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The Tonight Show Trims Staff as Jay Leno Takes Pay Cut NBC News / AP
The Tonight Show has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting host Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses. Detroit Free-Press An anonymous source told the AP that the payroll purge has affected about 10 percent of the roughly 200 people who work on The Tonight Show, still the top-rated late-night program. The Telegraph Reports claimed that Leno, who was paid between $25-$30 million a year, has accepted a pay reduction to save the jobs of other members of his staff. According to Business Insider, Leno's salary will drop to $20 million a year. BBC News While the show remains the most watched late night show in the US, it struggles to make any money, according to experts inside the industry. The Daily Beast So which late-night hosts are overpaid, and which are delivering the most bang for their network’s bucks?

Top Gun director Tony Scott, Younger Brother of Ridley Scott, Kills Himself By Jumping Off Los Angeles Bridge, Authorities Say New York Daily News
Tony Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning Los Angeles Harbor and jumped "without hesitation," plunging 185 feet to his death, officials said. Boston Herald / AP It was a puzzling end for a filmmaker who had maintained a busy pace, with a sequel to Top Gun, his biggest hit, in the works. Forbes Tony Scott directed a long list of commercially successful and artistically acclaimed films, each with box office receipts in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He directed the Hunger, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State and Spy Game. E! The sudden death of filmmaker Tony Scott has hit Hollywood hard. After hearing of his apparent suicide, celebs have gone to Twitter to offer their condolences for the late director. Los Angeles Times / Movies Now One of the first directors to make the transition from commercials to features, he helmed movies including Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and Unstoppable and served as producer or executive producer on many other movies, including this summer’s Prometheus, directed by his older brother, Ridley Scott. Indiewire / The Playlist The filmmaker had been circling numerous projects in recent years, including crime thriller Potsdamer Platz, and a big screen version of 24, while it's believed that he'd been gearing up for work on a sequel to his breakthrough film Top Gun, which would have reunited him with Tom Cruise. FishbowlLA There’s no better way to remember the soft-spoken kinetic genius of Tony Scott than to watch a half-hour interview he gave to Movie City News' David Poland at the end of last year.

Hulu CEO Faces Big Changes Variety
"Outline transition plan for new CEO. Discuss potential candidates and process." These sentences are the topmost bullet points of a confidential internal memo regarding the business of Hulu obtained by Variety. Fortune Surprised? You shouldn't be. Since Hulu first helped broadcast programming escape the prison of the TV set five years ago, the Los Angeles-based venture has been on a tear. GigaOm Hulu's corporate parents are set to buy out their co-owner Providence Equity Partners by September, and the deal could trigger numerous changes to the site. The report suggests that the Providence buy-out could lead to a number of licensing changes, which could in turn lead to Hulu losing exclusivity for some of its content.

Obama Rep Stephanie Cutter: "People, Entertainment Tonight Are As Important As Political Media HuffPost
Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter defended the president's interviews with entertainment news outlets yesterday, amidst growing criticism over his accessibility to the political press. CBS News Obama has done a number of interviews with local TV news reporters in the various markets where he's been campaigning and has come under criticism for recently doing interviews with outlets such as ESPN, People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight and radio shows instead of taking questions from more hard news outlets. The Hill / Hill Tube On CNN’s State of the Union, Cutter dismissed suggestions those interviews were more important to the campaign than national news media but said they had a valuable role in the president’s messaging.

The Politics Behind The Debate Moderator Choices TVNewser
The New York Times' Brian Stelter has a great item examining the politics behind the selection of Presidential debate moderators.

Condé Nast Invests in Digital Advertising Company Flite NYT / Media Decoder
Condé Nast, the high-end magazine publisher, will announce today that it is joining the cloud. The company will go from being a client of the digital advertising company Flite to owning about 11 percent of it.

Caroline Manzo of Real Housewives of New Jersey Has Book Deal The Washington Post / AP
Real Housewife Caroline Manzo wants to tell it straight. The brash star of Real Housewives of New Jersey has a deal for Let Me Tell You Something, in which she will give life lessons on family, friendship and long-term happiness.

Obama Opens Up to Moneyball Writer for Vanity Fair NYT / The Caucus
The White House has granted Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Moneyball and The Big Short, extensive access to President Obama for an article in the October issue of Vanity Fair. Politico / Dylan Byers The article will pop in early-to-mid September, right around the time Bob Woodward's new book on Obama's handling of the economy, The Price of Politics, hits the bookshelves.

App Developers: Stop Abusing Push! TechCrunch
Mobile app developers are abusing push notifications and it has to stop. Although it's widely understood that it's not an effective strategy to continually ping users with non-critical updates, app developers can’t seem to help themselves to the free marketing channel that is the opt-in push.

Nascar Seeks to Woo Latinos With Fox Deportes Agreement NYT / Media Decoder
Nascar dads and Hispanics could be seen as being on opposite sides of the political fence, but that has not stopped Nascar from reaching an agreement with Fox Deportes, the Spanish-language cable sports channel, to broadcast 15 races starting in February.

At Condé Nast, Social Sharing Is Always in Style Adweek
With the virtual focus group Style Society, Vogue's publisher mines consumer intel from 2,000 fashion-focused females.

Why McDonald's Canada Social Media Success Worked for the US Ad Age
Arguably McDonald's biggest social media success has come from the burger chain's Canadian division -- but the one of the biggest beneficiaries has been the US, thanks to the borderless nature of the web.

The Adweek Talent 100: A Portfolio of the Most Popular Work of Graphic Designers, Artists, Photographers and More Adweek
In our annual Talent 100, we spotlight the best work of illustrators, designers, art directors and other creatives as determined by visitors of’s Talent Gallery and our own editors and creative team.

Warner Bros Film Group Finalizing New PR Job For News Corp Publicist Jack Horner Deadline Hollywood
His deal isn’t signed yet and his job isn’t titled yet. But Warner Bros Motion Picture Group is in final negotiations to hire News Corp's VP of Corporate Affairs and Communications Jack Horner.

Myanmar: Government Ends Censorship Of Local Media HuffPost / AP
Myanmar's government said today it would no longer censor local media outlets, the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation.

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