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LA Times Adds New York-Based TV, Media Reporter

StephenBattaglioPicSome may know the name Stephen Battaglio from his articles and appearances on shows like Morning Edition, CBS’ Sunday Morning and the Today show. Others perhaps have perused or purchased his books about the TV industry.

But for those who do not know the Battaglio background and turn to Google Search, the first two auto-completed strings are “Stephen Battaglio Oscars” and “Stephen Battaglio Seth MacFarlane.” Due to the fact that on the Oscars telecast hosted by MacFarlane, Battaglio’s faux byline appeared underneath the gag item headlined “Seth MacFarlane, Worst Oscar Host Ever.”

In the real world, Battaglio has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Times. From today’s internal announcement by assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment John Corrigan:

Stephen has joined our “Company Town” team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.

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Joaquin Phoenix Harnesses the Media Hog

During an appearance last night on the Late Show, actor Joaquin Phoenix told David Letterman that he was having troubling mastering a yoga position known as “Harnessing of the Hog.” No such problems, though, with harnessing the media hog.

Here’s how a publicist for the actor framed, to The Independent, Phoenix’s straight-up lie to Dave about getting engaged to his yoga instructor:

“It was a joke. Joaquin has an extraordinary and spontaneous sense of humor but it is not true.”

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Ed Asner Explains How He Changed Up Lou Grant

LouGrantThe publication is called Smashing Interviews magazine. And certainly, Melissa Parker‘s Q&A with Ed Asner for the Birmingham, Alabama-based outlet lives up to that lofty title.

The record holder for male actor Emmy Awards covers a lot of topics. One of the conversation highlights involves how Asner transitioned from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Lou Grant:

Asner: We continued to work on the [Lou Grant] first year, and finally I came to the realization that I was using my two older brothers as inspirations for the “Mary Tyler Moore Lou.” I realized in the different scripts that were being written, that same character would not work for me, and I began to plunge into myself to find that [less comedic] character of Lou in the hour show, and that’s what I came up with.

Parker: Very interesting.

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TV Guide to Shrink Size

TVGUIDE-logo111910In just a few months, the TV Guide that so thoroughly pleased Frank Costanza will be back. According to The New York Post, TV Guide is undergoing a massive revamp and returning to its roots as a smaller, pocket-sized publication.

Throughout most of its existence Guide was a digest-sized title, but in 2005, former owners Gemstar International launched a redesign to make Guide the same size as the typical glossy.

The new (old) version, which debuts August 11, will be 7″ by 10″, down from 7 ³/₈ by 10 ¹/₂ inches. Guide is also replacing 14 pages of listings with photos and articles as part of the revamp.

Leading the redesign charge are Doug BrodGuide’s new editor-in-chief, and Michael Schneider, its new executive editor. Both were named to these roles last week.

TV Guide Names Doug Brod Editor-in-Chief, Michael Schneider Exec Editor

TV guide logo GTV Guide has named Doug Brod its new editor-in-chief and Michael Schneider its executive editor. Brod has been with the magazine since 2012, most recently serving as executive editor.

“Doug has done a superb job in the past two years managing the New York staff and workflow, and evolving the voice of the magazine,” said CEO Doug Fishman, in a statement. “His extensive entertainment-journalism experience will help sharpen our coverage of the ever-changing world of television and direct the staff to produce content on a variety of platforms.”

Schneider has been with TV Guide since 2011, most recently serving as Los Angeles bureau chief.

Land $2 A Word at TV Guide

At TV Guide, freelancers land more than just a byline. Because editors already have the inside scoop on the top shows, freelancers are assigned to a beat and cover a particular show for the magazine.

So, if your writing can woo the editors, you could be landing regular assignments in no time – especially if you’re able to cover a show that the mag doesn’t have a writer for. An example of this is an L.A. writer who offered to travel to Albuquerque for an on-set feature of Breaking Bad. The editors gladly accepted, since they didn’t have a regular stringer for the show.

“We watch everything and make editorial choices in terms of what we’re going to feature in order to guide people to what they should be watching — what the best stuff is, what they need to be aware of, what’s becoming culturally relevant,” explained articles editor Bruce Fretts.

For more info, read How To Pitch: TV Guide. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Land $2 A Word at TV Guide

At TV Guide, freelancers land more than just a byline. Because editors already have the inside scoop on the top shows, freelancers are assigned to a beat and cover a particular show for the magazine.

So, if your writing can woo the editors, you could be landing regular assignments in no time – especially if you’re able to cover a show that the mag doesn’t have a writer for. An example of this is an L.A. writer who offered to travel to Albuquerque for an on-set feature of Breaking Bad. The editors gladly accepted, since they didn’t have a regular stringer for the show.

“We watch everything and make editorial choices in terms of what we’re going to feature in order to guide people to what they should be watching — what the best stuff is, what they need to be aware of, what’s becoming culturally relevant,” explained articles editor Bruce Fretts.

For more info, read How To Pitch: TV Guide. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Noted Film Critic Judith Crist Dies at 90

Judith Crist had a rich career as a film critic. Older readers may recall Crist from her days as a Today Show contributor from 1964 to 1973. Others know Crist for her many years dishing out the best and worst at the movies for TV Guide.

Crist died today after a long illness. She was 90.

Crist’s work was featured in numerous publications throughout the decades. The Bronx native attended Morris High School, and began to carve out her career at Hunter College. Subsequently, she was named to the school’s Hall of Fame. Columbia University’s School of Journalism followed, where she got her Master’s degree and had been an adjunct professor since 1958.

Immediately after school, Crist worked for the New York Herald-Tribune. During her 22-year-run, Crist was the “point person” for all things arts and entertainment, including her first job as a film critic.

That led to another 22-year stint, this time at TV Guide.

Crist was the founding film critic for New York magazine, and served as film critic for the New York Post. She also worked on many weekly and monthly publications. She even returned to TV, providing film reviews on WOR/Channel 9.

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Taraji P. Henson Not Happy About TV Guide Snub

Actress Taraji P. Henson is one of the co-stars of Person of Interest, CBS’s new crime drama that debuts this Thursday.

But based on the upcoming TV Guide cover from this week, you wouldn’t know that Henson was the leading lady on the show. The magazine decided not to feature her on the cover alongside her two male co-stars in Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson.

Henson took to her Facebook account in order to vent about the snub:

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TV Guide Leads Weekly Pubs in First Half Ad Pages

The last person we remember reading TV Guide was Frank Costanza, and he’s a fictional character, so FishbowlNY was surprised to read today that the magazine is doing quite well.

According to min, TV Guide leads all weekly/biweekly publications in ad page growth during the first half (January through July) of this year, compared to 2010. It posted a 31 percent gain, from 285 pages in 2010 to 375 pages this year.

Other winners for the first half include Us Weekly and The Week. Check out the rest of them at min.

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