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‘House of Cards’ Casting Attracts 1k+ Hopefuls

Screenshot_2014-06-09-02-17-16On Saturday in Bel Air, Maryland, Kimberly Skyrme Casting held an open casting call for season 3 of the popular Netflix series “House of Cards.”

More than 1,000 actors and fans showed up to audition for the series, encouraged to showcase his/her DC political look and have a photo wearing DC black-tie attire.

“We have to visualize them looking like a DC politician or an ambassador or a lobbyist. So if they come that way, it just makes it easier for us to visualize,” said Kimberly Skyrme, owner of the casting agency tasked with hiring local talent. Read more

CNN to Air ’41ON41,’ Film on the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush

41on41pressroomCNN Films has acquired “41ON41,” a two hour program on the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, featuring commentary by 41 family members, world leaders, and White House staff, among others. The program will air on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 at 9pm, three days prior to the President’s 90th birthday.

Bush White House speechwriter Mary Kate Cary and Rick Kaplan, formerly of CNN and ABC News, serve as executive producers of “41ON41,” to be led by First Lady Barbara Bush.

Of the 41 participants is former Secretary of State for President Bush James A. Baker III, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, President George W. Bush, White House butler Buddy Carter, President Bill Clinton, former director of the CIA under President Bush Dr. Robert Gates, President Barack Obama, General Colin Powell, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

For more, click here.

David Chalian Named CNN Political Director

david-chalianA Friday afternoon announcement within CNN named “Crossfire” supervising producer David Chalian CNN Political Director.

Chalian, who joined the network in July 2013 after serving as VP of video programming for POLITICO, will manage CNN’s political reporters and producers and oversee all political coverage.

Prior to POLITICO, Chalian was the political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign, Washington bureau chief for Yahoo News, and political editor for PBS “NewsHour.”

Read the full announcement, after the jump.

FROM: Sam Feist and Virginia Moseley

As we head into midterm election season and begin to lay the groundwork for the coming presidential campaign, it gives us great pleasure to announce that David Chalian has accepted the position of CNN Political Director. Over the last year, David has proven himself to be an outstanding political producer as the supervising producer of Crossfire.

David brings to this role a wealth of experience managing network political coverage. David was political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign and earned an Emmy award for his contribution to ABC’s 2009 inauguration coverage. David has also served as the Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo News, Political Editor for PBS Newhour, and Vice President of video programming for Politico.

As Political Director, David will manage our extraordinary team of political reporters and producers and will oversee all aspects of CNN’s political coverage including day-to-day reporting, our Polling Unit, Decision Team, and political planning operation.

We can think of no person better prepared to lead our political team throughout the 2014 and 2016 campaigns. David will partner with Ed O’Keefe and the CNNPolitics.com team to make sure that CNN’s political coverage is unmatched on TV and online.

David will report to Virginia and officially moves into his new role on July 1st.

Please join us in congratulating David Chalian on a well deserved promotion.

Stephen Colbert Declares Bowe Bergdhal Safe, Unless He Needs the VA

Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 13.32.30Typical of major headlines, they usually end up as fodder on the late night comedy circuit. And the story of President Obama’s decision to swap five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl found its way there this week.

From Colbert: “Afghan veteran Bowe Bergdhal is safe, unless he needs the VA health system anytime soon.” Also, speaking of Obama’s decision to release the five detainees, Colbert said, “He can’t release these guys. We were this close to charging them with something.”

The Washington Post’s Jeff Simon pulled together an international edition of this week’s late-night laughs. Check them out after the jump. Read more

Hillary Clinton All Smiles During Hard Choices Interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer

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Someone’s excited!

Former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer for the first interview on her new book, Hard Choices. ABC News tells us that nothing was off limits when Sawyer interviewed Clinton today at her home in DC.

The one hour ABC News primetime special “Hillary Clinton: Public and Private – A One on One with Diane Sawyer” airs Monday, June 9 at 9 pm ET.

For the full schedule of Clinton’s firsts as part of her Hard Choices media blitz, check out our piece from yesterday.

MSNBC’s ‘Disrupt with Karen Finney’ Canceled

KarenFinney6MSNBC’s “Disrupt with Karen Finney” has been canceled just shy of its first birthday. The program aired weekends at 4pm and debuted June 8, 2013.

Finney is the former communications director for the Democratic National Committee and was previously with the NYC Department of Education. An MSNBC spokesperson told our sister site TVNewser that she will remain with the network as a contributor, where she’s served as a political commentator since 2009.

While we in the Fishbowl are looking forward to a less disruptive, more organized, weekend, we look forward to seeing what’s next for Finney.

Last hour she tweeted gratitude for her support and well wishes.

 

Attn ‘House of Cards’ Ultimate Fans: Open Casting Call Saturday, June 7

Love “House of Cards?” Want to take your obsession of it to the next level? Why not try out for the show!

The Maryland Film Office is advertising an open casting call for the Netflix series’ third season, slated for this Saturday at the Bel Air Armory in Maryland.

Kimberly Skyrme Casting is looking for all types, ages, sizes, and ethnicities including union and non-union members. Interested parties should come dressed to showcase his/her DC political look and have a photo wearing DC black-tie attire.

Click through full dets. Read more

Jim Cramer: My First Big Break

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You may know him for his stock-picking strategies, staying ahead of the bulls, and out of the way of the bears. But Jim Cramer‘s big break happened far from Wall Street, in Tallahassee, Florida, at a sorority house, which became the scene of a grisly crime.

Following a humble start as a newspaper reporter, along the way Cramer became a magazine writer, a lawyer, a hedge-fund manager, an online publisher and a best-selling author. And he did it all while honoring his parents’ wishes. Here’s Jim Cramer’s First Big Break.

Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesIn the latest installment of “Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up to PEOPLE magazine on becoming a grandmother and a 2016 run for president.

“I know I have a decision to make…But part of what I’ve been thinking about, is everything I’m interested in and everything I enjoy doing – and with the extra added joy of ‘I’m about to become a grandmother,’ I want to live in the moment. At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world,” says Clinton in the June 16 issue of PEOPLE.

The former Senator and First Lady gave those comments in her “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill’s presidency in January 2001.”

And it’s all about firsts in this media blitz for Clinton. Read more

CNN Plans to Drastically Grow Digital Politics Coverage

cnndigitalAs the nation gears up for the 2016 presidential election, CNN is preparing to lead in politics coverage.

In May, we wrote that CNN hired Ed O’Keefe as VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital, a new role for the network. In just a matter of weeks, it looks as if his and the network’s vision, are clearly defined.

“If you’re a top talent in D.C., expect to get a call from CNN politics,” the former editor in chief of NowThisNews told The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple.

While CNN’s politics reporters currently total around 20, in the short term, that number is expected to double.

“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in Wemple’s piece published late Tuesday afternoon.

For the full story, click on over to The Post.

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