Showbiz Sandbox 164: Geoff Boucher Knows More About Nothing Than Anyone

September 25, 2012

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Geoff Boucher shocked the entertainment and media industries when he announced his resignation from the Los Angeles Times in mid-September. After all, Boucher has been credited with pioneering a new model for entertainment writers by melding print publications with both an online brand and live events; a format he’s dubbed “tradigital”. Why wouldn’t the Times want to keep him around. (They actually did).

Boucher spent 21 years at the paper, earning a stellar reputation as an entertainment feature writer and ultimately the editor of the Hero Complex, a blog covering all aspects of pop culture. In a wide ranging interview Boucher, who says he knows more about nothing than anyone, discusses his departure from the Times, how he landed at Entertainment Weekly less than a week later, and what his future plans are.

Meanwhile, the best and brightest talent on North American television was honored this past weekend at the 64th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards. We’ve got a rundown of all the winners and a recap of the awards ceremony.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including an update on Universal Music’s purchase of EMI, electronic voting at the Oscars and how Major League Baseball is selling off its television rights for billions of dollars.

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‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Repeats as No. 1 Overseas in Sluggish Session
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-resident-evil-retribution-ted-seth-macfarlane-bourne-legacy-373100

‘Homeland’ Takes Emmys for Drama
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/arts/television/emmys-spread-the-wealth-beyond-predictable-winners.html

64th Primetime Emmy Awards
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64th_Primetime_Emmy_Awards

EU Approves Universal EMI Deal
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/09/eu-approves-universal-emi-deal-official.html

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Approves Universal EMI Deal, Cites Labels’ “Different Portfolios”
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/09/us-federal-trade-commission-approves-universal-emi-deal-cites-labels-different-portfolios.html

52 Ways to Screw an Artist, by Warner Bros. Records…
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120919jamestaylor

Play Ball!: Fox, Turner to Re-Up With MLB In Multi-Billion Dollar Deals
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/play-ball-fox-turner-re-mlb-143856

Rudin, Diller, Coady Partner for Brightline, Multiplatform Book Publisher
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/54018-rudin-diller-coady-partner-for-brightline-multiplatform-book-publisher.html

The Lights Are Out and Everybody’s Home NBC’s ‘Revolution’ is a powerhouse; Fox’s ‘The Mob Doctor’ is DOA
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/lights-are-out-and-everybody-s-home-143808

Oscars Fulfill Electronic Ballot Promise, Lengthen Voting Window
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/oscars-fulfill-online-ballot-promise-shorten-voting-window

Bill O’ Reilly, Jon Stewart to face off in Washington debate
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-bill-o-reilly-jon-stewart-debate-in-washington-20120918,0,6873997.story

Shakira, Usher Join ‘The Voice’ This Spring
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-shakira-usher-the-voice-20120917,0,5423114.story

AEG Is For Sale, Round Up The Usual Suspects
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-aegbuyers-20120919,0,7113591.story

AEG Sale Won’t Include Anschutz Film Company, Theater Chain Stake
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-aeg-walden-regal-20120919,0,3633129.story

British Regulator Declares BSkyB ‘Fit and Proper’
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/21/world/europe/british-regulator-declares-bskyb-fit-and-proper.html

James Murdoch To Control News Corp. TV Divisions
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-james-murdoch-to-control-news-corp-tv-divisions-20120920,0,5320561.story

The LA Times Loses Geoff Boucher, Keeps Hero Complex, After Blowout with Editor
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/the-lat-loses-boucher-keeps-hero-complex

Geoff Boucher Lands at Entertainment Weekly
http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/geoff-boucher-hero-complex-entertainment-weekly-jess-cagle-alexanderc-kaufman-thewrap_b72175

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