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Media Minutiae

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:00

GalleyCat: People are creating trailers for the next Spider-Man movie. Which doesn’t come out until 2017. We are all doomed to super hero movie hell.

TVSpy: LA’s KABC learns the hard way that murder victims cannot be convicted of murdering themselves.

LostRemote: Adobe’s ad for Photoshop’s 25th anniversary is pretty great.

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Elite Daily Readers: Elite Daily is Not a Good News Source

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:30

Elite Daily — a site for millennials that publishes idiotic articles like “Why No Matter How Much You Think You Do, You Never Really Know Anyone” — conducted a survey of its readers that shows while the site is garbage, at least its readers understand that.

The study asked Elite Daily fans what type of media they used as their primary source of news, and (of course) online-only news sites claimed the top spot, with 34 percent. Traditional media sites was the runner-up with 21 percent.

The irony of the study is that while the 18-24 year olds claimed they used online-only sites as their primary news source, they admitted that the sites aren’t good at keeping them informed. Of those who said they used online-only sources, only 39 percent said they felt “very” informed of the news, compared to 56 percent of those who used traditional media sites, and 66 percent who used newspapers.

Keep in mind that this is a survey of Elite Daily readers. It doesn’t include a wide range of young people. The poor site can’t even get its own fans to say it offers quality content.

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Daily News Staffer is Poynter’s Next Chief Media Correspondent

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:00

JamesWarrenPicThis is somewhat unusual.

When James Warren (pictured) joins Poynter in April as the institute’s new chief media correspondent, he will continue to write for the New York Daily News on Sundays as a contributing editor. He is currently the paper’s Washington D.C. bureau chief. From this afternoon’s announcement:

In his new role, Warren will be the lead media news reporter for Poynter.org, generating Morning MediaWire, Poynter’s morning newsletter roundup of media news, as well as covering breaking news and writing in-depth stories on major issues. A former media columnist for the Tribune, Warren has worked across platforms as a print and digital journalist, and as a television analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America.

“Jim Warren will add personality and perspective to our already outstanding digital team,” said Poynter president Tim Franklin. “He brings with him a reporting background and contacts in three of the nation’s largest media markets — Washington, Chicago and New York — and he’s worked across media platforms in print, television and digital. Jim is someone who understands how the media business works, and he has the ability to bring original, unique insight to our coverage of the industry.”

Warren, for this new mix of roles, will be based in his hometown of Chicago, where his wife Cornelia Grumman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune, works for the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute. He starts in April.

Over the weekend, Warren shared several funny tweets about the Oscars, including the one below.

Teaching moment for my kids: "Blair, Eliot, this is worst Oscars ever. Trust me. Now, time for bed. You're spared because I love you."

— Jim Warren (@JimWarren55) February 23, 2015

 

[Photo courtesy: Poynter]
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Artist Offers New Glimpse of Truman Capote at La Côte Basque

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:30

ShutterstockTrumanCapoteQuoteTruman Capote‘s infamous short story La Côte Basque 1965 was first published by Esquire in 1975, as part of a preview of the in-progress Answered Prayers. It tumbled the author into a wide, negative swath and was revisited more recently in Vanity Fair. Now comes another echo in, of all places, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Per Delaware News Journal reporter Patricia Delarico, a current exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art includes a 2013 diorama of La Côte Basque restaurant created by artist Jamie Wyeth. This is the first time the work is being publicly displayed, along with another diorama of Andy Warhol’s Factory dining room, as part of a major retrospective. From her report:

The dining room of La Côte Basque depicts Capote dining at a corner table with his longtime friend Joanne Carson, the former wife of talk show host Johnny Carson. Capote was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. Joanne Carson and Capote became such good friends, Capote lived in her home off California’s Sunset Boulevard and died there in 1984.

… Across the restaurant’s dining room, sits the very regal ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who is eating oysters, little tiny oysters, while wearing a bright red scarf and what looks to be an ushanka or furry Russian hat.

In the Factory diorama, Warhol can be seen, along with a moose’s head. Click over to her piece for a glimpse of the Capote-Carson image. La Côte Basque closed in 2004.

