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Time Inc.’s New Chief Content Officer on Native Advertising and TMZ

NPearlstineAt the Media Minds breakfast discussion this morning, new Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine had some interesting things to say about media ethics in conversation with Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard. Jones, who pressed Pearlstine on the issues of native advertising, wondered how the exec would approach these issues at his new gig.

“[Native advertising] varies from brand to brand,” said Pearlstine. “It’s not to suggest that some magazines have a higher or lower standard, but that they’re different. If you think about the customer needs of some of our lifestyle magazines, they’re quite different from the customer needs from Time or Fortune.”

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Former FishbowlLA Editor Joins NYMag.com As West Coast Editor

NYMagVultureLogo.jpgAs part of its expanding entertainment coverage, NYMag.com has hired its first West Coast editor.

The New York magazine site announced yesterday that Claude Brodesser-Akner, a media and entertainment reporting veteran, would be joining the team of its Vulture blog. Brodesser-Akner has been covering the industry since 1996, working for Mediaweek and Variety, editing our sister site FishbowlLA and creating the weekly public radio show “The Business.” He also helped launch TMZ.com and served as the Los Angeles bureau chief for Advertising Age. He was most recently a contributor for Wired.

This latest hire is part of NYMag.com’s plans to expand its entertainment and culture coverage, led by former Entertainment Weekly editor Josh Wolk, who joined the site in November.

Previously: Entertainment Weekly Editor Joins NYMag.com

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TMZ’s Will Lee Joins Bonnie Fuller|Thomson Reuters’ Digital Strategy|Glass Confirms End of Showtime Show|Wintour Looks Happy During Fashion Week|Sotomayor The Cover Model

FishbowlLA: HollywoodLife.com editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller has named TMZ.com‘s former New York bureau chief Will Lee executive editor.

WebNewser: Thomson ReutersAlisa Bowen discussed her company’s digital strategy at this week’s Think Mobile event.

New York Times: Following up on our report yesterday, Brian Stelter reports that “This American Life” host Ira Glass is calling an end to the show’s Showtime series after two seasons, although he says he wouldn’t mind working with the cable network on a special project or short series.

Gawker: A gallery of Anna Wintour photos from New York Fashion Week. And she actually looks happy!

WWD: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will grace the cover of Latina magazine’s December issue.

Erin Andrews Peephole Scandal Continues To Make News

nypost722.pngFor the second day in a row, The New York Post featured ESPN‘s Erin Andrews and her peephole scandal on its cover. Yes, it is newsworthy when anyone — especially a sexy sports reporter — is unknowingly filmed while staying at a hotel, but the invasion of privacy questions that this story raises have echoed through newsrooms. Did the Post breach some ethical code in putting blurry, blacked out photos of Andrews on page one yesterday?

Today, the Post reported that Andrews wants to put the peephole predator behind bars, but will she also seek legal action against those news outlets that publicized the photos of her? In another weird twist, TMZ.com said today that ESPN thinks that the people behind the video tapes were somehow connected to her production team because they were “familiar with Erin’s travel schedule as well as her accommodations.”

Do you think the Post and others — like TMZ, Fox News and CBS — made the right decision in publishing or broadcasting photos or parts of the illicit video? Take our poll and leave your comments below.


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TMZ TV To Stink Up The Airwaves On Monday

hle.jpegIf you smell sulfur in the air on Monday, don’t fret. It’s just TMZ fluttering through the airwaves.

The site that broke the Mel Gibson arrest and the Michael Richards comedy-club bigotry will stick its heavy fist into the crowded hole of celebutainment television shows, debuting, of course, on Fox.

Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com will exec produce the nightly half=hour shows and host. Because he’s just that pretty.

Levin told the Associated Press:

“It doesn’t feel like the other shows … We’re not sucking up (to stars). We’re not doing junkets. We’re not doing red carpets,” Levin said.

To which his competition answered: Ha!

Bring it on, said TMZ’s rivals, including sibling Telepictures entry Extra, returning for its 14th season Monday.

