Friday, August 24, 2007

August 24, 2007 News

Hot off the LA Times' advertising department presses, courtesy of my awesome associate Libby Huebner, and I quote:
Beginning on October 18th, our weekly Thursday Calendar will print in two separate sections!

Section 1 will become a broadsheet, and continue to be SoCal's #1 source for movies and television.

Section 2 will remain a tab, called Calendar/The Guide, and give our readers a detailed look at the weekend ahead, including more coverage of concerts, theatres, clubs and art galleries! Help them decide what to do and where to go! Best of all, new zoning options will allow you to deliver your message to customers close to home.

Plus, Calendar/The Guide online joins the family beginning in January, 2008."

Christine Richard joins Sunset Magazine as a senior editor covering travel, replacing Abigail Peterson. Amy Wolf is still Sunset's travel editor.


Angeleno Assistant Editor Lyndsey Saul is the current contact for calendar submissions.

__________________________ Editor-in-Chief Jason Middleton comments at LA Observed about Leslie Balla's "RIP" post about his site.

Possibly responding to my request, Middleton had the page of editorial contacts for updated to delete names of folks no longer there (just about everyone except him), but strangely, Enid Portuguez is still listed. Reportedly, she has moved to the LA Times' Image section.


Also now at the Times' Image section is Emili Vesilind, who was West Coast retail editor of Women’s Wear Daily and previously editor of Times-Mirror's defunct Distinction Magazine.


New at is Mike Jones, managing editor, film festivals, overseeing the web site's film festival coverage and maintaining the Fest Central blog.


FishbowlLA has this about possible changes at The Hollywood Reporter.

We know for sure from LA Observed that The Hollywood Reporter, ESQ. has been folded into its online sister publication,, and several staffers were let go.


LA Observed also got the memo announcing that Geoff Mohan is the LA Times' new environment editor, replacing Frank Clifford, who took the buyout.


Thanks again to my ultra-esteemed colleague Libby Huebner for passing this tip along from KidsLA Magazine, whose premier issue arrives this winter. According to a press release,

"The winter edition focuses on the wonders of the winter season, and especially Holiday traditions. KidsLA Magazine is published quarterly, and is geared towards upper income families with children ages 4 – 12, living in the greater Los Angeles area. KidsLA Magazine wants to hear about any Winter/Holiday events and activities being held from December 2007 through February 2008. The magazine will also have a Social Scene section for kid’s events, and is looking for any photos from such events. Deadline: October 1, 2007. Please send announcements/photos highlighting event details to:
Jemma Gafford, Editor-In-Chief,"


What the….? If you want to be depressed about ever-shrinking outlets for arts coverage – classical music in particular – read OC Register Classical Music Critic Tim Mangan's blog post from a week or so ago. Thanks to the incredible Rachelle Roe for bringing this to my attention.


We'll end on an up note, though. Congratulations to erstwhile LA Times Kid's Page Editor Mary Ellen Walker, who is Descanso Gardens's new public relations manager, replacing the retired Avery Econome.