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Tom Freston, Shane Smith Talk About Their Billion-Dollar VICE Enterprise

Right off the THR print magazine Q&A bat, VICE founder Shane Smith and his main backer Tom Freston spin a very enviable privately owned narrative. Smith tells senior writer Eriq Gardner that the multi-media guerilla operation currently has 1,250 full-time employees/4,000 contributors in 34 different countries, while Freston boasts that VICE is already on an audience-engagement par with MTV, SNL and Rolling Stone magazine.

We’re not sure about that last part, but there’s no denying that with VICE’s HBO documentary series debuting tonight at 11 p.m. and featuring a first episode that was cleverly shared earlier this week on YouTube, VICE’s bodacious brand will only be further enhanced. It can also be argued that nothing recently compares to the free-publicity juggernaut VICE triggered by taking Dennis Rodman and three Harlem Globetrotters to North Korea.

In a separate Web-only Q&A with Erin Carlson, Smith clarifies that VICE did not smuggle the basketball players into the DPRK and says the ensuing media circus was actually cause for great concern:

We were really worried… Rodman was only there for two days and we were there for 10 days and our team was on the ground shooting. And we know how crazy the North Koreans are and how easily they’ll sort of put someone away so we were very nervous.

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Mediabistro’s Copy Editing 101 Starts Tomorrow, March 6

Copy Editing 101

Do you want to raise your editing skills above baseline? Then don’t miss Copy Editing 101, Mediabistro’s online event and workshop starting tomorrow, March 6. Learn tips, tricks, and best practices to hone your skills as a copy editor. Over four weeks, we’ll cover:

  • How to spot errors at the sentence level and master a copy test
  • Navigating the style guides from AP to The Chicago Manual
  • Copy editing techniques for book publishing, magazine and website editing, and your own personal writing
  • A basic overview of Adobe InCopy, a program designed to streamline your workflow
  • Where to look and how to land copy editing work

Our weekly live video webcasts feature industry professionals such as Jack Murnighan (content director, Babble), Erin Carlson (copy editor, The Hollywood Reporter), and Constance Hale (author, Vex, Hex, Smash, and Smooch).

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, join today. The event starts tomorrow at 12 pm ET, so register now.

Slumdog Composer Says ‘Jai Ho’ Still a No-Go

It’s not often that the life of a Best Picture Oscar winner rages on with a level of public sniping on par with the final days of Academy Awards season. But such is the case with 2008′s Slumdog Millionaire.

On Tuesday, the New York Post reported that Matthew Warcus had dropped out of talks to direct a forthcoming stage musical adaptation of the film as a show of support for Danny Boyle. Today, Erin Carlson of the Hollywood Reporter checks in with composer A. R. Rahman, who reiterates that there will be no stage permission granted for use of signature song “Jai Ho” unless Boyle is indeed at the helm of the musical:

“As a team, we all took the position that we all work together,” Rahman told THR in a phone interview, adding that Boyle “absolutely” deserves to helm a Slumdog stage show.

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THR.com Taps Three New Editors

The Hollywood Reporter has added some editing fire power to its website. Per an announcement this morning, Seth Abramovitch has been appointed deputy editor, while Erin Carlson and Jordan Zakarin have joined the publication as staff editors.

Abramovitch once worked alongside Mark Lisanti as an editor of defamer.com. He also helped relaunch movieline.com and has contributed to gawker.com. Carlson comes over to THR.com from AP, where she covered TV, while Zakarin was previously an entertainment editor and reporter with The Huffington Post.

“I’m very happy to welcome Seth, Erin and Jordan,” said editorial director Janice Min. “Their talents and diverse backgrounds in online journalism will be an asset as THR.com continues to expand.”

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Yahoo! Hires New Entertainment Writers

Yahoo! is adding four seasoned writers to its entertainment section. Will Leitch will write about film, Erin Carlson will cover celebrity news, Caryn Ganz will focus on music, and Lindsay Robertson will be all over boob tube reporting. From Variety.com:

“I wanted people who had original voice content you couldn’t get anywhere else,” said [Managing Editor Courtney Reimer], whose previous posts include MTV, VH1 and New York Magazine. “I was careful to make sure they would hit this voice.”

