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Posts Tagged ‘Maria Russo’

Taraji P. Henson Stars in Latest Bernard Weinraub Play

AbovetheFoldPosterOn Tuesday, Above the Fold began previewing at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. That’s close to KPCC 89.3 FM, a short MTA Gold Line ride from the Los Angeles Times and a couple of 134/210 freeway exits east of ABC 7.

Why the media triangulation? Because the author of the play is none other than Bernard Weinraub, former formidable New York Times reporter and husband to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal. From the official synopsis:

Jane (Taraji P. Henson), an African-American newspaper reporter from New York, flies to a Southern university where three white fraternity members have been accused of raping a young African-American woman. Taking place amidst the shift from print to digital journalism, Above the Fold asks tough questions about the exploitation of tragedy, the cost of success and the dangers that come when ambition collides with truth.

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Former Observer Features Editor Has Big Plans for Pasadena Magazine

Maria Russo (pictured), who worked at the New York Observer under Peter Kaplan from 2002 to 2004 before moving west for a four-year stint with the LA Times Calendar section, has been at the helm of bi-monthly city magazine Pasadena since late March. Today, as part of a very ambitious new vision for the publication, she officially launched the revamped website pasadenarose.com.

“They loved my idea of broadening the magazine geographically and going for longer-form stories,” editor-in-chief Russo tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Pasadena has the second highest concentration of non-profits in the country after D.C. There’s also this incredible science/tech scene with Cal Tech, JPL and so on, that offers all sorts of rich opportunities for coverage.”

And it’s not just about Pasadena anymore. Since the publication was launched in 2007 with backing from Mark Hulme, owner of a Texas magazine empire and currently also a producer on the Ashton Kutcher-Steve Jobs biopic, the area has fully morphed into Greater LA’s equivalent of Brooklyn. The strand between Silver Lake and Pasadena, where Russo works with two other full-time staff and an intern, has exploded with Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale migration and artistic activity.

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Richard Rushfield Urges Studios to Participate in ‘Nikkileaks’

First came the Gawker article “Is Nikki Finke Losing It?”, in which John Cook revisits a recent email, disappearing post, and staff shuffle at Deadline.com.

Now there is a rebuttal to the Finke telephone and email remarks quoted in the Gawker article, courtesy of veteran LA journo and author Richard Rushfield. He starts off by suggesting that Finke is not telling the truth about the brief Deadline.com tenure of former LA Times editor Maria Russo, and then goes on to issue a bold invitation to the studio flacks cc:ed in her recent berating of an MPAA rep:

Studio people to whom this was addressed: It is because you and your people cooperate with her and her site that this continues and she is able to treat people this way. Why not just grow a hint of a backbone and say, we’re done with you. We’re done, crazy.

And while you’re at it, forward more of these emails to me. The Nikkileaks project is getting underway.

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Another Ousted LAT Staffer: Maria Russo

One of our fave editors, Maria Russo, who shepherded a few of our freelance pieces into the paper e-mailed us with the subject line, “Me too!”

Hi Mayrav, just letting you know that I was laid off too today. It was fun working with you! I’ll keep reading….

all the best,
Maria

We’re officially depressed.
Earlier: Among The Ousted At The LAT: Carina Chocano
Also On the LAT Ousted List: Veronique de Turenne