Celebrity Babylon, a new “Internet magazine” created by Sunset Photo and News, was supposed to have an official launch at the start of the new year. With a press release and planned interviews and all that neat stuff.
But founder Jill Ishkanian realized right quick that that wasn’t going to work when she started getting calls from blogs like, oh, FBLA.
“I should know better than try to take control the of the media,” said Ishkanian, the former Us Weekly staffer and FBI subject told FBLA.
The idea behind Celebrity Babylon is sheer brilliance: Bloggers constantly steal Sunset Photo and News’s celebrity pics — why not beat them to the punch by publishing those shots online?
“I know there are agencies — they’re calling themselves the Magnificent 7, saying they’re going to shut down these bloggers — you’re not going to shut them down. It’s the Wild West,” she said. “I’m fine as long as they’re crediting us and we can profit from our own photos.”