[Image of Capote quote: Sari ONeall/Shutterstock.com]
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Jill Abramson Shopping New Book

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 18:00

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is shopping a new book. Abramson was fired rather suddenly by the Times, but the book is not a “tell all.”

According to The New York Post, Abramson’s book will cover how legacy companies — like the Times — can exist in the modern media landscape alongside competitors like BuzzFeed. Sources told the Post that the book is expected to garner a high six-figure offer.

This will be Abramson’s third book. She previously wrote The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout, and co-wrote Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas with Jane Mayer.

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Journo Recalls the Sweet Smell of Hollywood Excess

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:45

Twenty years ago, before the advent of the Web and social media, this happened:

At an Oscar after-party in 1995, Tony Curtis was checking out [Kevin] Sessums and confessed that he once had a crush on Yul Brynner. “I think that’s why you’re making me feel so odd. You kinda look like him. I haven’t slept with a man in decades, but the night is young,” Curtis told him.

Ha ha. We’re not saying the Tinseltown bacchanal has been retired completely. But certainly, it’s not nearly out in the celeb-to-journo open as it was back when Sessusm was enjoying his heyday as an interview for Vanity Fair, Interview and other outlets.

The above snippet comes from an interview the the Daily Mail’s Caroline Howe. As we’ve previously reported, Sessums now is based in San Francisco, where he oversees the magazine FourTwoNine.

But Howe’s piece is not all west coast shenanigans. There’s also a bittersweet Heath Ledger Prague memory and a fun conversation with Diane Sawyer recalled.

The interview is in support of Sessums’ new memoir I Left It on the Mountain, out this week.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Interviewer Goes ‘Man-to-Man’ with Kevin Spacey
 
[Photo of Curtis, circa 2007: Serge Rocco/Shutterstock.com]

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What Prevention’s Digital Expansion Means for Writers

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:43

Prevention-ArticleWhile many publications battle for the attention of the coveted 18 to 34 demographic, Prevention isn’t in that game:

“We’re the only health-related brand that says [our audience is] 40-plus,” said editor-in-chief Bruce Kelley. “So that gives us special knowledge about the journey that women are going through as they head out of their 30s into their 40s and 50s. We speak to that journey in every article on every page.”

This focus has resulted in a magazine with a circulation of over 2 million and a total readership of about 8 million. Prevention’s recent and ongoing digital overhaul seeks to strengthen and expand the publication’s online presence. As a result, the mag is on the lookout for new voices for its digital side. Here were the elements of one recent successful pitch:

“[The writer] hit all the right notes — timeliness, relevance to our readership, drama, emotion,” [said health director Kate] Lowenstein. “What’s more, she wrote it in an easy, direct style that was persuasive but not pushy. Like an email to a friend.”

For more, including the best sections to focus on, read: How To Pitch: Prevention

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Sports Illustrated Cover Reminds You to Exercise

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:02

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The latest Sports Illustrated features Florida Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton covered in body paint. It also serves as a gentle reminder to exercise. More. No, more than that. You can stop once your chest is roughly the size of a coffee table.

Stanton, a 25-year-old outfielder, is the first pro athlete to be body painted on SI’s cover. He is not, however, the first pro athlete to make dudes feel bad about themselves.

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Anna Wintour Not Pleased with North West’s Look

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:32

Anna Wintour has had it with the way North West — daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West — is dressed. Radar reports that the Vogue editor wants the couple to dress North in more colorful clothing instead of the usual dark threads.

“Anna is not a fan of all black, and thinks it’s just inappropriate for North to be in dark colors,” an “insider” told Radar. The source even said that Wintour went so far as to check with designers that had sent North clothes, and ask for more colors. The (alleged) reason North is usually seen in drab clothing is because Kanye doesn’t like pink or pastels.

The Wintour intervention would be hilarious, if we believed it. There is just no way Wintour gives a damn about what North wears. Wintour has just a couple of other things to worry about. Also, we’re sure she realizes telling parents how to dress their kids is incredibly stupid.

If Kardashian and West want to dress North like a toddler in Mad Max, so be it. No one cares. Or rather, no one should care.

