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LAT Entertainment Journos Talk to ASU Students About the Job at Hand

Talk about an informative field trip stop. Last month, a group of students from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication came to LA and got to listen to the following LA Times entertainment journalists panel March 12: Steven Zeitchik, Amy Kaufman, Chris Lee, John Horn, Mary McNamara, Meg James, Scott Collins and Dawn Chmielewski.

The event was part of an ASU west coast swing titled “Covering the Business of Entertainment,” which has also encompassed visits to studio lots. From the Reynolds Center report about the panel discussion:

Kaufman said that reporters have to be careful about what information is on and off the record. It’s not a good idea to ruin a relationship with a publicist or contact, she added.

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Showtime CEO Talks to Bloomberg Television About the Huge Impact of Homeland

It was four, five years ago that Showtime CEO Matt Blank saw the writing on the wall. In a fascinating interview with Bloomberg TV’s Deirdre Bolton, he notes that the prices for movie broadcast rights from certain Hollywood studios were becoming prohibitive at the time and led him, to the outcry of naysayers, to redirect that money into the development of original programming.

 

Today, Showtime is sitting pretty with the most decorated and buzzed about drama on TV, Homeland. It’s the show that, as Blank puts it, “people stop me on the street and want to talk about.”

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Media Ignores Jay Leno’s Staggering Work-for-Free Offer

On Monday, LA Times TV reporter Scott Collins shared a solid contextual look at the recent Tonight Show layoffs. We caught up with his piece tonight and were plainly amazed that there has not been more media pick-up of paragraph number three:

Leno even offered to work for free to save more jobs, according to people familiar with the matter, who said the offer was rejected because executives believed it would set a bad precedent. These people said Tonight was now barely breaking even.

Got that? Leno was reportedly willing to forego his entire $26 million (or thereabouts) annual salary, which he famously banks while paying the bills with coin earned from stand-up appearances. Despite this staggering offer of charity, the rest of this week’s Leno coverage has been gleefully focused on disparaging Leno slams made by Jimmy Kimmel and Howard Stern.

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Disney-Loving Frenchman Looks to Reinvigorate KCET

LA Times TV reporter Scott Collins shared an intriguing look over the weekend at Dominique Bigle, the 60-year-old Gallic media investor who is hoping to fill the PBS void at KCET. The newly independent outlet definitely needs him; according to figures quoted by Collins, the station averaged just 10,000 viewers last month at any given time of the day, a 52% drop from the same period a year ago. (Prime time ratings were down 41%.)

The intriguing genealogy here is that Disney courses through Bigle’s veins. His father, journalist Armand Bigle, switched after World War II to a career overseeing the company’s European expansion, and son later followed suit, after initially studying law:

Bigle joined Disney in 1973. At first he was helping the company find and develop European musical acts, but he branched out into TV and home video, including the launch of Le Disney Channel across Europe. Meanwhile, he said, he cultivated ties with the company’s executives back in Burbank, including then-Chief Executive Michael Eisner

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LA Times Warns Readers About Bestiality-Related Cancer

We’re gonna to go ahead and agree with LA Times reporter Scott Collins on this one. He’s referring to a piece in his paper called, “Sex with animals may be tied to risk of penile cancer, study shows.” Now, we’re not certain. This is LA after all. But we’re pretty sure Times readers don’t need a headline warning them of the health risks of beastiality.

Meanwhile, the piece itself contains some of the most revolting, yet strangely fascinating statistics we’ve ever seen. For instance we learn that 38% percent of men in the study had monogamous relationships with their animal partner of choice. We also learn that, as animal lovers go, “mares were the most common, followed by donkeys, mules, goats, chickens, calves, cows, dogs, sheep and pigs.”

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KTLA’s Sam Rubin Jumps Into the Shark Tank

The parent company of The Hollywood Reporter is putting on a big convention this weekend in downtown LA called Reality Rocks. For $35.00 a day, attendees can schmooze with a portion of the execs, casting directors, personalities, and other industry figures that keep a great many of this town’s production facilities humming.

