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Posts Tagged ‘Ronni Chasen’

Hollywood Trades at Opposite Ends of Ronni Chasen Coverage

The shocking murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen has occurred at a time when the town’s two industry trade publications are pursuing very different business models.

While Variety‘s quartet of demure Chasen articles, including a pair about the Sunday November 21st memorial service, fit the trade mold and sit behind a pay wall, The Hollywood Reporter‘s coverage tonally reflects the idea that it is now a trade in-name only. At press time, the top three most-viewed THR website stories were Chasen-related, with a fourth consumer-like article – an exclusive interview with Chasen client and friend Dianne Warren (pictured) – appearing in this Wednesday’s edition of the new weekly THR magazine.

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Police: Ronni Chasen Gunned Down by Shooter in Another Car

As new details emerged last night via the Hollywood Reporter about the Beverly Hills Police investigation into the shocking murder of publicist Ronni Chasen, it still seems ludicrous that a beloved 64-year-old PR industry veteran would be deliberately targeted by a mob-style hit. Could it be, perhaps, a tragic case of mistaken identity, with the shooter basing their actions on the make and model of car Chasen was driving? Or a very foolhardy carjacking attempt, gone horribly wrong?

According to a police working theory shared via THR, Chasen was shot by someone in another car that pulled up to the passenger side of her vehicle, either as she was turning left onto Whittier Drive going west on Sunset, or just after she had turned south onto that street. There is also, as everyone expected, archived security camera footage from one or more of the city’s fortified celebrity residences.

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Hans Zimmer Remembers Ronni Chasen

Of all the people sharing fond remembrances of murdered Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, perhaps none was closer to her from a client point of view than German born composer Hans Zimmer.

Shortly after his big Hollywood break in 1988 with Rain Man, which earned him his first of seven Academy Award nominations, the one-time Buggles band member hooked up with Chasen on Driving Miss Daisy the following year. From his twin contributions to back-to-back Best Picture winners, it was off to the races for Zimmer with The Lion King, Gladiator, Inception and much more. Through it all, Chasen was at his side.

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Radar Digs Up Last Known Picture of Ronni Chasen

64-year-old Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was shot at least five times in the chest late last night and died. Her body was found in her car, which had crashed into a lightpost in Beverly Hills.

The LA Times has the rather gory details of a neighbor discovering her body:

Nahid Shekarchian, a 33-year Beverly Hills resident of the neighborhood who lives just south of the house where Chasen’s car crashed, told The Times that sometime after midnight she heard gunshots — “boom-boom-boom” — and opened the curtain of her upstairs bedroom.

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Lunch: Barry Diller (on a Vespa!), Harvey Weinstein & Judge Judy



Maybe it was because it finally stopped raining for five minutes, but the power-lunchers were out in force today at Michael’s. There was a crowd gathering in the lounge before noon waiting for tables. Of course, most of the regulars breezed in at their appointed hours, making sure they had plenty of time for glad-handing before settling in for some serious dish. Harvey Weinstein and Barry Diller did their fair share of hand shaking before getting down to business at separate tables.

I was lunching today with public relations powerhouse Lisa Linden and Tom O’Brien, president and general manager of WNBC. Tom had plenty to talk about, since these days it seems you can’t go anywhere without an NBC star beaming out from a TV set in a growing number of spots. Look for that to continue, says Tom. With the newscasts on WNBC-TV, the fledgling lifestyle channel New York Nonstop (now in 5 million homes), and Taxi TV (in 5,500 cabs and growing), “We have the ability to get our content out across multiple platforms and reach people at any time of the day,” says Tom. Now the network has gone underground with their latest digital out-of-home effort, NBC in Transit, with video of news and NBC Universal entertainment programming broadcast on PATH trains between NYC and New Jersey. “We’re excited about this new way to reach an audience who isn’t waiting for news. It’s another great way for keeping people informed.” Coming soon: more televisions on the platform in Newark. Stay tuned…

I told Tom I have a particular soft spot for those adorable spots with Jimmy Fallon and that cuddly bear cub that seem to be playing in every taxi I’m in. “He’s doing very well,” reports Tom, who says Conan O’Brien‘s new show is set to debut June 1 and there will be an announcement about Jay Leno‘s new primetime show in two weeks. We’re all ears…

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Michael Kramer and Andy Bergman

2. My new pal Susan Silver, Abby Ellin of The New York Times and Judy Twersky

3. Andrew Stein and a mystery gent…

4. Barry Diller and an unidentified young fellow. Here’s a fun fact: Barry is a mogul on the move. I happened to catch him suiting up for a quick getaway after lunch as he slipped into a windbreaker and donned a helmet and sunglasses before revving up his Vespa and disappearing into midtown traffic.

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