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Posts Tagged ‘The Hollywood Reporter’

Bravo’s Andy Cohen Eyes Madonna, Michelle Obama

As Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live celebrates five years, the numbers are better than ever.

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Per a Q&A with show star Andy Cohen by Hollywood Reporter TV editor Lacey Rose, the program this year is up five percent compared to the same period last year with a weekly viewership of 997,000.

When asked who is at the top of his guest wish-list, Cohen came up with four immediate answers:

“I love music people. I’d love Beyonce or Justin Timberlake. I’d still love Madonna, and I think that’ll happen.”

“The best guests for me are people who I’m actually a big fan of and very invested in. And we’re working on the first lady, too. She and I spoke about it, and she said, “I think that’s a thing we could do later in Barack’s second term.” I loved that answer because what that said to me is, when she comes, she’s going to go for it.”

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Thelma and Louise Take a Selfie

You just know that if Thelma & Louise were hitting the road today, they would at some point take a selfie. Recently, co-stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis did the next best thing, and an image to that effect adorns the cover of this week’s The Hollywood Reporter‘s compilation of Tinseltown’s 100 Favorite Films.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire Phone | Carney’s Final Briefing

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Amazon Launches Smartphone (GalleyCat)
Amazon has gotten into the smartphone business with the launch of the Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone. NYT Though the device is called the Fire phone, Amazon’s new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer’s intelligent warehouses. And it’s not cheap. The Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Although it also comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon’s Prime membership, the Fire phone is essentially the same price as high-end phones made by Apple and Samsung. For Amazon, a company whose previous devices have had innovative pricing plans that often involved selling devices at cost, the Fire phone’s uninspired price tag is a surprising disappointment. The Washington Post / The Switch The phone lets you scan products in stores, so that you can buy things directly from Amazon, using a new service called “Firefly.” Users can even use the phone to “listen” to songs or videos, and link users to places to buy them. It can also recognize art, and scan text such as phone numbers and then immediately place a call. The Verge There’s one big difference here: the Fire phone’s interface changes based on how you’re looking at it and how you orient the device. Amazon calls the feature “Dynamic Perspective,” which basically means that some apps on the phone will have a three-dimensional depth to them, and tilting the phone will let you peer around edges, just as you can with real objects. Mashable The history of 3D-type screens in mobile suggests consumers aren’t interested in the feature. The two most notable devices, the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, both flopped. The only real 3D success in mobile so far has been the Nintendo 3DS, which is explicitly a game console.

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Guggenheim Promotes Lynne Segall

LynneSegallPicFrom senior vice president and publisher at The Hollywood Reporter, to executive vice president and group publisher for both THR and Billboard. That’s the latest career progression for the talented Lynne Segall.

From today’s Guggenheim Media announcement:

“Lynne has been at the heart of The Hollywood Reporter’s success, turning brand potential into a churn of growth and constantly raising the bar with a string of truly spectacular achievements,” said Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president John Amato. “Stepping into this new role at Billboard, Lynne will be playing an essential role in Billboard’s next chapter while she continues to drive growth at The Hollywood Reporter.”

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for the Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Journos React to Shocking Jill Abramson Announcement

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2) Alison Brower Rejoins The Hollywood Reporter

3) People StyleWatch Promotes, Vanity Fair Adds Online Editor

4) Deconstructing Jill Abramson’s Sudden Departure

5) Major Moves at AP, Money Magazine and Business Insider

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Alison Brower Rejoins The Hollywood Reporter

When Hearst Magazines stated earlier today that exiting EIC Alison Brower was departing for California, they left out one crucial detail. She is headed there so she can work once again for The Hollywood Reporter.

AlisonBrowerTHRPicFrom today’s Janice Min memo:

Dear Staff:

I am thrilled to announce the return of the wonderful Alison Brower to The Hollywood Reporter as deputy editorial director. Alison comes back to us from Hearst, where she served as editor-in-chief of Dr. Oz’s enormously successful lifestyle publication, Dr. Oz The Good Life. The first issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life sold out on newsstands and had to go back to press for reprint. Today, thanks to Alison’s impressive work, the magazine was announced as an official launch.

Prior to her work with Dr. Oz, Alison was special projects editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where she managed and edited feature packages, including the Cannes issue (one of our ASME-nominated issues of 2013) and Comedy issue. Alison also conceived and developed related web and video content for THR. Prior to her tenure at THR, Alison was the interim editor-in-chief of Seventeen.

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Hugo Lindgren Strides Up the Hollywood Food Chain

HugoLindgrenTwitterThe following east-to-west-to-east-coast professional hopscotch is going to be very hard to beat in 2014. Even though there are still eight months of calendar hopscotching left.

As we reported, Hugo Lindgren‘s stint as acting editor of The Hollywood Reporter was always designed to end in late April. What was not so expected was for the former New York Times Magazine editor to move on so quickly and spectacularly once his THR three-month stint was completed. From the brief item by Lindgren’s former colleagues Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit:

Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning writer and producer behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, has secured funding from Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures for his Page One movie and television production banner.

At the same time, Boal has tapped Lindgren to run the shingle, acting as company president. Lindgren will be based in New York.

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Mark Miller Resigns from The Hollywood Reporter

MarkMillerTwitterProfilePicA year and a half after joining the surging Hollywood concern as deputy editorial director, former Newsweek-Daily Beast staffer Mark Miller has decided it’s time to move on. At press time, it’s unclear whether Miller is transitioning to another job or taking a break.

Here’s the memo sent out today by Janice Min:

Dear Staff -

I know Mark announced his resignation in the edit meeting this morning, but with so many of us traveling today, I wanted to drop a quick note to make sure everyone on staff was aware.

In the coming days and weeks, [executive managing editor] Sudie [Redmond] and I will work to ensure all his duties and responsibilities are well-covered and cared for.

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THR’s Scott Feinberg Joins the EGOT Ranks

ScottFeinbergTwitterProfilePicWhen it comes to the Emmys, Golden Globes Grammys, Oscars and Tonys, the rarest feat of all is what’s known as an EGOT, e.g. winning all four prizes. Earlier this year, 39-year-old songwriter Robert Lopez became the youngest member of this club with a Best Original Song Oscar win for “Let It Go” together with his wife Kristina Anderson-Lopez. Other EGOT champs include Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch and Mel Brooks.

Joining them in spirit this week is Hollywood Reporter awards analyst Scott Feinberg. Ahead of this morning’s Tony awards nominations announcement, Feinberg tweeted that he is relocating to New York through early June to chronicle the theater kudos. From Feinberg’s inaugural 2014 Tonys beat column:

I recognize that the Tonys are a very different beast than the Oscars and the Emmys. Few people ever see all – or even most – of the contenders due to geography, cost and timing. The ceremony is not preceded by months of festivals and award shows that offer hints about how things will pan out. And the nominees and winners are not determined by thousands of voters, but rather very few.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC News, CPI Spar | FNC to Debut Daytime Ensemble | Discovery Drops U.K. Bid

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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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