Morning Media Newsfeed: Alibaba’s Jack Ma Eyes Lionsgate Stake | Terry Keenan Dies at 53

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Alibaba Eyeing 37 Percent Stake in Lionsgate (New York Post)
After getting a taste of The Hunger Games, Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma has an appetite for more. The Chinese Internet tycoon is hungering after Mark Rachesky’s 37.4 percent of Lionsgate, the studio behind the blockbuster film franchise. THR Hedge fund manager Rachesky, the chairman of Lionsgate and its biggest shareholder, is looking to unload his influential stake in the mini-studio. Variety A sale of his stake to Alibaba could be announced in November or perhaps sooner. Lionsgate and Alibaba reps declined to comment on the report. Rachesky and reps for Rachesky’s MHR Fund Management did not respond to requests for comment. New York-based MHR manages about $6 billion of capital. Deadline Hollywood Ma will be in Hollywood this week to talk with different studios. He already knows Lionsgate: Alibaba partnered with the studio this summer when it launched its Chinese subscription streaming service, Lionsgate Entertainment World, which features the studio’s movies and TV shows. Adweek China is the No. 2 film market in the world, making the convenience of online subscription content a natural fit for Alibaba’s e-commerce network. However, China is not a straightforward place to do business. Last month, Chinese regulators announced they would cap the amount of foreign TV programs local providers could stream to online subscribers.

Former CNN, CNBC, Fox News Business Anchor Terry Keenan Dies at 53 (TVNewser)
Terry Keenan, a former CNN and Fox News anchor, has died. She was 53. THR Keenan was most recently a Sunday business columnist for the New York Post. Her last column was posted online on Oct. 19. Keenan formerly worked as an anchor and business correspondent for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, hosting the Saturday investing program Cashin’ In. She left Fox News in 2009, according to reports. Deadline Hollywood She learned the ropes in the 1980s working on Louis Rukeyser’s PBS series Wall Street Week and then on Lou Dobbs’ Moneyline at CNN. She worked at the latter network for nine years starting in 1986, becoming an on-air reporter and eventually hosting Moneyline Weekend Edition With Terry Keenan. While at CNN, she was the first journalist to report live from the New York Stock Exchange as the market crashed on Black Monday in October 1987. Keenan also worked as a reporter and anchor at CNBC from 1995-98. New York Post The cause of death was a cerebral brain hemorrhage.

FBI Warning: ISIS Targeting More U.S. Journalists (The Boston Herald)
The FBI is warning journalists to be on high alert after receiving “credible information” showing ISIS terrorists are looking to kill American media members both in the U.S. and abroad — listing them among other “high-impact targets.” WJLA While the FBI did not issue an official press release on the situation, the agency did provide an unclassified Intelligence Bulletin to media outlets detailing the threat so that it could take security precautions as necessary. The document was headlined “Islamic State of Iraq And The Levant (ISIL) Identifies Reporters And Media Personalities as Desirable Targets.” The FBI bulletin indicated that, following the beheading of American journalists overseas by ISIL, a recent online posting in Arabic on an ISIL-dominated forum issued a call to action for the 2.6 million Muslims living in the U.S. TVSpy The bulletin also reportedly warns “members of this group might try to mask their affiliation with (ISIS) to gain access to journalists.”

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TV Ratings: CBS’ Thursday Night Football Run Ends on High Note (THR / The Live Feed)
CBS’ Thursday Night Football run has come to an end — at least for this season. And regardless of how it performed compared to ratings-gazer’s expectations, it gave the network assured victories every Thursday since early September. The final shared football telecast between CBS and the NFL Network this season brought the second-highest overnight ratings yet. Deadline Hollywood Thursday night’s game, a 35-21 Broncos victory in Denver, surged 23 percent among adults 18-49 over the previous week’s fast nationals of 3.9/12. As of Friday, CBS took Thursday night with a 4.5/14 rating and 14.64 million viewers. Variety Through seven games this season on CBS and NFL Network, Thursday Night Football averaged an 11.4 overnight household rating/19 share, a big 81 percent improvement over last year (6.3/11) when the games aired on NFL Network alone. TNF continues this week with New Orleans at Carolina exclusively on NFL Network, and CBS premieres its Thursday lineup including The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men and Elementary.