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Dish Announces OTT Service Featuring CNN, ESPN (LostRemote)
At CES Monday, there was big news for cord cutters. Dish announced Sling TV, a streaming service available for $20 a month. Ad Age The service will offer live feeds of sports, news and scripted shows on TVs, computers and mobile devices. Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN, Time Warner’s TNT and CNN and others have agreed to supply cable channels. Re/code Dish’s offering, which the company says will launch “soon,” also comes with the ability to add more networks for additional fees. Sling TV is a “personal subscription service,” which means you’ll only be able to watch it on a single device at a time. If you don’t want to watch the shows on your laptop or tablet, you’ll need a device that helps get Web TV to your flatscreen, like an Amazon Fire TV, a Roku box or an Xbox One; you’ll also be able to use a handful of Smart TVs that will support the service at launch. THR This is not an a la carte service (you can’t buy one channel at a time) and it will include the carriage of commercials. It also does not include local TV signals, which means there is no need for Sling TV to pay those huge retransmission license fees. Dish apparently was able to get rights to retransmit ESPN from the Walt Disney Company as part of a larger agreement worked out in May that included retransmission of ABC channels and cable services. It is unclear if all ESPN programming will be available day and date; and there are going to be some live programs that won’t be available on mobile due to a separate agreement Disney’s sports service has with Verizon. NYT Sling TV is part of a growing wave of offerings expected from tech, telecom and media companies in the coming year, posing a threat to the established television business, which takes in $170 billion a year. Meanwhile, the streaming outlets of Amazon, Hulu and Netflix continue to pour resources into developing more robust offerings. Sony, CBS and HBO and others are starting Internet-only subscription offerings.

Leon Wieseltier Joins The Atlantic (FishbowlNY)
Leon Wieseltier is joining The Atlantic as a contributing editor and critic. Wieseltier comes to The Atlantic from The New Republic, where he had been literary editor for the past 31 years. FishbowlDC At The Atlantic, Wieseltier will be reunited with his former colleague at The New Republic, Ann Hulbert, literary editor of the magazine. James Bennet, president and editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, announced on Monday that Wieseltier will write for both the magazine and the website. Poynter / MediaWire Wieseltier was among the first to announce his departure from The New Republic during a shakeup that included the ousting of then-editor Franklin Foer. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Both Wieseltier and Foer left the magazine in December amid disagreements with the magazine’s ownership, which has announced plans to rebrand the century-old institution as a “digital media company.” Their departure sparked the resignation of the majority of the magazine’s masthead and fierce protest from Washington’s political and media establishment.

Forbes Announces Media ’30 Under 30′ (Forbes)
Forbes has unveiled its annual “30 Under 30” lists. FishbowlNY Here are some who made the cut for the media list: Amy Odell, editor of; Kate Ward, managing editor of; Koda Wang, general manager, international, The Huffington Post; Jamelle Bouie, staff writer, Slate; Lori Adelman, executive director, Feministing; and Alexandra Cavoulacos, co-founder, The Muse. TVNewser Few on the list work in legacy media like television news — in fact, just two. Freddy Flaxman, COO for television at The Weather Company, is 29 and made the list for “executing a complete network overhaul” at The Weather Channel, including the launch of AMHQ with Sam Champion, and Kevin Roose, 27, co-executive producer at Fusion, will be co-producing a documentary series for the network focusing on “pockets of technology and futurism.” Forbes This year’s media list highlighted 18 women (the most ever).

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James Risen, in Tense Testimony, Refuses to Offer Clues on Sources (NYT)
James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, took the witness stand in federal court on Monday and refused to answer any questions that could help the Justice Department home in on his confidential sources. Mashable Risen testified at an unusual pretrial hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, where former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling goes on trial next week on charges that he illegally leaked national security information to Risen that the journalist used in his 2006 book, State of War. A chapter in the book details an apparently botched plan to provide Iran with flawed nuclear blueprints through a Russian intermediary. HuffPost / Reuters The terse, and at times combative, testimony prompted a lawyer for Sterling to question whether prosecutors could even proceed with their case. There are many unequivocal statements the government cannot prove without Risen, said Edward MacMahon, a lawyer for Sterling. Sterling was indicted on unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and other charges in 2010.

