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Posts Tagged ‘Good Morning America’

Judy Smith Talks About ‘Scandal’

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Judy Smith, the inspiration for the new Kerry Washington program Scandal about a D.C. crisis expert, gave an interview this morning with Good Morning America.

Among the long list of scandal-plagued clients she’s worked with was Monica Lewinsky. When asked if she was the one who turned over that infamous blue dress, Smith refused comment. However, she did say that she was squarely focused on whether Lewinsky would go to prison “and making sure that never happens.”

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‘The Hunger Games’ is Officially Everywhere

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The Hunger Games is in full effect! Our nerd heart is all a-flutter.

So in case you’re not cool, the new film based on the mega-popular dystopian teen novel of the same name, is opening around the world next Friday. But before that can happen, everyone is riding the wave of anticipation.

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Revolving Door: ‘NYT’s Shadid, MSNBC & Pat Buchanan, and More

Sad news to report (we have too much of that lately): The New York Times’ Anthony Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize winner covering events in Syria, died yesterday of an asthma attack. He was 43 years old. The Times has more detail.

Pat Buchanan and MSNBC have “parted ways.” Buchanan, a conservative political commentator, had been suspended for the past four months after the publication of his book Suicide of a Superpower, which many called racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic. MSNBC president Phil Griffin said the book should not “be part of the national dialogue.” Buchanan says it’s a win for blacklisters. He’s also said this.

Crazy news to report (we’ve had a little of that as well): Nancy Grace went on Good Morning America this week in a wrong-headed attempt to defend her implications earlier this week that Whitney Houston’s death wasn’t an accident. Despite Dan Abrams’ voice of reason, Grace refused to see the error of her ways. [via TVNewser]

CNN has canceled a March 1 Republican debate after Mitt Romney and Ron Paul decided not to participate. [via Yahoo News]

In other CNN news, the network has broken up with Larry King.

The MSG Network is heading back to Time Warner Cable. Thanks Jeremy Lin! (And Gov. Cuomo.)

Click through for more media changes.

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Lady Gaga Goes to Barney’s for the Holidays

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Madison Avenue department store Barney’s has turned over its fifth floor to Lady Gaga, creating a Gaga-inspired wonderland of hair bows, strange stocking stuffers, special edition books, and other items all related to the wacky world of the Lady.

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Movie Trailer Releases Are Just as Big As the Movie Premiere

Oh yes yes yay and yes. The Hunger Games trailer made its debut this morning on Good Morning America and all forms of media have been buzzing like a hornet’s nest about it. The clip makes it clear that this movie is going to rock the house just as hard as the books did. But in general, the movie trailer, once that little snippet that you were happy to miss while standing in line for popcorn at the theater has now become a much-anticipated thing thanks to the Web.

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Will the Yahoo!/ABC News Partnership Change Your Media Strategy?

ABC News brought out the big guns this morning — Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, George Stephanopoulos, and more — to announce an enhanced partnership between ABC News and Yahoo! on Good Morning America. According to the press release, ABC News and Yahoo! News editorial teams will be working together to create “premium content” and cover big news events; there will be new original Web series, including “Newsmakers,” which launches today with an interview between President Obama and Stephanopoulos at 2:35 ET; and Good Morning America now has a co-branded website.

It’s been noted already across the media that Yahoo! and ABC News partnered more than a decade ago, but the partnership was dubbed “brand new” during the announcement this morning. Yahoo News has more unique visitors than any other website, The New York Times says.

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‘GMA’ Producer: ‘The Bar Is High for What Will Air’

“The TV moment that people will think about afterwards” helps determine what will appear on talk shows, according to Patty Neger, coordinating producer at Good Morning America.

She was a panelist at the Publicity Club of New York event on Thursday about pitching morning and daytime TV talk shows.

Neger advised thinking of “the visual ways to tell stories in terms of videos, photos and graphics, since it’s not just talking heads.” The GMA anchors are also active on social networks, so she suggested including social media tie-ins with the pitch.

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Ark Music Factory and ‘GMA’ Try to Orchestrate a Viral Hit

The people behind the insanely popular viral video “Friday”, Ark Music Factory, have partnered with Good Morning America to find and launch the next viral music artist.

In a series of GMA stories called “One Week to Hit It Big,” the show is following the selected viral-star-to-be, 14-year-old Lexi St. George, as she charts her path to possible infamy with help from the music company.

St. George was chosen after auditions at local malls were held. In the first clip, seen here, she’s recording the song that Ark Music Factory founder Patrice Wilson co-wrote and produced called “Dancing to the Rhythm.” The video for the song will air on Thursday.

Is it a guaranteed viral hit?

*Update: The video is after the jump.

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Lady Gaga Shares the PR Love

The Gaga PR machine rolls on. Literally. The woman zip-lined her way onto the stage this morning on Good Morning America. GMA wisely promoted a hashtag for the visit, #BornThisGMA, which is trending.

According to ABC News, Gaga’s new album “Born This Way” is expected to sell 800,000 copies in the first week and she has four songs on the Top 40 charts.

Billboard is actually predicting sales of one million copies this week, thanks in part to Amazon, which is re-jump-starting its promo, selling the album for 99 cents and giving customers free 20 GBs of cloud music storage with the purchase.

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Chris Brown Has A Meltdown. Can PR Come to His Rescue?

Chris Brown made a cringe-worthy appearance today on Good Morning America that, according to TMZ, ended with Brown breaking a window, ripping off his shirt, and confronting a segment producer.

Brown had been there to promote his new album “F.A.M.E.,” which GMA‘s Robin Roberts points out in the interview (available via TVNewser) is doing well. He left before taping another performance that was meant to appear on the ABC website, essentially cutting off his nose to spite his face if, as he stresses over and over, he’s there to promote his album.

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