Press release from Viacom, Dec. 4, 2013:
Viacom Inc. today announced a realignment of its Viacom Media Networks Music and Entertainment Ad Sales group to merge its television, digital and mobile teams into a single convergent sales organization. The convergent team will handle all sales and integrated marketing for linear and digital assets across CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Logo, Spike TV, TV Land and VH1.
"The lines among television, online and mobile aren't just blurring -- they've been erased in terms of how our audiences consume and experience content," said Jeff Lucas, Head of Sales for Music and Entertainment. "For a client-centric organization like ours, a convergent structure will keep us on the leading edge of marketing innovation and ensure that we continue to create value for advertisers and audiences alike."
Under the new structure, the Music and Entertainment team's former Senior Vice Presidents of Digital Ad Sales will take on new leadership roles:
• Melanie Dimemmo will serve as Senior Vice President of Digital Video Sales, focusing on video deals across the Music and Entertainment Portfolio. She will report dually to Neil Holt and Sean Moran, Executive Vice Presidents of Ad Sales.
• Sarah Iooss will serve as Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Client Strategy, a role in which she'll be responsible for identifying partnerships with content and platform technology companies. Sarah will report to Elizabeth Herbst-Brady, Executive Vice President of Ad Sales Strategy.
• Sharon Silverstein will serve as Senior Vice President of Multiplatform Studio Ad Sales leading the convergent team focused on the company's studio clients out of Los Angeles. Silverstein will continue to report to Steve Agase, Senior Vice President of Ad Sales, West Coast.
Additionally, under the new convergent structure, all sales team senior vice presidents and vice presidents will assume responsibility for linear and digital business. Both linear and digital account executives will report into the same convergent leadership.more »
Press release from NBC, Nov. 26, 2013:
NBC has won its second consecutive November sweep in adults 18-49, marking the first time in 10 years, since 2002 and 2003, that NBC has won two November sweeps in a row, according to “live plus same day” viewership data from Nielsen Media Research.
NBC also ranks #1 for the sweep among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-34, adults 25-54, men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 and women 18-34 and 18-49.
With 25 of 28 nights counted in the November sweep, NBC is averaging a 2.6 rating, putting the network within 0.2 of a point of its 2.8 rating at this point during the November 2012 sweep. In averages through Sunday, Nov. 24, NBC leads sweep runner-up CBS by 0.4 of a point or 18%, with Monday through Wednesday results yet to be factored into sweep averages. If NBC finishes the sweep with that 18% margin, it would be biggest percentage advantage for any network in a November sweep since NBC won by 19% in 2002. In ratings points, the 0.4 margin would match the biggest for any network in a November sweep in four years (since Fox won by 0.5 in 2009).
If NBC maintains its total-viewer average of 8.2 million through the conclusion of the sweep, it would be the network’s top total-viewer result for a November sweep in six years (since averaging 8.5 million in 2007, L+SD). Versus last year, NBC is currently up 4% in total viewers for the sweep to date. The sweep concludes Wednesday night, Nov. 27 and Nielsen is scheduled to have “live plus same day” official national results for the full 28-day period on Monday, Dec.2.
For the November sweep, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” ranked as the #1 primetime series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, averaging an 8.6 rating in “live plus same day.” “The Voice” (3.6 with its Monday edition) is the #1 unscripted series of the sweep and “The Blacklist” (2.9) is the #1 new series and tied for the #1 drama.
“SNF” is the #1 primetime show of the sweep on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in every key category – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers – as well as kids 2-11 and teens 12-17.
November Sweep Live Plus Same Day
25 of 28 Nights
Net…Adult 18-49 Rating…Adult 25-54 Rating…Total Viewers
In “most current” results for the first nine weeks of the 2013-14 season to date, NBC ranks #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and is also #1 in every other key demo – adults, men and women 18-34; men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54, including a tie with CBS in women 25-54.
In adults 18-49 so far this season, NBC has ranked #1 or tied for #1 during eight of nine weeks. NBC leads the season by 0.5 of a rating point (with a 3.2 vs. second-place CBS’s 2.7), the biggest margin for any network nine weeks into the season in 11 years (since NBC led by 0.9 of a point in 2002).
In total viewers, NBC ranks #2 for the season, its highest total-viewer ranking nine weeks into a season in nine years (since 2004).
NBC’s season average of 9.7 million viewers is its biggest overall audience nine weeks into the season in seven years (since 2006, 10.3 million). Versus one year ago, NBC is up 9% season to date in total viewers (9.7 million vs. 8.9 million).
