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N.S. Bienstock Acquired by United Talent Agency

BienstockN.S. Bienstock, one of the nation’s biggest and most well-known agencies for TV news talent, has been acquired by United Talent Agency (UTA). Bienstock agents represent more than 600 TV news anchors, reporters and producers including Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, Megyn Kelly, Bob Scheiffer, Norah O’Donnell, David Muir, Glenn Beck, and Lara Logan.

N.S. Bienstock founders and co-presidents Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper will remain co-presidents of the company, managing day-to-day operations.

“Aligning with UTA and utilizing their global reach and resources while still retaining our personal touch is a significant step forward in the growth and evolution of N.S. Bienstock,” says Leibner.

UTA represents talent from the worlds of movies, television, digital media, video games, books, music and theatre. UTA will now be the largest agency in the TV news space.

Nate Bienstock started N.S. Bienstock in the 1940s as a life insurance business. His client list included a number of journalists, including Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid. Richard Leibner’s father Sol, bought into (and later bought) the business and, as TV news began to take off, Richard Liebner began negotiating contracts for clients. Liebner married Carole Cooper in 1964. She joined the firm and became an agent in 1976.

Full news release after the jump…

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Rupert Murdoch Stops By ‘The Five’

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch stopped by the set of “The Five” Monday, visiting the show’s co-hosts before they went on-air Tuesday.

Murdoch has every reason to be smiling: “The Five” has far outperformed expectations. Originally slated as a temporary summer replacement for Glenn Beck, “The Five” is now consistently one of the network’s highest-rated programs.

Last month, the show delivered its highest ratings of the year in total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Glenn Beck Armed For O’Reilly Appearance

BeckGlenn Beck brought along a century-old rifle for his appearance on the “O’Reilly Factor” last night.

Beck was on to talk about his new book, “Miracles and Massacres,” which focuses on untold American stories, one of which Beck says was the not so righteous Thomas Edison.

“Edison was a dirtbag,” Beck said, saying he lost his love for Edison after finding out he electrocuted dogs, horses, and cows.

He then showed off a rifle he said was used at the massacre at Wounded Knee.

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Glenn Beck is a Grandfather

Glenn Beck‘s daughter Hannah gave birth to a baby daughter this afternoon:

 

Hannah was married last October to Tim DiDonato, Design Manager of 1791 Supply & Co., Beck’s clothing line.

“I never was comfortable as a dad,” Beck tweeted last night. “My relationship with my dad was hard most of my life. But grandpa? I can do.”

Glenn Beck: We’ll ‘Put [the evening newscasts] out of business in the next three to five years’

Former Fox News host and TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck is the subject of this week’s New York Times Magazine interview. Beck talks about his offer to buy Current TV, living in Dallas, and the future of the network evening newscasts.

You’ve said The Blaze could put traditional TV news out of business. That’s a bold prediction.
I learned that when Barbara Walters came and did an interview with me. They had about 50 people in our studio for two days — more people in my offices than we had employees. All for an eight-minute segment.

But do you really think that will happen? 
The nightly news is doing a fine job of putting itself out of business. Who watches it? I mean really, besides my grandparents, who are both dead, who is watching the nightly news? I think we’ll be ready to put them out of business in the next three to five years.

Beck’s boast is in fact bold. The nightly newscasts typically draw a combined average of around 20 million viewers, hardly chump change, with each of them out-rating every normal cable news program. That said, as with the traditional cable news channels, the audience skews old, with younger viewers more often choosing to get their news online, rather than in a TV digest.

HuffPost Live Shutters LA Studio, Lays Off Staff

The Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live online video network, is betting big on international growth, part of an effort to become a global video news channel, rather than a U.S. one.

As part of that strategy shift, it has decided to shutter its Los Angeles office and studio, with around 20 staff being laid off or given an opportunity to quickly move to its New York City headquarters. HuffPost Live has around 100 full-time staffers. The news was first reported by VideoInk’s Sahil Patel, with The Verge’s Ben Popper adding more details.

