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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

Brian Williams: My First Big Break

MediabistroTV debuts a new series today, “My First Big Break” where we talk to media heavyweights about that break that got them to where they are today. Our first episode features Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.” You know what he’s doing now, and you may know a bit about his past. But did you know he went bankrupt, that he maxed out his credit cards, and that he took a job in technical operations after failing in small market TV? Well, Williams finally got his First Big Break. He tells us who gave it to him, and how it changed the course of his career.

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

And Yet Another eReader: The Samsung Reader

mediabistro_ces10.GIFI know, I know. You’re getting your fill of eReaders, but mediabistro’s publishing editor Jason Boog wanted me to check out the Samsung Reader, which is expected to launch sometime in 2010. As you’ve probably read, it’s the one you can write on with a stylus. But honestly, I could write on my Palm Pilot in 1999.

It’s heavier than others we’ve held up — including the Interead Cooler Reader — and a bit thicker too. But there’s that stylus.

Best-Selling Author Tess Gerritsen on eReaders

mediabistro_ces2010.GIFSo what do authors think of eReaders? At CES, we ran into best-selling author Tess Gerritsen (who is a big GalleyCat fan BTW) Her newest thriller Ice Cold comes out in July, and we asked Gerritsen what digital technology means to up-and-coming authors.

Gerritsen was the guest of eReader maker Interead which launched their first device at the New York Book Fair last year, and plans on launching three new versions in 2010. We talked to their VP of marketing here at CES as well. See that interview here.

Why this eReader Aspires to be Cooler Than the Rest

mediabistro_ces2010.GIFA year ago at this time, Neil Jones, the founder of U.K.-based Interead Ltd., was on his way to Taiwan with plans to make the next great eReader — one that didn’t break the bank.

He came up with the COOL-ER Reader. Priced at $249, it quickly became the market leader in Europe. Now it sits behind Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader in global marketshare.

We talked with Interead’s VP of marketing Phil Wood who told us how his device is different than the other guys’:

Entourage Gets A Crowd for Its Hybrid eReader/Netbook

mediabistro_ces2010.GIFHere at CES 2010, Entourage Systems is showing off its gadget which combines two trending technologies: eReaders and Netbooks. It’s called the Entourage Edge. Here’s a short demo video. More information here on their website.

A Demo of The Que: It’s for More than Just Books

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We had a chance to talk with Brent Boyer, the VP of Supply Chain at Plastic Logic today at CES 2010. Plastic Logic officially took the wraps off The Que, an eReader that will hit store shelves in April.

The one we saw retails for $649 for a 4 gig device. There is also an 8 gig that will retail for $799.