“Sunday Night Football” is the #1 series of the season in adults 18-49, “The Voice” is the #1 unscripted series and “The Blacklist” is both the #1 drama and the #1 new series.
So far this season, “The Blacklist” is averaging 16.9 million viewers overall in “most current” averages, making it NBC’s most-watched new series eight episodes into its run since “The Apprentice” debuted in early 2004 (19.2 million viewers through eight telecasts) and NBC’s top new drama since “Earth 2” launched in the fall of 1994 (17.7 million through eight episodes).
November sweep averages are in “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research, while season averages are in “most current,” which includes “live plus seven day” results except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”more »
Press release from ABC, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013:
The ABC Television Network announced midseason premiere dates today for new series “The Assets,” “Killer Women,” “Mind Games,” and “Mixology.” In addition, the network has scheduled premiere dates for the new season of “The Bachelor” with Juan Pablo Galavis, critically acclaimed comedy “Suburgatory,” and the cooking competition series “The Taste,” now expanded to two hours. Previously announced new drama series “Resurrection” will now premiere at 9:00 p.m., on SUNDAY, MARCH 9, and “Revenge” will move into the 10:00 p.m. time slot on that date.
ABC 2013-2014 MIDSEASON SERIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
“The Assets” is an eight-part limited series based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). The year 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vowed to find the mole who would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth. “The Assets” will look inside the true, personal stories of the conclusion of the Cold War as told by the keepers of the nation’s secrets: the CIA.
“The Assets” stars Paul Rhys (“Borgia”) as Aldrich Ames, Jodie Whittaker (“Venus”) as Sandy Grimes, Harriet Walter (“Babel”) as Jeanne Vertefeuile, Stuart Milligan (“Jonathan Creek”) as Paul Redmond, Julian Ovenden (“Downton Abbey”) as Gary Grimes, Christina Cole (“Casino Royale”) as Louisa, and Ralph Brown (“Withnail and I”) as Lawrence Winston.
“The Assets” is based on the book “Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed” by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuile. Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman executive produce the series. “The Assets” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions.
Juan Pablo Galavis, the sexy single father from Miami, Florida, is ready to find love. He’ll have his own opportunity to find his wife and stepmother to his daughter when he stars in the 18th edition of “The Bachelor.” With his Spanish accent, good looks, salsa moves and undying devotion for his daughter, Juan Pablo, 32, was a fan favorite on the ninth edition of “The Bachelorette.” Sadly, Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock couldn’t see a future with Juan Pablo and sent him home from Barcelona. Although he was blindsided by not getting a rose, the experience of being on “The Bachelorette” opened his eyes to the possibility of finding a real, everlasting love. He witnessed firsthand how it worked with Desiree, and has decided that he can’t give up on love and on giving his daughter, Camila, what she wants more than anything else in the world – a brother and a sister to complete their family. Juan Pablo is ready and hopeful that he’ll find love and the missing puzzle piece to fulfill his family here on “The Bachelor.”
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.
Of all the notorious lawmen that ever patrolled the violent frontier, none are more storied than the Texas Rangers. Ballsy and badass Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer) is one of the first women to join this elite group of law enforcement agents. From executive producer Sofía Vergara ("Modern Family") and creator Hannah Shakespeare ("The Raven"), "Killer Women" takes us inside the dangerous world of the Texas Rangers from a female perspective.
Molly is committed to finding the truth and seeing justice served. In a male-dominated world, she is aided by her sixth sense for why women kill -- rarely out of hatred, usually for what they love. Standing squarely behind her is her boss, Company Commander Luis Zea. Molly also has the support of her loving family, including her brother Billy and his wife Becca. On the verge of getting divorced from her narcissistic husband, Jake, Molly relishes her newfound freedom as she begins an affair with a sexy, dangerously handsome DEA agent, Dan Winston.
“Killer Women” stars Tricia Helfer as Molly Parker, Marc Blucas as Dan Winston, Marta Milans as Becca Parker, Michael Trucco as Billy Parker, and Alex Fernandez as Luis Zea. “Killer Women” is produced by ABC Studios. Hannah Shakespeare (“The Raven”) and Ed Zuckerman (“Law & Order”) serve as executive producers/writers, along with executive producers Sofía Vergara (“Modern Family”), Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”), Ben Silverman (“The Office”), and Luis Balaguer (“Viva Hollywood!”) on the series.
