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Los Angeles Magazine Adds Two New Editors

Nancy Miller is joining Los Angeles magazine as its new deputy editor. Miller comes to Los Angeles from Fast Company, where she was west coast editorial director. Prior to her time at Fast Company, she spent five years as a senior editor at Wired.

In addition, the mag has poached LA Weekly food writer Elina Shatkin to become a new senior editor. Tough week for the Weekly‘s food section.

Both editors will start their new gigs in early March.

LA Observed has editor Mary Melton‘s memo to staff regarding the two hires.

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LA Weekly Food Blogger Trying to Shed Excess Pounds

In what is perhaps the alt-weekly equivalent of embracing the joys of home cooking, an LA Weekly article today about the workout regimens of seven LA food bloggers is most appetizing when focused on the publication’s very own Elina Shatkin.

Never mind that the byline of the person interviewing her is “Caroline on Crack.” Shatkin’s comments are the piece’s most colorful and candid; she says field work for the recent feature “30 Burgers in 30 Days” is responsible for half her current excess poundage, even though she has written earlier about how friends were surprised the assignment did not take more of a personal toll. Explains Shatkin:

“Since I started my LA Weekly job, I have gained 15 pounds… Not only is working out good for all the obvious health reasons, it’s good for creativity. I am undoubtedly a better writer when I am exercising consistently. “

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Three LA Journos in Barista Championship Mix

It’s not quite the Oscars, but this weekend, on the heels of last Sunday’s Kodak Theater “katastrophe,” the Southwest Regional Barista Competition will be taking place at Siren Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

FishbowlLA got the lowdown from Cassie Piper, social media coordinator for event host the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. About 40 judges are being certified today in Long Beach ahead of the event and include three local reporters: Betty Hallock, a food editor at the LA Times; Elina Shatkin, restaurant critic for LA Weekly; and Ben Mandelker, an LA food and entertainment blogger for B-Side Blog.

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‘Flying Pig’ Food Truck Mulls Legal Action Against Porn Company

Squid Ink‘s Elina Shatkin reports a rather bizarre story about LA’s Flying Pig food truck and its battle with porn company Cal Vista Pictures–who’s using the truck as a backdrop for a Ron Jeremy film. According to Shatkin, truck owner Joe Kim is mulling legal action against the company, not because the truck is featured in the backdrop, but because the title of the film is “The Flying Pink Pig.” Not exactly the type of thing a food truck wants popping up on Google searches after just being featured on Oprah. The crew is also in the process of opening a restaurant in Little Tokyo.

Said Kim: “I think these guys really wanted to take advantage of us. Not really telling us but really taking advantage of our name.”

Kim is trying to get Cal Vista to remove the Flying Pig imagery before the film is released later this month.

Meanwhile, Kim tells Eater LA he never spoke producers of the film before the shooting, but he was lead to believe by a former employee that truck was being used for a “romantic film.”

L ATimes Expands Calendar Weekend


The LA Times, in an effort to hold on to those younger readers, younger being anyone born after the Kennedy assassination, revamps the Thursday Calender section. From John Montorio’s memo:

Thursday, we’ll raise the curtain on an exciting double feature, when we replace Weekend with two new sections—a Calendar broadsheet devoted to the movies and a freshly imagined tabloid, The Guide, designed to help readers make the most of their recreational, cultural and entertainment choices.

Whee. We’re dizzy at the prospect. Betsey Sharkey gets two lieutenants in her campaign, who are cutely called a “power couple”:

Tim Swanson, Film Editor. Tim, a former editor at Premiere and writer at Portfolio, will directly oversee our movie coverage.

Gina McIntyre, Assistant Entertainment Editor. Gina, who most recently was an editor and writer at The Hollywood Reporter, joins us later this month. She’ll be helping to shape our TV, film and pop music coverage.

And the real reason for the two sections comes from Lynne Segall, LAT veep of entertainment and fashion advertising:

The Thursday broadsheet will now give the studios a broader canvas on which to market their films on the most crucial day to promote weekend movie-going

The Guide will also launch online in a beta version as early as mid-November. Ultimately replacing Calendar Live, the site will feature user-generated content, as well as content from an expanded staff, who’ll work more cheaply than those folks already in the building.

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