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ABC World News Tonight Launches Facebook Newscast (TVNewser)
ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir will host a social media newscast every weekday on Facebook called “Facecast: The One Thing.” Starting Monday, Dec. 1, the one-minute news update aims to give Facebook users a summary of the day’s top stories and trending topics. AllFacebook ABC News said “Facecast: The One Thing” will be shot behind the scenes at its New York headquarters. It will be the first social media daily newscast hosted by an evening news anchor. THR “We are grateful that our audience engages with David Muir and World News Tonight on social media all day long,” said World News Tonight executive producer Almin Karamehmedovic. “We’re very excited to launch a newscast that is exclusively for Facebook, where users can continue the conversation beyond the evening newscast at any time.” HuffPost / AP The “Facecast” will usually be posted in the early afternoon. ABC said Facebook users will see the report in their news stream if they have “liked” World News Tonight, or else will be able to find it on the newscast’s Facebook page. Variety ABC News makes its move as other traditional broadcasters have taken steps to burnish their “traditional” news efforts in digital venues. CBS last month unveiled CBSN, a live streaming-video newscast that offers CBS News reporting between 9 a.m. and midnight eastern each day.

NYT Vet Bill Carter Takes Buyout (FishbowlNY)
The names of New York Times staffers who are accepting buyouts are starting to trickle out. The latest? Bill Carter, a 25-year veteran of the paper. HuffPost Carter said that leaving the paper was a “really wrenching and agonizing decision.” The Times was seeking 100 employees to take buyouts by 5 p.m. on Monday, with layoffs possible if that number isn’t reached. The buyout package is particularly attractive for veteran staffers, with non-management employees receiving three weeks’ salary for every year worked at the paper. New York Post Another veteran staffer applying for a buyout is financial columnist Floyd Norris, but the company appears likely to fall short of its target of 100 buyouts. “There were 53 requests as of 1 p.m.,” said Grant Glickson, the unit representative for the Newspaper Guild at the Times. He said he was also aware of 21 excluded employees that are applying for the voluntary buyout. Poynter / MediaWire Others opting for the buyout: sports reporter Barry Bearak, Edward Wyatt of the Times’ Washington, D.C. bureau, Ron Wertheimer from the culture desk, who says he is retiring as part of the buyout, fellow culture deskers David DeWitt, Christopher Phillips and Ray Cormier, David Geary, the late news desk editor for the past decade, and Don Hecker, an editor in the Times newsroom’s administration unit (and a cofounder of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute).

FBI Leading Probe Into Sony Pictures Hacking Incident (Variety)
The FBI said Monday that it is working with other U.S. law enforcement agencies to investigate a hack attack that hit Sony Pictures Entertainment last week, an incident that was possibly perpetrated by a group affiliated with the communist nation of North Korea. THR The hacking of Sony began about a week ago when a group called Guardians of Peace, or #GOP for short, gained access to the studio’s system and arranged for a bizarre image and poorly worded text to appear on the computer screens of employees. Over Thanksgiving weekend, several Sony movies appeared at piracy websites, though it is not yet known if #GOP is responsible. WSJ The hackers used tools very similar to those used last year to attack South Korean television stations and ATMs, people briefed on the investigation said. The similarity would reinforce a hunch among some investigators, which include Sony, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a team from Silicon Valley security company FireEye Inc., that North Korea played a role in the breach at the film and television studio, one of the largest in the U.S. NBC News There has been speculation that the cyberattack could be linked to an upcoming Sony Pictures film called The Interview, a comedy that features a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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Kathy Griffin Named Fashion Police Host, Replacing Joan Rivers (THR / The Live Feed)
Kathy Griffin has officially been named the new host of Fashion Police. The comedian will replace the late Joan Rivers — who passed away on Sept. 4 — when the show returns next year. Mediaite Before she died earlier this fall, Rivers spent four years as host of the show, which takes a critical look at celebrity fashion. Griffin will join existing co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic along with Brad Goreski, who has been added to the panel as a regular commentator. Deadline Also changing is the format of Fashion Police, which will no longer be a weekly program but will air 17 episodes throughout the year, focused on the biggest red carpet and fashion events of 2015 including the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys and New York Fashion Week. With the blessing of Rivers’ daughter, Fashion Police executive producer Melissa Rivers, E! announced in September that Fashion Police will continue, returning with originals in January.

AOL Acquires Video-Syndication Firm Vidible (Variety)
AOL announced the acquisition of Vidible, a startup that operates a video-syndication network with more than 300,000 clips, as the Internet media company looks to further grow its digital-video footprint. Mashable The purchase, announced on Monday, adds to previous AOL deals that acquired companies such as Adapt.tv, Convertro and 5Min, which have helped make AOL a major middleman in the industry. The pivot to online video has been the goal of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who has had to decide what to do with the shrinking but still sizable income from its dial-up service. AOL now competes with the likes of Google at the top of the video ad market. Re/code People familiar with the transaction say that AOL paid around $50 million for Vidible, which had raised less than $5 million in the last two years. Vidible describes itself as a “video management and exchange platform.” In English, that means the company has an automated system that lets video owners sell their stuff to websites that want video inventory.

