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Charlie Hebdo Post-Attack Issue Sells Out, eBay Bids Top $1,100 (THR)
What is being billed as \»the survivors’ issue\» of Charlie Hebdo will increase its record print run from 3 million to 5 million, distributor MLP said on Wednesday. Amid huge demand, copies of the issue also appeared on eBay in markets outside of France, with one auction on the U.K. version of the site reaching a price of more than $1,100. FishbowlNY Canada received five times more copies of Charlie Hebdo than the U.S. because unlike the U.S., where distribution of the French satirical magazine was halted in 2010, Canada has continued to carry the publication, mainly in Quebec. The U.S., which normally sees zero copies, will have 300 on hand by the end of the week. PRNewser The issue has prompted a debate about media ethics. Nearly every outlet around the world saw it as a reputation challenge: show the image of Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo cover, which repeats the \»offense\» that inspired the attack on the magazine by publishing a visual representation of the prophet Muhammad, or not? HuffPost In the aftermath of the attack, major news sites, including The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and The Daily Beast, published some of the cartoons in question. The New York Times didn’t budge amid calls for solidarity and was joined in its decision last week by The Associated Press, most television news divisions and several major newspapers. But nearly all top U.S. newspaper editors reached a different decision on the matter of publishing the latest cover. The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post all published it in recent days. Mediaite It appears as though their squeamishness is not nearly as severe as that of media in the U.K. Hebdo writer Caroline Fourest appeared Wednesday evening on SkyNews to tout the magazine’s newest issue. The camera then panned out as Fourest reached for a copy of the magazine. The anchor then explained the decision to cut away: \»We at SkyNews have chosen not to show that cover, so we’d appreciate it, Caroline, not showing that.\» WSJ Additionally, French prosecutors Wednesday ordered stand-up comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala to stand trial next month on criminal charges of being an apologist for terrorism, after he appeared to express solidarity with one of the gunmen who stunned France last week.
Bill O’Reilly Is Executive Producer of Upcoming FNC Series (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel has announced a new 10-week series, Legends & Lies: Into The West, which will be executive produced by Bill O’Reilly. The first episode airs on April 12 at 8 p.m. ET. THR The series will tackle different figures of the American West — including Jesse James, Davy Crockett, Doc Holliday and Billy The Kid. “We are thrilled to present our viewers with insight that defined the West’s past and pay tribute to some of the most notorious American trailblazers,” said FNC senior exec VP Bill Shine of the pickup. Variety Two original episodes will run back-to-back for the premiere week, with brand new episodes debuting every following Sunday. Legends & Lies will also be presented during additional weekend slots including Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET and on Sundays. The documentary-style series is produced by Warm Springs Production, which is known for such programs as History’s Mountain Men, Animal Planet’s American River Renegades and HGTV’s Log Cabin Living. Capital New York During its 10-week run, the replays of the show will be taking over a time-slot that had been occupied by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s eponymous program. Huckabee announced that he was parting ways with FNC to pursue a possible presidential bid.
Rosie Perez to Exit The View (Variety)
After only four months on The View, Rosie Perez is leaving the ABC morning show. Mediaite Perez joined The View alongside existing moderator Whoopi Goldberg, returning co-host Rosie O’Donnell and newcomer Nicolle Wallace last fall. Deadline ABC News tried to shoot down a report of Perez’s departure Wednesday afternoon, issuing this statement: \»Rosie Perez is currently in rehearsal for her Broadway play for the month of January. Her status with the show has not changed.\» When ABC announced back in September that Perez had been hired for its daytime talker, it was explained that the actress previously had signed on to co-star opposite Larry David in the Broadway production of Fish in The Dark, produced by Scott Rudin, and would take off the month of January from The View for rehearsals, returning next month. TheWrap According to an insider, the network has reached the conclusion that it has steered the panel too old. ABC now wants to look at replacements for Perez who appeal to young viewers. Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox and Glee alum Naya Rivera are on the preliminary short list.
Carlos Slim Could Become Top NYT Shareholder (FishbowlNY)
Carlos Slim, the 74-year-old Mexican billionaire, could become the largest shareholder of The New York Times if he exercises his options by Thursday’s deadline. NYT Slim has more than doubled his stake in The New York Times Company, to nearly 17 percent, the company said on Wednesday. Slim exercised warrants to acquire nearly 16 million shares of the company’s Class A stock at a price of over $6.36 a share, the company said, increasing his stake from 7 percent. He now owns nearly 28 million shares in total. New York Post / Media Ink Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson said the Times would use the money from the stock sale for a one-time stock repurchase program.
DOJ Tweaks Its Own Rules on When to Subpoena Press (HuffPost)
The Justice Department is revising guidelines that spell out when federal prosecutors can seek information from and records of reporters in a move intended to expand high-level review before subpoenas and warrants are issued, attorney general Eric Holder announced Wednesday. Minneapolis Star Tribune / AP The revisions affect guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during criminal leak investigations, removing language that news organizations said was ambiguous and requiring additional levels of review before a journalist can be subpoenaed. The updated policy revises protocols announced last year amid outrage among news organizations over Obama administration tactics. Politico / Josh Gerstein A phrase that limited protections to individuals engaged in “ordinary newsgathering activities” is being changed to simply say “newsgathering activities,” undercutting prosecutors’ ability to argue that the techniques a journalist was using to gather information were so unorthodox as to be unworthy of consideration under the department’s policy.
