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Morning Media Newsfeed: Condé Nast Moves to 1 WTC | Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77

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Condé Nast Moves to 1 World Trade Center (FishbowlNY)
The first wave of Condé Nast staffers settled into their new digs at 1 World Trade Center Monday morning. THR Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center, a 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper that dominates the Manhattan skyline, is opening for business, marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation. The publishing giant becomes the first commercial tenant in America’s tallest building. Mashable The building is currently just 60 percent leased. About 170 employees of Condé Nast’s 3,400 workers moved into the skyscraper. The rest of the company, which signed a 25-year lease for 1 million square feet, will move there in 2015. New York Post The sparkling new building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. It had originally been slated to open in 2006, but cost overruns and political infighting led to delays. Other new tenants include the General Services Administration and the ad firm Kids Creative. NYT The workers that began Monday are what Condé Nast calls corporate employees, meaning that they do not work for any one of its magazines in particular. Some work in human relations, some in accounting. Glamour? It will come later, as will Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Condé Nast’s other magazines.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ISIS Holds Another Journalist | Glasser Named Politico Editor

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ISIS Reportedly Holding Another Journalist Captive (TVNewser)
ISIS released a new video Thursday showing a British journalist as its prisoner. The video, since deleted by YouTube, shows British journalist John Cantlie. HuffPost Cantlie, a former reporter for the Sunday Times, the Sun and the Sunday Telegraph, went missing in Syria in 2012, but was later freed by the Free Syrian Army. Cantlie reportedly then returned to Syria in 2012, along with U.S. journalist James Foley. Foley was beheaded by ISIS in August, a horrific killing that was also recorded and released on video. Reuters In the new roughly three-minute video posted on social media sites, the man identified as Cantlie appears in good health and promises to “convey some facts” in a series of “programs,” suggesting there would be further installments. “Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head and he’s being forced to do this.’ Right?” the man in the video, wearing an orange shirt and closely-cropped hair, says. “Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose.” Mashable He delivers a propaganda message to the West, promising to show “the truth” about the jihadists and stop what he calls the “seemingly inevitable sequence of events” that’s taking Western countries to another war in the Middle East. He promises that he will appear in more videos to come. NYT Analysts said that the shift in tone from the previous videos sought to gain maximum exposure and showed how attuned the group is to Western sensibilities in crafting its message. The video, like those before it, seems designed to forestall international military action against the Islamic State. But while the previous videos threatened revenge for attacks, Cantlie’s message seemed crafted to capitalize on reluctance in the West to get involved in a new war. “After two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, why is it that our governments appear so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict?” he says.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: RIP, Joan Rivers | Wright to Replace Snider at DreamWorks

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RIP, Joan Rivers (FishbowlNY)
Comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday. TVNewser The news came from Rivers’ daughter, Melissa just before 3 p.m. ET. Rivers, who was 81, stopped breathing while undergoing outpatient surgery in New York City last Thursday. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital and put on life support. NYT The State Health Department is investigating the circumstances that led to her death, a state official said Thursday. A spokeswoman, Judy Katz, said the cause of death had not yet been determined. Deadline Hollywood During a minor endoscopic procedure last Thursday to check her vocal cords at an Upper East Side clinic, Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai, where she was put into a medically induced coma. Wednesday she was moved from intensive care to a private room at the Manhattan hospital. Mediaite Rivers got her start as a guest on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965, often filling in as host for Johnny Carson over the years. But after she took a job as a rival host on the Fox network without consulting Carson, he banned her from the Tonight Show, a situation that stayed in effect until she briefly appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s first night as host earlier this year. The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers only lasted one season, but she went on to a successful stint of reality shows later in life, including Fashion Police and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? with her daughter. The Daily Beast In her last big interview, Rivers spoke candidly to The Daily Beast in July about Hollywood celebrities’ thin skins, contemplating suicide after her husband’s suicide, sex, dating and her own mortality.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Oprah Eyes Clippers | Viacom to Buy Channel 5 | Time Warner Profits Soar

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Oprah Considering Los Angeles Clippers Bid (ESPN)
Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will join together in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA’s board of governors votes to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, Geffen said Wednesday. FishbowlNY Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (he even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather. THR The OWN Network founder would pair with music mogul Geffen and Oracle co-founder Ellison in an investor role. On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged to force the sale of the Clippers after audio recordings of racist remarks made by owner Donald Sterling surfaced on TMZ days earlier. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers franchise since 1981, faces a ban from attending all NBA games as well as making any business decisions for the team. LA Times / Sports Now Winfrey, in reference to Sterling’s comments, told TMZ on Tuesday that “the plantation days are over.” She also denied having interest in purchasing the team on her own. However, Winfrey’s spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that she’s in talks about becoming an investor. Reuters The advisory finance committee of the NBA’s governing board scheduled a meeting for Thursday to review the next steps for forcing a sale of the Clippers, as urged on Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a league spokeswoman said. Sterling, who bought the Clippers in 1981 for $13 million when the team was based in San Diego, has not indicated whether he would relinquish ownership without a fight. Experts have estimated that the franchise, which moved to Los Angeles in 1984, could now be worth as much as $800 million.

