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Brooklyn Journo Revisits 2005 Heath Ledger Interview

Wonderful stuff.

Thanks to David Gerlach, founder of Brooklyn’s Blank on Blank, we can all listen to the voice of the late Heath Ledger anew. As reported by Lowenna Walters of London’s Daily Telegraph, the restored and animated five-minute conversation comes from a 2005 interview with Entertainment Weekly reporter Christine Spines to promote the release of Brokeback Mountain.

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Matt Bean Named Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Weekly

Matt Bean GMatt Bean has been named the new editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly. Bean was most recently managing editor of SportsIllustrated.com, a role he held since 2012. Prior to joining SI, Bean worked as an editor and digital exec at Rodale for eight years.

Bean succeeds Jess Cagle, who was promoted to editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly in January.

“Matt’s arrival is a testament to Time Inc.’s confidence in EW,’’ said Cagle, in a statement. “He is a uniquely talented editor well-suited to this unique brand, and it will be a thrill to see where he and the extraordinary staff take EW in the years to come.”

EW Writer Shares Three-Act Philip Seymour Hoffman Memory

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsDavid Carr‘s circa 2008 thoughts about Philip Seymour Hoffman generated, deservedly, a lot of attention. Today comes another equally wonderful journalist-POV remembrance from Entertainment Weekly senior film writer Anthony Breznican.

The stakes here – beginning circa 2007 – are equally high, as reflected by the headline “The Night Philip Seymour Hoffman Changed My Life…“. We’re not going to spoil the details; you’ll have to read Breznican’s item to get the full brunt of this vivid trajectory.

To set the scene, the writer recalls that he and his wife Jill sat across from Hoffman for a restaurant dinner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival promoting The Savages:

While the actor wasn’t into talking about himself or movies, he loved talking about novels and stories: We discussed John Updike, Philip Roth and Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter, and soon we were getting comfortable with each other. The conversation shifted to family. Hoffman and his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, had a toddler son at the time — they would go on to have two more children — and my wife and I were then thinking about having children ourselves…

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Former EW Staffer Makes Waves with Cover, New Third Act

EWCoverAffleckThe latest EW cover, with its provocative Ben Affleck-Rosamund Pike morgue pose, has been making major media waves all week ahead of the issue’s arrival on newsstands today. There has also been, intriguingly, a second point of advance outside media focus.

Former EW staffer Gillian Flynn, who wrote the source novel and screenplay adaptation, completely chucked out the book’s third act for the 20th Century Fox fall 2014 release. EW sister publication Time has the details:

Flynn hinted in an interview that the change is drastic. “Ben was so shocked by it,” Flynn told EW. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”

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EW Welcomes New Associate Publisher, Marketing

AnnetteGalloHeadshotAnnette Gallo starts today, replacing Jackie Cuddeback, who was named associate publisher, marketing for sister publication People.

After earning a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and attending Tufts University as an MFA candidate in Studio Arts, Gallo first made her mark at CondéNet. As director of ceative services, she worked mainly on branded campaigns for style.com, vogue.com and men.style.com.

Then it was on to AOL, where her titles included global sales development director and head of editorial partnerships for the Women and Lifestyle brands. Gallo was instrumentally involved in heidiklum.aol.com, Gail Simmons sponsored by Kraft, GMC Trade Secrets with Tyler Florence and a site for one of Mark Burnett’s many productions.

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Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or Ellle

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This week we have Entertainment Weekly squaring off against Elle. For its latest cover, EW went with a photo of Michael C. Hall almost completely submerged in a giant vat of sangria. Hey, reminds us of last Friday night! Thank you! We’ll be here all night.

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Jess Cagle on Changes at Time Inc. and EW

“No one here is concerned that the print magazine is going away,” said Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle when asked about Time Inc.’s impending spin-off from its parent company. “The print magazine is still the spine of our brand.”

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Cagle also discussed what he’s doing to keep the established brand fresh (forays into TV and radio), digital vs. print and why you won’t see “sponsored” content in the mag’s pages.

“Obviously, print advertising is a challenge, but there’s not a lot of overlap between our print audience and our digital audience,” he said. “The print audience has held really steady the last few years. It’s about 1.7 million. They haven’t left for the digital space; our audience has just grown because of digital. The magazine’s audience is something like 11 million, and the overall audience is around 18 million.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Jess Cagle, Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly?

Jess Cagle on Taking Entertainment Weekly to TV and Radio

How do you keep an established brand on its feet? For Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle, it means launching a radio channel and a reality series. However, just because the mag is making forays into other media (not to mention EW.com’s 7 million-plus monthly uniques), doesn’t mean print is on the decline.

“The print magazine is still the spine of our brand,” Cagle told FishbowlLA’s  Richard Horgan in the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?. In the interview, he reveals why the magazine won’t be doing sponsored content any time soon, what makes their online community engaging and intelligent and what freelancers can do to get in his good books. Here’s an excerpt:

EW doesn’t use freelancers much, but what is your advice to anyone seeking to pitch a story to the magazine, or website?

We’ll use freelancers to cover events and things like that, but what I would say to any freelancer is that everybody today has an opinion, and we don’t need your opinion. All we need is news. So come with a great bit of access to something that we can’t get ourselves. For that, I’ll write a check, immediately.

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Jess Cagle, Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly?

Ken Tucker Takes Buyout, Departs Entertainment Weekly

Yet another big name departure from Entertainment Weekly to report today: Ken Tucker, who was part of the magazine when it launched over 20 years ago, has taken a buyout. Tucker was EW’s TV critic, and with him leaving, EW is now out two veteran critics in just two weeks. Last Wednesday Lisa Schwarzbaum left the magazine as well.

“Way back in 1989, when the first Bush was president and EW.com was just a twinkle in Bill Gannon’s eye, Ken was on the start-up team that launched Entertainment Weekly with this original mission statement: ‘We must be opinionated and we must be talked about,’ wrote Jess Cagle, EW’s managing editor, in a note. “Ken never stopped fulfilling that mission, and even though he’s leaving EW, his voice, sensibility, humor, passion, incomparable wit and humane spirit will have a lasting and benevolent impact.”

“So, yes, I’m leaving @EW, my home base since 1989,” tweeted Tucker. “Had a great time helping launch that super-fine mag/website. Time to write elsewhere.”

Cagle’s full memo is below.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Sue Simmons Gives Rare, Candid Interview, February 4
  2. ESPN The Magazine‘s Music Issue Features Iconic Album Covers Recreated with Athletes, February 5
  3. WNYW Anchor Dari Alexander‘s  Unfortunate ‘Sitting Shiva’ Misspeak, February 5
  4. Media Reporters Finally Realizing No One Cares About Media Reporting, February 5
  5. Lisa Schwarzbaum Departs Entertainment Weekly After 21 Years, February 6
  6. Sally Preston, Others Dropped by Time Inc., January 31

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