Jumping Into the Fishbowl

On this, Columbus Day 2010, it gives me great pleasure to be able to introduce myself as FishbowlLA’s newest blogger.

When I moved from Toronto to Los Angeles in the late fall of 1993, I did what any self-respecting Canadian would: I drove around at night with the convertible top down, marveling at the balmy low-50’s temperatures. As winter season approaches, a new wave of Canadian and Scandinavian West Coast transplants will no doubt soon be cruising down Sunset Boulevard in similar fashion.

Since my arrival in L.A., I have hung out at the House of Blues Foundation Room with Jimi Hendrix Jr.; helped filmmaker Brian Herzlinger land a date with Drew Barrymore; felt the wrath of Mel Gibson after authoring an article about video piracy; and become fascinated with North Korea as a result of starting a grassroots Twitter and WordPress campaign in 2009 on behalf of detained Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

In other words, I have had the kind of thrilling, ping pong media career that seems to be the norm rather than the exception for entertainment journalists on the Left Coast. I also for many years wrote a media watch column at FilmStew.com entitled “Hollywood Spin.”

I am a longtime user of Mediabistro, registering shortly after the site was launched by Laurel Touby. I have been to the parties, availed myself of the job board and even at one point helped former West Coast Director of Education Taffy Akner (now married to The Vulture‘s Claude Brodesser) search for suitable Hollywood classroom space. Now it’s time for a new chapter, alongside FishbowlLA colleagues Tina Dupuy, Matthew Fleischer, Pandora Young and Nadine Cheung.

Let the media commentary begin!