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Posts Tagged ‘Jon Weisman’

Creative Arts Emmys Add Three Interactive TV Categories

When the nominations for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are announced at 5:35 a.m. on Thursday July 18, a big change will be the number of categories honoring interactive TV. From Variety awards editor Jon Weisman‘s Monday item:

Chief among the changes is the establishment of a competitive award for outstanding interactive program, saluting either a standalone experience or one that serves as a companion to a TV program. In the Emmy context, “interactive” denotes anything that encourages proactive engagement from the audience — not to be confused with video content delivered via broadband, such as Netflix’s House of Cards.

This category can have zero or multiple awards as determined by the Academy’s 12-year-old interactive media peer group, which currently counts 627 members. The other new interactive TV awards categories cover multi-platform storytelling and visual experience/visual design, to go along with the existing brackets of original interactive program (not tied to an existing TV show) and social TV experience.

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You Aren’t the Only One with Crappy Cell Reception at Dodger Stadium

If you’ve been to Dodger Stadium in recent years, you probably know just how awful the cell phone reception is inside Chavez Ravine.

Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts decided to poll his Twitter followers on their experiences with using cell phones at Dodger Stadium.

The consensus? Cell service sucks:

Magic Johnson’s Cable Network Hires GM

Paul Butler has been named the general manager of Aspire, Magic Johnson‘s new cable network, according to Jon Weisman of Variety.

Butler is a senior vice president and general counsel at the Gospel Music Channel in Atlanta —  a role he will continue during his transition to Aspire. The former Viacom executive has handled the day-to-day operations for Aspire since Johnson announced his plans to launch a network for African Americans in February.

“We conducted an extensive search for the right person to lead Aspire and found that he was right here all along, and already on the GMC team,” said Johnson. “Paul has a long track record of success with GMC with a wide range of responsibility and oversight.

Bill Maher, VICE Partner for HBO News Magazine

It makes perfect sense for HBO to expand the Bill Maher current events coverage playing field, and today, the network has indicated it will be doing so in a most intriguing manner.

Real Time host Maher will executive produce a weekly news magazine hosted by VICE founder Shane Smith. Smith will also be one of the other executive producers along with VICE chief creative officer Eddy Moretti. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria meanwhile will be on board as show consultant.

From today’s announcement:

VICE has emerged as a premier new media brand through a savvy combination of irreverence, smarts and fearlessness,” said Michael Lombardo, president HBO programming. “We are excited to offer a forum for their groundbreaking style of news coverage and look forward to a show that’s like nothing else on TV.”

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Vin Scully to Miss Dodgers Home Opener

 

A bit of bad news prior to Tuesday’s Los Angeles Dodgers home opener as legendary broadcaster Vin Scully will miss today’s game due to a bad cold, according to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts.

Feel better, Vin.

Dodgers Blogger Ponders Jami Gertz in the Owners Box

Jon Weisman, Variety‘s most prominent baseball fan, shares a fun post today about the evolving MLB team sweepstakes. Although Magic Johnson and another bidder appear to be firmly in the lead, he notes that a Hollywood actress could also wind up in the owners box.

That would be Jami Gertz, wife of bidder Tony Ressler. Weisman dredges up the requisite Square Pegs and Seinfeld clips from YouTube, and also notes what could amount to a unique 6-4-3 ownership double play:

Gertz is already connected to baseball, thanks to Ressler’s position as a minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers (partnered with another Hollywood connection, Mark Attanasio, brother of Homicide: Life on the Street creator Paul Attanasio).

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Janice Min’s Dismissive Remarks Anger LA Journos

Yesterday we shared with you some juicy snippets of a Mediabistro interview with Janice Min, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, in which she said that Los Angeles was seriously lacking in talented journalists.

“Hiring out here is hard,” Min complained. “There is not a bench out here at all. You struggle to find enough working journalists out here to staff your publication and to even interview.”

Min’s statements left many local journos rolling their eyes. “Gee, sorry we letcha down, Janice,” tweeted Jon Weisman of Variety.com. “That’s Minsanity,” quipped David Young of True Blue LA. LA Weekly‘s Dennis Romero called Min’s remarks B.S. “Tons of great journalists in this market,” he said.

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Dodger Thoughts is on the Move Once Again

Jon Weisman‘s blog on the Los Angeles Dodgers is on the move … again.

Dodger Thoughts is leaving ESPNLosAngeles.com and moving to www.dodgerthoughts.com. The Variety features editor wrote a brief farewell Monday:

I would very much like to thank everyone at ESPNLosAngeles for giving me the opportunity to be part of their team for two years. It’s been a great addition to the Los Angeles sports landscape, and I was proud to be part of it. (In fact, you might still see me over at ESPNLosAngeles on a freelance basis.)

Weisman’s blog is my favorite by far when it comes to thoughts and musings on the Dodgers. Let’s hope this move is his last one for good.

Variety Sings the Praises of Its Own Summit

Do we need perhaps a sweetened media term, something along the lines of “conference of interest?”

Variety is certainly not the only Hollywood trade to occasionally wade into murky ad-ed waters. Still, their coverage of yesterday’s Variety/Sports Video Group Sports Entertainment Summit at the Sofitel Hotel seems a little above the self-serving norm. Starting with the fact that it took two bylined reporters to parrot the info, and that the article length is somewhat excessive by Variety.com standards.

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