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CNN Looking to air ‘Political Jeopardy!’ … and Other News From Hacked Sony Emails

FrancoRogenRacially-charged emails regarding Barack Obama, criticism of mega-stars, including Angelina Jolie and Adam Sandler, and private financial documents have already been revealed as a result of the Sony Pictures hack. Now the drama is impacting the news media… and we’re not just talking about CNN possibly getting into game shows.

Academy and Emmy-award winning writer Aaron Sorkin went on the “Today” show this morning to discuss his New York Times op-ed criticizing the media for reporting on the leaks.

It’s ironic, because Sorkin’s op-ed will get anyone up-to-speed on all the leaked data, even if they’ve been living under a rock since the story broke. Now Gawker has taken it a step further, leaking the scene from “The Interview,” in which Kim Jong-un is assassinated. Gawker’s Heather Dietrick, says the less than :30 clip is “squarely protected by the First Amendment.”

Over on “Good Morning America” this morning Seth Rogen and James Franco talked about the controversial film. Both star in “The Interview.” Rogen is also co-director and has a story credit. They say the movie satirizes American culture and the news media just as much as it does North Korea’s leadership. Read more

Anderson Cooper, Robin Meade Profile ‘Extraordinary People’

peopleCNNCNN’s Anderson Cooper and HLN’s Robin Meade will take a look back at the inspiring stories of five notable people tomorrow night at 9 pm ET on CNN.

“Extraordinary People” will touch on the folks behind 2014′s most talked about events. The hour-long special will also feature Don Lemon and senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, who sit-down with the profiled.

Canada’s sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, veteran helicopter pilot Gary Dahlen, NBA player Kevin Durant and nursing student Fatu Kekula will be featured as part of the special report.

Check out a preview, after the jump… Read more

CNN Spokesman Rips MSNBC Via Twitter

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic took to Twitter this afternoon, to go after MSNBC’s new digital destination the shift. Dornic oversees the PR strategy for CNN Digital, which, earlier this month, announced it would be expanding its web series beyond covering politics.

“We’re flattered by the attention,” an MSNBC insider tells TVNewser. “Admittedly, we’re a little surprised by his defensiveness, but, hey, #shifthappens.”

Anderson Cooper ‘Hoping for the Best’ on NYE When It Comes to Kathy Griffin

Anderson Cooper Times SquareFamiliar faces will host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage for the eighth consecutive year. “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” airs Dec. 31 from 9pm to 12:30amET as 2015 is celebrated from NYC’s Times Square.

Expecting her usual high jinks, Cooper said, ”I’ve given up asking Kathy to watch what she says. There’s no point. I’m just hoping for the best.”

Kathy Griffin added, “I’m sorry to report Anderson Cooper will not be my attaché for New Year’s Eve this year on CNN. His vulgarity and crossing the line humor has proven to be too much for my virgin ears.”

CNN correspondents will also report live from celebrations across the globe, including London, Moscow, Beijing and Calcutta. Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon will be live from New Orleans Pamela Brown from Memphis, Gary Tuchman will cover the Crab Drop in Easton, MD and Richard Quest has the tough assignment of reporting from a cruise ship off Bahamas.

Drew Griffin Wins Prestigious NPF Award

griffin.drewCNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin has been awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress by the National Press Foundation.

Griffin receives the honor for his year-long coverage titled, “Congress for Sale,” on “Anderson Cooper 360.” The series focuses on the growing obsession with fundraising by members of congress.

NPF judges issues the following statement:

Drew Griffin produced a profound series of pieces illuminating the dark side of elected officials and big business. It succinctly explained how members of Congress abuse enormous amounts of money for personal gain. It took the veil off the relationship between lobbyists, politicians, and the town they work in.

CNN Security Analyst Bob Baer Helps Tiny Mountain TV Station Go Big

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Former CIA officer Bob Baer has had plenty to talk about this week. The CNN national security analyst has made about four appearances on CNN shows each day since the release of the Senate report on CIA torture. In each case, whether he’s on “Situation Room” or “Erin Burnett: OutFront,” Baer’s always in the same place: sitting in front of a green screen in a high school in Telluride, Colorado.

“Telluride TV” is a nonprofit media center that produces community access programming, teaches media arts classes, and until this year, was known for its outdated equipment. But a fundraising campaign has brought in more than $38,000–enough to purchase new camera equipment, a multi-camera switcher, and, as the Durango Herald reports, the ability to provide live feeds with CNN’s requirements:

The iconic background scene demonstrates that Telluride can provide professional broadcasting services on short notice, said Katie Karow, executive director of Telluride TV.