The four writers will be responsible for generating original content, full time, in the form of editorial pieces, commentary and even video. Reimer said they were hired partly for their popular and respected bylines in the industry.

A nice break from the online trend of hiring young, inexperienced writers that will work for slave wages. Boo-ya, Yahoo!

Charlie Gasparino Has Great First Day | NBC’s Lame Olympics | Crushin’ On Crushable | Daily News Skims Off The Top

TVNewser: He hasn’t even officially started his new gig at Fox Business News, but Charlie Gasparino got one hell of a scoop today by reporting on Tiger Woods’ return to golf.

Business Insider: NBC has yet to explain why it won’t show any of the Olympic coverage live.

WebNewser: b5Media has launched women’s site Crushable.com with our own ex-editor Amanda Ernst, Erin Carlson (formerly of BusinessInsider), and Jean Bentley.

TheStreet: Finally, some good news for Sirius XM…stocks for the satellite radio company raised above $1 for the first time in two years.

New York Post: Keith Kelly reports: Mort Zuckerman‘s Daily News isn’t exactly overflowing with extra funds. After the 401k program was slashed last year, the newest way to pinch pennies involves salary cuts for anyone getting over $110k a year. At least they still have a janitor.

Layoffs Underway At The Associated Press?

AP logo2.pngRumors of more layoffs at the Associated Press have been swirling for a number of weeks, as the news organization moves towards its goal of reducing its global payroll by 10 percent.

After buyouts and additional layoffs during the year, we were hoping it wouldn’t come to this. But today Gawker is hearing that layoffs have started at the AP today — and as many as 70 or 80 staffers could get the boot.

AP spokesman Paul Colford declined to comment on the rumors today. But if you know anything, send us an email or leave a tip in the box at right.

Update: Silicon Alley Insider‘s Erin Carlson, a former AP staffer herself, has lots of dirt from anonymous tipsters: the layoffs are said to include a veteran national writer in New York, at least eight editorial assistant positions across bureaus including Albany, Denver and Kansas City, and there have been additional layoffs in Washington, D.C. and on the West Coast. Gawker has a running tally.

AP Layoffs Coming Down Today? –Gawker

Earlier: Next Up On The Layoff Watch: AP

Time Inc. Cuts Hit Entertainment Weekly

ew cover new.jpgIt didn’t take long for the body count to start adding up at Time Inc. Hours after FSB folded, resulting in 11 layoffs, Entertainment Weekly reportedly started cutting staff — letting at least 11 people go.

Sources told Erin Carlson from The Business Insider that four editorial staffers and seven business-side employees got the axe today, including two from EW‘s Los Angeles office.

The entertainment pub is no stranger to cuts. Last year, EW trimmed its staff by about 15 people across the board as part of Time Inc.’s massive layoffs totaling 600.

Eleven Staffers Axed At Entertainment Weekly –The Business Insider

Earlier: Time Inc. Shutters FSB

Next Up On The Layoff Watch: AP

AP logo2.pngAs it works towards its goal of cutting payroll costs by 10 percent by the end of the year, the Associated Press is likely to cut staffers, reports Michael Calderone at Politico:

“‘As first outlined by President and CEO Tom Curley last November, the AP’s goal is to reduce payroll costs by 10 percent this year,’ spokesman Paul Colford said in a statement. ‘That goal remains in place and we are moving forward carefully to meet it.’

When asked about reducing staff, Colford acknowledged that layoffs were first raised as a possibility a year ago and remain a likelihood if the goal isn’t met.”

Calderone said that early estimates had predicted that as many as 400 employees would have to be cut in order for the AP to meet its goal. Around 100 veteran staffers have already taken the company’s buyout offer.

Update after the jump

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