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Morning Media Newsfeed: Journalist Freed in Syria | WaPo Editorials Stop Using ‘Redskins’

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Kidnapped U.S. Journalist Freed in Syria (Al Jazeera)
An American journalist kidnapped nearly two years ago has been freed in Syria following Qatari mediation and handed over to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights. TVNewser Peter Theo Curtis, an author and freelance journalist from Massachusetts, had been held by Jabhat Al-Nusrah, an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. He was captured shortly after crossing into Syria in October 2012. Mashable Curtis writes under the name Theo Padnos, and had published two books, including Undercover Muslim: A Journey Into Yemen. Curtis was originally based in Boston and Vermont, and later worked as a journalist in Yemen, where he became interested in the stories of young Muslim men moving to the U.S. to study Islam. WSJ His family said while it didn’t know the exact terms of their son’s release, they were assured by Qatari officials “that they were mediating for Theo’s release on a humanitarian basis,” without paying ransom. Mediaite Video of Curtis was disseminated in late June, showing the journalist disheveled but otherwise in good health. Curtis’ release comes just days after ISIS posted video showing the execution of captured American journalist James Foley.

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NY Times Publishes Odd Vogue Facts

vogue-logo-editAnna Wintour has had her iconic haircut since she was 15 years old and Reese Witherspoon posed with a skunk for a June 2003 photo spread.

That’s just two of the fun items in The New York Times’Vogue by The Numbers” feature. Below are a few more of our favorites, but click through to enjoy the entire piece.

    • $200,000 — rumored annual “clothing allowance” given to Wintour
    • 26 — number of times Lauren Hutton has graced the cover, the most ever
    • 37 — number of years Edna Woolman Chase served as Vogue’s editor-in-chief, making her the glossy’s longest tenured editor
    • 29 (and counting) — years Wintour has served as editor

Flawless Lupita Nyong’o is Flawless on Vogue Cover

Lupita Nyong’o has landed what promises to be the first of many Vogue covers. And, of course, she looks amazing. The 31-year-old actress was photographed by Mikael Jansson.

In the accompanying profile, Nyong’o was lavished with plenty of praise. While that’s not surprising, we were taken aback when Nyong’o expressed admiration for Star Wars’ R2-D2 and C-3PO.

“They just resonated with me,” she explained. “Being able to convey emotions with just a few digital sounds — it speaks of good storytelling.” Uh, sure! Whatever. She’s great. She can like Jabba the Hutt for all we care.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Angelou Dies at 86 | Williams Interviews Snowden | Amazon Talks Hatchette Dispute

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Medal of Freedom Recipient Maya Angelou Dies at 86 (FishbowlDC)
Poet and author Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, according to her literary agent Helen Brann. Angelou received the country’s highest civilian honor — the Medal of Freedom — in 2011 from President Obama, and is most widely known for her award-winning memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. NYT The cause of death was not immediately known, but Brann said Angelou had been frail for some time and had heart problems. GalleyCat In addition to writing, Angelou proved to be an accomplished Renaissance woman who worked as an activist, entertainer, streetcar conductor, magazine editor, college professor and lecturer. CNN Angelou’s legacy is twofold. She leaves behind a body of important artistic work that influenced several generations. But the 86-year-old was praised by those who knew her as a good person, a woman who pushed for justice and education and equality. In her full life, she wrote staggeringly beautiful poetry. She also wrote a cookbook and was nominated for a Tony. Reuters Literary and entertainment figures, politicians and fans mourned her passing on Wednesday. Obama said his sister, Maya, was named for the author, whom he called “a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who frequently threw lavish birthday parties for Angelou and considered her a mentor, said she would remember her friend most for how she lived her life. “She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace,” Winfrey said.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Poses Naked for Vogue Spain

Hey, you like soccer, right? No, of course you don’t. It’s a terrible sport. Still, you can appreciate Cristiano Ronaldo as an athlete. And — if you’re into this type of thing — you can also enjoy Ronaldo’s naked bod on the cover of the latest Vogue Spain.

Ronaldo and his child-like nipples were photographed by Mario Testino. Standing in front of Ronaldo is Irina Shayk, his fiancee. Feel free to zoom in on the cover as you deem necessary.

Grandma Hillary | Trump Option | Nashville LP

HardChoicesCoverGalleyCat: An excerpt from Hillary Clinton‘s memoir Hard Choices posted on Mother’s Day by Vogue has generated mountains of media coverage. The becoming-a-grandma passage bodes well for the book as a whole and comes with the added bonus of Clinton reading it aloud via SoundCloud.

AllTwitter: It’s not quite as satisfying as flying in a private jet to a far-flung luxury destination. But Twitter users will soon have the consolation-power to mute Donald Trump.

