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Soledad O’Brien Forms Production Company…Does Deal with CNN…

Posted in CNN on February 21, 2013 by icn2

So this is how CNN holds on to Soledad O’Brien after it drops Starting Point? The network announced that O’Brien is forming her own production company and it will be airing specials it produces…

CNN Joins Forces with Soledad O’Brien’s New Production Company

Starfish Media Group Will Produce Specials and Documentaries for CNN

CNN is entering into a production and distribution agreement with critically-acclaimed journalist Soledad O’Brien, whose new production company will produce long-form programming specials for the network it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, president CNN Worldwide. O’Brien’s company, which will launch in June, will produce three long-form programming specials for CNN in 2014. Those specials will include one of the network’s most successful franchises, Black in America. O’Brien’s new production company, Starfish Media Group, in conjunction with CNN, will act as the exclusive worldwide distributor of previous documentaries featuring O’Brien. She will also host the 2013 CNN Black in America documentary, which will air later this year.

“We greatly value Soledad’s experience, and her first-rate storytelling will continue to be an asset to CNN,” said Zucker. “Documentaries and long-form story telling are important to our brand and we’re anticipating more of what we’ve come to expect from her — riveting content.”

“The new partnership opportunity allows me to focus on what I love to do the most, and to focus on the next stage of my career, owning my own work,” said O’Brien, “At CNN, I am grateful to have been able to tell often underreported stories and confront difficult topics. In the new production venture, I will continue to shine a light on what we all find most interesting about America.”

As anchor and special correspondent for CNN, O’Brien has been integral in hosting and developing the award winning Black in America franchise, one of the network’s most successful international franchises, as well as reporting breaking news from around the globe. In 2011, she won her first Emmy for Crisis in Haiti (Anderson Cooper 360) in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form. O’Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O’Brien the Journalist of the Year and Edward R. Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America in 2010.

Starfish Media Group is a 360 media production company and distributor, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, opportunity, poverty and personal stories. Starfish Media Group will produce both long-form reporting for CNN and other platforms, as well as theatrical and scripted television projects. In addition to Starfish Media Group, Soledad, along with her husband Brad, will also continue to run the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation, that sends two dozen young women to and through college (obrienraymondfoundation.org).

Buried Nuggets…

Posted in MSNBC on February 21, 2013 by icn2

This is story about Steve Capus maybe going to CNN by Claire Atkinson in the New York Post is a few days old but it contains one piece of information that set my alarms off…

Meanwhile, Capus’ former boss, Chairman of the NBC News Group Patricia Fili-Krushel, has moved her office down from the corporate floor to the third floor, where NBC News management resides.

A source familiar with NBC said Fili-Krushel bumped Elena Nachmanoff, a news vice president in charge of dealing with talent.

I noted this on Twitter yesterday in between layovers getting home. That Fili-Krushel had moved “downstairs” was old news. That long time NBCer Elena Nachmanoff was the one who had to vacate her office to make it happen was big news that can’t be ignored. The fact that it happened and was publicly leaked out to the Post, which tends to not happen in this industry, is significant. Just how significant is the open question. Nachmanoff wields a lot of power inside NBC…or rather she did under Jeff Zucker and Steve Capus. This relocation for someone of her stature inside the news division is the kind of publicly embarrassing moment that makes observers like me stop in our tracks and say, “Hmmmm…is there another shoe that’s going to drop?”. It may ultimately mean nothing. But if something else should happen to Nachmanoff, you can point to this moment as the first public sign of what was to come.

Alexis Glick Joins Cumulus Board of Directors…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on February 21, 2013 by icn2

Cumulus Media announced a couple of days ago that Alexis Glick had joined its board of directors. I post this as further evidence that Glick won’t be returning to TV fulltime…

Media Veteran Alexis Glick Joins Cumulus Board of Directors

ATLANTA, February 20, 2013 – Cumulus Media, the nation’s largest pure-play radio broadcaster with 525 stations and a network including more than 5,000 affiliated stations, announces the appointment of media industry veteran Alexis Glick to the company’s Board of Directors effective immediately.
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