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Stacey Farish Named Publisher of TheWrap.com

Los Angeles Times executive Stacey Farish was named the publisher of TheWrap.com, the entertainment news site founded by Sharon Waxman.

Farish, who joins the website on Jan. 1, was the vice president of media and live entertainment for the LAT.

“It’s been thrilling to watch the growth of TheWrap from its start to the position it occupies today, driving the news agenda with breaking news and analysis. I am incredibly excited to join this organization and help drive the next phase of growth,” Farish said in a statement.

After the jump is the entire release announcing the hire of Farnish:

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The End Of The Late Wars — Conan Exits Tomorrow Evening

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It’s been a long, strange journey into the (late) night, but the moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: Conan O’Brien is exiting The Tonight Show, and hastily. Saturday morning at 12:35 am (yes, this Saturday), Conan will bid adieu to NBC and head out for greener pastures…albeit $40 million richer to ease the burden of the inglorious exit (as well as allowing the network to sweep this controversy under the rug as quickly as possible).

The news was first broken by TheWrap.com‘s Josef Adalian early this morning, which has been confirmed by Conan’s manager, Gavin Polone. Polone told TheWrap, “In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket…Now he just wants to get back on the air as quickly as possible.”

Is this a hint at Conan’s rumored talks with Fox network? And we’re still waiting to hear from Jay’s team or NBC’s Jeff Zucker on an official statement. Stay tuned as more coverage develops.

Read More: Exclusive: Conan, NBC Officially Splitsville — The Wrap, FINAL EXIT: Conan and NBC Reach A Deal — MediaIte

Previously: Conan v. Leno: The End of The Week

NYTimes.com Pay Wall: Media CEOs, Editors And Bloggers Weigh In

nytimescom.jpgWith The New York Times‘s pay wall a year away and its details vague, there are many questions still left to be answered. What will this metered system really look like? What will it actually cost? Will it send bloggers to link to other news sources and deter readers and advertisers? Although they don’t have all the answers, media insiders have their opinions, so we went to them for feedback on the Timesannouncement today. Read their thoughts below.

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post:

“This announcement is about a change of policy that is a year away — which is a lifetime in Internet years. The Huffington Post remains committed to the linked economy, and to building a sustainable business that gives our bloggers, editors, and reporters the widest possible audience for their work.”

Caroline Little, CEO North America of Guardian News & Media:

“If the Times begins to charge consumers for their content, I am sure they will do it in a way to maximize traffic from Google and the like. No doubt they will lose some of their readers, but they are most likely to be focusing on keeping their loyal readers, not the ones who come in and out of the site who don’t even know they are on the site. One word of caution: charging for content seems to be the new answer for a weakened industry but it’s not the silver bullet. It is going to take new revenue streams, continued reduction in costs and a strong ad market.”

Alan Meckler, CEO of WebMediaBrands:

“This is not a huge game changer. One can still see big parts of the Times for free. If you are a print subscriber you have total access. NYT will get extra revenues online without greatly hurting its online readership. I have to presume that should the 2011 test work well that the NYT might go further in 2012 by increasing charges and paid online use.”

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David Carr Gives Us Reasons To Be Thankful

1260802225473_golf-digest-290.jpgWith a blizzard keeping us from joining our families this weekend, and this year’s almost-total dissolution of media jobs and funds, is there anything we can sit down and be grateful for once we finally gather around the hearth this holiday?

The New York Times‘ resident media guru David Carr seems to think so. Not only did online news orgs come into their own this year — with Twitter becoming a powerful, if flawed, tool for politics and journalism; Gawker hiring real journos for full-time jobs with benefits; and TheWrap.com breaking the biggest media merger story of the year with the Comcast-NBC deal — but, as the columnist wrote, “…black moved a lot of units this year. Just try to imagine this past year in media without President Obama, Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods.”

Sure, maybe the last example isn’t the most positive example of an African American in the national spotlight, but Carr’s point is that 2009 may have been the first year the MSM has focused its eye on more than the goings-on of rich, white men. Small steps, but as the end of this year approaches, we’ll take what we can get.

Read More: After a Year of Ruin, Some HopeNew York Times

Previously: Gawker Offers Writers Full-Time Employment, It’s Official: Comcast Acquires NBCU Stake

Playboy Strikes Deal With AMI

9d2d2009d7d44d03dAM5 playboy magazine April  2009.jpgTwo weeks ago, news leaked that Playboy Enterprises was in talks to sell their holdings to London Fog owner Iconix Brand Group Inc. Hugh Hefner‘s publishing empire’s stock has fallen drastically in the last five years, and the recent economic downturn dealt a major blow to the magazine industry, and drew speculation that Playboy was no longer a sustainable enterprise. (In September alone, Playboy‘s ad pages fell 35 percent.) Turns out, the rumors were only half right.

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Stableford Finds Work After Folio

media alley.pngHere’s some proof that there is work out there for talented journos: just a few weeks after being let go from Folio former FishbowlNY-er Dylan Stableford has started covering New York media for TheWrap.com.

His first three posts are all Walter Cronkite-related, and we’re happy to read Stableford’s take on the many tributes to the broadcasting legend, as well as his memories of meeting the man himself.

Looking forward for more to come.