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Why Keith Olbermann Picked Such a Dumb Fight on Twitter and Ended Up Suspended

February 25, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ESPN commentator and world-champion friendmaker Keith Olbermann today launched a twitter war with college students who'd raised $13 million to fight pediatric cancer. The incident left Olbermann with a (paid) suspension through the end of the week, and it left many of us with one simple question: What the hell, man? Olbermann's more vocal critics are just chalking it up to him being a jerk. But more specifically and perhaps generously, there are three intersecting issues that likely led to his poor decision to lash out at Penn State's entire student body as they celebrated saving children's lives: 1. His seething anger at how the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case was handled by Penn State and coach Joe Paterno was inflamed again recently by the NCAA's decision to reinstate 112 wins that had been stripped from the school's record during the time Sandusky, an assistant coach, had been molesting children. 2. Olbermann loves sparring on Twitter, and Penn State is an easy topic to rile him up with. Once he was in fight mode, he seemed unwilling or unable to pause for a breather. 3. As with many misunderstandings on the Internet, he probably just didn't click the link to see what the original tweet was about, or else even Olbermann might have decided to pick his battles a bit more carefully. Speaking of the original tweet, here's how it all began, when a Penn State alumna (who had sparred with Olbermann on Twitter in the past ) tweeted at him about the school's success in raising $13 million for children being treated for cancer at the university's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center: @lisaadeleon ...Pitiful — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015 So @KeithOlbermann says PSU students raising over $13m for pediatric cancer research is "pitiful." No sir, u r the definition of the word. — Dave Seidel (@dave_seidel) February 23, 2015 As you can see from Olbermann's next reply, he didn't seem to have noticed the fact he had responded to a tweet about students raising money to fight child cancer: . @dave_seidel No, Son. I said PSU students were pitiful. Had nothing to do with fundraising #AlsoPSUReadingComprehensionAppearsToBeWeak — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015 . @dave_seidel her tweet reads "we are..." I finished her sentence "...pitiful." At this rate your diploma won't be recognized, Moron — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015 . @dave_seidel Again - get your $ back - you didn't learn how to read. PSU students are pitiful because they're PSU students - period.

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Parks and Rec Made a Bunch of Fake Ads for Last Night’s Show, and They Were Great

February 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC's Parks and Recreation will soon come to an end, and the writers of the heartwarming, droll comedy have been knocking it out of the ... well, park. The first of last night's two episodes featured Chris Pratt's character Andy Dwyer saying goodbye to his kids' program, Johnny Karate's

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5 Women Who Could Replace Jon Stewart

February 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sometime before the end of 2015, the face of The Daily Show will change, and the show's gender should probably change, too. Jon Stewart's 17-year tenure on the series could come to an end as early as July, or so the comedian announced last night during an emotional monologue. The show has grown into a major force, not just in comedy but in news as well. So who belongs in the fake anchor's chair? We asked Doug Herzog, president of the Viacom Entertainment Group, what he thought about the future of The Daily Show, and he was (of course) a little cagey. But he did say hiring a woman to take over was a distinct possibility. "The Daily Show endures," he said.

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How to Score a Media Gig

February 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Know thyself, said the ancient Greeks. Cheri Eisen, Fusion's head of human resources, thinks that advice is on the nose, even though Socrates and Plato weren't talking about wading into 2015's ultracompetitive job market. Eisen has a number of tips for job seekers ahead of Feb. 11's Mediabistro Job Fair in New York. Among her recommendations: Never pick up a call while in an interview and do tidy that Facebook page (no beer bongs, please). Fusion, a partnership between Disney/ABC and Univision, will participate in the sold-out event alongside media giants like AOL, CBS, Cond

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How to Score a Media Gig

February 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Know thyself, said the ancient Greeks. Cheri Eisen, Fusion's head of human resources, thinks that advice is on the nose, even though Socrates and Plato weren't talking about wading into 2015's ultracompetitive job market. Eisen has a number of tips for job seekers ahead of Feb. 11's Mediabistro Job Fair in New York. Among her recommendations: Never pick up a call while in an interview and do tidy that Facebook page (no beer bongs, please). Fusion, a partnership between Disney/ABC and Univision, will participate in the sold-out event alongside media giants like AOL, CBS, Cond

