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Morning Media Newsfeed: Colbert to Late Show | CNN Revamps Primetime | ABC News Ups Goldston

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Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of The Late Show (TVNewser)
It’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over as the host of CBS’ The Late Show when David Letterman retires next year. Specifics of Colbert’s show — including the premiere date, producers and location — will be determined after the timeline is decided for Letterman’s retirement, CBS said. Capital New York The rank and file at The Colbert Report, his Comedy Central show, are operating on the assumption they are invited to follow the comedian to staff The Late Show and stay in New York, someone familiar with Colbert’s transition plan said. Variety When Colbert sits behind the desk of the CBS program, he will do it with a new presentation — not as the right-wing caricature he plays in his current perch on Comedy Central. “He is not going to play that character,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, in an interview. THR / The Live Feed The Colbert Report, which launched in 2005, has earned an Emmy win for outstanding variety series (2013) and three Emmy wins for writing for a variety, music or comedy program (2013, 2010, 2008). Before that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as an on-air personality and writer of news satire. He also has written two books — I Am America (And So Can You!) and America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t — and won a Grammy for spoken word for America Again earlier this year. Mashable Several media outlets quoted network executives saying the deal came together quickly after Letterman’s retirement, including breakneck negotiations with several candidates. Craig Ferguson, whose Late Late Show comes on after Letterman’s, was never seen as a true contender for the slot; it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick around after being passed over. Other names thrown in the mix were Chelsea Handler and Neil Patrick Harris — but even as top contenders, they were dark horses at best. For nearly 18 months, Colbert was always CBS’ guy.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Letterman to Retire | Mozilla’s Eich Resigns | Fusion’s TV First

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David Letterman to Leave Late Show (TVNewser)
During the taping of Thursday’s Late Show, David Letterman announced next year will be his last on the show he’s hosted for more than two decades. The news was first reported on Twitter by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, a guest on the show, just after 4 p.m. ET. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, signed a contract extension in October. Adweek The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal. NYT Letterman said he had informed CBS president Leslie Moonves of his intention to step down from The Late Show at the end of his current contract, which has about 16 months left. A specific end date has not yet been set. Letterman is considered by many to be the most original voice in the late-night format, and Moonves has been steadfast in his assurances in recent years that he would never ask Letterman to retire, saying at one point, “You don’t do that to a television legend.” Mashable Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before starting Late Show on CBS in 1993. In 2013, he surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest-running late night talk show host in television history. He has been part of more than 6,000 late-night broadcasts. USA Today It’s unclear how CBS will replace Letterman, and when, precisely. Craig Ferguson, who hosts the Letterman-produced Late Late Show, is not being considered as a replacement, insiders say, even though his contract technically promises it. Moonves is known to have been interested in The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart over the years, but in the past Stewart has said he is not interested in a network talk show. Stewart’s Comedy Central partner Stephen Colbert is seen as a more likely candidate, and is available sooner: His contract with Comedy Central expires in December, though Stewart is free in 2015. Chelsea Handler also announced plans to leave her late-night E! show this year.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Changes Style | Frum to The Atlantic | Phone Hacker Pressured

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AP Decides That Crimea Can No Longer Be Called Part of Ukraine (HuffPost)
The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it is changing the dateline on all of its stories from Crimea now that the region is being controlled by Russia and not Ukraine. The wire service said that it would no longer identify stories written there as coming from “Ukraine.” Rather, they will carry the dateline “Crimea.” The Hill / Global Affairs “Previously, we wrote ‘SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP).’ But Ukraine no longer controls Crimea, and AP datelines should reflect the facts on the ground,” the news wire wrote in a guidance. Effective this week, the AP said it will now name a city and then Crimea. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Because of a quirk of geography — the fact that Crimea doesn’t share a land border with Russia — the AP says it won’t use a “SEVASTOPOL, Russia” dateline, which would inevitably spur a heated political debate. The Guardian The AP has waded into controversy before on its quest to avoid controversy. A year ago, the AP banned “illegal immigrant” and “illegal” to describe a person, explaining that “‘illegal’ should describe only an action,” especially as the editors decided it was important not to label people, “instead of behavior.” Slate / The Slatest The latest decision also begs the question, what would the AP do if there were a shared border or if Russia were to grab more land in Ukraine, thereby connecting the regions?

