NYT’s Sulzberger: No Print Edition In Future

By | Thursday September 9, 2010 @ 10:50am PDT

The time is rapidly coming when Hollywood studios can forget buying all those 6-page spreads advertising their awards movies in The New York Times. Because NYT Chairman & Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr, told the WAN-IFRA 9th International Newsroom Summit in London that there won’t be a newspaper soon. Asked about his response to the suggestion that the NYT might print its last edition in 2015, Sulzberger said he saw no point in making such predictions and said all he could say was that, “We will stop printing the New York Times sometime in the future, date TBD.”

According to news coverage of the conference, Sulzberger also fleshed out plans for the paper’s introduction of a “metered” paywall in early 2011. (The NYT started and stopped its TimesSelect pay experiment in 2007 which was widely deemed a failure.) Readers will be allowed to access a certain number of articles free each month, Read More »

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Reports: Newsweek Sale To Sidney Harman

By | Monday August 2, 2010 @ 12:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The New York Times and Politico report that the Washington Post Co will sell Newsweek to Dr. Sidney Harman, a 91-year old stereo equipment  magnate, philanthropist, and husband of U.S. Rep Jane Harman (D-Calif.). The NYT reports that Harman began selling FM radios in the 1950s. Now, he’ll have to prove that a print newsweekly isn’t the equivalent of the phonograph. He’ll do it without longtime editor Jon Meacham, who’s going to leave. Harman is paying $1, and absorbing Newsweek‘s “considerable financial liabilities”. Newsweek, which has been redesigned as it switched from hard news to trends and analysis, lost nearly $30 million last year alone, Read More »

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LA Times Follows NY Times’ Lead? New Movie Editor With No Showbiz Experience?

UPDATE: Bizarrely, LA Times entertainment chief Sallie Hofmeister didn’t bother to even mention that Julie Makinen, formerly Julie Bowles, worked at The Hollywood Reporter briefly. Very briefly.
Previous: Earlier this week, I pointed out that both the new Movie Editor and TV Editor for The New York Times have zero experience with Hollywood. (… Read More »

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New Movie And TV Editors For NY Times

Times1Both editors are veterans of The New York Times but have zero showbiz expertise. Because we all know that it takes no special knowledge to cover Hollywood, right? As a result, Mary Jo Murphy leaves the Week In Review to take charge of the Hollywood and publishing beats. And Craig Hunter moves from the science desk to oversee the TV, music, and advertising coverage. Like their predecessors, both report to Bruce Headlam who top edits the Media desk. Hunter replaces the very able Steve Reddicliffe who moves to the NYT‘s sports section after a near-lifetime editing and writing TV coverage. Steve deserves a medal for dealing with that virtual network flack Bill Carter who’s never met a TV CEO he didn’t fawn over. (New York Times’ Bill Carter Is At It Again) But Murphy replaces Rick Lyman, who heads to the national desk and may go down in the paper’s history as the worst movie editor of all time.

First, Lyman was a lousy NYT Hollywood correspondent. He was told to stop writing a series of “Watching Movies With…” articles on the grounds they were long and boring. He regularly trailed major media outlets on showbiz news. And he allowed himself to be used as a mouthpiece by every movie studio publicist, most regrettably by Harvey Weinstein’s. Then Lyman took that lameness back to NYC. Helped by the fact that he and Bill Keller were friends from their concurrent time covering South Africa (Lyman for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Keller winning a Pulitzer for the NYT), Lyman scored some plum jobs and eventually landed as the Culture section’s Hollywood editor. Then the Media Desk formed, and he and Reddicliffe became deputy editors on it.

But the problem is that, under Lyman’s years of poor leadership, the NYT coverage of Hollywood became — and still is — largely irrelevant. Once known for breaking news and informed analysis and trenchant trends about the entertainment biz, the paper now regularly takes a backseat to Bloomberg or the Wall Street Journal or Deadline or even a myriad websites. (I’m told Lyman would spend every hour of every day obsessing about Internet news breaks instead of doing anything about them.) Following instead of leading will be Lyman’s legacy. Read More »

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Who’ll Be Next NY Times Magazine Editor?

By | Thursday June 24, 2010 @ 7:42pm PDT
Mike Fleming

It’s one of newsosaur journalism’s most coveted gigs, and always influential in terms of Hollywood coverage. mastheadNow the Grey Lady is expected to announce by next week that Gerry Marzorati will exit his post as editor of The New York Times Read More »

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Two Different Reads On CBS Fall Lineup…

By | Thursday May 20, 2010 @ 6:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

This morning I read in The New York Times that ”CBS shook up the upfront week on Wednesday with the most startling moves of any network for the coming season.” But then I read the Wall Street Journal, whose parent company News Corp also owns CBS’ rival Fox, and its headline ”Playing It Safe” for a story … Read More »

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Conan On ’60 Minutes’: Set Your DVRs

