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My First Big Break

R.L. Stine: ERMAHGERD! My First Big Break

He makes his living scaring children and has been called the Stephen King of children’s books.

“Goosebumps” author, R.L. Stine sat down with mediabistroTV to talk about how finding a typewriter at the age of nine started him on his journey to becoming one of the most successful children’s book authors in history.

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Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break

She is one of the most recognizable foreign correspondents on network television today.  But did you know Christiane Amanpour’s journey to the front lines of reporting included a stint as a graphics coordinator at a local NBC station?

In this episode of My First Big Break, Christiane Amanpour talks about how escaping the Iranian revolution with her family started a journey that took her from WJAR in Providence, RI, all the way to the front lines of the first Gulf War as a reporter for CNN.

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From Graphics to the Gulf War: Christiane Amanpour Reveals Her First Big Break

While our mediabistroTV crew is busy putting the finishing touches on next week’s “My First Big Break” we thought we’d give you a little preview of what you can expect.

Christiane Amanpour tells mediabistroTV how her journey from Tehran during the revolution and first TV job as a graphics coordinator for WJAR in Providence, RI came together to lead her to the early days of CNN and finally to her role of global affairs anchor for ABC News.

Tune in to mediabsitroTV next Wednesday for the whole story in “Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break.”

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Christiane Amanpour Goes ‘Back to the Beginning’

While the crew at MediabistroTV is busy in their workshop cobbling together the next episode of “My First Big Break” featuring Christiane Amanpour of ABC News and CNN, we thought we’d direct your attention to a new show she has called “Back to the Beginning.”  It airs in two parts on Friday December 21st and 28th at 9pm ET/PT on ABC.

Amanpour calls “Back to the Beginning” a “field trip through the Old Testament.”  The show looks at how the world’s three major religions have a lot more in common than you may think.

Then be sure to watch “Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break” on Wednesday, January 2 on mediabistroTV.

You can check out the website for Amanpour’s show “Back to the Beginning” by clicking here. Read more

Ken Burns: My First Big Break

When you hear a letter written by Thomas Jefferson being read by actor Sam Waterston or see a photograph showing the intensity in the eyes of a Civil War soldier, you know you’re watching a Ken Burns documentary.

In this episode of My First Big Break, the iconic filmmaker tells the MediabistroTV crew how he channeled his feelings of humiliation into his first masterpiece on the Brooklyn Bridge and reveals how his mother’s death sparked his need to bring the dead back to life, shaping the style we know today as the “Ken Burns Effect.”

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Ken Burns is Coming to MediabistroTV

Watching a Ken Burns film is like watching the past come alive through the expert use of narration and still photographs. So how did he develop his signature style? The iconic filmmaker sits down with MediabistroTV in, “Ken Burns: My First Big Break.”

>UPDATE: Watch “Ken Burns: My First Big Break” in three weeks on MediabistroTV, Thursday, December 6.

And if superstorms on the East Coast and unseasonably warm weather on the West Coast wasn’t enough to satisfy your craving for major weather events, PBS presents an Extreme Weather Night of TV this Sunday (11/18), beginning at 7pm ET.

NOVA gets the party started with the premiere of “Inside the Megastorm” an original one-hour documentary taking viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy. Then Ken Burns gives us reason to give thanks when he presents “The Dust Bowl.” Burns tells the story of the worst man-made environmental disaster in American history in a two-part, four hour documentary detailing how the convergence of a terrible drought and the scramble for the American Dream nearly changed the southern plains forever.

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Susan Blond: My First Big Break

How many people can say they launched their career the day they met Andy Warhol?  In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break”, we talk to the legendary Susan Blond, the most famous person you’ve never heard of.

The New York City based PR maven was once the “It Girl” of Warhol’s party playland that was New York in the 70s.  Painting, starring in Warhol’s films, appearing in an erotic public access series, being named the first female VP at CBS Records and finally opening her own PR Company, Blond was wild and knew how to network.   Selfishly, we at mediabistroTV are also excited that she brought us just two degrees of separation away from Kevin Bacon!

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How Dan Rather Changed Hurricane Coverage

Before he worked at AXS TV or CBS News, Dan Rather was a local reporter at KHOU in Houston. While he was there, the former “Evening News” anchor was instrumental in developing what is now a commonplace aspect of hurricane reporting: a graphic superimposing radar over a map.

Rather rigged up the graphic while covering Hurricane Carla near Galveston in 1961. He told us all about it when we interviewed him for the mediabistroTV series “My First Big Break.” Watch:

Spike Lee: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.

While Lee is well-known for his movies, did you know that if it wasn’t for NBA superstar Michael Jordan and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, Lee–and Nike–might not be the icons they have become today? It all came down to a risky commercial shoot.

“So Michael Jordan could easily have said, ‘I can’t take a chance on this young gun, this young boy, just give me the reels of the top guys on Madison Avenue.’ But Michael Jordan didn’t do that,” the Red Hook Summer director recalls. “For some reason, he decided to give me a shot. And the commercial I did with Michael Jordan ended up being some of the greatest campaigns ever in the history of advertising and Nike took off.”

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Lou Dobbs: My First Big Break

Midtown Manhattan is a long way from Yuma, Arizona. But for Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs, that’s where it all began: at KBLU radio and TV (now KSWT-13). Dobbs left a lucrative but boring job in commercial banking in Los Angeles for the bright lights of TV news — at $75 a week.

But now, almost 40 years later, Dobbs credits his days in Yuma for giving him his First Big Break.

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