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Sigourney Weaver Embraces the Action Figure World

RipleyAlien_conceptWe’re guessing few people were more excited about the news that Sigourney Weaver has finally officially acquiesced to the idea of Ellen Ripley action figures than KPCC managing editor, digital Patrick Lee. That’s because his Twitter handle (@ripleycal) mashes the last name of her character in Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi classic with that of Winona Ryder‘s in 1997 sequel Alien: Resurrection.*

At right is some initial concept art. Although we’re personally excited that there’s a hint of Jim Morrison, chances are that will not make the final toy-cut. From this week’s announcement:

The officially licensed Ripley action figures from the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) will span multiple movies within the Alien saga: initial plans include a figure of Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit from the original 1979 film, to be followed later by a Ripley figure based on the 1986 movie Aliens, directed by James Cameron

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Patch Dumps One of Its Fiercest Local Champions

On May 15, Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch editor Anthea Raymond was enlisted to do what many in the hyper-local network have been recently: front for an adjacent geographical hub. She welcomed Beverly Hills Patch readers to the new site design, touting a spiffy Opinion board, Announcements board and more.

Exactly a week later, Raymond – a veteran LA journalist with many years of service at KCRW and in college classrooms – had a different message to share via her Patch site’s Facebook page:

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Patch Regional Editor Patrick Lee on Why He Jumped to KPCC

On Wednesday, July 11, Patrick Lee clocked his last official day as regional editor of Patch sites in northeast LA and the San Gabriel Valley. After a short, well-deserved break, he will slide over to KPCC/Southern California Public Radio on Monday, July 23 as managing editor, digital.

“It was too good an opportunity to pass up,” Lee tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “I’m very excited about what I’ve heard KPCC and SCPR are trying to accomplish. I think they have some great ideas and some really great people. There’s a lot of opportunity there to make SCPR.org a premier digital Web experience for the Southern California community. It can be a destination point for people interested in engaging community information, and I want to be a part of that.”

Althoug Lee has had general discussions with SCPR VP, content Russ Stanton and executive editor Melanie Sill, he’s not sure until he starts exactly what the make-up of his team will be. But as someone who dealt with an amorphous and occasionally redefined Patch purview, he’s ready to hit the ground running (Lee will report to Sill).

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Sierra Madre Patch Editor Heading to HuffPo

Sierra Madre Patch editor John Stephens just landed a new gig with Huffington Post that will take him to New York. Stephens will be the site’s new “Trends Editor.” We assume the job refers to online trends, but we asked Stephens to clarify.

“Yep, you got it,” he said via email. “It’s not about tracking how the hippest hipsters are wearing their hair, it’s top stories of the day.”

Stephens posted a farewell today on Patch.

Looking out my window at the mountains above Sierra Madre Canyon, I can’t help but reflect back on the last four years of my life spent covering this foothill village and the wonderful people who, like me, have been lucky enough to call it home. Then a deer walks by my front door – the same proud buck I see nearly every day – and I say to myself, “You’re moving where?!”

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An International Flavor for Eagle Rock Patch

The newest local editor at the fast-spreading network of Southern California Patch websites is Ajay Singh (pictured), officially now watching over all things Eagle Rock. What’s unusual about his background is that he is one of the first area Patch LE’s that we are aware of with a largely international media background.

Writes Singh on his Eagle Rock Patch profile page:

I started out in journalism in 1988 at the New Delhi bureau of the Wall Street Journal Asia, went on to the Associated Press and eventually to Asiaweek, a Time Inc. news weekly in Hong Kong. For six years until 2009, I was a writer and editor at an online newspaper and quarterly magazine at UCLA.

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Patch Hits South Pasadena, Press Club

In these times of journalistic layoffs and media conglomerate belt-tightening, the rapid, ongoing Southern California expansion of community news hub venture Patch.com seems almost surreal. Yesterday, after some last-minute technical hiccups, the AOL seed-funded enterprise turned on the newest of its area websites, South Pasadena Patch, the same day the L.A. Press Club announced that San Francisco-based Patch west coast editorial director Marcia Parker (pictured) will be flying down to address the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, October 14th.

When a new Patch launches, one of the first orders of business for readers is to click on the biography page of the site’s local editor. In the case of South Pasadena Patch, the new hire is Sonia Narang. After receiving a Master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley, the California native honed her skills as an online video producer for PBS’ Frontline, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC.com and others.

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