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TV Exec Who Discovered Roger Ailes Is Facing Sexual Harassment Claims

The legendary TV executive who gave Roger Ailes his start, and much later produced a show on Fox News, announced on Tuesday that attorney Lisa Bloom is threatening to sue him for sexual harassment.

Woody Fraser, the 82-year-old creator of “The Mike Douglas Show” and many other programs, is attempting to turn the tables on Bloom by preemptively announcing that she is targeting him. According to Fraser, two women have hired the attorney and demanded a significant sum to make the allegations go away. He said they have threatened to go public within the next few days.

“I do not possess the financial resources demanded by Ms. Bloom to prevent a media circus,” Fraser said in a statement. “So, instead, I am going to take away the hammer of publicity and am letting the public know that these unfounded claims are about to be aired publicly, including an attempt to label me the next ‘Roger Ailes.'
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Roger Ailes Leaves Long Shadow at Fox With Complicated Legacy

Even some of Roger Ailes’ closest friends and admirers admit that the man routinely described as “larger than life” has left a complicated legacy.

There’s no disputing that Ailes, who died May 18 at 77, turned Fox News Channel into a political and cultural force, generating outsize profits for Rupert Murdoch’s empire along the way. But his personal indiscretions and attitudes shaped in the “Mad Men” era of workplace culture proved to be his professional undoing. The state of Fox News today, 10 months after Ailes’ abrupt exit, reflects the essential conflict of its founder. He was undeniably one of the most influential, innovative and successful media mavens of the past 50 years. He was also the highest-ranking media executive to have been taken down by a sexual harassment lawsuit.

“It’s all so complicated. Everything here was and is … as he was,” longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said of Ailes during an emotional on-air tribute. Smith
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Love Him or Hate Him, Roger Ailes Built the Silos We All Live In

Love Him or Hate Him, Roger Ailes Built the Silos We All Live In
The moment that would change American news and politics forever took place in a makeup room of “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1967. Richard Nixon was commenting on how ridiculous it was that he had to appear on daytime TV shows, and young Roger Ailes spoke up. “If you think that TV is ridiculous you’re never going to become president,'” Ailes told Nixon, according to Nixon biographer Rick Pearlstein. “Nixon said, ‘This is my guy,’ and pretty soon he was working for Nixon.” It took courage for Ailes, then a 26-year-old producer, to say something so bluntly harsh to a presidential candidate.
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All About the Late Fox News Chief Roger Ailes’ Stunning Fall amid Widespread Harassment Accusations

He was the shrewd political operative who understood the powerful connection between television and populism, and went on to create a news network so successful many credit him with helping to elect the current president of the United States.

But in the end, a widespread sexual harassment scandal nearly overshadowed his legacy — and led to his removal from the cable news network that was nearly synonymous with the name Roger Ailes.

Ailes, who founded Fox News in 1996, died Thursday morning at age 77 after complications from a fall. He leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, and son Zachary.

Born into blue collar roots in Ohio,
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The Evolution of Roger Ailes, From ‘The Mike Douglas Show’ to Fox News Innovator (Photos)

The Evolution of Roger Ailes, From ‘The Mike Douglas Show’ to Fox News Innovator (Photos)
Born and raised in Ohio, Roger Ailes attended Ohio University as a young man, where he majored in radio and television. During his time there, he served as station manager for the university’s Woub radio station for two years. Ailes worked his way up to executive producer on the syndicated daytime talk show “The Mike Douglas Show,” which began as a local program in Cleveland before expanding nationwide. In 1968, Ailes was nominated for an Emmy when “The Mike Douglas Show” was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming, ultimately losing to NBC’s “Today” show. After first meeting Richard Nixon on the set.
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Chuck Berry Turns 90, Announces New Album: Photos, Videos and Great Stories from His Life

Chuck Berry Turns 90, Announces New Album: Photos, Videos and Great Stories from His Life
Chuck Berry, cited by a wide swath of artists as the definitive influence on American rock ‘n’Â roll, turned 90 on Tuesday.

He’s celebrating in part by announcing a new album, titled Chuck, that will see release in 2017. Comprised mostly of originals, it’s Berry’s first album in 38 years. Recorded primarily in his native St. Louis, Missouri, the album features his longtime backing group that includes son Charles Berry Jr. (guitar), daughter Ingrid Berry (harmonica) and his bassist of forty years, Jimmy Marsala. The group has accompanied Berry for over two decades’ worth of residency shows (some 200 performances) at St.
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Roger Ailes & Fox News In “More Than Preliminary” Settlement Talks With Gretchen Carlson; Backs Off Moving Ex-Host’s Sexual Harassment Suit From N.J.

