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Jethro Nededog Follows Joseph Kapsch to TheWrap

Lots going on these days at TheWrap. As we previously reported, Joseph Kapsch is set to begin Monday March 25 as deputy managing editor. Also, in a separate, unrelated move, Jon Thurber has been completing his tenure at the outlet this week.

Now comes word of another hire very closely connected to the incoming deputy editor. Jethro Nededog (pictured), Kapsch’s longtime friend and colleague at Zap2it, The Hollywood Reporter and Celebuzz (where he is currently), will be starting at TheWrap April 1 as senior TV writer. He will report to Tim Molloy.

The news was shared internally this afternoon with the trade’s hard-working staff and included the following quotes:

Nededog: “I’m ecstatic about joining the TheWrap team. Not only does it bring me back to the caliber of stories that I enjoy writing and breaking, but I get a chance to work and learn from some talented people who I’ve looked up to, including Tim Molloy, Joseph Kapsch and, of course, Sharon Waxman.”

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LA Times Promotes Joy Press to Books and Culture Editor

Sixteen years after co-authoring The Sex Revolt: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock’N'Roll, cool LA journo couple Simon Reynolds and Joy Press are still going strong. He just had a piece in The Guardian about the explosive expansion of the U.S. electronic dance music scene, while she was promoted Wednesday to a choice new LA Times position.

Per the memo from editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor Alice Short, Press has been tapped to replace Jon Thurber as the paper’s books and culture editor:

Joy has been Calendar’s pop culture and deputy television editor for two and a half years. During her tenure, she developed a Sunday TV page and played a major role in growing our successful Show Tracker blog, which doubled its readership and has become a key site for television news and series recaps…

In addition to her editing duties, Joy has written about some of the talked-about shows on TV, including Girls and Game of Thrones. She has profiled Chloe Sevigny, Mindy Kaling and Enlightened creator Mike White, and recently reported on the art activities that preceded the London Olympics.

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The Hunt is on for New LA Times Books Editor

We told you yesterday about legendary Los Angeles Times books editor Jon Thurber retiring in early summer.

Well, the hunt is already on for his replacement as LA Observed got their hands on the internal memo:

To: The Staff
From: Alice Short, Assistant Managing Editor/Features

The Los Angeles Times has an opening for a Books and Culture Editor.

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Books Editor Closing the Page on Illustrious LAT Career

This is an unusual reporting day at FishbowlLA. As far as we can remember, never before have two members of the SoCal media community – each with four decades of experience at their respective same single outlets – chosen to simultaneously announce their retirements.

We told you earlier about the exit of City News Service vp Yet Lock, officially announced late Friday. Now comes word this morning that Jon Thurber (pictured), who began his career with the paper a year before Lock in 1971, will also soon be taking permanent leave:

Thurber started out as a clerk on the foreign desk; since 2010, he has been books editor. In an email to staff, Times editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor for features Alice Short noted Thurber’s guidance in developing special holiday book sections and shaping Sunday books coverage. He is expected to continue in his position until early summer.

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Bill Stall, 71

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LAT Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial writer Bill Stall died Sunday of complications from pulmonary disease.

According to the obit by Jon Thurber:

“Bill’s legacy is his work,” Jim Newton, the editorial page editor of The Times, said Sunday. “He was an incisive analyst of California government and politics whose writing on those subjects is as current today as it was when he wrote it — testament to his prescience as well as to the enormity of the subjects he tackled. We’d be a better state if more people had listened to him at the time.”

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42943341.jpgJoe the Celebrity: Robin Abcarian and P.J. Huffstutter dissect the dissection of poor Joe the Plumber.

42936069.jpgBest Day Ever: Days when Carina Chocano has a review in the paper are good days. Days when Carina Chocano has two reviews in the paper, it’s time to brush our teeth and get back into bed. Our day could only go down from here. Check out what our girl-crush says of Patti Smith: Dream of Life: “At times Smith does look like she was sculpted from marble, as when she stands in front of her husband’s grave. Impossibly long and angular, with a brutally beautiful face, she represents something that’s been rare in the popular culture in the past decade: an artist with a voice and a vision. In this respect, there’s a note of mourning in this otherwise celebratory film — for punk rock, for New York, for reality, for a time when popular music was animated by something other than money.” Sigh.

42936965-16155740.jpgEdie Adams, 81: Edie Adams had thought she would be remembered as nothing more than a cigar spokeswoman, but Jon Thurber‘s thoughtful obit makes sure she’ll be remembered as much more.