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Don’t Forget to RSVP to the TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party

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The TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote party is just two days away! Come join the sites’ editors and your fellow media professionals for a few drinks at Stitch. If you’ve been to one of our parties before, you know they’re a great way to network with other people in the industry. If you haven’t, now’s a great time to start. So RSVP here, and we’ll see you Wednesday.

TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party • Wednesday, November 20 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Stitch Bar & Lounge • 247 W. 37th St (b/t 7th & 8th Ave.)

Come Party With TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote!

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Are you burned out from political coverage after the government shutdown? Looking for a new job in the television industry? Have an anonymous tip that you want to tell us in person? If any of these apply to you, good news: TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote are having a party this month, and you’re invited.

TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party • Wednesday, November 20 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Stitch Bar & Lounge • 247 W. 37th St (b/t 7th & 8th Ave.)

Come join the sites’ editors and your fellow media professionals for a few drinks at Stitch. If you’ve been to one of our parties before, you know they’re a great way to network and connect with other people in the industry. If you haven’t, now’s a great time to start. So RSVP here, and we’ll see you on November 20.

Springsteen’s Guitar and Brian Williams’ Tie Bring $250,000 to Bob Woodruff Foundation

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At the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit last night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Bruce Springsteen fanatic Brian Williams joined Springsteen on stage to help with the event’s finale: a live auction of an autographed Springsteen guitar, a one-hour guitar lesson provided by The Boss, an invitation to sit in on a Springsteen recording session, and lasagna cooked by Springsteen’s mother. And Williams contributed too: he threw in the tie he was wearing.

The winning bid was a quarter million dollars. Also appearing at the benefit show: Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan and Roger Waters.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was founded by the ABC Newsman and his wife, Lee, following Bob’s injuries while covering the war in Iraq in 2006. The foundation provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families.

(Photo Credit: Eason Jordan)

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend Lost Remote’s LA Show on December 13

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After our extremely successful Lost Remote NYC Show in April (which featured an exciting keynote from MTV President Stephen Friedman about the network’s impact on the industry) we’re bringing back the event in an even bigger way in Los Angeles on Friday, December 13th (save $300 when you register before November 6th by clicking here). Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss his.

1. Get an inside look into one of #socialTV’s biggest phenomenons of 2013 – #Sharknado: A few short months ago the importance of #socialTV was taken to new heights when Syfy’s Sharknado. We chronicled how important an event this was and have secured the network’s most senior executive, President Dave Howe as a keynote.

2. Watch exces from NBC, FOX and CBS present something new about social TV - At our first event I curated a panel with TV executives – each presented something brand new that was then featured exclusively on LostRemote.com. We’re bringing this popular format back and this time have three staples in the industry presenting. Rob Gelick Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Platforms for CBS Interactive Entertainment; Robert Hayes Executive Vice President, Digital Media for NBC Entertainment; and Cait Hood VP of Social Media for Fox Broadcasting will take the stage.

3. Facebook’s Charles Porch (who works on strategic partnerships) will present  - on a social TV boot camp that includes Mass Relevance CEO Sam Decker. Facebook has proven how important social TV is to them over the past year and we’ll be giving you a deep dive into how important the platform is for this ecosystem.

4. Meet Lost Remote founder Cory Bergman IRL - Cory is the brains behind the Lost Remote brand that has now grown into the Mediabistro family as the thought leader in social TV. Meeting one of the industry’s founding thought leaders and learn about the exciting things he’s doing over at Breaking News.

5. Understand how TV Everywhere is impacting the industry - we’ve put together an outstanding panel that includes the core players making TV Everywhere possible. These players include Roku, Synacor, Livestream, Sling Media and Huge.

Don’t forget to register before November 6th to save $300. We’ll see you on Friday the 13th.

Lost Remote Show Price Break Ends Tonight

LostRemoteShowLost Remote is bringing its hit conference, the Lost Remote Show to the West Coast, December 13 in Los Angeles! Sign up before midnight tonight and save $350 on tickets.

Named one of the 10 most important emerging technologies by the MIT Technology Review, Social TV and second screen apps are transforming the traditional TV landscape and changing how content is consumed. At Lost Remote LA, our veteran lineup of brand leaders and industry influencers will share how they’re capitalizing on the second screen, engaging viewers in real time, and amplifying social viewing to craft new types of TV experiences. Join us in LA and gain practical insight and actionable advice on monetizing Social TV in a rapidly multi-screen, multi-device world.

The speaker roster includes Rob Gelick, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Platforms for CBS Interactive Entertainment, David Howe, President of Syfy, Todd Lefelt, Managing Director of User Experience at Huge, who has worked with clients including Clear Channel, National Geographic, NBC Universal, Samsung, Toyota and Warner Music Group, Michael Sid, CEO and Co-Founder at Mediamorph, who will discuss Social TV Analytics and sentiment measurement tools and more!

Take advantage of early bird prices! Save $350 off onsite prices when you register before October 24.

