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George Stephanopoulos Announces the Launch of Production Company

The company is called George Stephanopoulos Productions and will be producing nonfiction programs and movies across ABC owner Disney’s portfolio

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“Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos announced the development of a production company within ABC News. 

“There are so many important stories out there to be told… I’m excited about expanding into this arena with our stellar team at ABC News,” Stephanopoulos said.

The company is called George Stephanopoulos Productions. According to the announcement, it will be producing nonfiction programs and movies across ABC owner Disney’s portfolio. These platforms will include including ABC, streaming services Hulu, Disney+, and cable networks National Geographic and FX.

“George’s straightforward reporting and tough-but-fair interviews have been a staple of ABC News over the past two decades. I can’t wait to watch as he brings those talents to this new space, sharing this informative and riveting content with our viewers,” ABC News President Kim Godwin said.

“George is one of the sharpest minds and most trusted voices in news, and I am thrilled to work with him to explore today’s most urgent, crucial, and impactful stories as he broadens into the long-form space,” GSP Executive Producer Jennifer Joseph said.

“Out of the Shadows” profiles Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent, author of the explosive “Steele dossier” about Donald Trump and Russia, written in 2016 and debuts on Hulu on Oct. 18. Meanwhile, “The Informant,” which documents the Oklahoma City bombing, premieres on Hulu on Nov. 1.

Stephanopoulos isn’t the only one on the “GMA” set to have a production company. Co-anchor Robin Roberts has had her own at the network since 2014. Called Rock’n Robin Productions, the company has provided content for ABC, ESPN, Disney+, and Lifetime, among other outlets.

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Records Show Chris Cuomo Had Greater Role in Helping Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo asked Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to his brother, to assist the team in developing the former governor’s response to accusations of improper conduct made against him late last year.  

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CNN host Chris Cuomo continues to find himself when it comes to his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned from the position following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. 

Records released Monday by the New York Attorney General’s office revealed that the CNN anchor was more involved in his brother’s situation. 

The communication via emails and text where Cuomo asked Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to his brother, to assist the team in developing the former governor’s response to accusations of improper conduct made against him late last year.  

“Please let me help with the prep,” Cuomo wrote to DeRosa in a text message on March 3. Then on March 7, DeRosa sent Cuomo a text stating, “Rumor going around from politico 1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow.”

Cuomo didn’t discuss these documents released by New York’s attorney general showing how involved he was in advising his brother. However, a CNN spokesperson did provide comment on the matter as Deadline relayed the remarks. 

“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” a spokesperson said. 

“We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”

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Joe Scarborough Calls Out Rep. Ronny Jackson Over Omicron Tweet

“The stupidity is remarkable,” Scarborough said.

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The Omicron COVID-19 variant is the latest to mutate and make its way to various countries. 

Nonetheless, as with the original virus and Delta variant, the Omicron has already become a political talking point despite recently surfacing in South Africa. 

This past weekend, Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson tweeted out a conspiracy of a Democratic plot to “cheat” in the midterm elections. 

“Here comes the MEV – the Midterm Election Variant!” Jackson tweeted

“They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election – but we’re not going to let them!”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough addressed these remarks made by Jackson on “Morning Joe.” 

“The stupidity is remarkable,” Scarborough said. “I guess you have to lay the stupidity at the feet of the people who actually would believe the stupid lies because it’s all out there.”

Scarborough went on to question whether Jackson’s constituents could fall for these claims made by the politician. “It’s just absolute, complete stupidity,” the “Morning Joe” co-host would add.

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KMBC, KCWE President & General Manager Sarah Smith Retires

Smith’s career spans nearly four decades

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KMBC-TV and KCWE-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, announced that they are saying goodbye to its president and general manager, Sarah Smith; she will be retiring after a decade run with the two stations. 

Smith’s career spans nearly four decades, making stops at various stations such as president and general manager at KETV, the company’s Omaha ABC affiliate. 

“I’ve been blessed to work with so many great people,” Smith said in a statement. “Their creativity and commitment have been crucial to the ongoing success of KMBC/KCWE, as well as KETV, and I have had the wonderful support of the nurturing culture of Hearst Television.”

During her tenure, KMBC received recognition for six straight years as the top television newsgroup in the Kansas and Missouri market by the Radio Television Digital News Association. 

Furthermore, their news coverages earned three regional Edward R. Murrow awards, including the Overall Excellence Award and Best Newscast.

“Throughout her impressive career, Sarah has tirelessly advocated for the power of local television in our communities,” Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. 

“She did an outstanding job leading and growing three important properties, including two of the highest-rated ABC affiliates in the country. She has been an important voice in our company and leaves a tremendous legacy that will continue to be felt in the years ahead. We wish her great success in her well-deserved next chapter.”

The stations don’t have an immediate replacement to take for Smith as the announcement of an eventual successor will be shared at a later date. 

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