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Amazon Launches Smartphone (GalleyCat)
Amazon has gotten into the smartphone business with the launch of the Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone. NYT Though the device is called the Fire phone, Amazon’s new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer’s intelligent warehouses. And it’s not cheap. The Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Although it also comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon’s Prime membership, the Fire phone is essentially the same price as high-end phones made by Apple and Samsung. For Amazon, a company whose previous devices have had innovative pricing plans that often involved selling devices at cost, the Fire phone’s uninspired price tag is a surprising disappointment. The Washington Post / The Switch The phone lets you scan products in stores, so that you can buy things directly from Amazon, using a new service called “Firefly.” Users can even use the phone to “listen” to songs or videos, and link users to places to buy them. It can also recognize art, and scan text such as phone numbers and then immediately place a call. The Verge There’s one big difference here: the Fire phone’s interface changes based on how you’re looking at it and how you orient the device. Amazon calls the feature “Dynamic Perspective,” which basically means that some apps on the phone will have a three-dimensional depth to them, and tilting the phone will let you peer around edges, just as you can with real objects. Mashable The history of 3D-type screens in mobile suggests consumers aren’t interested in the feature. The two most notable devices, the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, both flopped. The only real 3D success in mobile so far has been the Nintendo 3DS, which is explicitly a game console.

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Guggenheim Promotes Lynne Segall

LynneSegallPicFrom senior vice president and publisher at The Hollywood Reporter, to executive vice president and group publisher for both THR and Billboard. That’s the latest career progression for the talented Lynne Segall.

From today’s Guggenheim Media announcement:

“Lynne has been at the heart of The Hollywood Reporter’s success, turning brand potential into a churn of growth and constantly raising the bar with a string of truly spectacular achievements,” said Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president John Amato. “Stepping into this new role at Billboard, Lynne will be playing an essential role in Billboard’s next chapter while she continues to drive growth at The Hollywood Reporter.”

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The Hollywood Reporter Updates iPad App

Everyone likes new things, right? Well, at least for the first couple days. Then new things become old and we’re bored with them again. For those who enjoy The Hollywood Reporter on their iPad, they have something new to enjoy. For now!

The magazine has revamped their app to include “all of the print magazine’s leading coverage of the entertainment industry in addition to app-only features such as a breaking news feed and user engagement on almost every page.”

THR has also made the app enticing to advertisers. ”Advertisers in the magazine who run 1/3 of a page or more will automatically have their ads run on the iPad platform for free,” Lynne Segall, publisher and senior vice president of THR, explained.

THR’s app is free through January 9, and new issues show up every Thursday via Apple’s subscription system.

 

Penske Puts a Woman in Charge at Variety

This is pretty sweet. After 15 years with Variety, Michelle Sobrino-Stearns can add a new title to go along with sales director, managing director of features, vice president and associate publisher: the trade publication’s first-ever female publisher.

“I’m very excited and sincerely grateful to Jay for this opportunity,” Sobrino-Stearns said. “When he addressed the staff at his first town-hall meeting, he won everyone over and got them excited about the future of Variety. He has terrific plans to take our business to the next level and beyond.”

The promotion was announced today at Penske’s second town-hall, during which he promised more changes are in store. The PMC scion also couldn’t resist taking a shot at Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min, contrasting her initial remarks in the New York Times to the idea of appointing someone at Variety from within.

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THR Appoints Two New Vice Presidents

The Hollywood Reporter’s Victoria Gold and Beth Deutschman have just been promoted vice president of entertainment and vice president of television & media respectively. Both will report to publisher Lynne Segall.

“With the promotion of Victoria and Beth into senior leadership roles, we will be putting even more emphasis on our core business — motion pictures and television,” Segall said in an announcement on the trade’s website, “both of which have seen significant year-over-year increases in trade and consumer ad programs for both our print and digital platforms.”

THR also announced that associate publisher Craig Hitchcock will be leaving the trade “to pursue other opportunities.”

The moves come in the wake of Sharon Waxman’s report that THR is having serious financial struggles–a claim the trade denies.

The Hollywood Reporter Is Overrun with Leos

A little birdie tells us tomorrow is a big day for The Hollywood Reporter‘s upper management. Both editorial director Janice Min and publisher Lynne Segall have birthdays. Which explains a lot about the recent history of the mag. You know, the whole burn-the-house-down-and-rebuild-it-MY-WAY thing. So Leo.

