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Kvell City: TheWrap Sweeps L.A. Press Club Noms

Los Angeles Press Club announces nominees – we’re in four of five online categories

Please allow me to kvell a little.

The Los Angeles Press Club National Entertainment Journalism nominations came out today, and in the online category I’m pleased to tell you that TheWrap dominated the show. 

In the news category, the Press Club nominated TheWrap in four out of five slots, including for our dogged investigative coverage of the closure of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, our breaking the story of Comcast preparing to buy NBC-Universal, and our investigation of Fade-In magazine and its dodgy screenwriting contest.

* Andrew Gumbel, “The Wrap Investigates the Closure of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Long-Term Care Center .”  
* Steven Mikulan, “Kafka-esque Twilight at the MPTF
* Sharon Waxman, The Wrap,  “Exclusive: Comcast in Talks to Buy Universal”
* Sharon Waxman, The Wrap, “Are Aspiring Writers Being Lured With Promises ‘Fade In’ Can’t Keep?”
* Jeanne Wolf, Parade Magazine,  “Saying Goodbye Isn’t Easy”

TheWrap was also nominated multiple times in the feature category, again for our MPTF coverage, and for Brent Lang’s smart insight into the role women played at driving the box office. Here is the full list: 

* Andrew Gumbel,  “The Closure of Motion Picture & Television Fund Long-term Care Center .”   
* Brent Lang, TheWrap.com, “Look Who’s Winning the B.O. Battle of the Sexes” 
* Steven Mikulan, The Wrap.com, ”MPTF” 
* Zachary Pincus-Roth, Slate.com, “Best Weekend Never.”  
* Brad Schreiber, Huffington Post, “Athol Fugard: Art Battling Apartheid and Aids”

But that’s not all, by a long shot. Desson Thomson was nominated for Best Critic (up against Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor, MaryAnn Johanson of Flickfolosopher.com, Tom Tangney at MyNorthwest.com and Rick Warner at Bloomberg News). 

And finally, TheWrap was nominated as Best Entertainment News Site.

I’m inordinately proud of the work our reporting and editing staff has done this year, and thank the L.A. Press Club for recognizing our efforts.

In other categories,George Pennachio of KABC was nominated multiple times for his work in the television news category. Scott Foundas, recently of the L.A. Weekly, received multiple nominations for his movie criticism and features, and Richard Siklos, recently of Forbes, was nominated for his feature on "Michael’s Millions." 

Only two nominees for Best Entertainment Publication: The Antelope Valley Press, and the L.A. Weekly Film Issue. 

Congratulations to all, and here’s the full list. (You’ll need to click on ‘list’ at LAPJ home page.)

Here’s some background info about the L.A. Press Club, for those who don’t know it :

"The Los Angeles Press Club exists to support, promote, and defend quality journalism in Southern California. Our task is to encourage journalists by involving the public in recognizing such journalism, together in belief that a free press is crucial to a free society. Finally, the Los Angeles Press Club provides a place for journalists to gather, network, and learn from one another, especially through the sponsorship of events. The LA Press Club is the only organization in Southern California that speaks for all journalists–newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet."