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Kickstarter CEO Applauds South Park Parody

The latest installment of Billboard‘s Q&A series “Corner Office” catches up with an executive watching over many new corners: Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler. In January, the 35-year-old Strickler and co. moved into a huge 29,000-square-foot space in Brooklyn, taking over what was once a pencil factory.

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As Strickler told Dorothy Hong, the office aspect of things also played a part in a recent media parody of Kickstarter:

“We’ve been parodied by The Daily Show, Portlandia, The New Yorker… But South Park is an honor. I like to think it’s a ­signifier of our cultural relevance. Also, they had startlingly realistic ­interpretations of our office, so I commend them on their research.”

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Kickstarter Crunches the Potato Salad Numbers

Kickstarter’s official blog was launched in 2009. Today, perhaps, it should close. Because it seems hard to believe that the mic can be dropped harder than after the project that closed Saturday with $55,492 in the crowd-funded bank.

From Fred Benenson and David Gallagher‘s post “Potato Salad: By the Numbers:”

Traffic to the project page quickly took off and eventually reached 4.1 million visits. That made it the fourth-most-viewed project page in Kickstarter’s history…

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Morning Media Newsfeed: USA Loss Draws 22 Million | WSJ Cuts Newsroom Staff

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21.6 Million Watch USA-Belgium Match on ESPN, Univision (TVNewser)
Between ESPN and Univision, 21.6 million viewers watched Tuesday’s USA-Belgium World Cup match — 16.5 million on ESPN and another 5.1 million on Univision. New York Post The broadcast’s workday time slot meant ESPN’s coverage of USA-Belgium was only the second most watched World Cup game so far. ESPN said the viewership of Tuesday’s nailbiter failed to top the USA-Portugal game, which drew 18.22 million viewers. That game aired on a Sunday evening. Deadline Hollywood While not the record-breaking 10.4 million who tuned in for Mexico’s loss on June 29 to the Netherlands nor the 6.5 million who saw Portugal tie Team USA, Tuesday’s Univision viewership was better than the 3.4 million who watched America’s 1-0 loss to Germany on June 26. Online, Univision Digital saw a record-breaking 1.8 million unique viewers watch Tuesday’s game. AllFacebook The Facebook Data Science Team reported that the match yielded 21 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) from 13 million users globally, including more than 6.5 million interactions from some 4.1 million U.S. users. Variety For the World Cup through the Round of 16, ESPN and ABC averaged 4.08 million viewers — a record audience for the tournament, up 44 percent from 2010 (2.84 million) and 122 percent from 2006 (1.84 million).

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The ‘French George Clooney’ is Simply Magnifique!

Kickstarter project updates don’t get much more fun than this.

After raising $92,386 to cover some unavoidably hefty international travel and accommodation expenses, director Paul Mariano has updated donors on his latest pit stops for a documentary profiling the many international movie-dubbing voices of George Clooney. India’s VO George is a TV series regular; Turkey’s version starred in the country’s most successful sitcom.

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But when it comes to the completely extraneous physical side of a voice-over artist, the guy who mouths the words for GC in France is almost Gravity-defying:

Samuel Labarthe (pictured) looks like he came straight out of the French casting department. He is tall, handsome and debonair… as only the French can be. And yet, he was a quiet and unassuming man.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Abramson Gets New Gig | Twitter COO Resigns

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Jill Abramson to Teach at Harvard (FishbowlNY)
Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times who was unceremoniously fired last month, has a new gig — teacher. Abramson is joining Harvard University’s English department this coming fall to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction. NYT Abramson, the first woman to hold the top editing post at the Times, was abruptly dismissed last month by the newspaper’s publisher, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. Her firing stunned the Times newsroom and the media world in general. Sulzberger said she was dismissed because of her management style, while other published accounts said she was paid less than her predecessor, Bill Keller, an allegation that Sulzberger denied. Capital New York Abramson, a Harvard alum, will hold the title of visiting lecturer at the university for the 2014-2015 school year. THR “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever,” Abramson said in a statement. “Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media During a May commencement address at Wake Forest, her first and only public appearance since her termination, Abramson said she did not know what her next career move would be after the Times. Abramson has previously taught journalism seminars at Yale and Princeton.