Lost Remote: The producers of Nashville are set on Wednesday to reveal their choice of the winning fan-created album cover for Connie Britton‘s character. ABC executive director of marketing Ben Blatt says it’s part of an effort to keep #Nashies fully engaged.

[Jacket cover courtesy: Simon & Schuster]

Morning Media Newsfeed: NBC Secures Olympics | AOL Earnings Fall Flat | Horowitz to Today

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NBC Secures Olympics Through 2032 (TVSpy)
NBCUniversal has acquired the rights to the Olympic Games through 2032. The new deal, valued at $7.65 billion, is the longest U.S. Olympic sports rights agreement in history. TVNewser NBC adds to the three Olympics it secured in an earlier deal: 2016 in Rio, 2018 in Pyeongchang and 2020 in Tokyo, with six more Summer and Winter Olympics through 2032, the host cities of which have not yet been selected. Adweek The deal comes as a major surprise on the week before the broadcast upfront presentations, as rival media outlets appeared to have been altogether unaware that negotiations were in the works. In fact, several sources confirmed that no other networks were so much as invited to bid for the package. This was by design, said IOC president Thomas Bach. Reuters The IOC did not approach ESPN, a network spokesman said, and neither were Fox nor CBS. The agreement includes media rights across broadcast television, cable TV, Internet and mobile platforms. NBC and rival networks have been stocking up on live sports content, which are popular with advertisers because large audiences watch in real-time and do not skip the TV commercials. Mashable NBC has become a player in the live sports industry in recent years, signing deals for the U.S. rights to the English Premier League, the National Hockey League and Sunday night NFL games. The Olympics are an expensive property, but NBC claims that it has been able to turn a profit on them. The price tag for the most recent deal is $1.4 billion more than the previous one.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Court Torn Over Aereo | Time Inc. Board Revealed | Comcast Gains Soar

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Supreme Court Justices Express Concern Over Scope of Aereo Ruling (TVNewser)
While hearing oral arguments from attorneys representing the broadcast networks and Aereo Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court justices “appeared unsure” how to rule in the case. Reuters Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, could be forced to shut down if the court rules for the companies challenging the startup. A win for Aereo could spur innovation in the television industry by paving the way to new, cheaper ways for consumers to watch shows. A decision is due by the end of June. Bloomberg Hearing arguments Tuesday in Washington, some justices suggested they viewed Aereo as violating broadcaster copyrights by using thousands of dime-sized antennas to get over-the-air signals without paying fees. “There’s no technological reason for you to have 10,000 dime-sized antennas other than to get around the copyright laws?” Chief Justice John Roberts asked. At the same time, the hour-long hearing didn’t clearly indicate the likely outcome, as justices including Stephen Breyer repeatedly asked whether a ruling favoring the broadcasters would imperil the cloud computing business. Variety Some of the justices on Tuesday suggested that they faced a challenge in defining just what Aereo is, and drawing a line on where privately used consumer technology ends and a publicly performing service begins. The Washington Post Aereo argued that its thousands of antennas are essentially rented to subscribers of its $8-a-month service for users to pull programs from the public airwaves legally and then store in Internet server files to watch at their convenience. In that way, it is just a mediator, the company argued, with consumers in control of how they use the company’s antennas and storage files for pulling and recording programs from the airwaves. Most of the arguments, which lasted more than an hour, were focused on the justice’s queries about the definition of public and private performances in copyright law and how Aereo differs from cable, satellite and other Internet video firms that pay broadcasters retransmission and other license fees.

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Vogue Makes Changes Ahead of Website Revamp

vogue-logo-editVogue is beefing up its web presence in advance of vogue.com’s revamp.

WWD reports that the new site will debut in September, during New York Fashion Week. How fashionable! Or whatever.

Regarding those staffing changes, here are the details so far:

 

Condé Nast Sued Over Vogue KimYe Cover Shoot Video

Vogue is certainly getting plenty of headlines out of its Kanye West/Kim Kardashian cover. Even if not all of them are positive. The latest news? The magazine is being sued over a song played during the behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

According to The New York Daily News, Ricky Spicer — an artist who sued West last year for using his voice without permission on West’s song Bound 2 — is now going after Condé Nast.

In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Spicer claimed that his voice is heard five times during the Vogue video, which is playing Bound 2. “Mr. Spicer’s voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44 percent of the vocals,” the filing said.

The lawsuit said that Condé didn’t obtain permission to use Spicer’s voice, so he’s suing for unspecified damages.

At least Condé knows that the KimYe issue is selling well. That might help take the sting out of this lawsuit.

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