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Seinfeld gameplan: lunch; Westin says 'World News Now' safe

Seinfeld gameplan: lunch

NEW YORK — Following Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up run at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theater this month for HBO, it’s anybody’s guess what the Master of His Own Domain might do next.

But Seinfeld was spotted Tuesday with another domain master, Miramax Films co-chair Harvey Weinstein, lunching at the Tribeca Grill in Gotham.

Sources said Weinstein was interested in working with Seinfeld on a possible film or TV project, but no details were disclosed.

Seinfeld respectfully declined the offer, saying he’s on hiatus for six months before he decides any future plans.

— Dan Cox

Westin says ‘World News Now’ safe

NEW YORK — Rumors regarding the death of ABC’s “World News Now” have been greatly exaggerated.

That’s the word from Alphabet web news division topper David Westin, who told staffers at an internal ABC News town hall-style meeting Wednesday that the overnight news series was not in danger of being canceled. Westin’s definitive statement puts to rest months of rumors that “World News Now” would be axed as part of ABC’s current overall budget-trimming.

Changes could still be in the works for “World News Now,” however. Westin is looking at ways to make the program more cost-effective, including cutting down the amount of time for live news updates, insiders said. One such measure might be to rely more heavily on previously aired ABC News product from “Nightline” and other shows.

Westin spent just over an hour answering questions from about 200 ABC News staffers during Wednesday’s meeting, which was based in New York but included hook-ups with employees in Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and other cities.

— Josef Adalian

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