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Archives: April 2012

HBO Releases New Trailer for The Newsroom

A promising second trailer for Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO drama The Newsroom premiered Sunday night prior to Game of Thrones. The show stars Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, a network news anchor struggling to honor journalistic ethics in the face of soulless corporate demands, Emily Mortimer as his executive producer, and Jane Fonda as the scary media mogul who owns their asses.

Dana Bowen Named Every Day with Rachael Ray Executive Editor

Dana Bowen has been named the new Executive Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Bowen was most recently the Executive Editor of Saveur. Bowen joined Saveur in 2007, after working for several years as a freelance writer. Bowen also received an Eddie award and a James Beard award nomination for her writing in 2010.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dana to our team,” said Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray. “Her creative talent, rich background in publishing and passion for food, travel and lifestyle journalism will be a huge asset as we continue to expand our editorial content to best connect with readers.”

Bowen begins May 4.

Meet the Man Responsible for Klouchebag.com

From the UK, Tom Scott last Friday afternoon launched his delightful goof klouchebag.com, a send-up of San Francisco-based Twitter influence meter klout.com. Within a few hours, media types in LA were tweeting out their “Klouchebag” rating.

“I had the idea the day before [Thursday], after reading this article in Wired,” Scott tells FishbowlLA via email. “I’d been annoyed with the idea of Klout for a while, and that crystalized it. The site was built in a couple of hours of spare time.”

There is no real science behind Scott’s latest project, taglined “The Standard for Asshattery.” Or, as the 27-year-old Brit puts it in his front-page FAQ , his service ‘is about as scientific as Klout’s own measurements — which is to say, it’s pretty much a crapshoot.’

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Financial Woes May Mean the Death of The American Prospect

The American Prospect, a left-leaning political magazine, is facing the possibility of shutting down at the end of May. To keep the lights on, the nonprofit rag is in need of $500,000. Prospect editor Kit Rachlis (previously an editor at the LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and LA Weekly) told Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post that the publication hopes to raise the needed funds through donors and readers.

Still, Rachlis thought the situation was serious enough to inform staffers last Thursday of the magazine’s current financial woes.

Rachlis said Prospect editors “thought it was important to be fair to the staff, to let them know there was a possibility that if we didn’t fill it, the Prospect‘s last issue as currently constituted would be the July/August issue.” The Prospect, which has a robust website, publishes 10 print issues annually; the July/August double issue closes in late May.

Here’s hoping they pull through. The world doesn’t need any more unemployed journalists.

Dan Abrams to Launch Celebrity Chef Site

The Dan Abrams empire is about to expand once again. This time, according to The New York Times, the target is celebrity chefs. “The Braiser” will launch in mid-May and cover the world of popular chefs who “have gone from being food icons to becoming mainstream celebrities,” Abrams explained to the Times.

Abrams said that he was “stunned” that no one had thought of this idea before, but maybe others have, and decided against it. As Lockhart Steele, the founder of Eater, notes to the Times, there are only so many true “celebrity chefs.” Let’s see how many we can come up with, without doing any research. There’s Giada De LaurentiisAnthony BourdainWolfgang Puck, Tom ColicchioThomas KellerBobby Flay, Mario Batali, David Chang… That Jamie Oliver guy who everyone hates… Uh, that’s about it.

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THR.com’s Joseph Kapsch Headed to Celebuzz.com

We told you earlier this month about Dylan Howard moving from Star magazine and Radar Online to celebuzz.com as the BUZZMEDIA site’s new editor-in-chief. At the time, Howard promised he would be “hiring some of the best journalists in our beat over the coming weeks.”

The first hire is a good one. Relocating within a few weeks from LA to New York as celebuzz.com’s incoming executive editor will be Joseph Kapsch (pictured), currently the editor of THR.com. One of the reasons for the move is that it will allow Kapsch to be closer to family. Here’s what Kapsch posted on his Facebook page:

SOME EXCITING/BREAKING PERSONAL NEWS: So most of you that know me well know that I’ve always said when the right time and opportunity arrived I would eventually head back to New York. Well, that time has arrived: Today, I accepted a new opportunity with BUZZMEDIA in New York as the executive editor, Celebuzz.

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Cosmo Joins Forces with J.C. Penney

Cosmopolitan, led by its Fashion Director — Michelle McCool — is teaming up with J.C. Penney for a product launch this fall. WWD reports that McCool and her team have been busy preparing accessories and clothing items such as lingerie for the debut. Not much is known beyond that.

This is just the latest move by J.C. Penney’s CEO, Ron Johnson, who — before coming to the retailer — spent over a decade with Apple. He has been trying everything to save the dying chain store, and he must think tying the brand to a magazine celebrated by young women is a good idea.

Only time will tell if it helps, or is just a minor blip along the way down.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

NBCLA Tweets Infamous Rodney King Verdict

Business is picking up on NBCLA’s Real Time LA Riots Twitter account. Let’s see how many days they keep this account going post-verdict.

LA Times Remembers the Victims of the ’92 Riots

The L.A. riots began 20 years ago today, a five day period of fires, looting, and destruction. More than 60 people lost their lives in that chaos, victims were as young as 15 and as old as 87, mostly blacks and latinos. Some were participating in the riots, but many were simply innocent bystanders. The Los Angeles Times has created a chart of the dead on their website with a searchable map and database. It’s a haunting reminder of just how much this city lost during those heartbreaking five days.

A few of the casualties:

Juana Espinosa, a 65-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Saturday, May 2, 1992, in the 7600 block of South Compton Avenue in Willowbrook. Espinosa was shot in the stomach by a 15-year-old boy who authorities say was aiming for two other youths.

Betty Jackson, a 56-year-old black woman, died Friday, May 1, 1992, in South Park while rushing to deliver some barbecued chicken to a friend before the citywide evening curfew began.
The small car that Jackson and her sister were in was struck by a van at Main and 51st streets. Traffic lights were out throughout the area.
“Betty was very generous,” said Ingrid Chamberlin, a relative. “Betty was like the one person you would want to win the lottery. If she’s rich, everybody’s rich. That’s the kind of person she is.”

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