Norah O’Donnell, Mika Brzezinski Attend Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

This week was the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Among the participants: Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Judy Woodruff of PBS; Norah O’Donnell and Lesley Stahl of CBS News; Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News; Becky Quick of CNBC; Fox News panelist Nina Easton and CNN political consultant Hilary Rosen.

As Shutdown Ends, A Toast to Chris Matthews’ Account of Political Compromise

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was feted last night at the New York book party for his seventh book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.” The book, a historical account of political opponents who managed to work together, coincidentally hit the shelves on the first day of the government shutdown.

Matthews arrived at P.J. Clarke’s in Lincoln Center shortly before the senate vote to end the shutdown Wednesday night. He told TVNewser he combined multiple sources — including news clips, President Reagan’s diaries and his own journal from his time in as O’Neill’s administrative assistant — to create a “hologram” account of the time period. Asked how he juggles it all, he said he wrote at home before and after his “Hardball” work day, joking that his wife began to refer to the chair in his office as “that chair.”

We also chatted with newly-minted MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, who says he’ll spend the next few months developing his vision for his show ahead of an early 2014 launch. (Farrow was coy about the show’s time slot, which MSNBC has so far only said will be a “weekday, one-hour” program.) Also on hand to toast Matthews at P.J. Clarke’s: MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Dan Rather, Mark Halperin, MSNBC analyst Ed Rendell and “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht.

9/11 12 Years Later

On this 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the cable news networks are giving significant coverage to the remembrances in Lower Manhattan. Fox News and CNN began coverage around 8:40amET ahead of the national moment of silence led by Pres. and Mrs. Obama and Vice President and Mrs. Biden. FNC’s Rick Leventhal and Eric Shawn are reporting from Ground Zero. Deborah Feyerick is there for CNN and David Shuster is in Lower Manhattan for Al Jazeera America.

Once again, MSNBC is replaying the “Today” show from Sept. 11, 2001. It has become an annual tradition for the network. In earlier years, the rebroadcast was watched by a majority of tuned in cable news viewers. But you have to wonder how many more 9/11s MSNBC will replay the tragedy in full.

NBC News produced a network wide 4-minute special report at 8:45amET. That’s in contrast to NBC’s coverage at this time last year when the “Today” show was heavily criticized for not carrying the moment of silence and instead continued an interview with Kris Jenner. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored the report.

ABC and CBS incorporated the moment of silence into their morning shows. That being the case it did not air in many Central Time zone markets. Still in their own morning shows, many Mountain and Pacific Time Zone stations produced their own coverage — or chose not to.

 

CNN Live as Diana Nyad Makes Historic Swim

While American military involvement in Syria has dominated the news for most of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the cable news networks had another exciting story on their hands this afternoon — one of perseverance and resolve — and it was live, at least on one cable channel. 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, without a shark cage. It was her fifth try. Nyad swam up to the beach in Key West just before 2pmET, 53 hours after setting out from Havana. She had a 3-point message for her supporters at the beach (video below), then was taken by ambulance for treatment.

CNN’s John Zarrella was about 200 yards down the beach. Close, but not close enough to confirm, at first, if she’d made it to shore. “It’s impossible to tell from here,” said Zarella at 1:53pmET. While CNN provided live coverage of the final minutes of Nyad’s swim, and afterwards, Fox News first reported the news at 2:49pmET. MSNBC is not airing live programming today, but instead was in an episode of “Chained to my Ex.”

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Away From Daily News Grind, Soleded O’Brien Continues to Chart New News Path

Soledad O’Brien continues to blaze a trail for what she sees as a new news model — where journalists produce stories for any number of outlets, reporting on things they are passionate about, while immersing themselves in the communities they cover.

Today, along with actor Hill Harper, O’Brien will host the “Let Freedom Ring” 50th anniversary commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. O’Brien, who left CNN earlier this year, will end up appearing on all the networks at some point during today’s ceremony.

Tomorrow, O’Brien premieres her sixth installment of “Black in America” at Bishop T.D. Jakes‘ Megafest in Dallas. On Friday, O’Brien will return to CNN to promote “Black in America” on “New Day” — a show which replaced her morning program “Starting Point” a few months ago. She’ll then hit to road again for the People en Espanol festival in San Antonio.

All the while, two of her four children will be in tow. O’Brien phoned in from the top of Toronto’s CN Tower Tuesday — hours before a flight would take her to Washington — part of a 9th birthday trip for twins Charlie and Jackson, which included a Yankees-Blue Jays game (with Derek Jeter keepsakes), and visits with the Toronto Police marine and mounted units.

“What I have really enjoyed is I get to concentrate on the things I am passionate about,” says O’Brien who spent 10 years  at CNN and, before that, 7 years at NBC. “The challenge now is to say ‘no.’ You could book yourself constantly.”

Upon leaving CNN, O’Brien created Starfish Media Group. CNN is now one of her clients. She’s also putting together three stories following a recent trip to Haiti for another client, Al Jazeera America, (O’Brien will also be live on AJAM this morning from Washington) and she’s got two stories in the can for HBO’s “Real Sports.”

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