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Friends Blog To HBO Chief’s Defense, Slam Press

albrecht_mug_shot.jpgAri Emanuel on the press “who dug up a 16 year old incident, dusted off the cobwebs covering it, and suddenly created ‘a pattern’ of behavior that required the delivery of Chris’ head on a platter” and how Albrecht’s track record should speak for itself:

Chris Albrecht, like the rest of us, is not a perfect person. But he is a brilliant executive who helped turn HBO from a place to watch movies, stand-up comedy, and boxing into the home for some of the most creative and challenging original programming in the history of television. He has an amazing eye for talent, the ability to nurture that talent, and the patience to let outside-the-box shows find their audience. Without him, we wouldn’t have had The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, or Everyone Loves Raymond (which HBO produced).

We probably would’ve left that last one off. As far as HBO being an “old boys” club, Emanuel testifies it is not: “Just ask Carolyn Strauss, Sheila Nevins, or any of the other high-powered female executives who work there.”

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    grey.jpgNo Gold For Brad: Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey lost his bid to be recognized by the Producers Guild of America as one of the producers of The Departed — even though he was instrumental in getting the picture made. Brad is unlikely to appeal the decision because that would seem unseemly. And Brad never gets tangled up in stuff that’s unseemly.

    jumpship.jpgNothing Lasts Forever: A shake-up at ICM gives Endeavor a big boost in the way of 17-year veteran Robert Newman. TV literary head Matt Solo also left for Endeavor, the agency founded 12 years ago by Ari Emanuel. This is big news at the Grill. Around here, though, it just makes us really, really miss Entourage.

    reelzloggo.gifGet Reelz: Former DirectTV pioneers want to create the movie-centric version of the Food Network, but ReelzChannel is proving to be a very, very expensive beast. We have a suggestion: Merge the two and call it the “Dinner and a Movie Network.” We don’t know how that will go over with potential investors, but that combination always got our suitors lucky.

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