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Archives: December 2010

Daughter Curates Legacy of Journo Cathy Seipp

Maia Lazar (pictured), the 21-year-old daughter of dearly departed LA freelance journalist Cathy Seipp (The National Review, many others), is a very busy person this holiday season. In addition to helping plan an upcoming forum in Budapest on January 15th for her employer, the Center for International Media Ethics, she has announced a multi-pronged 2011 initiative to preserve the legacy of her mom.

“I am working on sorting through my mother’s writings and will be putting together a book next summer,” Lazar tells FishbowlLA via e-mail. “In the meantime, I am re-publishing her blog and working on a journalism mentoring database, which I hope will be launched around the same time as her book.”

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Meredith Corporation Joins Hunt For Hachette Titles

Are you one of the many people in the city who will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party tomorrow night? Well imagine your party is going great. You’re showing off your Justin Bieber t-shirt collection and everyone is really jealous. Then, right before midnight, Dan, the guy you didn’t invite because he always ruins everything, shows up. He then proceeds to well, ruin everything, by getting wasted and vomiting in the fruit punch. The party, something you carefully planned for what seems like forever, goes from being a perfect night to a terrible one. And all because Dan showed up late and screwed everything up.

If you’re Hearst, Meredith is Dan. Keith Kelly says that Meredith Corporation, owner of such titles as Better Homes & Gardens, Fitness, and Family Circle, has now entered into the fight to gain Elle and other magazines from Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (HFMUS). Just last week Kelly reported a rumor that Hearst was in the lead, but now, with the supposed mid-January deadline fast approaching, Meredith appears to be interested in working out a deal. Kelly notes that Hearst could still win out, because Meredith is publicly held, so any deal will have to be approved by shareholders.

Only time will tell if Meredith’s bid to be a Dan at Hearst’s (so far) perfect party happens, so stay tuned.

‘Star Wars’ Special Effects Artist Grant McCune Dies at 67

The man who helped created the effects for the original three Star Wars films has passed away. Grant McCune was the effects artist who worked on the models and miniatures for the Star Wars trilogy, as well as dozens of other films. He won an Oscar in 1977 for his work on the original “Star Wars.”

Aside from his work on Star Wars, McCune received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects in 1980 for his work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

McCune died of pancreatic cancer. He was 67.

RIP, Mr. McCune. Your work won’t be forgotten.

Facebook Tops Google For Most Popular Site On the Internet

Facebook is number one. According to the web analytics site Experian Hitwise, Facebook has surpassed Google as the Internet’s primary destination. 8.93 percent of all U.S. traffic between January and November 2010 went to Facebook. Google ranked second with 7.19 percent of visits.

“Facebook” was also the number one search term in the United States, according to Experian. “Facebook login” was number two. “Facebook.com” was number six and “www.facebook.com” was number nine.

Seriously, America? Get a friggin’ life. It’s not like TV watching is declining or anything, either. Facebook time has to be cutting into something in our lives. Like, everything else except TV watching perhaps?

Giants, Routed By Packers, Take Weekly Number One

As the blizzard was beginning to bear down on New York, the Giants were beginning to get crushed by the Packers. The loss dealt a serious blow to the Giants playoff chances.

But the setback, which ended at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, was the number one prime time show for week, according to the Nielsen Company.

The game had an estimated 2.3 million WNYW viewers and a 11.6 rating.

Fox’s post-game show The OT was fourth (757,000/3.8).

ESPN’s Monday Night Football, from December 20, notched a number three (780,000/3.9).

60 Minutes took second place with 950,000 watching on WCBS and a 4.7.

ABC’s traditional holiday showing of The Sound of Music had good timing of the snowstorm. The movie was fifth (747,000/3.7).

That blizzard also gave Fox 5/WNYW the 15th highest-rated program for the week for their 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday night (540,000/2.7).

A look at the rest of the Top 10 after the jump.

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Lydia Hearst-Shaw Will NOT Be Playing Lindsay Lohan

In the midst of the controversy surrounding the Lindsay Lohan-inspired film project Dogs in Pocketbooks, Lydia Hearst-Shaw signed on to her Twitter account to clear up rumors of her involvement. Producer/writer Charles Casillo told NY Post‘s Page Six that Hearst-Shaw would be playing the lead in the film, but according to the publishing heiress that simply isn’t true.

More and more Casillo is sounding like a fellow with some serious delusions. Whatever prompted the NY Post to take him seriously in the first place?

A Drop Dead Gorgeous Gossip Trio

Even though Hollyscoop.com is not quite in the same page-view league as TMZ, Radar Online and Perez dispenser, the online gossip site holds a measure of distinction in the crowded field. Its three founders –Ani EsmailianDiana Madison and Nora Gasparian (pictured, l to r) – are all good-looking enough to work both sides of the red carpet.

Comically, the parent company of Hollyscoop is DNA Group Inc., a moniker that mirrors the sparkling, dirty blonde DNA of this ink group. Last spring, the scoopettes spun off a sideline e-commerce website, ModaMob.com, which marries bargain-basement fashion items and accessories to the look of a recognizable celebrity.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Judith Miller Joins Newsmax

Judith Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter with The New York Times, is now a contributing writer for Newsmax magazine. Miller, who turns 63 on Sunday, will focus on national security and foreign relations issues.  

Her first article for Newsmax has been published in the January 2011 issue, an exclusive story about the Middle Eastern drug trade. 

She spent 28 years at the Times, writing many articles about the War in Iraq. Her stories about Weapons of Mass Destruction came under fire. It was learned later that many of those pieces were either inaccurate or completely false.

Miller was also one of the reporters that famously tipped off a White House official that Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent.

Miller has authored a handful of books.

WCBS-TV Scores Big With Mobile2

With the storm cleanup dragging on in New York City, Channel 2 is using their new “Mobile2″ unit to give a unique perspective of the snow-filled roads.

A WCBS reporter drives a mobile van with a camera positioned in the passenger seat. The station says Mobile2 uses state-of-the-art technology. It was first shown to viewers at the height of the storm, giving a look at the whiteout conditions. 

Now, as Mayor Bloomberg is getting criticized for the slow response by the city’s Department of Sanitation, Mobile2 has been there to show the evidence.

Last night, WCBS took it a step further. With reporter Sean Hennessey at the wheel, driving through a blizzard-ravaged Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights, and Flatbush communities, he had a special guest in the backseat–Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.  

If Mobile2 wasn’t already a successful tool, this made it a winner.

As Markowitz ripped the city’s response, he could show firsthand certain side streets that were unplowed as the van moved along.  

It made for a great piece of local news that undoubtedly will influence other channels going forward.

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