Friday, January 30, 2009

January 30, 2009 News


LA Observed has latest disturbing details here with links to earlier reports. Bottom line is more layoffs and folding the California section into the main news section.


New layoffs earlier this week at Variety, including our friend Phil Gallo plus Mike Jones, Alys Marshall, Andrew Barker, Byron Perry, Lisa Weinstein, Martha Hernandez, Diane Garrett, Ben Fritz, Anne Thompson and Jeff Sneider More details from LA Observed.


From Cision:

The Daily Endorsement is a new pop culture blog written by the editors of Esquire magazine. The blog… features picks and pans of new ideas, links, products and services chosen by bloggers Matt Sullivan, Tim Heffernan, and Sammy Davis.

Also from Cision:

Gustavo Arellano is now the host of the radio show Four O'Clock Tuesdays with Gustavo Arellano on KPFK-FM. The show focuses on local news and issues in Southern California.

Thanks to Omar Cunningham of Mannfolk PR for the tip that Domino Magazine is closing. The following is from the New York Times:

This new reality has gripped the publishing industry as well. In just the last three months, the magazines Cottage Living, Country Home and O at Home have folded. Now Domino, a four-year-old title that had grown to a readership of more than 800,000, has become the eighth major home design magazine to cease publication since November 2007 — when Condé Nast shocked many in the industry by shuttering another of its home magazines, the 106-year-old House & Garden.


Bob Thomas, just retired from FORE Magazine but still fervently covering classical music at his blog.


Rick Orlov for his thorough reporting.

(Though that should be a given for journalists, it's been my experience this past week that one of the nation's highest level national media outlets -- not a newspaper, not a radio or tv outlet, not even a blog -- was guilty over and over again of biased and inaccurate coverage of one of my clients that had to be updated and corrected several times. Which makes writers like Rick all the more appreciated.)


"It's Always the Publicist's Fault, Right?" Department

Not that I know all the facts, but I disagree with Nikki Finke's assessment that bad pr counsel is the real problem at the Motion Picture and Television Fund closing some of its facilities. Isn't it always SO easy to blame the publicist? Read about it here.

"Well, Sometimes it is the Publicist's Fault" Department

Read this on Sharon Waxman's blog about the film critic who'd had it with an overly persistent publicist.