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The Atlantic Partners With PBS NewsHour (FishbowlNY)
The Atlantic is partnering with PBS’ NewsHour to produce broadcast adaptations of the magazine’s work. 10,000 Words In a statement, the two news organizations said: NewsHour and The Atlantic plan to broadcast reports on a wide range of topics over the next six months. The partnership combines the strengths and sensibilities of both brands: The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism on issues of import, and the editorial depth and broadcast expertise of PBS NewsHour. FishbowlDC The Atlantic’s partnership with NewsHour marks the magazine’s first ongoing broadcast venture. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The first report, which aired Wednesday night, is based on the Atlantic’s November-issue cover story about the spread of teenage sexting and its societal and legal consequences. The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin reported the NewsHour piece with anchor Judy Woodruff. Variety The stories will run online at PBS.org/NewsHour and TheAtlantic.com. Sara Just, a veteran of ABC News, joined PBS NewsHour as its executive producer earlier this year.

DreamWorks Animation Beats Earnings Expectations (THR)
DreamWorks Animation reported Wednesday that it earned 14 cents per share in the third quarter on $181 million in revenue, better the than the 5 cents per share on $177 million that analysts had expected, in part due to a strong overseas reception to How to Train Your Dragon 2. Deadline Hollywood The studio generated $11.9 million in net income, up 18.5 percent vs. the period last year. Dragon accounted for $74.2 million in revenue for the quarter — a little more than half of the $142.4 million in revenues for the feature film segment, which also had a gross profit of $64.3 million. Turbo added $12.7 million in revenues while The Croods brought in $1.8 million, and Rise of The Guardians contributed $3.5 million. Library titles accounted for $50.2 million. WSJ DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said Wednesday he is focused on his company’s diversification efforts, which include expansions in television, consumer products and digital content. No update was given on the status of an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission into the company’s $13.5 million write-down on the summer 2013 film, Turbo. Variety DreamWorks also said it will reduce the production costs of its animated movies, which should help boost profits per picture, something Katzenberg has discussed before. On the marketing front, Katzenberg said television remains key to market its films, generating 90 percent of awareness for new releases. Katzenberg noted how some of the new superhero movies Marvel Studios announced at a fan event Tuesday will be launched around the same dates as some of DWA’s releases. “Some of those conflict,” Katzenberg said. “We have a release schedule and there will be flexibility in that release schedule.”

Time Warner Cable Misses Estimates on Drop in TV Users (Bloomberg)
Time Warner Cable Inc., the cable company awaiting regulatory approval to merge with Comcast Corp., reported earnings that trailed analysts’ estimates on more video subscriber losses. Third-quarter earnings, excluding some items, fell 4.3 percent to $1.86 a share, the New York-based company said in a statement Thursday morning. Analysts estimated $1.90 on average. Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 video customers and gained 92,000 high-speed Internet subscribers, compared with losses of 306,000 for video and 24,000 for broadband a year ago. CNBC The company announced in early October that its stockholders had approved a deal for the firm to become a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Comcast. The $45 billion merger was first proposed in February and is still under regulatory review. Forbes Over the last four quarters, revenue has increased 3 percent on average year-over-year. In the most recent quarter, the company saw its greatest gain in revenue, when it increased 4 percent from the year-earlier quarter.

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NPR Opening A South Korea Bureau (FishbowlNY)
Elise Hu landed one of the best jobs in American radio journalism. One that didn’t previously exist. Beginning sometime next year, Hu will cover South Korea and Japan for NPR. NPR The new bureau will aim to complement the work of bureaus in Islamabad, New Delhi, Shanghai and Beijing. Hu currently covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR’s on-air, online and multimedia platforms. Poynter / MediaWire The bureau will consist of Hu and a translator-assistant, who she’ll hire. Hu came to NPR in 2011 to help develop StateImpact network, a government reporting project, according to NPR’s announcement. Before that, she was a founding reporter at The Texas Tribune, a journalism non-profit based in Austin, Texas.

The Guardian Unveils Newly Redesigned Website to U.S. Readers (The Guardian)
Guardian News & Media Wednesday launched its newly redesigned website, theguardian.com, to its entire U.S. audience. Developed entirely in the open, the new site has been built around the needs of its readers, including feedback received from more than 25,000 comments during an eight-month beta phase. HuffPost The paper said it thoroughly examined how its readers used its old homepage in order to figure out how to most efficiently redesign the look and functionality. The biggest transformation is that the website now uses a “container” format, which the paper determined better reflects how readers actually read the news. The new format aims to bridge the gap between readers and journalists, making it easier to share stories, participate in conversations and forums, and engage with videos and interactives. Capital New York Wolfgang Blau, director of digital strategy for Guardian News & Media, said the Guardian’s homepage, which can be set to an American, British or Australian edition, still accounts for significant traffic — nearly 30 percent of total visits began on the homepage in September, during which 42.6 million unique desktop visitors helped nudge the paper ahead of The New York Times on a global ranking of newspaper Web traffic.

