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Posts Tagged ‘Martin Kaplan’

Mary Hart Gets Ready to Say Goodbye

There’s a whole lot of Mary Hart love being shown in the media this week ahead of her final appearance tonight on Entertainment Tonight. And she deserves every bit of it.

Hart is the Johnny Carson of the entertainment TV news magazine world, retiring at the top of her personal game after 29 years on the air. Joining her for an ET send-off taped yesterday were a number of her former male co-hosts, including the best one of them all, John Tesh. Those two had major on-air chemistry, the kind that LA TV station execs dream of when envisioning ideal local news anchor pairings. The latest crowning tributes include one from Brooks Barnes of the New York Times:

“Without Mary, ET starts to look like what it is–kind of dear and not particularly edgy,” said Martin Kaplan, the director of the Norman Lear Center for the study of entertainment and society at the University of Southern California. “I don’t know how large the cultural niche is for dear in a Perez Hilton, TMZ, Gawker world.”

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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.

Annenberg Study: Local LA TV News Spends 2:10 Minutes on Teasers and 29 Seconds on Local Enconomy

lamediamarket.jpgInvestigators Martin Kaplan and Matthew Hale at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism did a study of local television news in the Los Angeles market asking, “Are Stations Serving the Public Interest?” They looked at eight stations:

These are the initial findings from an ongoing study of all local TV news broadcast in the Los Angeles media market – the country’s second largest – on 14 randomly selected days between August 1 and September 30, 2009. All local news on the 8 LA stations that program it was captured: KABC, KCAL, KCBS, KNBC, KTLA, KTTV, KCOP (which airs only one half-hour of news a day) and the Spanish-language station KMEX.

Brace yourself for a shock, there’s not a lot of news in the local news:

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NYT Documents the Decline of Variety

varietycoverwhiteman3333.jpgNew York Times’ Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes write about the history and plight of the entertainment business’ oldest trade Variety:

In a more detailed interview, Neil Stiles, Variety’s president, said his paper was profitable but declined to disclose financial figures for the operation, which has been owned since 1987 by Reed Elsevier. He said Variety had suffered a year-to-year ad revenue decline less severe than the estimates of 50 percent or more that have been heard in Hollywood.

But Martin Kaplan had the best quote:

“Traditionally, the trades have offered gossip, casting announcements, advance reviews and hopefully a little news,” he said. “Go through that list and ask what’s left. It’s all widely available elsewhere.”

Whole piece is here.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Todd McCarthy and David Rooney Out at Variety