China’s Wanda Group Holds Talks to Buy Lionsgate, MGM in Hollywood Push (Bloomberg)
Dalian Wanda Group Co., which controls the second-biggest U.S. cinema chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., is in talks to acquire a stake in film studio Lionsgate Entertainment Corp., billionaire chairman Wang Jianlin said. The Beijing-based company is interested in buying control of Lionsgate, the $4.7 billion studio behind The Hunger Games films, although its owners have only been willing to sell a minority stake, Wang said in an interview. WSJ Under discussion is the possibility of Wanda, or any other partner, buying some Lionsgate shares currently held by chairman Marc Rachesky, the people said. Rachesky, Lionsgate’s largest shareholder, owns 37 percent of the company. Variety Wanda isn’t the only Chinese company that has been looking for ways to become more deeply involved the entertainment industry. Alibaba also reportedly was interested in acquiring Rachesky’s stake in the studio. Other Chinese players who have strengthened their U.S. profile include investment firm Fosun, which has backed former Warner Bros. studio chief Jeff Robinov’s new venture, Studio 8, and Hony Capital, which is investing in producer Robert Simonds’ new studio.

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Ken Tucker Joins Yahoo! (FishbowlNY)
Ken Tucker, one of the founding staffers of Entertainment Weekly, is joining Yahoo! as TV critic. Tucker served as EW’s TV critic and editor-at-large from 1990 to 2013, when he accepted a buyout from Time Inc. Variety Tucker also was film critic for New York magazine in 2005. Before joining EW, he was TV critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His writing has appeared in several publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire and The Village Voice. Yahoo! over the past year has been hiring writers and journalists from traditional media to build out its original news and entertainment content.

Penguins of Madagascar Continues DreamWorks Animation’s Stock Woes (Variety)
DreamWorks Animation’s latest big screen venture, Penguins of Madagascar, stumbled in its U.S. debut last week, earning $35 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday. It had been expected to earn between $45 million and $48 million. In response, shares of DreamWorks plunged more than 9 percent on Monday morning. CNNMoney The poor showing is sparking fears DreamWorks will book a loss on the film. It’s also raising broader questions about the studio’s inability to recreate the blockbuster success of its Shrek franchise. These concerns explain why DreamWorks shares have plunged 38 percent to $22 so far this year.

CQ Roll Call Acquires Federal News Service (FishbowlDC)
Monday, CQ Roll Call announced the acquisition of the Federal News Service business from The Dolan Company. FNS is a D.C.-based company, founded in 1985 and purchased by The Dolan Company in 2010, that provides verbatim transcripts, in real time, on its website, www.fednews.com. The addition of FNS transcription products to CQ Roll Call will allow for coverage of more speeches, hearings, interviews and newsworthy events.

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CNBC, Inc. Teaming Up (TVNewser)
CNBC and Inc. are teaming up to share entrepreneurship, growth and innovation stories on CNBC.com and Inc.com. The cable network and the magazine will also collaborate on three conferences, with the first this spring.

Jeremy Paxman Inks $1.5 Million Three-Book Deal (GalleyCat)
British journalist Jeremy Paxman has inked a three-book deal for almost $1.5 million. In the books, Paxman will recount his experiences as a former host at the BBC.

CBS Sunday Morning Scores in November Sweep (TVNewser)
CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood had its second-largest November sweep audience since the 1987 advent of people meters. The show averaged 5.95 million viewers. For the 2014-15 season, Sunday Morning is up 2 percent over last season to-date.

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People Editor Had A Rough Weekend (FishbowlNY)
For People magazine news editor Stephen M. Silverman, it began Saturday when the Twitterverse started taking notice of a prematurely posted Kirk Douglas obit. Separately over the weekend, Silverman shared a Twitter reply to Kentucky journalist Billy Suratt, referring to an October 1998 item about Bill Cosby.

BuzzFeed Hires Clickhole’s Daniel Kibblesmith (Poynter / MediaWire)
Clickhole associate editor Daniel Kibblesmith will join BuzzFeed as a staff writer for its Buzz vertical, the publication told staffers Monday. BuzzFeed was among the sites Clickhole was founded to lampoon.

Jackie Kucinich Joining The Daily Beast (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Jackie Kucinich is joining The Daily Beast as senior politics editor, the site’s editor-in-chief John Avlon announced on Monday. Kucinich, the daughter of former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, is currently a politics reporter with The Washington Post, where she also produces original video segments.

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