Iran Court Studies Case of Detained Washington Post Bureau Chief (The Washington Post)
Iranian judiciary authorities have referred the case of a detained Washington Post journalist to Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, a news agency reported Wednesday, in a move that appears to set the stage for a review before a possible trial. Poynter / MediaWire Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, told al Arabiya English Wednesday that Jason Rezaian’s case was \»a judicial matter,\» and that the government was \»doing its best\» to intervene on his behalf. Rezaian, who was arrested with his wife in July, was formally charged in December, although the court has not made the charges public. HuffPost / AP The report by the official IRNA news agency came the same day as U.S. secretary of state John Kerry met with Zarif before talks with world powers resume over the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program. It wasn’t immediately clear if the two events were connected, though Zarif earlier said he hoped the case against Rezaian could be “resolved.”
Jim Cantore Joins Sam Champion’s Morning Show (TVNewser)
Long-time Weather Channel meteorologists Jim Cantore and Jennifer Delgado will be joining Sam Champion on the network’s three-hour morning show, AMHQ. Deadline Cantore’s gig starts Jan. 26, and The Weather Channel in its release promised he won’t be tethered exclusively to the studio — good news for fans of his on-the-scene reporting that has made him the network’s most popular weather honcho. \»While Jim will be in the studio regularly for AMHQ, the minute severe weather threatens, he will be out in the elements providing his insights and expertise,\» Champion said. Variety The Weather Channel is also expanding the program to weekends.
Seventeen Names Exec Editor (FishbowlNY)
Seventeen has named Joey Bartolomeo executive editor of the magazine. Bartolomeo comes to the magazine from Self. Prior to her time at Self, Bartolomeo was a senior writer at People and Us Weekly. She begins Feb. 2 and will report to Seventeen’s editor-in-chief Michelle Tan. WWD / Memo Pad In 2013, Bartolomeo served as entertainment and features director at Self when it was helmed by then-editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger. A year later, Self had undergone a shakeup under newly installed editor-in-chief Joyce Chang, who came from Joanna Cole’s Cosmopolitan. Recently Coles, Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief, added the title of editorial director of Seventeen, with Tan reporting to her.
Study: 53 Percent Shun Movie Theaters, Citing High Ticket Prices (THR)
Was 2014’s 5 percent slump in domestic box-office revenue an aberration or the start of a trend? A new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey reveals that about 25 percent of American consumers say they saw fewer movies in a theater in 2014 than they did in 2013, primarily due to rising costs. Variety Fifty-three percent of moviegoers tell PwC that the reason they don’t see more movies is that it costs too much in theaters, while 30 percent say they prefer to watch them on their own schedule and 29 percent prefer to spend their money on other recreational activities. For the first three quarters of 2014, the average ticket price was $8.12, according to information provided by the National Association of Theatre Owners.
Print Book Sales Rose 2.4 Percent (GalleyCat)
Think eBooks are killing print book sales? Think again. According to the latest metrics from Nielsen BookScan, unit sales of print books rose 2.4 percent in 2014. This accounts for more than 635 million units sold.
Rupert Murdoch Walks Back Tweet About ‘All Muslims’ (Mediaite)
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch Wednesday apologized (well, sort of) for his controversial tweets saying all Muslims should be held accountable for radical acts of Islamic terrorism. Murdoch subsequently fell on the receiving end of much ridicule last week, from The Daily Show, comedian Aziz Ansari, and yes, even the grand purveyor of Hogwarts herself, J.K. Rowling.
U.K. Creative Industries Worth Record High to Local Economy in 2013 (THR)
The U.K.’s creative industries were worth $117 billion to the local economy in 2013, a record high, buoyed by a surge in film and TV. The figure rose 9.9 percent on 2012’s figures, with the industry growing three times faster than the wider U.K. economy.
WSJ Alums Fete John Quincy Adams Book Author And Zinczenko’s Latest Best Seller (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
Sometimes a Wednesday at Michael’s is all about bold face names and celebrities (not that I’m complaining, mind you) and sometimes I can barely wrap my head around the brain power (let alone ambition) contained in one room.
Imax Delays Game of Thrones Launch to Jan. 29 for Bigger Theater Roll-Out (THR)
Imax and HBO are delaying by one week the big screen treatment for Game of Thrones to bump up the number of theaters for the roll-out. The final two episodes from season four of Game of Thrones will now debut on Thursday, Jan. 29, followed by the worldwide debut of the series’ season five sneak-peek preview created exclusively for Imax.
Maryland Court to Decide on Serial’s Adnan Syed’s Appeal (Mediaite)
Adnan Syed’s hopes of ever getting out of prison currently hang in the balance of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. The man who was the subject of the massively popular Serial podcast, which raised doubts about his guilt in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, high school student Hae Min Lee, currently has his final state appeal in the hands of that court.
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