Monday, August 25, 2008

August 25, 2008 News

Thanks to the ever-on-top-of-things Lucy Pollak for this…

Got a message from Nancy Bishop that the Venice Magazine calendar has been discontinued with the September issue, and that the gmail venicemagcal address has been disabled.

And this…

Kristin Viola is now the editor of Where LA. Benjamin Epstein remains as Executive Editor, but he will concentrate primarily on Where OC and Performances magazine.

I just spoke with Benjamin, and he's also editor of the company's Guestbook LA and Guestbook Orange County. Keep him on your lists, especially because Performances covers LA-area arts.

The Advocate goes from bi-weekly to monthly in January, according to an announcement from Jon Barrett, the magazine's new editor-in-chief.

Oscar Garza turns up at the Daily News. About that and more on high-level staff courtesy of LA Observed.

Cision's Revolving Door has news of the demise of two magazines: Hachette Filipacchi's Home and Heart's Town & Country Travel.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


LA Observed has a memo from LA Times' Leo Wolinsky, associate editor overseeing features announcing that Millie Quan has been named to the new position of senior features editor. Take the link to read more about this plus other recent Times appointments.

Does anyone still actually use rolodexes?


Thanks to Leticia Buckley for passing this on from the LA Times' Shayna Sobol, who is one of the best communicators at the Times, always responsive, which is always appreciated by us PR types:

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I've touched base with you. As I'm sure most of you know, there have been many changes going on at the Times and I, like everyone else, am trying to keep up with them.

I'm told that the arts coverage in print, and that includes theater and dance listings, is a topic that is still very much in discussion. However, for the time being, our print listings will only appear in Sunday Calendar. I am greatly disappointed about this but I realize, more than ever now, how important it is to embrace the Guide website. After all, it's the only sure place to see your events listed. Our staff is pretty slim, but we will make every effort to post submissions in a timely manner.

Which brings me to two reminders:

1. Please continue to submit your events to us! I know you're probably frustrated with the reduced coverage, but I'm still here and I'm still monitoring that in-box, which has seen a decrease in submissions of late. The address to get to the form is simple:

2. For review and/or feature coverage consideration, send your press releases to Lisa Fung. (I am open to receiving press releases, in addition to your events submission forms, but instead of counting on me to forward them to Lisa, it's a good idea to get them to her directly.)

I hope this note finds all of you well and working on new and exciting projects. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm looking forward to being overwhelmed with your submissions... go ahead, pile them on!

And, as always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding the listings, the Guide site... whatever's on your mind.

All the best,

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

August 14, 2008 News

New show, here's the scoop:

The Bonnie Hunt Show, produced by Telepictures and Warner Bros. will premiere on September 8. You might remember Bonnie from such films as The Green Mile, Dave, Rain Man, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, and Cheaper By The Dozen as well as her hit ABC sitcom, Life With Bonnie. She will be seated behind a desk and feature two celebrities a day as well as other guests, from everyday people to experts. She is a premiere talent who’s incredibly quick, funny and relatable. Though she’s worked with nearly every big name in Hollywood, she’s still “your next door neighbor with a first-class talk show”. BONNIE show will be shot in front of an audience, live-to-tape to air the following day. The show tapes Monday-Wednesday at 4pm and Thursday at 2pm and 6pm at The Culver Studios. BONNIE was one of the fastest programs to clear and has been sold in 97% of the country. We will air at 2pm in New York and 12PM in Los Angeles on NBC.

Contact is:
9336 W. Washington Blvd. Bldg. J, Culver City, CA 90232
310.845.2541 james.avenell@

UCLA Live is looking for a staff senior publicist. According to the departing Holly Wallace (returning to New Orleans as director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance), the position is now posted (req. #12491). Apply online here.

News from Paul Del Colle at Walek & Associates:

Dow Jones & Company… announced that Kathleen Madigan, who formerly worked at BusinessWeek Magazine, will join the Dow Jones Newswires editorial team as “Big Picture” columnist and economics writer. Ms. Madigan will start her duties on August 11, 2008, and will focus on all aspects of U.S. economics coverage.

This was passed on by Brenda Rees some weeks ago, sorry for the delay:

Premiering in September - THE Magazine LA, a new visually oriented, monthly periodical devoted to the contemporary visual art scene in Los Angeles.

Each issue features:

UNIVERSE OF - Stories of both emerging and established artists

FEATURES - In-depth coverage of the Los Angeles art scene, from exclusive interviews with contemporary artists, collectors, and curators in Los Angeles to coverage of important curatorial work

PREVIEWS - Coverage of what's coming up in LA's galleries, museums, art centers, and more

CRITICAL REFLECTIONS - Where we share with readers - no holds barred - our responses to what's going on in the contemporary art world around town including reviews of important exhibitions

To be considered for reviews and previews

Please forward us any and all press releases for your upcoming exhibitions. Attach 3 to 4 high resolution files of work from each exhibition. Extension to email below is

Send Press Releases and images to listings@

Monday, August 11, 2008

August 11, 2008 News

It's hard to keep track of who's leaving and who's gone at the LA Times, but these relatively recent LA Observed links include some updates, here and here.

More details about the LA Times' new magazine here.

Nice story about the lead-up to KPPC "Off Ramp" host John Rabe's marriage to partner Julian Bermudez in the Pasadena Star News on Saturday, the wedding day.

JuliB replaces Angeleno's Hot List online/email. web site instructs:

to submit information for editorial consideration, please e-mail images and details to submissions@ (etc). You may also send product samples to:
att: editorial review
302a west 12th street
new york, ny 10014

Happy birthday to RR!!