With a little bit of science, a dash of con artistry, plus a smattering of Jedi Mind Tricks -- brothers Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark Edwards (Steve Zahn) can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation, thereby making their clients’ dreams come true and their nightmares go away. They are partners in The Edwards Agency, an unusual business based on the belief that people’s decisions are influenced by their environment in ways they’re not aware. Clark is a former university professor and world-renowned expert in the fields of human behavior, psychology and motivation. But Clark has mood swings which are a result of him not taking his meds for a bipolar condition, sometimes resulting in quirky, manic episodes. Older brother Ross, a brilliant schemer recently out of prison after a two-year stint for fraud, has come up with the business model that he believes can make him and his team millions of dollars. Although his energy is infectious, his tactics can be questionable and his strategies border on the illegal. Now, if he can just avoid letting his manic brother from going off the rails…
Their team of master manipulators include the serious Latrell Griffin (Cedric Sanders); the geeky, trust fund baby Miles Hood (Gregory Marcel); Samantha “Sam” Gordon (Jaime Ray Newman), an ex-con who Ross met during his court mandated group therapy and rehabilitation sessions; Megan Shane (Megalyn Echikunwoke), a former infomercial actress; and Beth Scott (Katherine Cunningham), Clark’s former grad student with whom he had an affair.
“Mind Games” stars Steve Zahn as Clark, Christian Slater as Ross, Megalyn Echikunwoke as Megan, Gregory Marcel as Miles, Jaime Ray Newman as Sam, and Cedric Sanders as Latrell. Written and executive-produced by Kyle Killen, the series is also executive-produced by Keith Redmon, Timothy Busfield and Donald Todd. “Mind Games” is a 20th Century Fox Television production.
One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Mix, a high-end bar in Manhattan’s trendy meat-packing district. Recently dumped by his fiancée, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn’t been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome, confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom’s first encounter is with Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), an attorney who’s as beautiful as she is brutal -- before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse. Rounding out Mix’s chic crowd is Maya’s engaged-for-now friend, Liv (Kate Simses), aggressive single mom Jessica (Alexis Carra), Jessica’s gorgeous and chic frenemy Fabienne (Frankie Shaw), bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies), dark, mysterious bartender Dominic (Adan Canto) and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who’s having the worst night of his life.
“Mixology” stars Adam Campbell (“Epic Movie”) as Ron, Adan Canto (“The Following”) as Dominic, Alexis Carra (“Incredible Girl”) as Jessica, Craig Frank (“8.13”) as Cal, Ginger Gonzaga (“Legit”) as Maya, Blake Lee (“Parks and Recreation”) as Tom, Vanessa Lengies (“Glee”) as Kacey, Andrew Santino (“Punk’d”) as Bruce, Frankie Shaw (“Blue Mountain State”) as Fabienne and Kate Simses (“What’s Your Number”) as Liv.
“Mixology” was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover,” “21 and Over”), and is executive-produced by Lucas, Moore, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Adam Sher and Ira Ungerleider. It’s directed by Larry Charles (“Seinfeld,” “Entourage,” “Borat”), and is produced by ABC Studios.
The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery, including Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven), whose wife Barbara, drowned 30 years ago while trying to save Jacob. But this boy, who claims to be the deceased Jacob, knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows -- secrets that Fred's daughter, Maggie Langston (Devin Kelly), will begin to investigate and discover to be true.
“Resurrection” stars Omar Epps (“House”) as J. Martin Bellamy, Matt Craven (“Crimson Tide,” “A Few Good Men”) as Fred Langston, Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries,” “The Chicago Code”) as Maggie Langston, Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) as Lucille Langston, Kurtwood Smith (“That '70s Show”) as Henry Langston, Sam Hazeldine (“The Raven”) as Caleb Richards, Samaire Armstrong (“Entourage,” “The O.C.”) as Elaine Richards, Mark Hildreth (“Dragon Ball Z”) as Tom and Landon Gimenez as Jacob. Written by Aaron Zelman (“Damages,” “The Killing”), “Resurrection” is executive-produced by Aaron Zelman, JoAnn Alfano, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Jon Liebman, Brillstein Entertainment and Plan B. The pilot was directed by Charles McDougall. "Resurrection" is produced by ABC Studios.
Single father George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) was doing his best to raise his sixteen-year-old daughter Tessa (Jane Levy) in the big city. But when he discovered a box of condoms in her bedroom, he moved her to a more wholesome and nurturing environment: the suburbs. Only behind the beautiful homes and perfect lawns of Chatswin lurk the Franken-moms and Red Bull-guzzling teens who have nothing in common with Tessa and George. It’s a whole new world, one that makes George wonder if they haven’t jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. In seasons one and two, with the help of suburbanites like flirty hot mom Dallas (Cheryl Hines), alpha neighbors Sheila and Fred Shay (Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell), and Awkward classmate Lisa (Allie Grant), George and Tessa learned to navigate the pitfalls of suburban life. With time, they realized life in Chatswin wasn’t so bad. Once you got past the plastic smell.
