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Al Jazeera America Countersuing Al Gore (TVNewser)
It looks like Al Jazeera America isn’t taking the lawsuit levied by former Vice President Al Gore lying down. The company countersued Gore and Joel Hyatt Friday. The Associated Press The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million. THR / Hollywood, Esq. According to Gore and Hyatt, Al Jazeera squandered those favorable distribution rights by making an “ill-advised, one-sided” agreement with Time Warner Cable, which set off “most favored nation” obligations to other distributors. According to Al Jazeera, it’s Gore and Hyatt who shoulder the blame — and responsibility — for what later happened by failing to get TWC on board in the first place. New York Post Friday’s countersuit insists that AJA, as Current TV’s buyer, did not “make phony claims” but had a “contractual right to be indemnified.” “Al Jazeera America rightfully seeks compensation from an escrow fund that was established solely and specifically to protect Al Jazeera against any harm resulting from these inaccurate representations,” the countersuit claimed. In the countersuit, Al Jazeera stated it made five claims on the escrow money, relating mostly to disagreements it had with distributors following the sale. Variety The purchase price was reportedly $500 million, and, although that figure also was redacted from Al Jazeera’s filing, the company noted that Gore is “reported to have made between $70 and $100 million from the sale.” Gore and Hyatt contend that they initially harbored “serious reservations” about selling the network to Al Jazeera, but decided to entertain the idea of such a sale after performing due diligence and consulting with former senior U.S. government officials.

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BuzzFeed Producer Shares Some Viral Video Mantras

If you’ve not yet seen the following BuzzFeed video, take a moment to check it out. Posted just ahead of Valentine’s Day 2014, it examines the tendency of fashion magazines to Photoshop their cover girls by running a number of non-models through the same, retouch process.

Based in LA, BuzzFeed senior video producer (and former Mediabistro staffer) Andrew Gauthier explains to journalism.co.uk’s technology editor Abigail Edge that this video stands as a perfect example of one of his tenets for creating items that are widely shared across the Internet. Namely, the video is designed to – and effectively succeeds in – starting multiple conversations:

Viral videos “add to the conversation” by offering “some sort of emotional aspect or informational takeaway” which makes users more likely to share content with friends, Gauthier added.

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Jonah Peretti, Studio Mogul?

That’s how the BuzzFeed founder may soon be viewed on the west coast and beyond, per his recent conversation with LA Times reporter Andrea Chang. The company recently moved its west coast office to a new location on Beverly Blvd. and also leases production space nearby.

Peretti notes that Psy‘s mega-popularity came from that video’s “shareability,” and says video is a big missing piece of BuzzFeed:

The LA team, he said, is building the “TV studio and movie studio of the future” by creating original videos to fit these new patterns of media consumption…

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LA’s Wacky Ze Frank Joins BuzzFeed

Looks like our former Mediabistro colleague Andrew Gauthier (TV Spy) has some capable new company at BuzzFeed with regards to cranking out memorable video material.

A month after Gauthier joined the company to help oversee video production, BuzzFeed has announced the hire of LA video blogger extraordinaire Ze Frank (pictured). From today’s release:

With BuzzFeed’s acquisition of Ze Frank Games, Frank will build a team of video producers in Los Angeles and establish a studio to create content native to the social web. The acquisition and hire are effective immediately.

“I’ve been a longtime fan of the way that BuzzFeed creates and curates great social content, so it’s a thrill to join them. There is a great opportunity to bring BuzzFeed’s philosophy to the wild west of online video and I’m excited to be putting together a talented team in LA to make that happen,” said Frank.

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The KTLA Morning News, Minus One Key Member

Our colleague Andrew Gauthier at TV Spy tips us to another great example of the goofy, anything-goes KTLA Morning News vibe.

Rather than some sort of straight-faced acknowledgment of a missing third team member, watch what happened yesterday morning at 4:00 a.m. when the program opened without the usually middle-seated Megan Henderson. The co-anchor was only a few seconds late, but that was enough for Chris Schauble to deliver a Kids in the Hall-worthy comedic moment:

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