Morning Media Newsfeed: RIP, Joan Rivers | Wright to Replace Snider at DreamWorks

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RIP, Joan Rivers (FishbowlNY)
Comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday. TVNewser The news came from Rivers’ daughter, Melissa just before 3 p.m. ET. Rivers, who was 81, stopped breathing while undergoing outpatient surgery in New York City last Thursday. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital and put on life support. NYT The State Health Department is investigating the circumstances that led to her death, a state official said Thursday. A spokeswoman, Judy Katz, said the cause of death had not yet been determined. Deadline Hollywood During a minor endoscopic procedure last Thursday to check her vocal cords at an Upper East Side clinic, Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai, where she was put into a medically induced coma. Wednesday she was moved from intensive care to a private room at the Manhattan hospital. Mediaite Rivers got her start as a guest on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965, often filling in as host for Johnny Carson over the years. But after she took a job as a rival host on the Fox network without consulting Carson, he banned her from the Tonight Show, a situation that stayed in effect until she briefly appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s first night as host earlier this year. The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers only lasted one season, but she went on to a successful stint of reality shows later in life, including Fashion Police and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? with her daughter. The Daily Beast In her last big interview, Rivers spoke candidly to The Daily Beast in July about Hollywood celebrities’ thin skins, contemplating suicide after her husband’s suicide, sex, dating and her own mortality.

Michael Wright Joins DreamWorks Studios as CEO, Replacing Stacey Snider (Deadline Hollywood)
Michael Wright, the outgoing president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, is opening a new career chapter with a clean slate, taking a top feature job at Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios. Variety Wright is replacing Stacey Snider, who will leave the company at the beginning of January. Wright will not be a partner at the studio as Snider was, and will not be involved with Spielberg’s Amblin Television operations when he starts the job Jan. 3, 2015. THR The hire signals that DreamWorks chairman and CEO Snider is poised to take a top creative job at Fox. The news last week that Wright would exit his current post came amid major changes at the Turner entertainment group, which included Turner encouraging employees to take buyouts. Wright joined Turner in 2002, and has served as president and head of programming at the trio of nets since May 2012. NYT Lately, DreamWorks Studios, which operates separately from DreamWorks Animation, has had underperforming midmarket movies and unsuccessful highbrow films. The Hundred-Foot Journey, released last month, has had modest box-office success, but several recent efforts have done poorly, including Need for Speed, Delivery Man, The Fifth Estate and People Like Us.

Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez Join The View (TVNewser)
Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace are the new co-hosts of The View, joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell. FishbowlDC Wallace served as director of communications in the George W. Bush White House and as a senior advisor to John McCain’s 2008 run for 1600 Penn. She was most recently a political analyst with MSNBC and has served in that capacity for both CBS News and ABC News. THR / The Live Feed Perez, an actress, is set to take Broadway early next year in Larry David’s Fish in The Dark.