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Morning Media Newsfeed: Journalist Sotloff Beheaded by ISIS | WaPo Publisher Out

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American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS (TVNewser)
Two weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group. FishbowlDC “This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday afternoon. Earnest went on to say, “I’m not in a position to confirm the authenticity of that video or the reports at this point since I obviously just walked out here. If there is a video that has been released, it is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity.” ABC News In a new video, which appeared online Tuesday, Sotloff addresses the camera, saying, “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.” Later the video then cuts to the militant who says, “I’m back, Obama. I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State [ISIS].” Politico Sotloff, 31, grew up in Florida and was a freelance journalist, having worked for publications like Time magazine and Foreign Policy. He was taken hostage while reporting in Syria last year. WSJ The Islamic State video also showed a man identified as Briton David Cawthorne Haines. He is kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit as the militant threatens to kill him next. A U.S. official said there is no reason to believe the video isn’t authentic. USA Today The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that a video appearing to show the beheading of Sotloff is genuine.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Fox, Time Warner Issue Earnings | Coulson Charged With Perjury

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Fox, Time Warner Deliver Dueling Earnings Reports, Both Positive (NYT)
How dead is the Fox-Time Warner deal? So dead that Rupert Murdoch hopped on his company’s quarterly earnings call on Wednesday to drive home the point that his giant media company, 21st Century Fox, really is walking away. The collapse of the deal, which would have been the biggest media merger in a decade, set the stage for a day of dueling earnings reports and analyst conference calls on Wednesday, as both Fox and Time Warner sought to reassure investors that they were going to be just fine without each other. Capital New York “This is our resolute decision, which is why we formally withdrew our acquisition offer,” Murdoch said, citing Time Warner’s decision not to negotiate, the response from Fox’s board of directors, along with Fox’s stock price, which Murdoch said is “severely undervalued.” Variety Film and cable programming gains powered 21st Century Fox to strong earnings and revenue gains in the fiscal fourth quarter, despite a big decline at the Fox network from the collapse of American Idol. Fox reported revenue of $8.42 billion, a 17 percent gain over the year-ago quarter powered by stronger contributions from the film division. Operating income climbed 17 percent to $1.77 billion. THR During the regular session Wednesday, shares of 21st Century Fox rose 3 percent and another 4 percent after the closing bell. Shares of Time Warner, meantime, were crushed because of the failed merger attempt, falling 13 percent in regular trading Wednesday. HuffPost / AP Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 10 percent on strong results from its HBO and Turner properties. New York-based Time Warner, which owns TV channels like HBO and TBS as well as Warner Bros. studios, said profit increased to $850 million, or 95 cents per share, from $771 million, or 81 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Suspends Service | The View Loses Two

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Aereo Suspends Streaming TV Service, Weighs Next Steps (Variety)
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday in favor of broadcasters, Aereo announced early Saturday that it was pausing its streaming TV service at 11:30 a.m. ET. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to subscribers. Deadline Hollywood The Barry Diller-backed company plans to consult with the U.S. District Court in New York, hearing broadcasters’ complaint against it after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the service violates station owners’ copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without permission. Users will receive a refund for their last paid month. Mediaite Notably, Kanojia calls the move a “pause” rather than a permanent end to operations, though it seems highly unlikely that the company will be able to move forward in any recognizable form following the decision. In an interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this year, he said the company had “no plan” to move forward if the court ruled against it. GigaOM Despite the obvious appeal of an Internet-based mobile TV service that offers a small bundle of channels, the TV industry is reluctant to change its current business model, which is based on selling large packages of channels, many of which consumers never watch. One option for Aereo may be to accept the Supreme Court’s declaration that it is a cable company, and seek a license from the broadcasters, although the economics of this might prove prohibitive. NYT The company had fewer than 500,000 subscribers in about a dozen metropolitan areas. Customers paid $8 to $12 a month to rent one of Aereo’s dime-size antennas that captured over-the-air television signals. They then could stream and record programs from major broadcasters using their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and Internet-connected televisions.

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Bravo Appoints Animal Planet VP Holland In Charge Of Program Planning

WH.jpgIf there is a difference between wild animals and real housewives, Whitney Holland is in position to find out exactly what it is.

The former VP of Program Planning for Animal Planet today was appointed to the same position at Bravo, home of the “Real Housewives” reality show brand. In her new position, Holland will oversee Bravo’s short-term and long-term program planning rollouts. She will report to Bravo’s Senior Vice President, Program Strategy Jerry Leo, who will work with Holland to create and execute the network’s programming schedule.

Holland worked at Animal Planet before Bravo, and she served as director of scheduling for TLC prior to that. She also previously worked as vice president of Nielsen Entertainment, which she joined from Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television.

A full release about Holland’s new move, after the jump

(Photo by David Lang)

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LAT In 90 Seconds

36971696-20110742.jpgThe Know-Nothing Excuse: The Paramount head testifies that he didn’t know Anthony Pellicano was doing anything illegal. And this man runs a major studio?

36948058.jpgIn Related News: Actress Linda Doucett told a federal jury Wednesday that she received a terrifying telephone call threatening her son shortly after she spoke with the FBI about its Pellicano wiretapping investigation.

36943109-19163610.jpgThe Audacity Of A Differing Opinion: Michael Meyers opines that Barack Obama’s “Lincoln Moment” missed the mark.

‘An Ordinary Spy’ Goes Hollywood

me3_tmp.jpgFormer CIA agent-turned novelist, Joseph Weisberg recently had his exciting, unusual spy novel optioned by Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik with Hwy61 Films, based at Paramount.

