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Posts Tagged ‘Kelsey Grammer’

BIG Changes at CELEBUZZ

This afternoon, via Facebook, CELEBUZZ executive editor Joseph Kapsch announced he was leaving his New York post. Just a few months after exiting The Hollywood Reporter and relocating cross-country.

“A decision like this is never easy to make,” CELEBUZZ editor-in-chief Dylan Howard tells FishbowlLA. “I wish Joseph the absolute best as he begins the next phase of his professional life.” The Kapsch departure comes weeks after BUZZMEDIA VP of programming Gillian Sheldon shifted to Berman Braun.

Such is life at a fast-paced, celebrity-driven operation. Meaning that along with these two departures, there are a variety of new CELEBUZZ arrivals to pass on:

- Andrea Simpson, who worked with Howard at Radar Online and Star magazine, is CELEBUZZ news director;

- Kristin Koch, formerly senior editor of style at XO Group, has assumed the similar title of senior editor at CELEBUZZ. She also previously contributed to Vanity Fair and iVillage;

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Geico VP of Marketing Goes All Hollywood

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Ted Ward is the vice president of marketing for Geico. Ted Ward may have seen too many episodes of Mad Men. Ted Ward thinks he’s Don Draper. Don Draper with a little Wilhelmina Slater and J-Lo thrown in.

We got these emails from a PA about Ward’s Hollywood behavior:

The Barcalounger was requested by the client, who was “The Martin Agency”. His name was was Ted Ward and “Ted” actually requested the Barcalounger from the Frasier set, if we couldn’t find it we had to have 2 standing by for him to choose from.

We had to clarify: A Barcalounger? Or the Barcalounger from a canceled television show starring Kelsey Grammer? The Barcalounger. The Prop. The two chairs that HAD to be on standby if the original prop was not located – needed an extra giant truck to haul them. Just so this dude could sit and watch other people work. All for just for one veep of marketing…

But it gets worse. We got a follow-up from our source:

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Edward Norton Was Making an Obama Doc

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Edward Norton had been following now Presidential Elect Barack Obama around since 2006 gaining ‘unprecedented access’ to the candidate. Now it’s been bought by HBO and according to B&C it will be edited by Sam Pollard and released in 2009.

We’re guessing Kelsey Grammer and John Ratzenberger‘s untitled unfinished John McCain YouTube video project is just going to be over shadowed again by ‘that one’.

Cheers (Almost) Reunion for McCain/Palin

Cheers_S8.jpg We got this email alerting us to the fun hoedown today in Nevada.

Nevada Victory Announces “Victory 2008″ Bus Tour

WASHINGTON – Nevada Victory announced today that the “Victory 2008″ bus tour will be in Nevada on Friday, October 10 to rally support for John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the entire Republican ticket. Supporting them, actors Kelsey Grammer and John Ratzenberger, who played Dr. Frasier Crane and Cliff Clavin, respectively, on the television show “Cheers,” will address grassroots volunteers, participate in voter-registration activities, and speak to voters.

Henderson, NV
WHO:Kelsey Grammer and John Ratzenberger

WHAT: Victory Rally

WHEN:Friday, October 10, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE:Henderson Victory Office
8935 South Pecos

Suite 22A & 22B
Henderson, NV 89074
Las Vegas, NV

We’re wondering what ‘rally support for John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the entire Republican ticket’ means. Redundant? GOP code? Bad press release writing?

Anyway, can’t post this without saying…guess Kelsey Grammer and John Ratzenberger want to go where everybody knows their name – GOP ‘victory rallies’.

In The Trades: Watching Over and Over Again

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YouTube removed those priceless moments of the Oscar show, at the request of the Academy, even though Ellen’s opening monologue and Will Farrell’s musical interlude were some of the most-viewed clips. Oscar.com had brief snippets of the musical numbers and the opening monologue. Copyright issues, rather than competition, are the Academy’s reasons for strong-arming YouTube.

Variety’s On The Town live-blogged the Oscars from the press room:

10:09 Scott Rosenberg is a menace to society. His fawning, self-referential questions cause the NYT’s David Halbfinger’s head to pitch forward, nearly deleting his story.

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Kelsey Grammer is moving his producing deal to 20th after 15 years at Paramount. He brings “an eclectic range of projects” with him, whatever that means.

Dreamworks Animation did indeed drop a steamer on Flushed Away, with $21.3 million fourth quarter loss. Shrek the Third is supposed to rescue DWA, and next year brings a sequel to Madagascar and Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda. Lather, rinse, repeat.