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Jason Abbruzzese Joins NBC News Digital

Catherine Kim, executive editor for NBC News Digital, sent a note to staff Tuesday morning, announcing hire of Jason Abbruzzese: From Kim’s memo: I’m delighted to announce that Jason Abbruzzese is joining the digital team as Senior Tech Editor to oversee our coverage of the business of tech and media and its impact on our daily lives. As we begin to increase our reporting on the intersection of these areas with politics, the economy and culture, Jason is the ideal person… Read


Steve Capus Exit Note Looks To Next Chapter At CBS “Or Elsewhere”

Steve Capus, newly named as out as executive producer of CBS Evening News, sent a “note,” a copy of which follows. Meanwhile, CBS News chief David Rhodes sent his own “note,” mostly about Capus’s replacement, at the end of which he said, “I look forward to working with Steve through his transition as we explore the best opportunities within CBS for Steve to apply his talents.” Capus, in his “note” is not so sure he’s sticking around. Capus’s note: There are few times in a… Read


Twitter Shares Slide After COO Anthony Noto Quits To Become SoFi CEO

Shares in Twitter have declined 3% in morning trading on the news that COO Anthony Noto has resigned to become CEO at online lender Social Finance. Noto joined Twitter in July 2014 after working at Goldman Sachs. Before his role as COO at Twitter, he also served as CFO. The company said other execs will take on Noto’s oversight of ad sales and business operations. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted: “I’m really sad to see Anthony Noto leave us, but I’m happy for him and… Read


Mosheh Oinounou Replaces Steve Capus As EP ‘CBS Evening News With Jeff Glor’

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Mosheh Oinounou has been named executive producer of the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor.  He’s replacing Steve Capus, who is stepping down in the coming weeks, and “will be exploring other opportunities within CBS following this transition, CBS News said. Since joining CBS News in 2011, Oinounou served on the management team that created CBSN, becoming the first executive producer of the 24/7 live, streaming news service in 2014. More recently, Oinounou oversaw CBSN: On A… Read


Cate Blanchett Calls For Documentary Makers To Shine Light On Refugee Crisis

Carol star Cate Blanchett has said that documentary makers can help shine a light on the issue of the 65M refugees displaced around the world. Blanchett was speaking in Davos to promote her work as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR). She highlighted the likes of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who directed doc Human Flow, which told the story of the global crisis. "There doesn't seem to be as much time [now] for deep… Read


Christopher Plummer’s Replacement Role Earns Him Supporting Actor Nomination And Place In Oscar History

Christopher Plummer, who stepped into the role of J. Paul Getty in November following sexual allegations against Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the Worldwas nominated this morning for Best Supporting Actor. The nomination, which — at 88 — also makes him the oldest actor ever to be nominated (Gloria Stuart was 87 in Titanic in 1998). He had been nominated before in 2012 and won for Supporting Actor for Beginners and became the oldest winner of an Oscar at 82 at the… Read


Verizon Boss On Company’s Media M&A Stance: “Nothing Going On Right Now”

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam insists the company is not angling for a major media deal. "There is nothing going on right now with us considering a large media play," he said during this morning's conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss the company’s fourth-quarter results. "In fact, if you look at the actions we have taken [with recent streaming deals for NFL and NBA games], we think being a great partner, monetizing through advertising and being independent" is… Read


Jimmy Kimmel Seeks Therapy For Best-Picture Trauma In New Oscar Promo

“I dream about it every night,” Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel tells his “therapist” about last year’s Academy Awards Best Picture snafu. “I’ve tried to get past it…I think I’m losing my mind. And the worst part is, they want me to do it again! Kimmel says in the new promo for the upcoming Oscars ceremony, released just after noms were announced Tuesday morning. Making his Oscar-hosting debut last year at the 89th Academy Awards, the seamless show was marred by a monstrous… Read


Oscars’ Biggest Snubs: Franco, Hanks, Spielberg & Martin McDonagh Shut Out This Morning

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There was a 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska this morning, but for many in Hollywood the real rumble were the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards that were announced today. The approximately 6,000 AMPAS voters took some like Gary Oldman, Jordan Peele and Allison Janney to higher ground. However, for the over looked Tom Hanks, James Franco and Michelle Williams, it must have felt like the Earth opened up underneath them or that Tiffany Haddish and Andy… Read

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Actor James Franco Snubbed for Oscar Nomination Amid Misconduct Allegations

James Franco, who’d collected scores of accolades for his performance in The Disaster Artist, was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences amid allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior. The bankable actor did not receive a nomination for best actor, despite collecting a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in the cult favorite The Room. The allegations surfaced soon after Franco collected his Golden Globe Award while sporting a Time… Read


Oscar Nominations: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Leads Way With 13

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled nominations for the 90th Oscars this morning, marking the apex of an awards season. Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water earned a topping 13 noms, the second-most ever, including directing and writing mentions for Guillermo del Toro. In a season where several films have jockeyed for frontrunner status, the fantastical period drama has stepped into that spot. Still, there were several surprises this morning, like… Read


Verizon Narrowly Misses Q4 Estimates, But Credits Trump Tax Bill For Profit Leap

Top wireless carrier Verizon, which is seen as a likely acquirer of more media assets in 2018, reported earnings that barely missed Wall Street estimates for the fourth quarter. The company said a tax-overhaul bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in late December will result in a one-time reduction in net deferred income tax liabilities of about $16.8 billion. Verizon estimated that the impact of the law to earnings per share for the year ended Dec. 31 was about… Read