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Posts Tagged ‘The Newsroom’

‘Newsroom’ Star’s Topless Tweet: A PR Stunt?

We always (read: never) count on New York’s Daily News to deliver the hardest-hitting stories, and today they brought the bacon! The morning’s top gossip concerns Alison Pillan actress currently starring in HBO‘s “The Newsroom“–and a little accident she had yesterday…

After using her Twitter feed to jump on the NBC hate train and call the network out for airing the now-infamous Kris Jenner breast implant interview during Tuesday’s 9/11 moment of silence, Pill accidentally sent a topless photo of herself to more than 20,000 followers.

Pill quickly retracted the tweet and apologized, blaming her lack of tech savvy and claiming that she had intended to delete the offending pic. Fiancé and human beanpole Jay Baruchel played down the drama, tweeting: “My fiancée is an hilarious dork. #imjustgladitdidnthappentomefirst. Smartphones will get ya.”

Our initial embarrassment on Pill’s behalf gave way to a bit of cynicism: Might there be a chance that she tweeted the pic on purpose? Read more

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Revolving Door: Rupert Murdoch, NBC Universal News Group, Jeff Daniels on ‘CBS This Morning’, and More

Rupert Murdoch (pictured at left) has resigned from a number of News Corp. boards, including his post as director of News International, the holding company for the newspapers at the center of the U.K. hacking scandal. The company is reportedly preparing to divest its publishing and entertainment properties, a split that was approved by the board of News Corp. on June 27. After the split, Murdoch will remain chairman of both companies as well as CEO of the new entertainment company. (Adweek)

Pat Fili-Krushel has been named chairman, news group, at NBCUniversal. Fili-Krushel, who joined NBC when Comcast took over, will now oversee a new unit called the NBCUniversal News group comprised of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel and all their digital properties. (TVNewser)

Sam Grobart is leaving The New York Times for Bloomberg Businessweek. According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, Grobart will “develop multimedia projects” as well as write tech features for Businessweek. Grobart had been with the Times since 2008, most recently as personal technology editor, since 2010. (FishbowlNY)

In case you missed it, actor Jeff Daniels was on CBS This Morning and on MSNBC’s Hardball last Thursday. Daniels, who plays Will McAvoy on HBO’s The Newsroom told Chris Matthews, “It’s not like we’re out trying to whitewash all of cable news. We’re trying to shine a light on the people really trying to tell the truth and get out the truth every day.” (TVNewser)

On a related topic, Aaron Sorkin has gotten rid of his entire Newsroom writing staff, with the exception of his ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury. The Newsroom had 10 credited writers in its premiere season. HBO renewed the show for a second season after its second episode aired. (FishbowlLA)

Viacom has reached a new programming fee agreement with DirecTV, ending a 10-day blackout for the satellite-TV service’s 20 million U.S. viewers. (Ad Age)

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