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MediaPulse | A Weekly Media Round-Up

Here are the top media industry stories we’re following this week:

The Big News:

  • 18 million tune in to GOP debate – recap from political pundits (CNN) and fact check/analysis (USA Today)
  • Serena Williams named Sportsperson of the Year – the first woman to receive the honor in more than 30 years (Adweek)
  • Martin Shkreli, the man who raised AIDS pill by 4000% overnight, is arrested on securities fraud (Mashable)


Talking Points:

  • The Force Awakens world premiere press and celebrity reactions (Los Angeles Times)
  • Jordan Smith wins Season 9 of The Voice (People)
  • Alfred I. duPont journalism awards include ABC News’ Bruce Jenner interview, Serial podcast, Al Jazeera America, 60 Minutes, Frontline, HBO, Vice, among others (winner’s list here)
  • Las Vegas Review and several local papers are bought for $140 million by casino mogul and GOP power player/CNN debate host Sheldon Adelson (The Huffington Post)
  • The Good Wife is 2015’s “Favorite” Show, followed by Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, according to social platform study from Amobee Brand Intelligence (Adweek)
  • Local TV KIMT-TV reporter witnesses bank robbery suspect during live shot (KIMT-TV Online)
  • FAA announces deadline for drone registration is February 19 (The Verge)


Scooptastic – Check out some of Cision Blog‘s top scoops for this week:

  • Dan Diamond joins POLITICO Pulse as a writer (Cision Blog)
  • Ruthie Fierberg joins Playbill.com as features editor (Cision Blog)


Teases & Trailers:

  • Netflix’s “Fuller House” will premiere on Feb. 26 with 13 episodes (Variety)
  • Star Trek Beyond trailer analyzed for July 22 release (The Guardian)
  • Will Smith is not in Independence Day: Resurgence, but Jeff Goldblum , Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox return to co-star with Liam Hemsworth (YouTube)
  • Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be in theaters in November 2016 (Slate)


Hosts with the Most:

  • Larry Wilmore to host White House correspondents’ dinner (Variety)
  • LL Cool J is back to host the 58th Grammy Awards in February (Broadcasting & Cable)
  • NBC News announces partnership with YouTube to host online telecast of Democratic debate on January 17 (Variety)
  • Howard Stern signs new Sirius XM five-year deal (The Hollywood Reporter)


New Launches:

  • Twitter Moments launch in the UK (The Next Web)
  • Fox Sports launches live streaming show/quadcast called “Outkick the Show” – only available on platforms Facebook, Periscope, YouTube and Fox Sports Go (NetNewsCheck)


Cancellations and Goodbyes:

  • E!’s The Soup signs off on Friday (E! Online)
  • CBS sitcom Mike & Molly is cancelled (Cinema Blend)
  • Trib Total Media shuts down two century-old papers in Pennsylvania (Poynter)
  • Founding editor Roy Sekoff is leaving HuffPo (POLITICO States)
  • Rdio to officially shut down on Dec. 22 (Mac Rumors)
  • Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show “Best Time Ever” on NBC is canceled after eight week run (Variety)
  • December is National Journal’s last print edition; an obit for the magazine by editorial director Ron Brownstein (National Journal)

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