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Will Leitch Leaves New York for Full-Time Gig at USA Today Site

Will Leitch, the founding editor of Deadspin, is leaving his spot at New York to write full-time for Sports On Earth, the sports site from USA Today. Leitch has been writing for the site since it debuted in July of 2012, but in a post on his personal blog, he writes that it’s time to change things up:

My columns up to this point have been mostly media columns, but this is a more expansive role: I’m basically gonna be writing about everything, traveling all over the place, serving as the face (or one of the faces, anyway) of the site. I will also be hosting a daily podcast and will occasionally contribute for MLB.com, and certain columns will also be running in USA Today. Basically: I’m gonna be all over the place there.

Leitch adds that he’ll still be contributing to New York, just not on a full-time basis. He had been with the magazine since 2008.

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GQ Profiles Jeremy Lin, Makes Knicks Fans Cry

Well, there he is. Our hope, our future, our point guard — Jeremy Lin. Your FishbowlNY editors are big Knicks fans, so the cover made us misty eyed. Then the profile of Lin by Will Leitch, well, it pushed us over the edge. In the feature, Lin tells Leitch that he loved the fans and the city so much that he wanted to retire a Knick:

I know it’s kind of silly to talk about it with only two years under my belt in the league, but going in before free agency, I was like, ‘I want to play in front of these fans for the rest of my career.’ I really did. I really wanted to play in front of the Madison Square Garden fans for the rest of my career, because they’re just unbelievable.

Oh Jeremy! We miss you too! It wasn’t us, we wanted to keep you! It was our evil, terrible owner James Dolan who let you go.

We hope life treats you kind, and we hope you have all you’ve dreamed of. And we wish you joy and happiness… But above all this, we wish you love…  And weeeee… Will always love yoooooou… Weeeee… Will always love yoooooooooou!!!!

USA Today and MLB Launch ‘Sports on Earth’

USA Today and MLB’s Advanced Media team, have formerly announced the sports venture we’ve been hearing about for the past few months. Starting in late August, “Sports on Earth,” will bring readers “great sports writing from some of the most respected voices in the industry,” according to a release.

The name? Well, we’re not sold on it. The names behind Sports on Earth? Much, much easier to support. Steve Madden, the former Rodale digital expert is the general manager, and Sports Illustrated veteran Larry Burke is the editor-in-chief. Joe Posnanski, another talented SI vet, will be a full-time contributor, as will Gwen Knapp, Tommy Tomlinson and Shaun Powell. New York’s Will Leitch, another FishbowlNY favorite, will also showcase his work on Sports on Earth from time to time.

The first peek we get at Sports on Earth (the site has a fancy intro but not much else as of now) will be Olympic coverage, which will be available from July 27 to August 12.

Will Leitch Returns to Deadspin

Will Leitch, the founding editor of Deadspin, has announced a return of sorts. On his personal blog, Leitch reported that the Yahoo! blog “The Projector” which he used to write for will be reinstalled as a regular feature on Deadspin. The Projector — a film review spot for Leitch and Tim Grierson — was shuttered by Yahoo! late last year.

Leitch and Grierson will be writing about five posts a week for Deadspin and sometimes Gawker:

We’ll be posting the reviews/essays on Deadspin and cross-posting them to Gawker, because: A) I’m more comfortable using Deadspin’s interface; B) Craggs is an easier editor to get on the phone than Daulerio; and C) Daulerio’s gonna have other film coverage on Gawker and we don’t want people thinking we’re all there is. We’re very excited about this and do hope people enjoy it.

Yahoo! Movies Pulls the Plug on The Projector

One journo’s good fortune can sometimes be another one (or two’s) misfortune. Or so it appears at Yahoo! Movies.

Just a day after we reported about the addition of Thelma Adams to the site’s awards season coverage ranks, the tandem of Will Leitch and Tim Grierson were today over lunchtime tweeting about a less savory, sudden development:

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Esquire Wants To Increase Web Presence

If you build it, they will come. That mantra worked for Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams (because playing catch with the ghost of your dead dad isn’t weird at all) and it appears Eric Gillin, Director of Hearst Digital Media’s Men’s Network, is hoping that it works for Esquire.com as well. In an interview with Joe Pompeo at The Cutline, Gillin was frank about his goals for the site:

Bet on us producing more stories that grab people. We want to become the first thing that you check in on.