This season, George and Tessa find themselves more at odds with bucolic Chatswin than ever before. George struggles to once again navigate life as a single suburban dad after a tumultuous breakup with Dallas. While Tessa, abandoned by her mother at the start of her senior year, no longer has any interest in trying to fit in. So she and George recommit to walking amongst the suburban hordes without becoming them. Only Chatswin’s pull is stronger than they anticipated. Elsewhere, after the Shays’ beloved son Ryan heads off to college, they welcome an unexpected new addition to the family, one that is a new thorn in Lisa’s side. Luckily, she can focus her attention on Malik as they take their relationship to new heights. And Dallas deals with both the loss of a relation and her relationship with George. But no one suffers from the break-up more than Dalia (According to Dalia). And it only amplifies her feud with Tessa. And when a new, calm Noah (Alan Tudyk) emerges after intensive Anger Management therapy, it enrages George.
The show stars Jeremy Sisto as George Altman, Jane Levy as Tessa Altman, Cheryl Hines as Dallas Royce, Allie Grant as Lisa Shay, Ana Gasteyer as Sheila Shay, Chris Parnell as Fred Shay, and Carly Chaikin as Dalia Royce. Emily Kapnek (“Hung”) writes and executive-produces this bitingly ironic single-camera comedy. Patricia Breen also writes and executive produces the series along with co-executive producer Andrew Guest. It is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
One blind spoonful could change everything. Now in its second season, “The Taste” returns with a new two-hour format. In this exhilarating cooking competition series, “The Taste” puts 16 culinary competitors, who range from home cooks and professional chefs to everything in between, in the kitchen where four of the world’s most notable masters of the food world judge their creations based on a blind taste. In this pressure-packed contest, a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send them packing. “The Taste” features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and author, chef/restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. These four culinary superstars and “Taste” mentors will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call, as they vie to create the best tasting dish in a state of the art kitchen. Each week the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors’ dishes blind, with no knowledge of whose creation they’re sampling, what they’re eating, how it was prepared or whom they could be sending home. “The Taste” is from Kinetic Content and is executive-produced by Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Smith who is also the director.more »
Press release from Nickelodeon, Nov. 13, 2013:
Nickelodeon has picked up 40 episodes of game show Go Viral (working title) from Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP), it was announced today by Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s President of Content Development and Production. The half-hour, studio-based game show features kid contestants as they compete in elimination challenges revolving around viral videos. Each round will test kids on these laugh-out-loud videos – from predicting outcomes to guessing their popularity as voted by the studio audience. Production on the series is slated to commence early next year in Los Angeles and set to premiere in Summer 2014.
“We’re excited to be working with Ryan Seacrest Productions on this show that captures pop culture in an exciting new way for kids,” said Hicks. “Nickelodeon has an undeniable track record in producing hit game shows and we are adapting the format to reflect the way kids consume content today.”
“Everyone at RSP worked hard to develop a new game show that showcases the way kids consume entertainment today,” said Ryan Seacrest Productions CEO Adam Sher. “It’s our first series with Nickelodeon, and we’re excited to work with their team, and contribute to their legacy of making groundbreaking kids programming.”
Go Viral will be produced by RSP, with Ryan Seacrest and Adam Sher serving as Executive Producers for the series.
Nickelodeon has a long history of developing original, hit game shows for kids. The first game show that aired on the network was Double Dare in 1986, featuring Nick’s signatory slime. Over the next decade, Nickelodeon launched many other game shows including hits such as Family Double Dare, Wild and Crazy Kids, GUTS, BrainSurge, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Global GUTS and Figure it Out.
Press release from TVGN, Nov. 12, 2013:
TVGN (TV Guide Network) today announced seven new projects in development with several of the top producers in unscripted television. The slate includes a celebrity buzz show featuring headlines in social media, a celebrity-travel hybrid show, a star-driven game show and a Hollywood home makeover show.
“We have commissioned a slate of original projects that capture compelling and exciting stories of Hollywood, fandom and obsession,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment and Media, TVGN. “TVGN is committed to doing what CBS and Lionsgate do best – create hit shows that audiences love.”
