TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Jason Boog’

Join Us for a Special Post-Oscars Google+ Hangout

Will Emmanuelle Riva, the oldest nominee in Academy Awards history, pull off the unlikely upset in the Best Actress category and take the trophy away from Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence? Can Daniel Day-Lewis cap his streak of memorable 2012 awards season acceptance speeches with one more rousing Lincoln moment? And will Seth MacFarlane zing and dance ABC to solid overnight ratings?

On Monday, February 25 at 8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. ET, we’ll know the answers to these questions and much more. Join Gold Derby maestro Tom O’Neil, KCRW producer Darby Maloney (The Business), TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and FishbowlLA co-editor Richard Horgan for a special post-Oscars Google+ hangout on the Mediabistro home page, FishbowlLA and at Google+. (You can also click into that link to request a reminder notification of the event.)

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Overcoming Writer's Block

Overcoming Writer's BlockUse proven tools and exercises to get back to writing! Starting July 15, learn a process that will help you pinpoint your optimal writing conditions, structure your time and build a framework to increase your productivity. Register now! 

LA Social Curation Summit: Early-Bird Registration Ends TODAY

On December 12, Mediabistro’s parent company WebMediaBrands will be hosting an all-day Social Curation Summit at the Marina del Rey Marriott. Scheduled events include a morning keynote by magnify.net CEO Steve Rosenbaum and panels moderated by our blog network colleagues Jason Boog (Galley Cat, App Newser) and Devon Glenn (Social Times).

Though the event is still a few months away, today is the deadline for getting a huge discount on the registration fee. Anyone signing up for the Summit by midnight ET tonight will pay just $129 rather than $449. That’s a savings of $320!

Other participants include: Evan Bailyn, founder of First Page Sage; Dave Copps, CEO of Pure Discovery; Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify; and Ramy Adeeb, founder/CEO of snip.it:

Snip.it allows users to easily “snip” content – videos, images, and articles – and share your opinions with the world. Before founding Snip.it, Ramy was a principal at Khosla Ventures, working closely with the legendary investors Vinod Khosla and Pierre Lamond. There, he worked on a number of investments including Square, Groupme (acquired by Skype), and Ness Technologies where he is currently an advisor.

The event is also designed to allow for networking during coffee breaks, lunch and an early evening cocktail reception. To learn more about early-bird registration, click here.

Tista Games CEO Aunim Hossain: ‘We Need Writers’

Mediabistro’s Jason Boog is covering the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, where he met up with Aunim Hossain, CEO of social gaming company Tista Games. Hossain argued that with the worldwide gaming audience of 500,000,000 people expected to triple in the next decade, the demand for writers who can craft compelling narratives will skyrocket.

“Storytelling is the best way of keeping people engaged and keeping them playing,” he argues.

For now, however, it looks like you need a solid programming background to work at Tista–narrative abilities or no. Still, we’ve already seen plenty of prominent Hollywood actors lend their talents to the gaming industry. How long before the best screenwriters start jumping ship?

Who Gives a F*ck About an Oxford Comma? Plenty of Us, Apparently.

Yesterday news broke on Twitter and our sister blog GalleyCat that Oxford University Press was doing away with its namesake comma, eliciting wails of collective grief from grammar nerds throughout the interwebs.

Mercifully, the report wasn’t exactly true. The Oxford University Press Style Guide remains the same. It was only the University of Oxford publicists that dropped the Oxford comma. And as anyone who has ever read a press release can attest, publicists are hardly the definitive word on punctuation.

Also known as the serial comma, the Oxford comma is defined by the OUP as the “comma before and or or in a list of three or more items.” It has plenty of supporters and detractors both, as yesterday’s premature obituary revealed.

Read more

Travel Channel Invests in Oyster.com

Your spring break just got fancier. The Travel Channel has, according to a press release, “acquired a meaningful interest” in Oyster.com, an upscale hotel booking site based in New York City. Founded in 2008, Oyster.com started out as a review site like Trip Advisor and grew to be a full-service transaction site like Hotels.com, using professional writers – not consumers – to check out the hotels in person, take candid photos, and write the reviews. Per the agreement, Oyster.com will share exclusive content with the Travel Channel, as well as collaborate on cross-platform promotional opportunities and programming.