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Is DreamWorks In The Middle Of A Nightmare?

dreamworkslogo3.jpgDreamWorks, in its new form with co-chairs Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider, is having a tough time raising the money to cover their half of the deal with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment, according to Variety.

Reliance will ideally put up $500 million against $750 million that DreamWorks would raise. But credit issues as they are have put a slight crimp in their plans.

DreamWorks has only been able to raise $75 million so far through bridge loan from JPMorgan Bank. Other banks are balking.

Meanwhile, DreamWorks is on the hook right away for $20 million to acquire the 17 projects they were making at Paramount. And they’ve already been notified that Reliance is only providing as much as DreamWorks can raise. So it’s kind of like fish or cut bait time.

Inside DreamWorks sources were tight-lipped as well, though one executive told FBLA that DreamWorks relationship to Reliance is solid and not going away.

At this point, no one is quite sure how this will play out. The credit crunch has scared most of the major banks out of the water and DreamWorks is struggling for its deal to stay afloat.

Variety is chiding DreamWorks for foresaking its Paramount deal. But that may be misplaced spite as DreamWorks is happy to be free and clear to set up its production process to the highest bidder. Presumably, Universal was coming back into the DreamWorks fold, but that’s in question now too.

The Reliance money came in handy to the studio, perhaps even moreso with the worldwide credit crunch spurred by Wall Street.

Annie Awards Won’t Excise Oscars, But Will Probably Be More Fun

kungfu.jpgMaybe it’s the Jack Black influence.

DreamWorks “Kung Fu Panda” dominated the nominations for the 36th Annual Annie Awards with 17 nods for best animated feature, character animation, character design, directing, music, production design, storyboarding, voice work and writing, Variety reported.

Pixar’s “Wall.E,” Disney’s “Bolt,” Sony Pictures Classic/Bridgit Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” and Sherman Pictures/Lama Films’ “$9.99″ round out the field for best feature.

Other nominations are below:

The Annies will be given out Jan. 20 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

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DreamWorks Fills Geffen Seat With Geffen…Well, Sort Of

geffen3.jpgFormer DreamWorks partner David Geffen has found a not unexpected approach to maintaining his legacy after leaving the company — he filled his seat on the DreamWorks Animation board of directors with the CEO of his own David Geffen Co., Variety reported.

That’s the way to stay in the mix, Dave.

Spielberg And Will Smith May Re-Do A Korean Epic

Will Smith and Steven Spielberg may enact their first partnership on the remake of a Korean thriller, Chan Wook Park‘s “Oldboy,” for DreamWorks and Universal Pictures, Variety sayswillsmith.jpg.

The film would mark one of the earlier DreamWorks/Universal efforts in the new deal between the two studios. DreamWorks will secure the remake rights and Universal will distribute.

In the 2003 Korean original, a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he’s released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge.

Spielberg had been looking for an opportunity to make a film with Smith, who would play the kidnapped man if all the pieces fall into place. Spielberg is looking for a writer to begin the development process.

The film was originally set at U and then found its way to Mandate.

Spielberg is next expected to direct “Tintin.”

As FBLA Predicted: DreamWorks Will Go With Universal For 8%

spiel2.jpgIt’s official.

As reported last week by FBLA, DreamWorks will officially go with Universal’s distribution network in a seven-year deal, Variety reported following a DreamWorks announcement.

The move was anticipated because of DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg’s
long-standing ties to Universal through his Amblin label and Stacey Snider’s former status as chairman of the film division for Universal.

Universal is expected to take an 8% distribution fee for all of the DreamWorks films.

Peter Jackson Heads Back To Middle Earth

tn2_peter_jackson_1.jpgAccording to Deadline Hollywood Daily:

The Hobbit and its sequel will finally be made back-to-back for New Line and MGM the way they should be — under the Academy-Award-winning creative vision of Mr. Lord Of The Rings. But Jackson won’t be directing this time out, because of his previous commitments to DreamWorks for The Lovely Bones and Tintin trilogy with Steven Spielberg. While that will disappoint his LOTR fans, they’ll be pleased to know that the famed director will be integrally involved as executive producer along with his partner Fran Walsh. I’m told Jackson will make all creative decisions in concert with New Line, which will manage the production of the films.

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