CBS renews Sheindlin’s contract through 2020. The contract includes a production deal with Sheindlin’s company.
I’m thrilled to be working with my CBS family for five more years and very excited about this new adventure in production.
Armando Nunez, president and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group:
She is a true television icon who entertains and inspires millions of fans each day on Judge Judy. We look forward to continuing to provide our station partners with her highly successful show and to working with her to create the next generation of hits.
Attkisson writes inStonewalled that an administration source she names Number One who she held meetings with in a McDonalds in Northern Virginia in early 2013 informed her that he had accessed her computer. He says the surveillance was:
…worse than anything Nixon ever did.
Attkisson is reported to give evidence that both her CBS computer and her personal iMac were repeatedly hacked and files were accessed, including one on Benghazi. Attkisson:
[…] the interlopers were able to co-opt my iMac and operate it remotely, as if they were sitting in front of it.
An inspection reveals that an extra fibre-optics cable was installed in her home without her knowledge. In fall 2013 when White House officials accused Attkisson of bias in her Benghazi reporting, files in her MacBook Air began deleting at hyperspeed. She videotaped the process and showed it to two computer experts. One of the experts:
They’re trying to send you a message
The experts found evidence that the intruders had tried to cover their tracks by erasing 23 hours of log-in information. Attkisson says blocking of her work became routine under CBS anchor Pelley and his executive producer at the time, Shevlin. Attkisson:
They rarely said the story wasn’t going to air. They just let it sit around and ‘loved it’ until it began to stink like old fish.
She says stories were repeatedly rewritten, watered down and delayed until they never made air. She says they weren’t only stories about the administration but also about government waste and corporate conduct, such as questions about the Boeing Dreamliner.
CBS and Amazon announce an exclusive licensing deal for the upcoming science fiction series. Amazon will be given exclusive rights to air the episodes online via their Prime service. Episodes will be available for streaming on the service four days after they premiere on Television. CBS:
Our partnership with Amazon for ‘Under the Dome’ helped build a creative, financial and marketing model for event television in the summer. We look forward to using the same model for Extant, a series whose creative auspices, on-screen talent and intriguing concept is already generating great excitement.
The Series B round is reported to value the company at a pre-money $100 million. News Corp., CBS, Elon Musk, and Acton Capital Partners join Sequoia Capital and Mark Cuban, who both renew their investment from the previous round.
Couric leaves NBC and joins CBS, where she is set to become first solo female anchor in weekday evening network news history.
I wanted to tell all of you out there who have watched the show for the past 15 years that after listening to my heart and my gut — two things that have served me pretty well in the past — I’ve decided I’ll be leaving Today at the end of May. I really feel as if we’ve become friends through the years.
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