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Posts Tagged ‘Lester Holt’

National Enquirer Zig Zags to Whitney Houston Doc

The National Enquirer is certainly not alone in racing to put together a broadcast about the late Whitney Houston. For example, OWN has already announced a special two-hour block for Thursday, anchored around Oprah Winfrey‘s memorable September 2009 interview with the singer.

But the tone of the tabloid’s doc, the first product of a new multi-platform partnership between American Media and UK production house Zig Zag, is decidedly closer to the gutter. Per a report on realscreen.com:

The documentary promises to focus on details of the singer’s much-publicized battle with addiction and provide audiences with a “harrowing” account of her private life… The film is billed as featuring interviews with drug dealers and photos of the singer’s “drug den.”

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Oprah, Morgan Freeman and Mythbusters: Discovery Woos Advertisers and Media Buyers at Upfront Soiree

Yesterday evening Discovery Communications held its annual upfront presentation, wooing advertisers and media buyers, while previewing upcoming programming and networks.

With a suite of channels that includes Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, there was plenty of ground to cover.

Luckily, they had Oprah there to sell it.

Yes, talk show queen turned media mogul Oprah Winfrey herself was in attendance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and revealed the 2011/2012 OWN programming slate on stage.

She was joined by Rosie O’Donnell, who will be making her return to daytime with a talk show on OWN later this year. O’Donnell performed a song and dance routine with a troupe of male dancers.

Discovery had other big names in attendance, inducing actor Morgan Freeman, who hosts and produces the program “Through the Wormhole” on Science, and magicians Penn & Teller, who have a new show “Penn & teller’s Secrets of the Universe” on Discovery later this year. Billy Ray Cyrus also unveiled his new show for TLC, “Homecoming,” which reunites military men and women with their families, while SNL’s Andy Samberg told some jokes in advance of his gig as “Chief Shark Officer” during 2011′s Shark Week.

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Digital Strategist Still Glad She Quit Facebook

Tonight’s CNBC documentary “The Facebook Obsession,” hosted by Lester Holt, features a segment about LA-based digital marketing strategist Alana Joy (pictured), who famously quit Facebook last June as part of an organized protest.

Joy is still on every other social media platform, from Twitter to LinkedIn to Myspace, so she’s not exactly a hermit. FBLA decided to check in with Joy, seven months after she deleted 500+ friends and signed off Facebook for good, to see how it’s going.

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