TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Cynthia Littleton’

Variety Adds TV, Real Estate Editors

DebraBirnbaumPicThere’s a fair bit going on these days at Jay Penske‘s Deadline and Variety twin trades.

On the Deadline side, Dominic Patten recently started anchoring daily video reports under the rubicon DeadlineNow. From PMC’s new westside Los Angeles digs, he has been chatting with reporter Jen Yamato, film editor Anita Busch, east coast-based chief theater columnist Jeremy Gerard and others about the latest developments on each journalist’s beat.

Meanwhile, Variety has been staffing up. This morning, TV EIC Cynthia Littleton announced that Debra Birnbaum (pictured) has joined the publication as executive editor, television:

Birnbaum came to Variety in April to help spearhead the eight Extra Edition special issues published this month in conjunction with Emmy season. She will be at the helm of Variety’s expansive TV awards season coverage leading up to the July 10 nominations announcement through the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Get a Literary Agent

Get a Literary AgentStarting August 6, learn how to find the right agent for your book and write a query that will get the deal done! Taught by Barbara Clark, a book agent and publishing consultant, you will learn the best methods for finding a literary agent, the proper protocol and etiquette for seeking literary representation, how to send queries and more. Register now!

Two Trade Publication Staffs Walk Into a Westwood Office Building…

Among the various Twitter wise-cracks posted in response to the news that Variety, Deadline (and other PMC Web publications) will soon be sharing the same LA westside digs was this one:

More like reality TV show. Especially since one of the floors being leased at the Westwood high rise will feature “a full video production studio and three green-screen rooms.”

Read more

Variety Makes Steven Gaydos a VP

Last week, Variety announced the appointment of three new editors-in-chief – Andrew Wallenstein, Cynthia Littleton and Claudia Eller. Today, the trade has made another big move on the “advertorial” side, promoting executive editor Steven Gaydos to the additional role of VP.

The expanded, double title would seem to reflect that Gaydos has the full confidence of new owner Jay Penske, running a features department where most of the money will be. From this afternoon’s announcement:

Gaydos will oversee all editorial for features, events, creative partnerships, custom publishing and other special projects…

Gaydos has been responsible for nearly 200 reports and related events each year, directing the multi-platform production of territorial surveys, film, TV, digital and music reports, business-oriented personality and corporate profiles. In addition, he created and directed the “10 to Watch” program and oversees various initiatives such as brand’s Impact Lists, Hollywood’s New Leaders, Dealmakers and the Billion Dollar series.

Read more

Variety Gets Three New Editors-in-Chief

They are Andrew Wallenstein, (digital), Claudia Eller (film) and Cynthia Littleton (TV). Colleague Tim Gray is not going away but rather will remain in a “leadership role.”

What’s most intriguing here is that Jay Penske is continuing a pattern of promoting female staffers (Littleton) to heretofore male-dominated editorial roles. Last fall, he appointed Michelle Sobrino-Stearns associate publisher. From this morning’s announcement:

The installation of Eller and Littleton as two of the three editors-in-chief marks the first time in the brand’s storied history that women have served in the top editorial role.

Read more

Suspicious, Beeping Package Forces Evacuation of KNX, KFWB and K-Earth

It was anything but a typical Tuesday morning at the Wilshire Blvd. headquarters of KNX 1070 Newsradio and friends. Per a dispatch by LA Times reporters Kate Mather and Richard Winton:

The office was cleared after a beeping package was dropped off at a second-floor lobby about 8:20 a.m., according to Los Angeles police. A bomb squad is en route.

KNX’s Randy Kerdoon (pictured) tweeted that two packages were discovered and confirmed one was beeping. “Ive never been part of BREAKING NEWS before, COVERING it yes, part of it no,” Kerdoon tweeted. “Just another surreal day in LA.”

Read more

Variety’s Boffo Internship Program Mints Another Full-Timer

Today is the first day on the TV beat job at Variety for AJ Marechal (pictured). She was an intern last year with the Hollywood trade from March through November.

Marechal’s salaried return continues a rather remarkable string of success for the program instituted in 1995 by current managing editor Kirstin Wilder. “During my college days, I interned at the St. Petersburg Times in South Florida and the News & Observer in Raleigh,” Wilder tells FishbowlLA. “I learned first-hand how important these opportunities can be and was determined when I came to Variety to put an internship program in place.”

From the get-go, Wilder insisted that the trade’s internship program be a paid one. The list of people who’ve jumped from intern to staffer at Variety over the years is long and impressive. Marechal joins a current group of internship-program grads that consists of chief film critic Justin Chang, music editor Andrew Barker, senior writer Marc Graser, graphic designer Dan Doperalski and film reporters Andrew Stewart, Jeff Sneider, Justin Kroll and Rachel Abrams.

Read more

Warner Bros. Making Merry with A Christmas Story

Cynthia Littleton at Variety breaks down the astonishing popularity of A Christmas Story, the 1983 movie made by the late Bob Clark.

First off, we have to applaud San Diego entrepreneur Brian Jones. His purchase in 2004 (via eBay!) of the Cleveland home where the beloved movie was shot and subsequent renovation of the duplex into a memorabilia and annual convention shrine is a stroke of opportunistic genius.

Read more

THR Loses Another Staffer to Variety: Tatiana Siegel

TatianaSiegel.jpg

The Hollywood Reporter recently recruited Elizabeth Guider from Daily Variety to be the trade paper’s new editor-in-chief, but this week Variety struck back and snagged yet another of THR‘s staffers. This time, it’s film reporter Tatiana Siegel who is making the move down Wilshire Boulevard to join Var’s team.

On staff, she joins her former THR colleagues Cynthia Littleton and Anne Thompson who left earlier this year to take senior posts at Variety. She’ll likely work closely with vet film writer Thompson as well as Dana Harris , another former THR staffer who left for Variety years ago, who is editor of Variety.com and has a larger role in film coverage working under paper topper Peter Bart.

Read more

Merv Griffin Dead of Prostate Cancer at 82

lg_DSC_2478_lr.jpg

Merv Griffin, TV legend, is remembered by everyone.

Semi-legend Ray Richmond, who worked for Griffin, has the best anecdotes, recounted at length. The Ramtha story is fabulous.

Cynthia Littleton reminisces, and has a Karen Carpenter clip, too.

PopWatch’s Steve Korn blogs a fan’s notes.

TMZ exhibits an unaccustomed restraint.

Hollywood Reporter Snags Guider From Variety: This Means War

99orter_logo.jpg

Variety Executive Editor Elizabeth Guider has been named Editor of The Hollywood Reporter. Staff members at THR were informed of the appointment just after 11 a.m. Monday morning, sources confirmed.

Guider replaces Cynthia Littleton in the post, who departed THR in March along with deputy film editor/Risky Business blogger Anne Thompson who both went down Wilshire Boulevard to take editor positions at Variety (Littleton is deputy editor for news development and Thompson is deputy editor of Variety.com). Getting Guider is somewhat of a coup for THR considering that the trade paper has been losing staff left and right as of late, not to mention that many of Variety’s hires over the past few years have been former THR staffers. A journalist who has worked for both trades told FBLA:

This certainly means war. The rivalry between the trades should be revitalized, after the Reporter seemed down for the count. And that’s great news for the industry which always champions having two trades they can play against each other,

Read more

NEXT PAGE >>