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TV Week Profiles O’Hearn

TV Week sits down with ABC News’ Katherine O’Hearn. Some highlights:

The Insider: Since you rejoined ABC News as executive producer of “This Week,” the show has gained ratings and established itself as a consistent second to NBC’s “Meet the Press.” To what do you attribute the growth?

Ms. O’Hearn: It was a number of things. George has hit his stride. It is mostly George. He is comfortable and works harder than anyone I know. But it was also putting together a staff that is his. It’s an amazingly talented, passionate, committed, funny, bright, entertaining staff. I just love my staff. It was updating the production, literally everything from protocols and systems–there were none in place when I got there, because they split the staff in between “Nightline” and “This Week.” He had rotating researchers and rotating producers. George felt no ownership. I think that sense of giving him his own show, letting him be that central organizing principal, was the dynamic that changed the trajectory of the show. It came up to meet his growth and sophistication as a broadcaster. He already has a political reach, of course. The alchemy of my organization and producing skills and his brilliance as a reporting political anchor was the right mix.

The Insider: What competitive opportunities are to be had among Sunday newsmaker shows in the absence of Tim Russert?

Ms. O’Hearn: I think it’s an interesting time to not throw out the rule book but break a couple of the rules and try some different things. Tim was such a strong No. 1 in terms of the ratings that he set the standards. Now it’s kind of all bets are off. You can get in there and possibly play with format, although in a way I have to say the viewers are looking for one, simple, straightforward thing. I think it’s a little more about who is going to establish themselves. In the end it’s about who are people going to turn to as their reliable source for political news and for digging through the weeds of policy to keep us informed.

The Insider: You once described “This Week” as the most modern of the newsmaker shows. With a political landscape that has become increasingly cacophonous, what makes a newsmaker show most relevant and most successful now?

Ms. O’Hearn: I do think “This Week” is poised to only continue to grow in the ratings because it has a broader embrace of the political conversation. There’s an awareness that people get their political news from the late-night talk and comedy shows, so we offer that. We also offer a sense of the major passings of the week, which obviously run toward the political side. The show also has a little more heat because our open is highly produced, mapping what we’re going to talk to everybody about. It just has a little more evolved sense of the political conversation. That’s the modern part. It’s understanding how and where people get their news and paying respect to that.

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Party Video: A Dinner For Katherine O’Hearn

At The Palm restaurant Thursday night, Washingtonians came out to toast Katherine O’Hearn, who has taken a new position at ABC News.

Attendees: Katherine O’Hearn, Tammy Haddad, Betsy Fischer, Pam Stevens, Emily Lenzner, John P. Coale, Jeremy Bash, Mike Allen, Steve McMahon, Jessica Yellin, Hilary Rosen, Ed Henry, Michael Feldman.

Topics discussed:

  • What are sexually charged television terms? Nominees: “Firm offer.” “Late night pull out.” “Deep tease.” “Hard out.” And the Sunday producer classic: “How could they be doing them when they should be doing me?”

  • Mike Allen‘s classic line: Although the newspaper industry may be dying, “if you’ve got the love, then love is never a dying industry.”

  • Why was there a PowerPoint presentation taking place in the same restaurant on the topic of “Mycardial ischemia Safety Data for Avandia”?

  • Pamela Brown: The FishbowlDC Interview

    pamfbdc.jpgSay hello to WJLA’s Pamela Brown.

    What word do you routinely misspell? Definetaly, definitely, definately…I still get confused about which one it is

    What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I keep it on vibrate for the most part– I’ve had it go off during interviews and press conferences one too many times

    What time did you get up this morning? 5:30 A.M.

    When did you last cry and why? Three nights ago. My mom and I were reminiscing about my grandfather who passed away

    How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Around 50, give or take a few

    What’s your favorite letter? Don’t know…haven’t put much thought into it

    What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? A former professor, Rich Landesberg, my mom, and Tom Johnson, the former president of CNN, all had a significant impact on my career— tough to say one had a bigger influence than the other

    Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn)

    Also, drop us a line to let us know who else you’d like FishbowlDC to interview. They must work in the Washington area and you must include their email address.

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    Katherine O’Hearn: The FishbowlDC Interview

    koh.jpgSay hello to ABC’s “This Week” Executive Producer Katherine O’Hearn, whose “McSteamy v. McDreamy” answer may be the finest yet in our FishbowlDC interview series.

    What word do you routinely misspell? THE. It always comes out TEH on the Blackberry. Every. Single. Time.

    What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Ring Tone # 9

    What time did you get up this morning? 5:45am

    When did you last cry and why? The Opera Guy on YouTube

    How many emails do you receive a day, roughly?I have stopped counting

    What’s your favorite letter? O’…it’s the Irish in me

    What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Probably Jack McWethy. He taught me about integrity & trust in developing sources.

    When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? I’m a block captain in my neighborhood , and on the Georgetown Public Safety Committee.

    Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer)

    Also, drop us a line to let us know who else you’d like FishbowlDC to interview. They must work in the Washington area and you must include their email address.

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    Journos Eat Food!

    FishbowlDC headed to the Palm today to flirt apparently to see what happens when you combine a bunch of media nerds (Chris Matthews, Tucker Carlson, Tammy Haddad, Shelby Poduch, Pam Stevens, Katherine O’Hearn and Ted Greenberg) with an attractive celebrity: Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson.

    Not missing a beat — despite the hot blonde at the table — the media types batted around the latest industry gossip as Nelson signed copies of the Miss America program and refused to reveal which Miss America contestants she didn’t like (not to worry: she likes Miss D.C.). She also clarified that it’s not a tiara…it’s a crown (tiara’s don’t go all the way around the head).

    There was enough dish served up about the television industry to make TVNewser’s head explode. Unfortunately for him, it was all off the record. We did, however, learn that Matthews has a deep disdain for blue cheese, Carlson loves the Palm’s pickles and Haddad is a fan of the fried asparagus.