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How a News Start-Up Operating Out of a Former NYC Bank Is ‘Building a Culture’

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In MediabistroTV’s latest “What’s Your Show?” video, we go behind the scenes at Al Jazeera America’s primetime newscast with John Siegenthaler, who previously worked at NBC News for 11 years. For nine of those years, he anchored the weekend edition of “NBC Nightly News” from New York.

He now serves as the signature news anchor at AJAM; a news start-up composed of former top broadcast and cable talent, temporarily producing their newscasts from a midtown New York City newsroom that was previously Manufacturers Hanover Trust bank.

“Though this is temporary, and it feels cramped and small, I actually think this is a tremendous advantage for us,” SVP for news programming David Doss tells FishbowlNY. “It’s about building a culture.”

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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.

Why MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Is ‘Not Your Central Casting News Anchor Guy’

MSNBC primetime host Chris Hayes will celebrate one year as host of “All In” a week from today, and MediabistroTV’s new series, “What’s Your Show?”, recently went behind the scenes of the 8pmET show.

“All In” is much more “host driven” in its vision than the average cable news show, Hayes tells us. His executive producer, Denis Horgan, thinks Chris is one of the most talented hosts he’s come across, saying he’s not your “central casting news anchor guy.”

Shepard Smith, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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Shepard Smith has been a part of Fox News since there has been a Fox News. But the longtime anchor took on a new challenge late last year: hosting a high-octane newscast from a futuristic (yet functional) studio without compromising the mission: report the news, first and fair. So, what does that take to accomplish?

In the inaugural edition of the MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Smith and his team take us behind the scenes of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Look for upcoming episodes of “What’s Your Show?” from MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. And to watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Football Meets Fashion for This NFL Player

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Winning designer Kassie Haji and Brad Smith

Designer Kassie Haji and Brad Smith

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith’s interests are not relegated solely to the football field. It turns out Smith is actually a burgeoning player in the world of fashion.

After completing a Fashion Week internship at Men’s Health, reporting to fashion director Brian Boye, Smith was inspired to help emerging designers. The result was his Design for Brad Smith competition, held in partnership with the magazine. The winner, Kassie Haji, was announced on Friday at Windsor Custom at The Ainsworth in New York.

“To be able to highlight people’s creativity and their artistry, especially in the realm of fashion and design, that’s something that appeals to me,” said Smith.

In our Media Beat interview, Smith tells us about being a fashion intern, describes Haji’s winning design and reveals his future fashion projects.

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NFL’s Brad Smith on Fashion Week and the Super Bowl

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Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Brad Smith isn’t heading to Jersey to watch Super Bowl XLVIII, but he was in New York today to promote his “Design for Brad Smith” competition, the winner of which will be revealed during New York Fashion Week. This morning MediabistroTV sat down to talk to Smith about the competition. We also asked for his thoughts on the controversial comments Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made during his NFC championship post-game interview with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews.

Watch our Mediabeat interview below:

We’ll have more on the “Design for Brad Smith” competition during our coverage of New York Fashion Week next week. And to watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Kim France on Launching Lucky: ‘It was terrifying’

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Kim France has had the unique experience of starting a magazine from scratch. Back in 1999, Conde Nast hired France to launch a magazine about shopping. They called it Lucky.

“It’s a very rare and unusual privilege to get to start a magazine,” France says. “It doesn’t happen every day or even every month or year…It was incredibly thrilling. It was also quite terrifying.”

Check out the video after the jump for more from France, including how she started her new fashion blog, Girls of a Certain Age.

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VIDEO: How to Be the Next Celebrity Chef

In Round 2 of our video interview with Food Network chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli and Robert Irvine tell us what it takes to be the next celebrity chef. And they should know. Guarnaschelli, in addition to being executive chef of New York City’s Butter Restaurant, is a recurring judge on Chopped, hosts Alex’s Day Off and has appeared on Iron Chef America as both a judge and a challenger. She earned the title of Iron Chef herself on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.

Irvine’s claim to fame came on Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible, which spun off into the ever-popular Restaurant: Impossible, now in its seventh season. The British star’s new reality-competition show, Restaurant Express debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

Also, see: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

VIDEO: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

During this month’s New York City Wine and Food Festival, we caught up with a few celebrity chefs to talk shop. (Although we can neither confirm nor deny the rumored food-poisoning bout at one particular event, we can confirm that the nibbles of pasta, meats, cheeses and mini cupcakes at the NYCWFF Grand Tasting were pretty darn tasty.) In our video interview (Part I of II), Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli tells us about the joys of bacon; Restaurant: Impossible‘s Robert Irvine (whose new Food Network show, Restaurant Express, premieres on Nov. 3) gives us his top three uses for pumpkin; and Andrew Zimmern, host the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America (new season airs on Nov. 4), reveals the places in NYC that he hits up “without fail” whenever he’s in town.

Photos from the NYCWFF, after the jump. Read more

Bonnie Bernstein Takes Over Oprah’s Studio

Back in the day, Oprah Winfrey would give away new cars from her Harpo Studios in Chicago. Well, part of the iconic studio has turned a corner and was recently taken over by CampusInsiders.com, a site devoted to college sports. The face of the venture is Bonnie Bernstein, the veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter. Beginning next week, she’ll host a new daily show from Harpo Studios.

How will this sports show be different from everything else out there? In part II of our Media Beat interview, Bernstein tells us it’s all about the insiders.

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