Balloting Opens For 2021 Women In Technology Awards

TVNewsCheck has opened balloting for its 2021 Women in Technology Awards. Presented each year at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, the awards recognize women who have substantially influenced the development of technology in the media and entertainment industry, or who show great promise of doing so. Pictured are 2019 Women in Technology Awards Honorees Madeleine Noland, Tish Graham, Abby Auerbach, Larissa Görner and Deb Grivois.

No Lies, Vows New WH Press Secretary

Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump’s fourth press secretary, offered the first news briefing in 417 days on Friday, pledging at its outset, “I will never lie to you, you have my word on that.” That was soon tested over her assertions that the president has always told the truth regarding sexual assault allegations made against him.

Rhodes, Ex-Fox News Chief, Returns To Murdoch

David Rhodes, a 12-year veteran of Fox News who also held executive roles at CBS News and Bloomberg, has begin doing consultant work on “video projects” for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in the U.K. That has led to speculation that Rhodes could return to Fox News in some capacity.

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Roger Beatty, Emmy-Winning ‘Carol Burnett’ Writer, Dies At 87

As Celebrities Shelter, Paparazzi Suffer

The coronavirus pandemic has led Hollywood’s rich and famous to hunker down and in so doing has brought the work of hundreds of paparazzi in celebrity-dense cities to a grinding halt. Most are now struggling to get what few glimpses of stars they can, mostly on brief exercise jaunts.

Marianne Faithfull Hospitalized With Coronavirus

Cedric The Entertainer To Host Streaming Comedy Fundraiser

Cuomos’ Double Act Invites Praise, Skepticism

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, have in their interviews on the latter’s show, been praised for “enlivening coronavirus TV.” But questions are arising about whether the coronavirus-stricken host, who has been broadcasting from his basement in quarantine, should be allowed to interview a family member in a journalistic setting/

Logan William, ‘The Flash’ Actor, Dies At 16

Former CBS Chief Ianniello Made $129M In 2019

Joe Ianniello, who formerly led CBS Corp., made $125.4 million in compensation and severance packages from ViacomCBS last year according to the company’s annual proxy filing with the SEC.

 

CBS’s Steve Hartman Off The Road, For Now

Steve Hartman’s “On the Road” segments are a hallmark of the CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning and are highly popular with classroom teachers, who use them as teaching tools. Now sidelined because of the coronavirus pandemic, he says, “It’s certainly going to be hard to get the emotional stories we seek, over Skype.”

NY Knicks Owner James Dolan Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Oprah ‘Playing It Safe’ On Coronavirus

The 66-year-old entertainment icon is quarantining and self-isolating at home with longtime partner Steadman Graham staying in the guest house, but she is still working. Winfrey interviewed actor Idris Elba, who tested positive for coronavirus, via FaceTime for an episode of Oprah Talks: COVID-19 on Apple TV.

‘Younger’ Actress Debi Mazar Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Latenight Brings Touch Of Home To Work

The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah is streaming from his couch, Jimmy Fallon is checking in from his back yard and Jimmy Kimmel continues to offer quarantine “minilogues” as late night hosts continue their digital efforts to reach out connect with their sheltering-at-home viewers.

‘The Bachelor’s’ Colton Underwood Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Producer Peter Adam Dies At Age 90

Marta Kauffman To Receive Norman Lear Award

Lori Fullbright Tapped As KOTV Anchor

Griffin Communications said Monday that Lori Fullbright will be the new 6 and 10 p.m. News On 6 co-anchor at KOTV with Craig Day effective immediately. Fullbright replaces veteran News On 6 anchor Terry Hood, who retired this month after 32 years at the station. Fullbright will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast. “I’m […]

Brian Quinn Named VP, Gen. Sales Mgr. For Fox D.C. Duopoly

Brian Quinn has been named VP and general sales manager for WTTG FOX 5 DC and WDCA Fox 5 Plus, said WTTG/WDCA VP and GM Patrick Paolini Monday.  Quinn will begin Nov. 4. He replaces Mike Lewis, who was named VP and GM of WJZY/WMYT, the Fox-owned duopoly in Charlotte. “Brian’s depth of knowledge and […]

Dave Chappelle Receives Mark Twain Award

The comedian/actor has built a career on pushing boundaries and challenging social conventions. At the Kennedy Center, he accepted his Mark Twain prize for lifetime achievement in comedy with a lit cigarette in hand.

Calachino Named VP, GM Of Tampa’s WTOG

Michelle Calachino was tapped to replace Stan Gill at the CBS Television Stations’ Tampa station on Friday. She has been with WTOG since 2014 and worked as its financial controller.

Josip Elic, ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ Actor, Dies

Josip Elic, the character actor who carried Jack Nicholson on his shoulders in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has died at 98.

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Balloting Open For 2020 Women In Tech Awards

Nominations for the 10th annual Women in Technology Awards may now be submitted in three categories: The Women in Technology Leadership Award, The Women in Technology Futurist Award and the Technology Women to Watch Award. The presentation ceremony and reception is set for Tuesday, April 21, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the NAB Show will be in full swing.

CBS’s Brownfield Joins Wolf Entertainment

Former CBS exec David Brownfield will be the EVP programming at Wolf Entertainment, overseeing all of the company’s scripted programming. Brownfield spent nine as CBS’s SVP of current programming.

Janelle Monáe To Replace Julia Roberts in ‘Homecoming’

Alfonso Joins Fazekas and Butters As Head Of TV

Juan Alfonso, ABC Studios’ VP of drama development, is leaving that post to join the Fazekas & Butters production company, based at ABC Studios and now part of Disney Television Studios. Alfonso will develop and produce projects, and identify writers, IP and other creative partners.

A+E Promotes Three Distribution Executives

Stephanie Grisham, WH’s Silent Spokeswoman

New White House’s new spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham may be most notable for her silence, having sent only a single tweet during her boss’ highly volatile last week. Grisham is evidently fine for now to let others, especially the president, do the talking for her, and she’s formulating a plan that would leave much of her office’s day-to-day decision making and management to deputies.

Acorn TV Names Kerensa Samanidis GM, International