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John Corrigan to Lead LA Times A&E Coverage

The Los Angeles Times announced Wednesday that John Corrigan will succeed Sallie Hofmeister as the assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment.

Corrigan has been at the LAT since 1999 and was most recently the business editor.

“John brings a wealth of experience and energy to his new role,” said editor in chief Davan Maharaj in a memo. “As Business editor, he led a team of reporters and editors in making our financial report a model:  a combination of elegant features, hard-hitting investigative stories, and quick-hit breaking news on our blogs.”

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Nicholas Riccardi is Latest LA Times Departure

Top arts and entertainment editor Sallie Hofmeister wasn’t the only departure from the Los Angeles Times last Friday.

Former Denver bureau chief Nicholas Riccardi has also left and is headed back to the 303:

Today’s my last day at the LA Times. It’s been a wonderful ride. I’ve had the privilege of working with so many of the best journalists – and people – in the business. That was true on my first day, June 13, 1994 (when we reported the discovery of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman’s bodies) and it is true on June 15, 2012.

Keep in touch.

All the best,

Nick

LA Observed notes another high-profile LAT writer could be headed out the door next. Who needs layoffs when employees are leaving on their own, eh?

Sallie Hofmeister Leaving the LA Times

The LA Times‘ top arts and entertainment editor Sallie Hofmeister is leaving the paper after more than 17 years on the job. A memo sent out today from EIC Davan Maharaj announced that June 22 will be Hofmeister’s last day. She will apparently take the summer off before “embarking on a new career challenge.”

From the memo:

Sallie leaves an important legacy. She led a gifted roster of writers and editors — and brought aboard new journalistic talent — to build a formidable team during some very tough times. She integrated Calendar’s print and digital coverage, which had been separate entities. And she did it with her trademark humor, intelligence, humanity and, of course, style.

Memo in full, via LA Observed, after the jump.

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LA Times Calendar Section Loses Another Body

Company Town editor John Lippman is the latest to leave the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. He’s off to New Hampshire, where he’ll be the editor of a small town paper.

Lippman is the 14th voluntary exit from the Calendar section in a little under two years, an unusually high rate of departures at a time when newspaper jobs are increasingly hard to come by. We’ve heard grumblings about the section’s editor, Sallie Hofmeister, but as Kevin Roderick points out, Lippman was a Hofmeister hire, and his departure is apparently nothing to do with his boss.

After the jump, the updated list of Calender refugees:

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Ann Powers Out at LA Times

Another journo leaves the Arts and Entertainment section.

This is a note from assistant managing editor Sallie Hofmeister:

I am terribly sad to report that Ann Powers is leaving the Times in early March. Ann and her family will continue living in Alabama and Ann will work for NPR Music, an online department of the public radio group, as well as become a contributor to the Times. We are working out the details of such an arrangement.

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Chris Lee Joins Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Proving once again that nobody is safe from the lure of Tina Brown, the Los Angeles Times has lost music writer Chris Lee to Newsweek/Daily Beast.  LA Times assistant managing editor Sallie Hofmeister said Lee’s loss will be felt by the paper:

We will greatly miss his talents, his upbeat outlook, and his hipness.  [We] wish him only the best.

To borrow a line from Antoine Dodson, “hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband” because Tina Brown is stealing everyone up in here.

LA Times Deals Bridge Column Back In

Score one for a small but vocal minority of LA Times readers.

After a recent subscriber survey showed that only 3% of those polled regularly consulted Frank Stewart‘s syndicated “Daily Bridge Club” column and that 89% of respondents had never looked at it, the newspaper yanked the feature on November 21st and replaced it with “Ask Amy.” Some 400 phone calls and 600 e-mails later, the column is being restored to its rightful place on the left-hand side Comics page, beginning Monday January 10th.

