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New York Times website hacked; Peacock Productions bites back

August 28, 2013|By Ryan Faughnder
  • The New York Times offices in Manhattan.
The New York Times offices in Manhattan. (Scott Eells / Bloomberg )

After the coffee. Before the New York Times comes back online. 

The Skinny: Anyone reading "Gone Girl"? I'm apparently late to the psychopathic party. Another reading recommendation: A deep interview with Paul DePodesta, of "Moneyball" fame, on the Nautilus website. Today's headlines including the continuing dispute between the WGA and Peacock Productions and the New York Times outage.

Daily Dose: As of this writing, the New York Times' website is down. The outage is said to be the result of a cyberattack by a group that supports the Syrian government that affected sites including Twitter and the Huffington Post on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal took advantage by dropping its pay wall. People still have to pay for my articles, though. 

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More blame: Peacock Productions, the NBCUniversal-owned company in a labor dispute with the Writers Guild of America, says NBCU did not impound votes in an election by its freelance producers to join the union; that was the National Labor Relations Board's doing. Writers from shows including "Saturday Night Live" had written to NBCU to protest the delay in counting the votes. Details from Deadline and the Los Angeles Times

Hulu haunted: It seems as if there's a new deal like this announced every day. Hulu and Lionsgate said Tuesday they will produce 10-episodes of "Deadbeat," a ghost-themed comedy. Production starts in the fall and the show will air on Hulu next year. More from the Hollywood Reporter and CNET

Yeezus and the City: If you can imagine it, a Kayne West HBO sitcom could have actually happened. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" executive producer Larry Charles made a pilot starring the rapper/producer in 2007, but it was discarded during an executive shuffle at HBO. TV Guide has the oral history.  

ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll

Got a Rickenbacker to spare? There are at least three music movie-themed movies being filmed in Los Angeles right now, including "Jersey Boys," "Love & Mercy" and "Imagined," and one company, History for Hire in North Hollywood, is supplying musical instrument props to all of them. Richard Verrier takes a look for the Los Angeles Times.    

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara assesses Keith Olbermann's debut on ESPN2 and Kenneth Turan reviews "Closed Circuit," a movie about surveillance. 

Follow me on Twitter. I have no paywall to take down. @rfaughnder


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