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Morning Media Newsfeed: Palin Eyes The View | Rolling Stone Appoints Publisher

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Is Sarah Palin Pitching Herself to The View? (THR / The Live Feed)
Sportsman Channel has picked up a second season of Amazing America With Sarah Palin, the network announced Monday. Palin’s program, which has her introducing viewers to the great outdoors as well as the country’s unsung heroes, has brought significant attention to the niche cable channel, propelling Sportsman to triple-digit year-over-year growth in households and key male demographics. In an interview with THR, Palin names The View as a show that might “need a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into [its] scripts.” TVNewser The rumor mill on who will replace ousted View hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy is in full force, and former Vice Presidential candidate Palin seems to be throwing her hat in the ring. In the interview, Palin mentioned that The View might be better if it goes “rogue.” FishbowlDC Palin said, “Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous!” She went on to add, “It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for.” Mediaite With Barbara Walters’ semi-retirement underway and the pending departures of Shepherd and McCarthy, The View is actively looking for new co-hosts. MSNBC The program’s women co-hosts discuss a variety of political and social issues. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg is the only host not departing the daytime show. The series also previously included journalist Lisa Ling, television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar as co-hosts.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Walters’ Retirement Set | Vox.com Goes Live | Megaupload Sued

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Barbara Walters’ Final Scheduled Television Appearance Announced (ABC News)
Almost a year after she announced her plan to depart daily television, Barbara Walters is preparing to say farewell. Her last day co-hosting The View, a program that she created, will be May 16, and ABC will air a two-hour special highlighting her life and career that night, from 9-11 p.m. ET. TVNewser Walters will continue to executive produce The View and will contribute to ABC News as the news warrants. THR / The Live Feed The ABC News headquarters in New York City will also be named in her honor, as the Barbara Walters Building, during a dedication ceremony this spring. Walters acknowledged that she’s sad to leave but that “it feels right for me,” repeating what she’s previously said about wanting to leave before people complained about her being on television too long. Reuters Walters, 84, has suffered from health problems recently, including a concussion after she fainted and hit her head last year and a bout of chickenpox. In 2010, she had open heart surgery. Since announcing her retirement, she hosted 20 Years of The 10 Most Fascinating People, the final show of her yearly special program about intriguing personalities. During her long career, Walters was known for her interviews on U.S. television with world leaders including Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and every U.S. president since Richard Nixon. She also interviewed celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise. Mediaite Walters joined ABC in 1976, when she famously became the first female anchor ever on an evening news program. She later became a co-host of 20/20 and launched The View in 1997.

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Paramount Denial Leads to Immaculate Re-Conception of Variety Headline

ShutterstockRussellCroweHWoF_FeaturedIt’s one of the oldest tricks in the digital journalism playbook. Adjust the headline without letting readers know that such an adjustment has been made.

At press time, there is no Editor’s Note or Correction to indicate that a March 17 item by Variety New York film editor Ramin Setoodeh was originally headlined “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe (EXCLUSIVE).” From a related report in The Hollywood Reporter:

Although Crowe had hoped to meet Pope Francis at the Pontiff’s weekly gathering in St. Peter’s Square, Paramount Pictures is denying a report that the Vatican canceled a planned meeting.

“A meeting was never scheduled,” a Paramount spokesman said. A story posted today by Variety ran under the headline: “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe.” The original headline did not include the word “Tentative,” which was added after the studio objected.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Disney Cuts 700 | FCC vs Shared Stations | Tribune Names CEO

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Disney Interactive Lays Off Roughly 700 (THR)
The Walt Disney Company has laid off approximately 700 employees at Disney Interactive, a company spokesperson confirmed. Prior to the layoffs, roughly 2,800 employees worked at the division, representing a cut of approximately 26 percent of its total workforce. Variety Cuts were expected, but not on this scale. They were anticipated to mostly affect Disney’s Playdom group, which produces games for social media platforms. A Disney rep said the layoffs will occur across the board in the business unit. Re/code Last month, Disney Interactive reported its second consecutive quarter of profitability after a long string of losses, credited to the success of Disney’s console game Disney Infinity. However, in tandem with the layoffs, the company will cease in-house console game development beyond supporting Infinity and publishing the as-yet-unreleased game Fantasia: Music Evolved, developed by Harmonix. New Disney games will instead be licensed out and developed by other studios. NYT Disney Interactive makes up a tiny piece of the Disney empire. The entertainment conglomerate as a whole had $1.84 billion in profit and $12.31 billion in revenue in its most recent quarter; Disney Interactive had operating income of $55 million on revenue of $403 million, according to financial filings. Reuters Disney’s games and online division has for years been a persistent money loser and a small but significant drag on a corporate empire that spans movie-making and television to cable network ESPN, theme parks and cruise lines. Last year, Disney Interactive lost $87 million as revenues rose 26 percent from 2012; the division has lost a total in recent years of more than $1 billion.