It also explains why they’ve been so successful. THR is reading great these days. Happy birthday ladies.

David Poland is Not Afraid of Getting Sued by Nikki Finke

Nikki Finke published a lengthy post yesterday slamming outgoing MMC exec Lynne Segall, accusing her of an assortment of unethical behavior. The charge that Segal attempted to blur the line between advertising and editorial is especially serious, but given Finke’s somewhat elastic relationship with the truth, media sites like LA Observed and The Wrap are taking the claims with a grain of salt.

David Poland over at Movie City News goes one further, calling Finke out for her hypocrisy:

What kind of person tries to kick someone as they leave a job? A piece of shit. The same kind of piece of shit who writes nary a negative word about a failed Paramount executive as she is in bed (figuratively) with his boss.. until he is dumped… at which point she shits all over the guy in print, never, of course, mentioning the man who hired him in a fit of brain damage in the first place. The same kind of person who roots for a network exec to fail, never taking into account the many, many people whose livelihoods depend on his success.

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Lynne Segall Heads Back to The Hollywood Reporter

After a stint at the LA Times and a year trying to help monetize the efforts of Nikki Finke, Bonnie Fuller, Michael Ausiello, and co., Lynne Segall has accepted a plum job with her old employer The Hollywood Reporter. She is now the senior vice president and publisher of Janice Min‘s chart-topping website and glossy weekly mag.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the newly, re-invigorated THR,” Segall states via this morning’s announcement. “Their website has seen unprecedented growth as they rapidly expand their consumer audience base-which is the holy grail for studio and network marketers. I look forward to re-joining The Hollywood Reporter to help deliver greater value for readers and advertisers in one of the largest and most influential markets in the country.”

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LAT Loses Awards Columnist A Week Before Awards Season

Pete1-266x300.jpgTwo things: Great for Deadline to snatch up Pete Hammond. Nice guy. He’ll go far. And the Arts and Entertainment section of the LA Times loses another journalist?! Really?

We’re told Pete’s column at The Envelope was the most sought after by advertisers.

It should also be noted that Hammond rejoins his colleague Lynne Segall also formally of the LAT Entertainment section.

Deadline reports:

Deadline.com is expanding its film and television awards coverage for the 2010-2011 season and beyond. Mail.com Media Corporation’s Jay Penske and Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke today announced the hiring of Pete Hammond, the well-known Los Angeles Times/The Envelope’s “Notes On A Season” blog columnist and former Variety contributor who is widely considered the preeminent awards season commentator for film and television. Effective immediately, he becomes the Deadline.com Awards Columnist. His breaking news and analysis will also be offered on Movieline.com to reach a consumer audience as well as Deadline’s industry readership. Hammond also will be contributing original columns to DeadlineHollywood’s five planned print newsletters during this awards season. It is Deadline’s intention to own the awards space, helped by Pete’s unique understanding of the behind-the-scenes of this very specialized process when the entertainment industry is fixated on grabbing the gold.

Previously on FBLA:

  • What’s Going On at LAT Arts & Entertainment Section?

  • L ATimes Expands Calendar Weekend

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    The LA Times, in an effort to hold on to those younger readers, younger being anyone born after the Kennedy assassination, revamps the Thursday Calender section. From John Montorio’s memo:

    Thursday, we’ll raise the curtain on an exciting double feature, when we replace Weekend with two new sections—a Calendar broadsheet devoted to the movies and a freshly imagined tabloid, The Guide, designed to help readers make the most of their recreational, cultural and entertainment choices.

    Whee. We’re dizzy at the prospect. Betsey Sharkey gets two lieutenants in her campaign, who are cutely called a “power couple”:

    Tim Swanson, Film Editor. Tim, a former editor at Premiere and writer at Portfolio, will directly oversee our movie coverage.

    Gina McIntyre, Assistant Entertainment Editor. Gina, who most recently was an editor and writer at The Hollywood Reporter, joins us later this month. She’ll be helping to shape our TV, film and pop music coverage.

    And the real reason for the two sections comes from Lynne Segall, LAT veep of entertainment and fashion advertising:

    The Thursday broadsheet will now give the studios a broader canvas on which to market their films on the most crucial day to promote weekend movie-going

    The Guide will also launch online in a beta version as early as mid-November. Ultimately replacing Calendar Live, the site will feature user-generated content, as well as content from an expanded staff, who’ll work more cheaply than those folks already in the building.

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