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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hundreds Fired at Patch | SOTU Ratings Down | WaPo Expanding

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Report: Hundreds of Patch Employees Laid Off (JimRomenesko.com)
I’m told that hundreds — two tipsters claim two-thirds of the editorial staff — have been laid off by Patch’s new owner, Hale Global. Patch senior vice president/revenue Jim Lipuma has left the company. He wrote on his blog Wednesday: “I am unemployed. Long and short of it, I chose ‘Happiness.’ Now, I won’t go into details, as I have nothing but love for my organization and the people in it. It was an amazing journey, but today it ends.” FishbowlNY In a conference call from Leigh Zarelli Lewis, Patch’s COO, the news was laid out in blunt terms. Here’s how it went, according to a transcript: “Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and (Wednesday) will be your last day of employment with the company.” NYT Later in the morning, there was a conference call for employees who were staying on. Patch had roughly 450 employees before the layoffs Wednesday. In the call, remaining employees, including journalists as well as advertising sales employees and engineers, were told that all 900 Patch sites would remain open. Gawker Patch never made money. Even after it was bought by AOL in 2009, it didn’t make money. When AOL finally realized it was never going to make money, it first shuttered a bunch of Patch sites and then decided to get rid of it entirely. NY Post The move is a black eye for AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who had co-founded the site as a side venture when he was still a Google executive and then acquired the site for AOL for a reported $7 million in 2009 shortly after he became its CEO. Poynter / MediaWire People who worked for Patch worked from home, on their own, but they had each other to reach out to, former Patch editor Anthony Leone told Poynter via phone. That network has held up through the rounds of layoffs. “We’re still helping each other out,” he said. “Most of the people there have never met face to face at all.”

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Next Media Animation Production Cycle Reduced to a Ridiculous Two and a Half Hours

Whether it’s Mayor Rob Ford or President Barack Obama, the gang at Taipei’s Next Media Animation has turned spoofing breaking and current news events into one fine, accelerated science.

From a recent report on All Things Considered:

Animation is painstaking, time-consuming work. When it first started seven years ago, the animation staff produced one story a day. But after years of trial and error, Next Media, which now employs 200 animators, perfected its pipeline to the fastest it’s ever been — going from story conception to a finished product in less than 2 1/2 hours.

NMA presently cranks out more than four dozen animations per day. Their YouTube channel registers 40-million-plus views per month.

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Ullman Readies New Showtime Series

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Is America ready for more Tracey Ullman? The comedic actress is prepping a return to the small-screen that will again showcase her diverse talents as she dresses up and creates a variety of new characters for a new series called State of the Union.

This time it’s for Showtime (rather than her former residence HBO) and FBLA ran into Ullman last week at a store opening bash in Beverly Hills. She told us all about the half-hour show that will see her onscreen as a mix of different people including Nancy Pelosi, Ariana Huffington and even David Beckham.

“I haven’t done it for a bit so I have a lot left to do,” Ullman told FBLA. “It’s me as these people and I’ll spend 45 seconds on them, visiting lots of different people from across the country; ordinary people, rich people, and people in Nebraska.”

Ullman added that she felt a creative burst to examine the state of the USofA thanks to her new citizenship. “I became an American last December – I’m still a Brit because I have dual citizenship – but it gives me a whole new freedom to comment on the country. People would say to me, ‘you don’t get it, you’re not American!’ But I am mate, I am now. I stood downtown with 15,000 people from El Salvador waving flags.”

For State of the Union, she waved her writing flag with LA author Bruce Wagner. “We are eclectic people and we love what’s going on. It’s a different era and there is an election coming up. So it’s been interesting to shoot the show, which will come out in March.”

Any funny hints about some of the new characters? “I love Bollywood movies right now so I do this one Indian pharmacy assistant who lives in Tennessee. She can dance and tell you about the side effects of drugs.”

We will definitely be tuning in.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Judith Regan | Martha Stewart | CIA | News Corp.’s Newsday Fetish

  • HarperCollins L.A. Staffers: Still sifting through Judith Regan‘s stuff months after her firing. [Rush and Molloy]
  • Martha Stewart: “I spend a lot of time nurturing creativity, thanks to the SEC.” [WWD]
  • Why New Corp.: Wants Newsday. [Forbes]
  • CIA: Recruiting via Facebook. [Wired]
  • New Deals: For Law & Order: SVU stars. [Variety]
  • Flavor Flav: Transcends satire. [NY Press]
  • State of the Union: In HD. [Gizmodo via TVNewser]