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Ross Levinsohn Segues to Scout Media

Per Keith J. Kelly, there has been no shortage of high-level activity at Scout Media.

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The company secured backing from the Pilot Group, a venture capital fund headed by former AOL CEO Bob Pittman. It amalgamated North American Hunter, PGA Sports and other media assets from Pittman’s North American Membership Group. And this week, it welcomed a very recognizable executive chairman – former Guggenheim Media CEO Ross Levinsohn:

Levinsohn will once again be teaming up with James Heckman, Scout’s CEO and founder. Heckman had exited as head of global media strategy for Yahoo shortly after new CEO Marissa Mayer nixed his plan to aggressively remake the company.

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EXCLUSIVE: Your First Look at Adweek 35th Anniversary Cover

This is pretty iconic. To celebrate Adweek‘s 35th anniversary, the issue hitting newsstands Monday features on the cover industry vet Ron Berger, flanked by sons Cory (left) and Ryan (right).

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The photo was taken at the Berger family home in Bridgehampton by Jeremy Goldberg. Inside the November 11-17 issue is an associated photo portfolio “The Family Business”, showcasing other progeny who’ve assumed the ad industry mantle from mom and-or dad. Among those featured alongside the Bergers are Hugh Hefner with son Cooper and George Schweitzer, president of marketing at CBS, with wunderkind daughter Callie (currently the director of digital innovation at TIME magazine).

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Tasting Table LA Has a New Editor

Free daily email publication Tasting Table currently has a national newsletter as well as local blasts geared to New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and LA. As of January 2, the editor of the LA edition is Garrett Snyder, who came over from LA Weekly.

Snyder replaces Willy Blackmore and is home office-based, since the Tasting Table headquarters are in Manhattan. And what sort of things will the new man at the SoCal table be tubthumping? Places like a new joint in Pasadena from Ryan Sweeney (Verdugo Bar, The Surly Goat, Little Bear):

Spin around blindfolded in Old Town Pasadena, and you’ll likely end up facing a generic 35-tap pub. Pin a tail on The Blind Donkey, though, and you’ll find a handpicked selection of craft beers and 99 bottles of whiskey…

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Clear Channel Entertainment Hires John Sykes

Executive John Sykes has been hired as the new president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, the media company announced Tuesday.

The hire comes days after Clear Channel was rebranded as Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. In this newly created role, Sykes will “develop new businesses for the company across a range of media, including television and live events, as well as create value for Clear Channel advertisers and key partners.” He will report to Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman.

“Clear Channel has a unique relationship with our audiences, who have a deep loyalty to our brands and trust us to bring them innovative and creative media and entertainment experiences,” Sykes said in a statement.

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Bob Pittman, One-Time WNBC-AM Programmer, Named a Clear Channel CEO

Bob Pittman, whose had a successful media run as broadcasting executive, has been named Clear Channel CEO of Media Holdings.

Pittman joined the company last November as chairman of Media and Entertainment Platforms, helping to transform Clear Channel from a traditional “old media” company to a media and entertainment company for the digital age. 

In his new role, Pittman will oversee the company’s global media properties, including broadcast, digital and mobile syndication, media representation and outdoor.

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Two More Entities Join LA Geek Media Parade

As of yesterday, the LA version of GeekChicDaily.com’s daily email newsletter is up and blasting. The company — backed by such heavyweights as Peter Guber, Bob Pittman, and Joe Roth — also threw itself a little shindig Thursday night at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard.

In today’s mirrored website posting, the LA folks ponder potential Fantastic Four kill-off scenarios. For Jessica Alba‘s character, they suggest “forcing Sue Storm’s alter-ego to sit through a screening of The Love Guru. Death by embarrassment.”

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Lunch at Michael’s: Al & Meredith Talk Skateboarding

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpg On the menu today: a tasty stew of media moguls and television titans with a dash of talking heads to spice things up. After making the rounds and checking in with some of our favorite regulars, we were thrilled to chat with our good pals Today’s Meredith Vieira and Al Roker. The always affable Ms. Vieira (who we’ve not seen at Michael’s before) and Mr. Roker told lunchtime chronicler Diane Clehane that plans are in the works for the show to travel to China this summer to do some segments as a walk up to next year’s blowout Olympic coverage in Beijing. “Meredith is going to be skateboarding on the Great Wall,” joked Al. Somehow, we wouldn’t put it past Today.

Here’s the rundown on the rest of the crowd:

1. The Early shift: Charlie Rose and Neal Shapiro; late shift: Cheri Kaufman of Kaufman Astoria Studios.

2. Nightline‘s Cynthia McFadden (sporting a great tan), Silda Wall Spitzer (wife of Governor Spitzer) and her director of Children for Children Margo Jones.

3. Mayor Joe Armstrong (who was happy to show us that Jimmy Buffett signed his “boot” — which doubles as a vase — on his last visit while Joe was away). Joe was dining with two lovely ladies: Dr. Sarah Simms Rosenthal and Jane Hartley. When we complimented Dr. Simms Rosenthal, an Ali McGraw lookalike, on her stunning summer ensemble, she told us she’s actually turned last year’s dress into a fabulous white embroidered skirt which she was wearing with a classic black T-shirt. Tres chic!

4. Time Inc.’s John Huey.

5. Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of the Schubert Organization.

6. Fashion central: Cece Cord, Cameron Silver, owner of Decades, the haute Los Angeles boutique, Becca Cason Thrash and IMG’s The Daily Jim Shi. (Thanks for filling us in, Jim!)

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