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Kick Buttowski Creator Slides Over to Fandango

It began last fall with the hiring of Dave Karger as chief correspondent. It continues this week with the addition of a vp of content and creative.

Fandango.com is fully committed to the idea of becoming a content producer and as the company’s new chief creative executive, Sandro Corsaro (pictured) will now lead that charge. From this morning’s announcement:

“Sandro is one of the most talented content creators in the industry,” said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango. “I’m thrilled he’ll be bringing his creativity and experience to Fandango, to help enhance the consumer experience and engagement across our platforms, driving business objectives for both ticketing and advertising.”

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Dave Karger Rolls Out Second Fandango Series at SXSW

Following his chronicling of 2012 film awards season via The Frontrunners, Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger is down in Austin with the site’s senior director of PR Harry Medved and editor-in-chief Chuck Walton to officially launch his new Web series, Weekend Ticket. The program will debut on the site March 14 and feature SXSW interviews with Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Paul Walker, Josh Duhamel and Paul Rudd (or, as Andy Samberg so hilariously referred to Rudd during the Spirit Awards, Paul “Reeud”).

Karger hinted when we spoke with him not long ago that he would be making use of the formidable Nate Silver-like predictive data gathered from the site’s ticket buyers. Sure enough, Weekend Ticket will be sourcing a new weekly indicator also unveiled at SXSW:

“Fanticipation” ranks fan excitement around upcoming and current movies based on Fandango’s proprietary data collected from its online and mobile traffic, the social media engagement of its fans and its advance ticket sales…

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Dave Karger on How Journalists Can Land TV Appearances

Dave Karger made quite a splash when, after almost two decades at Entertainment Weekly, he went to work for Fandango as chief correspondent. Now that he’s settled into the role, he tells Mediabistro what he’s been working on lately and offers up some advice for print journos looking to transition to TV. Here’s an excerpt:

How can someone position themselves for TV appearances of the kind that you make regularly? For a writer looking to get into that, is it just about getting the right job (where producers come to you), or is it about actively pitching yourself?
I think the important thing is just to know what you’re talking about and really study it. Find something that you’re extremely interested in, so that becoming an expert in it doesn’t feel at all like a job or a chore. If I didn’t have the job that I have, I would still be obsessed with the Oscars and I would still know who Quvenzhané Wallis is. It just happens to be that this is what I get to talk about for work.

I feel like all the great stuff I’ve gotten to do over the years, whether it’s the Today show or being the Academy greeter, it was never a calculated plan. I just tried to be comfortable in front of the camera and really develop an expertise. I think the fact of the matter is that I’m really interested in this, and that just shows when I talk about it or in the past when I have written about it.

For more, read So What Do You Do, Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent for Fandango?

Dave Karger’s Incredible Oscar Nominations Thursday

In this week’s edition of the Mediabistro Q&A series “So What Do You Do…,” Dave Karger hints at just how crazy the annual Oscar nominations day is for him as a working journalist. To get a full sense of what he goes through each year, we wanted to share from our conversation the Fandango chief correspondent’s full description of last week’s frenetic LA-to-New-York-to-LA mad dash:

“What made it difficult was that on Wednesday night, I had committed to hosting the official People’s Choice Awards red carpet show with SuChin Pak and Tim Gunn. So I was in LA on Wednesday night and had to take the red eye and land in New York at 5:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. I have an apartment in New York, so that gave me just enough time to run home, jump in the shower and get to The Today Show for the Oscars nominations announcement at 8:30 a.m. ET.”

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Dave Karger Sits Down with Ben Affleck for Episode One of Fandango’s The Frontrunners

Along with this morning’s SAG Award nominations for Best Ensemble and Alan Arkin as Best Supporting Actor, Argo director Ben Affleck is front and center in the debut of Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger’s original weekly series The Frontrunners.

The significance of The Frontrunners is not the opportunity to hear from a 2012 film awards season contender as people like Affleck are all over the Web. Rather it’s that this particular bit of buzz sits on the Fandango marquee, ready to take advantage of the website’s huge traffic and mobile phone-clicking ticket buyers.

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Fandango Wastes No Time Leveraging Dave Karger

Holy cow, that didn’t take long.

A day after EW vet Dave Karger officially started at Fandango, the movie ticketing service has announced the first of many ways it plans to showcase the impeccable credentials of its chief correspondent. The company is planning to launch one or more Web series wrapped around Karger as host and interviewer, before the end of the year. Possibilities include:

Fanticipation: A weekly look at the upcoming weekend’s top box office contenders and possible sleeper hits, based on proprietary insights and data from Fandango.

Honored: An update, analysis and countdown show during awards season.

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After Seventeen Years at EW, Dave Karger Moves Over to Fandango

When Geoff Boucher clocks in next Monday for his first day as senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, another long-time EW staffer will be settling in at their own nearby new place of employ. On that same October 1, Dave Karger will officially begin his duties as Fandango’s first ever chief correspondent.

