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People Names Kate Upton ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

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We have BREAKING NEWS: Kate Upton is an attractive woman. Most of America had been unsure about that until just last night, when People dubbed her the Sexiest Woman Alive.

“The national debate has finally ended,” said President Obama. “This is a truly great day for the nation. May god bless Ms. Upton, and may god bless America.”

Despite the official status, some remained skeptics. An Ohio man stated “Kate Upton? Never heard of her. Now, my girlfriend Julie, there’s a looker.”

FishbowlNY attempted to reach Julie for comment but were unable to verify that she actually existed.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sony Pulls The Interview | 21st Century Fox Acquires TrueX

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9/11 Threats From Sony Hackers Cause Company to Drop The Interview (FishbowlNY)
In light of the recent threats of violence from those responsible for the ongoing cyber attacks against Sony Pictures (aka the “Guardians of Peace”), the company has decided to pull the plug on Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s latest movie, The Interview. The film was scheduled to premiere nationwide on Christmas day. PRNewser Tuesday, the hackers’ threats turned to violence, invoking 9/11 and implying that someone would attack theaters screening The Interview. The movie’s planned New York premiere was subsequently cancelled. Rogen and Franco also cancelled all further press dates. Time American officials have determined the government of North Korea is connected to the hack, a U.S. official confirmed Wednesday. Much remains unclear about the nature of North Korea’s involvement. The country, while lauding the hack against Sony, has denied being behind it. There were conflicting reports Wednesday evening, and officials are expected to unveil their findings Thursday. THR Sony decided to pull The Interview from all theaters Wednesday in response to the decision by the country’s major chains not to show the film. The country’s top five theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment — chose to pull The Interview from their theaters Wednesday. Variety Sony is weighing releasing the film on premium video-on-demand, according to an insider. That would allow the studio to recoup some of the film’s $42 million budget and tens of millions in promotion and advertising expenditures. It would also enable the studio to experiment with the potential of VOD, something it has been hesitant to do at the risk of angering major exhibitors. TheWrap Wednesday, New Regency pulled the plug on its Steve Carell movie Pyongyang, which Gore Verbinski had been prepping for a March start date. Based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle, Pyongyang is a paranoid thriller about a Westerner’s experiences working in North Korea for a year.

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People and Time Reduce Rate Bases

Time_magazine_logoPeople and Time are trimming their rate bases. According to Ad Age, People will reduce its circulation guarentee by 50,000 copies per issue and Time will cut its guarantee by 250,000 copies per issue. Beginning in January, People’s new rate base will be 3.4 million; Time’s 3.4  million.

The change is odd, as typically, the higher a magazine’s rate base the more it can charge advertisers for ads. A Time spokesperson told Ad Age that the magazine cut its circulation guarantee out of a ”desire to optimize… marketing spend and cut less profitable circulation.”

In other words, this might have something to do with MediaVest — a huge media buying agency — who announced it will no longer count tablet subscriptions when considering magazines’ rate bases. By doing so, magazines might not be able to charge as much for ads.

The Time spokesperson, of course, denied MediaVest’s move had anything to do with it. “It felt like it was time to make a cut” said the person.

People’s Robin Williams Issue a Best Seller

cover-435Proving that everyone loves a sad story about a complete stranger, People’s August 25th edition — honoring Robin Williams’ life and tragic death — was its number one selling issue of 2014.

Adweek reports that 1,169,800 copies of People’s Williams issue were sold. On the flip side, People’s June 16 edition, with Hillary Clinton on the cover, was its worst selling issue. It sold only 503,890 copies.

Williams’ death was also the big seller for another gossip rag — InTouch. Its August 25th edition moved 571,780 copies, making it InTouch’s best selling issue of the year.

InTouch‘s worst seller of 2014 was an issue that featured The Bachelorette’s Ashley Hebert announcing that she was pregnant. Congratulations! No one cared.

People Names Director of Photography

brandPeople has named Catriona Ni Aolain director of photography. Ni Aolain comes to People from Men’s Journal, where she held the same title. Prior to Men’s Journal, Ni Aolain worked for ESPN The Magazine for six years.

“We are thrilled that Catriona is joining People’s editorial team,” said Andrea Dunham, People’s creative director, in a statement. “Her experience directing top photographers and producing photo shoots for major media brands across multiple platforms is a major asset.”

Ni Aolain begins December 22 and will report to Dunham.

People.com Sets Traffic Record

People and People.com staffers, pop the champagne (or grab a 40, either way). People.com just set a record for visitors in November, with 72 million uniques, according to Omniture.

That number marks a 26 percent increase from the previous record for People.com, set in September.

The main driver of that traffic was People.com’s coverage of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old who chose to end her life. The Maynard piece generated the highest-ever audience of any story on People.com, with more than 16 million unique visitors in one day. Kind of morbid, but hey, it is what it is.

Will Lee, People.com’s editor, was obviously excited about the record-breaking month. He described it as “an incredible achievement.”

