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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

How Steve Hofstetter Went From Writing for Sports Illustrated, to Hosting a TV Show

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Queens-born comic Steve Hofstetter can take the heat. The stand-up comedian has been heckled more times than he can remember. But that doesn’t faze the former Sports Illustrated columnist. “Stand-up, to some people, is a springboard. To me it is my life force,” he tells MediabistroTV.

For his new show “Laughs,” debuting Saturday night on FOX5 and more than 20 other TV stations, Hofstetter has scoured the country to find the best club comedians. “Being a king and a kingmaker at the same time,” he says. And he doesn’t kid around when he predicts “Laughs” will be around for a long time. We caught up with Hofstetter last week at Gotham Comedy Club.

45 Years Ago Today

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Erin Burnett Planned to Marry Dan Rather

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Jim Cramer: My First Big Break

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You may know him for his stock-picking strategies, staying ahead of the bulls, and out of the way of the bears. But Jim Cramer‘s big break happened far from Wall Street, in Tallahassee, Florida, at a sorority house, which became the scene of a grisly crime at the hands of a notorious serial killer.

Following his humble start as a newspaper reporter, along the way Cramer became a magazine writer, a lawyer, a hedge-fund manager, an online publisher and a best-selling author. And he did it all while honoring his parents’ wishes. Here’s Jim Cramer’s First Big Break.

Prometheus Global Media to Acquire Mediabistro

mediasbistroSo, we’re in the news today. This morning, Mediabistro is announcing that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its editorial and e-commerce assets to PGM-MB Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media. PrometheusGM owns and operates influential media brands Adweek, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, as well as the Clio Awards and Film Expo Group. The purchase price is $8 million in cash.

In the deal, Prometheus is acquiring mediabistro.com editorial properties including TVNewser, AgencySpy, GalleyCat, and our suite of social media sites, as well as the Mediabistro Job Board and Mediabistro education business.

This is expected to close, subject to stockholder approval, in late July. Current Mediabistro CEO Alan Meckler will keep the trade show business and related sites as part of a new company called Mecklermedia.

Maria Bartiromo: ‘What’s Your Show?’

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After 20 years at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo has hit the ground running at Fox. Bartiromo is among a small group of TV news anchors who host two shows on two different networks. MediabistroTV visited Bartiromo on a recent Friday where her day started with editorial meetings for her FBN show, then a round of affiliate interviews, followed by the 2-hour “Opening Bell,” then a planning meeting for her Sunday show on Fox News Channel. In a “What’s Your Show?” first, we ask Maria Bartiromo: “What Are Your Shows?”

To watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Katie Couric’s Advice for Young Journalists

As she winds down production of her syndicated show and ramps up interviews for her role as global news anchor at Yahoo News, Katie Couric spent a few minutes with MediabistroTV earlier this month to talk about her First Big Break in the business. It was a break that would put her on the path to “Today” show anchor-dom. How she got there, what she learned, and what advice she has for young journalists who want to break in to TV news:

To watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Tonight

tvnshowsmallAre newsrooms diverse enough? Is social TV a complement or a distraction? Are drones a smarter, safer way to capture news from the sky? Is Aereo the future of TV, or will it be shut down before it really takes off?

We’ll ponder those questions and many more in less than three weeks at the TVNewser Show here in New York.

So join NBC News anchor Tamron Hall, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more on April 29. And if you sign up before midnight tonight, you’ll get $150 off the price at the door.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today.

Behind the Scenes at GrubHub Seamless

Shares of Grubhub jumped nearly 50% in its IPO this morning. Grubhub Seamless, the online platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery, was formed last year when Chicago-based GrubHub and New York-based Seamless merged. Before the merger, MediabistroTV’s CUBES went behind the scenes at Seamless which boasts a Google Earth “weather wall,” a game room with foosball and ping-pong, and a bunch of other cool features.

TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Thursday

tvnshow304The TVNewser Show is coming together. As part of the lineup we’ve got Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more joining us on April 29. And we’d love for you to join us as well.

We’ll be talking about Aereo, a service that broadcasters want to see shut down and the Supreme Court will be taking up just a week before the TVNewser Show. Also, the use of drones in newsgathering: revolutionary but controversial. The growth of Social TV, which is changing the way we all produce and watch our favorite shows. Plus, we’ll introduce you to new Web TV experiences and we’ll get to the bottom of why Millennials are the hot new audience.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today to save $200!

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