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Ken Burns On How To Make History ‘Not Homework’

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With the debut of Ken Burns‘s latest documentary, “The Roosevelts,” tonight on PBS, we take a look back at Burns’s First Big Break, when he brought The Brooklyn Bridge to life. Burns has not forgotten what the success of that first documentary has meant for all the award-winning work he’s produced since: “The real thing is what you put into the film, not what kind of glory comes afterwards.”

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My First Big Break: James Brown

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To borrow a football term, CBS Sports NFL studio host James Brown‘s first big break was a bit of a hail mary. At a 1970s audition to announce for the then-NBA Washington Bullets, Brown took it upon himself to land a big interview. “They were impressed that I brought the team star over on his day off and conducted a pretty decent interview,” Brown told us.

Even with the occasional on-air fumble along the way, Brown has never become complacent. “I still work just as hard now, if not harder, as I did back then getting started.” Beginning tomorrow, James Brown adds hosting “NFL Thursday Night Kickoff” to his CBS schedule.

‘Better Show’ Returns With New Co-Host

“The Better Show,” Meredith Video Studios’ nationally syndicated talk show, begins its eighth season Monday with new co-host Kristina Behr.

Behr, who has worked at MTV, Vh1, ABC, and CBS, will join JD Roberto as co-host. “I’m thrilled to be joining The Better Show team and getting the opportunity to work alongside such a fun and entertaining talent as JD,” says Behr.

“The Better Show” airs weekdays on more than 200 stations, reaching nearly 80 percent of U.S. TV households, including on WLNY in New York, KCAL in Los Angeles, and on Meredith-owned stations across the country.

Last year MediabistroTV’s CUBES took a tour of Meredith Studios with former “Better Show” co-host Audra Lowe

How ‘Right This Minute’ is Making Viral Video the Star of Its Show

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Viral has become a buzzword for TV news networks trying to produce content that can draw in a greater audience online.

One show is reversing the order, taking the Internet’s best and putting it on TV. “Right now statistics say people are uploading about 100 hours of video per minute online,” Beth Troutman, host of the syndicated viral video talk show “Right This Minute,” airing on 161 stations across the U.S. including HLN, tells us. From a three-year-old crying upon learning of the idea of death to a lumberjack expertly cutting down a tree caught in the middle of houses and power lines, everyday people creating compelling video is the star of this show.

Did You Hear The One About the Stand-Up Comedian Who Went to a Mediabistro Party?

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Steve Hofstetter, a stand-up comic, club owner, producer and the host of “Laughs” on FOX, was once a single, struggling writer. And like many young creative professionals, Steve signed up for a Mediabistro cocktail party. We’ll let him take it from there…

Speaking of Mediabistro parties, we had our annual New York Intern party last night, and we’re having our next event in a few weeks. We’ll be celebrating the new AgencySpy and Adweek alliance. Hope you’ll join us on Sept. 9.

What A Reality TV Star Can Teach You About Negotiating A Good Deal

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We wrap up our series of interviews with the stars of “Hardcore Pawn” with advice for everyone. Les Gold star of the truTV show and owner of Detroit’s American Jewelry and Loan offers tips on how to get what you want, even if it means walking away from what you want.

So, save this video for the next time you have to haggle for a new contract or you’re looking for that raise you deserve.

Part Three: Is Hardcore Pawn Really Reality TV?

Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

Steve Hofstetter Brings ‘Laughs’ to FOX TV

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You may know Steve Hofstetter from his YouTube Channel, where he seems to constantly be getting heckled during his stand-up shows. Now, the Sports Illustrated columnist-turned-comic is taking his show from the road, to TV, with the debut of “Laughs” this weekend on FOX and MyNetwork stations.

“Stand-up, to some people, is a springboard. To me it is my life force,” he told MediabistroTV in an interview last week at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club. And he isn’t kidding around when he predicts “Laughs” will be around for a long time.

How Real is Reality Show Hardcore Pawn?

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Ever wonder if those wacky characters you see on your favorite reality shows are real or if their just actors following a script?

Recently, we got a chance to ask the people who might know, the starts of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn Les and Ashley Gold.

Watch the video to hear what they have to say about their roles in the show and where they find those fantastically wacky customers.



Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

Why Jose Antonio Vargas Brought ‘Documented’ to CNN

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Jose Antonio Vargas‘s documentary Documented makes its CNN debut this Sunday. The film follows the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist’s journey from outing himself as an undocumented immigrant to advocating for comprehensive immigration reform

If he takes a side on one of the most controversial issues of the day, does he still consider himself a journalist? WATCH:

For more videos from MediabistroTV, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Erin Burnett: My First Big Break

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

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