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Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Axes Abramson | Snowden Book Rights to Sony | CBS Touts Tradition

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The New York Times Replaces Abramson as Executive Editor (NYT)
Jill Abramson has been dismissed as executive editor of The New York Times and is being replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor, an abrupt change in leadership at one of the nation’s largest daily newspapers. FishbowlDC Abramson served as executive editor since 2011 and was the first woman in the role. According to the Times‘ coverage of the announcement, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper and the chairman of The New York Times Company, told a stunned newsroom that had been quickly assembled that he had made the decision because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Despite significant achievements, Abramson’s tenure was marred by tension with Sulzberger and disagreements with Times Co CEO Mark Thompson, who took an unprecedentedly hands-on approach to managing the paper’s editorial resources. Abramson also suffered from perceptions among staff that she was condescending and combative. Mashable Abramson previously served as the Times‘ Washington bureau chief and managing editor before taking the executive editor role. People with knowledge of the Times newsroom said some staffers questioned how much Abramson enjoyed running the paper. She was sometimes conspicuously absent from the newsroom; one notable occasion was the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York region. New York Post / AP Baquet, 57, who is the first African-American to hold the newspaper’s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988. Baquet originally joined the Times in 1990 as a reporter and held positions including deputy metropolitan editor and national editor. He left the paper for the LA Times in 2000, where he served as managing editor and then editor. Baquet rejoined the Times in 2007 and was Washington bureau chief before becoming the managing editor for news in Sept. 2011. FishbowlNY Former FishbowlNY editor Dylan Stableford was prophetic when he covered a breakfast event in 2008 and wrote: “Dean Baquet looked an awful lot like the next executive editor of The New York Times.” The New Yorker / Currency As with any such upheaval, there’s a history behind it. Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. “She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Oprah Eyes Clippers | Viacom to Buy Channel 5 | Time Warner Profits Soar

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Oprah Considering Los Angeles Clippers Bid (ESPN)
Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will join together in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA’s board of governors votes to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, Geffen said Wednesday. FishbowlNY Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (he even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather. THR The OWN Network founder would pair with music mogul Geffen and Oracle co-founder Ellison in an investor role. On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged to force the sale of the Clippers after audio recordings of racist remarks made by owner Donald Sterling surfaced on TMZ days earlier. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers franchise since 1981, faces a ban from attending all NBA games as well as making any business decisions for the team. LA Times / Sports Now Winfrey, in reference to Sterling’s comments, told TMZ on Tuesday that “the plantation days are over.” She also denied having interest in purchasing the team on her own. However, Winfrey’s spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that she’s in talks about becoming an investor. Reuters The advisory finance committee of the NBA’s governing board scheduled a meeting for Thursday to review the next steps for forcing a sale of the Clippers, as urged on Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a league spokeswoman said. Sterling, who bought the Clippers in 1981 for $13 million when the team was based in San Diego, has not indicated whether he would relinquish ownership without a fight. Experts have estimated that the franchise, which moved to Los Angeles in 1984, could now be worth as much as $800 million.

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Danny Seo Magazine Contract Stipulates: He Will Not Be on the Cover

DannySeoPicGreen movement champion (a.k.a. “environmental lifestyle expert”) Danny Seo is our new, newsstand hero.

Per a report by Keith J. Kelly, Seo has a new magazine in the works, with the initial issue set for July. But unlike the Martha Stewart‘s and Oprah Winfrey‘s of this niche world, his monthly publication comes with a newsstand-environment-friendly caveat:

“I contractually said I will not be on the cover,” Seo told Media Ink. Seo expects to do split covers on the first issue. One will likely feature a still-life shot of a dairy-free “vegan ice cream,” the other will likely feature actress Ali Larter, the former Heroes star who is cast in a new TNT drama, Legends.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Palin Goes ‘Rogue’ | LA Times Scandal | Fox Cuts Brown Loose

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Sarah Palin Plans ‘Rogue TV’ (Capital New York)
Fox News contributor and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be launching her own digital video channel, tentatively called “Rogue TV,” a source familiar with the project said. Mediaite Rogue TV will be one of the first streaming channels on TAPP, a new service from former CNN president Jon Klein and former NBC entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin. Adweek Subscriptions will cost $10 per month. The venture is an interesting one — Gaspin, former chairman of NBCUniversal and Klein, former president of CNN U.S., have both been out of the public eye for a few years, but the pair are teaming up on a streaming service not dissimilar to Netflix or Hulu and backed by “strong personalities.” Channels on the service are expected to go live in the next few weeks. Mashable Programming will reportedly be a mix of politics and current events as well as parts of the TLC reality show Sarah Palin’s AlaskaTVNewser Gaspin told Bloomberg TV TAPP would feature “personality-based” channels “with people who have super fans.”

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Harvey Weinstein Takes Guardian Reporter to Task

HadleyFreemanPicFrom California late this morning, The Guardian‘s Hadley Freeman (pictured) has deemed it “The Most Stupid Fight of All Time.” That’s an overstatement, especially when it comes to Hollywood and film awards season.

