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Posts Tagged ‘Dan Levin’

Paris Hilton Gets Last Merchandising Laugh

In keeping with the Hollywood studio lots she once frequented, Paris Hilton currently reaps the majority of her lucrative brand endorsement revenues from international markets. So much so that her manager Jamie Freed, who handles all incoming offers, tells Variety writer Kathy A. McDonald that he turns down on Hilton’s behalf anywhere from 12 to 20 entreaties. Per day.

Among recently rejected offers was a pitch for Paris Hilton branded canned beans. But there’s still plenty of merchandise to stock the shelves of the 30-year-old mogul’s stores in close to three dozen countries:

“Paris is extremely involved in all aspects from product trending to development to marketing,” says Dan Levin, managing director of the LA offices of Beanstalk, Hilton’s licensing agency. Beanstalk is owned by global giant Omnicom. “Nothing goes out there without her approval.”

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LA Times Scans China’s $6 Billion Pirated DVD Industry

LA Times reporter John Horn and Beijing based colleague Dan Levin offer a highly entertaining and deeply sobering overview of the massive transacting of illegal DVDs in China. What’s most amazing is that even though titles like The Social Network can be had for as little as $1.22, annual pirated DVD sales in the country are estimated to total $6 billion. Adjusted for standard Hollywood admissions math, that’s more like $30 billion!

Right off the bat, the article frames the problem with a killer quote from a 26-year-old female PR professional, who probably would do the right, legal thing, if only she could. “Legal DVDs are like democracy — they don’t exist in China,” she says.

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Jeremy Blake’s Unfinished Work in Corcoran Show

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In today’s NYT, Dan Levin has an interesting story about how Jeremy Blake’s unfinished art work was pieced together for the show at the Corcoran:

Jonathan P. Binstock, the curator of the Corcoran exhibition, and Lance Kinz, a director of Kinz, Tillou & Feigen, decided to incorporate “Glitterbest” into their exhibitions in its incomplete state out of deference to Mr. Blake, who had approved inclusion of some of the images in the Corcoran exhibition catalog and advance announcements for the New York show. They hoped the unfinished work would give viewers insight into his creative process and provide a glimmer of what the video might have become.

It would be uncharitable–accurate, but uncharitable–to suggest that Blake’s indebtness to his dealer may have been a compelling reason for that dealer to want as much material as possible in the show.

David Sigal, who’s described as “a documentary filmmaker and videographer” was recruited to finesse the files into some sort of order. Sigal also turned to the internet to try to get some sense of Blake’s last days and found the slough of conspiracy sites, which must have been wrenching.

Alas, there’s no reaction from the not-known-for-his -reticence Malcolm McLaren about the finished portrait.