TVGN’s development slate includes the following projects (all show names are working titles):
ROCK THE BOAT: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Obsessed fans take the vacation of a lifetime when they board a cruise for a week-long party on the high-seas with America’s favorite bands. The first group to headline this all-new series franchise is New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), one of the hottest bands in music history. ROCK THE BOAT: NKOTB will be produced by Jarrett Creative Group in association with Executive Producer and NKOTB band member Donnie Wahlberg.
This quick-witted and fun show will deliver the top stories in Hollywood and entertainment through the lens of celebrity tweets and posts. TMI will be produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television with Eli Frankel (“The Amazing Race,” “Braxton Family Values” and “American Chopper”) as Executive Producer.
WATCH! MAGAZINE TV PROJECT
Part travel show, part celebrity biography, part high fashion, this original series goes behind the scenes of CBS’s Watch! Magazine as it takes TV’s biggest stars to the world’s most exotic destinations for shoots with the world’s best photographers. WATCH! MAGAZINE SERIES will be produced by TV Guide Productions.
Based on the popular parlor game, this lively show will feature two teams of celebrity contestants as they compete to guess famous names based on their teammates' clues, and rack up money for their favorite charities. CELEBRITY CELEBRITY will be produced by Avalon Television (“Workaholics”) with Joshua Malina (“Scandal,” “West Wing” and “Celebrity Poker Showdown”), Hrishikesh Hirway (“Our Nixon”), David Martin, Dan Lubetkin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner as Executive Producers.
HAVE YOU SCENE MY ROOM
Hosted by Joe Maddalena, the industry’s leading authority on Hollywood memorabilia, this home makeover series transforms a superfan’s entire room into a real-life Hollywood tribute to his or her favorite movie or television show. Co-hosted by Tanya McQueen (“Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” “Property Ladder”), HAVE YOU SCENE MY ROOM will be produced by Trium Entertainment (“Something Borrowed, Something New” and “Recipe Rehab”).
Underneath the perceived glitz and glamour of Hollywood Boulevard is an underbelly of competitive and hungry tour-giving vendors who are willing to go to extremes in order to cash in on excitable tourists. TOUR WARS will be produced by Rogue Atlas Productions and Four Henrys Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Eli Frankel, Aisha Corpas Wynn and Blaine Vess will serve as Executive Producers.
THE STORY BEHIND
Viewers will get an inside look at some of the most successful shows in television history. Featuring award-winning shows like “Friends” and “ER,” THE STORY BEHIND will reveal stories straight from the set and feature exclusive interviews with cast, producers and television executives such as Steven Spielberg, Warren Littlefield, John Wells and Neal Baer. THE STORY BEHIND will be produced by TV Guide Productions.more »
'60 Minutes' Correspondent Lara Logan Tells 'CBS This Morning' That 'We Were Wrong' on Our Benghazi Report and 'We Apologize to Our Viewers'
Press release from CBS, Nov. 8, 2013:
60 MINUTES Correspondent Lara Logan issued an apology to viewers following the discovery of new information which undercuts her recent report on the Benghazi attack, in an interview that was broadcast live, today, Nov. 8, 2013 on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network.
“We were wrong,” Logan told co-hosts Norah O’Donnell and Jeff Glor of the report.
Logan said that the report’s main source led the program to believe that he was telling the truth about his role in the events that took place the evening of the Benghazi attack, but that “we now know that was not the case.”
“We take the vetting of sources and stories very seriously at 60 MINUTES, and we took it seriously in this case. But we were misled and we were wrong, and that’s the important thing,” Logan said, adding, “We have to set the record straight and take responsibility.”
The transcript of the segment is below.
NORAH O’DONNELL: 60 MINUTES has learned of new information that undercuts its Oct. 27 account of an ex-security officer who called himself Morgan Jones. His real name is Dylan Davies, and he recounted to Lara Logan, in great detail, what he claimed were his actions on the night of the attack on the Benghazi compound. Lara joins us this morning. Lara, good morning. What can you tell us?
LARA LOGAN: The most important thing to every person at 60 MINUTES is the truth, and today the truth is that we made a mistake. That’s very disappointing for any journalist. It’s very disappointing for me. Nobody likes to admit that they made a mistake, but if you do, you have to stand up and take responsibility and you have to say that you were wrong. And in this case, we were wrong. We made a mistake. And how did this happen? Well, Dylan Davies worked for the State Department in Libya, was the manager of the local guard force at the Benghazi Special Mission compound. He described for us his actions the night of the attack, saying he had entered the compound and had a confrontation with one of the attackers, and that he had seen the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens in a local hospital. And after our report aired, questions were raised about whether his account was real, after an incident report surfaced that told a different story about what he’d done that night. He denied that report and said that he told the FBI the same story he told us. But what we now know is that he told the FBI a different story from what he told us. That’s when we realized that we no longer had confidence in our source, and that we were wrong to put him on air, and we apologize to our viewers.