There are also a number of celebrity panels. The one that caught FishbowlLA’s eye is a live version of ABC’s Friday night show Shark Tank, scheduled for 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday and moderated by man-about-town Sam Rubin. Here’s the condensed blurb:

Rubin, FUBU CEO-founder Daymond John and HDNet-Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will challenge Reality Rocks attendees to “pitch” their business idea live, in 140 characters or less.

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Why Was Lara Logan’s Photo Altered On Anderson Cooper 360?

The LA TimesScott Collins noticed something odd about last night’s broadcast of Anderson Cooper 360. Namely, that the show inexplicably decided to blur the faces of Egyptian men surrounding Lara Logan, in a photo shot moments before she was sexually assaulted.

The photo was provided by CBS and made widely available to news organizations via the Associated Press. Many outlets used it to illustrate stories about Logan.

CNN, however, chose to blur the faces of the men in the background. The reason for the choice is unclear. It is possible that CNN worried about legal liability – despite the fact that the image was taken in a public place during a thronged demonstration of pressing international interest and had been distributed through a wire service. By partly obscuring the image, CNN tampered with the journalistic record without explanation, leaving it to viewers to guess whether the network intended to protect or incriminate the figures in the background.

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Rainbow Media Makes Changes to Sales Division

Cablevision’s Rainbow Media is switching staffers in its Ad Sales Unit. Bill Rosolie will oversee all digital business. Rosolie, who previously served as AMC’s senior vp of advertising sales, has been named executive vp, ad sales for Rainbow National Services.

The newly created position incorporates oversight of all digital ad sales efforts for Rainbow’s five national networks––AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and Wedding Central.

Mediaweek reports since Rosolie took over in 2006, AMC has increased its ad sales revenue 71 percent.

As Rosolie heads to the digital side, Scott Collins adds AMC to his cable network portfolio. Prior to joining Rainbow in 2008, Collins served as vp of advertising sales for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment.

Rosolie and Collins, based in New York, will report to Arlene Manos, president, national ad sales, Rainbow Media.

LAT In 90 Seconds

42689568.jpgRFLO–Oh Shit: As suspected, Metrolink engineer Robert M. Sanchez sent a text message from his cellphone 22 seconds before he collided with an oncoming freight train in last month’s accident. We’re guessing this might just bolster the argument of lawmakers and activists who are trying to make texting while driving illegal in the rest of the country.

chaplin460.jpgMoving Pictures: Dawn C. Chmielewski reports five Hollywood studios pledged to defray the costs of a $1-billion plan to convert old-fashioned 35-mm film projectors to more modern technology in thousands of theaters throughout North America. So the studios will help make the movies look better. No word on whether they’ll pour the necessary capital into making them actually be better.

42692852.jpgDay Traders: Scott Collins dissects and analyzes how TV news reporters covered and explained the financial crises. Spoiler Alert: They kinda sucked.

LAT In 90 Seconds

madmenchic.jpgMad Men, Getting Madder: Scott Collins adds to the uproar by TV critics and boob tube junkies who continuously berate us for not watching Mad Men. They all say we’re missing something… but riddle us this, Collins: If the show is so great, why isn’t it on HBO?

41090075-18095323.jpgBritney Gives It Up: The 1 1/2-year court battle is over and Kevin Federline gets sole custody of the kids, with Britney Spears allowed visitation rights and one sleepover a week. The decision puts an end to the nasty court case … but not to our profound feelings of pity for the woman.

_44839567_idol_ap.jpgAmerica’s Next Top Video Blogger? We’ve stated it here before: We don’t watch American Idol, but we religiously read Rabbi Richard Rushfield‘s sermons about AI, so we’re happy to report that the good rabbi has added some video to his blogs. The clips are short (and some feature a little too much footage of feet), but if you’re into AI, this will enhance the experience. If you’re not into AI, just read the text. It’s as riveting as ever.

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