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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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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

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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Also, find out who’s hiring on the Mediabistro job board.

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.

LA Weekly Does a 2011 Retrospective… In Legos

Sometimes the traditional journalistic methods of reporting and photojournalism aren’t the right tools for the job. That’s where Legos come in.

Below, Lt. Pike pepper-spraying peaceful Occupy protestors at UC Davis.

Other local highlights of the Lego retrospective include Carmageddon, the death of Steve Jobs, and the Conrad Murray trial.

View the full slideshow on the LA Weekly website. All photos by L.J. Williamson.

I Want Media’s 2011 Media Person of The Year: Steve Jobs

Ugh. Of course I Want Media’s 2011 Media Person of The Year is Steve Jobs. We thought Jill Abramson was going to pull it out. Seems to us that being the first woman in charge of the best newspaper in the world is more important than making expensive toys, but few of you agreed with us.

According to the voting Jobs blew away the competition, grabbing 42 percent of the vote. The runner-up was Rupert Murdoch, with 18 percent of the votes. Does that mean some people hate-voted? Maybe. Does that mean News Corp. hacked the voting system just enough to make Murdoch look good, but not enough for anyone to question the results? We would never say that.

Check out the rest of the finalists here.

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