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Posts Tagged ‘Philip Anschutz’

Media Mogul Monopolizes MLS Final

FishbowlLA is still in awe of last night’s LA Galaxy 2011 championship win over the Houston Dynamo and picture-perfect winning play from David Beckham to Robbie Keane to Landon Donovan. Even more impressive is the way team owner Philip Anschutz (pictured) was able to pull off the equivalent of passing to himself to score.

Has there ever been a situation like this in a modern era U.S. professional team sports final? Since Anschutz owns 100% of the Galaxy and 50% of the Dynamo, he was guaranteed a spot on the winner’s stage, no matter what. To accept a trophy… that bears his name. As Forbes “SportsMoney” blogger Adrian Melville reminds, Anschutz’s MLS monopoly runs deeper:

The Beckham brand, carefully managed by AEG, single-handedly sold 600,000 jerseys in his first [MLS] year, drastically increased season ticket sales at home, and played on the road in front of crowds that in some cases were four times the host team’s average. And the so-called ‘Beckham effect’ will continue even if last night was his last game in MLS.

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Anschutz-Owned San Francisco Examiner On an All White Male Hiring Spree

Former San Francisco Examiner writer Erin Sherbert, now with the SF Weekly, has noticed a disturbing trend since she left her former paper. In a newsroom that was already fairly male-centric when she worked there, these days only 8 of 35 editorial staffers are women. The last nine hires have been white men. On top of that, Melissa Griffin, the only female columnist at the paper, has a glowing full body shot to accompany her byline while her male counterparts have the typical gray head shot.

Not good.

Writes Sherbert:

The buzz on the street is that another female reporter recently left, which means there will presumably be a vacancy. If the Ex does end up filling that with yet another male, the least it could do is show us some man boobs for a change.

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Freedom Communications Files Ch. 11|Infobase Buys World Almanac|Billionaire Buys Citizen Journalism Site NowPublic|Cuts Make Papers Less Relevant, Older|Online Journalism Award Nominees Announced

FishbowlDC: Freedom Communications, the publisher of a number of newspapers including The O.C. Register filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.

GalleyCat: Today, Infobase Publishing acquired the World Almanac imprint, purchasing the imprint from Weekly Reader Publishing Group for an undisclosed sum.

Paid Content: Examiner.com, which is owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz has purchased citizen journalism Web site NowPublic.

Associated Press: A recent survey conducted by the Associated Press Managing Editors show that massive staff cuts at newspapers across the U.S. have mostly targeted staffers between the ages of 18 to 35. These cuts may make it even more difficult for the industry to adapt and remain relevant in the age of digital media.

Online News Association: The finalists for the 2009 Online Journalism Awards were announced yesterday.

Robert McKee Testifies About Sahara Script, Holds Nose

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Robert McKee of the eponymous screenwriting course, testified that Sahara was a bad novel and worse script. Glenn Bunting reports on the breach-of-contract case between author Clive Cussler and tycoon-turned-producer Philip Anschutz. Anschultz paid $10 million for the rights to the book, and got stuck with Cussler as screenwriter, to boot, but Sahara tanked at the box office.

McKee’s seminars are well-attended–former student, Charlie Kauffman wrote one into a scene in Adaptation. (But not McKee–Brian Cox played him, as he didn’t want to appear in a bad movie.)

The open secret in Hollywood is that McKee’s never had a screenplay produced. To be fair, he did television work for Kojak and Columbo and his scripts have been optioned, which is pretty much a sympathy shtup.

McKee’s getting paid well as an expert witness, too. $500 a hour to say things like:

Bad writing offends me.

Join the club, pally.

Sundown on Sunset

story.cartoon.adultswim.jpg It’s been a fabulous week of drama and intrigue and — this being LA — the hopes of well-televised racial violence at the conclusion of a controversial hate-crime case (alas, media blood lust goes unsated).

Here’s a little Friday evening sample platter of news. It comes free during happy hour, so indulge!

Jumping Ship: Ever since the Village Voice Media bought the OC Weekly last year, the staff has gotten mighty unhappy. And now everyone is fleeing — founding editor Will Swaim resigned this week. As did Chris Ziegler and Commie Girl (aka Rebecca Schoenkopf). Read all about it in her final column. As she says, it could have been worse: Singleton coulda bought them. But apparently not-the-worst wasn’t good enough.

Sahara For All The Trouble: Billionaire Philip Anschutz is suing author Clive Cussler, saying the author tricked him into paying $10 million for film rights to the novel Sahara — a development that’s far more interesting than anything Cussler has ever written.

LAT Editors Learn About That Series of Tubes We Like To Play With: Courtesy of LA Observed, LAT Innovation Editor Russ Stanton sends out a memo inviting Times editors to a class “designed to better familiarize you with latimes.com, what generates the most traffic and the least, what the site can and can’t do, and where it is headed.” We love the implicit admission in this that LAT eds don’t even know what’s on the site.