Friday, July 13, 2007

July 13, 2007 News

Yesterday's post got lots of attention around the net, including this on Daily News writer Steven Rosenberg's blog. I'll take it as a compliment that he referred to PRMediaMoves as "a pretty good source for those who practice the craft of flackery." Of the new combined features section, he took pains to insist that "Local coverage will not go away from these newspapers" and revealed that the new name will be for the Daily News, Press-Telegram and Daily Breeze, but it will be titled Go! In the other six papers. He also writes about an expanded health section at the Daily News. Check it out.

Spoke yesterday with Tom Brocato, producer of the new "NOW PLAYING with Gary Collins" that airs weekly on RLTV. The program is geared toward the "baby-boomers" (55+) crowd and is apparently seen in over 26 million households. Tom is open to pitches for recognizable/familiar entertainment celebrity in-studio guests who might discuss their latest film, television project, book, theatre venture, concert or music release, charity project, etc. They tape on Wednesdays from 10 to 2 p.m. in Studio City, and need only 30 minutes of the talent's time. The program, which premiered in July, is on weekly for (initially) 13 weeks through September, each segment taped two to three weeks prior to airing. Collins is, of course, the former host of "Hour Magazine" and "The Home Show."

Pitch Tom by email, fax or phone:
Tom Brocato, Producer
"NOW PLAYING with Gary Collins"
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(O) 323/930-5820
(F) 323/938-7115

LA Opera is looking for a Public Relations Manager, reporting to PR Director Gary Murphy.

Does anyone have any annoying stories/horror stories to share about calls you've received from "pretending-to-be-press" types after an event is listed on the so-called Hollywood News Calendar? I'll share mine if you'll share yours. All names will be changed to protect the (innocent) publicist.