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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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Michael Lynton Set to Become CEO of Sony USA

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton is expected to be named CEO of Sony Corp. of America, according to multiple reports.

In his new role, Lynton will  now oversee Sony’s music division along with the television and movie operations. He’s expected to remain based in Culver City and won’t relocate to the Sony U.S. headquarters in New York City. According to the Financial Times, Lynton’s promotion could become official as early as next week.

Lynton’s promotion is just one of two major moves on the horizon as Kazuo Hirai is succeeding Howard Stringer as chief executive of Sony Corp. on April 1

Sony Cancels 30 Days of Night Small Town Opening

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Sony seems to hate small town America. On last night’s Geekerati radio show, Christian Johnson interviewed Jeff Mariotte, writer of two tie-in novels for 30 Days of Night which opens Friday. Mariotte was Editor in Chief of IDW comics when 30 Days of Night first appeared on the scene. Johnson writes:

Jeff had been planning with his local independent movie theater (The Twin Box in Douglas, AZ) to do a signing during the film’s opening this Friday. He figured that he could use his connection to the product as a way to promote his local theater. Everything was going fine until this Sunday. Sony, IDW, and Pocket Books had all provided promotional materials to be given away and Sony had even taken a “four sheet” ad out in the local paper promoting the release of the movie. The local theater spent a decent sum promoting the event themselves. Everything was going fine and everyone was happy with Sony, until they found out on Sunday that Sony had decided to postpone the Douglas release until November 2nd.

What’s Sony’s thinking? Do they want to test market 30 Days in LA before rolling it out in Douglas, AZ? Or are they shrinking the entire release saturation?

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 24, 2007

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Resident Evil Reigns Supreme
Milla Jovovich and her Resident Evil franchise again took the top spot at the boxoffice over the weekend. The Sony horror pic Resident Evil: Extinction raked in an estimated $24 million while the Jessica Alba, Dane Cook romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck was only good enough for a second place finish with $14 million, reports Variety.

Washington, Scott Together Again
Variety is also reporting that Denzel Washington will reteam with longtime collaborator Tony Scott on a remake of The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 for Columbia Pictures. The studio’s Spider-Man 4 scribe David Koepp wrote the screenplay for the redo which will find Washington in a role originally played by Walter Matthau in the 1974 film.

Changes at MSNBC Confirmed
THR’s Paul Gough reports on some major changes inside MSNBC including news about Dan Abrams and Joe Scarborough. The latter, who replaced Don Imus with a morning show, will get to keep the job and continue hosting Morning Joe.

- 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

A to Z of Animation: Image Movers Digital

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Via Hank Grebe, news from the world of animation:

The Zemeckis Studio, aka ImageMoversDigital, is setting up shop in San Rafael. There’s a blog, where artists post their variations on a theme. The image above is from the Hot Rod series.

There’s a little chit-chat about Sony closing the LA studio, but that’s crazy talk. Right?

LAT in 90 Seconds

hosen.jpgThe Story You Wish You Wrote: In high schools all over L.A., influential drama, cinema and music teachers are retiring, after decades of shaping students who grow up to be accomplished industry titans. Shawn Hubler had the sense to profile one of them.

calley.jpgAre There Editors Left At The LAT? And do any of them read the online Photo Galleries before they go live? The Studio Chief Scorecard is a cute idea — and we’re guessing it took more work than the reporters and photographers had initially anticipated, but what’s with the wording? In the entry for former Sony president John Calley, the LAT sums up his future projects this way: “A Da Vinci sequel and a few other projects in development, but Calley is looking old.” Looking old? He began producing films 40 years ago. How’s he supposed to look?

silverm.jpgBen Silverman To Bring More Tetas To NBC: Apparently the new NBC honcho is bringing the tits, and this Meg James story kinda makes him sound like an ass.

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