Roger Ailes and Gretchen Carlson aren't done fighting in the courts over whether the former Fox News Channel boss sexually harassed the ex-Fox & Friends co-host but they've agreed where to battle it out – and that shift could signal a potential settlement coalescing in the matter. Today lawyers for Ailes stepped back from the former The Mike Douglas Show producer's motion of July 15 to move the legal action from federal court in New Jersey to New York State. "Subject to…
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Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Allegations From Over 20 Women Pour In, Gretchen Carlson’s Lawyers Say

Over 20 women have told Gretchen Carlson’s legal team that Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes sexually harassed them, according to The Guardian. Carlson is suing her former boss for sexual harassment, and her attorneys are conducting confident conversations with other women who have been harassed by Ailes. The Guardian reported that new accusations go all the way back to the 1960s, when Ailes was a producer on “The Mike Douglas Show.” Carlson spokesperson John Garger told the outlet that “messages are still coming in” and the new accusations are “severe.” Also Read: The First Thing That Roger Ailes' Successor at Fox News.
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Roger Ailes: Republican Convention Buzzes About Fox News Chief’s Fall

Cleveland — News of the imminent departure of Roger Ailes from Fox News was almost as hot a topic as Donald Trump among the hundreds of journalists attending the Republican National Convention this week.

Many noted the irony of the timing, coming in the midst of the Gop gathering in the city where the one-time media advisor to Republican presidents got his start as a producer on “The Mike Douglas Show.” Ailes grew up in Warren, Ohio, a mid-sized city about 60 miles east of Cleveland.

Current and former Fox News employees expressed a mix of sadness, surprise and dismay at Ailes’ swift fall from his perch as chairman-ceo of the hugely profitable 21st Century Fox division that he built from scratch over the past 20 years.

Ailes’ position is said to have became untenable after he was sued for sexual harassment by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson earlier this month. That led to other women coming forward with
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Gretchen Carlson Rebuts Roger Ailes’ Defenders: ‘They’re Still Being Paid by Fox’

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, in an interview published Tuesday, offered a rebuttal to her former colleagues who have publicly defended Roger Ailes, the network chief she claims repeatedly sexually harassed her over several years: “They’re still being paid by Fox.”

Carlson made the statement to the New York Times as part of an interview that was her first with a major media outlet since she filed a lawsuit July 6 alleging sexual harassment from Ailes. Since then, Greta Van Susteren, Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Maria Bartiromo, Geraldo Rivera, Bret Baier and other current and former Fox News staffers have come to Ailes’ defense publicly.

In the interview, Carlson claims that she first complained to Ailes of being harassed at Fox News in 2009, after an incident in which her “Fox and Friends” morning-show co-host Steve Doocy allegedly pulled her arm down while they were on air in an attempt to “quiet” her. She
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6 More Women Accuse Roger Ailes of Sexual Harassment as His Lawyers Say Claims Are 'False'

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6 More Women Accuse Roger Ailes of Sexual Harassment as His Lawyers Say Claims Are 'False'
After former Fox host Gretchen Carlson sued Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment and retaliation on Wednesday, six more women have come forward claiming that they had similar experiences with Ailes over multiple decades. In an interview with New York Magazine, these six women - two whom have chosen to use their names and four whom have remained anonymous - individually describe their encounters with Ailes, all claiming that he made sexual advances towards them. According to New York, the women came forward through Carlson's attorney. The women - who include a former Republican National Committee field adviser,
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6 More Women Accuse Roger Ailes of Sexual Harassment as His Lawyers Say Claims Are 'False'

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6 More Women Accuse Roger Ailes of Sexual Harassment as His Lawyers Say Claims Are 'False'
After former Fox host Gretchen Carlson sued Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment and retaliation on Wednesday, six more women have come forward claiming that they had similar experiences with Ailes over multiple decades. In an interview with New York Magazine, these six women - two whom have chosen to use their names and four whom have remained anonymous - individually describe their encounters with Ailes, all claiming that he made sexual advances towards them. According to New York, the women came forward through Carlson's attorney. The women - who include a former Republican National Committee field adviser,
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More Women Accuse Fox News Chief Roger Ailes of Sexual Harassment

The accounts of six women claiming they had faced sexual harassment at the hands of Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes surfaced Saturday, raising scrutiny of one of the most influential figures in TV news and further pressing the case of former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who earlier this week filed a lawsuit against the prominent 21st Century Fox executive alleging similar charges.

In a report posted by New York magazine, the women offered details and suggested Ailes expected sexual favors in exchange for employment during his tenure as a producer on TV’s “The Mike Douglas Show” and in other positions he hel before he became chairman and chief executive of Fox News. The women told the magazine that he also expected favors for his friends and colleagues.

In a prepared statement, an attorney for Ailes said the allegations made in the New York article were untrue: “It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson
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Watch a Video Essay on Barbara Loden’s ‘Wanda’ and Director’s Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

I don’t agree with their claim that Barbara Loden‘s Wanda “incontestably ranks among the cinema’s greatest masterpieces” — for one thing: I don’t know if a work of art could truly, “incontestably” be anything, least of all in any qualitative sense — but Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin‘s video essay on the matter is as illuminating as any I’ve seen of late. The actress’ only directorial effort has been “growing in stature” since premiering more than 45 years ago, and especially in recent years — a time when its bare-bones DVD and increasingly frequent rep showings prove capable of practically shocking viewers out of their seats, its spare crime narrative and introverted character study seemingly dropped from out of nowhere.

