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CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Nabs First Demo Win With New Host

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

For the first time since former New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter took over as anchor of CNN’s Sunday all-things-media program cnnlogo__130909223055-200x95__131028185652__131031215342__131104224558__131108225110__131209225955Reliable Sources, the show edged out Fox News Channel’s like-minded show MediaBuzz in the news demo.  Reliable Sources‘ 193,000 demo viewers put it 21,000 viewers ahead of MediaBuzz  at 11 AM;  in overall audience, MediaBuzz (881,000 viewers), helmed by former Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz, enjoyed a big advantage over RS (384,000) as has his show every week.
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Lifetime Developing Brian Stelter’s Morning Infotainment Wars Book, ‘Top Of The Morning’, As Movie

Lifetime is developing a TV movie adaptation of Brian Stelter‘s Top Of The Morning: Inside the TODAYCutthroat World of Morning TV, about the rise of Good Morning America over Today in the morning infotainment ratings war. The movie will be executive produced by Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto (and produced by their Diga Vision), who acquired the rights. They’re still working on securing writers and closing various deals, an informed source says. The source adds that Stelter, who covered media for the New York Times when he wrote the blah-ly reviewed book, has had virtually no involvement with the project — though word of the deal first broke on TVNewser, which Stelter founded, along with TV Guide. Stelter, meanwhile, has moved on from NYT and is now senior media reporter and Reliable Sources host at CNN.

And now, to  the important stuff — casting! Who should play Matt Lauer? Ann Curry? George Stephanopoulos? Robin Roberts? Sam Champion?

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Brian Stelter’s Debut As CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Host Snags Just 400,000 Viewers

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 8:19am PST

Former New York Times media correspondent Brian Stelter also clocked 118,00  viewers in the cnnlogo__130909223055-200x95__131028185652__131031215342__131104224558__131108225110news demo in his debut as permanent host of CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday. Same day, former Reliable Sources host Howart Kurtz logged 960,000 viewers — 239,000 in the news demo — in his new gig as host of FNC’s  all-things-media program, MediaBuzz. That puts Kurtz 104% ahead of Stelter in total viewers, 103% in 25-54 year olds. Stelter’s debut came in 35% lower in overall crowd, and 49% in the demo, compared to Reliable Source’s most recent telecast on November 24 with another guest host. (CNN focused on breaking news coverage of the New York train wreck on Sunday, December 1 in the slot.) Kurtz has grown his MediaBuzz audience by 98% in overall audience — 33% in the demo — since debuting. (Last month, after 11 weeks at FNC, Kurtz broke the 1 million viewer barrier, without breaking news, on his new all-things-media show, MediaBuzz. In his 15 years hosting CNN’s Reliable Sources, Kurtz never sustained 1 million viewers for the full telecast — though it broke 1 million viewers on a couple of Sundays when the format was interrupted for breaking news of the earthquake that had struck Japan, in March of 2011, and again in December 2012, on the day of memorial services for Sandy Hook elementary school shootings victims.)

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CNN Names NYT Media Reporter Brian Stelter To Host ‘Reliable Sources’

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 6:26am PST

CNN has named The New York Times media industry reporter Brian Stelter to host Reliable Sources, the network’s Sunday program that focuses on the top media stories. He’s replacing Howard Kurtz, who had been media industry reporter at The Washington Post when he got the gig, later moving to The Daily Beast; Kurtz, who headlined Reliable Sources for 15 years, left in July and now hosts a similar program, MediaBuzz for Fox News Channel, which has been beating Reliable Sources in ratings. Unlike Kurtz when he hosted Reliable Sources, Stelter is leaving his newspaper position to take the TV job, though he had said he would not leave the NYTimes for a TV job when he began auditioning for the CNN post. This morning he reported, via Twitter, that leaving the NYTimes is “surreal.” That’s because he’d been there since graduating college — which is to say since  2007. At NYTimes, he covered television and digital media for the Media & Advertising and Arts sections of the newspaper and for the newspaper’s blog, Media Decoder. Stelter also will serve as a senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter was among a rotation of reporters who cover the media, including CNN, who’d tried out for the cable news network job. In 2013, Stelter published The New York Times best-selling book Top Of The Morning: Inside The Cutthroat World Of Morning TV (2013). Stelter also created TVNewser, … Read More »

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Sundance: Participant Media, Magnolia Team For New York Times Docu ‘Page One’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Participant Media and Magnolia are partnering on the U.S. distribution rights to Andrew Rossi’s Page One. Deal was mid-six figures and a commitment for a strong theatrical release. Participant will provide the backing it did past documentary successes Food Inc, Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth. The documentary is what director Andrew Rossi brought back after spending 14 months camped out at the media desk of The New York Times. He followed reporters like David Carr and Brian Stelter as they reported on technological changes, the same ones that were walloping the newspaper’s circulation and advertising, causing newsroom layoffs. Deal was brokered by Submarine’s Josh Braun after the film had its premiere on Sunday. IFC, Goldwyn and Magnolia battled late into the evening. When things were well along with Magnolia, Participant Media emerged, and the decision was made to partner.

It’s intriguing the deal comes the same morning that the Times wrote a long article about troubles at rival LA Times, and how that paper is losing standing with homegrown readers. “The conceit of the film was I followed editors and reporters on the media desk as they covered stories about changing technology as the paper itself underwent tumultuous change and layoffs because of that technology,” Rossi told me days ago when Deadline ran a clip about Stelter’s first story involving WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. Here is it again:

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Hot Sundance Clip: New York Times Docu ‘Page One’ And WikiLeaker Julian Assange

Mike Fleming

One of the Sundance documentaries showing up on buyer priority lists is Page One. Director Andrew Rossi camped out at the media desk of The New York Times for 14 months. Trust me, a chronicle of the day to day activities of out-of-shape journalists ordinarily would be like watching grass grow. But Rossi had timing on his side: he shot while the newspaper was struggling through a print decline that hobbled circulation and advertising. Rossi was on hand when the paper laid off 100 reporters. “The conceit of the film was I followed editors and reporters on the media desk as they covered stories about changing technology as the paper itself underwent tumultuous change and layoffs because of that technology,” Rossi said. Here’s an exclusive clip where reporter Brian Stelter chases an early story about WikiLeaker Julian Assange.

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