Update: We have a statement from Roy Sekoff, the president of HuffPost Live:

“This isn’t about layoffs; it’s about reallocating resources,” Sekoff says. “We’ve offered more than two-thirds of our full-time production team in L.A. the same, or better, positions in New York.”

HuffPost Live has lost a number of hosts in recent months, mostly to the world of TV news. Alicia Menendez joined Fusion, Abby Hunstman joined MSNBC, and Jacob Soboroff joined Pivot. While it has been transformative in terms of the content it presents, its live viewership has remained low, instead relying heavily on after-the-fact tune-in.

It is also another example of an ambitious, web-first competitor to traditional TV news facing serious growing pains. HuffPost Live is available on cable via a daily programming block on AXS TV, but it has mostly avoided the traditional TV model. Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze, by comparison, has been trying to gain distribution as a traditional cable channel.

TheBlaze Uses AJAM Launch To Make Carriage Push

With Al Jazeera America launching today, Glenn Beck and his company TheBlaze are making an effort to encourage viewers to request that their cable or satellite provider add their channel to their lineup.

On his radio show this morning, and in an email to subscribers of his website this afternoon, Beck’s team explains the impetus behind the move.

Beck called Al Jazeera “The voice of the enemy” on his show, while the email was a bit milder in tone:

This isn’t about shutting Al Jazeera America out of the conversation. We’re doing this today because it represents yet another news network being added on the left side of the political spectrum, while everyone who identifies as libertarian or conservative still only has one network to turn to.

The mainstream media has always been slanted, and today we want to make sure YOUR voice is heard over the biased noise from the left.

The email also encouraged readers to call and request TheBlaze from their MSO, and to take action on social media.

TheBlaze has slowly shifted from an online-only TV channel to an all-out cable channel. So far it has distribution on DISH Network, Cablevision and a number of smaller regional cable providers.

The Digital Ticker: Krakauer, Smee, Ashburn

  • Former TVNewser editor Steve Krakauer is leaving CNN, where he is senior digital producer, for Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze, where he will be VP of Digital Content. “The Blaze is at the forefront of understanding the new ways people consume news and entertainment,” says Krakauer. “Being able to help shape where it’s going was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

  • NBC News Digital is creating an Original Video Unit for social, mobile and web audiences. Bill Smee, who had been EP of the award-winning Slate V, will head up the group. Says NBC News digital SVP Vivian Schiller: “We will now have an additional focus on original video that extends the news division’s on-air and digital brands.”

  • DailyDownload’s Lauren Ashburn has followed Howard Kurtz to Fox News. According to HuffingtonPost, Ashburn will be a contributor to Fox News and Fox Business while continuing to run the social media-focused website. Kurtz was an early contributor to the site.

AJAM Adds Three Business Correspondents, TheBlaze Adds a White House Correspondent

Al Jazeera America continues to staff up with abandon, announcing three new hires for “Real Money with Ali Velshi.” The new correspondents are Patricia Sabga, Stacey Tisdale and Duarte Geraldino, and all three will appear regularly on the daily half-hour newsmagazine.

Sabga is the former chief business news anchor for CNN Headline News, and is also a former CNN correspondent and NBC News foreign correspondent. Tisdale is the former financial correspondent for PBS “Need to Know,” and is former business correspondent for CBS News. Geraldino is a former analyst, and has contributed to Bloomberg TV, CBS News and American Public Media.

More information on all three below.

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze is adding a White House correspondent. Fred Lucas, who had been the White House correspondent for CNSNews, will join TheBlaze in the same role, while Sara Carter joins as senior Washington correspondent. Video of Beck announcing the hires below.
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WATCH: Five Questions for ‘The Five’

When “The Five” debuted two years ago today, Fox News execs gave the show a trial run at 5pmET. It was replacing the wildly popular Glenn Beck show. “The Five” quickly established itself on the Fox News schedule, and, on its second anniversary, is the second most-watched program on cable news.

As they mark two years on the air, MediabistroTV has 5 questions for “The Five” (all seven of them.) We asked Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Andrea Tantaros and Juan Williams about their co-hosts’ quirks, which member of “The Five” they really like the best, and their first big break in TV.

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