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Archives: December 2006

Media Events: 12.15.06 – 12.17.06


Parties, panels and other notable media gatherings

FRIDAY 12.15.06

WHAT: Disco Years Panel Discussion & Book Signing
WHEN: 6:00PM-8:00PM
WHO: Michael Musto, Ron Galella, Maripol and Randy Jones of The Village People
WHERE: powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: An esteemed panel of vintage New York scenesters from the glam era, presumably waxing poetic about what it was like “back in the day, you don’t understand.”

SATURDAY 12.16.06

WHAT: FHM Celebrates Pacha’s One Year Anniversary
WHEN: 9:00PM
WHERE: Pacha, 618 W 46th Street
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: FHM, the laddie import which yesterday announced it will be closing its U.S. ops, is going ahead with plans for its party at Pacha on Saturday — hosted by Sopranos stars and velvet rope regulars Jamie Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler. Quite a fitting way to bury a magazine.

SUNDAY 12.16.06

WHAT: Lebowski Fest
WHERE: Cozy Bowl, 9818 Rockaway Blvd., Queens
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: We’ve been touting this semi-regular gathering of “Achievers” (the preferred nomenclature of fans of the Big Lebowski) for years now, and this is the third New York summit. And one of these years, Steve Buscemi‘ll show up.
NOTE: The ‘Fest includes parties on Friday and Saturday. But we just want to fucking roll.

Siberia Bar, Infamous Piece Of Jayson Blair History, To Close


Siberia, the grizzled Midtown dive bar where Jayson Blair purportedly filed some of his infamous road reporting to the Times copy desk, is closing. While no CBGBs, it holds a special place in a many a NYC journo’s heart — owing perhaps to the fact that the Times building, Reuters and Viacom are only a few blocks away from its spot on 40th street and 9th avenue.

Owner Tracy Westmoreland, who cites a dispute with the building’s landlord, hopes to keep the bar alive — online. Westmoreland told the Observer‘s Transom he felt like he was “getting jerked off by an 800-pound gorilla.” OK, then.

  • Siberia: Is the End Near? Not on the Net! [Observer]
  • Some Love, Some Jabs for Ken Auletta

    Ken Auletta this week got the kid glove treatment from Charlie Rose, who quizzed him on the makeover of Lou Dobbs from corporate cheerleader to self-appointed mouthpiece of the American middle class. It was far different from the treatment Auletta got last week at a New Yorker breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and held at the Condé Nast building in Times Square.

    In a flower-anointed room with just-so lighting holding the likes of New Yorker editor David Remnick, CBS digital’s Larry Kramer, the New York TimesStuart Elliott, Henry Schleiff, Jack Myers and other media luminaries, Auletta was the questioner of Martin Sorrell, the head of advertising megalith WPP. Sir Martin was all about “disintermediation” — how consumers are going around big media through everything from YouTube to MySpace. “You’re in dangerous territory when you start to say to consumers I know better what they should like or what they shouldn’t,” he said. He couldn’t resist joking to Auletta that he was going to “try to disintermediate you, too,” as their knees practically touched on the dias.

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    TVNewser Named Online Journo Of Year | Gets $18.5M | Snow’s Apology | Star Editor’s $450K | Oprah’s New TV Reality | Vivendi’s $3B Stake In NBC, Zucker | Ahmet Ertegun Dead At 83


  • Gets $18.5 million, a CNET exec and Hearst’s content. Not a bad Thursday. [TechCrunch]

  • Tony Snow: Makes nice with NBC White House correspondent David Gregory. [FishbowlDC]
  • TVNewser’s Brian Stelter: Online Journalist of the Year. [Marketwatch]
  • Star Editor-in-Chief Joe Dolce: $450,000 a year contract expires on March 31; no negotiations have started on new deal. [NYP]
  • Oprah’s: New reality — TV. [Variety]
  • Vivendi: Holding onto $3 billion, 20 percent stake in NBC — no pressure there, Jeff Zucker. [NYP]
  • Legendary Atlantic Records Founder Ahmet Ertegun: Dead at 83. [NYT]
  • Matthew McConaughey Seduces Early Show Host, Staff By Fireplace

    We could watch Matthew McConaughey in front of a crackling fire all day, but four minutes in is when the “action” really heats up. At least it qualifies as “action” on the Early Show.

    Exclusive: Highland Grounds Tuning Out, Changing Name

    highlandgrounds.jpgThe venerable — at times adorable — Highland Grounds is pulling the plug on live music after 17 years, owners of the coffee-house-turn-local-bar tell FBLA.

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    Rocketboom Founder: Amanda Congdon Usurped Us


    Andrew Michael Baron, a.k.a Mr. Rocketboom, writes on his dembot blog that former Rocketboomer Amanda Congdon‘s fancy new projects for HBO, and Amanda Across America were all Rocketboom:

    Yes, it is in fact my position that the Amanda Across America, ABC News and HBO projects are all Rocketboom projects that were usurped out of Rocketboom by Amanda when she quit.

    And when I say usurped, I don’t just mean a little bit. I spent months working on these projects and relationships. I spent a great deal of legal fees on contracts, etc. — we are talking deep, deep development.

    Expect a vloggy response from Congdon’s camp shortly.


  • Wants You To ‘Turn On’ Amanda Congdon
  • Video: Ex-Rocketboom Host Amanda Congdon Says LonelyGirl15 ‘A Brilliant Idea, But They Weren’t Transparent’
  • BMI/BillBoard/Gibson Christmas Party


    FBLA went to the BMI/Billboard/Gibson Christmas party and had a pretty great time. Melinda Newman is somewhere in the crowd pictured above, as are Nico Vega, Latin Grammy winning songwriter Edgar Cortazar, Virgin’s Ken Blaustein; manager Andy Gould; and former Sony A&R honcho turned manager Roger Klein.

    People were talking about the layoffs at Verve and about Lou Reed’s Berlin.

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    Katie Couric: Comedian

    katie_couric_perot.jpgWhile Katie Couric was earnest in her acceptance speech as one of the “muses” honored by New York Women in Film & Television, she did manage elicit some laughs with shockingly dead-on impersonations of two of her most difficult subjects during her Today tenure: Katharine Hepburn and Ross Perot. She recalled interviewing an ornery Hepburn when the star published her autobiography, Me, in 1991. Easily slipping into the icon’s familiar tremulous tones, Couric recalled Hepburn asking, “What is your name, dear?” when she sat face to face with the actress. “I was a little chagrined and slightly insulted. I thought her at least her handlers would tell her who I was. I said, ‘It’s Katie, Miss Hepburn.’” Hepburn replied: “Not your first name, your last name — it’s so weird!” The CBS Evening News seatwarmer then moved on to recall another contentious conversation. “When I asked a challenging question of a prickly Ross Perot, he responded by chastising me like a fourth grade teacher” — barking her Perot — “Katie! Katie! Katie.”

    The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee, the afternoon’s emcee, noted similarities between her and Couric: “Katie is the first female television anchor of a network news cast and I have watched the evenings news several times usually when TiVo didn’t tape what I wanted to watch.”

    KFI’s Bill Handel and Star 98.7 Jamie White In-Studio Screaming Match

    KFI’s morning host and legal eagle, Bill Handel doesn’t want anyone messing with his kids. Jamie White of Star 98.7 found out the hard way.