NORAH O’DONNELL: Why were you convinced that Dylan Davies was a credible source? That the account that he provided was accurate? How did you vet him?
LARA LOGAN: We verified and confirmed that he was who he said he was. That he was working for the State Department at the time, that he was in Benghazi at the special mission compound the night of the attack. He gave us access to communications he’d had with U.S. government officials. We used U.S. government reports and congressional testimony to verify many of the details of his story, and everything checked out. He also showed us photographs that he had taken at the special mission compound the following morning. We take the vetting of sources and stories very seriously at 60 MINUTES, and we took it seriously in this case. But we were misled and we were wrong, and that’s the important thing. That’s what we have to say here. We have to set the record straight and take responsibility.
NORAH O’DONNELL: Last Thursday, the Washington Post ran a report that questioned the central parts of what Davies had told you. They cited this incident report right after the attack that he gave to Blue Mountain, the security company he worked for. He told them that he never made it to the compound, that he was at his villa there. Did you know about that report, that incident report?
LARA LOGAN: No, we did not know about that incident report before we did our story. When the Washington Post story came out, he denied it, he said that he never wrote it, had nothing to do with it, and that he told the FBI the same story that he told us. But as we now know, that was not that case.
NORAH O’DONNELL: But why would you stand by this report, after Dylan Davies admitted lying to his own employer?
LARA LOGAN: Because he was very upfront about that from the beginning. That was always part of his story. And the context of it, when he tells his story, is that his boss is someone he cared about enormously. He cared about his American counterparts in the mission that night, and when his boss told him not to go, he couldn’t stay back. That was always part of the record for us. And that part didn’t come as any surprise.
JEFF GLOR: “60” acknowledged it was a mistake not to disclose that the book was being published by Simon & Schuster, which is a CBS company. There are also these reports now that Davies was asking for money. Did he ever ask you for money?
LARA LOGAN: He did not. He never asked us for money, it never came up.
NORAH O’DONNELL: So how do you address this moving forward? Are you going to do something on Sunday on 60 MINUTES?
LARA LOGAN: Yes. We will apologize to our viewers, and we will correct the record on our broadcast on Sunday night.
NORAH O’DONNELL: And have you been in touch with him since?
LARA LOGAN: We have not. After we learned of the latest news about the FBI report, we tried to contact him, but we have not heard back from him.
NORAH O’DONNELL: You’ve had no contact with him since then?
LARA LOGAN: Not so far.
NORAH O’DONNELL: And not about this latest news about the FBI report?
LARA LOGAN: No.
JEFF GLOR: Lara Logan, thank you very much.
Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of '2 Broke Girls' Announced as the Hosts of 'The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards' at the Nominee Press Conference
Press release from CBS, Nov. 5, 2013:
This morning, the People’s Choice Awards announced this year’s hosts of their 40th anniversary ceremony, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs from the CBS comedy "2 Broke Girls." The actors were in attendance at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills for the announcement and to help present the nominees for "The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards," with Rachel Bilson (“Hart of Dixie”), Ciara (Epic Recording Artist), Darren Criss (“Glee”), Allison Janney ("Mom") and executive producer Mark Burnett. Winners will be revealed during the live broadcast of "The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards" from Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 (9:00 – 11:00 PM , live ET / delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"Kat and Beth are great additions to our People's Choice family and we are excited to have them host the show,” said Mark Burnett, the People’s Choice Awards executive producer for the fifth consecutive year. "Their energy and charisma are a perfect fit for our audience.”
Voting opens today for all 58 categories and will close at 11:59 PM, ET on Dec. 5, 2013.
This year, fans cast more than 160 million votes for the nominee selection phase, a new record. Robin Williams, who won his first People’s Choice Award in 1979 for his role on “Mork & Mindy,” has received a nomination 25 years later in the same category, “Favorite Actor in a New TV Series,” for the "The Crazy Ones." “Glee” leads the list of TV nominees with eight nods, including Favorite Network TV Comedy and four acting nominations for the show’s cast. Katy Perry is the top music nominee with five nominations: Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song, Favorite Music Video and Favorite Fan Following. Sandra Bullock leads the list of movie nominees with five nods: Favorite Actress, Favorite Comedic Actress, Favorite Dramatic Actress and two for Favorite Duo (one with George Clooney and the other with Melissa McCarthy). McCarthy is the only star to be nominated in both movie and television categories, including Favorite Comedic TV Actress for "Mike & Molly," and Favorite Comedic Movie Actress.
