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Alex Weprin

Alex Weprin is a senior editor at Mediabistro. He has written about television for Broadcasting & Cable magazine, Cynopsis: Weekender and other outlets, and is a big New York Mets fan. You can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/alexweprin

Glenn Beck: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we hear from radio personality, author, former Fox News host and GBTV founder Glenn Beck. While he has found tremendous success across many different forms of media, did you know that he almost left the business to go to cooking school? If it wasn’t for a heart-to-heart conversation with his father, he may never have found his professional voice.

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Viacom Yanks Never Before Seen ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Beastie Boys Performance From YouTube

As you may have heard, on Friday Adam Yauch died. Yauch was one of the Beastie Boys, one of the musical voices of their generation.

Neal Brennan is a comedian, and the co-creator of the Comedy Central series “Chappelle’s Show.” To honor Yauch, Brennan posted an unreleased Beastie Boys performance on his YouTube page. The performance was supposed to be for season three of “Chappelle’s Show,” but when comedian Dave Chappelle left the program, it never had a chance to see the light of day.

Until today that is.

Unfortunately, lawyers for Viacom have sent a takedown notice to YouTube, and the video has been removed.

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BBC America’s British Bacchanal

Last night BBC America hosted its annual upfront presentation in New York. Upfronts, as most media buyers are acutely aware, are usually a rather staid affair. Network executives typically take the stage and plug their upcoming shows, spinning the Nielsen ratings numbers to their maximum benefit.

Not at BBC America.

The total length of the speeches by EVP of sales Mark Gall and BBC America GM Perry Simon were well under five minutes. The rest of the night was spent marveling at oddity after oddity, and spectacle after spectacle. Sure there was a portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured right), and TVs rolled a loop of BBC America programming, but there were also women dangling from the ceiling on rings, and a ghostly Marie Antoinette-esque figure floating above the bar.

The food was served in a court designed to look like an outdoor street market, with stands for Indian, Chinese, barbeque and of course traditional English meat pies.

An old-fashioned band serenaded the crowd with hits straight out of the 1920′s, while burlesque dancers performed on stage. Around 9 PM, curtains on one side of the room dropped, and a team of fire-breathers performed, before opening up that floor to a dance party.

Given that one would expect the BBC to have a stiff upper lip, many media buyers in attendance were surprised by the display.

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Bonnie Fuller: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we hear from HollywoodLife.com editor Bonnie Fuller. Fuller gained international acclaim as the editor of magazines such as Marie Claire, US Weekly and Cosmopolitan, but did you know that she started out as a beat reporter writing about sports clothes? Or that a friendship with an upcoming fashion designer named Tommy Hilfiger led to a meeting that would change her professional career? Watch below, as Fuller explains how she went from a young cub reporter, to one of the most powerful women in publishing.

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Bonnie Fuller: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we hear from HollywoodLife.com editor Bonnie Fuller. Fuller gained international acclaim as the editor of magazines such as Marie Claire, US Weekly and Cosmopolitan, but did you know that she started out as a beat reporter writing about sports clothes? Or that a friendship with an upcoming fashion designer named Tommy Hilfiger led to a meeting that would change her professional career? Watch below, as Fuller explains how she went from a young cub reporter, to one of the most powerful women in publishing.

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Bonnie Fuller On Moving From Canadian Media To New York Media

In the next installment of mediabistroTV‘s “My First Big Break,” we speak to Bonnie Fuller, the editor of HollywoodLife.com and former editor of magazines such as Marie Claire, Glamour and US Weekly. Below, Fuller shares some of the tribulations she faced when moving from Canada to New York.

Look for the full episode tomorrow afternoon.

Bonnie Fuller on Moving from Canadian Media to New York Media

In the next installment of mediabistroTV‘s “My First Big Break,” we speak to Bonnie Fuller, the editor of HollywoodLife.com and former editor of magazines such as Marie Claire, Glamour and US Weekly. Below, Fuller shares some of the tribulations she faced when moving from Canada to New York.

Look for the full episode tomorrow afternoon.

Patch Editor Brian Farnham Resigns

The editor-in-chief of Patch, Brian Farnham,  has just resigned in a company-wide conference call with Patch staffers, FishbowlNY has learned.

Update: Farnham has posted on Patch’s blog to explain his decision:

I’m leaving for an assortment of reasons, but I’m glad to be able to say that none of them is negative. I love Patch, and I plan on staying very connected as an active alum, most specifically as a member of the advisory board we’re continuing to build. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful that I can maintain this connection, and I’ll be there anytime Patch calls on me.

Farnham’s last day with Patch is May 4, he says he plans on going into the field to give as many personal goodbyes as he can.

In February, Patch hired Rachel Fishman Feddeson as its chief content officer, with Farnham becoming essentially the number two person in the editorial team. The company has been the subject of intense media scrutiny over the last few months, much of it negative. Nevertheless, AOL says it remains committed to the company and its mission.

Patch founder and president Jon Brod released a statement of his own regarding Farnham’s departure:

“Brian is part of Patch’s DNA, which makes his decision to leave bittersweet for all of us. We’re going to miss him, but it goes without saying that we wish him well and that we’re excited to see what new opportunities await him post-Patch. We are grateful for his contributions to our company, and to all of us as colleagues and friends. He leaves Patch in a great place: proud of how far we’ve come and more committed than ever to continuing to grow and prosper.”

In Magic/Bird, The Media Propels The Story Forward

Tomorrow evening the Broadway play Magic/Bird has its opening night. The play follows the rivalry–and ultimately friendship–between NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Starring Kevin Daniels as Johnson and Tug Coker as Bird, the play chronicles the careers of the two men, from college to retirement, with Johnson’s HIV diagnosis a key turning point.

The play uses the media, from college beat reporters to Bryant Gumbel to a now-infamous Converse ad, to help move the plot forward. Francois Battiste, who plays multiple characters in the play, delivers a dynamite Gumbel impersonation, bringing laughs every time he assumed the role on stage (pictured below).

The role the media plays is not unlike the last play produced by the team of Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser, Lombardi, about the NFL coach.

In Lombardi, the protagonist was  a young reporter looking to profile the legendary Packers coach. His tale propelled the story forward in a linear way.

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Deborah Norville: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to “Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville. Now everyone knows her as the face of the syndicated CBS news program, but before she got her shot nationally, she started in Georgia, working at CBS affiliate WAGA. As for her break, it came before she even graduated from college, and involved a little bit of luck, and former President Jimmy Carter.

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