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Broadcasting & Cable Adds Programming and Digital Media Editor

A new career chapter has begun for former Metro New York chief film critic Daniel Holloway. After a stint as executive editor of Backstage both here and in Los Angeles, Holloway is carrying on starting today for another trade publication – Broadcasting & Cable.

Broadcasting&CableLogoAs the website and weekly magazine‘s programming and digital media editor, Holloway will remain based in LA and report to B&C editor-in-chief Melissa Grego. From the announcement:

“Daniel is one of the most versatile, curious and energetic journalists covering media and entertainment today,” Grego said. “As the amount of programming and the ways it’s consumed continue to grow, B&C is incredibly fortunate to have Daniel, with his great instincts and insights, covering this fast-changing part of the TV landscape.”

Holloway’s beat will include the tracking and analysis of programming strategies made by broadcast, basic cable and pay-TV networks as well as keeping tabs on new-technology distribution players. Holloway has in the past contributed to Spin magazine, US Weekly and the Miami Herald. He was also a guest host and film critic for NPR national morning news program The Bryant Park Project.

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Casting Directors See the Light, Cancel Planned Auction of Hollywood Audition Tapes

Today’s Kathy Lee Gifford blunder isn’t the only Today Show gaffe in the news. It’s quite possible that if executives from Julien’s Auctions in Beverly HIlls had not chatted last Friday with Matt Lauer about their company’s planned sale of 54 Hollywood audition tapes this coming weekend, none of the the following would have happened.

The duo’s March 29 appearance sparked some angry tweets by casting directors and a solid bit of reporting yesterday from Backstage executive editor Daniel Holloway. The article exposed the identity of the sellers and also included a scathing condemnation of the auction by Casting Society of America president Richard Hicks.

Today, per a statement from SAG-AFTRA and a second item by Holloway, Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins have wisely redirected these artifacts to the Academy. From today’s Backstage item:

“I got an email this morning from Janet and Jane saying that there’s a big hoopla over this and that they’re going to give it to the Academy,” said Darryl Marshak of Marshak/Zachary management company. “The Academy now is the keeper of the tapes, and anyone in there can go in and look at them. They’re for the whole world to see once they’re at the Academy library.”

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On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:

Tapes include Leonardo DiCaprio’s audition for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders; Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves and Dermot Mulroney for Backdraft; Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt and others for roles in Jurassic Park; David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Noah Wylie, Ben Affleck and Lisa Kudrow auditioning with Ellen DeGeneres for Mr. Wrong; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Dempsey and others for A Beautiful Mind; and more.

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Backstage Magazine Exalts ‘Digital All-Stars’

Lisa Donovan, co-founder of Maker Studios, is on the cover. She is joined inside this week’s issue of Backstage by other “actors, creators, moneymakers and misfits building the future of entertainment” as part of the publication’s first annual list of Digital All-Stars.

The crisply laid-out cover story blends a half-dozen interviews and shorter snippets to celebrate Funny or Die host Billy Eichner, Hulu senior VP of content Andy Forssell, YouTube Space LA chief Liam Collins, Issae Rae Productions namesake Issae Rae, Amazon Studios director Roy Price and many more. There’s also a nice, timely intro from executive editor Daniel Holloway:

And then there was House of Cards. Love it or hate it, Netflix’s $100 million venture into scripted original programming – David Fincher! Shakespearean undertones! — signified a Gutenberg moment. From this point on, high-end entertainment with genuine artistic ambitions would no longer only come first through a cable box or a cinema projector; it can and will come from anywhere…

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Backstage Magazine Lists Top 30 Up-and-Coming Performers

It’s a heck of a day for Karine Vanasse. The Drummondville, Quebec native and former co-star of ABC-TV series Pan Am is on the cover of this week’s issue of Backstage magazine and crowns the publication’s first-ever “Backstage 30,” a list of up-and-coming performers with major industry traction.

“We got recommendations from a dozen casting directors and industry people,” Backstage executive editor Daniel Holloway tells FishbowlLA. “We factored that information together with performer social media footprints.”

The second actor on the list, Marc André Grondin, is also a Quebec native. La Belle Province, with its niche TV market activity and burgeoning English language feature film production scene, is evidently proving to be a very fertile launch pad for new talent.

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Backstage Magazine Rolls Out New Website, Print Format

When Prometheus Global Media handed over a controlling interest of Backstage magazine last fall to former New York City taxi cab advertising king John Amato, it promised to return the once venerable brand to the status of essential working actor’s tool. This week, the 52-year-old publication’s new look is officially ready for its close-up.

The website backstage.com has been redesigned to compete more directly with Gary Marsh’s Actors Access and Burbank-based nowcasting.com. The weekly print magazine meanwhile hits newsstands this Thursday with a new price ($3.95) and completely redesigned format. From this morning’s press release:

“We are in an age where it is much easier to produce content for television, film and on the Web,” says Backstage CEO Amato. “It’s no longer just about an agent filling an actor for a role. Now, actors can showcase their own talents and connect directly with casting opportunities on backstage.com.”

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A Drudge Report Deluge

Is anyone monitoring online reader comments at Backstage.com? Apparently not.

After Drudge Report linked yesterday morning to Daniel Holloway‘s very serious item about a half-dozen Hollywood casting directors receiving death threat voice mails on Sunday, November 7th and reporting the matter to Teamsters Local 339, the trolls came out in full force. Thanks to a Backstage commenting template devoid of any filters or verification mechanisms, reader feedback quickly devolved into a frightening window unto Drudge Nation.

Here’s just a sampling:

Mike N: It would be good to see a lot more death threats, considering the talentless garbage created by most of the film studios these days.

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Playboy Needs You to Pay Cash to Pose Nude

When did Playboy start mimicking a low-end porn rackets? When did young women have to fork over cash in order to show their goods? Posing nude used to pay. Is the market really that flooded? Playboy has been charging to audition at open-calls. Doesn’t anyone want to look at nude women for free anymore? What’s the world come to? Seriously, this would be like the New Yorker accepting payments for you to submit your poems. It’s shady for a regular magazine – let alone one as old and prestigious. And yes, it sounds illegal and in California it is.

Backstage’s Daniel Holloway reports:

Women have posed naked for Playboy for close to 50 years. Only recently have some had to pay for the privilege.

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