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Katie Couric in Talks to Co-Host Today (New York Post)
Katie Couric is in preliminary talks to head back to NBC’s Today – at least on a temporary basis. Couric is a contender to sit in and co-host the No. 2 morning show while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave, sources say. TVNewser “With the Today show in a good place, we are blessed with great talent and many options to temporarily fill Savannah’s chair while she’s on leave, but there’s no plan yet,” an NBC spokeswoman said. In March, Couric recounted the last time she filled in on the Today show for a pregnant co-anchor. It was early 1991 when Deborah Norville, who’d been co-host of Today for 14 months, gave birth. Couric would go on to be named co-anchor, where she’d remain for 15 years. Mediaite Couric’s career has touched each of the three big networks (NBC, CBS and ABC), and now she is the global news anchor for Yahoo! News. Couric guest co-hosted Good Morning America back in 2012 on the same day Sarah Palin guest-hosted on Today. Mashable A deal to bring Couric back might be difficult, as she currently works for Yahoo!, which has a deal with ABC to share news content. Couric is one of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s biggest signings, inking the anchor to a $6 million per year deal. Getting Couric even for a short stint would be big for Today, as putting the old band back together could help the show to reclaim its past lead over rival GMA. Former co-anchors Couric and Matt Lauer haven’t been behind the desk together since Couric left Today in 2006. TheWrap The beloved former Today host would be contractually free to rejoin the show in the fall, should early speculation pan out the way that many fans probably hope it will. Former Today co-host Meredith Vieira has also been named in media reports as one of those potential seat-fillers.

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Hello! And Welcome to the End of Moviefone!

Although Moviefone was launched in 1989, it wasn’t until Thanksgiving 1995 that the service was officially embedded to the pop culture lexicon. On November 19 of that year, a subplot of Seinfeld episode “Pool Guy” had Kramer forced to take over 777-FILM auto-attendant duties.

And now, as noted by New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes, the service is about to be wholly transitioned from voice to Web:

Over the weekend, callers were told that the automated service would soon go silent, overtaken by new technology and shifting consumer habits.

“The 777-FILM numbers will no longer be in service in the near future,” intones a man with a voice decidedly scrawnier in timbre than Mr. Moviefone’s. “To buy tickets and for all of your showtime information please download the free Moviefone app on your smartphone or iPad.”

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Moviefone Names New Senior Writer

Moviefone, an AOL Hufington Post Media Group site, has named Mike Ryan its new Senior Writer. Ryan has been an entertainment reporter for Vanity Fair’s site, and has contributed to New York and Wired.

At Moviefone, he’ll be responsible for reviews, features, interviews and much more. Michael Hogan, Editor-in-Chief of Moviefone, said Ryan’s style will be a welcome addition to the site.

“His original reporting, commentary and videos will complement the Moviefone’s comprehensive, real-time news and opinion, and help establish the site as a hub for all things movies – as well as a starting point for opinionated conversations about film.”

Michael Hogan Leaves Vanity Fair for AOL

Michael Hogan, who has been with Vanity Fair since 1998, is leaving the magazine to become the new Editor-in-Chief of Moviefone and AOL TV. Hogan will also be the Executive Features Editor of AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Hogan was most recently Executive Digital Editor for Vanity Fair.

Hogan, who will now be a part of AOL/HuffPo’s senior editorial team, plans to reenergize the brands that he’s taking over. “I couldn’t be more excited to join Arianna Huffington and her world-class team of editors, reporters, and developers,” he said. “Over the past few years, I’ve watched in awe as they have revolutionized online journalism, and I’m confident that together we can build Moviefone and AOL TV into essential destinations for fans and insiders alike.”

Is AOL Scapegoating Moviefone Editor?

Former Cinematical freelancer Eric D. Snider thinks so. It was Snider who made the controversial email from Moviefone editor Patricia Chui public, but now he’s coming to her defense. In said email, Chui informs freelancers that most of them would no longer be working for AOL-owned websites Moviefone and Cinematical, but that they were welcome to continue to write for the site as unpaid bloggers.

Sure, it’s a slap in the face to hear that a source of income is drying up and being asked to work for free, but Snider insists that Chui was just the messenger. Some of his tweets on the subject, from oldest to newest:




FIRED: Moviefone Editor-in-Chief Patricia Chui

The same editor who yesterday informed freelance contributors to AOL properties Moviefone and Cinematical that most of them were out of a job was herself let go today. Moviefone editor Patricia Chui has been taking heat in the media world for inviting the fired writers to continue writing for the websites — as unpaid bloggers. Kara Swisher of All Things Digital has the details:

Sources said Chui was terminated by John Montorio, the HuffPo Media Group’s culture, entertainment and lifestyle editor. Arianna Huffiington is head of all content at AOL, which recently paid $315 million to buy the Huffington Post.

This is the second time in as many months that Chui has come under fire for clumsy management. In March, she defended a Moviefone marketing employee who asked a TechCrunch writer to alter a published story because a film studio had complained.

UPDATED*: AOL Fires Freelancers, But Offers To Let Them Write For Free

Arianna Huffington‘s influence as editor of AOL content is being felt by Moviefone and Cinematical contributors. On Tuesday, freelance writers for the film websites received an email explaining that most of them were about to get dumped:

We will, indeed, be moving away from a freelancer model and toward one relying on full-time staffers. Sometime soon -– this week, I believe –- many of you will be receiving an email informing you that your services as a freelancer will no longer be required. You will be invited to contribute as part of our non-paid blogger system; and though I know that for many of you this will not be an option financially, I strongly encourage you to consider it if you’d like to keep writing for us, because we value all of your voices and input.

And by value, they mean undervalue.

You can read the email in its entirety here, thanks to former Cinematical contributor Eric D. Snider.

Oh, and those Moviefone employees that saw no problem with changing editorial content to please a film studio? They still have jobs. *Moviefone editor Patricia Chui, author of the controversial email above, was fired today.

Big smooches to @KarinaLongworth for the heads up!

Moviefone Defends Asking TechCrunch Writer to Appease Movie Studio by Altering Story

We might never have noticed Alexia Tsotsis‘ post on AOL’s TechCrunch about marketing strategy for the film The Source Code if a publicist at Summit Pictures hadn’t tried to dictate editorial content. But they did.

Said publicist complained about the “snarky” post to the employee at AOL’s Moviefone, who had connected Tsotsis with Summit. Moviefone then emailed Tsotsis and asked her to “tone down” the story.

Tsotsis, who you may remember from her stints at LA Weekly and SF Weekly, understandably decided against rewriting a story to please a movie studio. Instead, she published the request from Moviefone:

First wanted to thank you for covering Source Code/attending the party, etc. But also wanted to raise a concern that Summit had about the piece that ran. They felt it was a little snarky and wondered if any of the snark can be toned down? I wasn’t able to view the video interviews but I think their issue is just with some of the text. Let me know if you’re able to take another look at it and make any edits. I know of course that TechCrunch has its own voice and editorial standards, so if you have good reasons not to change anything that’s fine, I just need to get back to Summit with some sort of information. Let me know.

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