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TVNewser: CNN has warned staffers that it may become subject to lawsuits alleging unauthorized use of Michael Jackson footage over the past few days. Those responsible for the broadcast of the footage in question “may feel the financial effect in year-end bonuses,” the network told staffers in an email.

PRNewser: Meanwhile, the Jackson family has hired publicists to the stars Ken Sunshine and Shawn Sachs and announced that there will be no viewing — public or private — of the pop star at his former home Neverland. A public memorial is in the works.

Silicon Alley Insider: CBS has poached Gawker‘s star television recapper Richard Lawson to write for TV.com.

Gawker: There are rumors that Spin magazine has cut 20 percent of its staff. Not a good week for music magazines.

Daily Intel: A run-down of the week’s best Web feuds featuring Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi vs. Goldman Sachs, CNBC‘s Dennis Kneale taking on the blogosphere (will they ever learn?), Chris Anderson and Malcolm Gladwell throwing down over “Free” and author Alice Hoffman and her critic Roberta Silman.

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Ken Sunshine Honored by Golden Boa

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mediabistro.com’s 10th anniversary is marked by the Golden Boa awards, and PR impresario to the stars Ken Sunshine is one of the recipients. Jason Chupik got him to spill his secrets here.

Lunch at Michael’s: Ken Sunshine: Lindsay’s Woes Are ‘Beyond PR Issues’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We’ve truly hit the dog days of summer when there isn’t one Fiji water sipping-celeb in sight come high noon at 55th & Fifth. Luckily, that didn’t mean there was a shortage of Tinseltown talk in the dining room. The topic du jour — what else? — Lindsay Lohan’s latest arrest on suspicion of DUI. (For those two people who’ve been on the moon, it’s the starlet’s second bust in three months and comes on the heels of her recent 45-day stay at Promises and her big show of wearing an ankle bracelet that was supposedly programmed to detect any alcohol in her system). “If I were her publicist,” sighed one media maven, “I’d have my head in the oven.” Uber publicist Ken Sunshine, who represents one-time rehabber Ben Affleck, told me he’d received “tons of calls” from outlets near and far to weigh in on Lohan’s dire straits and said, “Her problems are beyond PR issues.” The Today Show‘s Marc Victor says Lohan’s relapse is sure to focus attention on the country club-like atmosphere of facilities that cater to coddled celebs: “That’s certainly something that will be looked at now.” The general consensus among today’s crowd is that this story has gone from tabloid train wreck to a truly tragic tale. “She needs compassion,” said Lisa Sharkey, Harper Collins’ senior vice president and director of creative development who, together with the house’s executive editor, Maureen O’Brien, was lunching with Sunshine. No doubt that’s exactly what the editors of Us Weekly, In Touch and TMZ.com are thinking …

Here’s the rundown on the rest of the crowd:

1. Jeff Greenfield, Jerry Della Femina, Gerald Imber and another gentleman we didn’t recognize.

2. Peter Brown

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, Today‘s Marc Victor and Men’s Health editor Dave Zinczenko. Our pal Dave was overheard thanking Esquire‘s David Granger for putting a call into none other than George Clooney inviting him to speak at the upcoming American Magazine Conference about his work in Darfur. (Politicians are so last year!) To entice the Oscar winner, seems plans are in the works to see if there’s a way to “incentive-ize” publishers into offering ad space to help promote Clooney’s off-screen endeavor.

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Ken Sunshine Partners Up

Star publicist Ken Sunshine takes a break from blogger dodging to announce some retooling at his shop:

from Ken Sunshine
hide details 11:51 am (4 minutes ago)
to Ken Sunshine
cc Shawn Sachs
date May 8, 2007 11:51AM
subject Sharing Great News

I am pleased to tell you about exciting changes at our company.

Shawn Sachs, who has been my right hand for the past six years, is becoming my partner in our new firm, which will be called Sunshine, Sachs & Associates.

The following quotes are part of a press release that went out this morning:

“Shawn Sachs has been an integral part of the growth of our firm over the past six years,” Sunshine stated. “Today’s announcement formalizes a unique partnership that promises to lead us into continued success while emphasizing social responsibility, philanthropy, creative integrity and independence in servicing a very special client base. We have the most talented team of professionals in the business, and our future promises to be even more successful and fulfilling as the past sixteen years have proven.”

“When it comes to public relations there is no one better then Ken Sunshine and I’m excited to take this enormous step with him and the entire firm,” said Sachs. “As an independent company, our clients know that we are responsible only to them and achieving their goals. As Sunshine, Sachs & Associates we will continue on as a communications firm based on smart, hard-nosed PR with a tradition of old-fashioned service.”

I hope you join me in congratulating Shawn. On behalf of our team, we look forward to many years of professional service for our clients while doing good in the world.

Ken Sunshine

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