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From Living Out of His Car To Becoming a Best-Selling Author

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You may know him for his stock-picking strategies, staying ahead of the bulls, and out of the way of the bears. But Jim Cramer‘s big break happened far from Wall Street, in Tallahassee, Florida, at a sorority house, which became the scene of a grisly crime at the hands of a notorious serial killer.

Following his humble start as a newspaper reporter, along the way Cramer became a magazine writer, a lawyer, a hedge-fund manager, an online publisher and a best-selling author. And he did it all while honoring his parents’ wishes. Here’s Jim Cramer’s First Big Break.

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Cubes: A ‘Better’ Look at Meredith

The MediabistroTV crew got an inside look at Meredith’s Midtown Manhattan lair. While Meredith owns 12 local TV Stations, it also publishes magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and Fitness, and produces a nationally syndicated lifestyle show called, the “Better Show.”

“Better” co-host Audra Lowe showed off Meredith’s state-of-the-art TV studio that comes complete with a Mohawk red carpet that can withstand the nastiest celebrity spill, a green room the size of some Manhattan apartments and a test kitchen where Meredith’s staff of chefs dream up recipes to rival what mom used to make, only ‘Better.’

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Cubes: VIP Tour of AOL and The Huffington Post

Combine tasty treats, sleek design, and the now famous ‘Sitting Cameramen of Astor Place’ and you get the latest episode of “Cubes.”

In this episode of Cubes, the MediabistroTV crew is invited into the New York Headquarters of AOL and The Huffington Post. Hosted by the founding editor of The Huffington Post and president of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff, the crew visits the cavernous Huffington Post newsroom where hundreds of writers sit keyboard to keyboard under the watchful gaze of Arianna Huffington herself who plays the always gracious hostess by offering up some tasty Greek Christmas cookies. After burning through the sugar high, the guys mingle with the ghosts of journalism past in the HuffPost Live newsroom where live news is served up eight hours a day by tables of writers, producers and editors who always know what time it is in Funkytown.

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Susan Blond: My First Big Break

How many people can say their career launched the day they met Andy Warhol? In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break”, we talk to the legendary Susan Blond, the most famous person you’ve never heard of.

The New York City based PR maven was once the “It Girl” of Warhol’s party playland that was New York in the 70s. Painting, starring in Warhol’s films, appearing in an erotic public access series, being named the first female VP at CBS Records and finally opening her own PR Company, Blond was wild and knew how to network. Selfishly, we at mediabistroTV are also excited that she brought us just two degrees of separation away from Kevin Bacon!

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Spike Lee: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.

While Lee is well-known for his movies, did you know that if it wasn’t for NBA superstar Michael Jordan and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, Lee–and Nike–might not be the icons they have become today? It all came down to a risky commercial shoot.

“So Michael Jordan could easily have said, ‘I can’t take a chance on this young gun, this young boy, just give me the reels of the top guys on Madison Avenue.’ But Michael Jordan didn’t do that,” the Red Hook Summer director recalls. “For some reason, he decided to give me a shot. And the commercial I did with Michael Jordan ended up being some of the greatest campaigns ever in the history of advertising and Nike took off.”

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Cubes: Tour of ABC News Headquarters

Here’s an inside look at ABC News. In this episode of mediabistroTV’s “Cubes,” David Muir, weekend anchor of “World News,” gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the ABC News headquarters.

The ABC complex on Manhattan’s upper west side is home to ABC News, “Live! with Kelly,” and local New York station WABC. Diane Sawyer also makes a cameo in the video (as do her dozens of Emmys).

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Cubes: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of CBS News

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of CBS News. In this episode of mediabistroTV’s “Cubes,” Erica Hill, co-host of “CBS This Morning,” shows us around the CBS Broadcast Center.

Located on Manhattan’s west side, the building is home to the “CBS Evening News,” the iconic CBS news desk, and the brand-new studio and newsroom of “CBS This Morning.”

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David Carr: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” New York Times columnist, and celebrated memoirist, David Carr remembers the first big story of his career.

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Cubes: Check Out IPG’s ‘Desk of the Future’

In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the worldwide headquarters of IPG Mediabrands, the media holding company responsible for $34 billion in global revenue from advertising agencies such as Universal McCann. IPG’s work includes the Geico Gecko and Volkswagen’s pint-sized Darth Vader.

The IPG headquarters is home to a cutting edge media lab full of “Minority Report”-esque marketing technology, and the office includes a high-tech workspace dubbed “the desk of the future” and a skyway stretching 10 stories above the street that was once used by the Gimbels department story, the building’s previous tenant.

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Glenn Beck: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we hear from author, publisher, radio personality and GBTV founder Glenn Beck. While he has found tremendous success across many different forms of media, did you know that he almost left the business to go to cooking school? If it wasn’t for a heart-to-heart conversation with his father, he may never have found his professional voice.

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