The duo now offer their informed and informative take on Loden’s “sullen, implosive energy,” explored in this assemblage of clips and context-heavy voiceover from Martin. My
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Tony Verna, Inventor of Instant Replay in Sports TV, Dies at 81

Anthony F. Verna, a producer of television sports and the inventor of the instant replay, died January 18 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 81.

Verna debuted his invention during CBS’ telecast of the Army-Navy Game from Philadelphia, his hometown, in 1963. Before the instant replay was first used during that telecast, Verna had announcer Lindsey Nelson explain to the audience that “this is not live! Ladies and gentlemen, Army has not scored again.”

He directed the broadcast of the Kentucky Derby a dozen times, as well as five Super Bowls, NBA and NHL championship games, the Olympics and, in France, Grand Prix racing.

“By any measure, a career spent directing major sporting events like the Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby would be accomplishment enough,” said DGA president Paris Barclay upon learning of the director’s death. “But Tony Verna’s legacy replays on television sets around the world every day. With
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Terry Kyne, Director of ‘Red Skelton Show,’ Dies at 83

Terry Kyne, a producer and director of television in Canada and the U.S., died of natural causes in Dana Point, Calif., on June 7. He was 83.

Kyne produced and directed Canada’s top-rated satirical comedy variety series, “Nightcap,” and more than 500 episodes of other CBC shows in a wide variety of genres — sitcom, variety, gameshow, talkshow, children’s and news.

In 1969 NBC brought Kyne to the U.S. to direct the “The Red Skelton Show.”

Some of his other credits include “The Steve Allen Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The John Davidson Show,” “Tony Orlando and Dawn,” “The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show,” “Getting in Touch,” “Totally Hidden Video,” “Name That Tune,” “The Wizard of Odds,” “The Cheap Show,” “The Diamond Head Game,” “Celebrity Sweepstakes” and “The Gong Show.”

Kyne is survived by his friend and wife, Pauline; two daughters and a son; three grandchildren; two brothers and a sister.
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R.I.P. Comedian David Brenner, Johnny Carson’s Favorite on ‘Tonight Show’

R.I.P. Comedian David Brenner, Johnny Carson’s Favorite on ‘Tonight Show’
Comedian David Brenner died today at his home in New York, NY. He was 78. A favorite of Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson, Brenner made over 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on the NBC latenight show, starting in the ’70s. A contemporary of such stand-up legends as Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze and Gabe Kaplan, Brenner made a name for his observational comedic styling accentuated by his toothy grin, wavy hair and lanky demeanor. Brenner was born on Feb. 4, 1936 in Philadelphia, the son of a vaudeville singer and comedian who went under the stage name “Lou Murphy”. Brenner served two years in the Army and after majoring in mass communications at Temple University, he went on to write, direct and produce socially-conscious TV documentaries as the head of the doc department at Westinghouse Broadcasting and Multimedia Broadcasting. Cutting his teeth on the stand-up circuit in New York, in the late ’60s,
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Roger Ailes Fights Back: CNN 'Out of News Business'; Megyn Kelly Critics 'Jealous'; Dismisses New Book (Q&A)

A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Roger Ailes, like his Fox News Channel, is as divisive as he is successful. The chairman and CEO of the de facto victor in cable news' ratings war, whose colorful professional past includes a tenure as a talk-show producer (The Mike Douglas Show) and decades as a political consultant (presidential campaigns for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush), built his 21st Century Fox network into Rupert Murdoch's most profitable property. Fox News' subscription revenue continues to climb, rising to

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DVD Release: Frank Zappa: A Token Of His Extreme

DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013

Price: DVD $14.98

Studio: Eagle Rock

Frank Zappa: A Token of his Extreme is the 1974 television special recorded at Kcet in Hollywood that was produced by Zappa and aired only in France and Switzerland.

The program, as thoroughly tweezed and produced by Zappa for his own Honker Home Video label, includes the following musical performances by Zappa and his band: T”he Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat,” “Montana,” “Florentine Pogen,” “Stink-Foot,” “Pygmy Twylyte,” “Room Service,” “Inca Roads,” “Oh No,” Son of Orange County,” “More Trouble Every Day” and “A Token of My Extreme.”

In the words of Zappa himself as he said it on The Mike Douglas Show in 1976, “This is put together with my own money and my own time and it’s been offered to television networks and to syndication and it has been steadfastly rejected by the American television industry. It has been
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R.I.P. Dr. Joyce Brothers

Dr. Joyce Brothers, who parlayed a psychology degree and a penchant for dispensing advice to troubled strangers into a TV career when Dr. Phil was still in short pants (and Dr. Drew was barely a twinkle in his father’s eye), has died at the age of 85. A favorite guest of Johnny Carson’s, Dr. Brothers was talk-show royalty in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, making frequent appearances on The Tonight Show, as well as The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The David Frost Show, and Dinah! and, later, The Daily Show and Late Night With Conan ...
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