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Four months before his death, Louis Zamperini sat down with Tom Brokaw and Angelina Jolie to talk about “Unbroken,” the film she is making about his life. But before they talked about the movie, Zamperini told Brokaw about the time he met Hitler. When Zamperini competed at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the Nazi was impressed by his speed. Also read: Louis Zamperini, Inspiration for the Film ‘Unbroken,’ Dead at 97 “All he said was, the boy with the fast finish,” Zamperini recalled. Soon after, the boy joined the war against Hitler. When his bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, he survived »
- Tim Molloy
Diane Sawyer's September departure from her nightly anchor desk at ABC News, announced on Wednesday, is clearly a major event that will change -- or rather, lay bare -- the face of TV news. How to explain the multi-rippled impact of Sawyer's stepping aside? Use a phrase that was once applied to her old boss, Richard Nixon: "Follow the money."
In the short term, of course, ABC may save some money by having young pup David Muir (who's 40 and has decades less seniority than 68-year-old Sawyer) take her nightly seat. Meanwhile, naming morning mainstay George Stephanopoulos as "Chief Anchor" for breaking news seems a largely cosmetic and cheap way to keep the daytime news star happy without actually promoting him or increasing his duties much. And keeping the morning crew happy is, in a way, what this move is really all about.
After all, Muir's version of the »
- Gary Susman
Hosting the evening newscast turned Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw into luminaries and national statesmen. ABC News has now declared that the person who leads that national institution no longer has to be the most important face on the screen.
Sure, we expect to see David Muir, the hardworking correspondent who is set to succeed Diane Sawyer as the managing editor and anchor of ABC’s flagship “World News,” holding forth during times of great import. But ABC News made it clear Wednesday that viewers should largely expect to welcome George Stephanopoulos on the screen when disaster strikes, war breaks out, or the nation gathers in its living rooms to suss out matters of great import.
- Brian Steinberg
ABC has made official what has been apparent for some time: That “Good Morning America” — and its entertainment-over-news priorities — is the most important part of its news division. That was codified in Wednesday’s announcement regarding the replacement of Diane Sawyer, which tapped David Muir to fill her “World News” seat, but made “Gma’s” George Stephanopoulos the network’s face during major events and breaking-news situations.
If the splitting of those duties sounds relatively minor, it represents a sharp departure from history, where the evening-news anchor was always the “face” of the news division. One need only think back to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, when the trio of Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings held sway, as they had so many times before during various tragedies and milestones.
This isn’t intended as a slight to Stephanopoulos, who has demonstrated himself to be a workhorse, anchoring the Sunday »
- Brian Lowry
Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Ron Howard, Fox’s Chase Carey, and AMC Networks’ Josh Sapan were among the moguls who paid tribute to Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav today in a video as his alma mater, Syracuse University, presented him with its Fred Dressler Leadership Award. “This is a guy who’s not afraid to fail — and when he does, as he did with Planet Green, he moves on,” former Viacom chief Tom Freston said in presenting the award. “I don’t think there’s anyone in the business who’s having a better time than he is.” The university gave the honor as part of its annual Mirror Award luncheon to recognize some of the year’s best journalism about the media. Re/code‘s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg received the I-3 award for impact, innovation and influence. The John M. Higgins Award for in-depth and enterprise reporting »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes will make a rare appearance on CNN on June 15, when the network premieres 41ON41, a profile of President George H.W. Bush. The gimmick is that 41 people will be seen on screen, talking about Bush – including Ailes, who was a campaign advisor. And yes, the two-hour film, weaving first-person accounts of the policy decisions and personal life experiences that shaped Bush’s life and presidency, is premiering on Father’s Day — and three days after Bush celebrates his 90th birthday. The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation funded the film, which is executive produced by Bush’s former White House speechwriter Mary Kate Cary and Rick Kaplan, formerly of CNN and ABC News. The film team also includes Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax at Lookalike Productions who produced and directed the film. In addition to former First Lady Barbara Bush, the film’s 41 storytellers include: »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Actor Michael Jace was arrested on Monday night and held on suspicion of killing his wife, April Jace, 40, who was found dead after police responded to a call of shots being fired. Police responded to a shots fired call around 8:30 p.m. local time in Los Angeles, where they found April dead on the scene. Michael, 51,was detained and taken in for questioning. He was later booked for murder, with his bail amount set at $1 million. Story: Peabody Awards Honor FX's 'The Bridge,' Tom Brokaw and Comedy Central's 'Key & Peele' The actor, who has appeared
- Debbie Emery, Hilary Lewis
Thesps from “Scandal,” “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” mingled with documentary filmmakers, news producers, Tom Brokaw and Anthony Bourdain Monday at the Peabody Awards, the TV industry’s most eclectic annual kudos ceremony.
