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It’s Official: Mike Hopkins Named CEO of Hulu (Variety)
Hulu has announced Fox Networks distribution chief Mike Hopkins as CEO of Hulu. Plans for the transition leaked out last week, in addition to the news that interim CEO Andy Forssell would be leaving the company. The appointment comes months after owners 21st Century Fox, Disney and Comcast elected not to sell Hulu after putting the joint venture on the auction block for the second time in as many years. Ad Age / Digital The announcement, which came Thursday afternoon, comes a week after news broke that the company was close to hiring Hopkins, a deal maker charged with securing arrangements with TV carriers as well as on-demand and digital services. TheWrap Putting Hopkins in charge brings Hulu even closer to its parent companies, which abandoned their efforts to sell the company earlier this year and promised to invest $750 million. “After an extensive search, Mike was simply the best candidate for the job. He has a strong understanding of programming, digital distribution and consumer behavior, and a great vision for Hulu’s next chapter,” Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a statement.LA Times / Company Town In assuming the helm of Hulu, Hopkins brings more than two decades of experience in the traditional television world and in negotiating distribution agreements. As head of distribution for Fox, he oversaw distribution strategy, sales and marketing for Fox’s 45 broadcast and cable channels in the United States.

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Rolling Stone Wonders About Google Glass

It’s not quite the futuristic picture painted in Steven Spielberg‘s 2002 adaptation of Phillip K. Dick short story “The Minority Report.” But it’s pretty close:

A world where everyone on the street is instantly uploading to YouTube whatever they’re looking at will be a world where everyone is both continuously filming and being filmed, where everyone is both voyeur and object.

In a thought-provoking Rolling Stone blog post, Gary Susman touches all the relevant recent media bases – S.T. VanAirsdale‘s Tribeca Film essay, a photo of Michele Bachman tweeted by Luke Russert and the musings of documentary filmmaker Henry Alex-Rubin (Murderball).

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FishbowlDC: Let the record show that anytime Luke Russert speaks, people have plenty to say about it.

PRNewser: Because Americans can never have enough terrible products, caffeinated Cracker Jacks exist now.

TVSpy: Deion Sanders called a Dallas/Fort Worth TV reporter an “African-American killer.” Yikes.

Gawker’s Servers Struggle|Iranian Detainees Have San Fran Roots|The Awl Celebrates 1M|AP Managing Editors Honor Public Service|Luke Russert Answers Essential Questions

Video: “Jon & Kate + 8″ is back on the air tonight after a short hiatus. Will you be watching?

AgencySpy: Gawker‘s sites have been having issues. Possible causes: server issues, heavy traffic or an attack, possibly from irate Scientologists. Just a theory.

BayNewser: Two of the three Americans detained in Iran Friday have Bay Area connections. Both Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd are journalists who have written for Sandy Close‘s New America Media.

Gawker: The Awl, the latest Web project by Gawker alums Choire Sicha and Alex Balk has logged one million visitors since its launch in April. Congrats!

Associated Press: The Associated Press Managing Editors Association awarded a public service award to The Seattle Times today, for its work uncovering hundreds of MRSA-related deaths that had never been revealed to families or the public. The Virgin Islands Daily News in St. Thomas and the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky. also received prizes in the lower circulation categories.

Mediaite: Five quick questions with media scion Luke Russert. Our favorite answer was his optimistic take on the future of journalism: “Whatever happens I just feel lucky to be in the business at the dawn of a new era.”

Luke Russert on Life as a NBC News Correspondent

2007-07-27-MSNBC-Joe-Luke.jpgTVNewser’s Steve Krakauer caught up with Luke Russert the other day and chatted with him about why he thinks the kids really will turn out for the election this year, how his “dumb” UVA comment taught him to never wing it on live TV, and how his famous name my have helped him get his foot through the door but his “performance and ability got my butt through the door.” As to whether he continues to watch Meet the Press since his father’s death, he had this to say:

I don’t watch it as much as I watched when he was on, obviously. It’s still tough, to some degree, to watch it all the way through. I see who they have as guests, and I tune in. I think Brokaw’s been doing an absolutely outstanding job. Honestly I think, given the situation being dealt, it was so nice of him to essentially come out of retirement and lend his veteran presence. So yeah, I pay close attention to it. I care about what happens to it. I think it really is — and all the Sunday morning shows are — really the last frontier in terms of a format that is watched by millions, in which people can actually have a conversation. I just hope it stays in that realm.