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A Picture Worth a Thousand Bylines

Since launch in 2009, TheWrap has proven to be a fertile training ground for entertainment journalists. Among the earliest examples of reporters who worked under Sharon Waxman before moving on to other outlets are Amy Kaufman (now with the LA Times), Josef Adalian (Vulture), Hunter Walker (New York Observer), Josh Dickey (Variety), Jeff Sneider (Variety) and Dominic Patten (Deadline).

Still, with the recent departure of Jason Scoggins, Cindy Kaplan and Joshua L. Weinstein for Film Funds LLC, the following photo now stands as a rather graphic representation of the kind of turnover Waxman (and others in the space like The Hollywood Reporter and the LA Times) must sometimes deal with. Of the ten people flanking Waxman in this April 1, 2011 birthday celebration snapshot obtained by FishbowlLA, only one person remains employed with the start-up company today.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Hollywood YouTube Duo Direct First TV Commercial

Here are some economics that Hollywood can identify with. For one of a hundred-plus YouTube shorts, a Modern Warfare-inspired riff, the tandem of Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch tell TheWrap‘s Kurt Orzeck that the total cost was $200 and total views 4.7 million.

Although the pair have no studio deal yet, they confirm they have had discussions with Weinstein Co. and various producers. The USC cinema school grads also just directed their first TV commercial spot, after cranking out Internet ads for the likes of McDonald’s and Toshiba:

In the Electronic Arts [Battlefield 3] ad (pictured), they load up a forklift with explosives, Wong drives it toward a building, and then he bails out before it detonates. “We turned it around in 10 days,” Wong said. “[EA] left it open to us to come up with concepts. They said, ‘Mess around and have fun with your friends.’ “

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