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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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Morning Media Newsfeed: Clippers Lose Sponsors | Mockingbird To Go Digital | Al Jazeera Sues Egypt

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Sponsors Have Begun to Abandon the Clippers (PRNewser)
The controversy behind the allegedly racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has the biggest names behind the Clippers making their way toward the exits. Mediaite State Farm Insurance became the first sponsor to pull its support from the Clippers Monday morning, following audiotape released by TMZ Saturday that allegedly revealed Sterling going on a racist tirade. WSJ More than a half dozen other sponsors of the Clippers, including Kia Motors, Virgin America, Red Bull, Aquahydrate, Mercedez-Benz, Corona and CarMax, also distanced themselves from the team Monday. While some advertisers sponsor the NBA, other brands sponsor individual teams — some advertisers do both. Sports marketing experts suggest that team sponsorship agreements with a big-market team like the Clippers could range anywhere from $100,000 to over $2 million a year, depending on what is included in the marketing package as well as if the advertiser is given category exclusivity. Variety According to new statements, the advertisers felt maintaining ad ties to the team after reports surfaced about Sterling’s remarks would not be in their best interest. “The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values,” Kia said in a statement Monday. The NBA is expected to make an announcement regarding Sterling’s alleged comments today. THR Sterling’s tirade was prompted when his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posted a photo of herself with Magic Johnson on Instagram. In the audio remarks obtained by TMZ and Deadspin, Sterling expresses displeasure about having black people attend Clipper games. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon, HBO Ink Deal | Net Neutrality on The Ropes | Mixed News for Gannett

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HBO Classics Coming to Amazon Prime (LostRemote)
Amazon is continuing its streaming-TV push, partnering with HBO on a multi-year deal to exclusively bring classic HBO shows to Amazon Prime subscribers, the two companies announced Wednesday. Variety Terms of the deal were not disclosed; it covers only the U.S. Under the agreement, Amazon has exclusive SVOD rights for select HBO programming and will make the first wave of it available to Prime subscribers beginning May 21. That includes full seasons of The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as miniseries like Band of Brothers and John Adams. GigaOM Some of HBO’s newer shows will also be available, with a substantial delay: “Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO.” In addition, Amazon said that it will add HBO Go to its recently launched streaming video box, Fire TV — “targeting a launch by year-end.” New York Post HBO’s coveted content has long been kept beyond reach of outside content bundles like Amazon and Netflix, and only available to subscribers. Amazon’s win will surely be viewed as a loss for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who still dominates the bundled streaming space, but who also recently announced a price increase for new subscribers. Amazon also increased its prices, but is also seeking to expand its customer base with Fire TV. THR Amazon Prime also has exclusive online-only subscription deals for PBS’ Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, CBS’ Under The Dome and upcoming Halle Berry-headlined miniseries Extant as well as 24, Veronica Mars, Orphan Black, The Americans and Justified. But it has had less success with its own original series; neither Alpha House nor Betas has achieved the pop culture significance of Netflix’s Kevin Spacey drama House of Cards.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Facebook Buys Oculus | Atlantic Makes Changes | Amazon Credits eBooks

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Facebook Bets $2 Billion on Virtual Reality (Financial Times)
Facebook is making a $2 billion bet that virtual reality headsets will be the next big social platform after computers and smartphones, with the sudden acquisition of Oculus VR. The deal marks an unexpected move by the world’s largest social network into the hardware business, at a time when arch-rival Google is investing in robots, its own Google Glass headset and other long-term ventures. Facebook believes that virtual reality’s applications could extend beyond gaming into entertainment and education. AllFacebook The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter, and it is comprised of $400 million in cash, 23.1 million shares of Facebook class-A common stock (worth $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of $69.35 for the 20 trading days leading up to March 21) and $300 million in potential cash and stock based on reaching certain unspecified milestones. Facebook said in its announcement that more than 75,000 orders have been placed for Oculus Rift development kits, adding that it plans to help Oculus expand into verticals including communications and media. Adweek The Irvine, Calif.-based company’s Rift headset covers the eyes of users and plants them in a virtual reality world in which they can play games, watch movies and interact in new ways. GigaOM Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he sees Oculus as an opportunity to move beyond the console and toward ubiquitous computing. He doesn’t expect Facebook to make money off of selling Oculus hardware; instead, it might become a ubiquitous world for communication that might contain advertising. “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home,” Zuckerberg explained. Bloomberg The deal follows a spate of acquisitions that Facebook has used to build up its mobile business. Last month, the company agreed to purchase messaging application WhatsApp for $19 billion. In 2012, Facebook bought mobile photo-sharing program Instagram for about $700 million. Facebook had $11.4 billion in cash and investments at the end of 2013.

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Drudge Links Fuel Judd Apatow/Girls/TCA Incident Debate

DrugeGirlsThe only thing better for a Web outlet item than a Drudge Report link is a Drudge Report double-link. As the Miami muckracker and his cohorts sometimes like to do, EW‘s pick-up of a weird incident yesterday at the TCA Winter Session in Pasadena is today basking in the flow of a double Fedora tip. And per usual, the reader comments at the linked end are piling up fast and furiously.

