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At Least 12 Killed in Shooting at Office of French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo (CNN)
At least 12 people were killed in Wednesday’s attack on a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, regional official Jean-Paul Huchon said. The gunmen “will be chased as long as necessary, so that they can be stopped and be brought before judges,” French President Francois Hollande said. Earlier, the President said, “This is a terrorist attack, there is no doubt about this.” USA Today French media reported that armed men wearing black hoods stormed the offices of the publication in a suburb of the city before firing automatic weapons in a scene that police described as “carnage.” BBC News According to the AP, the radical Islamic State group threatened to attack France minutes before Hebdo tweeted a satirical cartoon of the extremist group’s leader giving New Year’s wishes. The Guardian The three hooded men — described by a police union spokesman as “commandos” — are on the run after walking into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris’s 11th arrondissement at about midday on Wednesday and fleeing in a getaway car driven by a fourth. Charlie Hebdo’s offices were firebombed in 2011 after a spoof issue featuring a caricature of the prophet Mohammed on its cover.

Verizon CEO Says Video Effort to Debut in Second Half, AOL Acquisition Report Inaccurate (Re/code)
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam threw cold water on the idea his company was in talks to acquire AOL, but reiterated the company’s interest in offering a video service, saying it could debut in the second half of this year. FishbowlNY Bloomberg News reported Monday that Verizon had approached AOL about a possible acquisition or joint venture. According to Bloomberg News, Verizon was interested in AOL because it wants to expand its mobile-video products. More specifically, Verizon wanted a piece of AOL’s superior ad tech. Bloomberg News The wireless carrier hasn’t made a formal proposal to AOL, and no agreement is imminent, said people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Speaking at a conference Tuesday, McAdam said the company isn’t having “significant acquisition discussions” and is more interested in partnerships with media companies and content providers, rather than buying them. Variety Verizon expects to roll out a “mobile-first” Internet pay-TV service in the second half of 2015, likely with between 20 and 30 channels, aimed at younger consumers who aren’t interested in full-blown cable, McAdam said Tuesday. THR Last month, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo discussed the telecom giant’s planned mobile online video service. He said it would be “what we consider over-the-top mobile-first. Don’t think of it as linear TV programming. It is very different content.” He pointed to the company’s sports offers on mobile phones as good examples for what to expect.

NYT Deputy Editor Amy O’Leary Joining Upworthy (FishbowlNY)
Amy O’Leary, most recently digital deputy editor of The New York Times, is leaving the paper to join Upworthy, where she’ll serve as editorial director. O’Leary had been with the Times since 2007. Poynter / MediaWire In her new position, O’Leary will be the top editorial staffer, responsible for overseeing the creation and dissemination of Upworthy’s brand of shareable content. She replaces founding editorial director Sara Critchfield, who left in 2014 to work as a media strategist and consultant. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Before joining the Times, O’Leary worked in public radio as a producer for This American Life. She was named deputy international editor in October and was an author on the Times‘ “innovation” report last year, which warned that the paper’s “journalism advantage is shrinking” as it is surpassed by new digital competitors. HuffPost Upworthy is hoping that O’Leary, who arrives at the viral content site following a period of staff cuts and restructuring at the Times, will help to “bring important stories and causes to millions of people through compelling, engaging content.” She begins Feb. 9.

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Lois Romano Named Editor of Washington Post Live (The Washington Post)
Lois Romano will be returning to The Washington Post staff as editor of Washington Post Live. FishbowlDC Romano, who comes from Politico, starts with the Post on Feb. 2 and will report directly to executive editor Martin Baron, while working closely with Bob Bierman, general manager of Washington Post Live, Steve Hills and Fred Ryan. Poynter / MediaWire Washington Post Live, which puts on events with Post journalists and newsmakers, has been growing leading up to Romano’s appointment. Romano replaces Mary Jordan, who was editor for five years. She joins the Post’s national politics team, which is preparing for the 2016 election. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Romano joined Politico in 2012 from The Daily Beast/Newsweek as a senior political reporter before taking over the events division. She had previously worked nearly two decades at the Post.

The Atlantic Names Yoni Appelbaum Politics Editor, Sophie Gilbert Culture Editor (FishbowlDC)
The Atlantic has named Yoni Appelbaum as its new politics editor, as well as Sophie Gilbert as its new culture editor. FishbowlNY Appelbaum is a social and cultural historian with a Ph.D. in American History from Brandeis University. He comes to The Atlantic from Harvard. Gilbert most recently served as a senior editor of The Atlantic. Poynter / MediaWire Gilbert has been a senior editor at The Atlantic since May 2014, in charge of editing special reports and projects, according to the announcement. She has also contributed entertainment and culture articles. The announcement also mentioned that David Graham and Spencer Kornhaber have been elevated to staff writer positions.

