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Morning Media Newsfeed: Todd Makes MTP Debut | Scarborough Joins NBC News

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Chuck Todd’s First Meet The Press: ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’ (TVNewser)
Chuck Todd opened his first Meet The Press, surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report. FishbowlDC For his first Sunday as moderator, Todd talked exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to U.S. relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections. The interview took place at the White House over the weekend and aired during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. broadcast of MTP. Deadline Hollywood Things got testy — and Todd showed a tendency to interrupt — when Obama defended his decision to delay executive action on immigration, saying the summer’s surge of unaccompanied children at the Mexican border changed the politics of the issue. He rejected Todd’s notion the postponement is a political tactic intended to help embattled Democrats in the months before midterm elections, saying that the delay will help make new immigration policies “sustainable” when they are announced later this year. HuffPost There were other small tweaks in the show; Todd threaded his big interview with President Obama throughout the show instead of front-loading it at the beginning, turning to the panel after each portion was over. Todd’s real test will be in the weeks and months ahead. Todd has vowed to cut down on the Beltway bloviators and said he won’t book politicians unless they actually have a stake in the issue at hand. And, of course, he has to pull Meet The Press out of its ratings sinkhole. Politico In selecting Todd as moderator, the NBC News brass is gambling on the belief that a Sunday morning public affairs show can still set the national agenda, as it did under the late Tim Russert. The payoff, they hope, is that Todd can once again make Meet The Press a dominant force in American politics and — though they’d never admit it publicly — effectively erase the nightmare that was David Gregory’s final year as moderator.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Journalist Sotloff Beheaded by ISIS | WaPo Publisher Out

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American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS (TVNewser)
Two weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group. FishbowlDC “This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday afternoon. Earnest went on to say, “I’m not in a position to confirm the authenticity of that video or the reports at this point since I obviously just walked out here. If there is a video that has been released, it is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity.” ABC News In a new video, which appeared online Tuesday, Sotloff addresses the camera, saying, “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.” Later the video then cuts to the militant who says, “I’m back, Obama. I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State [ISIS].” Politico Sotloff, 31, grew up in Florida and was a freelance journalist, having worked for publications like Time magazine and Foreign Policy. He was taken hostage while reporting in Syria last year. WSJ The Islamic State video also showed a man identified as Briton David Cawthorne Haines. He is kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit as the militant threatens to kill him next. A U.S. official said there is no reason to believe the video isn’t authentic. USA Today The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that a video appearing to show the beheading of Sotloff is genuine.

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Paramount Pictures Hires Executive Nic Crawley

Walt Disney Studios executive Nic Crawley has left his position as senior vice president of international marketing for a new job at Paramount Pictures.

Crawley was hired as as president of international marketing for Paramount, effective immediately.

“We could not be happier about Nic joining our team,” Paramount’s chief marketing officer Josh Greenstein said in a statement. “Nic has incredible passion, talent, and experience. His depth of knowledge of the international marketplace will be a great asset for our diverse slate of films moving forward.”

The hire marks a reunion of sorts for Crawley and former Disney executive Anthony Marcoly, who was hired as the head of Paramount Pictures International in October.

Gerry Rich, Marketing Golden Boy, Says See Ya to Paramount

GerryRich.jpgGerry Rich, who orchestrated marketing campaigns for “Transformers,” “Iron Man” and the latest “Indiana Jones” incarnation, became the latest casualty of the Paramount down-sizing of its marketing staff.

Last June, Paramount consolidated the marketing, distribution and physical production departments of Paramount Vantage into the larger studio. The shift brought Vantage marketing chiefs Josh Greenstein and Megan Colligan into the studio fold and created a power struggle.

Only a few know the real story, but Rich supposedly asked to be let out of his contract. Insiders thought it was the outcome of a bitter turf battle with Greenstein and Colligan, who were immediately named by Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore to replace Rich.

In true studio fashion, Moore painted a smiling picture of the turmoil.

“He leaves us in great hands with a fantastic team that we expect to continue bringing the quality and imagination that you’ve seen for the past three years,” Moore said.

Rich, who has been a fixture for the last three years, will leave the Paramount lot at the end of August.