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Brian Stelter’s Top of The Morning Being Developed as Lifetime Movie (TVNewser)
Brian Stelter‘s Top of The Morning, which chronicled the rise of Good Morning America and the fall of Today, will soon join the pantheon of Lifetime original movies including Deadly Honeymoon, Romeo Killer and, more recently, Bonnie & Clyde. Top of The Morning: Inside The Cutthroat World of Morning TV has been optioned by Lifetime for a made-for-TV movie, TVNewser has learned. Production company DiGA Vision had previously bought the rights to the book. Lifetime confirms it is in the early development stage for the film. THR / The Live Feed The buzz-worthy book was published in April 2013, and met with mixed reviews. As part of the reporting process, Stelter, who recently moved to CNN as host of Reliable Sources, spent much of his time consumed by morning news coverage, with a heavy focus on Ann Curry’s short-lived stint as co-host of Today and the high-profile rivalry between Today and now top-rated Good Morning America. NY Observer It seems like a logical fit. After all, Lifetime is a network that caters to women. And women love morning television (or so we hear). Variety Lifetime’s deal to adapt Top of The Morning is sure to raise some eyebrows as the cabler is 50 percent owned by Disney, parent company of ABC. The book is generally flattering to GMA and the ABC News executive team. TVNewser For the rest of the week, we’ll be asking you to cast the actors you want to portray the biggest names in TV morning news.

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America’s Most Wanted to Feature Gavin Smith

It’s been over four months since Fox executive Gavin Smith mysteriously disappeared. America’s Most Wanted will do their part to help find the 57-year-old by airing a feature on the Lifetime crime show, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

The episode of Lifetime’s venerable crime news program will air in early- to mid-October, according to Angeline Hartmann, who is producing the segment for AMW. Hartmann says that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which has revealed little about its investigation, is participating in the making of the feature.

“The sheriff’s office has not really spoken out in detail publicly about this case, but the good news is we are dealing directly with the investigators assigned to the case — they are ready to talk a little bit more about it,” says Hartmann, adding that AMW is still conducting interviews and researching the disappearance of the studio exec.

Smith, a former UCLA basketball player, was last seen at his friend’s house on May 1 in Oak Park.

Lucky Magazine Partners With Bravo On New Fashion Reality Show

luckycover.jpgReality competitions have long paired with magazines: “Project Runway” first allied itself with Elle and then Marie Claire, “America’s Next Top Model” has Seventeen, and “Top Chef” has a partnership with Food & Wine.

So it comes as no surprise that Bravo‘s latest fashion reality show — an attempt to replace “Project Runway” which moved to Lifetime this year — has paired with a magazine. But the show, “Launch My Line,” has curiously launched a partnership with shopping magazine Lucky, not a traditional fashion magazines like Elle.

The show pairs ten contestants who “have always envisioned having their own clothing line” with ten established fashion designers who help them put together their dream line. The winner of the show will get an editorial showcase in Lucky and their premier collection will be sold on online boutique Rue La La, the exclusive retail partner of “Launch My Line.” The focus on shopping, with Lucky and Rue La La, makes us think this show is trying to distance itself from its couture-focused kin like “Runway.”

We understand the thinking behind the magazine-reality show partnerships. What do you think of this one?

Announcement after the jump

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Spot.Us Funded Garbage Patch Story Published|Self‘s January Issue Shows Ad Promise|Letterman Extorter Appears In Court|Layoffs At A&E, Lifetime|Director Speaks Out Against Times Critic

BayNewser: The first Spot.Us funded article published in The New York Times — about the Pacific garbage patch — ran this week.

WWD: It has been a tough year for Conde Nast health magazine Self, but things are looking up for 2010: the January issue will carry more than 70 ad pages, the most for a January issue in 20 years.

New York Times: In court today, alleged David Letterman extorter Robert Joel Halderman claims he was only trying to sell Letterman the rights to his story before he sold a book or screenplay proposal to the highest bidder.

Variety: Over 100 people have been laid off at A&E and Lifetime, stemming from the nets’ consolidation.

Huffington Post: Director Barry Levinson blasts New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley.

Marie Claire Publisher Plagemann Jumps To Vogue, Florio’s Role Expanded

vogue cover.jpgThe latest Condé Nast restructuring news comes to the top of one of the company’s highest profile pubs.

