Moving to the Review Journal!

24 Jun

A brave bold new multi-media adventure awaits. We’ll be in a new home at the Las Vegas Review Journal  soon. First comes my usual month long July trip to Italy but mid-month esteemed editor Don Chareunsy will have a new preliminary website top and running for our guest columns in my absence and special coverage  of certain important events that I unfortunately will miss- but in-between Italian wines and pastas will still co-ordinate our coverage with photos, videos and news reports from afar!  Those include the opening of Idaho the musical at the Smith Center, the 10th anniversary of the Beatles Love show at the Mirage.  Before I leave we’ll have the star-studded premiere of Criss Angel’s new Mindfreak shows at the Luxor . Upon return I’ll be here for the 50th anniversary gala of Caesars Palace.

Until our ‘soft’ new website is up and then really launched September 1 we’ll use this old blog of mine at robinleachvegas.com  to keep you uptodate with everything.

Here’s the official story of my move to the Review Journal:

By MIKE WEATHERFORD
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Robin Leach, pioneering entertainment journalist and part of the Las Vegas social fabric since 1999, is joining the Las Vegas Review-Journal to expand its Niche division, Publisher Craig Moon announced today.

Leach, 74, came to fame with his unmistakable voice as host of the syndicated “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” which aired for more than a decade. In recent years his columns have appeared in the Las Vegas Sun, which is separately owned by Greenspun Media Group but has a joint-operating agreement with the Review-Journal to be included in the pages of the daily newspaper.

“Expanding our focus on celebrity and entertainment news is a natural for us given our location, and we are excited to work with Robin to leverage his powerful brand, which has endured for decades and has gained even greater prominence today, thanks to heightened public interest in celebrity and entertainment headlines,” Moon said.

Luxury Las Vegas Editor Leslie Frisbee is being promoted to oversee the R-J’s Niche division as its director of content strategy, but will continue to edit the magazine.

The addition of Leach and entertainment editor and writer Don Chareunsy — who worked with Leach at Greenspun Media Group — will boost print and online readership and develop new platforms, including a possible TV station, a new daily website and a citywide shopping guide which encompasses the Strip’s retail corridor, Kimberly Parker, the Review-Journal’s vice president of advertising and sales, said.

Leach’s work will appear as advertising-sponsored content in the Friday Neon entertainment section and Sunday Life section. He will also produce expanded celebrity, lifestyle and luxury content for the R-J’s Niche division and its two key outlets: the monthly magazine Luxury Las Vegas and Best of Las Vegas, the annual special section based on a reader’s poll.

Leach said it was both an exciting and challenging time to introduce “new entertainment-driven products and open up the television coverage of Las Vegas.”

“At a time when newspapers across the country are working toward ways to gain additional readership, I admire and respect the new R-J leadership for committing resources to grow its content offerings,” Leach said.

A reporter since his teen years in suburban London, Leach has been at the forefront of celebrity journalism. He was the entertainment editor for Rupert Murdoch’s first American tabloid, the Star, part of the launch of People magazine, the first show business reporter for CNN and he helped develop “Entertainment Tonight.”

He was later part of the development of the Food Network, and during that period of the late ’90s, his commutes to Las Vegas for the network and his work to lure celebrity chefs to the Venetian convinced him to move to Las Vegas.

Leach launched his “Luxe Life” in 2005, originally for AOL, before that website and “Vegas DeLuxe” came under the Greenspun Media and Sun umbrella. He will develop a digital platform with a new name for the Review-Journal.

 

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