Morning Media Newsfeed: García Márquez Dead at 87 | Whoopi Gets New Gig | Wallace Re-Signs

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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 87 (GalleyCat)
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday. He was 87 years old. Time The Nobel Prize-winning author was hospitalized for nine days in late March for an infection in his lungs and urinary tract. He had been recovering in his home in Mexico City since April 8. NYT His death was confirmed by Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and a mass audience. The Guardian Journalists gathered outside García Márquez’s house in Mexico City in the hope that one of the family members who was reportedly at his side would emerge. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto expressed sadness at the death of “one of the greatest writers of our time,” in the name of Mexico, the novelist’s adopted home. Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda was quoted by the Mexican newspaper Reforma as saying that he was “the most important writer in Spanish of the 20th century.” WSJ Born in the sleepy town of Aracataca, Colombia, García Márquez was best known for his 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude. In a career spanning more than 60 years, García Márquez wrote some of the Spanish language’s most revered books, many of which became best sellers in the U.S. They included Autumn of The Patriarch, Chronicle of A Death Foretold, Love in The Time of Cholera and The General in His Labyrinth. García Márquez was also an accomplished journalist, whose lyrical, deeply reported stories first caught the eye of readers in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, in the early 1950s. He later became renowned not only his profiles of presidents and despots but for the real-life close ties he cultivated with leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Bill Clinton to François Mitterrand.

Denver Post Hires Whoopi Goldberg to Write for Marijuana Blog (The Guardian)
The Denver Post, the Colorado newspaper that has closely chronicled the legalization of recreational cannabis in its home state, on Thursday unveiled actor and TV star Whoopi Goldberg as a celebrity contributor to its marijuana blog. Poynter / MediaWire Goldberg will write a column about every two months, Post owner Digital First Media said in a press release. In the release, Cannabist editor Ricardo Baca said he and Goldberg “instantly connected” when he appeared on The View. Goldberg’s “curiosity and desire to discuss the issues surrounding America’s ever-changing marijuana laws immediately reminded me of my colleagues back in Denver,” Baca says. HuffPost Goldberg made her debut in a piece for the Cannabist called “My Vape Pen And I, A Love Story.” In it, she explains how her daughter introduced her to the vaporizer pen and how she’s been using it ever since. She waxed poetic about her vape pen, which she said has helped her “live comfortably with glaucoma.” THR The Cannabist was founded in December 2013 by the Post, which launched the marijuana news website to coincide with the legalization of the drug in Colorado.

Chris Wallace Re-Signs With Fox News (TVNewser)
Fox News has re-signed Chris Wallace to a multi-year deal to continue as the anchor of Fox News Sunday, the network announced Thursday afternoon. Wallace has anchored Fox News Sunday and contributed to Fox News’s political and election coverage since joining the network in 2003. This year marks his 50th year in the broadcasting industry. Mediaite “Chris is a renowned journalist whose hard-hitting interviews and lifetime of dedication to the news have established him as one of the best in the industry. We are pleased he will continue his exceptional work on Fox News for years to come,” Fox’s CEO Roger Ailes said in a press release. HuffPost On Thursday, Wallace returned Ailes’ praise in the network’s statement, adding, “It is the high point of my career to work at Fox News.” Megyn Kelly, Greta Van Susteren and Shep Smith also signed new long-term deals in the past year. Variety Prior to joining Fox News, Wallace worked at ABC News for 14 years, and was senior correspondent for Primetime Thursday and a substitute host for Nightline. Before ABC News, he was with NBC News where he served as the chief White House correspondent from 1982 to1989. Wallace anchored Meet The Press from 1987 to 1988 and anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 1984 and 1986 to 1987.

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Michael Wolff’s Column for The Guardian Discontinued (Capital New York)
Michael Wolff and The Guardian have parted ways. Wolff is no longer contracted to file a weekly column for the British broadsheet’s American digital edition, Guardian U.S., for which he began writing a little more than two years ago. It was not clear what caused the separation. FishbowlNY Wolff had penned his weekly column for the paper since 2012. He is still a Vanity Fair contributing editor and a columnist for British GQ and USA Today. Poynter / MediaWire Wolff hasn’t written for The Guardian since late March.

Leonard Riggio Sells 3.7 Million Barnes & Noble Shares, Stock Tumbles (GalleyCat)
Barnes & Noble chairman and founder Leonard Riggio has sold 3.7 million shares of common stock, a portion of his holdings of Barnes & Noble stock. After the sale, Riggio’s holdings are expected to represent approximately 20 percent of Barnes & Noble’s Common Stock outstanding. Bloomberg Riggio said in a statement that the sale is part of his long-term financial planning and that he doesn’t intend to sell additional shares this calendar year. New York-based Barnes & Noble fell 12 percent to $16.37 at the close Thursday in New York. Reuters Riggio sold 2 million shares in December, reducing his stake in the troubled company to 26.3 percent from nearly 30 percent. Earlier this month, John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp. said it sold almost all of its 16.6 percent stake in Barnes & Noble after holding it for nearly three years.

