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Morning Media Newsfeed: Baldwin Show Greenlit | Finke Wants Out | NSA Secrets Revealed


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Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Announced: Actor Will Host Up Late (HuffPost)
Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC deal is official, the network said Thursday. The actor will be hosting Up Late With Alec Baldwin at 10 p.m. Friday nights, starting October. The network confirmed the news on Twitter on Thursday. Baldwin will discuss current events and culture on the show. TVNewser “After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I’ve developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.” NYT The network said that Baldwin — most recently the star of the comedy 30 Rock on the news channel’s sister network NBC — would host a show where he would conduct interviews related to current events and culture. THR / The Live Feed Certainly Baldwin’s liberal politics are an organic fit for MSNBC, which has been making changes to its primetime and early prime lineup with the addition of Chris Hayes at 8 p.m. and Ed Schultz at 5 p.m. Baldwin is a frequent critic of conservatives and conservative media. He told THR some days he feels as if he were “born” to spit on Rupert Murdoch and his media empire, which includes the New York Post and Fox News. He also engages in frequent Twitter battles with detractors.

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Nikki Finke Talks to the Wall Street Journal

On page B1 of today’s Wall Street Journal, there it is. That rare entity known as an extensive on-the-record Nikki Finke interview. Finke emails and phones reporters all the time, but it’s usually always off-the-record. So kudos to Ben Fritz for being the one holding the scoop this time around.

In this particular case however, there was a minor glitch. Within a few hours of the online version being posted, Finke was objecting via the comments to the sub-headline ‘Founder of Website Deadline.com Says Vision Is No Longer Shared’:

That sub-head is unsupported by my quote published in the article: “The issue is whether this shared vision is still intact,” Ms. Finke said in an interview this week.” The WSJ needs to correct this sub-head immediately.

[Editor's note: The WSJ did correct immediately to 'Founder of Website Deadline.com Questions Whether Vision Is Still Shared']

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Report: Nikki Finke May Soon Be TOLDJA-ing at NikkiFinke.com

New York Post media reporter Claire Atkinson has info this morning that would seem to confirm the report on Defamer last week by Beejoli Shah that Nikki Finke may indeed finally be on the way out at PMC.

According to Atkinson’s sources, Jay Penske will be sitting down this week for a board meeting with Penske Media Group Corp. colleagues to address the (latest) percolating Finke situation. The key date, apparently, falls right after Labor Day:

Finke, who is said to be bristling under Penske’s management of the website, feels the terms of her employment contract have been broken and is eyeing a Sept. 3 exit, according to a letter a lawyer for the star journalist delivered to Penske late last week, sources said.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Manning Sentenced | Fired Fox Exec Speaks | Finke Out at Deadline?


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Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for WikiLeaks Disclosures (The Verge)
Bradley Manning’s court-martial reached an end Wednesday, with Army Colonel Denise Lind sentencing him to 35 years in prison. She also ordered a reduction in rank to private, a forfeiture of all pay and a dishonorable discharge. NYT The sentence is the longest ever handed down in a case involving a leak of United States government information for the purpose of having the information reported to the public. Private Manning, 25, will be eligible for parole in about seven years, his lawyer said. The Guardian Manning will send a personal plea to Barack Obama next week for a presidential pardon. “When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love to my country and a sense of duty to others,” Manning will tell Obama. “If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.” The New Yorker / Close Read The WikiLeaks files have been a useful and important part of what had been about a dozen underdeveloped debates about our wars and foreign policy. The prosecutors, despite using words like betrayal frequently, had trouble, at the sentencing, showing specific harm, as opposed to diffuse embarrassment. And against 35 years, a hundred and twelve days seems like a paltry penalty for Manning’s extreme solitary confinement and his abuse. Where is the deterrent for that? HuffPost Manning’s sentencing on Wednesday received about as much attention from the cable news networks that every other phase of his trial did — that is to say, not a whole lot. As they did when he was declared guilty, networks briefly treated the story as a piece of major breaking news, and then moved away quickly. Though they have learned how to talk endlessly about stories with no new details, the networks clearly felt that Manning’s sentencing to 35 years in prison was not worthy of that treatment. Today.com Manning revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” the Army private wrote in a statement read on Today Thursday. “Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.”

