Bill Wolff Named EP of The View, Brian Balthazar Joining ABC Show as Co-EP (TVNewser)
A week after signing off as EP of The Rachel Maddow Show, Bill Wolff has been announced as the new executive producer of The View. Deadline Hollywood The network also named Brian Balthazar as co-executive producer, Ashley S. Gorman as director and Kathleen Rajsp as senior supervising producer. HuffPost Talk of Wolff jumping to ABC has been growing louder for weeks, with pretty much everyone reporting the news but ABC itself. Maddow also gave Wolff a special farewell during her show, hinting at his new gig on The View. She called Wolff’s departure the “end of an era.” The Wrap In addition to executive producing Maddow, Wolff served as MSNBC’s primetime programming vice president. His credits also include executive producer of MSNBC’s The Situation With Tucker Carlson, and Fox Sports Networks I, Max as well as coordinating producer, creator for ESPN’s Around The Horn. B&C Wolff replaces Bill Geddie in running the daytime program, which is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom overhaul ahead of its new season which debuts Sept. 15. Among the changes for The View, which saw the departures of panelists Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and show creator Barbara Walters, include a new logo and set, the first time in the show’s 17-year history that it will change its on-air look. While Rosie O’Donnell was announced to return to the show to join the sole returning panelist Whoopi Goldberg, the other two or three seats have yet to be decided.
Michael Wright to Exit Turner Broadcasting (Variety)
Michael Wright, the president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, has decided to leave the company. Deadline Hollywood Wright’s future at Turner had been in limbo following the April departure of Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin. Wright had been the internal contender to replace him, but the Turner leadership also opted to meet with outside candidates, and have been doing so for the past four months. THR / The Live Feed The news comes amid major changes at the company, which included layoffs earlier this week. Turner chief John Martin has repeatedly expressed his desire to revamp and streamline the media conglomerate, which means revolutionizing its Turner Broadcasting unit. LA Times / Company Town Wright plans to remain on the job for a few weeks during a search for his successor, an executive familiar with his plans who asked not to be identified said late Thursday. Wright has been with Turner more than a decade. He is credited with being a key member of the programming team that put TNT and TBS on the map with such popular and critically acclaimed original dramas as The Closer, Falling Skies and Men of A Certain Age.
Netflix Acquires The Blacklist for $2 Million an Episode (Deadline Hollywood)
In what is believed to be the biggest subscription video-on-demand deal for a TV series, Netflix has acquired the rights to hit NBC drama The Blacklist from Sony Pictures TV in a deal that will net $2 million per episode. The Verge The Blacklist became a breakout success last year and reportedly saw around 12 million viewers on each episode. Its first season will reportedly begin streaming next weekend on Netflix, which is the only place that it’ll be found online for a while. Variety The deal makes it the most expensive off-network current series picked up by Netflix, eclipsing the roughly $1.35 million that it shelled out for AMC’s The Walking Dead. Netflix also got close to the $2 million threshold last year when it picked up rights to all eight years of CBS-owned Showtime’s Dexter, which had just wrapped up its run. The CBS dramas Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles garnered cable syndication license fees of more than $2 million. THR Netflix, which has more than 50 million paid subscribers, is known for spending big on exclusive pacts. The streamer is said to have paid more than $1 million an episode for CBS’ 2015 summer series Zoo.
Anonymous Critics Pull Back on Nikki Finke Attack (New York Post)
An anonymous group that launched a parody site of much-feared Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke backed off on Thursday. The self-styled Committee for Decency in Journalism, which created a stir Wednesday with its NikkiStink.com, has removed surreptitious photos and video taken of the reclusive Finke from the offensive site. NYT Though most of that was taken down by Thursday, the website caused a stir in Hollywood. It also had an unintended effect, prompting a series of conversations between Finke and her former employer, Jay Penske, said a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private discussions. Those talks could mean she will write again for Penske, which also owns Variety. The two recently signed a settlement agreement worth millions to Finke. THR Finke has a book coming out, a Simon & Schuster spokesman confirmed. The subject will be what else? Hollywood. Little else is known about the specifics of the project. Simon & Schuster wouldn’t comment on the contents or offer a publication date. Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp told The New York Times that he would edit the book. He told the paper, “The book will be an event.”
LIN Media, CBS Renew Affiliation Agreements in 10 Markets (TVSpy)
LIN Media announced Thursday it has signed a “comprehensive, long-term” agreement to renew affiliation agreements with CBS in 10 markets. MarketWatch The agreement includes renewals for KRQE in Albuquerque, N.M.; KBIM-TV in Roswell, N.M.; KREZ-TV in Durango, Colo.; WIAT in Birmingham, Ala.; WIVB-TV in Buffalo, N.Y.; WANE in Fort Wayne, Ind.; WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Ind.; KIMT in Mason City, Iowa; KOIN in Portland, Ore.; WPRI in Providence, R.I.; WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind. and WKBN-TV in Youngstown, Ohio. Deadline Hollywood The process was not pain-free. The announcement comes not long after CBS announced it was moving its affiliation away from the LIN station in Indianapolis; CBS announced earlier this month it was moving to the Tribune station in that market at the start of 2015. That did not improve the value of LIN’s WISH-TV in the market — Tribune’s station becomes the new home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and also will broadcast other live sports including NCAA football and basketball games. The drop in station value, in turn, affected LIN’s merger plans with Media General.