Said Travel Channel president Laureen Ong:

This is a transformational event for the Travel Channel. Entering into a strategic relationship with Oyster.com greatly broadens our position as a trusted source for information and allows us to go beyond the inspiration and entertainment we offer on television. Simultaneously, this partnership provides an incredibly meaningful way to connect with and improve the experience of travelers and adventure seekers everywhere.

Said Oyster co-founder and CEO Elie Seidman:

We believe in engaging audiences through the power of a strong respected brand and reliable expertise. That’s what we’re building at Oyster.com and we were always impressed with the trust and knowledge that Travel Channel represents, and the large and discriminating audiences it attracts.

UPDATE: This morning GalleyCat editor Jason Boog interviewed Seidman on the Morning Media Menu about the Travel Channel’s investment, which Boog reports was $7.5 millon.  Follow this MP3 link to hear more about the deal.

On The Menu: FishbowlNY Editor Says Goodbye

mmm_2-3.gifToday is my last day as FishbowlNY editor, and I was lucky enough to be welcomed on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast one last time.

Jason Boog of GalleyCat, AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven and I could talk forever, but this morning we stuck to just over 15 minutes of conversation about where I’m heading next, Hachette Book Group’s current dispute with Amazon and the Superbowl.

Listen in to hear about the new project I’ll be working on starting next week, and our opinions about CBS’s decision not to run the now-infamous commercial for homosexual dating site Mancrunch.com.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

On The Menu: Surviving The Recession As A Stingy Scoundrel

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Phil Villarreal, the author of the book, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel.

Phil described his book as a satire of all of the self-help finance advice books on the market by people like Suze Orman. “I thought I would write a book that would take things to the absolute extreme and talk about what it would be like…if you’re only goal in life was the spend as little money as possible,” he explained. “Regardless of your own dignity or morals, just really do all you can to be the biggest Old Man Potter you can be.”

Phil also gave tips for dating and raising kids on a budget, and gave advice for getting a book published. “My advice is that if I can get a book published then absolutely anyone can,” he said. “This book was soundly rejected by almost every agent and publisher in existence…You really just have to keep your head up and not let full, conclusive failure derail you.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

‘Lost’ Fan? Don’t Miss Today’s Menu

mmm_2-3.gifIf you are a fan of the addictive ABC drama “Lost,” you’ll want to listen to today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast. Gearing up for next month’s Season 6 premiere of “Lost,” hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Nikki Stafford, who has written five unofficial guides to the show.

Nikki ran through the possible scenarios that could occur in the coming season but, of course, only came up with more questions. But ultimately, she manages to stay positive about the challenging show. “If you stick with it, you are so rewarded by the end…of ‘Lost,’” she said.

“Unlike ‘The Sopranos,’ I don’t think they’re going to leave us hanging,” Nikki said about the creators of “Lost.” “I believe they know where they’re going and its going to be a satisfying conclusion.”

Read more from Nikki at her blog, Nik at Nite.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

FishbowlNY Editor On AOL, Leno and Conan On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifOn today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst got the ball rolling on this Tuesday with a discussion on this week’s massive layoffs at AOL. Amanda talked with hosts Jason Boog from GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about what the future of AOL might look like.

The group would also have been remiss if it didn’t talk about the biggest media story of the week: the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien late night shake-up at NBC. After revealing what she thought Conan should do, Amanda went on to offer up some predictions for the magazine and newspaper industry in 2010, which included a focus on e-readers and tablets, citizen journalism and non-profit journalism organizations.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

On The Menu: The E-Reader Rundown

mmm_2-3.gifFrom the Alex to the Skiff, today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast was all about e-readers. Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven had a run down of all the e-readers that are coming to the market soon, including a bunch that have been announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Jason and Matt were also joined by Time magazine’s Techland blogger Peter Ha, who had a dispatch from CES. After talking about what he’s seen at the trade show, Peter gave his thoughts on the future of the e-reader market.

“The e-reader market is so small and all these folks are trying to jump into it,” he said. “Realistically, how many can survive? Maybe one or two.”

Also discussed: some tips for aspiring technology writers.

For more e-reader news, check out mediabistro.com’s newest blog, eBookNewser.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

NEXT PAGE >>