Twitter’s Executive Shakeup Continues With Two More Resignations (Mashable)
In yet another high level shakeup at Twitter, two more executives are reportedly leaving the company. Jeremy Gordon, Twitter’s VP of engineering, and Adam Kinney, who heads up analytics, are stepping down from Twitter’s engineering team, the two announced Wednesday. WSJ / Digits Gordon’s exit, two years after he joined Twitter, is a blow to the company. A well-respected manager inside the company, he helped create Twitter Cards. The technology lets companies insert media-rich ads into tweets and has become a critical advertising source for Twitter. Cards was an extension of what Gordon had been working on at Cabana, the startup he co-founded and Twitter acquired in 2012. A former Google employee, Kinney joined Twitter as a data scientist in 2010. He worked primarily on Twitter’s internal analytics, having a hand in building tools that help the company measure its performance.

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Quartz Makes Two Moves (FishbowlNY)
Mitra Kalita has been named executive editor-at-large of Quartz. She most recently served as ideas editor. Poynter / MediaWire Kalita will be charged with “spearheading projects” that “build up our readership and journalism globally.” Kalita will be replaced by Paul Smalera, editor of The New York Times opinion app, which is slated to be discontinued at the end of the month.

Warner Bros. Extends Multi-Year Deal With Germany’s Sky Deutschland (THR)
Warner Bros. International Television Distribution has extended its multi-year deal with Germany’s Sky Deutschland, giving Sky exclusive on-demand and pay-TV rights in Germany and Austria for new Warner Bros. films, including Christopher Nolan’s hotly-anticipated space thriller Interstellar, which Warner Bros. co-produced with Paramount, comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 and George Miller’s Max Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Variety In addition to first broadcasting rights, Sky is acquiring exclusive pay-TV rights to a package of library films including rights for Sky Go and Sky Anytime.

Jeff Bercovici Leaving Forbes for Inc. (FishbowlNY)
The departure of Nicole Carter from Inc. to Apple has set in motion an interesting subsequent shift. To replace her as the magazine’s San Francisco bureau chief, Inc. has snagged Jeff Bercovici. New York Post / Media Ink Bercovici, who has the current Forbes cover story on Pinterest, has been at Forbes for a little more than four years, but only moved to San Francisco in February. Bercovici has worked in and around tech media, serving as a media columnist on AOL Daily Finance from 2007 to 2009 and earlier as a media blogger on Condé Nast Portfolio.

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Condé Nast Exec Exits After Alleged $50K Theft (New York Post / Media Ink)
A veteran Condé Nast executive, who was most recently running events and partnership deals for GQ, was bounced recently after it was learned she allegedly ripped off more than $50,000 from the company over several years. FishbowlNY Deb Lee had most recently served as GQ’s senior director of entertainment and partnerships. She previously worked for Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue.

Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff to Co-Anchor PBS NewsHour Election Coverage (TVNewser)
PBS NewsHour will feature anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on election night, with the duo leading NewsHour’s online and on-air elections coverage. NewsHour will have an elections edition live at 6 p.m. ET, with updated broadcasts at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The Top Cable News Shows in October (TVNewser)
Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the nine of the top 10 programs in the key adults 25-54 demographic in October 2014. As usual, The O’Reilly Factor was the No. 1 program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,690,000 total viewers and 449,000 demo viewers.

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Rosanne Cash, Donald Trump’s Latest Nemesis And Lessons in PR From Tina Brown’s Landlord (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
We missed Judy Collins by a day, but I spotted Rosanne Cash deep in conversation with bookseller-to-the-1-percent Glenn Horowitz. While the celeb wattage at Michael’s was uncharacteristically low Wednesday (hunky actor Chris Pine’s dad was there, though), the usual suspects — all stars in their own lives, don’t you know — were out in force making the lunch scene to see and be seen.

Thousands Gather to Honor Ben Bradlee, Legendary Washington Post Editor (HuffPost)
Thousands of journalists, colleagues and friends gathered Wednesday morning at the Washington National Cathedral to say their goodbyes to Ben Bradlee, the legendary Washington Post editor who died last week at the age of 93.

Microsoft Lays Off 3,000 Employees, Ending Rounds of Cutbacks (Variety)
Another 3,000 employees have been handed pinkslips at Microsoft, the company said Wednesday, as it wraps up eliminating 14 percent of its workforce, or around 18,000 positions.

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