Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Entertainment Weekly 2.1: The New Media Talent Continues to Play Musical Chairs


It's only been a few short weeks since I first wrote about the current crop of new media talent, and how their cults of personalities have made waves in the industry...and the shift in talent hasn't stopped yet.

Quick round up of what happened over the past few weeks:

  • Over at, Susan Hickey - who replaced the irreplaceable Karina Stenquist has...uh....disappeared. Mobuzz went oddly silent for the first few days in August - then Anil de Mello, the producer of, popped up on camera with a bizarrely worded announcement that "Susan is no longer with us" and that was doing a casting call looking for a new host. Given all of the - oh, lets just call it "tepid" - response to Susan over on the forums, one wonders if poor Susan caved under the onslaught of criticism. A shame, really, if that was the case. (It does, however, point out - if somewhat cruelly - the immediacy of the relationship between the talent and their audience in this new media world.)
  • Another mysterious disappearance over at co-host Patrick Norton also disappeared...although not quite in the same alien-abduction manner as Hickey did - Patrick has been showing up as a guest on TWiT, and appeared (briefly) in a episode to collect his things. Roger Chang takes the co-chair with Robert Heron - which is an excellent choice if they make the switch permanent. Rumor mill (and common sense), says that Patrick is headed over to Revision3 with his old boss, Jim Lauderback... and I'm not validating this rumor with this article from the weenies over at Valleywag ("more than one tipster"...cut me some slack- that's only one step above quoting "a mysterious Soviet scientist" as your source), but rather from episode 110 of Diggation, which finds the Digg Brothers sporting barely contained smirks while hypothesizing on Norton's next gig.
  • While we are talking about Revision3, check this out...valley blogger, and sometimes Cranky Geek, Om Malik becomes an unlikely pop star the new Revision 3 creation: The GigaOM Show. Although I was amused by Om on Cranky Geeks and other appearances, I never thought about him being able to carry a whole show...turns out, he can. Who knew? The show still has quite a bit to work out - the Salvation Army-esque couch makes for an awkward seating arrangement for Om's guests - in all the episodes, the guests all look faintly uncomfortable to be sitting there. (Om: talk Louderback into buying a boardroom table. Trust me here.)
BTW, huge bonus points to Revision3 for putting Kevin Rose and Jason Calacanis onto that awkward couch together on The GigaOM Show...the only way it could have been better is if they had been placed on one of those queen sized beds that have been slept in by an old married couple for 20 years...watching Rose and Calacanis fighting to keep from slipping together into the divot in the middle of the bed - now THAT would be entertainment!

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