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Stacey Farish Ankles TheWrap… for PMC!?

This one is definitely a shocker. Stacey Farish, publisher of TheWrap, has jumped to Variety/Deadline owner PMC.

From this afternoon’s brief Deadline announcement:

Effective immediately, she leaves and becomes publisher of Deadline’s print magazine Awardsline as well as vice president of PMC Entertainment. She will be working with Nic Paul, the senior vice president of PMC Entertainment ad sales…

“Hiring Stacey demonstrates PMC’s commitment to the rapid growth of Deadline as one of the most dynamic companies to watch in the digital media arena,” said PMC founder and CEO Jay Penske.

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TheWrap Hires Joseph Kapsch as Deputy Managing Editor

We just wrapped up (pun intended) a brief conference call with Sharon Waxman and Joseph Kapsch. They were kind enough to ring FishbowlLA this morning to let us know that Kapsch, formerly with Celebuzz, The Hollywood Reporter and the LA Times, will be relocating back to the west coast to start as deputy managing editor of TheWrap on March 25.

“I just think that when it comes to the entertainment industry, you have to go where the opportunities are,” Kapsch said. “And this was a really great opportunity for me.” Added Waxman: “I’ve been a fan of Kapsch for a long time and admired what he’s accomplished at other sites.”

Kapsch will be tasked with growing the breadth, depth and audience for content created by the TheWrap’s roster of staff reporters. The site also has a network of several hundred unpaid bloggers, but that side of things will remain the purview of managing editor Lew Harris.

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Penske Puts a Woman in Charge at Variety

This is pretty sweet. After 15 years with Variety, Michelle Sobrino-Stearns can add a new title to go along with sales director, managing director of features, vice president and associate publisher: the trade publication’s first-ever female publisher.

“I’m very excited and sincerely grateful to Jay for this opportunity,” Sobrino-Stearns said. “When he addressed the staff at his first town-hall meeting, he won everyone over and got them excited about the future of Variety. He has terrific plans to take our business to the next level and beyond.”

The promotion was announced today at Penske’s second town-hall, during which he promised more changes are in store. The PMC scion also couldn’t resist taking a shot at Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min, contrasting her initial remarks in the New York Times to the idea of appointing someone at Variety from within.

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Bylines

Since launch in 2009, TheWrap has proven to be a fertile training ground for entertainment journalists. Among the earliest examples of reporters who worked under Sharon Waxman before moving on to other outlets are Amy Kaufman (now with the LA Times), Josef Adalian (Vulture), Hunter Walker (New York Observer), Josh Dickey (Variety), Jeff Sneider (Variety) and Dominic Patten (Deadline).

Still, with the recent departure of Jason Scoggins, Cindy Kaplan and Joshua L. Weinstein for Film Funds LLC, the following photo now stands as a rather graphic representation of the kind of turnover Waxman (and others in the space like The Hollywood Reporter and the LA Times) must sometimes deal with. Of the ten people flanking Waxman in this April 1, 2011 birthday celebration snapshot obtained by FishbowlLA, only one person remains employed with the start-up company today.

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Fishing Out an Old Stacey Farish Clip

FishbowlLA is hearing rumors that TheWrap may soon be in a position to make a big hire announcement at the executive editor level.* Which led us this morning to dig around the higher echelons of Sharon Waxman‘s operation.

In short order, we came across this August 2011 clip from the Bravo reality show Flipping Out. The client at the center of the stage-managed confrontation is none other than Stacey Farish, the then-LA Times exec who was appointed publisher of TheWrap in November. Make sure you watch the two-and-a-half-minute Studio City sit-down through to the end:

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Stacey Farish Named Publisher of TheWrap.com

Los Angeles Times executive Stacey Farish was named the publisher of TheWrap.com, the entertainment news site founded by Sharon Waxman.

Farish, who joins the website on Jan. 1, was the vice president of media and live entertainment for the LAT.

“It’s been thrilling to watch the growth of TheWrap from its start to the position it occupies today, driving the news agenda with breaking news and analysis. I am incredibly excited to join this organization and help drive the next phase of growth,” Farish said in a statement.

After the jump is the entire release announcing the hire of Farnish:

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