By tomorrow, this photo will be posted with all the studio guards, kinda like those Wanted: Dead Or Alive posters. The New York Times issued an internal memo today saying Brooks Barnes, a reporter on the TV beat at the Wall Street Journal for the last few years, is joining the NYT‘s Business Day to cover the entertainment industry from Los Angeles. Brooks will replace Laura Holson, who after six years in LA will return to New York to cover a national beat “focusing on the convergence of the communications, wireless and entertainment industries”. Brooks, who also will work closely with NYT culture desk reporters based in LA, will cover the business of Hollywood: the players, the studios, the financiers. Included in his Bizday portfolio will be Walt Disney Co. Before covering television, Brooks wrote for the WSJ‘s weekend section, and before that the Philadelphia Inquirer. The memo said “the entertainment business is in his blood. Barnes grew up traveling far and wide with his parents, who quit their teaching jobs when he was in the first grade to work for a carnival selling cotton candy.” Expect him on the beat later this summer. But from the sound of things, Holson’s job will entail mining her many showbiz contacts. Meanwhile, Gawker.com has some interesting analysis about what Barnes’ arrival may mean. I’m not sure I share all its opinions, but interesting all the same.
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