Morning Media Newsfeed: World News to Cast on Facebook | Veteran Staff Take NYT Buyouts

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ABC World News Tonight Launches Facebook Newscast (TVNewser)
ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir will host a social media newscast every weekday on Facebook called “Facecast: The One Thing.” Starting Monday, Dec. 1, the one-minute news update aims to give Facebook users a summary of the day’s top stories and trending topics. AllFacebook ABC News said “Facecast: The One Thing” will be shot behind the scenes at its New York headquarters. It will be the first social media daily newscast hosted by an evening news anchor. THR “We are grateful that our audience engages with David Muir and World News Tonight on social media all day long,” said World News Tonight executive producer Almin Karamehmedovic. “We’re very excited to launch a newscast that is exclusively for Facebook, where users can continue the conversation beyond the evening newscast at any time.” HuffPost / AP The “Facecast” will usually be posted in the early afternoon. ABC said Facebook users will see the report in their news stream if they have “liked” World News Tonight, or else will be able to find it on the newscast’s Facebook page. Variety ABC News makes its move as other traditional broadcasters have taken steps to burnish their “traditional” news efforts in digital venues. CBS last month unveiled CBSN, a live streaming-video newscast that offers CBS News reporting between 9 a.m. and midnight eastern each day.

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Chris Hemsworth is People’s Sexiest Man Alive

Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor and all those other movies featuring Thor, is People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Hemsworth beat out standouts such as Idris Elba, Chris Pratt, Chris O’Shea and Richard Horgan for the honor.

Hemsworth — like pretty much every other person who has received this meaningless award — jokingly told People that he had “made it now.”

The Australian-born actor added that being named Sexiest Man Alive meant he wouldn’t have to do any more chores around his house. Hahaha! We don’t think his wife will approve of that! He has another thing coming, doesn’t he?!

Morning Media Newsfeed: Netflix Ups Global Expansion | Turner, CBS Prep for Dish Blackout

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Netflix to Expand to Australia, New Zealand (THR)
Netflix is continuing its march worldwide, unveiling plans on Tuesday to expand to Australia and New Zealand. The streaming service said that it will expand to those countries in March 2015. Variety Pricing for a subscription to Netflix in the countries will be announced “at a later date.” In a press release, Netflix said the Australia and New Zealand collection will include upcoming original series Marco Polo, animated BoJack Horseman and kids titles including DreamWorks Animation’s All Hail King Julien. Movies and TV shows will be available in high definition and in 4K where possible. GigaOM The launch will bring the number of countries Netflix is available in to more than 50 and the announcement is not unexpected: Netflix CFO David Wells said earlier this month that the company plans a “sizeable expansion” for 2015 and Netflix has reportedly been preparing to enter Australia by hiring local agencies for a launch campaign. WSJ He said over the next three to five years, Netflix believes it is possible to generate 50 percent of its revenues from countries outside the U.S., up from about 28 percent now. Assuming that Netflix signs up 10 percent of broadband households outside the U.S., Wells says, it is possible for the company to have about 50 million to 60 million non-U.S. subscribers or even more. The company had 14.4 million international paying customers at the end of the third quarter, compared with 36.3 million U.S. customers. Deadline The initiative positions Netflix for an interesting fight: Only about 30 percent of Australian households subscribe to pay TV, far less than in the U.S. and even less than in the U.K., where about half subscribe. Australia’s leading distributor, Foxtel, expected to see some competition from streaming services and recently halved the price of its basic service.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: FBI Backs Agent, Fake AP Story | Reuters Ends Comments

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FBI Chief Backs Agent Who Posed as Reporter (Mashable)
An FBI agent tells an anonymous suspect online that he is a reporter with the Associated Press. He sends a link to a fake news story, and the suspect clicks. The trap is set, and a 15-year-old accused of making bomb threats is captured. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Two weeks ago, The Seattle Times revealed that the FBI had written the fake Associated Press story and used a fake Seattle Times-like Web address in order to catch the suspect in the bomb threat. Kathy Best, the editor of the Times, said the newspaper was “outraged”; the AP and Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wrote letters to attorney general Eric Holder expressing concern. NYT Then, James B. Comey, the director of the FBI, in a letter published Friday in The New York Times, defended the practice and said that an agent had impersonated an AP reporter in the email. The disclosure caused further outrage at the news organization. The Associated Press / The Big Story “That technique was proper and appropriate under Justice Department and FBI guidelines at the time. Today, the use of such an unusual technique would probably require higher-level approvals than in 2007, but it would still be lawful and, in a rare case, appropriate,” Comey wrote. Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the AP, said the FBI’s actions were “unacceptable.” New York Daily News “No actual story was published, and no one except the suspect interacted with the undercover ‘AP’ employee or saw the fake draft story. Only the suspect was fooled, and it led to his arrest and the end of a frightening period for a high school,” Comey added. But the AP said the “unacceptable tactics undermine AP and the vital distinction between the government and the press.”

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