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Magazine Newsstand Sales Stabilize

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:00

According to MagNet’s latest study, magazine sales have somewhat recovered from the loss of distributor Source Interlink Distribution. For 4Q 2014, single copy magazine sales from the top 15 publishers were down nine percent compared to the same period in 2013.

“Taking into consideration the service disruption that began in June, 2014 that is just now approaching full recovery, we estimate that if 2014 would have been a normal year, annual dollar sales would have been about $2.845 billion, about a 7.16% dollar decline compared to 2013,” reported MagNet.

Of the publishers analyzed, Hearst Magazines had it the worst with a 18 percent drop in single copy sales. Condé Nast followed Hearst (sales down 14 percent); with Wenner Media (-13 percent), Rodale (-12 percent) and Meredith (-10 percent) rounding out the five worst performers.

On a more positive note, AMI and Time Inc.’s 4Q sales only dropped by two and three percent, respectively.

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Slate Launches Podcasting Platform

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:40

Slate has unleashed the power of its podcasts with the debut of Panoply. Panoply is a semi-open podcasting platform that will allow other companies to access Slate’s podcast resources, including sales, production, and audience development and distribution.

We say “semi-open” because as Mashable reports, only Slate approved companies will be able to use Panoply. As of now, Huff Post, Real Simple, Inc., The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science and New York are using the platform.

Panoply isn’t restricted to companies and magazines. Individuals such as Baratunde Thurston are using it for his podcast on race.

This is a smart move by Slate. The site has a rep for producing great podcasts, so it makes sense to try and leverage that power.

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Bonnier Honors Boating

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:20

coverBonnier Corporation’s second annual Excellence Awards winners have been announced. As you might guess, the awards are Bonnier’s way of celebrating Bonnier.

Taking home the top honor was Boating, which was named Brand of The Year. Boating’s editor-in-chief Kevin Falvey was also honored as Editor of The Year. If you own a boat and aren’t a Boating subscriber, maybe now is the time to check it out. If you don’t own a boat, well, we don’t blame you. Seems like a lot of work.

Below are a few of the other Excellence Awards. Congrats to everyone.

Designer: Todd Detwiler – design Director of Popular Science  Multichannel Sales Representative: Katie Logan – outdoor group sales manager Sales Manager: Glenn Sandridge – group publisher of the Boating, Water Sports and Aviation Group Sales Rep: Matt White – Northeast sales manager of the Boating, Water Sports and Aviation Group Digital Innovator: Amanda Jackson – social media manager Marketer: Haley Bischof – Active Interest Network’s group marketing director
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Confessions of a Restaurant Critic

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:10

RobertFMossPicAfter a relatively short run (seven years), Charleston City Paper food critic Robert F. Moss is hanging up the knife, fork and dessert spoon.

His farewell note to readers is a full meal, covering all sorts of fun territory. For starters, he writes that he will not miss his beat vocabulary:

There are only so many ways to describe food. You become hyper-aware of your own clichés. If you’ve gotten tired of reading “lovely,” “tinged” and “delightful” in my reviews over the past seven years, all I can say is that you should have seen the first drafts.

Moss also recalls, rather comically, how when he first hit the beat, he was assigned mostly to lower-rung restaurant targets because at that time Jeff Allen was the senior reviewer. He jokes that his credo became \"We eat this stuff so you don’t have to.\"

And when he recently tabulated a list of all the eateries he has reviewed, he discovered that more than half the places he wrote about between 2008 and 2011 are no longer in business. Moss ends by joking that for the right local restaurant price, he will happily reveal the photo identities of the colleagues he is leaving the beat behind to: Eric Doksa and Allston McCrady. He remains a contributing BBQ editor for Southern Living.

Read the rest of Moss’ musings here.