“The outcry from our readers compelled us to reconsider our decision,” said Sallie Hofmeister, assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment. “While readership surveys showed that Bridge was the least popular of our offerings of puzzles and games, we discovered from this outpouring of response that its fans are engaged readers and some of our most loyal subscribers.”

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LAT Memo: New Movie Editor Has No Entertainment Reporting Experience

In our continuing coverage of the odd dysfunction of the LA Times Arts & Entertainment section, we’ve posted a memo of the latest hire. The new editor appears to have no previous experience covering film which seems like a strange choice since the section has been hemorrhaging vets who covered a flagship industry for LA. Very weird. It’s almost like a real estate mogul buying a major media company. What could possibly go wrong?

But congrats on getting a gig, Julie Makinen.

From: Hofmeister, Sallie

Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 5:18 PM
To: yyEntertainAll

Subject: great news: we have a new movie editor. this is going wide momentarily!

We are delighted to welcome back to The Times Julie Makinen, who will succeed Tim Swanson as movie editor for the Entertainment Department. Anyone who has worked with Julie will recall her fearless and rigorous approach to new challenges. She is known for creative story ideas, sharp editing skills and grace under pressure – as well as for her home-made ice cream and witty top 10 lists.

Julie has spent the last year and half in Hong Kong as deputy business editor of the Asian edition of the International Herald Tribune, fulfilling a longtime desire to live and work in Asia. Prior to that, she held a variety of editing and reporting jobs at The Times and at the Washington Post.

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What’s Going On at LAT Arts & Entertainment Section?

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As those who cover the newspaper industry, we don’t flinch when journos lose jobs anymore. It’s barely a story. Layoffs have been the norm for the past two years or more. But it seems like LAT is losing more journos in its Arts & Entertainment section than other sections. And the reporters and editors in that section are quitting. That’s news.

In the last year they have lost Kate Aurthur to Daily Beast, Joseph Kapsch to Zap2it, Denise Martin to TVGuide, Richard Rushfield to Gawker, Tim Swanson to teaching, Rachel Abromwitz to a TV show, blogger Elizabeth Snead to Zap2it and this week it’s Matea Gold. We also heard that photographer David Strick‘s contract was not renewed.

What’s going on over there? “People are fleeing since Sallie Hofmeister took over,” a former reporter said to us.

Which isn’t conclusive really. It’s someone who hates their former boss. So we made a list. That’s a lot of people leaving in a short amount of time. And then we asked around.

Another Entertainment Section vet wrote us, “I’d say that the coverage has been going in the wrong direction since Sallie took over — she cares only about the business of entertainment, not the content of it. She has disdain for the web, and no understanding of it, but insisted on taking it over anyway. Sadly, I never hear of anyone happy there.”

This isn’t good. This is the equivalent to the Washington Post having debilitating problems covering Congress. This is Los Angeles. It’s the “Entertainment Capital of the World” and the Los Angeles Times’ Entertainment section is this dysfunctional? Not good.

LAT Brings Back TV Times Axed in 2007

You can opt in at $2.99 a month to get the new/old TV Times. As one LAT reporter put it,”You have to pay for it?”

The press release in-full:

Los Angeles Times to Offer New TV Times

Back by Popular Demand

LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2010 -The Los Angeles Times will re-launch its TV Times guide on Sunday, June 13th via newsstands and retail outlets throughout Southern California. Being undertaken as a tiered roll out, with an opportunity for subscribers to opt-in now for home delivery beginning September 5th, the TV Times joins the paper’s Sunday line-up of news, opinion, entertainment, feature coverage and classifieds as a 44-page tabloid section.

The new TV Times turns up the volume on The Times’ former 28-page book, last published in April 2007, to now offer 24-hour daily grid listings spanning morning, afternoon, primetime and late-night programming, four pages of alphabetized TV/cable/satellite movie listings, a full-page cover story, a TV-related crossword puzzle, episode highlights and synopses, and a dedicated sports programming page. Ad units are available on the front and back covers.

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