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Former Yahoo COO Banks $58 Million Severance Package

moneyIf you’ve ever been laid off from a job, you’re familiar with getting a nice little severance package of several weeks and eligibility for COBRA benefits and unemployment.

Unless you’re the former chief operating officer of Yahoo, Henrique de Castro. Here’s why: reports are circulating that he’s banking on a $58 million severance package for a job he held for merely 15 months! Read more

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Jenny McCarthy Reveals ‘Stirring the Pot’ Advice & Reacts to Barbara Walters’ Retirement: ‘I Am So Sad’

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Photo credit: Rob Loud

On Friday during lunchtime we were among the attendees at The Bryant Park Hotel as The View co-host Jenny McCarthy introduced Vemma Renew, a ready-to-drink beverage by the Vemma Nutrition Company.

We sat down with the actress, best-selling author and activist to find out more about her new book, Stirring the Pot, which drops on May 6 and her reaction to the recent news of Barbara Walters’ May 16 retirement date. Read more

LinkedIn CEO Ranks Number One Boss in New Glassdoor Survey

ribbonIf you could rate the CEO of your company, what percentage would you give him or her?

Per a new Glassdoor survey, Jeff Weiner, the CEO at LinkedIn has brought in a 100 percent approval rating! His employees voluntarily and anonymously posted feedback on Glassdoor and consequently rated him as the highest chief executive officer in their 2014 survey.

According to results and employee reviews, he’s known for complete transparency and clear communications. Per a CBS News piece, in December he told Knowledge@Wharton, “For me, leadership is the ability to inspire others to achieve shared objectives. For me, that’s the entire difference between leaders and managers. Managers tell people what to do. Leaders inspire them to do it.”

As for the next CEO on the list? That’s Alan Mulally from Ford. He snagged a 97 percent approval rating and has been praised for cultivating communications between various groups to work more cohesively as a team. ” Read more

Shepard Smith, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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Shepard Smith has been a part of Fox News since there has been a Fox News. But the longtime anchor took on a new challenge late last year: hosting a high-octane newscast from a futuristic (yet functional) studio without compromising the mission: report the news, first and fair. So, what does that take to accomplish every day?

In the first edition of the MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Smith and his team take us behind the scenes of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Look for upcoming episodes of “What’s Your Show?” from MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. And to watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Joe Ruffolo, SVP of ABC News Digital, Offers His Best Career Advice

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For the next installment of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, we talked to Joe Ruffolo, senior vice president of ABC News Digital. His job encompasses everything from overseeing ABC News online’s various mobile properties and live streams to the site’s social media presence.

In a recent mediabistrotv interview, Ruffolo shared his best career advice: “You have to do well at what you’re doing now, and what you’ve been given — especially when you’re just starting in this profession. And when I look at people even in grade school and high school and college, people who can shoot and edit and all the technology understanding that they have… I think [they] have an incredibly bright future.”

Check out the video below for more from Ruffolo, including an important lesson he learned as an intern.

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Fired PR Executive Issues Apology Regarding Her Tweet: ‘I Am Ashamed’

new_twitter_logoWe can’t even imagine what was going through Justine Sacco’s head on Friday when she tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

We have no words. Seriously.

The senior director of corporate communications working for Barry Diller’s company, IAC, was promptly dismissed. Per her LinkedIn profile, she was promoted to that position in July. Prior to that, she served as director of corporate communications since September 2011. Read more

How Hamish Hamilton Prepares for Live Events: ‘I’ve Learned How To Control My Energy’

HamishHamiltonHamish Hamilton has directed many incredible live events throughout his career. The 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Super Bowl XLVII, the 2012 London Olympics — the list goes on…

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hamilton explains that it’s not all fun and games. He describes the days and months (sometimes years!) it takes to bring these elaborate productions to life, and how he manages to pull it off:

The rehearsal days are intense, long, demanding, physically exhausting, mentally exhausting. You have to make very big decisions quite quickly. I try to get a lot of sleep. It’s crucial to be mentally fit on show day. That said, I normally put in between 14- and 16-hour work days. Having done so many diverse projects, I’ve learned how to control my energy so that I’ve got enough left for the live shows — the last thing you want is to show up to direct a live show being completely and utterly exhausted. That’s really where you need to make lighting-shot decisions.

To hear more about Hamilton’s career, read: So What Do You Do, Hamish Hamilton, Director Of Some Of The World’s Biggest Televised Events?

ABC’s Jonathan Karl Talks About Covering a Tough Beat Like The White House

How does a top network reporter break through the official White House talking points? ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl has been busy trying — and in the process has gotten into it twice over the last month with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, including just yesterday.

In this installment of Media Beat, Karl had some good advice for budding journalists looking to cover a tough beat like the White House. His advice? Go back to the basics: Be aggressive while pursuing the story, develop your sources, be fair and do your best to be objective.

Karl also revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits from campaign 2012. You might be surprised to know how little Karl saw candidate Mitt Romney—even when flying on the same plane.

Alex Trebek & Deborah Norville Share Insight for Career Climbers at Hall of Fame Awards

ladderIn our other piece today, we interviewed CEOs and executives for their advice for making it big in the industry spanning decades.

Well, in this piece we’ll focus on on-air talent in the press room with our exclusive interviews with Alex Trebek, one of last night’s honorees at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards, and Inside Edition host Deborah Norville.

If you want a long career in broadcasting, better yet game show hosting, Trebek is certainly the man to share advice. He’s hosted Jeopardy! since 1984 and even before that he hosted The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers and Pitfalls. He revealed:

“First of all, get a college education, then pay your dues, work your way up, start at the bottom. Start in radio or in small magazines if you want to pursue a career in that side of the business but if you want to be in front of the camera, pay your dues, work hard and then pray to God that an opening comes up in the area in which you are able to demonstrate some skills. You can be the best game show host in the world but if nobody’s producing game shows, you’re unemployed.” Read more

What’s Next for Scott Moore After Working for Deepak and Oprah

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Scott E. Moore wears many hats. He’s a filmmaker, musician, journalist and entrepreneur. He worked for MTV and VH1, produced five solo albums, started his own production agency and served as the creative director of TheVisualMD, a site that provides visual medical information.

Moore’s latest gig involved yet another creative endeavor — composing two hours of music for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey‘s 21-Day Meditation Challenge. In the latest Mediabistro feature, Moore tells what it was like to score music for two of the most famous people in the world, and what’s next in his varied career:

So what’s next on your agenda?
My own agency and a colleague of mine, Eric Feldman, we’re creating a passion project. Imagine an hour-long documentary on a fascinating individual [that's] only five minutes long. That individual is someone you know who you feel the world should know. The subject of one documentary is our friend Ray Levier, an amazing musician who found his passion for drums after surviving a serious fire [during] his childhood.

These videos aren’t released yet, but at the end of the year we are going to launch our site with five profiles and a profile about the project. Some of the characters are quirky and some have a lot of talent and some are just these beautiful human beings. [Eric and I] thought if we were going to make something for ourselves to showcase what we’re capable of, tell stories we’re passionate about and try to do some good in this world, this would be it.

To learn more about Moore’s diverse career, read: Hey, How’d You “Score” That Job with Deepak and Oprah, Filmmaker Scott E. Moore?

– Aneya Fernando

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