The 46 winners, the most in org’s 73-year history, were chosen from more than 1,100 entries by the 16-member Peabody board and presented at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Awards are not given in categories; the sole criteria for winning is excellence in storytelling.
Veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw received the org’s achievement award recognizing his long career in journalism.
“This is a humbling moment for me,” Brokaw said. “If you live long enough »
- Addie Morfoot
Tom Brokaw spent more than 20 years in a pitched three-way battle as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News.” Yet his greatest legacy, frankly, might be how classily he has defined what the transition to emeritus status can look like.
Since gracefully handing the anchor reins to Brian Williams in 2004, Brokaw has remained a welcome presence on NBC, but has branched out beyond that — writing books devoted to “The Greatest Generation,” a demographic TV hardly chases; and hosting documentaries for various channels.
Networks always talk about keeping such personalities in the family, but it rarely happens. Brokaw’s last act elegantly bucks that trend.
What: Peabody Awards
When: 11 a.m. reception; 12:30 p.m. luncheon & ceremony, May 19
Where: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York
2014 Peabody Award Winners
Personal Award: Tom Brokaw
- Brian Lowry
Once a year, the elite of the entertainment and political worlds rub elbows at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Not everyone is pleased about the celebrity-driven nature of the party, which is meant to honor the press corps that covers White House happenings. The New York Times sits it out, and Tom Brokaw famously said, "Look, I think George Clooney is a great guy. I'd like to meet Charlize Theron. But I don't think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where the whole talk is about Cristal Champagne, taking over the Italian embassy, who had the best party, [and] who got to meet the most people." However you feel about the star-studded event, sometimes the guest list can leave you scratching your head. A few actors who play DC insiders on TV, say Kerry Washington or Kevin Spacey, don't ever seem out of place, »
- Annie Gabillet
Journalist Patrick Gavin has covered the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner for nearly a decade, but he’s leaving Politico to put D.C.’s celebrity-driven gala under the microscope of a two-hour feature length documentary.
His project, “Nerd Prom: Washington’s Wildest Week,” will focus on why dozens of celebrities would trek to D.C. at the same time every year to celebrate the White House press corps.
A five-day series of cocktail parties, live-music parties, screenings and brunches and other dinners now surround the Saturday evening event itself, a bit ironic as its growth has come as White House correspondents grapple with new pressures from social media and other digital platforms. Gavin says his project will capture that aspect of Whca, along with views of the fans of the event as well as those who have criticized the coziness of journalists and sources. Tom Brokaw, for instance, has been critical, »
- Ted Johnson
NBCUniversal has dedicated its West Coast news center to NBC journalist Tom Brokaw.
The Brokaw News Center, located on the Universal Studios lot, will be the home to the West Coast operations of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and Telemundo News and local stations NBC4 Southern California/Knbc and Telemundo 52/Kvea.
“It is fitting to name this state-of-the-art news center after a true broadcast legend like Tom who has done so much for journalism and for NBC News. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor,” said Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal, in a statement.
Brokaw has a distinguished career from reporting on the subject including civil rights movement, Watergate, Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and September 11th.
For the past six Olympics, »
- Nikara Johns
The “Brokaw News Center,” will house the West Coast operations of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and Telemundo News and local stations NBC4 Southern California/Knbc and Telemundo 52/Kvea. Brokaw has spent nearly his entire career with NBC News, starting as a Los Angeles bureau correspondent and a Knbc anchor, then of course rising to anchor NBC’s evening news.
For Brokaw, who joined NBC News in California in the 1960s the honor brings back a lot of memories. “I just turned 26 years of age,” he recalled in a short interview. “It was a life-changer for me.”