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Paramount Offers LA Commuters a Wall Street Wink

DiCaprioInstagramSuperBowlIt’s one of Sunset Blvd.’s most well-positioned billboard locations. Sitting at the northeast corner of the La Cienega Blvd. intersection, this canvas greets the flow of eastbound commuters as they wait, often in slow-crawl traffic, to cross over towards The Mondrian, the House of Blues and The Standard.

Per Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, this strategic spot is now home to the funniest of four new billboards promoting The Wolf of Wall Street during the penultimate stage of 2013 film awards season. The billboard references a line in the movie uttered by DiCaprio’s character Jordan Belfort about morphine. Click over to the THR item to see a pic; the awards blogger also got this comment from the studio:

A Paramount spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s one of the great lines from the film. And in this season when we’re working hard and being smart and strategic, it’s also nice to have a little bit of fun. People who have seen the movie (hopefully) will have a little chuckle.”

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Paramount Pictures Hires Executive Nic Crawley

Walt Disney Studios executive Nic Crawley has left his position as senior vice president of international marketing for a new job at Paramount Pictures.

Crawley was hired as as president of international marketing for Paramount, effective immediately.

“We could not be happier about Nic joining our team,” Paramount’s chief marketing officer Josh Greenstein said in a statement. “Nic has incredible passion, talent, and experience. His depth of knowledge of the international marketplace will be a great asset for our diverse slate of films moving forward.”

The hire marks a reunion of sorts for Crawley and former Disney executive Anthony Marcoly, who was hired as the head of Paramount Pictures International in October.

Paramount Spreads Word About Pending Upgrades

I discovered a large envelope in my mailbox Monday from Paramount Pictures. Inside was a letter (see above) from the nearby studio (I live within walking distance of Paramount Pictures) detailing the Hollywood Project, a proposed $700 million upgrade that will take 25 years to complete.

Included with the letter was a pamphlet highlighting the history of Paramount Studios and a reply card asking for support of the Hollywood Project. Paramount is wasting no time spreading the word — let’s see how the neighbors respond.

Paramount Pictures Proposes $700 Million Upgrade

Paramount Pictures announced plans Tuesday for a $700 million upgrade at its Hollywood studio.

As part of the project, Paramount would build five new, 20,000-plus square-foot soundstages and tear down four old, 5,000-square-foot soundstages. Other upgrades include new post production facilities and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified headquarters building.

The 25-year plan, dubbed the Hollywood Project, is expected to generate 7,300 jobs during the construction phase and $3.1 billion in economic output annually.

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Paramount Pulls A Fast One With Its Layoffs

paramount2.jpgParamount Pictures, in compliance with parent company Viacom‘s edict for 7% layoffs, gave some pink slips, Variety reported. But the marketing staffers were given a week respite. Maybe they were scared of marketing staffers gone amok.

Paramount Retributively Pushes ‘Soloist’ Back Again

soloist.jpgParamount Pictures, perhaps getting a dig into former partner DreamWorks, has pushed back the potential Oscar nominee Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.‘s “The Soloist” from March 13 to April 24 of next year, Variety reports.

DreamWorks was caught off guard in October when Paramount pushed back the release of “The Soloist” from this year to March 13 at the 11th hour, thus depriving it of Oscar consideration.

The Joe Wright-directed film was originally to have opened Nov. 21.

In the April 24 slot, “Soloist” will open one week before the official start of the summer box office, which is theoretically considered primetime for moviegoing.

DreamWorks and Paramount had a mutually agreeable division last month when they announced the distribution splits for the next two year’s worth of film product.

“The Soloist” is based on a series of articles by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and tells the story of a homeless schizophrenic musician’s dream to play at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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