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LA Times Adds New York-Based TV, Media Reporter

StephenBattaglioPicSome may know the name Stephen Battaglio from his articles and appearances on shows like Morning Edition, CBS’ Sunday Morning and the Today show. Others perhaps have perused or purchased his books about the TV industry.

But for those who do not know the Battaglio background and turn to Google Search, the first two auto-completed strings are “Stephen Battaglio Oscars” and “Stephen Battaglio Seth MacFarlane.” Due to the fact that on the Oscars telecast hosted by MacFarlane, Battaglio’s faux byline appeared underneath the gag item headlined “Seth MacFarlane, Worst Oscar Host Ever.”

In the real world, Battaglio has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Times. From today’s internal announcement by assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment John Corrigan:

Stephen has joined our “Company Town” team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.

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Catching Up with America’s ‘Third Most Hating Film Critic’

When Vocativ recently parsed Metacritic data to rank U.S. film critics that disagreed most frequently with the general flow of consensus, the Wall Street Journal‘s Joe Morgenstern ranked as the country’s “Most Hating” reviewer, followed by the New Yorker‘s Anthony Lane. Third was the New York Post‘s Kyle Smith, who spoke about all this with Kurt Andersen on the latest of edition of Studio 360.

Smith said he was honored to be in the same bottom-three category as Morgenstern and Lane. He also defended his negative reviews of American Hustle and Philomena:

“The average Metacritic score for Philomena was a 76,” said Andersen. “You gave it a 25. You hated it for political reasons, or cinematic reasons?”

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Kate Upton Graces Cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary Issue

Here’s a 180 degree turn from this morning’s tale of PTSD via modeling: Kate Upton gracing the cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary issue. Upton was photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Vanity Fair as we know it has only been published since 1983, but that’s just semantics. If the glossy wants to consider its starting point the same as Dress & Vanity Fair’s (1913), then so be it. Who are we to argue? Plus, Kate Upton.

In addition to Upton, Vanity Fair pulled out all the stops for its 100th birthday. Starting tomorrow a slew of features will be available at, and inside the issue are pieces penned by Laura HillenbrandBill Maher, Dave Eggers, Kurt Andersen, Lorne Michaels, Robert Stone, Jan Morris and more.

Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary issue hits newsstands September 5.

Olbermann Names Stelter, O’Reilly & Murdoch The Worst|Andersen Blogs At|The Cheapest & Most Expensive Mags|Time Warner Gets Ready To Dump AOL|Cronkite Myths: Debunked

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TVNewser: Keith Olbermann targetted Brian Stelter of The New York Times, Bill O’Reilly and News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch on his “World’s Worst” segment last night. Kurt Andersen is blogging over at this week, where he’s writing about Cash for Clunkers, China and his new book “Reset.”

Ad Age: A look at the cheapest and most expensive magazine subscription prices. Cheapest? Parents magazine at 33 cents an issue. Science Illustrated tops the most expensive list at $3.33 per issue.

Washington Post: Time Warner is getting ready to shed AOL. Now it can focus its attention on saving its ailing magazines.

NPR: Walter Cronkite myths debunked.

Observer Picks Up Majority Stake In Webby Winner Very Short List

vsl.pngToday, IAC and the Observer Media Group officially announced their deal passing majority control of IAC’s email newsletter Very Short List to Jared Kushner-owned Observer. VSL, which last week won a Webby Award for “Best Guides, Ratings and Review Website,” has been renamed The Observer’s Very Short List and will be written and edited by the staff of The New York Observer — who are already overworked thanks to recent staff cuts.

News of the deal broke this weekend, with Gawker reporting that the entire VSL staff had been laid off. A press release distributed today did not touch on any staff cutbacks, but did mention that founders Kurt Andersen and Michael Jackson “will continue to remain involved” in the joint venture that is now The Observer’s Very Short List.

Full release after the jump

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Video: Exclusive Interviews Live at the Matrix Awards

touby_4-28.jpgDanyLevyVideo.jpg was on the scene at Monday’s 39th annual Matrix Awards honoring women’s achievements in the communications industry. Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira, a past winner and this year’s emcee, told TVNewser before the ceremony began, “This is a room full of such accomplished women, it’s a little mind-boggling.” founder and senior vice president Laurel Touby caught up with Daily Candy founder and editorial director Dany Levy (who sold her company for $125 million in August 2008), ProPublica editor-in-chief Paul Steiger, Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket, and Studio 360 anchor Kurt Andersen to discuss the future of the media industry, with the news of Portfolio‘s closure as a catalyst for conversation.

Watch the videos to find out what they had to say about Portfolio‘s demise and more, after the jump…

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Robbed At The Mirror Awards

logo_mirror_awards.gifAndersen, Auletta, Kurtz also shut out

The first annual Mirror Awards were presented at a Meredith Vieira-hosted luncheon today at the W hotel in Midtown, and our mothership — a finalist in the media information services category — lost to In other words, we were robbed.

