2006: Media Sixth Man

As executive producer of the Daily Show and Colbert Report, Ben Karlin was the man behind two of the buzziest shows on television

December 19, 2006
sixth_man_karlin.jpgThe votes are in for what was a predictably wild and wooly media year. To cap it off, we'll be unveiling the winners (and losers) of  mediabistro.com's first-ever year-end media awards all week. Today's awards: Media Sixth Man (Or Woman).

Ben Karlin, the executive producer of both the Colbert Report and Daily Show, was the man behind two of the best shows on television, shuttling between tapings on Manhattan's West side on a scooter while quietly shaping fake news as we know it. Which made him your pick for mediabistro.com's Media Sixth Man of 2006.
 
Ironically, Karlin, who announced in November he is leaving both shows after seven years, beat out the only other nominee who would know what a "sixth man" is: Spike Lee. The director made one of the year's most powerful films: a four-hour Katrina documentary that when he screened it for the New York Knicks, made an entire NBA team hide their tears. In third was Susan Lyne, who kept Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia afloat while its namesake was in the was penitentiary and set the table for Stewart's comeback.

Lockhart Steele, who seemed to be on the frontlines deflecting criticism when Gawker Media Daddy Nick Denton cut bait with some of his popular bloggers, finished fourth in front of Jared Kushner, the New York Observer's fresh-faced new owner.

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[Dylan Stableford is mediabistro.com's managing editor, media news. He can be reached at dylan AT mediabistro DOT com.]
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