“The way I look at it, we’re in the limo with the stars. They’re chasing the limo,” said Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Extra senior executive producer (and Levin’s former colleague on Celebrity Justice). “It’s a completely different point of view.”

Dubious Achievements: TMZ Tops Celeb Site List

tmzstuff.jpgIt’s official! Of all the bottom-feeding, celeb-stalking, downfall-of-our-civilization-causing Web sites, TMZ.com is the bottom-feedingest, celeb-stalkingest, downfall-of-our-civilization-causingest!

Congratulations, TMZ.

Jon Fine: Has TMZ Gone People?

finestuff.jpgBusiness Week’s Jon Fine posits that Britney Spears has neutered that supposed pitbull of celebrity journalism, TMZ.com.

To prove his point, Fine lists a few recent TMZ posts about the pop princess. Close your eyes and have your cubicle mate read you this sentece out loud: “Looks like rehab did more than good for Britney Spears’ soul — she also dropped a surprising ten pounds during her stay in Promises, and got herself not just buff, but buffed with spa treatments.”

Did you imagine yourself in the dentist’s waiting room, reading People? Guess again.

Buzzing Like Flies: A Roundup of the Anna Nicole Smith Coverage

annasmile.jpgAnna Nicole Smith coverage has gone from the ridiculous to the just plain gross, with TMZ.com showing photos of the dead woman’s refrigerator.

While Entertainment Tonight pays Howard K. Stern a reported $1 million for his “story,” E! Online and others have their head in the sands of the Bahamas, following Stern’s battle over 5-month-old ATM, er, girl Dannielynn.

Thank goodness for the steady, staid voice of establishment print media, which would never stoop to put this scoop on A1.

Oops.

Caryn James in the NYT takes the media to task for gawking at Anna Nicole Smith — both in life and in death. Then she goes on to basically blame Anna Nicole for being too tantalizing not to watch: “Her sense of how to court attention was simply to show up, pose and practically say, ‘Come get me, use me.’”

Tim Rutten’s mea culpa in the LAT is a little better. In it, he explains how newspaper editors use the number of “hits” a story gets on their Web sites when determining story placement for the next day’s paper.

But he loses us at the end when he suggests journalists should use this case to reconsider this popularity contest approach, saying, “It’s a good moment for American newspapers to take a reflective breath to consider just how they want to play this numbers game — or, more important, whether they want to play it at all. If that were to occur, then Anna Nicole Smith would not have died in vain.”

Good point, Rutten. We’re sure Anna Nicole would have gone whistling to her grave, had she known her demise would restore journalistic integrity.

FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Us Weekly’s Ken Baker Bringing the Fun to the Internet

bakerken.jpgKen Baker, Us Weekly’s West Coast exec editor, yesterday was named Editorial Director of Usmagazine.com, which makes perfect sense to us. This was the guy, after all, who told us that the secret to the mag’s success was boobs, clothes and celebrity sex. What better platform for all those things than the Internet?

But does the world really need a Wenner-brand version of E! Online, TMZ.com, Defamer, etc.?

Ever the salesman, Baker assures FBLA that his site will be different.

“Us Weekly has thrived by giving readers a TV-in-a-magazine experience,” Baker told us. “I want to give the Usmagazine.com audience the same fun experience of celebrity.”

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Sundown on Sunset

windysunset.jpg Some stuff we covered (maybe too much) and some stuff just got blown off our desks on these windswept days. Here’s a roundup of newsy detritus.

Reading is dangerous: LA Observed notes that an Oregon handyman was suspended without pay for sharing the OC Weekly’s “Ask A Mexican” column with a colleague.

Lindsay Lohan feeling better: As always, TMZ.com has the socialite/actress/thingy’s best interest at heart.

Slate reads the paper, doesn’t much care for it: In a naughty/haughty op-ed, Jack Shafer plays media Moses, advising the Tribune Co. to let its people go — specifically the LAT newsroom’s many, many shining stars.