Nancy Kirkpatrick Out as Lionsgate, Summit Merge Marketing Operations (Variety)
Lionsgate and Summit have merged their marketing divisions into one entity, it was announced Thursday, forcing the ouster of longtime Summit marketing exec Nancy Kirkpatrick, who oversaw the Twilight and Divergent campaigns at the company. Deadline Hollywood Lionsgate and Summit are combining operations under chief marketing officer Tim Palen, which will give him oversight of film marketing for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment products as well as its Pantelion Films joint venture with Televisa and urban Codeblack Films label. THR Palen will also have expanded merchandising and theme park duties. Kirkpatrick ran marketing at Summit Entertainment before it was bought by Lionsgate. When Lionsgate bought Summit two years ago, their respective marketing operations were kept separate in order to service Summit’s remaining stable of films.

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James Murdoch Joins Board of Advertising Start-Up (NYT / DealBook)
James Murdoch, the co-chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, has joined the board of True[X] Media, an advertising company based in New York. The appointment, announced on Thursday, comes as True[X], a venture capital-backed start-up, refreshes its board, bringing in industry expertise as it grows. THR True[X] also added former AOL and News Corp. digital unit head Jonathan Miller and Mich Mathews, the former chief marketing officer of Microsoft, to its board.

Nina Willdorf Named Editor of All You (FishbowlNY)
Nina Willdorf has been promoted from executive editor of All You to editor. Willdorf had been executive editor of the title since May of 2012. Prior to joining All You, Willdorf served as Budget Travel’s editor. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Glamour, New York and Real Simple. Adweek In her new role, Willdorf will oversee the launch of the All You Grapevine, a new digital social platform for the magazine’s online community (dubbed “Reality Checkers”) where users can test products, share photos and videos and communicate with one another other.

Critics Slam Jo Becker’s Gay History Book (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
New York Times investigative reporter Jo Becker has come under fierce criticism from the likes of Andrew Sullivan, Dan Savage and others over a new book in which she appears to airbrush several gay rights activists out of history. In a scathing review on the blog The Dish, Sullivan describes Becker’s book by turns as “distorted,” “ahistoric” and “toxic and morally repellent.” HuffPost Such criticism is surprising given Becker’s stellar track record at the Times, and previously, at The Washington Post, where she won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. “Many people have contributed to the success the movement has experienced,” Becker said. “My book was not meant to be a beginning-to-end-history of the movement. It’s about a particular group of people at an extraordinary moment in time, and I hope that people will be moved by their stories.” The book, Forcing The Spring: Inside The Fight for Marriage Equality, will be released on April 22.

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Vodafone Said to Be in Talks With Netflix for Content (Bloomberg)
Vodafone Group, the world’s second-largest mobile carrier, is in talks with Netflix to offer subscribers access to streaming movies and television shows, three people familiar with the discussions said. A deal would give Vodafone customers free access to Netflix content for a period of time, the people said, asking not to be named because the agreement isn’t final. Talks are at an early stage, they said.

Twitter to Quickly Implement Turkey Court Orders (WSJ)
Turkey said Twitter agreed to “quickly” implement local court orders and “act meticulously” to shutter fake accounts after meeting with government officials to mend ties frayed during a two-week blackout of the social-media website that ended earlier this month. The company removed more than 200 items posted on the microblogging platform and complied with five court orders in recent weeks, Turkey’s transport, maritime affairs and communications minister Lutfi Elvan said Thursday in an emailed statement. Twitter also agreed to undertake a retroactive review of court orders and meet judiciary demands in “a short time,” he said.

Transgender TV Personality Loses Viacom Discrimination Lawsuit (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
Last August, B. Scott (born Brandon Sessoms) filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against BET Networks and its parent company Viacom for alleged discrimination. The plaintiff was hired to be a style correspondent for the pre-show of the 2013 BET Awards, but when he showed up, “B. Scott was told to mute the makeup, pull back his hair and was forced to remove his clothing and take off his heels; thereby completely changing his gender identity and expression,” said the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. In reaction to the lawsuit, Viacom brought an anti-SLAPP motion and asked the judge to strike the complaint as an impingement of its First Amendment rights, a motion that was granted Thursday.

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Good Morning America Beats Today Once Again (TVNewser)
Good Morning America is the top morning show once again and wins in the adults 25-54 demo by its widest margin in three months. It beat second-place Today by 279,000 demo viewers, its largest victory since the week of Dec. 30, 2013. Deadline Hollywood Today, meanwhile, boasted it finished first with the younger, 18-49-year-old age bracket for the 42nd consecutive week. Today is on top of the ratings in the day with men 25-54 this season, NBC noted — as well as adults, men and women 18-49.

Another Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Disney’s Maker Studios Acquisition (Variety)
Maker Studios is the target of a lawsuit by a disgruntled ex-employee who is seeking to block the Walt Disney Co.’s $500 million-plus deal to acquire the YouTube multichannel network. In the suit, Andy Faberlle, who identifies himself as a Maker Studios shareholder, claims the MCN and key execs including current CEO Ynon Kreiz “illegally obtained Maker shares and illegally voted those shares in favor of a merger with Disney.” The lawsuit requests that the votes in favor of the Disney deal be rescinded, or — if the deal is completed before resolution of the suit — that the merger “must be unwound.”

Malone Leaves American Prospect for New Yorker (FishbowlDC)
Thursday was Clare Malone’s last day at The American Prospect. Malone had been the Web editor at the Prospect for more than two years. Now, she will be taking up residence in NYC to become a fact checker for The New Yorker.

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