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Glenn Beck is the New Walt Disney

BeckHealth2Now that he’s gotten a clean bill of health, Glenn Beck is back at work. In an interview with VICE, Beck reveals he’s working on a three-part miniseries on Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and a feature film about Santa Claus (not starring Tim Allen). Plus:

There’s another feature film in the works as well, but Beck won’t give any details except that it’s called The Revolutionary, and that “our intent at this point is it will not be in English.” He told me he also wants to do a series on Crazy Horse, to “set the record straight on what America did to the Native Americans.”

On his show Monday, Beck revealed in great detail he’s been through a years-long neurological illness that doctors could not diagnose. It caused memory loss, excruciating pain and seizures. Beck has evolved over the years from radio DJ, to conservative talk show host, and now to a bona fide filmmaker, in the mold of his idol: Walt Disney.

“Disney knew that the world was about to change. You could tell a Disney story right off the bat… It was hopeful. It had a brighter tomorrow. That’s not great for everybody, and that’s fine, but somebody’s gotta be out there in a contemporary way just telling great stories. And by the selection of our stories, it will tell a greater story about who we are, and what we believe in.”

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‘Nightcrawler’ Explores Strange World of Overnight TV News Stringers

In theaters today, another movie about the TV News business. In “Nightcrawler,” Jake Gyllenhaal plays a morally-challenged, on the verge of psychotic, overnight TV news stringer and Rene Russo plays a hard-charging “if it bleeds it leads” TV news manager.

Critics are loving it. So are some TV news anchors, including Fox News’s Steve Doocy. “I got to go to a special screening,” Doocy said yesterday on “Fox & Friends.” “I talked to [Gyllenhaal] about it because he has all of these little psychotic things in it. And he said to this day he’ll remember one of them and recite it to himself.”

Arise News Comes to SSN TV


Arise anchors Angela Rae, Vickie Newton, Debbye Turner Bell, Francesca Maximé, and Julian Phillip.

Little Rock-based SSN TV has signed an agreement with Arise TV to carry more than five hours of Arise News daily. SSN TV (formerly Soul of the South Television) is available in 40 million households over-the-air and an additional 7 million cable households.

Arise TV, founded by Nigerian media mogul Nduka Obaigbena, has broadcast hubs in London, New York, Johannesburg and Lagos.

“This deal provides us with a vitally important presence in the U.S. broadcast market, and gives SSN viewers a never before available perspective on the news beyond their own borders,” Obaigbena says.

Beginning October 27th, Arise News programs will air between 6pm-9pmET and again at 1amET and Sundays at NoonET. SSN is in 9 of the top 10 African American markets, including on FiOS in New York and New Jersey and Washington, DC affiliate WMDE.

This Week’s TV News, From Instagram

The things you see on Instagram. Here are a few stories we came across this week that popped up on the social media service. In Italy last weekend, Beijing-based CBS News correspondent Seth Doane married his partner Andrea Pastorelli. via @derrickshore:


In New York, Barbara Walters was fashionably early at the Oscar De La Renta show on Tuesday.
via: @niquepeeks:


Six of 10 Highest Paid CEOs are in Media

CBS EXECUTIVEThe AP and Equilar are out with the top 50 highest paid CEOs list. And it’s quite possible you work for one of their companies, as six of the top 10 head media conglomerates, including:

2. Leslie Moonves (right), CBS Corp., $65.6 million, up 9 percent

5. Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million, up 11 percent

7. Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million, up 46 percent.

8. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million, down 33 percent

9. Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million, up 27 percent

10. Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million, up 8 percent

Courtney Friel Hit On During Live Shot

Courtney Friel, the former Fox News reporter, now reporting for KTLA in Los Angeles, was covering a wildfire Wednesday when a shirtless man asked her out: “Wow, you’re super pretty. Do you want to go on a date sometime?” he asked. Friel, who is married to CBS News correspondent Carter Evans, didn’t answer.

Evans made a name for himself on a breaking news story. He was the only reporter on the scene during a shootout in February 2012 that ended the manhunt for the fugitive Christopher Dorner. Working freelance at the time for CBS News, Evans was quickly hired by the network.

Breaking news seems to be a specialty for the reporting couple. Evans and Friel were visiting family in Hawaii in March, 2011 when an earthquake triggered a tsunami warning. At the time Friel, who was working for Fox News Channel, phoned in a report for FNC, while Evans, working for CNN at the time, did the same for that network.

Snoop Dogg Might Be One of Larry King’s ‘Main Men,’ but Donald Sterling Isn’t

larrykingFormer CNN host Larry King‘s response to whether he and rapper Snoop Dogg are engaged in a “bromance” might surprise you.

“Snoop Dogg is one of my main men,” King answered during an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday. “You don’t have to smoke pot to be in his presence. I love him, he’s bright, he’s fun, he’s a good father, and a good man. Snoop is my man.”

But King also pointed out who isn’t one of his men: scandal-plagued Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

I completely agree with what Adam Silver did today. He was outstanding. I am a Clipper fan, I wasn’t going to let my children go to the game tonight, but now they will go. I know Donald Sterling, I’m embarrassed for him, I like his wife very much and she deserves better. This was a great decision. Great for the league, great for society. This is a historic day. Go Clippers!

The Best/Worst Valentine’s for TV News Ladies

heartsIt’s not often we hear women who work in TV news dish about their love lives on-air, so. for Valentine’s Day, we asked them to do it for us.

“America’s Newsroom” host Martha MacCallum will never forget the look on her husbands face after she provided some liquid humor.

“My new boyfriend (we are now married 20 years!) came over for a drink before we went out for dinner. He asked me for a scotch on the rocks and I poured him a big wine glass full and put two ice cubes in it, because I didn’t have a clue how people drank scotch.”

FNC Correspondent Shannon Bream‘s best V-Day snuck up on her thanks to a setup right before college graduation.

“I accepted a February 13th date with a handsome guy…he cooked me dinner, took me to a concert and held my hand. By the time I woke up on Valentine’s Day, I already knew I was falling in love.” (She was right…he’s now her husband, Sheldon Bream)

MSNBC “The Cycle’s” Abby Huntsman used to have a special breakfast with her mother and sisters on V-Day, but now that she’s married, sweat pants and wine are on the menu.

“My husband and I usually stay home and cook together on V-Day. Avoid the chaos. There’s something so romantic about just being home in sweats cooking dinner with a bottle of red wine.”

CNN “Crossfire’s” S.E. Cupp is also happily married, but had her fair share of Valentine’s blues growing up. Read more

Guess That Baby: TV News Edition

You know you love it when mom or dad whip out the old baby album, so we’re adding to the “aww” count this morning with some photos from some of the most-well known tvnewsers:

baby one

baby 2

The identities revealed after the jump. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: Week of January 6


Fox News was the top cable news network for the first full week of 2014, placing sixth in primetime and fifth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,720,000 primetime viewers and 1,138,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 27th in primetime, with 724,000 viewers, and 28th in total day, with 422,000 viewers. CNN placed 41st in primetime and 35th in total day, averaging 399,000 and 317,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN was the number one ad-supported cable network for the week in primetime. USA, the History Channel, TNT and TBS rounded out the top five. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more