George Stephanopoulos Interviews Obama
On the heels of his announcement as ABC News' chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos interviewed the President Thursday as he embarks on his first "day in the life" visit in Minnesota. The interview took place in Minneapolis, but Stephanopoulos got in a few soccer questions while watching the USA-Germany game with the President on Air Force One. The president will be participating in a town hall and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event. The interview will air on Good Morning America and This Week, an ABC News spokesperson said.
During the interview, President Obama revealed that the 2014 World Cup has helped shape some aspects of U.S. foreign policy. "We had elements -- which I won't detail -- of our foreign policy that have been shaped around the World Cup," Obama said. "Phone calls, meetings, initiatives we had to think about."
Sherri Shepherd Exiting The View Sherri Shepherd is leaving The View. Shepherd's contract was coming up, and the two sides were talking. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, ABC and Shepherd's camp were "too far apart" on terms of a new deal. In April, not long before she stepped down as the show's on-air Den Mom, Barbara Walters -- who remains exec producer -- said in various interviews that Shepherd "definitely" was coming back next season, as were Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg.
Vladimir Duthiers Leaves CNN for CBS News CBS News has hired CNN international correspondent Vladimir Duthiers as a correspondent for the network, CBS News president David Rhodes announced Thursday. Duthiers will move from Nigeria, where he was based for CNN, to New York, where he will work out of the CBS broadcast center. Most recently, Duthiers reported on the more than 200 girls kidnapped from their school in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram and was one of the first Western journalists to interview family members of the abducted children. He began his career at CNN in 2009 as a production assistant on the news program Amanpour before going on to serve as an associate producer for Anderson Cooper 360°.
Amazon Prime Acquires Exclusive Rights to Drafthouse Films (LostRemote)
Amazon Prime is going independent. The streaming content arm of Amazon.com and independent content distributor Cinedigm have agreed to an exclusive licensing agreement giving Amazon streaming rights to several independent films distributed by Drafthouse Films. Variety Titles available Thursday to Amazon's Prime members in the U.S. include black comedy Cheap Thrills, Ben Wheatley's psychedelic sorcery film A Field in England, sci-fi cult classic The Visitor and Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45. Also streaming are rock-documentary A Band Called Death and coming-of-age film I Declare War.