Pres. Obama Calls on ‘Big Cheese’ Chuck Todd First, in Todd’s Last Briefing for NBC News (TVNewser)
The broadcast networks broke in Thursday afternoon to carry remarks from President Obama. Lester Holt anchored for NBC, Amy Robach for ABC and Maurice DuBois anchored on CBS as Obama delivered a statement on the U.S. economy, the continued ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria, and the crisis in Ukraine. The president then opened it up to questions. FishbowlDC First up: NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd. “I’m going to start with somebody I guess is now a big cheese, he’s moved on,” Obama quipped, referring to Todd’s new role as moderator of Meet The Press. Todd will vacate his role as the NBC White House lead when he takes over MTP on Sept. 7.
Video Messaging Service Glide Authenticates Recording Aired by CNN (FishbowlDC)
On Monday evening, CNN’s Don Lemon aired an unauthenticated recording said to have captured gunshots near and at the time of unarmed Michael Brown’s shooting death by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. The recording was brought to CNN by Lopa Blumenthal, the attorney of an unidentified man who said he recorded the audio. CNN Glide, the company whose video chat service apparently captured the audio of Brown’s shooting, said Thursday the recording was created at the time the Missouri teenager was killed this month. The revelation from Glide appears to bolster a man’s claim that he inadvertently recorded audio of gunfire at the time Wilson shot and killed the 18-year-old Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9. The video was created at 12:02:14 p.m. that day, Glide said. Brown, who was unarmed, was shot by Wilson shortly after noon.
James Foley Was Tortured by ISIS Militants Using CIA Techniques (The Washington Post)
At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. HuffPost Foley was held by ISIS in Syria for nearly two years before his horrific beheading last week. Waterboarding became perhaps the most notorious method of torture practiced by American interrogators in the years after 9/11.
AP Writer Gets Huge Brangelina Scoop (FishbowlNY)
When AP welcomed Jake Coyle as one of two new film writers last fall, it said it looked forward to both he and [since departed] Jessica Herndon breaking news. Boy, did the wire service get that right. Thursday morning, Coyle — ahead of People, TMZ, Paris Match and any other number of logical outlets we can think of — broke the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s wedding in France this past weekend.
NFL Promises to Crack Down on Domestic Violence (PRNewser)
Thursday afternoon the NFL attempted to fight back against one of its biggest reputation challenges by issuing stricter punishments for domestic violence among players. Jane McManus tweeted, “The NFL announced sweeping new measures on domestic violence in a letter to owners today; Six games for 1st offense, lifetime ban for 2nd.”
ABC Brings ‘Tonight’ Back to World News (TVNewser)
Following Diane Sawyer‘s sign-off Wednesday night, the first promo to air teased what was ahead on Thursday night’s show. Eagle-eyed viewers also noticed something different. As of Thursday, ABC’s flagship broadcast is known as World News Tonight. The broadcast had long been called World News Tonight, but ABC dropped the “Tonight” in 2006 during Charles Gibson‘s time as anchor. At the time, ABC News president David Westin explained, “Our flagship evening news broadcast has evolved well beyond 30 minutes on television. As we continue to expand ABC News and World News into the 24-hour space created by the digital world, it makes sense for that reality to be reflected in the title of the broadcast.”
President Obama Names WREG GM to Board of TVA (TVSpy)
President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ron Walter, president and GM of WREG in Memphis, to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Walter was one of several people the president said he intended to nominate to key administration posts.
When It Comes to Chasing Clicks, Journalists Say One Thing But Feel Pressure to Do Another (Nieman Lab)
Online media is made of clicks. Readers click from one article to the next. Advertising revenue is based on the number of unique visitors for each site. Editors always keep in mind their traffic targets to secure the survival of their publications. Writers and bloggers interpret clicks as a signal of popularity. The economic realities underpinning the click-based Web are well documented. Yet much work remains to be done on the cultural consequences of the growing importance of Internet metrics.
Gwyneth Paltrow Accused of Ripping Off Columnist (New York Post / Media Ink)
Gwyneth Paltrow’s e-commerce and Web company Goop.com is being sued by an author and Hunter College professor who specializes in writing about health and wellness for allegedly ripping off his trademarked name, the Diet Detective. Charles Platkin says he was “grievously injured” when Goop began running its own column called The Diet Detective in its weekly Web newsletter in July.
Huffington Post to Host Inaugural Political Debate (Capital New York)
The Huffington Post will host an Oct. 6 showdown at California’s San Jose State University between Silicon Valley Democrats Ro Khanna and Mike Honda, who are vying for a congressional seat. The debate, HuffPost’s first, will be moderated by Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim, who told Capital the prospect of the two opponents facing off has been “a hot issue in the Bay Area.” The debate will be carried on the site’s online streaming video network, HuffPost Live, as well as a local TV affiliate.