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WSJ. Goes Online|The Observer Moves|Inside The Trump-Kushner Wedding|Another Sobering Poll About The Public’s View Of The Media|AboveTheLaw’s Lat Interviews Brill

WWD: The Wall Street Journal‘s glossy magazine WSJ. is planning to add two online issues to its quarterly print run.

The Observer: The New York Observer is moving offices. During the first half of next year, the pink paper is scheduled to move to a building that is already part of owner Jared Kushner‘s portfolio: 321 West 44th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues. The Observer‘s new home is a 10-story office building whose ground floor is leased by Birdland Jazz Club.

Brides.com: And speaking of Kushner, Brides.com has an inside look at his wedding to New York heiress Ivanka Trump, including sketches of the one-of-a-kind ring designed by Kushner.

Poynter: A Sacred Heart University poll reveals that a large majority of the American public think the media played a significant role in getting Barack Obama elected president and are intent on promoting his presidency.

Legal Rebels: AboveTheLaw.com founder David Lat interviews American Lawyer magazine and Court TV founder Steve Brill about how he came up for the idea for the magazine, the AmLaw 100 and the magazine’s business model. You can check out the first part of the three-part interview above, or see it all here.

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FBLA 20 Questions:Mark Ebner

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Journalist Mark Ebner has investigated Scientology, pit bull fighting in South Central Los Angeles, the Ku Klux Klan in Texas, celebrity stalkers, missing porn stars, sports groupies, college suicides and Hepatitis C in Hollywood. He’s got a book deal with Simon & Schuster and a tv deal with Court TV. Despite his busy blog, he yielded to our muscle and answered those deceptively duplicitous questions.

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? The cereal box.

2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website? Gallery of The Absurd The artist known as “14″ is a genius, and twice the woman of the LA Weekly’s “Seven.”

3. What job do you fantasize about having? Sidewalk Sign Flipper.

4. Last movie you saw? In The Valley of Elah. Surprisingly, Paul Haggis can actually make a good film and, not surprisingly, Tommy Lee Jones can act. Too bad few will see this film until they’re reminded to around Oscar acting awards time.

5. Last book you read? Aftermath, Inc. Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home — a fascinating participatory adventure in the nasty business of bioremediation by crime writer Gil Reavill. The author takes the Discovery Channel’s conceptualization of “Dirty Jobs” to a whole new level.

6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter. In 1985, I spent a night sniffling, shaking and watching bad movies with Liza Minnelli at a resort in the Land of Ten Thousand Rehabs.

7. Proudest media moment? I have three:

Accepting the Genesis Award (for humane reporting) for Pit Bullies
(New Times, 1996); appearing as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote Hollywood,Interrupted and hearing that South Park’s infamous Trapped In The Closet episode (the Scientology expose I consulted on) was nominated for an Emmy award.

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Trade Round-Up: August 22, 2007

star jones2.jpegVariety‘s TV insider Brian Lowry breaks down Star Jones‘ return to television, reviewing her new Court TV talk show. Lowry gives Jones a lashing, writing that her new star vehicle is “utterly off-putting” and reminds viewers why Oprah Winfrey‘s skills aren’t easily cloned, saying she delivers “incomprehensible” questions and is poorly cast. However, the Var reviewer does offer a bit of optimism by concluding that Jones and her team “may gradually revise the formula to better suit her limitations.” Find out what those are by reading his entire review here.

Another Var television expert, recent THR defectee Cynthia Littleton, does her own dissection of something on the small-screen, centering her latest blog posting on what else, Disney’s ubiquitous “High School Musical 2.” Littleton’s report centers on the aftermath of the telefilm’s debut: exactly who helped the sequel break so many records and why they watched. What’s interesting in her “On the Air” blog is that one-third of the viewership was adults 18 and over and that so many boys flipped on the tube to see a whole lot of singing and dancing. Read why Dis execs had so many reasons to brag about their “High School” baby here.

Look out iTunes, MTV Networks, RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless have pacted to push their own version of an integrated digital music service that is designed to give iTunes a run for its money. THR reports on the new service, which replaces the offering each company currently has in place.

If you’re reading this, then you are the type of person talked about in a new survey by IBM that says consumers are spending enough time on the Internet to rival the time they spend in front of the television. THR’s business guru Georg Szalai ingests the study’s findings in today’s story, which also points out that the findings suggest “studios, advertisers, ad agencies, content distributors and other industry players must continue to adjust their business strategies amid changes in media usage and consumers’ increased expectations for control and community.” We can only hope that leads to more money in ad revenue for FBLA!
- CHRIS GARDNER

In The Trades: So Old It’s New!

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Viacom is suing YouTube for unauthorized use of some 160,000 video clips from MTV, Comedy Central and VH1. Viacom thinks that $1 billion is fair recompense for the 1.5 billion times the clips were viewed. Viacom’s argument included this:

This is value that rightfully belongs to the writers, directors and talent who create it and companies like Viacom that have invested to make possible this innovation and creativity.

Like Viacom gives a shit about those writers and directors, much less creovation.

Bravo paid an undisclosed sum for Television Without Pity.com. Creators Sarah Bunting and Tara Ariano will remain as editors, but Bravo will no doubt quish the life out of the recaps and ferret out employees who post on the message boards.

Court TV is dropping the court part and rebranding as some generic reality network with first person programming such as a cops with cocktails show about nightclub bouncers and an all-girl team of bounty hunters. Nancy Grace and Star Jones, neither of whom are stars nor graceful, will command a two hour talk show block. Why not just call it The Lowest Ring of Hell and be done with it?

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M. Night Shyamalan gets an infusion of producing cash from Indian media comglomerate UTV Motion Pictures. Lady in the Water must not have opened there yet or else someone in Mumbai really wants to see Philly. Do they know that cheesesteaks come from cows?

ABC speeds up National Bingo Night, a play-along game show. Interactive as all get-out, this isn’t Grandma’s bingo–and the set is a bingoplex! It’s a slot machine in your tv!