Very sad news: the passing of LA Times reporter Annette Haddad. LA Observed has the memo from Times Editor Russ Stanton.
Also at the Times, Steve Padilla has joined the national desk as an assistant national editor. Memo here.
Laura Clark is another name among the Variety layoffs last week.
Interesting story in the NY Observer about coverage of Hollywood by bloggers vs "traditional" media, with juicy quotes from Peter Bart, Anita Busch, Nikke Finke and Sharon Waxman.
LA Confidential news, according to FishbowlLA:
Sari Tuschman, formerly of E! Entertainment Television has been named editor-in-chief. Lesley McKenzie was promoted to deputy editor from sister publication Michigan Avenue. Alison Miller has been appointed publisher, and Jason Binn, CEO and founder of parent company Niche Media, has taken on the role of editorial director.