Still, we weren’t the only overwhelming favorite among the 23 finalists to go home empty-handed. New York Times media man David Carr won for best column, upsetting his former boss Kurt Andersen (“Kurt plucked me off a turnip truck when I got to New York”) and Washington Post media guy Howard Kurtz, who was 0-for-2. Kurtz’s CNN show, Reliable Sources, lost to the American Journalism Review for overall excellence.

The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta, praised for his profile of CNN’s Lou Dobbs, watched the best article award go to New York magazine’s Phillip Weiss for his profile of Craig Newmark, craigslist’s lovable nerd.

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Ellies 2007: The Liveblog


After winning in five of seven nominated categories, New York editor-in-chief Adam Moss juggles his way up to the winners’ circle

FishbowlNY will be liveblogging tonight’s National Magazine Awards — the so-called Ellies — from the blingy confines of at Jazz @ Lincoln Center. Refresh FishbowlNY all night for the latest winners, losers and, of course, unhinged acceptance speeches from inside Frederick P. Rose Hall.


6:08PM: Martha Stewart arrives.
6:24PM: Adam Moss and David Remnick wrap up a long conversation.
ellies_2007_anna_wintour_sm.jpg7:28PM: Vogue editor Anna Wintour arrives. Late.
7:33PM: “Are you up for an award?” Wintour: “Best picture or something. We never win.”
7:33PM: One-half of editorial coverage [Rebecca] quakes after the other half [Dylan], while thanking her for posing for a picture, slaps Wintour on the shoulder as if we’d just spent a long night chugging beers with her. A faint halo emanates from rogue hand for rest of evening.


7:38PM: KT Tunstall prefaces performance by billing herself as one of the few musicians who can read and thanks editors for their efforts, since magazines have been partly responsible for her not commiting suicide during all the time she spends in airports.
7:40PM: Via video, Ellen Degeneres also hails magazines: “Thanks to W for enabling me to show my bra to so many people at one time.” Also pays tribute to David Remnick, Richard Stengel, Graydon Carter, and Martha Stewart, and wraps up with a rallying cry: “Give ‘em hell, Cat Fancy…”
7:42PM: Cindi Leive vows not to refer to the Ellies as “the Oscars of the magazine world.”
7:50PM: Lauded in the nominees reel for its “frightening insight,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists wins for General Excellence under 100,000 circ. Shocker. Congrats, Mark Strauss! Seated in the nosebleeds, he takes two minutes to find the stage. Accepts award, saying it’s a “terrible, terrible name for a magazine.” Actual, physical Ellie is a menacing-looking octopus of bronzed metal resembling an oversized ninja star. Probably winds up being the weirdest-looking item in most winners’ offices.

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Carr’s Carpetbagger Bagged


Kurt Andersen, writing in New York magazine a few weeks ago:

[David] Carr (whom I employed six years ago at is a quirky, entertaining, singular writer. I was pleasantly surprised when the paper of record hired and then promoted him to media columnist. But I was flabbergasted when they gave him a movie-awards blog (the Carpetbagger) and — the Times! — let him invent a weekly Web-video spot as a goofy man-on-the-street and celebrity-on-the-red-carpet interviewer. He’s produced three dozen so far.

There’s nothing else like them in mainstream media. He is preternaturally perfect for the Web — a friendly, wisecracking 50-year-old character with a Minnesota rasp, the very opposite of self-serious. His years at alternative weeklies make him “predisposed to try whatever. ‘Video would be nice,’ they said,” when the blog started. “And I thought, In for a penny, in for a pound. I said, ‘I’ll go around in Times Square and hop around like an idiot and that should be sufficient.’” His videos are an alt version of the Today show out in Rockefeller Plaza, or as if Tom Waits had Ryan Seacrest‘s job.

Carpetbagger, today:

Putting a Stake in the Bagger

The results are in and have been examined, teasted apart and deconstructed. Thanks to everyone who took the time to not only read the Bagger, but comment as well.


  • David Carr-Kurt Andersen Love-In Continues
  • David Carr-Kurt Andersen Love-In Continues


    Carr, Andersen: Lots of love there

    The love affair apparently started way back in 2001, when Kurt Andersen employed David Carr at Carr was, as Andersen wrote in New York magazine recently, “a quirky, entertaining, singular writer.”

    That column, as we noted last week, was essentially a thinly-veiled ode to Carr and his Carpetbagger persona (“He is preternaturally perfect for the Web”).

    Well, Carr and the Times will return the favor to Andersen on March 8, when the pair of lovebirds particpate in a sold-out — sold-out! — discussion concerning Andersen’s forthcoming Heyday and, well, probably a lot of those aforewritten anecdotes from back in the heyday.


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