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Peter Bart Pays Norman Lloyd the Highest Hollywood Compliment

ShutterstockTennisCourtTomorrow, on the sunny west coast, Peter Bart will meet Norman Lloyd for a game of tennis. Bart, the former Paramount Studios production VP and current Variety editor-at-large, is 82. Lloyd, a Tinseltown legend, will turn 100 on Saturday.

The combined 181 years of these players is actually not the most notable aspect of tomorrow’s match. Per Bart’s latest transcribed weekly conversation with Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr., the game will be distinguished by something even rarer. Explains Bart:

“I’ve never caught Norman making a bad call on the tennis court, setting him apart from everyone else I’ve ever played with.”

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No Women on This Variety ‘Leaders’ List

ShutterstockBoysClubWhat happened here? Did this one not cross the desk of co-EIC Claudia Eller?

The byline says Variety Staff, which means the individual(s) responsible for the October 28 article is(are) avoiding individual flaming. However, in the item comments, on Facebook and beyond, folks are slamming the trade for highlighting seven men and zero women as “Hollywood’s New Leaders: PR/Digital/Management.”

What’s next? Well, among other things, one or more of the featured men will likely be heard over lunch, in the steam room and to female colleagues insisting they had nothing to do with the selection.

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Cover Battle: Food Network Magazine or Variety

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Food Network Magazine taking on Variety.

For its November issue, Food Network went with Ina Garten carving a turkey. We chose this cover not because its aesthetically pleasing, but because we imagine this is exactly what Garten would look like if she were carving up a human. That look on her face is downright chilling. “C’mon in. Dinner’s almost ready. Tonight we’re having roast Tommy — I mean, roast turkey.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Leno Set to Launch CNBC Show | NBC Courted Stewart for MTP

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Jay Leno Nears Deal to Launch CNBC Show (THR / The Live Feed)
Jay Leno is lining up his first regular television hosting gig since leaving The Tonight Show in February, and he’s staying in the NBCUniversal family. TVNewser Leno’s new show would air on CNBC in primetime and focus on his longtime love of cars. WSJ / CMO Today A CNBC spokesperson declined to comment. Both NBC and CNBC are units of Comcast Corp. Since he stepped down from The Tonight Show, he has continued to work as a stand-up comic. He is known for his love of automobiles and has a large collection of rare and classic cars. NYT No other details have been released pending completion of the contract, though the executives confirmed the show would not be comedy-based. Leno has been a regular presence on NBC.com with a motor-vehicle-obsessed show called Jay Leno’s Garage. Deadline Hollywood The news comes as the cable business network comes off its lowest-rated quarter of the year in primetime and the lowest-rated quarter in its history in the demo for the business day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CNBC has been looking to broaden its primetime slate with reality TV formats. To date, its most successful such bid has been its reruns of ABC’s Mark Burnett-produced Shark Tank.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Kal Penn Joins Fusion for Midterms | SoftBank, DWA Talks Cool

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Kal Penn Named Special Correspondent of Fusion’s Midterm Mayhem (TVNewser)
Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila. FishbowlDC In addition to its television broadcast, the program will be livestreamed. Midterm Mayhem will be hosted by Vila with contributions from anchors Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez and Fusion’s Alice Brennan and Romina Puga. Capital New York Fusion is still modestly distributed, with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV among the major distributors that don’t yet carry the channel. The livestream — which will only apply to the month-long midterm election series — is a chance for viewers who don’t get Fusion to sample its programming, with the goal of getting them to lobby their pay-TV provider to carry the channel. The channel held a similar stunt tied to its coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. THR Penn is known for his roles in the Harold And Kumar trilogy, The Namesake, House and How I Met Your Mother. In 2009, he took a break from acting to work as an associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, serving as the Obama administration’s liaison to young Americans. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The show aims to “bring viewers all the essential political news of the day and answer questions of fundamental importance to Fusion’s audience,” the network said in a release. It premieres Sunday, Oct. 5, at 9:30 p.m. and runs until Election Day.

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Variety Shuffles Its EICs

Moving from editor-in-chief, television to managing editor, television is not exactly a promotion. So, reading between the lines of today’s Variety announcement, we’re assuming this shift was something Cynthia Littleton was willing to accept in exchange for relocating (earlier this year) from LA to New York.

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The PMC publication is still very much a west coast-driven concern. The move means Variety now has two rather than three EICs – Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein.(pictured). A couple of other portions of today’s announcement caught our eye.

1) The PMC PR folks might have been a tad too effusive when they dropped this sentence in:

Variety continues to be the leading provider of entertainment news around the world.

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Deadline EIC Responds to a Rival’s Accusations

On Twitter yesterday and today, TheWrap senior film reporter Jeff Sneider questioned the integrity of an item posted by Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr.

Initially, he mocked Fleming for labeling as exclusive some project news involving Michael Eisner‘s Tornante Company . Then, less forcefully, Sneider noted and wondered about the deletion of the Deadline item in question.

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Variety Adds TV, Real Estate Editors

DebraBirnbaumPicThere’s a fair bit going on these days at Jay Penske‘s Deadline and Variety twin trades.

On the Deadline side, Dominic Patten recently started anchoring daily video reports under the rubicon DeadlineNow. From PMC’s new westside Los Angeles digs, he has been chatting with reporter Jen Yamato, film editor Anita Busch, east coast-based chief theater columnist Jeremy Gerard and others about the latest developments on each journalist’s beat.

Meanwhile, Variety has been staffing up. This morning, TV EIC Cynthia Littleton announced that Debra Birnbaum (pictured) has joined the publication as executive editor, television:

Birnbaum came to Variety in April to help spearhead the eight Extra Edition special issues published this month in conjunction with Emmy season. She will be at the helm of Variety’s expansive TV awards season coverage leading up to the July 10 nominations announcement through the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Abramson Gets New Gig | Twitter COO Resigns

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Jill Abramson to Teach at Harvard (FishbowlNY)
Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times who was unceremoniously fired last month, has a new gig — teacher. Abramson is joining Harvard University’s English department this coming fall to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction. NYT Abramson, the first woman to hold the top editing post at the Times, was abruptly dismissed last month by the newspaper’s publisher, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. Her firing stunned the Times newsroom and the media world in general. Sulzberger said she was dismissed because of her management style, while other published accounts said she was paid less than her predecessor, Bill Keller, an allegation that Sulzberger denied. Capital New York Abramson, a Harvard alum, will hold the title of visiting lecturer at the university for the 2014-2015 school year. THR “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever,” Abramson said in a statement. “Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media During a May commencement address at Wake Forest, her first and only public appearance since her termination, Abramson said she did not know what her next career move would be after the Times. Abramson has previously taught journalism seminars at Yale and Princeton.

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Reuters Signs Syndication Deal with Variety

Reuters is teaming up with Variety for all its entertainment news. Reuters had previously partnered with a few different outlets for syndicated entertainment content.

The deal involves Reuters, Variety and VarietyLatino.com.

“Reuters is committed to providing our customers around the world with real-time, high impact multimedia news,” said Daniel Mandell, Reuters’ senior VP of business development, in a statement. “As a leading provider of quality entertainment news, Variety and Variety Latino are natural partners to help Reuters deliver unparalleled entertainment coverage to our clients.”

You can expect to see Variety’s editorial content popping up on Reuters starting in August.

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