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‘Women Rule’ Explores How Women Run – Power, Perception, and Reality

myersThis morning, POLITICO, Google, and The Tory Burch Foundation launched the 2014 Women Rule series with an event on How Women Run: Power, Perception and Reality. The event addressed how politically powerful women are portrayed in popular culture and featured Beau Willimon, creator of “House of Cards;” Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.); Leticia Van de Putte, State Senator (D-Texas); Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief, ELLE Magazine; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.); Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of the polling company, Inc. & Woman Trend.

On a scene from “House of Cards” in which Claire pulls a bill from the floor…
“Of course there was a version we would have loved to have write, that she completely succeeded, and that everything changed, and there was tons of reform, but that’s not really commensurate with the way the show works,” said Willimon, during his conversation with POLITICO senior Washington correspondent Anna Palmer. “We wanted to see what would happen if an issue completely important to Claire was something she had to sacrifice in part in order to achieve a higher summit of power.”
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WTTG Reporter Audrey Barnes Named Laurel PIO

WTTG reporter Audrey Barnes will start work this week as the new Director of the Department of Communications of her hometown of Laurel, Maryland. Mayor Craig Moe made the announcement earlier this month, and Barnes will start on Wednesday.

Mayor Moe says top priorities for Barnes will be establishing the Laurel Community Media Network Television station as the “go to” place for news about Laurel and ramping up the city’s presence on social media.

Congrats Audrey!

ICYMI: Miles O’Brien Reunited with CNN; Big Changes at Discovery

CNN Signs Miles O’Brien as Aviation Analyst for Two Weeks by Josh Feldman at Mediaite:

Former CNN anchor/reporter Miles O’Brien will be temporarily returning to the network, a CNN source said. O’Brien has been signed for two weeks as an aviation analyst amid the network’s coverage of the ongoing search for the missing MH370 flight. O’Brien worked at CNN from 1992 to 2008, and being a pilot himself, he covered aviation issues and several plane crashes during his initial tenure.

Discovery Founder John Hendricks Retiring as Chairman of Board by Michael O’Connell at THR:

John Hendricks is officially departing Discovery Communications. The 61-year-old founder of the massive media company, who stepped down as CEO in 2004, will retire from his role as chairman of the board of directors and director of the board this spring. He will remain in the position through the May 16 annual meeting of shareholders.

Discovery Names COO of International Networks by Francesca Bacardi at Variety:

Discovery Communications has promoted Doug Baker to chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Discovery Networks Intl. He previously served as exec VP and CFO. In his new role, Baker will be responsible for oversight of strategy and research for Discovery’s 100-plus international outlets, in addition to leading all financial aspects of Discovery Networks Intl. finance and marketing.

(h/t Matt Neufeld)

WJLA’s Natasha Barrett Leaving for Hometown ABC Affiliate

barrettWJLA’s Natasha Barrett will soon become the weekend anchor and consumer reporter at the ABC affiliate in her home town of Houston. Currently, Barrett contributes live reports to ABC 7 News at 5 and 6 pm and hosts the daily talk show, “Let’s Talk Live,” at 11 am on NewsChannel 8.

According to a memo sent out by ABC7′s General Manager Bill Lord, “Natasha has done a little bit of everything for us at WJLA and it all added up to a whole bunch of something good. Reporting, anchoring, hosting, consumer reporting, cooking segments, alpaca wrangling and much, much more. Did I mention how proud she was of her on-air alcohol consumption on Let’s Talk Live? Does anyone supervise that show? All that plus the smiling face and upbeat personality that charmed us all. Natasha has been a great friend to everyone here and we will all miss her. Please join me in wishing her a bon voyage. Her last day here will be March 28th.”

Lord confirmed that the outlet won’t fill her role per se but does have a new hire in mind. We’ll make sure to update when we learn the news.

In the meantime, congratulations to Natasha on her new gig!

Ron Swanson to Headline RTCA Dinner (Megan Mulally Will Be There Too)

The Radio and Television Correspondent’s Association announced today that actor Nick Offerman, of “Parks and Recreation” fame, will headline their 70th Annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner. Offerman’s wife, “Will & Grace” actress Megan Mulally (Karen) will be his guest for the evening.

According to the press release the RTCA Dinner is known “as the ‘fun’ black tie dinner,” which promises lots of “surprises” and “craft beer.” My, that does sound fun.

But they don’t let things get too crazy, like some other correspondents dinners.

“The dinner is also focused on our core mission: celebrating Washington journalists and the issues we cover,” the press release said. “This is not a dinner for Hollywood.”

Well, except for Nick Offerman and Megan Mulally. You guys are cool.

Afternoon Lede Check, 3.18.14

A man was shot and killed when he fires on officers; the U.S. suspends consular relations with Syria; and a Navy Yard review suggests DOD handed out too many security clearances.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Thursday

tvnshowsmallThe TVNewser Show is coming together. As part of the lineup we’ve got Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more joining us on April 29 in New York City. And we’d love for you to join us as well.

We’ll be talking about Aereo, a service that broadcasters want to see shut down and the Supreme Court will be taking up just a week before the TVNewser Show. Also, the use of drones in newsgathering: revolutionary but controversial. The growth of Social TV, which is changing the way shows are produced and watched. Plus, we’ll introduce you to new Web TV experiences and we’ll get to the bottom of why Millennials are the hot new audience.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today to save $200 off the full price.

Congratulations Savannah!

A big FBDC congrats to Savannah Guthrie who is now both preggers and hitched! That actually sounds terrible to us -but we are hedonistic ne’er-do-wells, so what do we know?

The former NBC WH Correspondent made the announcements today on “Today.” As you can see in the video below, her co-workers at 30 Rock were all quite pleased -with the notable exception of Carson Daly -who was super quiet and awkward. Even more than usual. Mayhaps he was super bummed at not being invited to the wedding? Matt and Al were gloating. Or maybe he was just swallowing his despair upon realizing that his elaborate scheme for stealing Savannah from Mike Feldman (what other reason could there possibly be for him to be on the “Today” Show?????) had finally, truly failed.

Or maybe he was gassy. Gass makes us awkward, too.

Here, you decide:

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FBDC Tweeterboard: National On-Air Talent

It’s that time of the month again to check out the social standing of DC’s stable of national correspondents and anchors. FishbowlDC tallied the Twitter followers of the top 20 on-air journalists including broadcast, cable, and radio. Here’s what we found:

1.) George Stephanopoulos* ABC 1,936,395
2.) David Gregory NBC 1,651,521
3.) Newt Gingrich* CNN 1,493,576
4.) Scott Simon NPR 1,251,445
5.) John Donvan ABC 1,232,606
6.) Wolf Blitzer CNN 697,050
7.) Bret Baier FOX 453,195
8.) Chuck Todd MSNBC 415,265
9.) Greta VanSusteren FOX 406,677
10.) Jake Tapper CNN 324,883

Catch 11 – 20 after the jump…

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TURNing Tricks for Press

If you’re like FBDC, you may have received this tricked out press kit from AMC recently. The network is pimping out their new TV show TURN, about America’s first spy ring. Considering this is essentially a glorified DVD case, it’s been dressed up fancier than one of Eliot Spitzer’s “escorts.”

Disguised as a massive, leather-bound novel, this press kit contains: a DVD screener of the pilot episode, a pretty picture book of cast bios, a helpful info sheet on Revolutionary War-era spy tools, and a letter from Alexander Rose, author of Washington Spies -the book upon which the show is based.

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