Susan Plagemann, the publisher at Hearst’s Marie Claire since 2004, has been named the newest publisher at Vogue, effective January 4.

Although she started her career at Condé Nast in the advertising department at Mademoiselle, Plagemann has spent most of her career at Hearst, working for Esquire, Cosmopolitan, the now-defunct Lifetime and then Marie Claire.

Plagemann will report to Thomas Florio, who formerly held the role of publisher at Vogue. His role has now been expanded to oversee Vogue and Teen Vogue, Bon Appétit and Condé Nast Traveler.

As The New York Observer reports, this seems to be part of Condé Nast’s McKinsey-ordered plan to create a more clearly defined reporting structure for publishers, through the creation of “super publishers” that now include Florio, Bill Wackermann (who now oversees Glamour, Details and Brides), Richard Beckman (Fairchild Group and W) and David Carey (Wired, The New Yorker and the golf group).

Full release about Plagemann, after the jump

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FishbowlNY Editor Amanda Ernst Joins This Morning’s Menu

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It was an all-blog morning as GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Amanda spoke about the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s semi-annual report due out on Monday and what it might mean for the magazine industry. She also discussed one magazine that is expected to post positive numbers in the upcoming report, Saveur and her recent interview with the epicurean magazine’s publisher Merri Lee Kingsly. Saveur is leaving its competitors in the dust by approaching ad sales in a new and different way, motivated by Kingsly’s unconventional approach, Amanda explained.

Also discussed: Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s upcoming memoir and how it will fare against Dan Brown‘s much-hyped new release and A&E‘s acquisition yesterday of Lifetime.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

A&E Television Net Acquires Lifetime Entertainment

aetn.jpgA&E Television Networks, which is a joint venture between the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corp. and NBC Universalhas entered into an agreement to acquire Lifetime Entertainment Services, which will put several cable channels under one management team.

The new parent company, which will be called A&E Television Networks, will now encompass many channels including A&E Network, History, Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Bio, History International, Lifetime Real Women, History en Español, Military History and Crime & Investigation Network.

Under the terms of the deal, NBCU can “elect or be required to exit the company over a period of up to 15 years,” reported Broadcasting and Cable. If NBCU exits, Hearst and Disney would become 50/50 partners.

Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E, will serve as head of the newly combined company. Lifetime’s CEO Andrea Wong, Nancy Dubuc at the History Channel and Robert DiBitetto at A&E will be keeping their positions, and they will all report to Raven, B&C reported.

via B&C and ABC News

How to Look Good Naked With Carson Kressley

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Lifetime wants viewers to look at How to Look Good Naked, a new reality show for women hosted by Carson Kressley. (Idle thought: does Carson look at naked women? Has Carson ever seen a naked woman?)

Sign in here and watch a super special sneak preview.

Or watch Carson Kressley prance around naked here.

Lifetime Student Film Winners

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Lifetime selected two winners in their Student Filmmaker Competition.

Liliana Greenfield-Sanders won first place for Anna, about a young woman who struggles to connect with the people she encounters in the East Village of New York City. She’s also a “student film maker” in that she’s at NYU.

Jessica Marie Sutherland, who’s a USC student, made a first-time ever film, Seven Turn, her first-ever film, is based on Jessica’s memory of her own seventh birthday party, the same day her father died.

Winning honorable mentions are Merilay Fernandez, Columbia, Tess Ortbals, USC, and Lauren M. Wolkstein, Columbia. They will each receive $1,000.

The films will premiere on the network on Tuesday, Dec. 11 and will be available for streaming on lmn.tv. (Check out the Lifetime home page with the chick sneaking the layer cake, complete with diet tips.)

The competition gathered only 70 entries. Maybe there is a dearth of female directors, after all.

Watch the Box: What Women Want

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Suzanne Daniels piles on the reality for Lifetime.

The Week the Women Went = Lysistrata in the suburbs. January viewers will also find Matched in Manhattan and Top This Party.

We suggest: Before Doris Knows You’re Dead–great funerals across the country.

Corbin Bernsen asks How Much is Enough on his new GSN game show.

America’s Next Top Model gives us Paulina Porizkova as a judge to replace Twiggy. She’ll inspire the girls who want to marry a funny-looking rock star.

Former OC housewife Jo De La Rosa gets a Bravo series. Viewers get to watch her start her singing career in LA. Or not.

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