By | Tuesday April 27, 2010 @ 5:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

conan frenzyConan O’Brien is returning to TV via CBS’ 60 Minutes whose Steve Kroft has landed the first interview with the former Tonight Show host. It’s already been taped and will air on Sunday, May 2. That’s a day after O’Brien’s ban on giving … Read More »

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Still No Distributor For Valerie Plame Drama Before Its Cannes Film Festival Premiere

By | Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 1:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

fair_game_movie_image_sean_penn_naomi_watts_01While the Sean Penn-Naomi Watts drama Fair Game doesn’t officially premiere until its Cannes debut in competition on May 20, the finished film screened yesterday in Hollywood to a packed house of distributors. The Doug Liman-directed film tells the story of … Read More »

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What Does Grisham’s E-Book Move Mean?

By | Thursday March 18, 2010 @ 6:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

john-grishamJohn Grisham’s decision to let Random House release his 23-book backlist in E-book format means one of the last big holdout authors has taken the digital plunge. Is it another symbolic nail in the coffin of indie bookstores and chains? “It’s … Read More »

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Can Critics Kill Broadway-Bound Musicals?

By | Wednesday March 10, 2010 @ 2:24pm PST
Mike Fleming

broadway1An oft-asked question — do reviewers matter anymore? — was the subject of lunchtime chatter today in theater circles, after the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Love Never Dies was pummeled by The New York Times reviewer Ben Brantley. Some wondered if … Read More »

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Tracy & Hepburn? More Like Martin & Lewis

By | Monday February 1, 2010 @ 1:02pm PST

pascal lynton NYTAnd while I’m in the mood to bitchslap The New York Times, here’s more: In October, Sunday’s Business section ran a puff piece on Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal headlined “Sony’s Version of Tracy and Hepburn”. But Tim Arango failed to … Read More »

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Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

By and | Monday February 1, 2010 @ 12:11am PST

UPDATE: The New York Times now says it’s linking to our article.

How dishonorable that The New York Times doesn’t properly credit us for our scoop last week, Summit Expressing “Very Preliminary” Interest In Miramax Name & Film Library, which was posted 3 full days ahead … Read More »

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New York Times’ Bill Carter Is At It Again

By | Wednesday December 2, 2009 @ 4:06pm PST

If you think The New York Times television reporter Bill Carter’s usual suck-up coverage of the small screen biz has been even more fawning than usual to The Powers And Entertainers That Be, this is why: Carter is doing another book.

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TOLDJA! Oprah Exits Syndication In 2011; Announcement Live On Her Friday Show

By | Thursday November 19, 2009 @ 3:56pm PST

oprah_wideweb__470x3120UPDATE (includes Harpo letter): Both Broadcasting & Cable & Variety, followed by The New York Times and The Washington Post, and every other media outlet just came out today with news headlines reporting what I did first on November 5th: That Oprah Winfrey will … Read More »

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Ben Silverman Now Addicted To Self-Promotion; UPDATE: See ’30 Rock’ Diss

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 2:20pm PDT

The 30 Rock diss of Ben Silverman is here.

Amazing that the “Advertising Hall of Achievement” is honoring Ben Silverman as one of its “Newest Stars”. Check out the full page ad in The New York Times on Page A11 today. It seems that just a few months into his … Read More »

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NY Times “Carpetbagger” Changes Writers

By | Tuesday October 20, 2009 @ 1:47pm PDT

ryzikEXCLUSIVE: David Carr steps down and Melena Ryzik steps in as the new lead writer starting December 1st of The New York Times‘ “Carpetbagger” awards season blog covering the Oscar, Golden Globes, Sundance Film Festival, and other movie campaigns. She is … Read More »

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More Layoffs Underway Now At LA Times; 100 Newsroom Cuts Planned At NY Times: Is Entertainment Coverage Immune?

By | Tuesday October 20, 2009 @ 12:11pm PDT

layoffs1I’m receiving word that Tina Daunt who wrote the “Cause Celebre” column about Hollywood politics is included in a new wave of layoffs by the Los Angeles Times, which has already bought out or fired so many people that it’s a … Read More »

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THE IGER SANCTION, Cont’d: Does Rich Ross Fit Disney Studios’ Glass Slipper?

By | Wednesday September 23, 2009 @ 12:21am PDT

UPDATES EXCLUSIVE! Dick Cook Fired From Disney

Disney Logo2Disney CEO Bob Iger likes to keep corporate secrets. (Witness the Marvel-Disney deal. And the Dick Cook bloodletting.) So … Read More »

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Jon Landman NY Times’ New Culture Editor

By | Tuesday September 15, 2009 @ 10:20am PDT

Here’s the memo from The New York Times topper Bill Keller:

To the Staff:

After much deliberation, and a fair amount of not-even-in-the-ballpark speculation from Times-obsessed kibbitzers, we have a new culture editor to replace Sam Sifton. He is, I’m delighted to announce, Jon Landman.

Like the appointment of Sam as our new

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