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SNL Intern Lawsuit Ends with Resounding Lawyer Punchline

OuttenGoldenLogoOutten & Golden sounds like the name of Saturday Night Live skit law firm. But it is in fact a real outfit headed by Wayne N. Outten and Anne Golden, with offices in New York, LA and San Francisco.

This week, the news from the class-action front for this company is indeed golden. From Dominic Patten‘s Deadline report:

If everything is approved, the plaintiffs’ lawyers at labor-issues firm Outten & Golden will get $1.184 million from the settlement. Unsurprisingly, that’s a lot more than the plaintiffs will see. “Class Counsel will move for Court approval of the Service Payments of $10,000 to Plaintiff Monet Eliastam, $5,000 to Plaintiffs Alexander Vainer and Rheanna Behuniak, and $2,000 to Opt-In Plaintiffs Samantha Kurlander, Nicole Klepper and Jamaal Brown,” the filing of October 22 states. The rest of the cash will go to thousands of others who interned at NBCU starting on July 3, 2007 in New York and on February 10, 2010 in California. Those interns should expect to get about $500 each if they accept the settlement.

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NY Post and Daily News Discussed Merger

The New York Post and the New York Daily News, two seemingly bitter rivals, recently discussed merging. That makes us feel… Funny. Yet according to Capital New York, it happened. The tabloids had discussed deals — like News Corp. buying the Daily News outright — that would lead to them joining forces.

One option on the table was the Post using the Daily News’ printing press in New Jersey. Another talking point was whether both papers would go digital-only or just one. To that end, the Daily News is apparently well on its way. “The discussions are not about if, they’re about when,” a source told Capital, regarding the Daily News going digital-only.

The talks of a merger between the Post and the Daily News obviously stalled. And it’s a good thing. What would New York be without two tabloids constantly bickering with each other? We don’t even want to think about that.

NY Post and Daily News Show Restraint with Ebola Covers

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A doctor in New York has Ebola, which would seem like open season for The New York Post and The New York Daily News. But take a look at their front pages this morning — there’s not much fear-mongering! In fact, you could say the tabloids exercised some restraint.

At least the the Daily News made sure to note that the doctor had used the trains and went bowling. That should get at least a few people unnecessarily worried. But c’mon! The papers missed a great chance to scare the hell out of New Yorkers.

Really, the fact that the Post and Daily News covers are so tame might be the scariest thing of all.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AMC Buys Stake in BBC America | CNN Announces High Profits

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AMC Networks Buys 49.9 Percent Stake in BBC America (TVNewser)
AMC Networks has agreed to purchase a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America from BBC Worldwide for $200 million. AMC Networks will look for greater distribution for BBC World News in the U.S. B&C BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1 percent equity stake in the cable channel, while AMC Networks will have operational control of BBCA, including affiliate and advertising sales, though it will still be consistent with BBC’s editorial standards and policies. THR The cable networks company and the commercial arm of U.K. public broadcaster BBC announced the deal Thursday after reports of their talks first emerged over the summer. The channel airs such BBC favorites as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Top Gear and Planet Earth. AMC Networks operates the AMC, Sundance, WE tv and IFC channels, and can now add the so-far independent BBC America when it negotiates carriage fees, giving both partners increased leverage in talks with pay-TV operators. WSJ The deal comes as the biggest pay-TV distributors are consolidating, prompting analyst speculation that content players will also have to seek greater scale. Variety Executives at both companies portrayed the arrangement as one borne out of a desire to gain greater reach for premium content that attracts high-income audiences. The two sides have worked together in the recent past. The two have collaborated on series including Top of The Lake and The Honourable Woman as well as the coming program One Child. AMC Networks and BBC Television have agreed to continue to jointly pursue a number of content investment opportunities on a range of future projects, both through BBC America and other AMC Networks channels. BBC America is to be managed as a standalone asset within AMC’s portfolio.

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Dr. No | Digital Downers | Party On

TVNewser: Dr. Nancy Snyderman is coming back to NBC News. A memo to staffers explains that yelling “Ebola!” at her is strongly discouraged.

SocialTimes: A study found that 40 percent of adults experience cyberbullying. Please note — being disappointed by the number of likes on your Instagram of a flower doesn’t count as cyberbullying.

TVSpy: Meredith’s 15 local television stations generated $125 million in total revenue for the company, so guess who’s throwing a raging kegger Saturday?

Another Week of Jennifer Aniston Lies

ShutterstockJenniferAnistonAugust2014OK! is not just the name of a magazine. In this case, it was also the exclamation we uttered as we moved on from Gossip Cop’s report about the publication’s non-existent current cover story:

According to the cover, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were “finally married” in a “secret wedding” at a farm in New York, with Aniston taking Theroux’s last name and declaring it “the best day of my life.”

The actual story inside the magazine’s pages is not surprisingly another bait-and-switch from the tabloid, which claims the two are actually just talking about supposed “Christmas nuptials,” and directly contradicting the cover. OK! claims Aniston and Theroux are planning a “small, exclusive gathering” somewhere in New York, although the outlet later forgets the whole “farm” thing and starts talking about Manhattan venues.

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Yahoo Parenting Launches

Yahoo is back with a new singularly-focused website — Yahoo Parenting. The site is overseen by editorial director Lindsay Powers. It will feature content from Yahoo News senior national correspondent Lisa Belkin and others.

Yahoo Parenting joins Yahoo’s growing roster of one-subject shops, which includes Yahoo DIY, Yahoo Beauty, Yahoo Style and Yahoo Health. Each has the same sort of annoying layout — illustrated blocks that readers can click through for content.

“When I became a mom, I was bombarded with information and wanted an authoritative voice to find out everything I needed to know,” wrote Powers in a note. “With Yahoo Parenting, we’ve created that place. My vision for Yahoo Parenting is to share stories about real families from all walks of life and answer the questions that keep you up at night — all in a supportive, judgment-free zone.”

A “parenting judgement-free zone” sounds like an oxymoron, but hey, have to admire Powers for trying.

Tom Bergeron Makes Up for Osama bin Laden Interruption

When Tom Bergeron sat down this week with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd, there was an immediate, obvious connection. Redd, as Miss Virginia, competed in 2003 in the Miss America pageant, the same year that Bergeron hosted.

Later on in the conversation, Bergeron was reunited via Skype from Redwood City, CA with Dave Bradley, whose son’s unusual readings of picture book words (toucan became crocodile, shark became dolphin) netted a $10,000 prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Explained dad:

“We had a big viewing party at our house for our episode. And just before you announced the winner, ABC News came one with news of Osama bin Laden’s death. So we never got to hear you announce us as the winners. So I have a request that you would tell my son Luke, in your best announcer voice, that he’s the big winner on America’s Funniest Videos.”

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Peter Lattman Named Deputy Business Editor of NY Times

The New York Times has named Peter Lattman deputy business editor. Lattman most recently served as media editor. In his new role, Lattman will continue to oversee media news while also contributing to general business news.

“Media reporters will continue to write for BizDay, Culture and other sections, with Mr. Media himself, David Carr, anchoring the Monday business report,” wrote the Times’ business editor, Dean Murphy, in a memo. “More broadly, the media team will benefit from greater interaction and crosspollination with reporters and editors from tech, DealBook and the other clusters — and vice versa. In short, we’ll see collaboration, elevation and innovation among a whole new mix of talented reporters and editors.”

You can read Murphy’s full note below.

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