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Morning Media Newsfeed: Separatists in Ukraine Seize TV HQ | CNN Raises Ethical Questions | Gregory Slams Report

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Separatists Seize Control of TV HQ in East Ukraine City (Reuters)
Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and said they would take it off air and broadcast a Kremlin-backed Russian channel instead. Sky News Four men wearing masks and armed with truncheons were standing at the entrance to the building in Donetsk, while more separatists could be seen inside wearing camouflage fatigues. The regional governor’s office and the city hall in Donetsk have already been seized by separatists. NBC News About 15 police officers were standing a short distance away but were not trying to resist the separatists. A crowd of around 400 people surrounded the building and shouted “Russia!” and “Referendum!,” a reference to a vote the separatists want to hold on seceding from Ukraine. The protesters later drifted away, but the separatist guards on the doors remained. One of the masked men at the entrance, who asked why the building had been seized, said: “They show lies; they try to influence the people and they broadcast misinformation.” The Guardian The station’s shaken director, Oleg Dzholos, emerged soon afterward to say that the separatists had brought with them a technician who was turning off Kiev television and replacing it with Rossiya 24. The Russian state channel calls Ukraine’s pro-western leaders “fascists” and frequently runs montages of them with footage of the Nazis. “We hope to continue broadcasting,” Dzholos said. His staff of 250 would be back at work on Monday morning, he said. WSJ Sunday’s incident marked an escalation in the struggle between pro-Russian protesters who want to turn Ukraine’s industrial heartland into a sovereign republic and Kiev’s interim government, which has tried, without success, to defeat a separatist rebellion that threatens the unity of the country. Ukraine accuses Russia of stirring up the separatist unrest by broadcasting strident anti-Kiev views on Russian television channels and by sending covert operatives to help organize the insurgency, particularly in Slovyansk, a city north of Donetsk that has been taken over by heavily armed gunmen. Moscow denies any role.

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Theresa Griggs Named Creative Director of Cosmo

Theresa Griggs has been named the new creative director of Cosmopolitan. Griggs comes to Cosmo from Women’s Health, where she served as design director since 2010. Prior to her time at Women’s Health, Griggs was Glamour’s art director for two years. She also formerly served as Entertainment Weekly’s art director.

“Theresa is a superb magazine designer and I’m thrilled she’s coming on board,” said Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor, in a statement. “She’s the final piece of the puzzle to the team I’ve assembled at Cosmo and I look forward to evolving the look of the magazine with her.”

Griggs’ appointment is effective May 12.

Live, from the Pages of Cosmopolitan: It’s a ‘Regressive’ SNL Spread!

Vanessa Golembewski, assistant news and entertainment editor for website Refinery 29, is part of a growing number of writers voicing their disappointment with the photo treatment given to Saturday Night Live female cast members in the May 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.

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It’s basically, per the above, slumber party redux. Golembewski notes that the treatment stands in stark contrast to some recent Interview and GQ coverage of, respectively, male show counterparts Jay Pharoah and Kyle Mooney. From her item:

To be sure, the women look absolutely gorgeous. However, in this sleepover-themed spread, the female cast trades its comedic chops for sexual subtext. At the same time, the shoot gives a very limited definition of what sexy means: A mostly nude Sasheer Zamata is at the center, while Aidy Bryant‘s body is entirely covered — by sheets in a group picture, and again in her individual Q&A by a large bunny head.

The larger issue, however, is how regressive the shoot feels.

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CNN Adds Rachel Crane, Cosmo Names Integrated Marketing Director

A couple moves to note today, regarding CNN and Cosmopolitan. Details are below.

  • Rachel Crane is joining CNN as a digital correspondent, focusing on pop culture and innovation. Crane comes to CNN from Bloomberg, where she served as reporter covering technology and innovation. She also served as host of Bloomberg’s Brink, a show highlighting new ideas and tech.
  • Amy Laine has been named Cosmopolitan’s integrated marketing director. Laine was most recently a partner at Hyperlaine, where she served as a consultant for publications like The Atlantic, Wired and Afar. Previously, Laine served as a marketing manager for Hearst Magazines. Laine begins March 31.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Letterman to Retire | Mozilla’s Eich Resigns | Fusion’s TV First

