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Archives: November 2010

Awards Grass is Greenberg for Focus Features

The March 2010 Noah Baumbach drama Greenberg is a very difficult film to like. Ben Stiller stars as one of the biggest a-holes – real or imagined – to ever make the pilgrimage from New York to LA.  As anyone who has come across their fare share of pilgrims here knows, that’s saying a lot.

Nevertheless, the drama is arguably the biggest beneficiary of this morning’s 2010 Independent Spirit Awards nominations, with nods for Best Feature, Best Male Lead (Stiller), Best Female Lead (Greta Gerwig) and Best Cinematography (Harris Savides). Savides, formerly a music video specialist, is the only person to ever win three MTV VMAs in that same cinematography category.

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WABC Wins Big During November Sweeps

WABC/Channel 7 was the people choice for television station in the November sweeps period ended last Wednesday.

WABC beat out its competitors in every weekday newscast from early morning to late evening.

In figures from the Nielsen Company (obtained by WABC), Channel 7 was tops in Households and in a key demographic–Adults 25 to 54.

Starting with Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and Bill Evans, the newscast (after 5 a.m.) has a 25 percent advantage in Households, while more than double as many Adults 25 to 54.

At noon, the Stokes and Rosato return to the anchor desk with a 56 percent bulge over the closest competition in Households. That newscast was victorious with Women 25 to 54, winning by better than two to one.

WABC continues its ratings dominance in the evening after the jump.

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Brooks Barnes Gets Seacrest Scoop

Just how expansive are the powers of 35-year-old mogul Ryan Seacrest becoming? According to New York Times media reporter Brooks Barnes, the pixie king of all media’s new $60 million contract extension with Clear Channel includes provisions that will give him a level of control over who advertises on his radio shows, as well as permission to squeeze in his own “marketing partners.”

Is this a conflict of interest? No more so really than AT&T handling the phones for American Idol and Seacrest getting a great minutes deal on his iPhone. Barnes has more juicy info about the new deal:

Mr. Seacrest will also create a joint venture with the company to explore the creation of a record label, music publishing business and live concert series, according to the people with knowledge of its details, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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Twitter Hires LA Point Man

Let’s hope in this case that appearances are definitely deceiving. Because the Twitter stream of Omid Ashtari (pictured), the man who started a new job this week in SoCal as entertainment business development rep for the micro-blogging service, was at press time far from Twitter-ific.

Journalist Liz Gannes broke the news of Twitter’s latest hire late yesterday at AllThingsDigital.com. She says the former Creative Artists Agency suit will be tasked with strengthening the use of Twitter by celebrities and Hollywood media companies.

Explains Gannes:

Twitter confirmed the hire, saying in an email that Ashtari “will lead efforts to assist the entertainment industry, including actors, musicians, and athletes, to make sure they are getting the most out of their use of Twitter. Omid will be based in Los Angeles, CA, but the scope of the job is global.”

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This Marine Can Bench Press 605 Pounds

Here’s a newspaper byline you don’t see every day: By Lance Cpl. Khoa Pelczar, 1st Marine Logistics Group

Under the headline “Camp Pendleton Marine is World Champion of the Bench Press”, the Lance Corporal checked in over the weekend to the Orange County Register‘s dedicated online section of military news with an uplifting report about Camp Pendleton colleague Sergeant David L. Douglas (pictured). Earlier this month, Douglas won his event at the Power-Lifting World Championships in Bath, England with a heave of 605 pounds.

Pelczar recounts just how far Douglas has come:

Graduating boot camp at only 145 pounds, Douglas is now standing 6-feet tall, 274 pounds, and a power-lifter world champion… “I eat, sleep, and breathe power-lifting,” said Douglas. “I still have a lot progress to make and my determination is unwavering. I plan on becoming Marine Corps Athlete of the Year and win all the major power-lifting competitions of 2011.”

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MediaBistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • Social Media Mavens? More Like Social Media Morons, Telegraph Writer Says – MediaJobsDaily
  • ‘Writers Needed’ Spam Drives Literary Twittersphere Crazy – GalleyCat
  • Andy Hunter on the Future of the Literary Journal – eBookNewser
  • Vin Scully, The Best In The Business, Turns 83 Today – SportsNewser
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman on Imus: ‘Fox Business is my favorite… anything Rupert Murdoch owns’ – TVNewser
  • Dr. Laura Moves To Satellite Radio

    Dr. Laura Schlessinger will end her nationally syndicated radio show on December 31st, but she won’t be quitting the airwaves. Dr. Laura has signed a multi-year contract with Sirius XM Radio, where, presumably, she can say the N-word as many times as she likes. The new show premieres on January 3rd.

    It was just a few months back that Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced on Larry King that she was quitting her show. Dr. Laura made the decision amid controversy over a racially charged rant where she used the N-word 11 times and told a black caller who objected to the word that she had a chip on her shoulder. Dr. Laura said of the move to Sirius:

    The first and most important thing that appealed to me was the freedom to speak my mind without advertisers and affiliates being attacked by activist groups that just love to censor anything they don’t agree with.

    Oh, you uptight activist groups, attacking an upper class white woman for saying NIGGER loudly and proudly on the airwaves. How un-American!

    Mediabistro Founder Laurel Touby To Be Honored At Women’s Leadership Exchange Conference

    Mediabistro’s fearless leader and cyberhostess Laurel Touby will be recognized at tomorrow’s Women’s Leadership Exchange Conference in New York City.  Laurel will receive the Compass Award for shifting the paradigm of how women are perceived in the world and be interviewed by acclaimed magazine writer and author Judith Newman.

    The ceremony will take place at MetLife Building on Sixth Avenue (between 41st and 42nd Street) tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The conference will also feature presentations on social media marketing and networking as well as a panel discussion led by SheFinds Media founder/CEO Michelle Madhok and Thinkso founder Armanda Neville.

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