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Condé Nast to Stop Internship Program

Condé Nast is discontinuing its internship program. WWD reports that the change will go into effect next year. All current interns will remain with the company through the end of their predetermined terms.

We’re sure this has nothing to do with the fact that Condé was recently sued by two former interns. Lauren Ballinger, a former W intern, and Matthew Leib, a former intern at The New Yorker, claimed in their suit that Condé paid them less than $1 an hour while they worked for the magazines. That case is still pending.

Condé isn’t the only media company brought to court over failing to pay interns. Gawker, Fox Searchlight and Hearst have all been sued for the same reason.

The difference is that Condé has now taken the bold step of eliminating the issue completely. If you have no interns, there’s no way to get sued for not paying them.

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Layoffs And Cutbacks at PBS NewsHour
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The PBS NewsHour, the signature nightly newscast on public television, is planning its first significant round of layoffs in nearly two decades. Because of declines in support from corporate sponsors, the show’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will close the two offices it has outside of the Washington area — in Denver and San Francisco — and lay off most of the employees there. The company, which is based in Arlington, Va., will also eliminate several of what it calls “noncritical production positions” at its main office. TVNewser None of the affected staffers were named in the email, but TVNewser hears that one of those departing is San Francisco correspondent Spencer Michels, who started reporting for the program 30 years ago. While the program will still maintain in-house crews, the NewsHour will rely more on freelance contributions going forward. Poynter / MediaWire “We believe the staff restructuring and production changes, along with continuing Web investment, will make us stronger and enable us to be more effective and nimble,” NewsHour public relations manager Anne Bell writes in an email to Poynter. Deadline Hollywood It will be the show’s first major round of layoffs since the mid-‘90s. Read more

Fox Searchlight Lawyer’s Defend Jennifer’s Body from Snarky Bloggers

Fox Searchlight wasted no time in defending their girl, Diablo Cody. Big Ross at CC2K, got slapped with a cease and desist for daring to read and critize Jennifer’s Body.

Considering Juno’s accolades, detractors abound:

Judging by the cease and desist orders sent by FOX to the websites running script reviews of her next opus Jennifer’s Body this week, it’s clear that the publicity machine running on overdrive behind her for the past few months is doing what they can to prevent anything or anyone from getting in the way of this processed fairytale.

Casting for the horror film is underway:

two names that are being bandied about for Nikolai; he’s the leader of the Satanic emo band that starts all of the problems that turns Needy into an ass-kicking monster fighter. The production is looking at two legitimately emo dipshits–Pete Wentz of Fallout Boy and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte.

Earlier:
Jennifer’s Body Script Reviewed