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Nikki Finke Less Than Thrilled with Fleming-Bart Variety Column

It’s the kind of collaboration we expected at PMC-owned Variety. Right there, online today and in this week’s print edition, are Deadline film editor Mike Fleming Jr. and his former Variety mentor Peter Bart, together again in a new column. This occasional feature is called “Double Take” and certainly will cause many Hollywood trade watchers to do the same.

FishbowlNY was curious what Fleming’s current boss Nikki Finke thought about the PMC cross-pollination. She is not pleased.

“I wasn’t even aware that Peter Bart still had a job at Variety until recently,” she told us exclusively. “It’s shocking enough that Variety continues to employ him despite his long history as one of the most unethical journalists at a trade.”

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Deadline Snags Washington Post TV Critic Lisa de Moraes

The farewell party started May 31 in the form of Lisa de Moraes‘ final live chat at washingtonpost.com. Today, her next journalism home has been officially heralded by Nikki Finke and Deadline TV editor Nellie Andreeva. She will be the site’s TV columnist:

“Lisa is one of the most respected and colorful voices in television coverage today,” said Andreeva. “I’ve enjoyed her work as a fan for years, now I’m happy to have her as a colleague at Deadline.”

Added Finke: “I can’t remember when I didn’t read Lisa. Her columns cover everything from morning shows to reality programs to executive suites with exclusive news and irreverence. I’m thrilled she decided to make Deadline her Hollywood home.”

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Lynda Obst Decries Hollywood’s ‘New Abnormal’

Twenty years after shepherding the classic 1993 rom-com Sleepless in Seattle, producer Lynda Obst is sharing something called Sleepless in Hollywood. Her second book arrives Tuesday and, befitting a treatise that regularly references gargantuan tentpole productions, has a prominent main pillar of its own.

Obst’s thesis is capitalized in the sub-title and solidly contextualized in the first chapter. The author uses the short-form of Scene rather than Chapter; so, from Scene One: The New Abnormal:

How did this happen? How did it become easier for someone who knows no one to make a movie for $150,000 than for someone who knows everyone to make one for $20 million? Or for a guy who made a movie for $100,000 to make his next movie a superhero tentpole for $100 million? Nothing makes any sense…

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David Carr Gets a Phone Call from Nikki Finke

The most noteworthy element in David Carr‘s summary of the latest Sharon Waxman-Nikki Finke coup de guerre is his claim that Finke’s contract does not, as reported elsewhere, allow her to opt out starting this month. Rather, the New York Times media columnist says Finke’s obligations to PMC run through 2016 and that it is only next year, 2014, that an opt-out clause can be exercised.

Carr also details his efforts to check in with Finke to get her version of the past week’s events. That portion of the article begins as follows:

I buckled up and sent an e-mail to Ms. Finke, and in a subsequent phone call she did not disappoint. After chewing me out for 15 minutes over a four-year-old story she didn’t like, she turned to the matter at hand.

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Gary Susman Ponders the Nikki Finke Drama

The headline for this particular TIME op-ed asks a great question: “What’s Next for Hollywood’s Most Feared Reporter?” Unfortunately, there’s not much in the article itself about where Nikki Finke might ostensibly Toldja! from next.

Article author Gary Susman, a veteran entertainment journalist who has written for Moviefone, Entertainment Weekly and People, winds his way to a tacit conclusion drawn by several others since Sharon Waxman fired a shot across the bow of HMS Deadline on Sunday night. Namely, that Finke could opt out of her Penske contract any day now and re-incorporate as a standalone blogger.

One place Finke will definitely not be going is Manka Bros. Studios, an entirely fictitious operation overseen by Warner Bros. business development executive John Perry. But that didn’t stop Perry from alter-ego blogging a June 3 job offer.

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Nikki Finke Can Cross BuzzFeed Off the List

Sharon Waxman has now famously reported that Nikki Finke is already fired. Joe Flint and Dawn Chmielewski responded in the LA Times with the sourced information that Finke can opt out of her PMC/Deadline contract starting this month.

Either way, we have spent a bit of time today thinking where Finke might go next. One of our recurring thoughts was BuzzFeed.

Think about it. A great majority of Finke’s writing would fit right in with BuzzFeed’s numerical-countdown article format and matching headlines. For example, her Deadline riposte this morning (“Nikki Finke to Sharon Waxman: Just Stop It“) could have very dynamically instead been turned into “17 Reasons Why Sharon Waxman Will Never Win a Pulitzer.” (We’re not sure why, but 17 seems to be one of BuzzFeed’s favorite of all numbers.)

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