Karger’s new boss Hilary Smith, senior vp of digital communications for NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division, is quoted in the press release as saying that the hire is a “game-changer” for Fandango. She’s absolutely right.

While the now Comcast-owned movie ticket behemoth has been churning out movie-related news, review and interview content for years, they’ve never had a marquee reporter in the mix. The addition of Karger provides Fandango with a name brand already seamlessly plugged in to sister properties such as Access Hollywood, The Today Show and E! Entertainment.

The Karger hire also greatly raises the Oscar season profile of Fandango. For the past two years, their chief correspondent has been the Academy’s official red carpet greeter and for many years more, a leading Oscars prognosticator. Karger’s last day at EW was September 18.

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New ABC-Oscars Site Launches

We’re not sure who “Oscar Insider” is, but he-she-they have a unique claim to fame. As part of a new website officially launched today by the Academy and ABC Entertainment, they get to write for “The Official Blog of the 84th Academy Awards.”

FishbowlLA’s favorite blog entries are the ones showcasing older acceptance speeches. For example, before Marlon Brando took to boycotting self-congratulation affairs and sending Native American emissaries in his place, he was capable of being humbled like so many before and since.

There’s also some fun new video featuring host Billy Crystal and a gaggle of upcoming features: “Oscar Buzz,” a social media overview kicking off nominations day, January 24, with Shira Lazar; “Oscar Talks,” a four-part video conversation series launching January 29; “Nominated… with Dave Karger,” a ten-part analysis of the Best Picture race anchored by the Entertainment Weekly awards veteran; and “Best Dressed,” a fashion plate feature starting February 11 with KABC’s Rachel Smith.

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Lunch: James Cameron’s Oscar Campaign Comes to Michael’s

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It was Hollywood on the Hudson at Michael’s today as Peggy Siegal hosted one of her legendary lunches right smack in the middle of the dining room. Today’s guest of honor was James Cameron. Looks like Peggy pulled out all the stops, rounding up quite an eclectic collection of actors, directors, and entertainment A-listers to celebrate the Avatar auteur’s nine Oscar nominations and, no doubt, drum up a few votes. Ballots are due March 2! In case you haven’t heard, Cameron is up against some stiff competition in the best picture and director categories. His ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, has been nabbing plenty of statuettes this award season for helming The Hurt Locker, and everyone in Hollywood is waiting to see who comes out on top on Oscar night.

I was squeezed into the bar with Redbook‘s editor-in-chief Stacy Morrison and Hearst’s director of public relations Alexandra Carlin. Stacy is about to publish her first book, Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce (Simon & Schuster) next month and it’s a real page turner. After spending a year “trying not to write the book,” Stacy decided to chronicle her painful but ultimately life-affirming journey from jilted wife of a year-old baby to happy single mother. The memoir, which seems destined for the big screen, took two years of writing and rewriting on weekends to finish. “I wanted to make people think differently about divorce,” Stacy told me. After tiring of deflecting people’s inappropriate questions about the split, Stacy says she ultimately thought: ‘If you want to see the real story, here it is.’ And she doesn’t hold anything back. From the nights spent sobbing on her kitchen floor to the painful conversations with her soon-to-be ex, it’s all there.

I asked Stacy if she had any misgivings about exposing so much about her personal life in the book, given her high-profile position as a relationship ‘expert.’ (She got her boss Cathie Black‘s blessing to write it.) On the contrary, she told me. “The book is a resilience road map,” says Stacy. Miraculously, she and her ex-husband have managed to remain friends (really!) and have a co-parenting strategy that works for the couple and their young son. Stacy even dedicated the book to the man who left her because, she says, “I couldn’t have written it without him in more ways than one.”

The book is getting plenty of good buzz and even earned high praise from none other than Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote of her own reawakening after divorce in Eat, Pray, Love. Gilbert “loved the tone” of the book, calling it “real, without the slightest hint of self-pity.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Just an intimate lunch for 38 including James Cameron and pals Bob Balaban, Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn (looking absolutely ageless), Avatar villain Stephen Lang, indie It girl Parker Posey, documentarian Ken Burns and director Julie Taymor, Jean Doumanian and Warner Music’s Lyor Cohen. Also in attendance: Les Moonves, John Stossel, Felicia Taylor, and “Mayor” Joe Armstrong. Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar odds-maker Dave Karger was also on hand taking it all in.

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Entertainment Weekly And Gold Derby Take Aim

latimesgoldderby.jpgEveryone has an attitude and Dave Karger, of Entertainment Weekly, and Tom O’Neil of the L.A. Times Gold Derby let the people know how they feel, no holds barred.

The pair offered their Oscar musings on the record, and believe it or not, they disagreed. Press here to see the tape.

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