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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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Ed Asner Explains How He Changed Up Lou Grant

LouGrantThe publication is called Smashing Interviews magazine. And certainly, Melissa Parker‘s Q&A with Ed Asner for the Birmingham, Alabama-based outlet lives up to that lofty title.

The record holder for male actor Emmy Awards covers a lot of topics. One of the conversation highlights involves how Asner transitioned from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Lou Grant:

Asner: We continued to work on the [Lou Grant] first year, and finally I came to the realization that I was using my two older brothers as inspirations for the “Mary Tyler Moore Lou.” I realized in the different scripts that were being written, that same character would not work for me, and I began to plunge into myself to find that [less comedic] character of Lou in the hour show, and that’s what I came up with.

Parker: Very interesting.

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Cover Battle: Businessweek or Popular Science

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Bloomberg Businessweek taking on Popular Science.

Businessweek latest features nine photos of President Obama being as cool as the other side of the pillow. Republicans will surely enjoy this.

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Honoring the First American Woman Correspondent Killed in Action

MilwaukeePressClubLogoAmong the journalists being inducted Friday into the Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame is the one and only Dickey Chapelle. The late photographer’s trailblazing run as a female war correspondent began during World War II in Iwo Jima, when she detoured away from a women’s magazine assignment, and ended with her death in Vietnam in 1965.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones put together a wonderful remembrance of Chapelle, born in Milwaukee as Georgette Meyer. Chapelle was very possibly the first female journalist to report from the Vietnam War front, and wanted no preferential treatment while doing it:

In 1962 an officer tried to deny her access to covering a field operation, arguing that there were no toilets for women in the jungle.

“According to my AP colleague Fred Waters,” recalled Peter Arnett, who met Chapelle, in an email interview, “Dickey, in her olive drab field gear, and her feet firmly planted on the ground, snarled at him, ‘Listen soldier don’t worry about me, and when I have to I can piss standing up straight just like you do!’ Of course, Dickey went on the patrol.”

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Mashable’s Lauren Drell on Branded Content’s Backstory

Lauren-Drell-Article Lauren Drell knows what you think about branded content; she’s read the studies. That awareness of what will and won’t turn readers off in this tricky sphere drives her editorial decision-making.

She’s had a lot of time to think about what works, having been of member of the team since 2009, when the department was called sponsored content. For our latest So What Do You Do feature, Drell spoke with Mediabistro about how Mashable, and her department, have changed since she arrived:

When I started, we did not want to do any integration; it was sponsorship of editorial content. I always said, ‘Our readers are going to rebel against it,’ and while we’ve now gotten a little more comfortable with some integration, the branded content we create is never about the brand. There might be product placement, but we’re never going to be touting the brand itself.

For more, read: So What Do You Do, Lauren Drell, Branded Content Editor at Mashable?

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