Dianna Heitz Will Leave Politico for CNN (TVNewser)
Dianna Heitz, deputy managing editor at Politico, has announced she will leave the site after six years to join CNN, where she will be part of the expanding digital team at CNNPolitics. FishbowlDC In an article last month in The Washington Post, Erik Wemple found that about 25 percent of Politico’s editorial staff turned over in 2014, an alarming rate even for an organization known for its high turnover. Heitz becomes the sixth Politico reporter or editor to leave since the fall, with the most recent departure, MJ Lee, leaving in mid-December to join CNN Politics Digital. Capital New York Politico also announced Monday that it has hired Marilyn Thompson as a deputy editor. Thompson currently serves as Washington bureau chief for Reuters.

Fox Breaks Industry Record for Global Box Office (THR)
Thanks to a diverse slate that resonated with consumers, Fox set a new industry record at the worldwide box office in 2014. Fox movies generated $5.5 billion in global ticket sales, well ahead of the previous industry record of $5.17 billion set in 2011 by Paramount, and one of the few times that revenue has hit the $5 billion mark. Variety Internationally, Fox grossed $3.73 billion, marking an industry-wide high. The studio’s domestic arm posted $1.79 billion in receipts. That’s not a record for the movie business, but it is Fox’s best year ever. Deadline The studio’s big hitters were X-Men: Days of Future Past ($514 million gross internationally; $233 million domestically; $748 million worldwide) and Dawn of The Planet of The Apes ($500 million internationally, $209 million domestically, $709 million worldwide). They ended up being Fox’s No. 9 and No. 10 highest-grossing pics of all time globally.

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Netflix Will Start Blessing Some Internet TVs With Its Logo (Re/code)
Netflix is going to start anointing some Internet-connected TV sets with a seal of approval. The streaming video service says it will start designating some new sets as “Netflix Recommended” this spring. Netflix says it wants to highlight sets that come with “consumer benefits including turning the TV on instantly, faster app launch and faster resume of video playback.” Variety In an announcement timed for CES, Netflix said the initial partners expected to be certified under the program this spring are Sony Electronics, LG Electronics, Sharp Electronics, Vizio and manufacturers of Roku TVs.

CNN Debuts ‘Re-Platformed’ (TVNewser)
Over the weekend, CNN “flipped the switch” on its re-designed website, “It is a total re-platforming of one of the largest and most trafficked sites in the world — a significant overhaul,” said CNN general manager of digital Andrew Morse in a note to staff Monday morning. FishbowlDC Morse, who was hired from Bloomberg back in August 2013 to lead CNN’s domestic newsgathering and digital editorial efforts, listed several key features of the overhaul: Consistent user experience across platforms, emphasis on video, social enhancements, a sleek and modern design aesthetic, and improved navigation.

LAT Loses Orr, Rainey (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Los Angeles Times lost two major newsroom figures over the holidays: Jimmy Orr, who served for four years as managing editor for digital, and James Rainey, the long-time political and media reporter. Orr is moving to Denver to be with his wife and will launch a new multi-platform sports venture. Variety Rainey has joined Variety as a senior film reporter.

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Fred Poust Joins Forbes (FishbowlNY)
Fred Poust, the former chief marketing officer for the Clinton Global Initiative, is joining Forbes as senior vice president of conferences and business development.

Viacom Settles Intern Class Action Lawsuit (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
Viacom is about to become the latest media giant to stage an exit from the messy litigation over unpaid internships. On New Year’s Eve, attorneys informed a New York federal judge that the company had come to a deal in principle to settle a class action lawsuit challenging whether its old intern program violated minimum wage and other labor laws.

White House Stands by FBI’s North Korea Conclusion Over Sony Hack (Variety)
As speculation continues that a disgruntled ex-employee was involved in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the White House on Monday continued to stand by the FBI’s conclusion that North Korea was responsible for the massive security breach.

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DreamWorks Animation Shake-Up: Bonnie Arnold, Mireille Soria Replace Bill Damaschke as Production Heads (THR)
Looking to restore the luster to the film side of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg has tapped veteran producers Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria to serve as co-presidents of feature animation, replacing Bill Damaschke.

Former Drudge Report Editor Launches Politics-Focused Site ‘Right Read’ (HuffPost)
Joseph Curl, a veteran political writer and most recently an editor for The Drudge Report, unveiled a new politics-focused, aggregation-heavy site on Monday called Right Read.

E! Orders Primetime Comedy Talk Show Hosted by Grace Helbig (Capital New York)
E! is getting back into the late-night talk-show game, ordering a primetime comedy talk show hosted by actress and comedian Grace Helbig. The show, which has the working title The Grace Helbig Project, is set to debut in April.

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