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Reality Show Contestant Sought in Model’s Murder

August 19, 2009

Police are currently looking for Jasmine Fiore, a contestant on “Megan Wants a Millionaire”, who is believed to have strangled a swimsuit model to death and then left her body in a dumpster.

From Fox News:

Jasmine Fiore, 28, was last seen about 8:30 p.m. Friday at her home in Los Angeles and was reported missing Saturday evening by Canadian citizen Ryan Alexander Jenkins, 32. He has since disappeared and is being called a person of interest in Fiore’s killing, police say.

The woman’s body was found at 7 a.m. Saturday inside a dumpster in the Orange County city of Buena Park by a man rifling through trash for recyclable bottles and cans. Fiore had been strangled, according to Buena Park Police Lt. Gary Worrall.

Worrall said police want to speak with Jenkins, a contestant on a dating reality show called “Megan Wants a Millionaire.” Local media said Jenkins took Fiore to a poker party in San Diego the night she disappeared.

“It’s suspicious that after he reported her missing, he is nowhere to be found,” said Worrall.

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Time Warner, Viacom Reach New Deal

January 2, 2009

Time Warner Cable and Viacom have finalized details on an agreement that will allow Time Warner customers to continue to watch programming on Viacom’s MTV Networks.

From the New York Times:

The ball had already dropped in Times Square, but MTV Networks and Time Warner Cable kept talking into the early new year and concluded a deal in principle that ensured that shows like “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Colbert Report” would still be available to the 13.3 million subscribers to the Time Warner Cable service.

The final terms, which were not disclosed, will be worked out in talks in the next few days, an executive at Viacom, the parent of MTV, said.

The two sides had faced a deadline of midnight to renew the contract under which Time Warner pays MTV a rights fee for its 20 cable networks, which include MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, TV Land, BET and Spike.

Viacom demanded an increase of about 23 cents per subscriber to cover its full portfolio of channels, under a threat that it would remove all 20 networks from Time Warner’s systems. Viacom’s chief executive, Philippe P. Dauman, said the increase was justified because MTV Networks had been underpriced compared with other cable networks with fewer viewers.

From CNN:

A source close to the negotiations told CNN that TWC is expected to agree to pay a modest increase to Viacom in the new deal.

The developing agreement is expected to benefit both companies and their audiences, Viacom chief Philippe Dauman said.

On Wednesday, TWC customers faced the prospect that channels such as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV could go dark as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

The dispute arose after Viacom announced new fees for carrying its networks – adding up to $39 million a year on top of the hundreds of millions of dollars TWC is already paying to Viacom, according to TWC spokesman Alex Dudley.

Dudley described the 15% overall increase in fees as “unreasonable,” since programming rates are declining and the United States is facing terrible economic conditions.

TWC  – a publicly traded unit of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN – says it’s working to protect its customers’ interests, but Viacom argued the renewal fees were reasonable and modest when considering the profits TWC enjoys from Viacom networks.

According to Viacom, the new fees would amount to less than 2.5% of what TWC generates from their average customer.

Goodbye TRL…Does This Mean No More Music on MTV?

November 17, 2008

After ten years, thousands of videos and squealing young girls, MTV has said goodbye to “Total Request Live”. Was this the only show which still showed music videos on MTV? I haven’t watched in so long that I wasn’t sure.

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Credit: MTV

From the Associated Press:

Carson Daly chatted with Eminem, Beyonce gave a show-stopping performance, girls shrieked at the sight of Justin Timberlake and hundreds of fans lined up outside in Times Square for a glimpse at superstars.

For few hours, it seemed like old times at MTV’s “Total Request Live” — back when the show was not only music’s most powerful force but a dominant part of pop culture. Unfortunately, it took the show’s demise to make it relevant again.

MTV pulled the plug on its most influential franchise Sunday night following years of declining ratings, but not before marking the occasion with celebration and nostalgia, as some of pop’s biggest stars paid respects to the show that helped launch their careers.

“I feel like they’re kinda tearin’ down my home,” Eminem said via phone as he and Daly, “TRL’s” first and most famous host, commiserated during the live, three-hour broadcast from the show’s headquarters.

“It’s a bittersweet moment,” Diddy, the show’s most frequent guest, said as he cried mock tears and gave one of the final waves to the Times Square audience from “TRL’s” glass-encased studios above.

MTV has had other shows that will be remembered for changing the musical landscape, including “Yo! MTV Raps,” but perhaps none greater than “TRL.” It made its debut in 1998, just as the teen pop phenomenon was about to explode, when the rap-rock hybrid was bubbling over, and groups like Destiny’s Child were considered emerging acts.

While its concept of a video countdown show wasn’t new, its model — which included a live show, an audience full of enthusiastic kids and viewer feedback — helped energize the teen fan base and made them music’s tastemakers. Soon, “TRL” would become an integral part of boosting the careers of superstars like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Eminem and Christina Aguilera. It’s no coincidence that their biggest sales, and pop’s huge sales boom in the new millennium, came during the show’s most potent era.

“If it wasn’t for ‘TRL,’ I don’t think I would have this launching pad for my career,” said a cigar-smoking Kid Rock, who came to prominence as a raucous rap-rocker on “TRL” with his baudy hit “Bawitdaba” but has since morphed into a country-rock career that is more CMT than MTV.

“It’s a big loss, not having this as a platform to promote our music,” said 50 Cent in the show’s waning moments.

In its prime, “TRL” had “American Idol”-like power to influence sales on the pop charts, and became a required stop, not only for those on the road to pop stardom, but those in TV, movies and even sports superstars. Tom Cruise and Will Smith made stops before a new movie; all-star athletes like Derek Jeter mingled with the teens; even legends like Madonna and Michael Jackson made sure they got “TRL” face-time.

From the New York Times:

“TRL,” the afternoon video show that has been an MTV flagship for 10 years, came to an end on Sunday night with the network’s version of a New Orleans funeral. For three hours, a party of pop stars, former hosts and thousands of ecstatic young fans celebrated its legacy with shouts, hits, bling and tears.

For the 2,247th and last episode of “TRL,” Beyoncé sang and danced in the studio, Fall Out Boy played on a temporary stage on Broadway, 50 Cent apparently arrived just in time for his performance (although he made sure to swing by the press room earlier), and Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Nelly shared a stage like a chummy hip-hop brat pack.

“This is like a big high school reunion in a way,” Mr. Timberlake told Carson Daly, the show’s former host, who had returned for the finale. “We kind of all grew up together.”

Not all guests had such wholesome toasts. Kid Rock entered the studio with a glass of beer, a fragrant cigar and a big grin. “I used to come here and they would say, ‘Hey, man, you’ve got to put the cigar out,’” he said. “Well, guess what? It’s over; I ain’t putting the cigar out.”

It would not be “TRL” without Diddy, the hip-hop producer and indefatigable self-promoter who has been the show’s most frequent guest. Making his 38th appearance, he watched a montage of his previous visits and had just begun to speak when Mr. Daly noticed that his eyes were watering behind his dark shades.

“Are you crying?” Mr. Daly asked. “You’re a good actor — I can’t tell.”

Diddy expressed his love for everyone on the show, down to the crew and cameramen, and later managed to plug his new fragrance and a forthcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic in 15 seconds.

“TRL,” which began as “Total Request Live” but has long since been known by its initials, was an old-fashioned video variety show, with viewers voting on the most popular songs of the day. At its peak, in 1999 and 2000, when it was in perfect symbiosis with the teenage pop of Britney Spears, ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, the show had an average of more than 700,000 viewers a day, according to Nielsen.