Even those out there who are disinclined to read self-help literature might find something worthwhile in The Tim Ferriss Experiment, precisely because it’s not The 4-Hour Workweek or the sequels it spawned. The new half-hour show on upwave on HLN (Sundays at 8 pm EST) is as much about content as it is about methodology. So for every week Mr. Ferriss brings his credo to a new undertaking, the focus is as much on the subject as how fast the author can learn it.
The pilot episode of the series has Mr. Ferriss working out how to play the drums during a live rendition of Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded,” on-stage during a live stadium show with the band. Though he applies his “80-20 Rule” methodology–finding the 20 percent of work to focus on that will yield 80 percent of the results–to learning how to both play the drums and the song in under a week, he admitted during a live screening with The New York Observer that it’s not always a case of mind over matter.
Around the town
In a culture where paying sources is generally frowned upon, NBC News is getting some serious flack for reportedly practicing “checkbook journalism” twice in one week. Most recently, the news organization has paid for exclusive rights to interview a group of skydivers who survived a plane crash. Last week, it was disclosed that NBC was negotiating a maybe-more-than-$100,000 deal with the family of kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson for documentary rights. (The Washington Post)
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Since announcing her split with CNBC yesterday, business anchor (and, yes, Media Power Bachelorette) Nicole Lapin has been meeting with CNN’s HLN and the luxury lifestyle publisher The Robb Report, according to a source familiar with the activities of her new production company, Nothing But Gold.
Ms. Lapin is flirting with outlets for the new shows she’ll be producing. She’s no stranger to HLN; she regularly made appearances on the network as a CNN Live anchor, before she hopped to CNBC in January 2010.
In the mean time, she’s appearing on the CW’s Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers and the NBC’s Today show, and working on Decoding The Wall Street Journal, a book that will demystify the financial topics covered in the broadsheet. She’ll also launch a suite of online personal finance and investment tools along the lines of Mint.com.