How to Vote for “The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards”:
Website -- PeoplesChoice.com houses the main voting platform for the People’s Choice Awards.
Facebook -- Facebook.com/PeoplesChoice features a custom application where fans can personalize their voting experience and share their votes with friends.
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THE 40th ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS Nominees:
“Despicable Me 2”
“Fast & Furious 6”
“Iron Man 3”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Favorite Movie Actor
Robert Downey, Jr.
Favorite Movie Actress
Favorite Movie Duo
· Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek Into Darkness”)
· Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis (“We're the Millers”)
· Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man 3”)
· Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (“Gravity”)
· Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy (“The Heat”)
Favorite Action Movie
“Fast & Furious 6”
“Iron Man 3”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
“World War Z”
Favorite Action Movie Star
Robert Downey, Jr.
Favorite Comedic Movie
“Grown Ups 2”
“The Hangover Part III”
“Instructions Not Included”
“We’re the Millers”
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Favorite Dramatic Movie
“The Great Gatsby”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
Favorite Family Movie
“Despicable Me 2”
“Oz the Great and Powerful”
“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”
“The Smurfs 2”
Favorite Horror Movie
“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”
“Insidious: Chapter 2”
Favorite Thriller Movie
“A Good Day to Die Hard”
“Now You See Me”
“White House Down”
Favorite Network TV Comedy
“2 Broke Girls”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite Comedic TV Actor
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Neil Patrick Harris
Favorite Comedic TV Actress
Favorite Network TV Drama
“The Good Wife”
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
· Julianna Margulies
· Mariska Hargitay
· Pauley Perrette
· Sandra Oh
· Stana Katic
Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Michael J. Fox
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Favorite TV Crime Drama
Favorite Competition TV Show
“America’s Got Talent”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“The X Factor”
Favorite Cable TV Comedy
“Hot in Cleveland”
“Melissa & Joey”
Favorite Cable TV Drama
“Pretty Little Liars”
“Sons of Anarchy”
“The Walking Dead”
Favorite Premium Cable TV Show
“Game of Thrones”
Favorite Cable TV Actress
Favorite TV Anti-Hero
Dexter Morgan (“Dexter”)
Jaime Lannister (“Game of Thrones”)
Norman Bates (“Bates Motel”)
Rick Grimes (“The Walking Dead”)
Walter White (“Breaking Bad”)
Favorite TV Bromance
Blaine and Sam (“Glee”)
Ryan and Esposito (“Castle”)
Sam, Dean and Castiel (“Supernatural”)
Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Ted, Marshall and Barney (“How I Met Your Mother”)
Favorite TV Gal Pals
Caroline and Max (“2 Broke Girls”)
Lily and Robin (“How I Met Your Mother”)
Meredith and Cristina (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
Penny, Bernadette and Amy (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Rachel and Santana (“Glee”)
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry
Castle and Beckett (“Castle”)
Damon and Elena (“The Vampire Diaries”)
Derek and Meredith (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
Emma and Hook (“Once Upon A Time”)
Kurt and Blaine (“Glee”)
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Once Upon A Time”
“The Vampire Diaries”
“The Walking Dead”
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries
“American Horror Story”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“The White Queen”
Favorite Daytime TV Host(s)
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan
Dr. Phil McGraw
Favorite New Talk Show Host
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Favorite Streaming Series
“Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis”
“House of Cards”
“Losing It with John Stamos”
“Orange Is the New Black”
Favorite Series We Miss Most
Favorite New TV Comedy
“The Crazy Ones”
“The Michael J. Fox Show”
“Sean Saves the World”
“Super Fun Night”
Favorite New TV Drama
“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”
“The Tomorrow People”
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Breakout Artist
Favorite Pop Artist
Favorite Country Artist
The Band Perry
Favorite Country Music Icon
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite R&B Artist
Favorite Alternative Band
Fall Out Boy
Mumford & Sons
“Just Give Me A Reason” (P!nk feat. Nate Ruess)
“Mirrors” (Justin Timberlake)
“Radioactive” (Imagine Dragons)
“Roar” (Katy Perry)
“When I Was Your Man” (Bruno Mars)
The 20/20 Experience (Justin Timberlake)
Bangerz (Miley Cyrus)
Based on a True Story… (Blake Shelton)
Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke)
To Be Loved (Michael Bublé)
Favorite Music Video
Best Song Ever (One Direction)
Heart Attack (Demi Lovato)
Just Give Me A Reason (P!nk feat. Nate Ruess)
Roar (Katy Perry)
Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus)
Favorite Music Fan Following
Britney Army (Britney Spears)
Directioners (One Direction)
KatyCats (Katy Perry)
Little Monsters (Lady Gaga)
Lovatics (Demi Lovato)
Federal Aviation Administration to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics -- Official Press Release
Press Release - FAA to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronic Devices
October 31, 2013
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.
Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.
The FAA based its decision on input from a group of experts that included representatives from the airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.
Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.
“We believe today’s decision honors both our commitment to safety and consumer’s increasing desire to use their electronic devices during all phases of their flights,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These guidelines reflect input from passengers, pilots, manufacturers, and flight attendants, and I look forward to seeing airlines implement these much anticipated guidelines in the near future.”
“I commend the dedication and excellent work of all the experts who spent the past year working together to give us a solid report so we can now move forward with a safety-based decision on when passengers can use PEDs on airplanes,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
The PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) concluded most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals from PEDs. In a recent report, they recommended that the FAA provide airlines with new procedures to assess if their airplanes can tolerate radio interference from PEDs. Once an airline verifies the tolerance of its fleet, it can allow passengers to use handheld, lightweight electronic devices – such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones—at all altitudes. In rare instances of low-visibility, the crew will instruct passengers to turn off their devices during landing. The group also recommended that heavier devices should be safely stowed under seats or in overhead bins during takeoff and landing.
The FAA is streamlining the approval of expanded PED use by giving airlines updated, clear guidance. This FAA tool will help airlines assess the risks of potential PED-induced avionics problems for their airplanes and specific operations. Airlines will evaluate avionics as well as changes to stowage rules and passenger announcements. Each airline will also need to revise manuals, checklists for crewmember training materials, carry-on baggage programs and passenger briefings before expanding use of PEDs. Each airline will determine how and when they will allow passengers broader use of PEDs.
The FAA did not consider changing the regulations regarding the use of cell phones for voice communications during flight because the issue is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ARC did recommend that the FAA consult with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review its current rules. Cell phones differ from most PEDs in that they are designed to send out signals strong enough to be received at great distances
Top Things Passengers Should Know about Expanded Use of PEDs on Airplanes:
1. Make safety your first priority.
2. Changes to PED policies will not happen immediately and will vary by airline. Check with your airline to see if and when you can use your PED.
3. Current PED policies remain in effect until an airline completes a safety assessment, gets FAA approval, and changes its PED policy.
4. Cell phones may not be used for voice communications.
5. Devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection disabled. You may use the WiFi connection on your device if the plane has an installed WiFi system and the airline allows its use. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.
6. Properly stow heavier devices under seats or in the overhead bins during takeoff and landing. These items could impede evacuation of an aircraft or may injure you or someone else in the event of turbulence or an accident.
7. During the safety briefing, put down electronic devices, books and newspapers and listen to the crewmember’s instructions.
8. It only takes a few minutes to secure items according to the crew’s instructions during takeoff and landing.
9. In some instances of low visibility – about one percent of flights – some landing systems may not be proved PED tolerant, so you may be asked to turn off your device.
10. Always follow crew instructions and immediately turn off your device if asked.
Current FAA regulations require an aircraft operator to determine that radio frequency interference from PEDs is not a flight safety risk before the operator authorizes them for use during certain phases of flight. Even PEDs that do not intentionally transmit signals can emit unintentional radio energy. This energy may affect aircraft safety because the signals can occur at the same frequencies used by the plane’s highly sensitive communications, navigation, flight control and electronic equipment. An airline must show it can prevent potential interference that could pose a safety hazard. The PED ARC report helps the FAA to guide airlines through determining that they can safely allow widespread use of PEDs.
The PED ARC began work in January, at the request of Administrator Huerta, to determine if it is safe to allow more widespread use of electronic devices in today’s aircraft. The group also reviewed the public’s comments in response to an August 2012 FAA notice on current policy, guidance, and procedures that aircraft operators use when determining if passengers can use PEDs. The group did not consider the use of electronic devices for voice communications. A fact sheet on the report is now available.
The FAA is immediately giving airlines a clear path to safely expand PED use by passengers, and the Administrator will evaluate the rest of the ARC’s longer-term recommendations and respond at a later date.
A Portable Electronic Device is any piece of lightweight, electrically-powered equipment. These devices are typically consumer electronic devices capable of communications, data processing and/or utility. Examples range from handheld, lightweight electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones to small devices such as MP3 players and electronic toys.
The PED ARC report and FAA guidance materials are available on our website..