[Photo via: @mossr]
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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:00

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ESPN Suspends Olbermann | Rothman Replaces Pascal

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:16
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ESPN Suspends Keith Olbermann After Penn State Tweets (TVNewser)
ESPN has suspended Keith Olbermann for the remainder of the week after a series of tweets criticizing Penn State University fans and students. HuffPost Olbermann got himself into a social media battle Monday night when he called Penn State students “pitiful” in response to an article about the campus raising more than $13 million to fight pediatric cancer during its annual THON fundraiser. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Olbermann has called Penn State one of the “World’s Worst in Sports” on his show before. And on Tuesday, when a woman tweeted at him about the school raising money for charity with Penn State slogan “We are,” he responded “pitiful.” He then went on to tweet at other Penn State supporters, calling them “stupid” and “morons.” Variety Olbermann, never known to shy away from engaging detractors with debate, has faced suspension in the past. In 2010, MSNBC suspended him for making donations to political candidates without getting approval from superiors, a violation of company policy at the time. NYT ESPN said in a statement that Olbermann’s actions were \"completely inappropriate and [do] not reflect the views of ESPN.\" \"We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong,\" the statement said. Adweek Olbermann’s more vocal critics are just chalking it up to him being a jerk. But more specifically and perhaps generously, there are three intersecting issues that likely led to his poor decision to lash out at Penn State’s entire student body as they celebrated saving children’s lives.

Tom Rothman Named Head of Sony Motion Picture Group (Variety)
Sony Pictures named Tom Rothman chairman of its motion picture group Tuesday in a surprise move that follows the ouster of Amy Pascal as co-chair of the studio. In Rothman, Sony has tapped an industry veteran with ties to A-list talent to lead it as it struggles to recover from a cyber-attack that exposed its emails, budgets, salaries and institutional information to public scrutiny. That hack led to Pascal’s ouster and cost the studio tens of millions of dollars in legal fees and lost ticket sales. THR Rothman, an 18-year veteran of 20th Century Fox who ran that studio with Jim Gianopulos before being ousted in 2012, beat out several suitors for the Sony job, most notably Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad. Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, was also seen as a viable candidate thanks to his thriving division that has produced such hits as Breaking Bad and The Blacklist. WSJ The selection of Rothman, who has been running Sony’s TriStar Productions, serves as much as a signal by Sony to investors and business partners about a more cost-conscious approach to moviemaking as an actual change in strategy, according to people inside the studio and who do business with it. Re/code Michael Lynton, the Sony executive who oversees its entertainment business, including its embattled Hollywood studio, will stay with the company. Via a press release, Sony says it has extended Lynton’s contract, but didn’t provide other details.

DreamWorks Animation Takes $57 Million Write-Down on Penguins of Madagascar (THR)
DreamWorks Animation took a $57.1 million write-down primarily on the lackluster performance of Penguins of Madagascar as well as Mr. Peabody And Sherman, the beleaguered film studio announced Tuesday while posting less-than-expected quarterly financial results. Deadline In addition, DWA wrote off $54.6 million for layoffs, and $155.5 million from unreleased projects including B.O.O. and Monkeys of Mumbai. DWA says that it did not record any revenue from Penguins, released on Nov. 26, because distributor Fox had not yet recouped its costs. Same with home videos of Peabody And Sherman, released Oct. 14. Revenues for Television Series and Specials increased 7.7 percent to $50.7 million, but ended up with a loss of $2.6 million from a $7.3 million profit at the end of 2013 due to write-downs. WSJ DWA announced a fourth-quarter net loss of $263.2 million, or $3.08 a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a loss of $3.01 a share. The loss compared with a year-earlier profit of $17.2 million, or 20 cents a share. Quarterly revenue was up nearly 15 percent from last year but also missed expectations — $234.2 million when analysts expected $246 million. Driving a significant portion of the loss is a $210.1 million pretax charge associated with the company’s recently announced restructuring, which will eliminate some 500 jobs, remove some titles from its release schedule and scale back the number of features released per year from three to two. Variety Wall Street didn’t react well to the results. Shares in DWA lost nearly 10 percent shortly after the results were released, or more than $2 in after-hours trading, after closing up nearly 2.5 percent to close at $21.13 on Tuesday.

