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Posts Tagged ‘Nicole Laporte’

Former LA Times Tech Reporter Bets on Lighthaus

David Sarno is ready to roll up his sleeves. Per a nifty item in Fast Company by Nicole Laporte, he has completed a John S. Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford and is preparing to pitch investors on his startup Lighthaus.

The San Francisco-based enterprise is all about creating high-end interactive touchscreen graphics to go along with online newspaper and magazine stories. For his final Stanford project, Sarno created a $5,000 graphic depicting the intricacies of natural gas fracking. From Laporte’s piece:

Lighthaus has already drummed up interest. The Dallas Morning News is working with Sarno to create its own fracking graphic, and Stanford Medicine magazine has commissioned Lighthaus to create technology to explain the medical condition known as placenta accreta.

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The Gatekeeper of the Golden Globes

Each year, the coveted seats at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony are carefully parceled out by one Judy Solomon, a 79-year-old Israeli journalist you’ve probably never heard of. But once a year she becomes a publicist’s nightmare, as they try to negotiate precious tickets for their employers. Nicole LaPorte of The Daily Beast profiles the feisty scribe, and provides an interesting glimpse into how your Golden Globe celebrity audience sausage is made:

Even more unique in a town where everyone owes someone else a favor, Solomon doesn’t seem to care who she pisses off. Last year, she caused a mini world war when she declared that no agents or managers could sit in the pit—i.e., the area closest to the stage, where the biggest movie stars are seated. (The logic was that too many dark suits in the audience does not make for sexy TV.) This ruling prevented CAA partner Kevin Huvane from sitting with his client Meryl Streep, who was nominated for a Best Actress award for Julie & Julia.

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LA Times Serves Up H’wood’s New Dining Rules

People who know the entertainment biz are well aware that making it in Tinseltown means you understand the inside politics and well as the savvy social skills required to successfully navigate through Hollywood.

So it’s no surprise that there are oh-so-important rules even when it comes to lunch. However, those rules have been amended a bit as of late, with power players giving up their chic, expensive haunts in favor of cost-effective joints for a variety of reasons.

The LA Times unveils those reasons with the help of writer Nicole LaPorte (who has played the Hollywood game via reporting on the biz for Variety and her latest project, an ambitious book about DreamWorks for Houghton Mifflin).

LaPorte spills the beans on some new and old trends when it comes to industryite dining and she gets vet manager Bernie Brillstein on the record, giving his two cents on the latest money-saving meals: “I don’t think lunch is as much of a ritual anymore. I think it’s lessened over the years. Agencies and studios and networks are so much more cost-conscious. A lot of them say, ‘Why do we have an office if you have to go to a restaurant?’”

Get your fill of LaPorte’s LA Times piece here. – CHRIS GARDNER

New Blog on the Block

variety--gallery-msg-116831046888.jpgVariety has launched a new party-esque society blog, Variety on the Town, that seems to be a departure from other party-eque society sites in that it leaves all the panty-free pandemonium on the other side of the velvet rope.

The site launched on Jan. 5, “just in time for the avalanche of awards season festivities,” editor Nicole LaPorte tells FBLA.

But what is a party site without the antics of kinda-gross celebrities?

Nicole breaks it down for us:

“The party/event circuit is a big part of Hollywood life. Underneath the frivolity of it all, premieres and parties are where ‘relationships’ are formed, wounds healed (or inflicted), and where schmoozing — the lifeblood of the business — can take place in a completely unbridled atmosphere. They’re also fun, and the hope is that On the Town will deliver some of that fun to our readers (viewers) in a way that is personable and insidery. On the blog we’re less concerned with getting a publicist-approved quote from, say, George Clooney, than getting a real sense of what an event was like, ideally with humor and bite.’”

A site that deals with Hollywood parties in a professional and considered manner? That is an interesting and intelligent way to approach industry coverage. Really take a good look at what happens and why — not just salivate over the latest bit of salacious gossip or trivial tripe. Good luck.

Oh, one last question: How hot is Matthew Mcconaughey?

“I leave judgment on M. McConaughey’s looks to the experts at People, Cosmo, etc. But based on his appearance at the We Are Marshall premiere, he could use a hair cut.”