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Eliot Spitzer, a Party for Angela Cummings and the Story Behind the New Bernie Madoff Documentary

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In keeping with the usual head-spinning weekly scene that is Wednesdays at Michael’s, the joint was jumping today. It was SRO in the front dining room and at the bar where producer Beverly Camhe was holding court with fellow producer Marc Altshuler and writer/directors Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek in celebration of their upcoming documentary In God We Trust Who Pays for His Crime on the Bernie Madoff scandal. The film will debut in the highly coveted Friday night slot at the Tribeca Film Festival next week.

Bev tells me the tickets for the highly anticipated film sold out in ten minutes when they went on sale at with American Express last night, and they are currently looking for a theater to handle the overflow. For those of you who missed the boat entirely, there’s always pay per view. Bev says anyone who sees the film should prepare to be shocked. “Don’t believe what you’ve heard. You’ll be surprised to know who knew what and when they knew it.” For the record, Bev believes that both Madoff sons, the late Mark Madoff and Andrew Madoff, didn’t know anything. I would have loved to have explored that very topic myself when I spotted Mark at Michael’s last spring, but he bolted before I could ask him anything about their father’s massive Ponzi scheme. “Bernie was a bi-polar sociopath, so it’s entirely possible he was able to keep it from them,” says Bev.  I asked Marc if they’d heard from any of the Madoffs or insiders since they began production, and he told me, “They’ve been oddly quiet. I’m surprised they even stayed in New York.” Some people have no shame.

Mickey Ateyeh and Angela Cummings

Not all the action was in the main dining room. I was invited to the swanky lunch held in the Garden Room for Angela Cummings today celebrating the launch of her new collection with Assael. Mickey Ateyeh, Angela’s long time BFF and business partner gathered 24 New York power gals – the ladies who never eat lunch who actually lunched today – for an intimate gathering.  The first to arrive was Liz Smith followed by a veritable who’s who in New York social and business circles, including Paula Zahn, Linda Fairstein, Jackie Leo,  Barbara Taylor Bradford, Christy Ferer, who is in hot pursuit for her company’s next CEO (Anyone?), Fern Mallis, DuJour‘s Cindy Lewis and Judy Licht

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WNYC’s “The Takeaway” Names New Host

Celeste.jpgSeveral months after co-host Adaora Udoji left “The Takeaway,” WNYC and Public Radio International have brought on a permanent replacement.

The morning news show’s producers today announced that starting Monday frequent guest co-host Celeste Headlee will be joining John Hockenberry on the drive time broadcast.

Most recently, Headlee worked as the Midwest correspondent for NPR’s “Day to Day.” She has also worked as a reporter and anchor on public radio stations in Detroit and Flagstaff, Ariz.

Former “Takeaway” co-host Udoji left the show in April to spend more time with her husband and newly adopted baby girl. In June, MSNBC‘s former VP of daytime programming Mark Effron became executive producer of the show.

Full release after the jump

Earlier: “The Takeaway” Names New Exec Producer As Host Is Named To Presidential Committee

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“The Takeaway” Names New Exec Producer As Host Is Named To Presidential Committee

takeaway.pngToday, public radio morning drive show “The Takeaway” appointed a new executive producer: MSNBC‘s former VP of daytime programming Mark Effron.

“The Takeaway” is a jointly produced by New York public radio station WNYC and Public Radio International. Earlier this year, the show lost co-host Adaora Udoji who departed to spend more time with her family.

Effron, a journalist and TV and digital media exec, joins “The Takeaway” from Titan TV Media, a digital network where he served as president and COO. He also writes on industry trends for trade publications like The Communicator.

And in other “Takeaway” news, earlier this week the White House announced that the show’s host John Hockenberry had been appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, along with Tom Brokaw and others.

Full release about Effron’s appointment after the jump

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Exclusive: Adaora Udoji Leaving The Takeaway

Adaora_Udoji.jpgAdaora Udoji is departing the WNYC and WPRI morning news show The Takeaway to spend more time with her husband and newly adopted baby girl.

“I am extraordinarily proud of what The Takeaway has accomplished and am honored to have worked with such a talented group of people,” Udoji said in a statement announcing the news. “I have made the right decision for my family at this time. However, journalism will always be my passion and I look forward to returning to my career at some point in the future.”

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