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Gawker Slims Down for The New Year

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Gawker Media is capping off 2008 by selling two of its blogs — Consumerist and the Hollywood gossip site Defamer. Yesterday, two weeks after FishbowlNY broke the story of talks between the two companies, The New York Times reported that Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, is buying the customer watchdog blog Consumerist from Gawker Media. In the article, the paper quotes Gawker publisher Nick Denton saying that he’s also “in talks” to sell the Hollywood gossip site Defamer. FishbowlNY has exclusively learned that, later in the afternoon, Denton sent out an email to his site leads revealing that Defamer has actually already been sold. Denton told his top editors that public announcement of the sale will come later today.

Denton put the Consumerist up for sale in mid-November at the same time that he folded his tech-industry gossip blog Valleywag into Gawker.com. Defamer was never put on sale, but in his email, Denton says the company was approached about the site a few months ago and has been in talks with the buyer ever since. Denton’s missive did not reveal who will be purchasing Defamer, but that news should come out when the sale is officially announced later today.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Rosh Hashanah Means Nothing To DreamWorks Assistant

Rosh Hashanah took on a new meaning to the DreamWorks assistant, Michelle, who wasn’t sure how to deal with the holiday. She didn’t know what to do, where to do it, or even whom to invite. In a last ditch effort, according to Defamer, she sent out the following email:

Perhaps a new version of Only in Hollywood is in order.roshemail.jpg

Defamer Hiring

helpwanted si.jpegWith the news that Mark Lisanti is leaving that swampy hole of self-hatred that is Defamer, the site is advertising for his old gig:

“Specifically, we are looking to hire a small handful of talented writers, of either the aspiring or proven variety, who have the ability to cut a unique swath through all of the tired bullshit and who can consistently deliver insightful and entertaining pieces about the accursed industry that consumes our souls when it isn’t already claiming our firstborn. Ideal candidates will have strong, original voices as well as a close familiarity with the machinations that make Hollywood and the culture of celebrity go ’round.”

It kinda sounds dreadful. But they’re forking up benefits and an actual salary, so who are we to snipe?

Jon Robin Baitz Roundup

baitzout04.jpgJon Robin Baitz has been given the boot from Brothers and Sisters, the show he created. He’s had plenty to say about it himself, but that doesn’t keep the “pundits” from weighing in.

Defamer: “There must be a less extreme and destructive solution than Baitz’s suggestion of burning the entire city to the ground and rubbing salt on the charred ruins of the Spearmint Rhino.”

AfterElton.com: “How exactly might this affect Brothers & Sisters‘ gay content? That question is of great concern to gay viewers as the Sunday night drama, regularly ranking in the Nielsen’s Top Twenty Network Primetime Series, has been one of the most gay-friendly and gay-inclusive ever on network television.”

Watching Brothers And Sisters: “He also deploys quite a wide array of verbal artillery to blast the item’s author, Michael Ausiello [who first reported the ouster in his column]. I’m not sure about the wisdom of starting feuds with gossip columnists, but Baitz makes it pretty clear that he’s not going to play by Hollywood rules anymore, and, okay, good luck with that.”

The Future of Celebrity Journalism: Young Interviewer Confuses John Cusack With Kevin Spacey

Defamer is busy trying to figure out who this YouTube nitwit is. In the meantime, please enjoy one of the worst celebrity interviews we’ve ever seen.

We’re guessing that in newsrooms across the country, resumes with “USC Annenberg School for Communication” on them just got shifted to the bottom of the pile.

LAT Goes Blogger-tastic

coffeenews.jpegDo you get the LAT print edition? Yeah, us neither. But if you’re reading this at Starbucks, scrounge around a bit and look at the cover of the California section.

The Times apparently has been importing copy editors from Defamer — the headline for today’s Nicole Richie story has the words “4 Days” striked-through, blogger-style.

We’d show it to you, but the online edition doesn’t have it. So check it out for yourself. And enjoy that macchiato.

News You Don’t Want To Miss: Wednesday Roundup

roundup.jpgSome interesting tidbits from our favorite local blogs:

Defamer: E! plans a workday kegger.

BrooWaha: Citizen Journalists discover the word “douchebag,” use liberally.

Deadline Hollywood Daily: Rosie’s Off The View. Nikki’s not surprised.

FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Us Weekly’s Ken Baker Bringing the Fun to the Internet

bakerken.jpgKen Baker, Us Weekly’s West Coast exec editor, yesterday was named Editorial Director of Usmagazine.com, which makes perfect sense to us. This was the guy, after all, who told us that the secret to the mag’s success was boobs, clothes and celebrity sex. What better platform for all those things than the Internet?

But does the world really need a Wenner-brand version of E! Online, TMZ.com, Defamer, etc.?

Ever the salesman, Baker assures FBLA that his site will be different.

“Us Weekly has thrived by giving readers a TV-in-a-magazine experience,” Baker told us. “I want to give the Usmagazine.com audience the same fun experience of celebrity.”

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