Yahoo Shuts Down 4 Entertainment Blogs (Updated)
Updated: 4:23 p.m. PST
Four Yahoo entertainment sites are going to the blogosphere in the sky.
The portal is letting The Projector and The Set flicker out and die, the movie and television blogs acknowledged on Twitter Friday.
In addition, Yahoo is shuttering The Amplifer, a music blog, and The Famous, a gossip site.
Yahoo said that despite the closures, its entertainment coverage would not be negatively impacted.
"We’re continuing to invest in original content and expert voices on the entertainment topics the fans want most such as awards season, first looks at blockbuster movies and red carpet fashion," Sibyl Goldman, vice president of Yahoo! Entertainment, said in a statement to TheWrap.
The sites' editorial staffs were understandably less sanguine.
"As was just announced, Yahoo has decided to let @YahooProjector shuffle off this mortal coil. It's a damn shame: We were having such fun," Will Leitch, the site's co-editor, tweeted.
In addition, the managing editors of the collection of entertainment blogs, Mark Lisanti, Gawker's original Defamer editor, and Courtney Reimer, previously of MTV Networks, are among the casualties.
"Yeah, so: Yahoo's shutting down our blogs. (Oh, and us.) Couldn't be more honored and proud to have worked with such talented people," Lisanti tweeted.
"Starting to think that this giant purple Y! tattoo I got last year wasn't the best idea. #maw," he joked.
The Projector is a co-production between Leitch and Tim Grierson. The Set is run by Lindsay Robertson and Tara Ariano.
Both sites features reviews, news items and film clips, written with a fun and semi-autobiographical flare. The two sets of writers are friends, according to the sites.
The Famous and The Amplifier are primarily news aggregators.
"We're obviously quite sad about this: We were having so much fun, something we sometimes fear is lacking in movie writing," The Projector editors tweeted on the site's Twitter feed.
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