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Morning Media Newsfeed: NBC News Reups Williams | Jana Winter Joins The Intercept

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Brian Williams Signs New Deal With NBC (TVNewser)
NBC’s Brian Williams, who just celebrated 10 years as anchor of NBC Nightly News, has signed a new long-term deal with the network. THR Saying that he has “renewed his commitment” to the network’s news division, NBC News president Deborah Turness said in a staff memo that he will continue to serve as anchor and managing editor of the nightly broadcast “for years to come.” LA Times Though Williams will acknowledge only that it’s a long-term deal, insiders at the network say it will keep him at the helm of NBC Nightly News for at least five more years. He didn’t disclose his financial compensation, but it’s said to be more than $10 million a year. CNNMoney He is presently the longest-serving nightly news anchor, competing every weeknight against David Muir, who just took over ABC’s World News three months ago, and Scott Pelley, who became the anchor of the CBS Evening News three years ago. NYT The news ratings have been more competitive over the last year. This past summer, ABC’s newscast edged ahead of NBC for a number of weeks among the viewers most sought by news advertisers, those from the ages of 25 to 54. Williams continues to win virtually every week among total viewers, averaging more than 9 million a night, the program’s best total in almost a decade. In recent weeks he has also moved ahead again among the 25-54 group.

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Scarlett Johansson, Action Bronson Share Vice Stage

Scarlett Johansson and Vice have come a long way since 1994. The actress kicked off her on-screen acting career that year with a small role in the Rob Reiner disaster North, while in the eastern half of The Great White North, Shane Smith and co. launched a modest free punk magazine.

Johansson was a surprise musical guest Friday at Vice’s 20th anniversary bash at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. While THR-Billboard freelancer Ted Simmons reports that she had the crowd abuzz, EW’s Eric Brown suggests it was more along the lines of ah-what?:

When Johansson took the stage to sing New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” audience members mostly just wondered if it was actually her.

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Counting the Vice Digs

vice130Maybe it’s just us. But in addition to a late parenthentical swipe at Vice Media, today’s Nick Denton memo announcing plans to quickly add an executive editor and group managing editor to Gawker Media seems to contain several other, more subtle, digs.

In the memo’s opening paragraph, Denton sets things up with some gentle omission, praising a couple of chaps at BuzzFeed and Vox as the fearsome “pros” he and his new charges will have to most worry about in 2015. In the third paragraph, it’s more of an open-handed slap [bolding is ours]:

We have one great asset that no money can buy: an independent spirit and willingness to defy conventional wisdom.

We get it. There are no plans at Gawker Media to do a dance with Rupert Murdoch and sell a subsequent stake to A&E Networks.

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This Racket Magazine is Alive and Well

Thanks to the wonderful whirl of Twitter, we received this rapid response Tuesday to an item about the retreat of First Look Media’s Racket:

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Ha ha. Duly noted. As a public journalism service, we took the time to check out the content of this Racket gang, posted below the delightful tagline – ‘The Lifestyle Magazine For People With No Life.’ What’s more, in the retreating shadow of Matt Taibbi‘s eight months of service, this Racket – based in Redlands, CA – is getting ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary under the leadership of Jonathan Yost:

I launched Racket in 2005 because I loved talking about bands, concerts, comics, video games and God knows what else with my friends. It didn’t hurt that publishing one’s opinions makes you some kind of journalist, and journalists get this shit for free.

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Hipsters Annoyed by Vice

VICE_Logo1Vice — the media organization for hipsters, rich kids who dress like they’re poor, terrible artists and other annoying people — is preparing to move to its new headquarters in Williamsburg. As Ad Age reports, the building used to house music venues Glasslands and Death By Audio. Both are now closing, and that has angered the locals:

During one of Death by Audio’s final shows on Tuesday, Tim Harrington of the band Les Savy Fav took the stage with ‘Suck It Vice’ written across his body

Last week, during a do-it-yourself art show at Death By Audio, someone painted ‘Fuck You Shane’ on a wall, presumably a reference to Shane Smith, Vice‘s co-founder and CEO

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Janice Dickinson Says First Draft of 2002 Autobiography Included Cosby Assault Details

ShutterstockJaniceDickinsonThe latest woman to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault is the most famous yet.

It started this week with a Vice article by Tracie Egan Morrissey, who excerpted passages about Cosby from former supermodel Janice Dickinson‘s 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty. It quickly escalated with Dickinson shockingly filling in the blanks in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier.

