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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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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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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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Bill Simmons Pokes the Bear

ESPN’s suspension of Bill Simmons for ranting about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ended Wednesday, October 15. Last night, he was back at it again, poking the bear. Simmons’ tweet correctly points out that if the NFL isn’t hiding something, why did Goodell have to be forced to testify in the Ray Rice hearing?

Simmons’ attack on Goodell was much more brutal the first time — he called Goodell a liar, described the situation as “f-ing bullshit,” and dared ESPN to suspend him. Nevertheless, it’s amazing that Simmons is back taking shots at the commissioner so soon.

Most of the replies to this tweet say something along the lines of “Don’t get fired Bill.” Perhaps it’s time to start wondering if that’s exactly what he wants.

Nice Day for an Adam Perry Lang Table Setting

Please forgive the hackneyed headline-paraphrase of the chorus from Billy Idol‘s “White Wedding.” However, since privileged access to an outdoor performance by Idol in the heart of Hollywood was one of several experiences served up Tuesday by Tennessee whiskey brand George Dickel to a lucky group of food and spirits journalists, FishbowlNY couldn’t resist.

The sweet October 21 mash-up began in the Jimmy Kimmel Live green room. In between Dickel reserve shots (for those who wanted) and a remote throw-to-commercial bit for which Bill Murray took over the bar area, invited journalists got to watch the live show taping and catch further glimpses of show guests Murray and Tenacious D. Then came Idol’s performance on the Kimmel outdoor stage.

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TheWrap is in Full Expansion Mode

AdaGuerinPicTheWrap started in 2009 out of Sharon Waxman‘s guest house. Then came an office in Santa Monica, followed by a bigger space in West Los Angeles and an overflow annex a few minutes away for the sales and marketing team.

This weekend, TheWrap will move for a fourth time, to a consolidated Santa Monica space three times the size of its current headquarters. The company recently hired Jordan Chariton away from our sister blog TVNewser to work as a New York-based media reporter. And today, TheWrap announced that long-time Hollywood Reporter staffer Ada Guerin (pictured) has come aboard as creative director (effective immediately). Guerin was with THR for 14 years.

“There are a couple of other announcements that will be coming down the pike [in addition to Guerin] that will change around stuff,” Waxman tells FishbowlNY via telephone, taking a quick break from writing her next column. “On the editorial end, we’re growing both the movie team and the TV team. [Executive editor] Joseph Kapsch has been a really key person in recruiting and building the newsroom.”

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These Playboy Playmates Became Journalists

There’s an interesting wrinkle to this week’s New York magazine photo feature highlighting six Playmates from Playboy‘s vintage era. Two of them are now journalists while a third works in public relations.

Chicago society columnist CandaceJordanTagCandace Jordan writes that because the photos for the article were shot in New York way back in February, she had become convinced the piece would never run. But it’s finally out, spotlighting some unusual life trajectories and the work of a very qualified photographer. From Jordan’s column:

Nadav Kander was flown in from England for this feature. He’s a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. His work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and others. He even shot President Obama for the cover of Time magazine as its “Person of the Year.” To say he’s talented is an understatement.

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Craig Silverman Finds Himself Knee-Deep in Fake News

At the end of a very good piece by The Verge reports editor Josh Dzieza about how Facebook is fanning the flame of viral fake news, Craig Silverman talks about an unanticipated priority.

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A month ago, Silverman launched watchdog site emergent.info with Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism to debunk items like the one above, concocted by current fake news headline-grabber National Report:

Silverman is interested in the dynamics of online rumors generally, but the fake news sites have become an unexpected focus. “I’m actively now thinking about ways to go after these fake news sites,” he says. “We need some way to crawl these sites and figure out which stories are starting to get velocity so we can counteract them, ruin their incentive, prevent them from getting the big hits. But I have no idea what the best way might be. There are so many.”

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