There were well over 2,000 comments at press time below the EW item. We obviously didn’t have time to go through them all, but of the first few hundred scanned, below are a pair of the more cogent observations. Short incident summary: At Thursday’s TCA HBO session, TheWrap’s Tim Molloy wondered what the point of Lena Dunham‘s constant nudity in Girls was and when he asked a well-worded question to that effect, Judd Apatow came to the show star’s very protective defense, from the stage (alongside fellow executive producers Dunham, Jenni Konner) and then afterwards with reporters:

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Lena Dunham to Grace Vogue Cover

The Lena Dunham Express’ next stop is the cover of Vogue. According to The New York Post, Vogue is dedicating its February issue to Dunham’s hit show Girls, and Dunham will appear on the cover.

This is bad news (or maybe good news?) for the many Dunham haters out there, like Gawker. Nothing like gracing the cover of one of the world’s most popular magazines to stoke the flames of irrational hatred. For the record, FishbowlNY is not exactly a fan of Dunham either — her false modesty act is beyond aggravating — but there are plenty of people way worse than her. Like Pitbull. Or Johnny Depp.

Dunham appears ready for the comments her Vogue cover is bound to bring. She told the Post, “We live in a culture that really comes down on people for inconsistencies, and everyone is waiting for the next news story. So you do have to be careful, but you also just kind of have to be impervious.”

Morning Media Newsfeed: Google Wins Fair Use Case | John Oliver Joins HBO | Baldwin’s Outburst

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Google Wins 8-Year Book-Scanning Battle (GalleyCat)
Google has won its controversial book scanning fight with the Author’s Guild. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled in favor of Google on Thursday claiming that Google’s massive book scanning project, in which the online giant scanned millions of books and made them available through search without obtaining the permission of the copyright holders, to be legal. According to Chin’s ruling, Google’s project makes life easier for research, makes it easier for libraries to obtain digital copies of books, brings old books to light and gives people who would not have access to books access. GigaOM Chin also rejected the theory that Google was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” Reuters “This is a big win for Google, and it blesses other search results that Google displays, such as news or images,” said James Grimmelmann, a University of Maryland intellectual property law professor who has followed the case. “It is also a good ruling for libraries and researchers, because the opinion recognizes the public benefit of making books available,” he added. Wired / Threat Level If the ruling had gone the other way, Google would have faced the Copyright Act’s hefty damages of up to $150,000 per infringement. NYT Google began its book-scanning project in 2004, without obtaining permission from copyright holders. The next year, groups representing authors and publishers sued Google claiming copyright violations, beginning an eight-year court battle. The Author’s Guild “We disagree with and are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken said. “This case presents a fundamental challenge to copyright that merits review by a higher court. Google made unauthorized digital editions of nearly all of the world’s valuable copyright-protected literature and profits from displaying those works. In our view, such mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of fair use defense. We plan to appeal the decision.”

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Woody Allen Confirms His Hatred of the Casting Process

Shutterstock_WoodyAllenA while back, we picked up on a New York Post report about the daunting task faced by leading ladies auditioning for the upcoming stage version of Bullets Over Broadway. Via open letter in this week’s Hollywood ReporterWoody Allen echos the contents of that item in his own inimitable way:

I’m particularly difficult in the casting area because the whole process bores and embarrasses me. If it were up to me, we would use the same half dozen people in all my pictures, whether they fit or not.

Can you say Internet meme? Or at least, a cleverly re-cut YouTube trailer?

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Jeff Daniels Has No Time for Twitter’s Will McAvoy

As might be expected, there are a number of renegade Will McAvoy Twitter accounts. Leading the pack is @WillMcAvoyACN, which at press time had surpassed 55,000 followers.

The actor who plays McAvoy, Jeff Daniels, chatted with The Hollywood Reporter’s Erik Hayden at this week’s west coast premiere event about his personal media habits. He likes to tune into MSNBC when a big news story breaks and feels no urge to monitor The Newsroom doppeltwits:

Daniels sees immediacy, if not necessarily reliability, in Twitter – though was less enthusiastic about the McAvoy parody account that has amassed over 50,000 followers. “Will wouldn’t even bother looking at it, which is very similar to Jeff Daniels,” the actor said.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hearst Tower Drama | Gannett Buys Belo | Soledad’s New HBO Gig


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Hearst Tower Scaffolding Collapses, Stranding Workers (FishbowlNY)
Scaffolding that was being used by two window washers on the Hearst Tower collapsed Wednesday, leaving them stranded. The scaffolding began to fall around 2:40 p.m. 57th St. at 8th Avenue closed to car and pedestrian traffic. TVSpy New York City stations broke into afternoon programming Wednesday with dramatic pictures of two window washers stranded on a scaffolding near the top of the Hearst Tower. TVNewser CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King was at her other day job, O: The Oprah Magazine in Hearst Tower Wednesday afternoon when two men got trapped outside the 45th floor after a window washing scaffold collapsed. NBC New York The two workers — identified by law enforcement sources as Victor Carabello, 26, of the Bronx, and Stephen Schmidt, 49, of Brooklyn — underwent a medical evaluation once they were brought inside. Moses Nelson, one of the attending FDNY paramedics, said the workers were fine and in good spirits. “They were all smiles, thankfully,” said Nelson. “No major injuries, no complaints.” Read more

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