The LAT calls An Ordinary Spy “a modern spy novel that doesn’t tell the reader who the characters are, where the story takes place or even the kind of food they eat.”

“All of these details are heavily redacted, marked by extensive blacked-out sections of type in the book, which switches back and forth in time. … The author didn’t delete all these facts as a writer’s trick. As a former CIA officer, Weisberg would have been required to submit his novel to the agency, and he solved this literary dilemma by creatively censoring his own material.”

FBLA talks with Weisberg, a John le Carre fan, about the CIA and Hollywood and everything in between. Here is the part of the interview that we’re allowed to show you:

1. When did you work for the CIA? 1990-1994.

2. Why would you have had to submit a novel to the CIA for approval? Or is this work more fact than fiction? When you join the CIA, you’re required to sign a secrecy agreement. Among other things, this agreement obligates you to submit anything you write about intelligence matters to the CIA for review. The CIA then determines if what you’ve written contains any classified information, and if it does, you have to take it out.

Fiction and non-fiction both have to be submitted. Non-fiction is held to a tougher standard, meaning they’ll let you write some things in a novel that you cannot write in a memoir or an editorial. But a fair number of things can’t be written about in any form.

What constitutes classified material is in itself a complicated question, and I think the best answer is, nobody really knows. Classified does not mean secret. In fact, most of what the CIA had me take out of my book was information that is widely known. It’s classified not because it’s secret, but because they don’t want the information confirmed by an ex-Agency employee.

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Sundown on Sunset: Overlooked

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Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds have a “spiritual marriage” only –she must have taken a gander at his child support payments.

Paramount spent a lot of money to make Cloverfield look like junk.

Starbucks adopts skinny platform, but not Rollerskate Skinny.

Kim Masters is at Sundance, where everything is frosty. Anne Thompson explains why:

Twenty films were bought for $53 million. So far, 14 have been released and grossed $34 million.

Katie Couric is the living embodiment of the “wrong words at the wrong time”.

And time moves slowly in the Bay Area, where a Salon blogger just now saw an FBLA post from October (we’ve heard of slow dial-up, but really). Her response:

I just wanted to say that while I certainly don’t mind your disagreeing with my point of view, it would be more effective if you weren’t an asshole about it.

Define effective.

(photo by Tomspixels)

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 27, 2007

michael bay.jpegTransformers 2 Picks a Date
Paramount and DreamWorks are moving ahead with plans for a Transformers 2 project, stamping down June 26, 2009 as the release date, reports Variety. The story says the date is just a target but isn’t “ironclad” as they still need to lock in Michael Bay and work out the ongoing tension between the two studios.

Reiner Backs Clinton
Variety‘s Ted Johnson writes in today’s paper that director Rob Reiner has given Hillary Clinton’s campaign a boost by endorsing her in the upcoming election. Johnson writes that Reiner’s decision is a “key endorsement” for Hil because he’s “one of the entertainment industry’s most politically-active figures.”

THR reports that Disney is canceling its Disney Mobile MVNO service, the second such Disney-branded project to bite the dust in less than a year following ESPN Mobile. Read the full Disney shuttering story here.

- CHRIS GARDNER

THR Adds Two to Film Department

thr.jpegThe Hollywood Reporter has added two reporters to its film staff on the heels of Tatiana Siegel’s exit from THR in favor of a film job at Variety.

And they’re both familiar faces to fellow staffers inside THR‘s Wilshire Boulevard offices. Studio sources tell FBLA that Carly Mayberry and Leslie Simmons have been making calls around town announcing their new gigs.

Mayberry joins THR‘s film department after working on the ‘Convergence’ pages for the paper while Simmons moves to the film desk after covering entertainment law for the now-defunct spinoff, THR Esq.

Both Mayberry and Simmons had bylines in last week’s paper.

FBLA is also hearing a bit about their beats: Mayberry is said to be covering Paramount and DreamWorks while Simmons has been assigned Sony and 20th Century Fox.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: August 24, 2007

ang lee.jpegAng Lee is back with a new film and like his last boundary-pushing pic, “Brokeback Mountain,” the Oscar-winning helmer pushes the envelope again but this time it’s with the MPAA. His newest film, “Lust, Caution,” just received an NC-17 rating, Variety reports. It’s an erotic espionage thriller which is set to premiere in Toronto next month. Get some of the dirty details on why “Lust, Caution” kissed its way to dreaded NC-17 territory here.

It was kind of a big deal when Starbucks opened its doors and clientele to Hollywood marketing gurus who hoped that in-store campaigns for studio pics would lead to a frenzy of caffeine-induced ticket sales. However, Variety reports that a potential boon in receipts has so far tasted more like a stale cup of decaf.

Members of the Directors Guild of America won’t be getting any free DVD screeners this year heading into awards season, Variety reports. Guild guy Dave McNary gave the news to DGA members in today’s paper and wrote that the news comes following last year’s semi-controversial awards season when Paramount/DreamWorks caught some flack for getting the green light to send out “Dreamgirls” screeners to DGA members.

Fox‘s blonde and busty “Anchorwoman” will have to find a new medium for her talents. THR reports that the network has pulled the plug on the pseudo-reality show less than 24 hours after airing the first episode, which barely managed to cross the 2 million mark in viewers. Maybe she can see if there is an opening on “Girls Next Door.”

THR‘s Borys Kit reports that Paramount is rounding up the troops for a live-action take on the “G.I. Joe” brand with Stephen Sommers signing on to direct. Pic is based on the popular Hasbro military action figures.
- CHRIS GARDNER

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