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Fashion Designer Zac Posen Guest Edits Rebranded THR Style Section

The URL is very clever. Combining the fashion industry term pret-a-porter (French for “ready-to-wear“) with their outlet name, Janice Min and co. have come up with Pret-a-Reporter.

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Fashion designer Zac Posen is the first guest editor of the new digital Style section launched today. More broadly and permanently at the helm is Hollywood Reporter style editor Erin Weinger:

Weinger previously served as director of digital content for fashion and interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Her career in fashion journalism began as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times IMAGE section. After leaving the Times, she consulted on new media projects for LA-based fashion public relations firm SPR before co-founding the editorial website StyleSectionLA.com.

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Hollywood Reporter Trots Out New Fashion Blog

There’s no doubt that the very best thing about today’s announcement by the Hollywood Reporter of a new “FASHtrack” print and online fashion column is the accompanying headshot (pictured) of contributing editor Elizabeth Snead. Seriously, the late Stieg Larsson could not have drawn up a better tattoo than the one gracing the reporter’s left arm.

Together with blog editor Merle Ginsberg and THR style editor Carol McColgin on the print side, Snead will be keeping readers posted on the latest celebrity and industry-driven fashion trends. For Ginsberg, it’s a nice lateral move at a publication she has been a part of since 2o10:

“It’s so exciting for me to have this opportunity…” says Ginsberg. “I started writing about awards red carpet fashion for WWD in 1992, practically inventing the genre–I’m looking forward to putting all that knowledge and all those contacts in the perfect place, since it’s very hard to separate Hollywood and the fashion business anymore. They’ve come to depend on each other.”

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LA Times Calendar Section Defends Itself

Yesterday we listed all the people who are no longer at the Calendar Section of the LA Times. We noted it makes the section look pretty dysfunctional. We don’t hear of en masse exits from say the Sports Section. But it’s been pretty consistent at the Calendar section.

The newspaper has sent us a statement saying we forgot to mention they’ve hired people too. Hear that obit writers? You should also talk about how people are being born. Otherwise it’s only half the story.

From Nancy Sullivan:

LA Times Calendar section: The Mass Influx

NEW HIRES (in the same frame):
Joy Press, Randall Roberts, Melissa Maerz, Gerrick Kennedy, Yvonne Villarreal, Nardine Saad, Nate Jackson, Rebecca Keegan, Nicole Sperling, Ben Fritz, Joe Flint, Steve Zeitchik, Julie Makinen, Deb Vankin, Jori Finkel, Amy Kaufman, David Ng

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LA Times Calendar Section: The Mass Exodus

Look, we’re old salts when it comes to journalists changing gigs. We were there for what we call the ’08-’09 blood bath. Tens of thousands of journalists laid off. It was like blogging at a morgue.

Anyway, the post-Apocalypse LAT Calendar section is still losing talent. Today’s exit: one of the last remaining senior television writers Maria Elena Fernandez. That makes three senior writers whom have left Calendar in the past month (music critic Ann Powers and reporter Chris Lee being the other two).

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What’s Going On at LAT Arts & Entertainment Section?

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As those who cover the newspaper industry, we don’t flinch when journos lose jobs anymore. It’s barely a story. Layoffs have been the norm for the past two years or more. But it seems like LAT is losing more journos in its Arts & Entertainment section than other sections. And the reporters and editors in that section are quitting. That’s news.

In the last year they have lost Kate Aurthur to Daily Beast, Joseph Kapsch to Zap2it, Denise Martin to TVGuide, Richard Rushfield to Gawker, Tim Swanson to teaching, Rachel Abromwitz to a TV show, blogger Elizabeth Snead to Zap2it and this week it’s Matea Gold. We also heard that photographer David Strick‘s contract was not renewed.

What’s going on over there? “People are fleeing since Sallie Hofmeister took over,” a former reporter said to us.

Which isn’t conclusive really. It’s someone who hates their former boss. So we made a list. That’s a lot of people leaving in a short amount of time. And then we asked around.

Another Entertainment Section vet wrote us, “I’d say that the coverage has been going in the wrong direction since Sallie took over — she cares only about the business of entertainment, not the content of it. She has disdain for the web, and no understanding of it, but insisted on taking it over anyway. Sadly, I never hear of anyone happy there.”

This isn’t good. This is the equivalent to the Washington Post having debilitating problems covering Congress. This is Los Angeles. It’s the “Entertainment Capital of the World” and the Los Angeles Times’ Entertainment section is this dysfunctional? Not good.

