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EW’s Josh Rottenberg Joins the LA Times

As of today, LA Times film editor Rich Nordwind has a talented new charge: Josh Rottenberg. The former EW staffer started today as senior film reporter, presumably to fill the void left by the departure of John Horn for KPCC.

LATimes-LogoRottenberg had been with EW for a long time before being let go this spring. From today’s LAT memo:

Josh also contributed frequently to EW.com. When big news broke and deadlines were short, Josh was someone to whom editors turned to deliver spot-on copy, including the cover story on Heath Ledger’s death, which was assigned to Josh just a few hours before the magazine was put to bed.

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Sigourney Weaver Embraces the Action Figure World

RipleyAlien_conceptWe’re guessing few people were more excited about the news that Sigourney Weaver has finally officially acquiesced to the idea of Ellen Ripley action figures than KPCC managing editor, digital Patrick Lee. That’s because his Twitter handle (@ripleycal) mashes the last name of her character in Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi classic with that of Winona Ryder‘s in 1997 sequel Alien: Resurrection.*

At right is some initial concept art. Although we’re personally excited that there’s a hint of Jim Morrison, chances are that will not make the final toy-cut. From this week’s announcement:

The officially licensed Ripley action figures from the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) will span multiple movies within the Alien saga: initial plans include a figure of Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit from the original 1979 film, to be followed later by a Ripley figure based on the 1986 movie Aliens, directed by James Cameron

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‘Dumb Starbucks’ Makes Venti Media Waves

DumbStarbucksLogoWhatever the nature of the bizarre coffee shop that opened Friday at 1802 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz district, it’s brewing up – two days later – some very impressive east coast coverage. Following an initial report by LA public radio station KPCC, the “Dumb Starbucks” has today been written up at Gawker, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. With no doubt more such coverage to come before the java-jig is up.

From Luke O’Neil‘s Gawker dispatch:

The odds are that this is some sort of dumb viral marketing stunt or other, and the fact that Dan Harmon of Community and Rainn Wilson were among some of the first to post about it on social media suggests a dumb TV show angle. Further casting suspicion are the dumb store’s dumb disclaimers on their dumb FAQ, where they qualify themselves as a work of parody art in order to circumvent the very, very likely trademark infringement suit they could be subject to.

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Roman Polanski Rape Victim on Surviving the Media Spotlight

Shutterstock_RomanPolanskiWe knew this was going to be a good conversation. Conducted Monday September 23 at KPCC 89.9 FM’s Crawford Family Center facility, the chat featured LA Times film reporter Rebecca Keegan interviewing Samantha Geimer about her new book The Girl.

They were joined at one point by the author’s attorney Lawrence Silver, who shared some expert opinion about Polanski legal dealings. Geimer responded to accusations by Nancy Grace that she was a “weak victim” and urged others who find themselves in the middle of a controversial case like hers to remember they are the masters of their fate:

“You don’t have to submit [to the media]. You don’t have to parade yourself around for show. You’re not entertainment. These people aren’t going to help you. So you don’t have to do it if you don’t want it.”

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KPCC Drops Patt Morrison, Expands Brand & Martínez

After six years on the air, KPCC (89.3 FM) has decided to drop the Patt Morrison show, according to a announcement Tuesday morning on the station’s website.

In regards to Patt Morrison‘s future at the station, vice president for content Russ Stanton told the staff that “I am very pleased to report that Patt will be shifting into a new role here that draws on her unique experience and style.”

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KPCC Hires Melanie Sill as Executive Editor

Former newspaper editor Melanie Sill was hired as KPCC’s new executive editor, the public radio station announced Friday.

Sill will oversee “KPCC’s day-to-day news-gathering operation across KPCC’s broadcast, digital and social media platforms.”

“She brings a wealth of news and managerial experience to this new position,” Russ Stanton, vice president of content for KPCC, said in a statement. “Most importantly, she has been a force of change in two newsrooms, leading efforts to restructure staffs to better compete in the digital age.”

Sill recently participated in a six-month executive-in-residence program at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

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LA Theatre Works Moving from KPCC to KPFK

Los Angeles Theatre Works, the weekly national radio show that airs contemporary and classic plays, is moving locally from KPCC (89.3 FM) to KPFK (90.7 FM) on March 25, according to the Los Angeles Times:

A spokeswoman for L.A. Theatre Works said the move was prompted by KPCC’s decision to rearrange its programming. The show has been airing Saturdays at 10 p.m. on KPCC. The spokeswoman said the new time slot on KPFK is more desirable for the company.

KPCC has been the home of LA Theatre Works since 2002.

KPCC Billboard Gets ‘Occupied’ by Rival Radio Station

KPCC should have known they were asking for trouble when they put up a giant billboard next door to fellow public radio station KPFK. The press picked up on the story, as did an anonymous graffiti artist, who felt inspired to modify the advertising:

Photo is via KPFK host Lalo Alcaraz. Neither he nor the rest of the station’s staff had anything to do with the graffiti. But they were amused.

The graffiti has since been removed, and the billboard is back to advertising for KPCC. A photo of the unmolested signage is after the jump.

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KPCC Had a Case of the Mondays

It was a rough Monday morning for the folks over at KPCC.

Larry Mantle points out the station’s digital audio system crashed, which brought live programming to a screeching halt:

As best I understand it, our digital audio system completely crashed around 5 this morning.  We had no ability to pull audio from our storage system, severely limiting Steve Julian’s ability to gather local news stories for “Morning Edition.”  However, given Steve’s, and his producer’s, resourcefulness, they were able to transfer a limited number of stories to a portable hard drive from which they could be aired.

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Former LA Times Editor Russ Stanton Lands at KPCC

Just one month after stepping down as editor of the Los Angeles Times, Russ Stanton has a new gig. He’s joining public radio station KPCC as vice president of content.

From the KPCC announcement:

The hiring is part of an aggressive effort by the nonprofit news organization to become the preeminent regional source for both broadcast and online news — with deeper, more enterprising and investigative coverage.

One of his first job duties is to hire an executive editor for the newsroom. Hiring instead of firing. That must be a nice change of pace for Stanton.

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