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Posts Tagged ‘Sharon Waxman’

Daniel Frankel Will Now Get Paid to Promote Other People’s Content

In her piece about journalist Daniel Frankel’s decision to jump over to the PR side, Anne Thompson suggests that exodus has been increasing lately. We’re not so sure.

Fact is, PR has always been an attractive, cushier, higher-paid alternative to daily news reporting. In Frankel’s case, after he was recently let go from PaidContent. From Thompson’s write-up:

He worked on various beats at Variety from 2001 until he was laid off (along with me and many others) during the recession of 2009. Sharon Waxman brought him in as news editor and senior writer for TheWrap, where he endured until the end of 2011, leaving to become west coast senior editor for PaidContent, where he covered the entertainment media/tech beat. It seemed a perfect fit–until PaidContent was taken over by GigaOM, which had its own set of writers.

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Geoff Boucher Lands at Entertainment Weekly

Score one for TheWrap media-film reporter Alexander C. Kaufman. On Wednesday, he tipped that Hero Complex honcho Geoff Boucher would be joining Entertainment Weekly. Today, that news has been officially confirmed.

From this morning’s announcement:

Based in LA, Boucher will be joining EW’s Movies team on October 1st as a senior writer and will add his singular voice to EW’s print and digital platforms.

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Award-Winning TheWrap Blogger Tastelessly Lowers the Bar

Nestled deep within TheWrap’s Hollyblogs network, Richard Stellar has made quite a name for himself. Earlier this spring, he claimed a pair of Southern California Journalism Awards from the LA Press Club for Best Weblog, Individual (tied with The Jewish Journal’s Danielle Berrin) and Best Facebook Presence by an Individual.

Which makes Sunday’s posting by Stellar all the more surprising. In a wildly miscalculated and deeply offensive argument, he suggests that the absence of Joan Rivers’ new book from Costco’s limited literary inventory puts the company on par with Nazi Germany. Never mind that only Rivers has suggested there was active censorship involved. Or the fact that because the chain carries such a tiny fraction of published books at any time, the notion that something not being sold is discriminatory borders on ridiculous.

The reader comments to Stellar’s August 12 item say it all. Here are just a few:

Baruch Ashem: I am contacting the Jewish Defense League and other media outlets regarding this article. I am simply aghast and appalled. How dare TheWrap publish this. I am (almost) speechless.

Arrowhead: Is this a hoax? This is a hoax, right?

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Coincidence? Finke Fires Back at THR Hours After Bret Easton Ellis Exclusive

TheWrap – or, as Nikki Finke prefers to call it, TheCrap – remains number one on her list of direct-competitor enemies. A close second is The Hollywood Reporter.

This afternoon, just hours after the Reporter posted an exclusive statement from author Bret Easton Ellis about his own war with Finke, she takes dead aim at a July 20 magazine issue item by Kim Masters. Finke torpedoes the article’s claim that Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer turned down a request by Jeff Bewkes to stay on past his scheduled December 2013 departure date:

THR hangs it on “a knowledgeable source.” Time Warner explained to me, “This story is a complete fabrication. We could not lie about it. Why would we lie about this? Because it’s going to come out one way or the other. Everybody who talked to the Reporter explained that no part of this is true – but they kept writing. How ridiculous.”

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Hollywood Trades React to Marissa Mayer Yahoo Appointment

Among the quartet of Hollywood “trades,” none had been keeping a closer eye on the Yahoo! CEO sweepstakes than TheWrap. Sharon Waxman wrote several articles about this topic, working her extensive showbiz contacts. But she and media reporter Lucas Shaw today were as surprised as everyone else by the appointment to the post of Google VP Marissa Mayer:

Choosing Mayer over Levinsohn appears like another win for technology over media at one of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies… She holds a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford – a real one – as well as a bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems.

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TheWrap Reporter Gets Slapped for Tosh Final Para

There’s a healthy debate going on in the comments to Tim Kenneally’s TheWrap article about the rape jokes made by Daniel Tosh at The Laugh Factory and the comedian’s subsequent Twitter apology.

Reader GauchoGreg however also takes issue with the final sentence of Kenneally’s report – ‘Clowns with better senses of humor than he has, hopefully.’ Complains GG:

Tim Kenneally, is this an editorial or news? By good journalistic standards you should have left your thoughts out of the last line and simply reported the facts. Your insertion of your opinion of Tosh’s humor makes me question how reliable your article is or it if is slanted. We don’t need more slanted news – we need honest news (even if entertainment news like this). Think about holding those opinions to drinks in bars where your friends can respond to whether your opinion is valid or misguided.

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THR Appoints Two New Vice Presidents

The Hollywood Reporter’s Victoria Gold and Beth Deutschman have just been promoted vice president of entertainment and vice president of television & media respectively. Both will report to publisher Lynne Segall.

“With the promotion of Victoria and Beth into senior leadership roles, we will be putting even more emphasis on our core business — motion pictures and television,” Segall said in an announcement on the trade’s website, “both of which have seen significant year-over-year increases in trade and consumer ad programs for both our print and digital platforms.”

THR also announced that associate publisher Craig Hitchcock will be leaving the trade “to pursue other opportunities.”

The moves come in the wake of Sharon Waxman’s report that THR is having serious financial struggles–a claim the trade denies.

Report: TheWrap, Penske and Ron Burkle in Hunt for Variety

Ever since Daniel Frankel at PaidContent revealed that 11 entities were interested in looking at the Variety books, the race has been on among media watchers to identify authoritatively who those parties might be.

The New York Post today seems to have claimed these honors. Per a Page Six report:

Billionaire Ron Burkle is looking to further extend his influence in Hollywood by buying entertainment trade paper Variety, sources tell Page Six. Taking over Variety would continue supermarket magnate Burkle’s buying spree, which this year alone includes investments in industry hangout Soho House, BlackBook Media, Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media, concert-booking firm Artist Group International and UK agent Duncan Heath’s Independent Talent Group. He’s also an investor in numerous Harvey Weinstein films and Al Gore’s Current TV.

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Sharon Waxman Paints Ugly THR Picture; Janice Min Responds

In the wake of Richard Beckman’s exit from Prometheus Global Media and replacement by Dottie Mattison, TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman digs into the finances of the east coast firm’s main media holding, The Hollywood Reporter. According to her unnamed sources, it’s not pretty:

TheWrap spoke to two individuals with knowledge of the company who say that The Hollywood Reporter will lose $6 million in 2012. That is not hard to believe, given the thin number of ad pages that populate the magazine most of the year.

To be sure, Hollywood likes the magazine, and credit goes to editor Janice Min for making it a lively, attractive read. But with only 12,000 paying subscribers – according to several insiders – out of what they claim is a circulation of 70,000, the business model is not working.

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For Now, Larry Ellison’s Daughter Prefers Twitter Oracle

Megan Ellison, 26-year-old daughter of the third-richest man in America, has so far refused all interview requests. Nevertheless, LA Times reporters Ben Fritz and Steven Zeitchik have managed to put together a solid profile of the moneyed indie producer, beginning with these fabulous first two paragraphs:

She’s a 26-year-old former party girl with social anxiety issues, a motorcycle-riding iconoclast who dropped out of USC and attends meetings in Led Zeppelin T-shirts.

Megan Ellison is also the most powerful new producer in Hollywood, running a burgeoning movie company from her $33 million compound in the hills above the Sunset Strip — and giving a critical boost to the kinds of adult dramas the major studios have all but abandoned.

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