site FishbowlLA and creating the weekly public radio show “The Business.” He also helped launch TMZ.com and served as the Los Angeles bureau chief for Advertising Age. He was most recently a contributor for Wired.

This latest hire is part of NYMag.com’s plans to expand its entertainment and culture coverage, led by former Entertainment Weekly editor Josh Wolk, who joined the site in November.

Previously: Entertainment Weekly Editor Joins NYMag.com

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Claude and Taffy Brodesser-Akner And Baby Makes 3!

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Congratulations and welcome are in order to the newest mediabistro.com member. Director of education Taffy Brodesser-Akner, gave birth to a son, Thursday night at 11:02 p.m. at UCLA Santa Monica hospital. Father Claude Brodesser-Akner, a former F’Bowler, must be beaming, and the baby weighs 11 pounds, 3 ounces, and is 21 inches.

Sicko Pirated, Weinsteins Feel Queasy

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Former Fisbbowler Claude Brodesser-Akner regales Ad Age readers with the Weinsteins’ collective woes over Sicko. Michael Moore’s documentary has been pirated, and is being downloaded all over the ‘net. In fact, Claude did it himself. Come and get him, coppers.

Moore’s big worry isn’t that the Feds are going to confiscate his film, but rather who’ll pay to see it now?

A number of commenters point out that downloading movies before the release date isn’t exactly breaking news. Scofflaws.