Gillin knows a thing or two about web presence. He was the former Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of The Black Table, a witty blog that ended in 2006, which featured early writing from people like Alex Balk of The Awl and New York magazine’s Will Leitch. Now overseeing Esquire.com, Gillin’s first step toward boosting readership was to bring on Foster Kamer, FishbowlNY’s biggest fan.

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Yahoo! Hires New Entertainment Writers

Yahoo! is adding four seasoned writers to its entertainment section. Will Leitch will write about film, Erin Carlson will cover celebrity news, Caryn Ganz will focus on music, and Lindsay Robertson will be all over boob tube reporting. From Variety.com:

“I wanted people who had original voice content you couldn’t get anywhere else,” said [Managing Editor Courtney Reimer], whose previous posts include MTV, VH1 and New York Magazine. “I was careful to make sure they would hit this voice.”

The four writers will be responsible for generating original content, full time, in the form of editorial pieces, commentary and even video. Reimer said they were hired partly for their popular and respected bylines in the industry.

A nice break from the online trend of hiring young, inexperienced writers that will work for slave wages. Boo-ya, Yahoo!

Entertainment Weekly Editor Joins NYMag.com

wolk.jpgNYMag.com, the ever-expanding Web site of New York magazine, today announced the hiring of Entertainment Weekly senior editor Josh Wolk as entertainment editor for the site.

In his new role, set to begin November 17, Wolk will oversee an expansion of NYMag.com’s Vulture blog. The first phase of the revamped blog will debut next week, with the introduction of Vulture TV Recaps. Building on the popularity of NYMag.com’s current recaps of shows like “Gossip Girl,” the new Vulture Recaps will cover about 20 current shows. The recaps will be written up by the magazine’s talented stable of writers, including Logan Hill, Will Leitch, Emily Nussbaum and Adam Sternbergh.

As the writer of EW.com first regular TV recap, Wolk seems like the best choice for NYMag.com as it seeks to expand its online content selections.

Earlier: NYMag.com Launches Sports, TV Blogs

Full release about Wolk after the jump

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NYMag.com Launches Sports, TV Blogs

sports section.jpgNYMag.com is already well-known for its irreverent and detailed coverage of New York, culture, fashion and food with its various blogs. Now the site is bringing that same voice to sports and television with two new blog launches.

“The Sports Section,” led by New York magazine contributor and Deadspin founder Will Leitch and NYMag.com contributor Joe DeLessio launched today and “Surf,” set to debut on Monday, will be headed up by New York TV critic and editor-at-large Emily Nussbaum.

In his introduction to “The Sports Section” today, Leitch said the blog will cover the “longtime New York tradition” of sport “with the notion that everything is just one big play for power and prestige and glory, and sports are the only venue polite enough to keep definitive score.”

“Championships, torn ACLs, club shootings, terrifying glimpses of John Sterling on the hypnotic HD screen at Yankee Stadium, the isolated and powerful New York press corps, the new trains to the Meadowlands, the $10 Bud Lights … we’re going to try to cover it all. The experience of being a sports fan in New York is unlike the experience anywhere else. That’s what we’re trying to chronicle.”

Sports have been getting more and more attention online, possibly to fill a void left by cutbacks in the sports departments of local papers that has been a result of the current poor economic climate. The Huffington Post also recently announced plans to launch a sports section.

CBS MMOD a Hit

marchmadness03.23.jpgCBS, which is making $30 million in online advertising during the 2009 NCAA tournament, is experiencing record traffic to its March Madness on Demand video player.

During the first three days of the tournament, the player had 4.8 million unique visitors, up 65 percent from the previous year. Additionally, the site streamed 5.6 million hours of video and audio, a 64 percent jump.

Having used the player on Thursday and Friday, we have to say it’s quite impressive and a far better viewing experience than last year. Microsoft’s Silverlight player — first used during the Beijing Olympics this summer — is beautiful and fast. Even Will Leitch likes it. You can’t really ask for anything more than that.

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