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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Premieres Talk Show Tuesday (HuffPost)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's new talk show will debut on Russian television on April 17, the organization announced. Assange has wrapped up shooting for 12 episodes of "The World Tomorrow," according to a statement posted by WikiLeaks online. NY Mag / Daily Intel Tuesday, 500 days after a PayPal-Mastercard-Visa boycott crippled his WikiLeaks organization, Julian Assange's face will be beamed onto the television screens of almost half a billion people (and streamed online by countless others). TVNewser The organization says the first guest is "notorious" and "controversial." THR The show's goal is "to capture and present some of this revolutionary spirit to a global audience," said Assange. "My own work with WikiLeaks hasn't exactly made my life easier, but it has given us a platform to broadcast world-shifting ideas." Forbes / Mixed Media The show's theme music was written by Sri Lankan hip hop star M.I.A. Gawker Here's the dubstep-y trailer for Julian Assange's new talk show.

Television Broadcasters Among Top 10 Worst Jobs (TVNewser)
CareerCast has released its annual list of best and worst professions, and the news is not good for television folk. NYT / Media Decoder CareerCast included hundreds of jobs in its annual ranking and decided that being a newspaper reporter was the fifth-worst job in the land. Being a dishwasher and a taxi driver rated as better occupations.

IATSE And AMPTP Reach Agreement (
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a tentative three-year agreement. B&C The new agreement includes a $1 per hour increase in employee contributions to the health plan, a 20 percent increase, but those plans will not be reduced. The agreement also includes 2 percent per year pay increases. NYT / Media Decoder Historically, Hollywood's craft unions have enjoyed generous health benefits, the cost of which was partly underwritten by the contribution of their so-called "residuals" payments from the sale of films and shows on DVDs and in other markets. But the financial underpinning of the health and pension plans weakened, as DVD sales declined, and benefits grew more costly.

CBS CEO Paid Nearly $70 Million (WSJ)
CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves received total compensation valued at $69.9 million in 2011, up from $57.7 million the year before, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Moonves' compensation included a base salary of $3.5 million, plus a $27.5 million bonus, $8.5 million in stock awards, and $27.3 million in option awards. Deadline New York The CEO's $69.9M package makes him by far the highest paid media CEO for the year among companies that have already filed their annual proxy statements. THR In 1995, Leslie Moonves, then president of Warner Bros. Television, left behind Friends and ER to join hitless CBS. As the entertainment president, he would be charged with turning around a network wallowing in fourth place as rival NBC sat comfortably at No. 1. What happened next has become TV legend.

Fox News Mole Tells Howard Kurtz He Wanted To Leave But Got 'Blackballed' At Other Networks (Mediaite)
Joe Muto, the "Fox News Mole," sat down for an appearance with Howard Kurtz that aired on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday to recount his tales of working at Fox and explain why he went rogue. Yahoo! News / The Cutline "I think it's pretty safe to say my career in cable news is over," Muto told Howard Kurtz. "I don't foresee anyone outside of Current TV hiring me." TVNewser Muto worked on one of Fox's opinion shows, The O'Reilly Factor, not one of the news shows. This, he says, made him persona non grata at other networks.

Chris Wallace Shares New Memories Of His Father (TVNewser)
As 60 Minutes begins its hour-long look at the life and work of founding correspondent Mike Wallace, Wallace's son Chris shared his own thoughts on his father Sunday morning on Fox News Sunday. Politico Wallace kicked off Fox News Sunday by thanking everyone who sent his family notes on his father's death. "Some of you had met my dad for a moment, some had watched him on television for years. But he meant something to you and your notes meant so much to me," he said.

Winners To Watch For When Pulitzer Prizes Are Announced Monday (Poynter)
With its once-plentiful Pulitzer Prize juror leaks now plugged, handicapping the year's premier journalism awards is harder these days. The Pulitzer Prizes The 2012 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists will be announced on April 16, 2012 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time.

Report: One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet (TechCrunch)
Internet adoption among U.S. adults increased rapidly from the mid-'90s to about 2005. Since then, though, the number of adult Internet users has remained almost stable at around 75 to 80 percent. The Pew Internet & American Life Project's latest poll shows that this trend continued in 2011. FishbowlLA Of that one in five, half don't go online because "they don't think the Internet is relevant to them." That equals 30 million Americans who don't think that newfangled Internetz is worth all the hubbub.

The Picture Told The Whole Story (E&P)
Kristyna Wentz-Graff, her Milwaukee Journal Sentinel press credentials dangling from her neck, snapped a series of shots of about 50 Occupy protesters marching near campus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Wentz-Graff, a petite, 4-foot-11-inch, 100-pound, 41-year-old woman, paid scant attention to the sudden line of police rushing past her. She was a veteran of other raucous protests in Wisconsin and thought she knew how to shoot photos without becoming part of the story.

How Small eBooksellers Could Help Break The Amazon-Apple Duopoly (Time / Techland)
It's a scary time for publishers. Last Wednesday, the Department of Justice filed a major antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five big publishers for allegedly price-fixing eBooks. The goal was apparently to prevent Amazon, which dominates the market, from deflating prices of hardcover books by pricing those books' electronic versions as low as $9.99 in order to persuade people to buy its line of Kindle e-readers and its Kindle Fire tablet. Ironically, the antitrust lawsuit could end up creating a monopoly where Amazon dictates all the rules of the game. The question is: Why don't publishers look elsewhere?

News Corp. To Face Phone Hacking Lawsuits In The U.S. (HuffPost)
News Corp. will face three phone hacking-related legal battles in the U.S., according to hacking victims lawyer Mark Lewis.

Brides Refreshes With New Look, Content (Adweek)
Last fall, in the midst of a publisher shakeup across Condé Nast, Brides magazine found itself in the hands of a new publisher -- Michelle Myers, formerly at Lucky -- and a new editor in chief -- Anne Fulenwider, previously the executive editor of Hearst's Marie Claire. Six months later, the pair is gearing up to fully relaunch Brides, updating everything from the magazine's logo to its editorial voice for its May issue. WWD / Memo Pad The magazine is a bit bigger now, the same size as Glamour, Vanity Fair and Allure.

Aiming For Critical Cred, Cable Nets Queue Up Scripted Shows (AdAge / MediaWorks)
In hopes of creating the next Mad Men, History, Bravo, E! Entertainment, BBC America and Hallmark Channel are among the cable networks trying their hand at scripted programming for the first time.

R.L. Stine Publishes The Brave Kid Horror Story On Twitter (GalleyCat)
R.L. Stine, the author of the popular Goosebumps horror series for kids, gave his nearly 49,000-plus Twitter followers another free story Friday afternoon.

50 Years Ago Today, Walter Cronkite Signed On (TVNewser)
Hard to imagine, but there have only been five anchors of the CBS Evening News (six if you count the pairing of Dan Rather and Connie Chung). And it was 50 years ago today, that the original went on the air. Walter Cronkite with the News debuted on April 16, 1962 as a 15-minute newscast.

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