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Gracies entry deadline approaching: Jan. 17
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There is still time to submit for the 2011 Gracie Awards — the new deadline is Monday, Jan. 17. The Gracies honor outstanding programming for, by and about women and offer over 50 categories for submission. More



10 lessons for the future from women in media
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As 2010 drew to a finish and the end-of-year lists started streaming in, it began to feel that there was something missing from the din of bold predictions and celebrated thinkers in the tech and media world: female voices. The lists were awfully, um, man-happy — an especially jarring finding in a year when I learned more from trailblazing women than I can begin to recount. There’s a good chance I was just reading the wrong lists, or not enough of them. But it was an inspiration for me to compile a list of my own. More

NBC's Andrea Kremer dismayed by 'vitriol' over sideline reporters
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NBC sideline reporter Andrea Kremer doesn't know what did or didn't happen between ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards and announcer Ron Franklin. But she's dismayed by some of the "mean-spirited" comments about Franklin's firing for allegedly demeaning Edwards. Many of these boil down, she says, to the same canards that for years have plagued female sideline reporters: Why are they there? What do they add? Do women belong in sports at all? More
Related story: ESPN fires Ron Franklin for calling Jeannine Edwards 'sweet baby' (The Washington Post)


Beloved Tulsa, Okla., anchorwoman Betty Boyd dies
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Former KTUL host Betty Boyd passed away. She was 86. Boyd — a native of Tulsa, Okla. — joined the KTUL staff in 1965 after 10 years at KOTV and was the host of "The Betty Boyd Show," which was a big hit for viewers and made KTUL number one among female viewers. The show was a mix of community affairs, women's topics as well as interviews with local news makers. More



Executive in Juan Williams firing resigns
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A senior news executive at National Public Radio (NPR) who played a key role in firing commentator Juan Williams has resigned, NPR said in announcing the completion of a review of the Williams controversy. The radio network said in a statement that senior vice president for news Ellen Weiss has resigned and NPR's board of directors also recommended new internal procedures for handling personnel decisions and disciplinary action after reviewing Williams' dismissal in October. More

HBO picks up Lena Dunham pilot to series
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Thirteen years after the premiere of "Sex and the City," HBO will launch another comedy about single girlfriends who are a decade younger than Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. The pay cable network has picked up to series "Girls," Lena Dunham's comedy pilot executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. The 24-year-old prodigy Dunham wrote, directed and starred in the pilot about the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of three girlfriends in their early 20s. More

YouTube introduces weekly talk show hosted by Shira Lazar
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If most television networks can have talk shows featuring celebrities, why not YouTube? The "Partners Project," which started in December, is being positioned as the talk show of YouTube, featuring contributors who have drawn online audiences of millions. The weekly series is hosted by Shira Lazar, a longtime video blogger who contributes to CBS News. The segments run for eight to 10 minutes each. More

BBC America hires Discovery executive Rachel Smith to focus on original programming
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BBC America has hired former Discovery, IFC and Bravo executive Rachel Smith to the newly-created position of vice president of original programming, a move that signals the network's focus on original programming. Smith will oversee non-scripted programs and work with show creators, talent, agents and writers in the U.S. and U.K. More

Brooke Chaffin joins Disney Interactive Media Group as senior vice president of women and family
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Brooke Chaffin has joined Disney Interactive Media Group as senior vice president of women and family. Chaffin assumes this newly created role overseeing women and family focused experiences for Disney Online. Previously, Chaffin served as the president of Auditude, Inc., a media and technology company focused on solving some of the most challenging issues around online video distribution and monetization. More



Republicans challenge FCC's net neutrality order
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House Republicans are wasting no time going after the FCC's controversial net neutrality order. On the day the 112th Congress convened and Republicans took over the House, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., filed the Internet Freedom Act, asserting that the authority to regulate the Internet rests with Congress, not the FCC. More

Scalia: Constitution doesn't protect women, gays from discrimination
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Neither women nor gays are promised protection against discrimination under the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in a recent interview. “You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society," Scalia said. "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't. Nobody ever thought that that's what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that. If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws." More

Media deals up in 2010, but value drops
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An improving economy sharply lifted media acquisitions last year — and pricing multiples as well. There was a 27 percent rise in deals to 687 last year, according to Berkery Noyes, an investment bank specializing in the information content and technology industries. The cash-flow multiple sell price — a key business strength indicator — climbed 51 percent to 10.4 in 2010 from 6.9 in 2009. The median revenue multiple rose 28 percent, to 1.8 from 1.4. But it wasn't a big year in terms of total value of media deals. In 2010, that value dropped 35 percent to $24 billion. More
Related story: FCC launches Open Internet Challenge (Adweek)


Cosmopolitan launching Middle East edition
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Showing some fearlessness of its own, Hearst Magazines is once more expanding Cosmopolitan into parts of the world where its fun, fearless female slogan might seem at odds with the local culture. Cosmo announced it would launch a Middle East edition in March, bringing the brand's total number of editions to 62 following its recent debut in Mongolia, Asia. This will be Hearst's third local edition in the region, where it already publishes Harper's Bazaar and Esquire. More



Gayle King voices latest PSA from AWM and Dove Self-Esteem Fund
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Alliance for Women in Media has partnered with Dove, the global beauty brand, since 2004. In 2009, the two organizations worked together to launch a new radio public service announcement (PSA) campaign to inspire parents and mentors to help girls to reach their full potential. The newest PSA is voiced by Oprah Radio host Gayle King and available for download here. The previous two PSAs by CBS News Anchor Katie Couric and film and television star Amy Poehler are also available. More
   
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