Jason Jones Announces Departure From The Daily Show Following Jon Stewart (Variety)
Weeks after Jon Stewart announced his resignation from The Daily Show, longtime correspondent Jason Jones broke the news that he’ll be following in his footsteps. Jones tweeted Tuesday that he will exit the show, in which he worked with his wife Samantha Bee, who’s been a correspondent since 2003, after nearly a decade. Deadline TBS has picked up a half-hour pilot from Jones and Bee to series with a 10-episode order. THR / The Live Feed The project is inspired by Jones and Bee’s experiences on family getaways and described as an honest and darkly comedic look at family.

NBCU CEO Says Cable ‘Tougher Business to Grow’ (TVNewser)
On Comcast’s fourth-quarter earnings call Tuesday, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said NBCU’s cable networks division earnings dropped 5.6 percent. Variety Revenue at NBCUniversal rose 2.3 percent to $6.6 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with $6.5 billion in the year-earlier period, Comcast said, citing performance at its theme parks and broadcast TV operations. Revenue fell at the company’s filmed-entertainment operations as home entertainment revenue declined. Revenue from cable TV networks was flat, owing to declines in advertising and an increase in program investment. THR As management had predicted, film-unit operating cash flow set a company record in 2014. In 2013, it had hit $438 million, which was a company record at the time. Comcast said it added 6,000 pay TV subscribers in the fourth quarter to end 2014 with a total of 22.383 million video customers. In the year-ago period, it had grown pay TV subscribers for the first time in 26 quarters, adding 46,000. Comcast’s fourth-quarter earnings of $1.93 billion rose 0.6 percent from the year-ago period.

February 2015 Ratings: Fox News No. 1 Cable Network in Primetime (TVNewser)
Fox News was the No. 1 basic cable channel in Primetime (8-11 p.m. ET) total viewers in February, outranking USA, AMC and TNT. The channel improved from Feb. 2014 in total day viewing, in both total viewers (1 percent) and the demo (3 percent), but was down 4 percent in primetime, among total viewers, which tells us that cable viewing overall in February was lackluster. TVNewser CNN saw the biggest increase among cable news networks compared to Feb. 2014. The network finished the month up 53 percent in total day viewers, and up 49 percent in the adult 25-54 demo for total day. CNN also had the biggest increase in primetime, up 28 percent in total viewers and up 27 percent in the demo. TVNewser As MSNBC prepares for a programming revamp next week, the month of February brought another chill to the NBCU channel. The network lost 48 percent of its primetime demo viewership and 43 percent of the total day demo vs. Feb. 2014. Still, MSNBC finished second (behind Fox News) in primetime total viewers, with a 4 percent viewer advantage over CNN. TVNewser HLN showed strong growth in February, up 18 percent in total day viewers and up 30 percent among the key adult 25-54 demo, compared to the same month last year.

Evening News Ratings: Week of Feb. 16 (TVNewser)
ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir overtook NBC Nightly News in the younger demo for the week of Feb. 16, with a 17,000 viewer lead. NBC Nightly News, with Lester Holt in the anchor chair, won in total viewers with a 416,000 viewer lead. Deadline Season to date, World News Tonight has nabbed the top spot in the key demo for the 10th time this season — its most number of wins at this point of a season in 18 years — since the 1996-97 season. Variety The ABC surge came even as NBC added viewers week over week. During the earlier five day period, Nightly News attracted 2.29 million viewers between 25 and 54 and 9.4 million viewers overall. That means Nightly News attracted approximately 11.4 percent more viewers in the demo and 7.4 percent more viewers in total.

Facebook Tops 2 Million Active Advertisers, Debuts Ads Manager iOS App (SocialTimes)
Facebook announced Tuesday that it now has more than 2 million active advertisers, and the social network launched its Ads Manager application for iOS. Mashable For Facebook, the number is a moving target. Six months ago, the social network boasted 1.5 million active advertisers, meaning they had advertised within the last month. Eighteen months ago, Facebook had 1 million active advertisers. Adweek Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone in a video post on the social network. Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg thanked small-and-medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs for jumping on board with the platform, helping it attract 500,000 new advertisers in the last year.