Baer approached the station about enhanced facilities, Karow said. The media center’s previous direct-feed capability was too slow for CNN.

The recent expansion of its quarters in Telluride High School gave Telluride sufficient space to install the green screen, a TriCaster that permits multicamera shoots, and an LTN Global Communications video transport, Karow said. CNN suggested LTN because it provides a high-quality feed without delay, Karow said.

Families of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin to Meet on CNN

-dbcd6eb0b040a547On the day the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office released its autopsy report on 12-year-old Tamir Rice–listing his cause of death as homicide–CNN says Rice’s family will appear with the families of Michael BrownEric Garner and Trayvon Martin on “AC360″. The network says it is the first time the four families have sat down together.

A CNN release says the families will discuss “race and justice” with Anderson Cooper. The show airs at 8pmET.

Caption Contest: Cooper Gets Mindful

CNN anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper tries to achieve “mindfulness” on this Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” Scientists say the self-awareness tool is good for the mind and body, but that is being lost to modern distractions, such as cell phones.


Enter your caption below, but remember to keep it clean!

In Profile: Dean, Stelter, Wallace

FOX News Channel senior meteorologist Janice Dean  is featured on the cover of the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Neurology Now. Dean, who is nicknamed both “The Weather Machine” and “Weather Queen” by her FNC colleagues, opens up about her Multiple sclerosis and how Neil Cavuto helped her get through the diagnosis.

When I told Neil that I had MS, he calmed me down and promised I would be okay… When Cavuto decided to go public with his disease, he received the full support of Roger Ailes, president of the FOX News Channel. When Ailes asked Cavuto about the worst case scenario for his MS prognosis, Cavuto said he might someday need a wheelchair. Ailes calmly replied, ‘Then we’ll build a ramp for the set.’

CNN’s Brian Stelter has turned “Reliable Sources” into the smartest Sunday show, according to a new feature on Mediaite. Stelter, who founded TVNewser, discusses booking guests, the blogging generation and catching colleagues off-guard.

Sometimes I’m going to make some of my colleagues uncomfortable. That comes with the territory of reporting on the media. There were times when I had to write about my colleagues at the [New York] Times. I broke the news that Nate Silver was going to ESPN. The Times colleague in me felt really bad, but the media reporter in me felt really good.

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace celebrates his 50th year in media by speaking with Business Insider. Wallace discusses his career and explains why he doesn’t like to have specific plans.

I think you have to make judgments at each [opportunity] as to whether this is the right way to go or the wrong way to go but to sit there and to say, “Here’s where I want to be at that point” — I think you’re setting yourself up for disappointment or frustration because your timeline and the world’s timeline don’t often mesh.

Exclusive: Erin Burnett on Her Show’s Success, And Her Most Surprising Supporter

BurnettEAt CNN, most of the talk in recent months has been about layoffs, the leadership of Jeff Zucker, and, at times, Don Lemon. Shows have been canceled, high profile talent and executives have departed, and after months of turmoil some insiders admit they’re exhausted. A few even describe the mood as grim. So it’s worth mentioning that in one corner of CNN’s Columbus Circle home, where the “Erin Burnett OutFront” show team works, the mood is upbeat. “I love coming to work every day,” Burnett tells TVNewser.

Since her CNN debut three years ago, Burnett has steered clear of the chaos and quietly created something the network has in somewhat short supply–an hour of the nightly lineup–7pm–that is both stable and successful. Last week, “OutFront” had a rare one-day win in the demo over Fox News Channel’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren. Year-to-date, “OutFront” has taken second place from MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews in the demo, and in November, the show boasted a +102% increase in the demo versus 2013, while “Hardball” fell -42%.

Burnett tells TVNewser “OutFront” has matured into a show she enjoys, and that makes the bosses happy. [Disclosure: I was part of the team that launched "Erin Burnett OutFront" in 2011]. “Creating a new show is not easy. You have to learn a lot of things the hard way. Over the past three years, we’ve built this show into an hour we are incredibly proud of…with a team that’s thick as thieves.”

TVNewser confirms Burnett recently signed a new contract that will keep her at CNN for several years–and further remove her from the uncertainty that surrounds other shows and stars at the network. But perhaps most surprisingly, she’s earned the respect and friendship of a very unlikely supporter–her biggest competitor.

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