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Posts Tagged ‘Kai Ryssdal’

Barry Diller Thinks He Knows Why Hollywood Movies ‘Kind of Stink’

Who better to address the issue of Hollywood media consolidation than a veteran consolidator?

During an interview with Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal, IAC head honcho Barry Diller acknowledged that his latest company is indeed an online media conglomerate. And that this same sort of structure on the Hollywood studio side has left an indelible, obvious footprint:

“One of the reasons I think movies kind of stink is because they’re now so low on the totem pole of greater corporate interests. It used to be… when I came to Fox, it was almost totally — it had maybe 20 percent of its revenue came from television — 80 percent came from film.”

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Sitara Nieves Named New Senior Producer of ‘Marketplace’

Kai Ryssdal has a new senior producer of his “Marketplace” show. American Public Media just announced Sitara Nieves would be taking over the role. She comes to “Marketplace” from WNYC’s “The Takeaway,” which she worked on since its founding in 2008.

“The quick-response nature of “The Takeaway” taught Sitara to move fast – very fast – while she led the development of four hours of live broadcast journalism every day,” said “Marketplace” executive producer Deborah Clark in the release. “Sitara will play an important role as we continue to produce innovative news and economic programming that our listeners expect. I’m confident that she will be a real partner in helping us take “Marketplace” to the next level.”

Nieves starts her new job on May 31.

NPR is Leaking

NPR fundraising drives can be annoying, but it sure looks like they need the cash. Because despite what “Morning Edition” producer Ben Bergman says, it’s really not coming down that hard today.

Jerry Lewis is out of work these days. Let’s get him out here for an NPR West roof telethon. Because this Fishie needs his “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal and does not want to have to stress his way through the rainy season.

Marketplace Grows as the Economy Tanks

In his latest column, LA Times media critic James Rainey sends some love to Marketplace–the LA-based public radio program that has helped create a mini radio empire of 9.3 million listeners per week. That’s up from 5.3 million back in 2001.

Rainey credits Marketplace with being virtually the only economic show not based out of New York to find any popular success. He credits this to the show’s emphasis on the human side of the economy, not simple CNBC-style sucking up to the moneyed elite. (He doesn’t put it quite as bluntly as that.)

Snippets of “We’re in the Money” or “Stormy Weather” accompany the show’s good or bad news on the markets, refrains so ubiquitous that they join talk doyenne Terry Gross’ purr and the incessant cackle of the “Car Talk” guys as the signature sounds of public radio.

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The Economy is So Bad – Even Dilbert Got Fired

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Kai Ryssdal of APM’s Market Place interviewed Dilbert creator Scott Adams for their new series “Taking Stock”.

Adams is a typical comic book artist. Kind of funny. Kind of weird:

ADAMS: Well, the great thing is that in this kind of environment, almost everybody you deal with is trying to screw you. And so that makes great comic fodder. So, everybody’s kind of a little bit dishonest. Maybe not criminally so. But can you really tell if your cellphone service is better than another cellphone service? Or can you tell if you invest in a hedge fund that they’re going to invest in anything versus just keeping the money and spending it on fancy clothes?

RYSSDAL: Do you really believe everybody’s trying to screw you out there?

ADAMS: Well, I like to think everybody is, ’cause then I’ll be ready, you know, just in case. But, you know, it’s good to be vigilant.

You can listen to the whole thing here.

APM’s Marketplace Celebrates 20 Years on the Air

marketplace_host.jpgMarketplace is the only national business show to be produced in LA and it’s nearly old enough to drink!

The first program was broadcast on January 2, 1989.

From their release:

For 20 years, Marketplace has been the place to go for smart entertaining news about money, business and economics. Now, the economic challenges here and around the world make Marketplace more relevant than ever.

Doesn’t hurt that Kai Ryssdal is easy on the ears…and eyes.