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Media Moguls Make Their Mark On Fortune‘s “40 Under 40″ List

jmurdoch.jpgFortune magazine has revealed its “40 Under 40″ list — a compilation of the youngest and the brightest minds in the business world. And we were pleased to see a number of media executives making the cut and ranking near the top. Our industry could use all the young blood and new ideas it can get right now.

Topping the list are Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page — tied for first. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is number two.

And coming in at number three is the first media mogul, News Corp. heir James Murdoch (above). Rupert Murdoch’s youngest son, James currently serves as chairman and CEO for News Corp.’s operations in Europe and Asia. Fun fact: he raised his desk so he can work standing up. So the key to rising to the top of an international media conglomerate by age 36 is never sitting down. We bet being the son of a media czar helps, too.

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DC Hacks Defeat Flacks In Annual Softball Game|McGraw-Hill Posts Declining Revenue Numbers|Mom & Baby Shuttered, Natural Health Staff Departs|Can Gaspin Do Better Than Silverman?

FishbowlDC: DC journalists took on publicists last night in the annual Hacks vs. Flacks softball game. Just like our Hacks v. Flacks Guitar Hero showdown earlier this month, the DC Hacks handily defeated Team Flack 12-9. (Slideshow above).

Folio: BusinessWeek publisher McGraw-Hill reported its financials for the first half of the year today. Here’s a run down: net income was down 22.4 percent during the first six months of 2009, to $233.8 million compared to $301.5 million last year. Revenues for the period declined 9.6 percent to $2.6 billion.

Mediaweek: American Media Inc. has suspended publication of Mom & Baby magazine and is cutting Natural Health‘s print run to eight issues a year, down from 10. Natural Health will now be produced by the staff of Fit Pregnancy, who used to create Mom & Baby. The health magazine’s publisher, Eileen Chiafair, and editor, Mary Bolster, have left the company.

SFGate: Tim Goodman rants about Ben Silverman‘s departure from NBC and Jeff Gaspin‘s future. “That Silverman will be remembered for continuing to run NBC into the ground is a legacy he can shake by, say, tomorrow, because it’s not too difficult to assume that the next person will do precisely the same thing,” he said.

More On Ben Silverman’s New Project

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Yesterday, IAC announced that NBC Universal co-chair Ben Silverman was leaving the network to launch a new venture for Barry Diller‘s media company.

Silverman’s two-year stint at NBCU has been fraught with speculation of his inevitable exit thanks to expensive flops like “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Knight Rider.” But Silverman is also responsible for bringing NBC’s biggest hits, “The Office” and “The Biggest Loser,” which were also produced by Silverman’s former company Reveille, to the network.

Although no one was surprised that Silverman was leaving NBC, his sudden departure and the mysterious new venture have been somewhat of a shock. Last week, he participated in Fortune‘s technology conference and spoke to Poppy Harlow about his network’s plans for “America’s Got Talent” and Jay Leno‘s move to primetime (video above). Silverman would presumably want to see the launch of Leno’s new program, but his two-year contract with NBC expired this summer.

So what will he be doing next at IAC?

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Silverman Leaves NBC For IAC; Gaspin Promoted To Chair

gaspin.pngAfter months of speculation over his possible departure, Ben Silverman is leaving NBC Universal to join Barry Diller‘s IAC, where he will develop a multi-media production company.

Silverman said he will stay at NBC through the launch of the fall season. He will be replaced by Jeff Gaspin (pictured), president and COO of Universal Television Group, who was promoted by NBC today, effective immediately.

The full release after the jump.

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Silverman Seems Locked In At NBC Universal: Times

silverman4.jpgBen Silverman, the current co-CEO for NBC Universal who has been rumored for months to be getting the heave-ho, looks poised to re-up in his current power position, the L.A. Times claims.

On Thursday, NBC parent company General Electric Co. added Silverman to the board of the Peacock Equity Fund, a $250-million media investment vehicle owned by NBC Universal and GE Commercial Finance. Earlier in the week, Silverman sat across the table from interviewer-of-the-moguls Charlie Rose to hold forth on the future of digital entertainment, television and advertising.

And then there was a curious item on the New York Post’s Page Six last week that all but left bus tire treads on Katherine Pope, who runs NBC’s in-house TV studio, which produced the network’s failed series “My Own Worst Enemy.”

The item, which many in Hollywood speculated was spin to take the heat off Silverman, blamed Pope for NBC’s struggles in prime time.

Silverman has been engaged in negotiations for a new contract that would extend his tenure as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios beyond June, when his current contract expires. A person close to the situation says a deal could be reached by the end of the year.

Christian Slater And ‘Lipstick Jungle’ Tossed; NBC’s Silverman Is In The Air

chrislater.jpgChristian Slater’s “My Own Worst Enemy” and Candace Bushnell’s Gotham soaper “Lipstick Jungle” were both yanked by the networks succumbing to Hollywood’s worst disease — bad ratings.

Neither show ever made a mark in the last few months.

silverman2.jpgNBC, which is having its own internal problems with peripatetic co-chairman Ben Silverman, is trying to restructure its entire line-up. Gone are the days of Thursday night ratings-dominating schedules of “Seinfeld,” “Friends” and “ER.”

That means NBC will likely be finding a new chairman of programming.

Predicting the End For Ben Silverman

bensilvermafn09.25.08.jpgIt’s been reported for weeks now, but our sister site Fishbowl NY now believes that Ben Silverman‘s days as NBC Co-Chairman could really be coming to an end.

It seems everything was riding on Knight Rider (or close to everything), and KITT just didn’t deliver.

Vivi Zigler Promoted to President of NBC Universal Digital Entertainment

5649.gifVivi Zigler, the woman who brought you (the marketing for) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Celebrity Poker, has been promoted yet again within NBC Universal, where she has worked for more than 10 years.

Congratulations, Vivi!

Press release:

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FBLA Goes to the Party: Schnabel at Gagosian

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Julian Schnabel’s paintings of bones (used in the credit sequence of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) are on view at Gagosian Gallery, with a preview party last night. Schnabel’s at work on his next film, because he evidently needs no sleep.

Tilda Swinton, Lauren Hutton, Ben Silverman, the Weinsteins, Brett Ratner, and Diane Keaton were sighted.

Fashion icon Lisa Eisner (she owns Sammy Davis Jr.’s wardrobe) and Nicky Hilton both looked great but not together, naturally.

We said hi to Roger Friedman but didn’t recognize David Carr from the NY Times. (We don’t seem to be the only ones.) Gabe Snyder took a smoke break with Schnabel, but we were too busy feeling inept.

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We were just about to snap John Waters with our Speed Graphic camera disguised as a phone, when the official photog hissed at us to get out of his way. Waters told us he never watches The Wire, as it’s too depressing, and that he’s delighted for Patty Hearst and her show dog, but no, he’s not making a movie about dog shows.

Outside, the paparazzi were getting soaked.

Who’s Nerdier, Uglier, Meaner–WGA or AMPTP?

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Who said this?

Sadly, it feels like the nerdiest, ugliest, meanest kids in the high school are trying to cancel the prom. But NBC wants to try to keep that prom alive.

Ben Silverman, head of NBC said that.

And he said it about the WGA’s refusal to grant a waiver for the booze-fest that is the Golden Globe Awards, resulting in a cancellation, and a loss of overwhelming prestige for his network.

He’s a genius.

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