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Daily Newspaper Vet Gives Print Delivery the Boot

MaxBootTwitterProfilePicOver the years, Max Boot (pictured) has worked as an editorial writer and op-ed editor for the Wall Street Journal, assistant national editor at the Christian Science Monitor and as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. During his high school days in Reseda, California, he was the editor of both the official Cleveland High School newspaper and a second underground publication there.

As Boot writes today in Commentary, he never thought he’d see the day when no newspapers would be delivered to his doorstep. But after downscaling to weekend delivery, he has today officially made the switch to digital subscriptions only:

So what happened? In a word, the iPad. Blame or credit Steve Jobs: I have found that it’s simply easier to read newspapers on my iPad, rather than slogging downstairs to pick up the print copy – if it’s there.

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So What Do You Do, Todd Thicke, EP of America’s Funniest Home Videos?

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R&B crooner Robin Thicke may still be nursing his wounds following his divorce from actress Paula Patton, but not everyone in the family is having down days. Uncle Todd Thicke, who happens to be the executive producer of ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos, is riding high on his career success in the wake of the long-standing ratings juggernaut’s 25th season premiere on Oct. 12.

Since its debut in 1989, AFV has focused on wholesome, family-friendly programming that made viewers want to grab a friend and share the laugh-out-loud funny clips long before they ever knew what “viral” meant. It’s a perfect fit for the married father of two who maintains a happy home life even while admitting to a “relentless” work ethic. But while Thicke, whose famous family includes brother Alan Thicke, may not have all the answers on work-life balance (“You’re asking me a question the Dalai Lama is struggling with!”), he does have plenty of advice to help young professionals break into TV writing and blow past the competition.

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Former Observer Features Editor Has Big Plans for Pasadena Magazine

Maria Russo (pictured), who worked at the New York Observer under Peter Kaplan from 2002 to 2004 before moving west for a four-year stint with the LA Times Calendar section, has been at the helm of bi-monthly city magazine Pasadena since late March. Today, as part of a very ambitious new vision for the publication, she officially launched the revamped website pasadenarose.com.

“They loved my idea of broadening the magazine geographically and going for longer-form stories,” editor-in-chief Russo tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Pasadena has the second highest concentration of non-profits in the country after D.C. There’s also this incredible science/tech scene with Cal Tech, JPL and so on, that offers all sorts of rich opportunities for coverage.”

And it’s not just about Pasadena anymore. Since the publication was launched in 2007 with backing from Mark Hulme, owner of a Texas magazine empire and currently also a producer on the Ashton Kutcher-Steve Jobs biopic, the area has fully morphed into Greater LA’s equivalent of Brooklyn. The strand between Silver Lake and Pasadena, where Russo works with two other full-time staff and an intern, has exploded with Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale migration and artistic activity.

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Warner Bros. Looking for a Few Good Startups

Turner Broadcasting inaugurated its Media Camp accelerator program in San Francisco last year with six startups making the cut.

This spring, they’re expanding the program to LA and have now opened up the application process. Members of the four to six companies selected will spend 12 weeks mentoring with Warner Bros. staff and receive $20,000 per firm to help develop a studio-friendly idea.

The Business Insider wins the prize for best day-of-announcement (February 13) coverage. Reporter Kirsten Acuna spoke to a couple of different studio folks:

“It gives a pretty transparent view of the media and entertainment business for a lot of these startups,” says Darcy Antonellis, president and chief technology officer for Warner Bros. Technical Operations. “They can benefit from a deeper understanding of the commercial aspect of portions of our business that can help to inform what they’re building.”

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Bonnie Fuller Marvels at the Breaking of the ‘Bathtub Barrier’

When she was editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour, Bonnie Fuller counted on her rock-solid reach into a critical corner of the 18-to-34 female household: the bathroom.

But in an op ed for Ad Age, the editor of hollywoodlife.com argues that the so-called “bathtub barrier” – the fondness of women to luxuriate in a fully drawn bath with the latest issue of their favorite women’s magazine(s) – has been irretrievably breached. Thanks largely to the ingenuity of Apple and the late Steve Jobs:

The iPad broke the Bathtub Barrier when it was born on April 3, 2010. At last, a portable, lightweight digital device that allowed women to replicate the magazine experience, while they soaked (carefully).

Now, I predict the iPad Mini will hyper-accelerate the watershed moment we’re in. At 7.8 by 5.3 inches and weighing 0.69 pounds, the iPad Mini is a bathtub no-brainer. It also fits into almost every purse a young woman may carry, which means it will go everywhere with its readers, who can access news, info and shopping at their fingertips.

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Aaron Sorkin: Steve Jobs Biopic Will Consist of ‘Three Scenes’

During today’s portion of the Newsweek/Daily Beast Hero Summit in Washington D.C., Aaron Sorkin provided a tantalizing preview of the script structure he is relying on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography.

Per a report by the publication’s TV critic Jace Lacob, here’s what Sorkin told Tina Brown:

“I hope I don’t get killed by the studio for giving too much away,” Sorkin said, “but this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time.”

Each of the three scenes will run 30 minutes in length and Sorkin said they will be “all set right before three major product launches.”

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ASME Announces 2011 ‘Best Cover’ Winners

People magazine won “Best Celebrity & Entertainment Cover” for its royal wedding issue in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ annual Cover of the Year competition. People was also a finalist in the same category for its tribute to Liz Taylor after her passing last year.

New York won the big “Best Cover” award for its shot of an elderly pregnant woman posing naked a la Demi Moore.

Full list of Steve Jobs-themed winners and cover shots here.

Elevator Pitch: Storyville Wants to Do for Short Stories What iTunes Did for Music

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler meets with Storyville co-founder Paul Vidich. Storyville is a mobile app for short stories that connects readers and authors. A former music executive, Vidich helped Steve Jobs bring music singles to iTunes. He hopes Storyville will do for the short story what iTunes did for the single.

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Shira Lazar Blanks Kevin Pollak in Vegas

In a battle involving two of LA’s highest profile online gabfests, Shira Lazar took it to actor Kevin Pollak last night in Las Vegas at the first annual IAWTV Awards. The ceremony is a successor to the Streamy Awards and was indeed live streamed, in conjunction with this week’s CES convention, from The Venetian Hotel.

Lazar (pictured) trumped Pollak in the Best Hosted Live Web Series and Best Host (Live) categories, while her show’s director Brett Register took it away from Pollak’s floor man Mike Rotman in the Best Directing (Non-Fiction) bracket. Ouch.

On the other hand, Lazar was probably much more in need of a pick-me-up at this event than Pollak. As some of you may recall, her show stumbled into a huge controversy last September when one of her program’s staff tweeted out a premature announcement of the death of Steve Jobs, via the official account for What’s Trending with Shira Lazar. Within hours, CBS News severed its affiliation with the show.

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Wall Street Journal Readers Are Apple Fanatics

If you read the Wall Street Journal online, there’s a very good chance that you’re looking at this via an iPad, Mac or something that Apple makes. We’re taking that leap of faith because according to the Journal, eight out of ten of its most-viewed corporate stories this year were related to Apple in some way.

The number one most-viewed story on the Journal’s site this year was its Steve Jobs obituary. Other Apple-centric pieces included Sprint and Verizon finally getting the iPhone, news about the iPad, the underwhelming debut of the iPhone 4S and Jobs quitting as CEO.

The only non-Apple stories were about Borders closing all of its stores and Paul Allen attacking Bill Gates. Do better next year Apple fans. Jobs wouldn’t be happy with anything less than complete domination.

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