LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2006 The Envelope (www.TheEnvelope.com) strengthens the Los Angeles Times’ commitment to being the indispensable source for comprehensive year-round entertainment awards coverage with the debut of a content-rich 11-week print series beginning tomorrow (November 1, 2006), according to The Times Publisher David D. Hiller. The year-old website will also unveil enhanced online features in time for the glittering trophy season to offer both the entertainment industry and general interest consumers fresh topical coverage of contending films, music and personalities, along with the inherent festivities, politicking and odds-making.
The expanded offerings follow the quintessential site’s tremendous initial popularity, and underscores The Times’ unique ability to provide the Hollywood insider perspective.
“The Los Angeles Times has an unparalleled commitment to covering entertainment, and the growth of The Envelope takes us even deeper into the spectacular awards season in Hollywood,” said Hiller. “Not only is entertainment one of our region’s leading industries, it is also one of the largest U.S. exports, and The Envelope has emerged as an indispensable resource online and now in print, with news, insight and analysis that is unequalled.”
The Envelope is the only awards-intensive destination devoted to the full spectrum of the awards that power show business and the November 1 February 21 special print editions will appear in The Times as everyone from the Grammy Awards to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences bestow their honors. In this original print series, The Envelope will look at each of the major creative disciplines, from crafts and special effects to animation. Each edition will offer a lineup of regular features, including “The Corner Office,” James Bates’ high-powered chats with Hollywood movers and shakers; the Buzzmeter chart where a diverse group of industry pundits gauge who’s hot and who’s not in key awards races; Tom O’Neil’s “In Contention” wrap-up; Elizabeth Snead on the red carpet fashion and celebrity party scene; and news and analysis from entertainment reporter John Horn and Big Picture columnist Patrick Goldstein. Additional features will also be introduced throughout the season.
“In The Envelope print series, we hope to produce sections that are sophisticated enough to appeal to the industry insider but accessible enough to be enjoyed by the general reader,” said Deputy Features Editor Lennie LaGuire said, who is in charge of The Times features entertainment coverage and supervisor of The Envelope print series. “The aim is to offer intelligent reporting and analysis, combined with the fun and froth of the Hollywood awards season.”
Tom Tapp, former Executive Editor of Variety’s V Life, has been named Editor of The Envelope’s print series. Beginning with a special 32-page, full color Awards Preview on November 1st, The Envelope’s 11 print editions will include: Crafts/Special Effects 11/8, Animation 11/15, Best Writing 11/22, Best Actor 12/6, Best Director 12/13, Best Picture 12/20, Golden Globes Preview 1/10, Oscar Nominations/Screen Actors Guild Wrap-Up 1/31, Grammys 2/7 and Oscar Preview 2/21.
Online, The Envelope’s reputation for breaking exclusive news stories and providing insight into all that happens behind-the-scenes has created the demand for more original content features, exclusive in-depth reporting, photo galleries, audio and video pod casts, lists, forums, polls, expert roundtables, archives and analysis of awards shows contributed by some of the biggest and most respected names in entertainment journalism.
“Entertainment awards can launch careers, bolster studios and have a dramatic financial impact on box office, DVD and CD sales,” said Scott Robson, executive producer of The Envelope. “Our deep experience covering both the business and creative aspects of the industry allows us to speak directly to those inside the entertainment business as well as to draw entertainment enthusiasts and consumers with our exceptional coverage of these honors.”
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