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TheWrap Wins for Lede of the Day

Any writer/blogger/ranter can tell you that a good lede or opening line to your story is always tough to come up with.

That’s why I had to take the time to shout out TheWrap’s Tim Kenneally for his hilarious (and semi-insensitive) lede from Tuesday regarding Sherman Hemsley‘s delayed burial:

“The Jeffersons” star Sherman Hemsley won’t be moving on down, into the ground until at least November, it appears.

Kudos, Tim, though I’m sure he received his share of complaints from people who can’t find the humor in this sort of thing.

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Dylan Stableford Joins Yahoo!’s The Cutline

FishbowlNY alum Dylan Stableford is leaving his position at The Wrap to join Yahoo!’s media blog The Cutline. Stableford will be a Senior Media Reporter, and report to Chris Lehmann, the Managing Editor of Yahoo!’s news blogs.

Stableford’s first day will be May 23rd.

Thomson Reuters Launches Domestic News Service ‘Reuters America‘–Tribune Company First Client

In an attempt to take on the AP and CNN, Thomson Reuters has announced the creation of a new U.S. domestic news service its calling Reuters America. The service will provide text, photos, videos from Reuters journos, as well as sports and entertainment coverage from a series of partner organizations– including The Wrap, SportsDirect, the Sports Xchange, US Presswire, SB Nation and Examiner.com.

Tribune Company has signed on as the startup’s first client. Which means we may be seeing stories from The Wrap in the L.A. Times in the not too distant future. It’s been reported that as a result of the deal, Tribune Co. will slash its $9 million annual AP budget in half.

Nielsen Pubs Sold?

mediaweek cover.jpgSharon Waxman reports on The Wrap that Nielsen is set to sell a number of its magazines, including Mediaweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek and Brandweek.

The reported buyer of this slew of trade pubs is James Finkelstein‘s News Communications Inc., which owns the Who’s Who books and Washington, D.C. pub The Hill.

As all media companies have struggled recently, it’s been a particularly difficult year for business-to-business trade publishers, with many, including Nielsen, folding publications and some even filing for bankruptcy. And as Waxman reports about Nielsen’s pubs:

“Individuals knowledgeable about the state of the trades said that all of Nielsen’s entertainment titles were suffering. ‘Billboard is doing so-so, Adweek is not doing well at all, and THR is not great,’ said this former senior Nielsen executive. ‘The B-to-B market has just collapsed.’”

But will this sale mark the end of these publications lives? Or will it give them a hope at survival?

Hollywood Reporter Set to be Sold to ‘Who’s Who’s’ Finkelstein –The Wrap

Related: Nielsen Folds Radio & Records

Comcast Purchase Of NBCU Stake A Done Deal?

nbcu.jpgThe Wrap‘s Sharon Waxman, who first reported that a deal between cable provider Comcast and GE-owned NBC Universal “had already been completed,” said yesterday that an agreement is “done in principle.”

Reports Waxman:

“What I am hearing from inside and around the deal is that indeed the Comcast deal to buy 51 percent of NBC-Universal is done in principle, but it will be several more weeks before anything official is announced.

‘They’ve all agreed to agree,’ is how one executive with knowledge of the deal put it.”

After Waxman’s first story broke earlier this month, NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker sent an email to staffers that didn’t dispute the possibility of a deal — although it didn’t address any specifics. “It is an exciting time, and these are exciting possibilities,” he said. Read into that what you will.

Now, there a few reports that News Corp. and Liberty Media are also looking into picking up a piece of NBCU. Waxman shoots those rumors down, “Nobody I know believes the latest round of sniffing around the edges of NBC-Universal by NewsCorp or Liberty Media.”

If Waxman is right, we might be hearing an announcement about a completed deal soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Comcast & NBC-U: ‘They’ve All Agreed to Agree’ –The Wrap

Earlier: Will Comcast Buy NBC Universal From GE?

Will Comcast Buy NBC Universal From GE?

nbcu.jpgRumors, theories and conjectures have been swirling since The Wrap reported yesterday that a deal between cable provider Comcast and GE-owned NBC Universal “had already been completed at a purchase price of $35 billion.”

But reps from Comcast later told Bloomberg, “the report that Comcast has a deal to purchase NBC Universal is inaccurate.”

However, that same report revaled that “negotiations for Comcast to buy about 50 percent of NBC Universal have been under way for at least two months.” Such a deal would depend on whether French company Vivendi SA decides to sell its 20 percent stake in NBCU.

After the jump, what some people around the industry are saying about the possible deal.

Update: Our sister blog TVNewser has an email from NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker to employees. Of the future of Vivendi’s stake, Zucker said, “They have not yet made us aware of any final decisions about their future with us; should they choose to exit, there are a number of possible things that could happen.”

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Bill Hoffman Leaves Page Six

P6 masthead.pngAfter reporting on the newest hire at New York Post gossip column Page Six last week, The Wrap and Gawker noticed yesterday that longtime contributor Bill Hoffman has been taken off the column’s masthead (at left).

Hoffman joined Page Six in June 2006 from the Post‘s city desk, filling the spot vacated by Jared Paul Stern after Stern became involved in a scandal with billionaire Ron Burkle.

At the time, Stern told FishbowlNY: “Bill’s a nice guy. And he’s been writing about stupid celebrities and sparring with publicists for years.”

As for why Hoffman decided to leave his post after more than three years, one insider told Gawker, “Hoffman, who’s in his 50s, may have just outgrown caring about the celebrity detritus that made up his beat on P6.”

Last week news broke that Life & Style Weekly editor Emily Smith had been tapped to replace Paula Froelich as Page Six’s deputy editor.

Earlier: Emily Smith Leaves Life & Style For Page Six

Emily Smith Leaves Life & Style For Page Six

esmith.pngBoth Gawker and Dylan Stableford at The Wrap have reported that Richard Johnson has named a replacement for recently departed Page Six deputy editor Paula Froelich.

According to the reports, Smith formerly worked as TV editor and U.S. editor for U.K. newspaper The Sun before joining celeb tabloid Life & Style Weekly as East Coast News Director a few months ago.

Smith told Gawker the Page Six gig is her “dream job.”

Good luck, Emily. Drop us a line sometime.

Gawker: Page Six Finds Its New Gossip Foot Soldier

The Wrap: Page Six Names New No. 2

Should the NYT Shutter the Style Section to Save Costs?

NYTsmall.gifLA Observed is reporting that the already beleaguered L.A. Times, amidst rumors of further layoffs, has decided to fold its local section into the front section, “which will be reconfigured to downplay national and foreign news — despite…unanimous and vocal objections of senior editors.”

Eliminating stand-alone local coverage was a decision, you may recall, that the New York Times made last October and considering this week’s dire news on the Times front one wonders what section may next be considered extraneous. The Style Section? Sunday Times devotees everywhere may shudder at the thought but Jack Shafer tells the (newly launched) The Wrap why not?

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