- With the election over, CNBC is launching a cross-platform campaign called “Rise Above” to draw attention to the fiscal cliff, the deficit and other economic issues. The term Rise Above refers to the need to rise above partisan bickering. More information on the initiative from CNBC’s Nik Deogun, here.
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Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly gives an enthusiastic two thumbs up for “Lincoln,” the new Steven Spielberg film which documents the final few months of the Civil War as Abraham Lincoln tries to get the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery through the House of Representatives.
TVNewser attended the screening and a Q&A with Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Lincoln, and screenwriter Tony Kushner moderated by TIME’s Rick Stengel. Stengel called first on O’Reilly who asked Day-Lewis how long it took to prepare for the role. “It took a year,” Day-Lewis says. “It seemed preposterous at first … growing up in Southeast London” to play the 16th president of the United States.
O’Reilly then gave his seal of approval: “You know you’re going to win Best Picture.” Then, to Day-Lewis, “and you’re going to win Best Actor.” And to Spielberg: “And you’re going to win Best Director and [Tommy Lee] Jones is going to win Best Supporting Actor.” Jones plays “Radical Republican” Pennsylvania Congressman Thaddeus Stevens.
Before the screening we had a chance to talk with O’Reilly, author of “Killing Lincoln” on its 55th week on the New York Times Best-Sellers list, this week at No. 5. His “Killing Kennedy” is No. 1 on the list for the second straight week.
We asked the Fox News star if he was excited by the news that FNC chairman and CEO Roger Ailes had signed on for another four years. “Excited? We’d be shocked if he hadn’t,” said O’Reilly.
Other notable tvnewsers at the event, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, who had a revealing feature on Spielberg last Sunday, “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King, Charlie Rose, and EP Chris Licht. MSNBC’s Chris Jansing and Lawrence O’Donnell, who ducked out during the Q&A to make it back to 30 Rock for his 10pm show. CNN execs Mark Whitaker, Ken Jautz and Bart Feder and ABC’s “This Week” EP Sandy Cannold.
CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.
“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”
The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
TMZ reports that CNN Worldwide managing editor Mark Whitaker sent an email to CNN staffers discussing Candy Crowley‘s performance as debate moderator. He praises her performance, and takes aim at her critics, writing:
“The reviews on Candy’s performance have been overwhelmingly positive but Romney supporters are going after her on two points, no doubt because their man did not have as good a night as he had in Denver.”
He went on to discuss Crowley’s real-time fact-check of Mitt Romney, and the fact that President Obama got more time to speak than his GOP challenger.
The full memo is below.
Michael Wolff takes to USA Today to write about CNN’s search for a new CEO. He trots out a number of familiar names, but buries who he thinks the next CEO will be at the very end of his item.
Sure, people make fun of CNN, but it makes money, doesn’t it? So all we really have is a PR problem.
In that case, there is Gary Ginsberg, Time Warner’s vaunted PR chief, formerly Rupert Murdoch‘s consigliere, who has long wanted to leave the corporate office and run an operating company. Ginsberg isn’t a television guy. He’s a brilliant and powerful corporate smoother and handler.
That’s how you manage the unmanageable.
Life is just too short to remake cable news.
Wolff also talks about the often rumored names of Jeff Zucker, Mark Whitaker and Phil Griffin. While Ginsburg may seem an odd choice, NBCUniversal recently placed an executive’s executive in charge of NBC News, CNBC and MSNBC, so there is some precedent for it.
CNN’s Whitaker On Decision to Use Ambassador’s Journal: ‘There was a legitimate national interest in pursuing the questions of a possible terrorist threat’
CNN Worldwide managing editor Mark Whitaker appeared on CNN/U.S. to talk about the journal of Ambassador Christopher Stevens found in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Whitaker explained how CNN found the journal (correspondent Arwa Damon found it in the consulate), and the process it went through to inform the family of its existence (the family requested it back, and that no personal details revealed), and how CNN decided to use information found in it. Soledad O’Brien conducted the interview:
Politics and law were the hot topics at Time Warner Center last night as colleagues, friends and family came out to fete Jeffrey Toobin and his new book, “The Oath,” about the often confrontational relationship between the Obama White House and the Supreme Court.
The book party included a discussion with CNN’s Senior Political Analyst David Gergen. Among the attendees: Mediaite’s Dan Abrams and his father, attorney Floyd Abrams; CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield, execs Ken Jautz and Mark Whitaker; News Corp’s Joel Klein, Bloomberg’s Norm Pearlstine, The New Yorker‘s David Reminck as well as Toobin’s mother, Marlene Sanders, a former CBS News correspondent and Toobin’s wife Amy McIntosh.
CNN is adding director Morgan Spurlock to the family. The “Super Size Me” star and director will host and produce a new unscripted series called “Inside Man” for CNN starting in early 2013. “Inside Man” will air alongside the new travel program hosted by Anthony Bourdain, which will also debut around that time.
As with Bourdain’s show, “Inside Man” will not be produced by CNN, but will be licensed to the network by Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets. The logline for the new show:
“Each week Spurlock will provide an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.”
It will be a return to TV for Spurlock, who previously hosted and produced “30 Days” for FX.
“Morgan Spurlock’s name has become synonymous with creative and thought-provoking documentary story-telling,” said CNN executive VP Mark Whitaker in a statement. “Like Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN series, Inside Man will carry the distinctive stamp of its host while taking viewers on colorful and informative journeys into fascinating corners of American society.”
More information below. And check out Spurluck’s video and filmmaking tips for journalists, which he shared with MediabistroTV in a Media Beat interview, also after the jump.
Ramon Escobar, the former VP of live news programming at MSNBC and later EVP of Network News at Telemundo, has been named VP of talent recruitment and development at CNN. Escobar, who will be based in New York, will report to Amy Entelis, who joined CNN in January after running talent development at ABC News.
The newly-created Talent and Development department is overseen by CNN EVP Mark Whitaker. Entelis is the executive in charge of recruiting and developing talent, developing new programming and overseeing acquisitions strategy for CNN, HLN and other CNN platforms. Vinnie Malhotra, formerly of ABC, oversees program acquisitions and development for CNN and HLN out of Los Angeles.
The department is also bringing on Lizzie Kerner as director of development. Kerner, a Sundance Channel alum, will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Malhotra.