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Time Publishes Robin Williams Commemorative Issue


Time has published a special issue dedicated entirely to Robin Williams. The issue — available Friday, August 15 — features tributes penned by Bill MaherDick Cavett, Alan Alda, Joan Rivers, Patch Adams, Jim Norton, Gilbert Gottfried, Margaret Cho, Lewis Black, Nathan Lane and more.

Time’s Richard Corliss and James Poniewozik have also contributed pieces honoring Williams.

“[On the USO tours], the amount of energy he brought when we would get off of a helicopter and walk towards the troops — the amount of energy he gave to them was unbelievable,” wrote Black. “It was really incredible to be in that kind of giving presence… It’s proof again that the good die young, and pricks live forever. He’s gonna be missed. There’s a hole, and it’s it’s gonna take a long time to be filled.”

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Time Goes Long on Mad Men

The latest Time features plenty for fans of Mad Men. Hey, don’t complain to us about there being other news to cover, we don’t call the shots at Time. Not yet…

As for the issue, there’s Time’s media critic, James Poniewoziktaking a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mad Men set; interviews with the show’s creator Matthew Weiner and lead actor Jon Hamm; a piece explaining why Mad Men was able to resonate so deeply with viewers and much more.

“It’s starting to dawn on me, the finality of the experience,” Weiner told Time. “I had an idea for a scene for Roger and as I was telling it to the writers’ assistant and she was writing it down, I was kind of overwhelmed. I realized I’d just thought of Roger’s last scene.”

The Mad Men centric issue of Time hits newsstands tomorrow.

Studio City Freelancer Among This Year’s S.I. Newhouse Finalists

Remember all that business last spring about The Hobbit’s 48-frames-per-second technology? Among the reporters covering the topic at that time was Studio City-based freelance writer Hugh Hart for Wired magazine.

While Peter Jackson’s 48-fps experiment didn’t exactly set the movie business on fire, it has paved the way for Hart to travel this summer to New York City for the S.I. Newhouse School Mirror Awards, which honor the best reporting about digital media. His Wired feature is a nominee in the Best Single Article category alongside The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, Media Matters’ Joe Strupp and three others.

Hart did a great job in the Wired piece of framing the historical Hollywood context, moving in his first two paragraphs from a current studio to Thomas Alva Edison circa 1890. The reporter also landed the holy grail for this sort of piece – an interview with James Cameron. (Hart also spoke with visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull and several others.)

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Time: Jay Leno Is The Future Of TV

leno.jpgIf you can’t wait for Jay Leno to change the face of primetime television when “The Jay Leno Show” debuts on September 14, Time magazine has you covered.

This week’s cover story is about the talk show host, his new show and the future of television and NBC. Leno is the future of television, you see, and the success of his show could make or break the network. The expansion of “The Tonight Show” brand is also typical of the Jeff Zucker regime at NBC. Explains Time writer James Poniewozik:

“NBC in the Zucker era has been less successful at creating new hits than at strategically deploying old ones. Zucker gave us the supersized ‘Friends,’ the fourth hour of ‘Today,’ the two-hour ‘Biggest Loser.’ What’s still working at NBC? ‘The Tonight Show’? Why, then, NBC shall have two of them!”

Poniewozik says Leno is the future, but his new gig is just a retread of a strategy already employed by NBC and other networks. Talk shows and reality shows are some of the cheapest shows to produce, making them very attractive to nets, especially if they can snag high ratings. So what makes this newest venture different, revolutionary even?

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CNBC’s Kneale Is Fed Up With Bloggers|Paste Survives…For Now|Trump’s Libel Suit Dismissed|Cox Sells 3 Papers|Can Coffee Save Journalism?

TVNewser: Dennis Kneale, former Forbes managing editor-turned-CNBC anchor, tells bloggers “Up Yours!”

Folio: $250,000 in donations have saved Georgia-based music magazine Paste for now.

Bloomberg: A judge has dismissed a libel case filed by Donald Trump against New York Times editor Timothy O’Brien. O’Brien’s 2005 book, “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald,” questioned whether Trump was actually a billionaire, which Trump considered libelous.

Reuters: Media company Cox Enterprises Inc. has sold three newspapers in order to pay down its debt.

Time: James Poniewozik asks: what will save journalism? Actually, coffee is a good start.

Commenters: An Early Favorite For Person of the Year

At this point we’re almost as tired of writing about the demise of journalism due to commenters as we are about Barack Obama. And yet, we soldier on. At the moment the one thing both subjects have in common is that we’re betting they’re early favorites for Time‘s ‘Person of the Year’ award. James Poniewozik seems to agree with us, on the commenter front, anyway. He also says that ability to use the caps lock key will not in and of itself sink the Times. Lewis Black, however, says that commenters are worse than ultimate fighting (see video below). Still, Time crowned Vladimir Putin last year, and George W. Bush twice, not to mention, You, so we figure all you commenters at least have a shot at the title.