It’s Official: NBC Re-Ups Entertainment President Jennifer Salke (THR)
NBC has confirmed the renewal of Jennifer Salke’s contract as president of the network, according to sources. Salke joined NBC in 2011 as entertainment president under chairman Robert Greenblatt and has been part of a team that has seen NBC reverse its fortunes and rise to a No. 1 ranking. Variety In addition to spearheading scripted programming and development for NBC, Salke oversees the Universal Television studio arm, which has expanded its operations during the past two years in a push to produce shows for non-NBCU outlets.

Machinima Strikes Deal to Bring Exclusive Content to Vimeo (THR)
Vimeo is looking to bring more exclusive content to its video-on-demand platform through a deal with Machinima. Under the pact, Machinima’s network of more than 30,000 creators will be given access to the streamer’s Vimeo On Demand self-distribution platform. Variety The deal is similar in structure to Vimeo’s pact with Disney’s Maker Studios, under which Maker affiliates are eligible to work with the VOD provider to maximize their video creations. Vimeo has pledged to invest an unspecified amount of money in Maker talent.

GQ Promotes Sarah Ball, Plans Site Expansion And Revamp (FishbowlNY)
Sarah Ball has been promoted to executive digital editor, and GQ.com is undergoing an expansion and redesign over the next few months. Ball joined GQ as a senior editor last year. She previously served as VanityFair.com’s deputy editor.

New NBC Show Sounds A Lot Like A New ABC Show (TVNewser)
Josh Elliott is back reporting for NBC News. The former Good Morning America co-host, who now works primarily for NBC Sports, is hosting a three-part Dateline series called \"Escape,\" which NBC says will feature \"powerful first-hand stories of survival and recovery from ordinary people who faced extraordinary circumstances.\"

Condé Nast Traveler Adds Deputy Editor (FishbowlNY)
Candice Rainey has joined Condé Nast Traveler as a deputy editor. Rainey most recently served in the same role for Details. Rainey previously worked for Elle for six years and GQ for four years.

Final Oscar Ratings: Demo Stays Lowest Since 2008, Viewership Worst Since 2009 (Deadline)
While it is still the lowest performance among adults 18-49 since 2008 and the lowest viewership since 2009, the spread has tightened a touch. In final ratings, the Oscars went up a bit to get an 11.0/26 rating in the key demo with 37.3 million total viewers. That equals a 16 percent drop from the 2014 Academy Awards in the demo. It also is a 14 percent downturn from the 2014 ceremony.

Netflix Eyes Move Into Russia as Global Ambitions Slot Into Place (Variety)
While some global entertainment giants are pulling out of Russia, Netflix is considering a move into the troubled territory. Last month, NBCUniversal became the latest showbiz conglomerate to say that it would withdraw from the channels market in Russia.

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NYC Trip Scuttles Woman’s Chance to Meet Her Idol Oprah

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:30

KatDeLaFuenteBioImagine for a moment – assuming this is not already the case – that you worship Oprah Winfrey. E.g., she’s the reason you got into the media business. E.g.g, her talk show is a constant source of professional inspiration.

Now… Imagine that this same Oprah person suddenly, inexplicably materializes at the foot of your office. And you’re not there to open the door.

This is essentially what happened to Kat De La Fuente, one half of the Web interview series World Wide Kat. De La Fuente was in New York last Thursday when, at 10:30 p.m. PT, a black SUV with passengers Ava DuVernay and Oprah pulled into her Santa Monica office complex parking lot.

And to make matters just a little bit more cosmically cruel, it’s only because her World Wide Kat partner Maxwell Lloyd was sitting at her desk at that time of night, with the lights on, that he could be spied from the outside by DuVernay. Leading the Selma director to knock on the door and ask if Oprah could use the facilities.

An Instagram photo of Lloyd posing with Winfrey has led to coverage by Page Six, Access Hollywood and several other outlets. But many reports are missing the bigger picture. The story here isn’t that Max met Oprah. It’s that Oprah never met Kat.

As Lloyd told us via telephone, his personal media idols are named Larry David and Mel Brooks. He has tremendous respect and admiration for Winfrey, but it is De La Fuente, returning home to Los Angeles tonight, for whom Oprah was the opportunity of an imagined lifetime.

