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Meet Annoying Orange’s Talent Agent

In the heyday of scripted network television, before the medium was trampled by the reality genre, Michael Green represented stars like Roseanne Barr and Martin Lawrence. With YouTube quickly taking over the realm of connecting up-and-coming talent with a mass audience, Green has a modified shingle –  The Collective – and a new mandate.

As such, he is front and center in a USA Today look at the growing ranks of talent agencies focused on feeding the Internet universe’s 500,000-plus broadcast channels. Green is working with some of the video site’s leading click-getters:

Dane Boedigheimer steps into his Los Angeles garage most days to churn out YouTube videos for his Annoying Orange series, about a high-pitched citrus that cracks bad jokes. This summer, the series makes its debut on cable TV’s Cartoon Network, part of a deal Green put together.

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John Travolta’s Classic Mercedes Dismembered by Thieves

Actor John Travolta‘s 1970 Mercedes 280SL convertible has gone to classic car heaven. The vehicle, which was stolen from a Santa Monica neighborhood back in September, was gutted by thieves for parts. The car’s remains were discovered by police in an illegal “chop shop.” Santa Monica police Sergeant Richard Lewis said today of the Mercedes:

It was not recovered in whole, it was chopped. We have numerous pieces recovered but not the entire car.

Thanks to police, the streets of Los Angeles are now a little safer for classic automobiles. Two men, believed to be running a classic car theft ring, were arrested for the theft in December. D.L. Rayford Jr., 52, was sentenced to 16 months in jail and ordered to pay Travolta $50,000. Michael Green, 58, remains in custody awaiting trial.

Car pictured is similar to the one stolen. Photo via the Santa Monica Police Department.

Economist NY Bureau Chief Bishop Guest Edits Philathropy Mag

alliance.jpgThe Economist‘s New York bureau chief Matthew Bishop, has contributed as guest editor to upcoming September issue of Alliance magazine, a publication about philanthropy and social investment around the world.

Bishop, who also co-wrote the book Philanthrocapitalism with Michael Green, used his platform in Alliance to discuss the challenges that have faced philanthropic organizations since the beginning of the global financial crisis.

In the issue, Bishop wrote an essay based on his book and the changes he has seen in the year since its debut:

“Launching our book, Philanthrocapitalism, just days after the collapse of Lehman Brothers made clear in no uncertain terms to Michael Green and myself that the world had fundamentally changed. For many in the mainstream media, the idea that there was any positive role for the wealthy in solving social problems had been made moot by the collapse of the world’s wealth creation machine and the return of activist big government. Our critics in the non-profit world had great fun with our notion that the sector could become much more efficient by learning from capitalism — a one reviewer wittily described as ‘Lehman Brothers to the rescue.’ Ouch.

Clearly, we underestimated the extent to which the short-termism of for-profit capitalism made it vulnerable to systemic meltdown. Yet, paradoxically…this actually reinforced an underlying theme of the book that we had not made as explicit as we might have done, that the old barriers between sectors are collapsing, creating huge opportunity for everyone to learn from each other.”

Also in the issue, Bishop interviewed Sonal Shah, who leads the new White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, who was recruited from Google.org to lead President Barack Obama‘s new office.

Read all of Bishop’s essay here.