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David Letterman to Leave Late Show (TVNewser)
During the taping of Thursday’s Late Show, David Letterman announced next year will be his last on the show he’s hosted for more than two decades. The news was first reported on Twitter by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, a guest on the show, just after 4 p.m. ET. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, signed a contract extension in October. Adweek The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal. NYT Letterman said he had informed CBS president Leslie Moonves of his intention to step down from The Late Show at the end of his current contract, which has about 16 months left. A specific end date has not yet been set. Letterman is considered by many to be the most original voice in the late-night format, and Moonves has been steadfast in his assurances in recent years that he would never ask Letterman to retire, saying at one point, “You don’t do that to a television legend.” Mashable Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before starting Late Show on CBS in 1993. In 2013, he surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest-running late night talk show host in television history. He has been part of more than 6,000 late-night broadcasts. USA Today It’s unclear how CBS will replace Letterman, and when, precisely. Craig Ferguson, who hosts the Letterman-produced Late Late Show, is not being considered as a replacement, insiders say, even though his contract technically promises it. Moonves is known to have been interested in The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart over the years, but in the past Stewart has said he is not interested in a network talk show. Stewart’s Comedy Central partner Stephen Colbert is seen as a more likely candidate, and is available sooner: His contract with Comedy Central expires in December, though Stewart is free in 2015. Chelsea Handler also announced plans to leave her late-night E! show this year.

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Cosmopolitan EIC: We ‘Cannot Win’ the Photoshop Game

Adweek has posted video from its recent event “A Candid Conversation With Five Women Leaders of Advertising and Media.” Among the clips is this fascinating snippet from Cosmopolitan EIC Joanna Coles.

Coles recalls that when she was at Marie Claire, no one believed her when the magazine ran a cover and photo spread of Jessica Simpson with no make-up or retouching. “They accused us of lying,” she said. “The one time we did it [no retouching], no one believed us.”

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Cosmopolitan’s Online Strategy

Amy Odell, editor of Cosmopolitan’s website, participated in an interesting interview with The Business of Fashion today. The entire exchange is worth checking out, but below are our favorite quotes.

On the importance of humor:

The first thing I wanted to change was the voice [of Cosmopolitan.com]. I wanted the voice to be stronger. I wanted people to go to the site because they wanted to read what we were saying and not just get there by accident. I said from the beginning it needs to be funny. It’s the Internet and people read things on the Internet that are funny. It’s the easiest way to build a following.

On straddling the line between sharable content and “click bait:

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M Magazine Names Jim Windolf Editor, Cosmo and HGTV Mag Make Changes

M, Cosmopolitan and HGTV Magazine have all made staffing changes. Details are below.

  • Jim Windolf has been named editor-in-chief of M. Windolf had most recently served as the quarterly’s senior consulting editor. Windolf will continue as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
  • Patti Greco has been named entertainment editor of Cosmpolitan.com, a new role at the magazine. Greco comes to Cosmo from New York, where she served as a staff editor.
  • Kate English has been named HGTV Magazine’s associate publisher, marketing, another new role.English has been the magazine’s executive director, integrated marketing since it launched two years ago.

Topless Guy Livens Up Cosmo Brainstorming Session

It’s never dull at Cosmopolitan. Exhibit Z: this afternoon’s cosmo.com editorial brainstorming session, live-streamed beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Joining six staff members – a few minutes late – was actor-model-entrepreneur CJ Richards. The Super Bowl-focused discussion had already begun, but attention soon shifted to Richards, who began by reminding that today was the coldest day in New York in many years. He then whipped off his jacket, scarf and soon, the rest of the clothing covering his top half (sweater, and maybe T-shirt underneath). From that point on, Richards sat and participated – topless.

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Cosmopolitan Answers a Few #BonerQuestions

If you have to ask about the hashtag in the headline, then you obviously weren’t paying Twitter attention yesterday.

AndyLevyRedEyeThe magazine’s social media team, led by Elisa Benson, used Twitter to curate questions for its minority male staff. (There’s no pun there; get your mind out of the gutter.)

Anyway… We’re not just saying this because it’s about the only question we can safely reprint here. Perusing the resulting article by Frank Kobola, we can honestly pick the following as our favorite FA(B)Q:

7. In what season of Growing Pains did Boner leave to join the Marines?

Season 4, Episode 13: “Semper Fidelis.”

Well done, Andy Levy! This accomplishment is something the Fox News commentator (pictured) may well want to consider adding to his Red Eye bio. (And again, please; get your mind out of the gutter. Red Eye and Growing Pains in this context are only TV show names.) To check out the 17 other questions deemed worthy by Kobola and co., click here.

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