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Under the Dome Showrunner on Working with Stephen King and Stopping the Soda Epidemic

Mayor Bloomberg will soon have an additional compendium to draw from in his ongoing campaign against Big Gulp-size soda servings. Neal Baer (pictured), a showrunner for 11 years on Law & Order: SVU as well as this summer’s new CBS series Under the Dome, is in the process of writing a book titled SODA: Corporate Profits versus Public Health. Due in stores next February, it pairs the Harvard-educated MD with renowned nutritionist Marion Nestle.

“We’re working on the book right now,” Baer confirms via telephone to FishbowlNY. “I’m really interested in soda’s place in our lives – culturally, nutritionally and politically in terms of subsidies for corn syrup and things like that. It’s a fascinating product that costs next to nothing to make. It’s water, sugar and flavor; and yet, it has this ubiquitous, profound impact on people’s lives.”

SODA is one of two books Baer has on tap for 2014. Next July, there will also be a follow-up to Kill Switch, a mystery series launched in 2012 with LA-based collaborator Jonathan Greene.

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EXCLUSIVE: Richard Rushfield Out at BuzzFeed

If you look at the masthead for BuzzFeed Entertainment, there’s a rather conspicuous name missing. That’s because LA bureau chief Richard Rushfield is no longer part of the operation.

“Indeed, I have parted ways from BuzzFeed,” Rushfield told FishbowlLA via email Saturday night after a long day at Anaheim’s WonderCon. “Wasn’t the right fit in the end, but I wish them all the best.”

The exit comes exactly five months after Rushfield joined BuzzFeed last fall to launch a west coast bureau. He leaves behind chief correspondent Kate Aurthur, senior film reporter Adam B. Vary, reporter Tessa Stuart, correspondent-at-large Michael Hastings and associate editors Louis Peitzman and Erin La Rosa.

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