Articles By Christopher Zara

From Companies Aug 01, 2012

The Daily Lays Off A Third Of Its Staff: Rupert Murdoch’s Experiment Goes Awry

The struggling tablet-only newspaper the Daily is planning to fire 50 of its 170 employees. The opinion and sports departments will be hardest hit.

From Entertainment Aug 01, 2012

Kim Kardashian Saves Oprah Winfrey: Celeb Interviews Poise OWN For Comeback

After sinking more than half a billion dollars into the talk-show titan's namesake cable channel, Discovery Communications on Tuesday reported that the Oprah Winfrey Network is on track for profitability in the second half of 2013. The prediction is a sharp turnaround from just a few months ago.

From Entertainment Aug 01, 2012

Did Nielsen Rig TV Ratings In Exchange For Bribes? Lawsuit Says Yes

In a lawsuit filed late last week in New York’s Supreme Court, New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) accused the ratings giant of manipulating viewership statistics in favor of broadcasters that offered money to ratings officials.

From Entertainment Jul 31, 2012

Spin Magazine Suspends Publishing, Lays Off 11 Staffers

In a statement on Sunday, Buzzmedia, the digital-media company that purchased Spin earlier this month, said the bi-monthly magazine "will change" after the September/October issue. The company will not publish a November/December issue as originally planned, and it is not clear when production will resume.

From Entertainment Jul 31, 2012

Twitter DogHouse Lets You Put Annoying Tweeps In Time Out

Twitter DogHouse is the name of a new third-party app that allows Twitter users to temporarily unfollow annoying tweeps and then re-follow them again after a preset amount of time -- say three weeks from now after all the fanfare from London has finally died down.

From Economy Jul 29, 2012

Now Hiring: TV Newsrooms - Near Record Employment For Broadcast Biz

Employment in the television-news industry is the highest it has been since 2000, according to the Radio Television Digital News Association, a journalism trade group for electronic media.

From Entertainment Jul 29, 2012

The Softer Side Of Rocco Landesman: NEA Grants Bring The Arts To Your Town

The National Endowment for the Arts announced this month the second round of grants under its ambitious nationwide initiative dubbed Our Town, which provides funds to struggling neighborhoods for the purpose of investing in theater, dance, music, writing, and visual art.

From Sports Jul 29, 2012

Oh, Danny Boyle - How A Scrappy Indie Director Pulled Off An Olympic Feat

Although an estimated 4 billion worldwide viewers tuned in for Danny Boyle's sulfur-spewing smokestacks, giant "Harry Potter" puppets and peppy Britpop medleys, most may still be wholly unaware of the humble beginnings from which the man behind the Olympic curtain sprang.

From Entertainment Jul 28, 2012

Family Sues Producers Over ‘Expendables 2’ Stuntman Death

Zong Yu Liu and Tan Mei Bai filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that unsafe working conditions on the set of the Sylvester Stallone actioner led to the death of their 26-year-old son, Kun Liu.

From Entertainment Jul 28, 2012

Critics To Mike Daisey: Power Down Steve Jobs Stage Show

The now-infamous theater monologist has reworked the purported expose on Apple manufacturing for a three-week run at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. And it goes without saying that not everyone is happy about the reboot.