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LAT Memo: New Movie Editor Has No Entertainment Reporting Experience

In our continuing coverage of the odd dysfunction of the LA Times Arts & Entertainment section, we’ve posted a memo of the latest hire. The new editor appears to have no previous experience covering film which seems like a strange choice since the section has been hemorrhaging vets who covered a flagship industry for LA. Very weird. It’s almost like a real estate mogul buying a major media company. What could possibly go wrong?

But congrats on getting a gig, Julie Makinen.

From: Hofmeister, Sallie

Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 5:18 PM
To: yyEntertainAll

Subject: great news: we have a new movie editor. this is going wide momentarily!

We are delighted to welcome back to The Times Julie Makinen, who will succeed Tim Swanson as movie editor for the Entertainment Department. Anyone who has worked with Julie will recall her fearless and rigorous approach to new challenges. She is known for creative story ideas, sharp editing skills and grace under pressure – as well as for her home-made ice cream and witty top 10 lists.

Julie has spent the last year and half in Hong Kong as deputy business editor of the Asian edition of the International Herald Tribune, fulfilling a longtime desire to live and work in Asia. Prior to that, she held a variety of editing and reporting jobs at The Times and at the Washington Post.

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LAT Journos Went to the Oscars in a Limo


The Tribune Company, the parent company of the LA Times is in bankruptcy (still). So former staffers (whom there are now many) were more than happy to tell us Sallie Hofmeister and Craig Turner attended the Oscars this year in a limousine on the company’s dime. The former staffers are understandably irritated they’re unemployed while those still on the payroll are rolling in style. According to our sources in previous years journalists and even a publisher attending the swanky gala took their own cars.

We asked Nancy Sullivan, LAT publicist if it was true. Did Hofmeister and Turner take a limo to the Academy Awards? “Don’t know if you’re aware,” Sullivan tells FBLA. “But security precautions make any entry other than via limo next to impossible.”

That confirms the story about the limo. Is a limo required to cover the Oscars? Doesn’t that sound like something you’d think if you were a 12 year old girl living in Ohio? We asked current staffers if the only way to be at the awards is to show up in a rented stretched vehicle. All of them told us usually everyone just takes their own car or gets dropped off.

Yeah, we need to cover a cocktail party but due to security reasons, we need new shoes.