While the additional, shared details were immediately dismissed by Cosby attorney Marty Singer as “a defamatory fabrication,” some earlier legal wrangling with Cosby apparently kept these allegations from surfacing well before 2004 accuser Andrea Constand:

Dickinson says she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but claims that when she submitted a draft with her full story to HarperCollins, Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.

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Vice Hires Alyssa Mastromonaco

alyssa mastromonaco GAlyssa Mastromonaco is joining Vice Media as its chief operating officer. Mastromonaco was formerly President Obama’s White House Deputy Chief of Staff. She had worked with Obama from 2005 until this past May.

The New York Times reports that Mastromonaco — who was recently named a Marie Claire contributing editor — will join Vice in January. She’ll succeed Richard Waterlow, who will move up to Vice’s president of international business.

“My goal for Vice is for it to be exactly what Vice is, just make it a little bit better,” Mastromonaco told the Times.

Morning Media Newsfeed: DWA, Hasbro Merger Talks End | The Onion Exploring Sale

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DreamWorks Animation, Hasbro End Merger Talks (THR)
Hasbro has called off merger negotiations with DreamWorks Animation, sources say. The deal chatter, which became public on Wednesday, appears to have been derailed in part by the performance of Hasbro’s stock and potentially the high price sought by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. WSJ News last week that the toy maker was in early acquisition talks with the film studio drove the two companies’ stocks in opposite directions. Hasbro investors sent the toy company’s share price down more than 4 percent on Thursday and nearly 2 percent on Friday, when they settled at $54.02 on Nasdaq. Adweek DreamWorks reportedly wanted $30 per share, a relatively steep incline for stock trading at roughly $22. NYT / DealBook Also playing a role was a negative private reaction by the Walt Disney Company, which comprises roughly 30 percent of Hasbro’s business through licenses for Star Wars, Marvel characters, Frozen and the Disney Princesses toy line. Variety Neither side has officially commented on why the talks fell apart, nor the potential of a deal. Hasbro follows recent conversations DWA has had to sell the toon studio. In September, it discussed such a sale with Japanese tech giant SoftBank, that also ended just days later.

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Vice Columnist Attends My420Mate Mixer

ViceWeediquetteLogoFor the latest installment of “Weediquette,” T. Kid tackled something with extra personal resonance: online dating for pot smokers.

He explains that since he changed his Tinder profile pic to one that reflects his avid ganja lifestyle, the site has been a matchmaking dead-end. Based in New York, Kid happened to be in LA at a time when pot-centric dating site My420Mate was holding a Halloween mixer in Hollywood. Right off the bat, he noticed something a little different:

I arrived at the mixer with my friend Z around midnight when it was already in full swing. The backyard of the venue was packed with groups of guys and girls smoking weed, and the first thing that struck me was the racial diversity of the crowd. At cannabis events in New York, Denver and elsewhere, I’m usually the only brown guy in a sea of white, but here there was an even mix of colors mingling freely. My ultimate goal in attending this party was to see what kind of people are on the stoner dating scene, and to achieve this, I had to appear eager to meet potential 420 mates even though I had no intention of actually starting a relationship with someone in LA.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ISIS Releases New Cantlie Video | Condé Nast Reshuffles Digital

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New ISIS Video Shows Hostage John Cantlie Allegedly Reporting From Kobani (Vice News)
In a new video published Monday, British photojournalist John Cantlie, who is now being held hostage by the Islamic State after being kidnapped in Syria in 2012, appears to be reporting from the city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border, which has been the stage to an ongoing battle between the militants and Kurdish forces. HuffPost The five-minute video, which is titled “Inside Ayn al-Islam,” shows Cantlie walking in front of destroyed buildings in what appears to be Kobani. After mentioning international reports of Islamic State losses in the battle for the town, Cantlie says Kobani is about to fall completely into the militants’ hands. NBC News But U.S. counterterrorism officials said that while the undated video apparently was shot in Kobani, Cantlie’s assertion that ISIS controls large swathes of the city is false. “We don’t know when this was recorded,” said one official, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity. “But to suggest that the ISIL (another acronym for ISIS) is in control of the city now is not accurate.” Mashable It’s widely assumed that Cantlie, who’s appeared in at least five propaganda videos since he disappeared, is reading from remarks that were prepared by his captors. Having rid the region of all independent journalists, it appears the group is now attempting to broadcast its own twisted form of journalism. The Guardian The video comes two days after the release of another video, in which Cantlie said that captives have been waterboarded for trying to escape.

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