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No Love Lost Between StarGreetz, StarClipz

Accusations of intellectual theft in Hollywood typically revolve around screenplays. But in the case of StarClipz vs. StarGreetz, the narrative length being tussled over is of the logline length.

Per LA Times reporter Joe Flint, local start-up StarGreetz Inc., which launched this week and allows people to purchase celebrity custom greeting messages for dissemination on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, is being sued by StarClipz. That’s a lot of “z’s” to go along with the parties of the first part:

StarClipz and its founders, industry veterans Mark Lieber and Adam Newman, filed a lawsuit this year in U.S. District Court claiming that Frankel took their idea and business plan. Lieber and Newman not only accuse Frankel of swiping their idea and trying to cut them out of the operation but also of being motivated in part by “Lieber and Newman’s status as a same-sex couple,” their suit said.

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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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ABC Flips for Tori Spelling, Jeff Lewis

LA Times writer Joe Flint had a nice little “scooplet” yesterday via the newspaper’s “Show Tracker” blog. The item has already been picked up by TV Guide and TV Squad, and will no doubt be mutating across the web throughout the day.

ABC Media Productions is apparently happy with a recent test run of potential new daytime talk show mates Tori Spelling and Jeff Lewis (pictured), host of Bravo’s Flipping Out. Writes Flint:

In the test pilot with Spelling last week, the two had good chemistry. The show, which is still in the development stage, wants to be a talk show version of Will & Grace.

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