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Kirk Douglas Wonders About That ‘Dead Guy’

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:00

In an interview published this week, Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy tells George Mason University associate professor of film (and Popmatters.com contributor) Thomas Britt that the high bar of low-journalism films has already been set:

I mention Ace in the Hole and Network as films that seem to provide an historical backdrop to Gilroy’s present-day treatment of similar issues. He acknowledges both of them, saying, \"Any time you do a journalism film now or at any point you’re always going to be referencing to some degree those two films. Particularly Ace in the Hole because he’s an antihero; Kirk Douglas [Chuck Tatum] was an antihero in that film. And it was a brutal study of a morally bankrupt person driven to succeed. So there is a formulaic parallel in terms of narrative.\"

Douglas has a great personal fondness for Ace in the Hole. And as it just so happens, on the same day that Britt’s piece hit the airwaves, the actor was separately recalling the 1951 drama once more for EW. In so doing, he reminds that the dark shadows bathing both Ace in the Hole and Nightcrawler bleed into other professions:

 In preparation, Douglas hung out in a New York City police station. \"It was a rainy, cold day and someone was lying down in the courtyard. I asked, ‘What’s that?’ They told me, ‘Oh, that’s a dead guy. We’re trying to figure out who he is.’ I don’t know if they ever found out. Maybe he’s still there.\"

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RD Recap: New Hires at BuzzFeed; Caroline Fairchild Joins LinkedIn

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 23:04

Revolving DoorThe MSNBC shake-up continues with Michael Weisman jumping to the top of “Morning Joe.” The new head made his name working on live sport broadcasts, including the Olympics, the World Series and the Super Bowl, and owns 24 Emmys. Weisman’s next challenge: bring “Joe” back to the top of the morning cable ratings after falling behind CNN’s “New Day,” which it has trailed in the crucial 25-54 demo for more than half a year. Current executive producer Alex Korson will remain in the role, although for how long remains to be seen. Expect more changes to come at MSNBC…

Mat Honan snaps up three staffers for the BuzzFeed Silicon Valley bureau he heads, poaching Re/code deputy managing editor John Paczkowski, New York Times Dealbook reporter William Alden and Caroline O’Donovan from Neiman Journalism Lab. Additionally, Nicole Nguyen joins the San Francisco office, but she’ll be on the BuzzFeed Life team… The LinkedIn editorial expansion keeps going, with Caroline Fairchild joining as new economy editor, leaving Fortune. “At LinkedIn, I’ll have an opportunity to become a key architect of the future of business journalism. While I may be unsure what that future looks like, I look forward to playing an active role in creating it,” she wrote in an announcement.”… Read More

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Media Minutiae

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 23:00

AgencySpy: You can mark today as the date you learned about “real booty music.” You’re welcome.

TVSpy: CBS-owned KTVT had 14 people simultaneously reporting about a winter storm. What more could a viewer want?

SocialTimes: The Shazam app just exposed a lot of Maroon 5 fans. You know who you are, dammit.

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The Cult of the ‘Surfer Angel’

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 21:50

Today’s Wall Street Journal A-Hed is a good one. Although it only appears in print, at the bottom of the front page. The headline reads: “In Brazil, Support Swells for ‘Surfer Angel’.”

The online A-Hed is not quite as wink-wink: \"In Brazil, ‘Surfer Angel’ is Considered for Sainthood.” From the top of Brazil WSJ correspondent John Lyons’ piece:

The would-be patron saint of good vibes is Guido Schäffer, a Brazilian priest-in-training who was 34 and about to be ordained when he drowned while surfing near Rio de Janeiro in 2009.

After he died, locals started calling him the \"Surfer Angel\" and made pilgrimages to his tomb. Some left engraved stone plaques thanking him for answered prayers. Others left molds of feet and heads indicating body parts healed through his intercession.

Posthumously, there was a book written about Schaffer by a Portuguese journalist. And now, per Lyons and some other recent articles, a 2015 effort sanctioned by the Vatican to present evidence of the man’s holiness.

Read the rest of the article here. And if you’ve forgotten where the term A-Hed came from, click here.
 
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