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How to Score a Media Gig

February 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Know thyself, said the ancient Greeks. Cheri Eisen, Fusion's head of human resources, thinks that advice is on the nose, even though Socrates and Plato weren't talking about wading into 2015's ultracompetitive job market. Eisen has a number of tips for job seekers ahead of Feb. 11's Mediabistro Job Fair in New York. Among her recommendations: Never pick up a call while in an interview and do tidy that Facebook page (no beer bongs, please). Fusion, a partnership between Disney/ABC and Univision, will participate in the sold-out event alongside media giants like AOL, CBS, Cond

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Anna Kendrick Meets Amy Schumer, and Won’t Soon Forget It, in MTV’s New Ad

February 4, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

We know how much you love Anna Kendrick, so here she is in yet another commercial where she gets to be funny and charming—this time at Amy Schumer's expense. Schumer is hosting the MTV Movie Awards in April, for which this serves as an early promo. Nothing too exciting happens, but it's entertaining nonetheless. If nothing else, Kendrick has shown time and again that she can make something out of nothing. "It was great to work with such a variety of comedians and actors in the campaign," said the director, Kim Nguyen of Backyard, in a statement. "It's fun leading them into different directions and providing an environment where they are willing to take chances and bring something different to each take. That collaboration really opened up so many funny possibilities that our entire crew was holding back laughter take after take." The MTV Movie Awards air on Sunday, April 12, at 8/7c.

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Viacom Is Trying Something New for Cable Upfront Season

February 2, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When the head of a major cable conglomerate calls ratings falloff "an important secular issue," it may be time to look for solutions outside traditional channels, and that's exactly what Viacom's ad sales team is doing. That remark, by the way, was made by Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman on the company's Q1 earnings call last week, and it's an important observation. Viewing habits are changing, and gross rating points are getting less and less desirable as network content flows through multiple, unmeasured channels. That hurts ad dollars. "Inadequate measurement undermines innovation and disproportionately impacts ... multiplatform experiences that viewers demand," Dauman told investors. "While it is currently a reality of our business, at Viacom we are not waiting for change." At client-only presentations in New York last month, Viacom laid out its upfront season pitch to offer more to (and hopefully get more from) its advertiser base.

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Bruce Jenner ‘Journey’ Docuseries In Development At E!

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

E! is developing a docuseries following Bruce Jenner’s “journey,” Variety has learned. The former Olympian and newly divorced husband to Kris Jenner of the Kardashian clan, which stars in several unscripted series at the cable network, has generated considerable speculation in the tabloid press that he is on the verge of revealing he is transgender. The... Read more

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Larry Wilmore on How He Landed The Nightly Report and What He Learned From Jon Stewart

January 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When CBS tapped Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as its Late Show host, many people assumed Larry Wilmore—The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent" since 2006 — would be a natural fit to take over Colbert's 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central slot. But not Wilmore himself. "I didn't think about it at all. I was working on the Black-ish pilot at the time, so my mind was trying to get that going," said Wilmore, who had signed on as showrunner for the ABC comedy (he previously created The PJs and The Bernie Mac Show). But his Daily Show boss, Jon Stewart, set his sights on Wilmore, and last May, Comedy Central announced that he would indeed step in for Colbert to host The Minority Show with Larry Wilmore. The title ended up being short-lived. Fox began developing a series based on the 2002 Tom Cruise sci-fi film Minority Report, which would have forced Wilmore to use his show's full name on all platforms. So in November, the program was retitled The Nightly Report with Larry Wilmore. What hasn't changed is the show's concept: a mix of Wilmore's unique comic voice and a panel discussion about the day's pertinent issues. "No one has taken the point of view of the underdog, which is my view of the world," he said. "And Jon's idea was to populate it with people who don't always get a shot in that landscape. So it's a combination of those two things." Before The Nightly Report's well-received debut Monday, Wilmore sat down to discuss his new show, its last-minute name change and how mastering social media can be even more daunting than replacing Colbert. Adweek: I understand why you had to lose The Minority Report, but how tough was it to make that title change so late in the game? Larry Wilmore: Well, we made the call on the field, so to speak, before it really got too late. Part of our constructing the show was understanding how the audience sees content these days. They see it through social platforms—Twitter, Facebook—so your show has to live in those environments. And it was becoming very difficult to operate in those environments and having to use The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore as a complete tag all the time. We were being confined legally by doing that in all forms of everything, and it was becoming a nightmare.

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