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Media Update: Jolie, Carpetbagger, THR, Hayes

Media Update: Jolie, Carpetbagger, THR, Hayes

Angelina Jolie tops Forbes 100 Celebrities list, replacing Oprah Winfrey as number one. I suspect they just got tired of the richer and more all-powerful, if less glam/sexy and tabloid-friendly Winfrey. Besides, Jolie is Hollywood’s one and only femme action star.

The Celebrity 100, which includes film and television actors, models, chefs, athletes, authors and musicians, is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online). The earnings estimates consist of pre-tax income between June 2008 and June 2009. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted.

Rounding out the top five on the list are pop icon Madonna ($110 million), singer Beyoncé Knowles ($87 million) and golfer Tiger Woods ($110 million).

After a few months of adapting the seasonal Carpetbagger awards blog into an impersonal Hollywood news aggregator, the NYT is succumbing to the inevitable: Carpetbagger creator and media columnist David Carr is a gifted journalist/blogger; not everyone else on staff is. News people often find it hard to adopt a more opinionated, snarkier blog persona. So the Times is folding Carpetbagger into the Media Decoder blog until ad-heavy Oscar season, when they’ll break it out again. I wasn’t sure they’d be able to lure Carr back to the Oscar blog grind.

The Hollywood Reporter is letting ten more people go, including Associate Publisher Rose Einstein and international editor Chad Williams. No more cuts in the film department for now. Here’s The Wrap.

Like many journalists in this unforgiving climate, ex-Variety New York bureau chief Dade Hayes is going to the other side, joining Howard Rubenstein Communications in New York as a senior v-p. “After 16 years I was ready to turn the page,” he writes in an email, admitting that working side by side with people handling politics, sports, finance and non-profit ventures is appealing. Check out Ken Auletta’s 2007 New Yorker Rubenstein profile.

[Photos: Angelina Jolie, NYT staffer David Carr]

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