Joshua Hersh Named Michael Hastings Reporting Fellow (FishbowlNY)
BuzzFeed News has named Joshua Hersh the latest Michael Hastings National Reporting Fellow. The award is a year-long appointment named in honor of Hastings, who was killed in a car accident in 2013. HuffPost Hersh, a freelance journalist, previously worked as the Huffington Post’s Beirut-based Middle East correspondent. He has written for The New Yorker, The New Republic and The Daily Beast. Hersh recently drew on his experience in Beirut for a moving profile of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, the American aid worker beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria. Poynter / MediaWire BuzzFeed News also announced Tuesday that Melissa Segura will be its first investigative fellow. Segura has reported at Sports Illustrated and since 2001, when she was a college intern.

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Game of Thrones Takes A Trailer of Its New Season to IMAX (NYT)
The dragons, dire wolves, White Walkers and power-hungry political factions in HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones will invade movie theaters later this month — on the big, big screen. An exclusive trailer for the coming season, along with the final two episodes of the previous season, will be shown in 150 IMAX theaters across the country. GalleyCat This will be the first time a television show gets displayed on these giant screens. The screening events will take place from Jan. 23 to 29. THR The two episodes screening are among Thrones‘ most cinematic ever, in particular “The Watchers on The Wall,” whose epic battle sequences saw it compared to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings films.

Jeb Bush Takes to Social Media, Launches ‘Right to Rise’ PAC (FishbowlDC)
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has announced via social media that he is launching a new leadership PAC called “Right to Rise” as he continues to explore the possibility of running for president. Mashable Besides setting up a super PAC, the presumptive candidate appears to be testing the social media waters by joining Instagram. Current president Barack Obama’s Instagram account, which has 3.5 million followers, is run by an outside advocacy group. Bush’s account links to his PAC, but no word yet on whether that’s who’s actually running the account.

CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live Tops Cable News (TVNewser)
CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will likely get Griffin yet another invitation to return, having delivered strong ratings — including 1.2 million viewers in the demo between midnight and 12:30 a.m. ET. HuffPost CNN brought in 1.597 million total viewers and 729,000 viewers in the key age demographic (25-54) from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fox News came in second, with 1.170 million total viewers and 209,000 in the key demo.

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Digital Downloads Top $1.5 Billion for First Time for Home Entertainment Industry (Variety)
Getting a last-minute boost by Sony’s The Interview, the electronic sale of movies and TV shows in the U.S. grew 30 percent in 2014, to earn nearly $1.6 billion for the first time. A record year was expected, with studios already seeing signs they would beat 2013’s benchmark of nearly $1.2 billion by the end of the third quarter, according to numbers tallied by the Digital Entertainment Group. THR The Interview has racked up $31 million in digital sales and rentals since its release on Dec. 24, Sony reported Tuesday.

AP’s Jennifer Agiesta Headed to CNN (FishbowlDC)
Jennifer Agiesta, director of polling for The Associated Press, is headed to CNN as its new director of polling and election analysis, announced CNN’s political director, David Chalian, in a staff memo Tuesday afternoon.

Gawker Hires Leah Beckmann as Deputy Editor (Capital New York)
Leah Beckmann is returning to Gawker as deputy editor, editor-in-chief Max Read announced Tuesday. Beckmann, currently a senior editor at Matter, one of Medium’s digital magazines, previously served as Gawker’s assistant managing editor.

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Media Stocks Fall as Investors Grow Anxious About Global Economy (Deadline)
Media company stocks are among the big losers as the Standard & Poor’s 500 endured its fifth straight day of decline Tuesday, the longest such stretch since 2013. Carmike, TiVo and Pandora hit 52-week lows, and all Big Media companies lost ground. Discovery (down 3.3 percent) led the pack, followed by Viacom (2 percent), CBS (2 percent), Comcast (1.3 percent), Fox (1.2 percent), Time Warner (1.1 percent), Disney (0.5 percent) and Sony (0.1 percent).

Mic Releases ‘MicCheck’ Mobile App (Capital New York)
Tuesday morning, millennial-focused news organization Mic released its first mobile app. Named “MicCheck,” the app shows users a curated stream of stories, from both Mic and other news sites.

More Fallout at After Retraction (Capital New York)
Two employees were escorted from the newsroom last month and have not been seen at the company since — all of this right on the heels of the news site’s retraction of a viral story about a racist email allegedly sent by a Harvard Business School professor to a Chinese restaurant.

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