New look for Sunday Calendar

Starting on Oct. 29, the two confusingly organized sections of Sunday Calendar in the Times will have more clearly delineated content. One will focus on movies, TV and web entertainment, the other on arts and pop music with a ramped up emphasis on books and ideas. That is, they will if the rejiggering gets done on time. After the jump is a late-Friday memo to the staff from Calendar editor Bret Israel that suggests it's being done on the fly.

From: Israel, Bret
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 5:40 PM
To: yyEntertainAll
Subject: sunday

Dear colleagues,

I want to keep you posted on a fast-track project to refurbish Sunday Calendar. Dean has been interested in our reorganizing the two sections so it's perfectly clear one is about film and TV and another is about the arts and pop music; among other things this eliminates jumping stories from section to section. By dropping the designation Part I and Part 2, we also hope to underline that our coverage of the arts and pop is in no way of secondary importance.

We have been asked to kick off this reconfigured beast quickly--on Oct. 29. We plan to take the opportunity to tweak our design vocabulary and to add some new standing features. Most importantly, we will feature more vigorous coverage of web-based entertainment in the first book and of books and ideas in the second one. Also, we aim to cover nightlife and parties in more detail.

You'll be hearing more of this in the coming days but this is the general direction. Reaction and suggestions most welcomed.


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