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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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Tina Brown Partners with Vice, Marshall Project for ‘American Justice Summit’

Tina Brown Live Media, the event company run by Tina Brown, has announced a new event — The American Justice Summit.  Vice and The Marshall Project are partnering with Brown on the event, which will “explore the personal, social, and financial inequities of a prison system.”

Speakers include Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Orange is The New Black author Piper Kerman, Harry Belafonte, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, and CNN and The New Yorker legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

“Criminal justice reform is a burning national issue,” said Brown, in a statement. “The mission of this Summit is to shine a light on an accelerating crisis and showcase the people who offer creative new solutions.”

The event is free and will be held November 10, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on 59th Street.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Rowe Sets Records for CNN | Morgan Slams Cooper, AC 360

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Mike Rowe Makes CNN History With Debut of Somebody’s Gotta Do It (TVNewser)
According to Nielsen Fast National Data, Mike Rowe‘s Somebody’s Gotta Do It is CNN Original Series’ best premiere ever in the adults 25-54 demo, averaging 507,000 viewers Wednesday night, coming in second to The Kelly File, which drew 544,000. THR / The Live Feed Somebody’s Gotta Do It marked a 255 percent advantage over MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show – which hit an all-time low during the third quarter. The series also averaged 943,000 total viewers, besting MSNBC by 25 percent. NYT Somebody’s Gotta Do It easily topped CNN‘s previous best result in its recent introduction of original series. The Hunt With John Walsh pulled in 330,000 viewers in the 25-54 group with its premiere in July. Deadline Hollywood Rowe’s opening represented a 152 percent hike in the news demo compared with the time slot’s average the prior four Wednesdays (201,000), and a 77 percent jump in overall crowd (534,000). CNNMoney Shows like Rowe’s — what CNN calls “original series,” distinguishing from newscasts or talk shows — cost more to produce than newscasts do, but tend to be more popular and can be replayed many times. They are a centerpiece of CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker’s strategy to improve the ratings performance of the company’s American cable channel. One of CNN’s first originals, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, opened to 282,000 in the same age demographic back in April 2013.

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Millennials Go to Vice for News

Vice is going to love this. According to a report by Nieman Lab, Vice is the number one news site for youngsters among us. About 54 percent of visitors to Vice.com are millennials. Trailing — but not far behind — is BuzzFeed, at 52.9.

This isn’t that surprising. After all, Vice couldn’t try harder to court a young audience.

What we did find interesting was that The Guardian was the most popular among newspapers. Roughly 40 percent of The Guardian’s visitors are millennials; a solid lead over The New York Times (35 percent) and The Wall Street Journal (30 percent). We wonder — what is The Guardian doing that the Times and Journal are not?

The fact that newspapers are even in this battle is a good sign:

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Turner to Cut 10% of Staff | Politico Names Executive Editor

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Turner to Cut 10 Percent of Workforce (TVNewser)
As part of Turner 2020, the cost-cutting and reorganization plan announced earlier this year, the parent company of CNN, HLN, TBS and others has announced it plans to cut 1,475 jobs. CNNMoney Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner Inc., will cut its total workforce by about 10 percent in the coming weeks through a mix of buyouts, layoffs and other measures, the company said Monday. Capital New York The headcount reduction will include buyouts of staff over the age of 55, layoffs and unfilled open roles. Staff that will be laid off will be informed within the next two weeks. That number also takes into consideration the addition of 150 new jobs in “growth areas” at the company. THR The cuts will come at all levels from across the news, entertainment, kids, young adult and sports networks and businesses as well as corporate functions, in 18 Turner locations around the world. About 300 positions will be eliminated within CNN Worldwide, or about 8.5 percent of the roughly 3,500-strong workforce. WSJ This summer, Time Warner rebuffed a takeover bid from 21st Century Fox Inc. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is under pressure to show Wall Street the company can deliver growth — and a higher stock price — on its own.

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Vice Adds Adrianne Jeffries

Adrianne Jeffries is joining Vice as managing editor of its Motherboard tech sites. Jeffries was most recently a reporter for The Verge. She previously worked for The New York Observer, where she helped found its tech site BetaBeat.

“There’s great tech reporting out there, and then there’s everything else,” wrote Motherboard’s editor, Derek Mead, in a memo. “I’ll put it bluntly: The echo chamber of endless blathering about press releases, rumors, and tweets from semi-notable entities is a waste of fucking time. And while she can put it far more eloquently than I, the fact that Adrianne holds a similar vision makes me rather excited for our future.”

Jeffries joins Vice tomorrow.

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