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Brooklyn Magazine Spotlights the Concept of ‘Duende’

TableTalkLogoEsoteric doesn’t even begin to describe Table Talk, a print magazine launched last week at The Schoolhouse in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood.

The magazine’s 21-year-old publisher, Benjamin Moe, is the son of two Columbia University language professors; one of the contributors to the first issue, Jazra Khaleed, is a Chechen poet who writes in Greek; and as a whole, Table Talk is aiming to wedge into the vacant space between faculty and student publications to popularize the concept of “duende.” From Guardian U.S. weekend editor Martin Pengelly‘s report:

As the first issue of Moe’s magazine points out, duende does not just mean, in the words of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, “the mysterious power everyone feels but no philosopher explains” when confronted by great art or performance.

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Journo Sings the Praises of Her Much More Talented, Musical Brother

DaveSabinaNot too long ago, ex-New York regional newspaper reporter Susannah Strumfeld decided to take a vacation of sorts. Having quit her job with Spotlight Newspapers in the summer of 2013, she headed west, where she immediately began second-guessing her decision:

I flew to California to travel with my brother Dave and his girlfriend, Sabina, for 10 straight days, the most we had spent together in years. I was skeptical to go at first. I had just quit my job and gotten out of a relationship and here I was, in sunny California, with my brother and his girlfriend – the musical troubadours who were madly in love. I thought my heartbroken self was going to die. They made incredible music together and sang into each other’s eyes and they were healthy and happy and I wanted to kill them.

But then I realized how happy their music made me. And how happy they made me. And how playing music with them was so natural. And how Sabina inspired me to travel like my gut was telling me to. And how their ridiculously complicated love story brought hope to my cynical self.

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Novelist Andrea Cremer Chose Veronica Mars Over a Summer Vacation

The best part of Dave Itzkoff’s look at the forthcoming crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie are the personal details about some of the film’s high-end Kickstarter donors.

One guy, Cyrus Chung, is described by his wife Ina in the article as being more excited on-set in Los Angeles as a Veronica Mars extra than he was on their wedding day! The couple ponied up $3,000 for that privilege. Meanwhile, Andrea Cremer, author of the popular Young Adult novel series Nightshade, made a personal sacrifice when she pledged $2,500:

“It’s a big chunk of money,” Ms. Cremer said. “I was planning on going on vacation this summer, and it was like, well, either vacation budget or Veronica Mars.”

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The Many International Voices of George Clooney

Shutterstock_GeorgeClooneyLast week, it was an Indiewire “Project of the Day.” This week, thanks to public-vote support, Being George Clooney became the site’s “Project of the Week,” alongside a separate write-up in The Hollywood Reporter.

When your Kickstarter project revolves around the charismatic bachelor-king of Hollywood and features his full name in the title, it’s almost guaranteed to be The Perfect [PR] Storm. Even more so when the idea at the film’s core is so genuinely appealing:

Helmed by Paul Mariano, the co-director of documentary These Amazing Shadows, the film explores audio dubbing of Hollywood films for foreign markets by visiting the men who are the international voices of Clooney. Among them are a German actor, a Brazilian ER doctor, a Japanese man who studied to be a lawyer and a children’s book author.

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Ralph Bakshi Talks JFK Assassination, Kickstarter

Ezra Glinter, deputy arts director for The Forward, recently got to chat with animation pioneer Ralph Bakshi. As per usual with Bakshi, the interview does not disappoint.

RalphBakshiConeyIslandAfter a long absence from cinema’s frontier, where Bakshi paved the way for South Park, Adult Swim and more, the 75-year-old artist is busy working on his first feature since 1992′s Cool World and first project of any kind since the 1997 TV series Spicy City. It’s called Last Days of Coney Island, with Bakshi planning to release Part 1 online in the coming months:

The first segment centers on Shorty, a four-foot tall dwarf and enforcer for the mob, voiced by Matthew Modine, and other characters include cops named Louis and Max, and a call girl named Mollie, who has recently gotten out of prison…

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