He would go on to cover the free-speech movement Berkeley, the Charles Manson murders, unrest in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts and more. »
- Brian Steinberg
NBC News will unveil a new Los Angeles bureau on the Universal Studios lot named in honor of longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. The Brokaw News Center -- which will be home to the West Coast operations of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo and Knbc and Kvea -- will be dedicated during a ceremony Tuesday morning attended by Brokaw and his wife, Meredith, as well as NBCUniversal executives including News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel, NBC News president Deborah Turness and CEO Steve Burke, who noted that Brokaw “is synonymous with integrity, passion and a commitment to getting the story right."
- Marisa Guthrie
In the minute-long snippet, Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade and former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw are among those who weigh in on the former Philadelphia 76er’s much talked about antics and career.
“He’s an icon around the world,” Wade says in the clip, while Brokaw adds, “He’s a rebel with a cause, and the cause is Allen.”
Based on the footage in the clip, the film looks to explore Iverson’s impact on the league and as well as his personal life.
“I wish it didn’t have to be like that – to have to go through the things that I went through,” Iverson explains near the end of the video. “But I can’t cry about that. »
- Andrea Seikaly
One of the most controversial players in NBA history, the new documentary Iverson examines and explores the history of this iconic athlete, as told from the eyes of Allen Iverson himself. From first-time director Zatella Beatty, the 11-time All Star and Mvp shines new light on his personal game as one of the best shooters to ever hit the court. Now officially retired, Allen Iverson is joined by the Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, former NBC Night News anchor Tom Brokaw and others in the first trailer for this provocative expose. Check it out before Iverson makes its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27.
This story first appeared in the April 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. PBS, Tom Brokaw and … Scandal? The soapy ABC political thriller was a surprise among the 46 winners of the prestigious Peabody Award revealed April 2 by the University of Georgia. The series, starring Kerry Washington and inspired by the life of Washington fixer Judy Smith, was called "part West Wing and part Dynasty" by the awards committee, referring to its storylines involving election rigging, assassination attempts and adulterous affairs by both the U.S. president and first lady. Story: 'Scandal's' Tony Goldwyn Defends Fitz, Warns 'None
- Lesley Goldberg
Former “Today” anchor Jane Pauley has agreed to become a contributor to CBS News’ “Sunday Morning.” The news was disclosed at the start of a panel held as part of an annual symposium held at Texas Christian University’s Schieffer School of Journalism by “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer.
Pauley may be best known for her 13-year tenure as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today,” where she held a seat from 1976 to 1989 alongside Tom Brokaw and Bryant Gumbel. She has also served as a host of NBC’s “Dateline” and as a daytime talk-show host.
‘We’re really, we’re really really happy to have you,” Schieffer said during the panel, according to a transcript provided by CBS NEws. “And I can’t think of a better place for you to tell a story. Because you’re a great storyteller – and Sunday Morning is one of my favorite, favorite broadcasts. »
- Brian Steinberg
The University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards set a record with 46 recipients, which were announced today on CBS This Morning. The winners, chosen from nearly 1,100 entries, were selected by the Peabody board to be named the “best in electronic media for 2013.”
Recipients range from local news to international coverage, also including entertainment series, documentaries, web-based winners and more. A complete list of the winners is below:
180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School (PBS)
Best Kept Secret (PBS)
- Samantha Highfill
The 2014 Peabody Award winners were announced Wednesday (April 2) on "CBS This Morning," honoring excellence on television, radio and the Internet. The awards, chosen by the University of Georgia Grady School of Journalism, will be handed out May 19 and the ceremony will air on Pivot later that month.
Awards include (full list can be found here):
"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" (CNN): Whether Bourdain's tireless search for new taste experiences takes him to Myanmar or Detroit, he never fails to find great stories to go with the food.
"Breaking Bad" (AMC): Through a stunning brand of visual storytelling and meticulous character development, we were able to explore the darkest chambers of a human heart in a way never before seen on TV. Over five seasons, Vince Gilligan made good on his promise to utterly transform Walter White from Mr. Chips into Scarface.
"The Bridge" (FX): A crime drama »
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