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The Office Writer-Producer Recalls Internship That Launched Her Career

With another group of TV Academy Foundation interns learning the ropes this summer, we thought it would be highly instructive to check in with an alum of the vaunted program to find out how it helped them gain footing on the Hollywood ladder.

Jennifer Celotta, an Emmy nominated writer-producer with NBC’s The Office (pictured, with genial show co-star John Krasinski), says her TV Academy Foundation internship in 1993 proved to be an invaluable launching pad. Straight out of Boston University, she landed an eight-week summer assignment with Home Improvement. At the time, the Tim Allen sitcom was taping a third smash season and Celotta says it offered her an unusually high level of support and encouragement.

“It put me on a show where people were willing to mentor and help new people get in,” Celotta tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “Some of my friends ended up on shows where they were not able to move up, there just was not that belief of a new generation of people being let in the door.”

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Roseanne Barr on Fighting the Hollywood Establishment

Twenty years ago, Roseanne Barr became a breakout success in the pioneering sitcom Roseanne, and earned herself a reputation for being an on-set nightmare and all-around lunatic. Barr’s version of events, however, is both more nuanced, and more plausible.

Barr recalls many of her struggles with the Hollywood “Boys Club” in the current New York magazine:

It didn’t take long for me to get a taste of the staggering sexism and class bigotry that would make the first season of Roseanne god-awful. It was at the premiere party when I learned that my stories and ideas—and the ideas of my sister and my first husband, Bill—had been stolen. The pilot was screened, and I saw the opening credits for the first time, which included this: CREATED BY MATT WILLIAMS.

Roseanne fought bitterly for, and eventually won, credit for her own work. But she contends that the class bigotry and sexism she encountered in Hollywood 20 years ago is just as fierce today:

Hollywood hates labor, and hates shows about labor worse than any other thing. And that’s why you won’t be seeing another Roseanne anytime soon. Instead, all over the tube, you will find enterprising, overmedicated, painted-up, capitalist whores claiming to be housewives. But I’m not bitter.

The full essay is available on the New York magazine website, and well worth a read.

Digg Lays Off Over a 3rd of Staff

The CEO of San Francisco-based Digg, Inc. announced yesterday that it will lay off 25 employees, 37% of the site’s total staff. This followed chief revenue officer Chas Edward’s announcement that he was quitting to take a job at another company.

Things have been looking grim for Digg in recent months. The company had a major round of layoffs over the summer. The website’s redesign, unveiled in August, has been poorly received. And competitor Reddit keeps nipping at their heels. If the remaining employees weren’t feeling demoralized before, this should do it.

The layoffs are part of a strategy to make the company profitable by mid 2011. Memo from CEO Matt Williams after the jump.
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