Last night was the world premier of new documentary series Startupland, by DC director Justin Gutwein (pictured third from left) at E Street Cinema in downtown DC. The series will follow five entrepreneurs from different walks of life as they attempt to get their start up businesses off the ground. For an indy production, Startupland has some pretty big names attached to it. Venture Capitalist Jonathan Perrelli is the main producer, and the pilot episode we saw featured an appearance by former AOL Chairman and CEO Steve Case and LivingSocial founder Tim O’Shaughnessy. Case walked in right as we were leaving, so we didn’t get to talk to him, but other notables in attendance were Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan, Rebecca Cooper from WJLA, and Pamela Sorensen from Pamela’s Punch.
More top of the masthead shuffling at Governing. Associate Publisher for Finance Erica Pyatt has left, according to sources at the mag. She is heading over to McMurry/TMG as part of their biz dev team. This comes two weeks after top Publisher Erin Waters left for RealClearPolitics, and just days after the hiring of her replacement, former Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser. Pyatt’s duties are being folded under Mary Noel, Associate Publisher for Technology.
Earlier this week, the government tech news site FedScoop hosted its Symantec Government Symposium featuring keynote speaker, Leon Panetta. The event is the area’s largest annual public-sector-focused gathering of leading global IT thought leaders from government, higher ed, and industry.
FishbowlDC had the opportunity to chat with FedScoop’s founder and CEO Goldy Kamali (shown right with Panetta) about the creation of her site and what we can expect next.
Prior to starting FedScoop, Kamali was with the American Electronics Association and has been named to the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, a Rising Star by Government Computer News, and Top Women in Tech by GovFresh. Read on for our Q&A with Goldy!
Why did you launch FedScoop?
The idea came to me when I had to frequent 20 or so publications and blogs weekly for my job at the time. I realized there were too many players in the government IT media space and none that were very comprehensive. I initially set out to create a one-stop-shop and things blossomed quite organically from there.
Talks between John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov over Ukraine go nowhere; another new theory about MH370; plus a possible break in the Alexandria serial killer case.
From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…
“This Week” came in on top for the third week in a row last Sunday. They drew the most viewers overall and the most in the demographic with 3.267 million and 1.11 million respectively. “Meet the Press” came in second over all, but was bested by “Face the Nation” in the demographic. Both Univision’s “Al Punto” and “Fox News Sunday” had bad weeks, with viewership dropping 30% and 21% respectively, compared to last week. Viewership was down an average of 11% among the other networks. However, for the third week in a row, Univision beat Fox in the 25 – 54 demographic, scoring 398,000 viewers to Fox’s 293,000.
Here’s more from our sister site, TVNewser:
Compared to the same week last year, ABC and NBC were both up: “This Week” grew +38% in total viewers and +72% in the demo, and “Meet the Press” grew +9% and +10%, respectively. CBS (-9% / -2%), Fox (-13% / -25%) and Univison (-9% / -5%) were all down across the board.
The numbers for March 9:
||“Meet the Press”||2.891M||886K|
|CBS||“Face the Nation”||2.889M||890K|
|FOX||“Fox News Sunday”||1.039M||293K|
“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.
The new issue of National Journal will feature the mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, on its cover.
The cover story contends that Duggan’s is the “best job in politics” because of the low bar set by former mayors, and because all the hard decisions affecting the city will be made by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
Each month, the National Press Club holds a Pub Quiz - an evening of trivia, food, drink, and prizes – in the Reliable Source’s Truman Lounge for members and guests. What’s not to like, right? Right…FishbowlDC went last night, and here’s how it went down.
6:59pm - Abruptly end call with friend from home so as not to be late to the National Press Club’s Pub Quiz.
7:00 - Immediately regret ending said call.
My first thought is that I’ve come to the wrong gathering. This has to be either a nursing home bingo night or a sober mixer. Nope, it’s Pub Quiz.
7:03 - Introduce myself to the NPC’s Membership Secretary and confirm it’s cool for me to cover. It is, and I immediately stake my claim at a corner seat at the bar overlooking an eager crowd of 40 or so guests.
7:06 - Return to my seat (phone charger strategically placed to save my spot) after stepping away for a minute to two gentleman making my space theirs. Not. Gonna. Happen.
Introduce myself, let them know I was in fact sitting there, and am told they need this spot for their large group that’s soon to arrive. Still…Not. Gonna. Happen.
The Revolving Door
— Sarah Bondioli‘s last day at Roll Call
— Man about town Tim Burger
— WH Deputy Social Secretary Yves Burnough
— Boehner Press Secretary Brendan Buck (Saturday)
Fishbowl Fun Fact
Nicolas Cage invented his own method of acting, which he called Nouveau Shamanic, and says he plans to write a book about it.
Front page of the Day
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today penned an op-ed for The Hill in support of a National Women’s History Museum on the National Mall.
“Young women deserve a space to call their own—a physical space they can visit to hear and read about those who came before them and changed history. We need a tangible place that encourages our girls to wonder, to feel empowered, and to inquire about the people who fought to provide them with the freedom and opportunities they enjoy today.”
The North Carolina Congresswoman who sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee names several of her Congressional colleagues including Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) who sponsored legislation and testified before the House Committee on Administration this past December in favor of a commission to pursue the museum. Nearly four months later, Ellmers and her colleagues have seen no movement on the proposed bill.
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:
Catch 11 – 20 after the jump…