Friday, December 5, 2008

December 5, 2008 News

Nikki Finke reports layoffs and more at the Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Read this for all the news.

Also, Variety's new address is: 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 3100. Zip (LA 90036) stays the same.

LA Observed adds that Backstage's Lauren Horwich was laid off.

This also from LA Observed a few days ago:

The Los Angeles Daily Journal newsroom was told this afternoon, in a very brief meeting, that editor Martin Berg is moving over to columnist and the new editor in chief is David Houston. He has been the San Francisco editor.

An email to Weekend Editor Bettie Rinehart came back to me this week as an auto reply saying she no longer works at the Times.

Thanks to Omar Cunningham with Mannfolk PR, who passed on the news that the high-end luxury lifestyle magazine Atlanta Peach (same publisher as Ocean Drive) folded December 3.

For minute by minute posts about changes at media outlets all around the country, add this to your daily/hourly Twitter "must see":

The LA Times reorganizes its Food section staff, with Russ Parsons re-taking the food editor position. Betty Hallock is deputy editor, and Rene Lynch is, and I quote from the announcement, "assistant food editor/interactive." Details here.

Thanks to Brenda Rees for passing along an email from, which is soliciting advertising but also apparently interested in getting”calendar events, articles or press releases." Check it out here.