Newspaper Blogs Most Popular List by Simon Owens

n48505698_6272.jpgMedia blogger, Simon Owens over at Bloggasm…how can we put this gently…has a lot of time on his hands? In a good way…he could be putting his time toward something destructive…more so than media blogging…

Anyway, he ranked the top 50 newspaper blogs:

To determine this, I combed through the hundreds of blogs at the top newspaper sites and calculated each of their Technorati rankings. A Technorati ranking is based on the number of inbound links from separate blogs in a six-month period, and is a decent indicator of a blog’s popularity. Once I determined the rankings, I ordered them from popular to least popular. Below, you will find the 50 most popular newspaper blogs.

LA Times has nine in the top 50. In the top half are Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman at Top of the Ticket, group blog LA Now, Alana Semuels, Alex Pham, Chris Gaither, David Sarno, Jessica Guynn, Jim Puzzanghera, Jon Healey, Mark Milian, Michelle Maltaisare at Technology and Sal Morgan and Elizabeth Snead at Dish Rag. Now when you see these people at cocktail parties you can intro them as a ‘high ranking blogger’ and see if they won’t try and correct you. Email us if they do.

Whole list is here.

LAT In 90 Seconds

38857174-14120917.jpgNot Running: The guy who developed The Grove, Rick Caruso, has put an end to months of Internet whispering and said “he would not challenge incumbent Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the city’s March election.”

43161219-02145804.jpgGraph O’The Day: From a Kim Murphy piece about Sarah Palin: “With her vice-presidential carriage turned back into a pumpkin, Palin faces a return to a state rife with hard feelings, a sagging budget and rising political uncertainty. Will its powerful veteran U.S. senator hold on to his job despite a felony corruption conviction? And what can Palin do about her home-grown political adversaries, some of them showing a gleeful appetite for torpedoing whatever national political ambitions the governor may harbor?”

36942334.jpgAnd Now Back To Important Stuff: With the election over, reporters can now go back to reporting the stuff we really care about… like how badly Halle Berry dressed herself before she got a stylist. Don’t know what to do with yourself now that Obama’s in the White House? Enjoy this picture book thingy by Elizabeth Snead.

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cspel.jpgCandy’s Sweet New View: Wondering where Candy Spelling will move once she leaves the $40 million estate she and the late Aaron Spelling built? (OK, we weren’t wondering either, but Roger Vincent has the info, so might as well read it.) Seem she’s moving into a condo in Century City. A $47 million condo in Century City. Mortgage crisis? What mortgage crisis?

40454508-22073906.jpgBam! Pow! Mom? We’re not sure what to make of this, but Elizabeth Snead is reporting: “Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister. The alleged incident was believed to have taken place on Sunday night at Park Lane’s Dorchester Hotel in London where Bale is staying. Bale’s mother, Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, are said to have gone to a police station in Hampshire to make the allegation, which was subsequently referred to the Metropolitan Police.”

41135425-21090551.jpgBoob Tube: Federal judges threw out the FCC’s $550,000 “wardrobe malfunction” fine.

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40677727-03133848.jpgSubliminal Messages? We know it’s not like a naked chick in an ice cube or anything, but we can’t help it: Every time we click on the LAT elections editorial page, we can’t help but think that whoever named the page was a (not very subtle) Barack Obama supporter.

41070436-17111957.jpgMaking Mountains Out of Moles? Elizabeth Snead pays loving homage to a bit of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s former facial flesh.

41049933-16124527.jpgCat’s Meow: Claudia Eller has the goods about Michael Vollman leaving Paramount Pictures to become executive vice president of worldwide marketing at MGM.

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‘YouTube Is Becoming the World’s Biggest Focus Group’: Just when you thought the democratic sandbox of lowest-common-denominator entertainment was safe from the prying eyes of marketers and information-seekers, comes this. Oh well.

39584442.jpgMost Unexpected Paragraph(s) of the Day: In her op-ed piece about the Rob Lowe case, Rachel Abramowitz raises the specter of Anthony Pellicano: “…where’s Anthony Pellicano when you need him? … he definitely had a well-defined spot in the Hollywood food chain — fixer, interlocutor between celebrities and the populace, the man to call when your one-night stand, your nanny, your personal assistant, your housekeeper, yoga instructor, chakra cleanser, what-have-you decides to sue for slights real and imagined. … Obviously Pellicano was a bully, ready to smear the less powerful with impunity. But there could be a cool efficiency to how he operated.”

39617125-04115953.jpgIs This Photo An Editorial Statement? Elizabeth Snead dishes about how American Idol creator Nigel Lythgoe didn’t want George Bush to appear on the Idol Gives Back show — which is all fine and good, but what’s with the photo choice of Nigel as a clown?

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