Sunday, November 21, 2010

Los Angeles Times Entertainment Editors Offer Insider Publicity Tips at EPPS Workshop in Hollywood. EPPS offers moment of silence for murdered Publicist Ronni Chasen

KPPC Public Radio records EPPS Pres. Henri Bollinger's
comments about long time publicist Ronnie Chasen who
was gunned down this week in Beverly Hills, CA.

Hollywood, CA - “She was a tough lady, but will always be remembered as one who was very protective of her clients as we should be,” said EPPS President Henri Bollinger, who had talked to the slain Publicist Ronni Chasen the day before she was gunned down in Beverly Hill, Ca. The Publicist was driving home on Sunset Blvd. from an after party and the premiere of Cher’s new movie “Burlesque”

Detectives believe it was a deliberate hit, when they discovered the publicist in her black Mercedes sedan, which had crashed into a light pole. Chasen had suffered five gunshot wounds to the chest.
“I was so traumatized that I realized that I was still only worried about an answer on a project, when a friend called and told me of her tragedy,” said Bollinger.

“It was then that I realized that we need to live for the day, and you can not always be concerned over what you believe is important or a benefit to me. It took the better part of the day to reconcile,” he said.

Bollinger offered a moment of silence at the LA Times Entertainment editors workshop after
his opening remarks at the ICG Local 600 Union Auditorium, Hollywood, CA.

(L-R) Randall Roberts, Joy Press, Elena Howe and Lisa Fung.

When contacting editors or pitching a story, the best advice comes from Panelist Lisa Fung, Online Arts and Entertainment Editor, LA Times.
Lisa Fung, LAT Editor

"Just forget that you have a phone, so email me your pitch and I will get back to you as soon as possible that's the best way for me to get back to you. I just received 80 emails sitting here," explained Fung as she deleted dozens of emails coming in during the event.

Online Arts and Entertainment Editor Lisa Fung says the best way to pitch everyone at the LA Times is by email. She currently oversees round-the-clock multimedia coverage of all arts and entertainment, including Calendar. The Envelope, Company Town and over a dozen blogs. To Reach her Lisa: 

Randall Roberts, pop music editor, LA Times said, "I rely on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc where there are a lot of thoughtful people who share stories, trends and ideas."

Randall Roberts, LAT
Roberts currently oversees all of the rock, pop, hip hop, electronic, world music, soundtrack and country coverage - basically everything except jazz and classical.

Before coming to the LA Times, Roberts served as music editor at LA Weekly. To reach him email is best at:

Pop Culture & Deputy Television Editor Joy Press also prefers email pitches from publicists. Press says they are always looking for good trend stories.

Press, before arriving at the Times, was the culture editor at, where she oversaw the entertainment, books and lifestyle sections and blogs.

Joy Press, LAT
She has written widely about TV, movies, music and all facets of popular culture. (

Elena Howe, The Envelope Editor says she does not Tweet and does "Faceboook only with friends," however she says it will be her "new goal in by the end of 2011."

The Envelope offers coverage of the Acamedy Awards, Oscar nominationis, Golden Globes, Grammys, Emmys, red carpet events, fashion, news, celebrity gossip and more.

Howe chronicles the highs and lows of the Hollywood award season as the editor of The Envelope.

Elena Howe & Lisa Fung, LAT
Howe was previously an assistant editor for SoCal Living at the LA Times and has  served as lifestyle and news editor at several California publications. (

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