Still, just ahead of today’s big Oscar ceremony, she is defending herself in the comments of an essay posted to her paper by Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein Company’s Oscar party was last night at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills. But this item concerns a previous Weinstein celebration thrown at The Rosewood London for the BAFTA Awards, and Weinstein’s contention that had Freeman hung around for the later arrivals, his dancing with Oprah and the killer chocolate chip brownies, her review would have been much more positive. From the first of several Freeman comments:

I confess to being somewhat amazed by Mr. Weinstein’s claim that he has “always enjoyed my articles,” considering he banned me from The Weinstein Company’s party during Oscars week in LA two years ago as well as all the parties for every film in which he’d been involved because, as his vice-president for corporate affairs explained to me repeatedly and at some length at the time, he didn’t like a profile of his company that had run in the paper a month or so earlier, written by the Guardian’s film editor Catherine Shoard

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Media Critic Reacts to Rumored O Magazine Change: WHAAAAA???

OMagazineOprahHere’s how The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson calibrates a report by the Post‘s Richard Johnson that Oprah Winfrey – on the heels of a perceived Oscar nominations snub for The Butler – is thinking of permanently removing herself from O magazine cover consideration:

WHAAAAA??? O magazine without Oprah on the cover? That’s like Time magazine without stories about animal minds, or The New Yorker without random covers on springtime, or Vogue without Photoshop!

How else are we going to know what Oprah looks like with an Afro wig, or drinking smoothies with Dr. Oz or posing in front of flowers and other green things?

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Rob Ford’s Brother Says Oprah, Dr. Phil Among Media Suitors

It remains one of FishbowlNY’s favorite TV offerings of the year: the single episode of talk show Ford Nation, which aired in Canada on the Sun News Network Monday November 18 right before the program was canceled Tuesday November 19.

Now, according to an interview given Thursday by co-star Doug to the National Post‘s Jake Edmiston, the program will return before Christmas as a YouTube series. But that’s not the scariest part:

In the aftermath of a series of scandals, U.S. and Canadian production houses have flooded mayor Ford’s office, said his brother Doug, all pitching a reality show concept. Councillor Ford said they have passed on all offers. “Everyone from Oprah to Dr. Phil. You name the person, we’ve got calls from them.”

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Robert Redford Kills It in New York Times Magazine Short

NYTMagCoverFor this weekend’s movie issue, Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski teamed with a veritable who’s who of Hollywood to create 11 micro-shorts.

And since Robert Redford is the king this fall movie season of the minimal-dialogue game thanks to All is Lost, we couldn’t help but start with his “Making a Scene” short. You see, each actor is given just a short line (or two) of dialogue to deliver against majestic, orchestral backdrops provided by 14th Street Music.

We’re not going to spoil the surprise, but Redford gets an absolutely hilarious punchline from the tandem of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and nails it. Think of this Thanksgiving side dish as All is Cooked.

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Oprah Holds Court at The Crown Grill

CrownGrillLogoThere will be lots more media coverage of Oprah Winfrey‘s Monday night visit to upstate New York, beyond what’s there now. But few items will deliver as delightfully as the one by Albany Business Review reporter Pam Allen.

Under the headline “Oprah Winfrey, Two Skidmore Students and The Crown Grill in Saratoga,” Allen playfully lays out the not-trivial-because-it’s-Oprah details. Starting with these first two sentences:

A wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese.

That’s what Oprah Winfrey ate when she dined Monday at The Crown Grill in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Scott Moore on How His Career Led Him to Deepak and Oprah

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Scott E. Moore has quite the resume: He’s an accomplished musician with five solo albums under his belt and has worked for big networks like MTV/VH1, TNT and Turner Movie Classics as a director and producer. For the past five years, Moore has been the creative director of a site that provides visual medical information.

He just completed his latest project — creating two hours of original music for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey‘s 21- Day Meditation Challenge. In the latest Mediabistro feature, Moore explains how he came to be a part of the project:

So how did you go from creating videos for TheVisualMD to working on Deepak and Oprah’s Meditation Challenge?
Deepak was one of our colleagues on a project on the physiological science of emotional bonding between mother and infant. An old colleague who was working with Deepak on this meditation challenge told me they wanted to raise it up a couple of notches. Even though a lot of people participated, the product wasn’t at the quality level they felt it should be… So the person who handles the Chopra Center Digital Properties was in a crisis. And I just so happened to have just started my agency, and this project would be right up my alley. Ironically, I had started playing atmospheric, soul music live in a yoga studio, which would sell out every month. I played Deepak some of that music, and that’s when it all kind of came full circle and I got the opportunity to do this project.

To hear more about Moore’s eclectic career, read: Hey, How’d You “Score” That Job With Deepak and Oprah, Filmmaker Scott E. Moore?

– Aneya Fernando

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