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President Poitier | Magic’s Response | CAA Fail

ShutterstockSidneyPoitierFishbowlDC: Would NBC’s The West Wing have clicked if Sidney Poitier had accepted an offer to play the role of the President? That’s just one of many fascinating reminiscences in a special 15-year anniversary revisit of the series by The Hollywood Reporter.

TVNewser: Ahead of tonight’s CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, Magic Johnson called in to TMZ Live to chat with Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere. He destroyed Donald Sterling‘s ridiculous AC360 claims about Magic’s lack of charitable outreach and also corrected allegations by the Clippers owner of personal interference after the audio was released.

PRNewser: Among the many topics touched on at a recent Creative Week panel discussion in New York was a rare failure for Hollywood powerhouse CAA. It involved Election Day, The Gap and some malfunctioning robots.

[Photo of Poitier at March 2002 Oscars, circa The West Wing Season Three: The Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com]

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Deadline Deems TheWrap Staffer an ‘Attention-Starved Douche’

DeadlineHollywoodlogoIs all fair in love and Hollywood trades war? That’s the lingering question in the wake of a brief Thursday Deadline item about east and west coast promotions at CAA.

Under normal circumstances, the exceptional aspect of this Deadline post would be the approving comment left by “Her Dad” for Jessica Graboff, now an agent in NYC in CAA’s Commercial Endorsements department. But trade watchers instead were buzzing about the insult thrown Jeff Sneider‘s way from “The Deadline Team” (bolding is ours):

CAA this morning announced six promotions to either agent or executive. We were prepared to honor the agency’s ask for an embargo on a wide release, but an attention-starved douche at another outlet jumped that so here it is.

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NBC Exec Joins Talent Agency CAA

caa.png NBC executive Olivia Metzger will be joining Creative Artists Agency in its television department this summer, the talent agency announced yesterday.

Metzger started her career at NBC as talent coordinator in the news division, moving up to manager of talent and recruitment for CNBC. She was appointed director of talent recruitment for CNBC in 2000 and two years later she was named director of talent recruitment and development for the NBC Television Stations division.

In 2005, Metzger was promoted to the position of vice president of talent recruitment and development for NBC Universal, where she also managed contract negotiations, strategy and on-air talent retention.

At CAA, Metzger will be working on the other side of the table, representing news talent, hosts and on-air personalities out of the agency’s New York office.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37826756-13165334.jpgThe Hollywood Trades: While the Reporter and Variety battle to the death (the Reporter’s death, that is), LAT is maybe kinda sorta upping its Hollywood coverage. A John Horn piece proclaims that in the recent agency swapping, “Endeavor was … the biggest net winner by a wide margin, while UTA was seen as taking the toughest hit to its much-heralded comedy business. No one believes CAA has lost its grip as the town’s dominant deal maker.”

bafflecksag.jpgUnemployed Actors Still Get A Say: SAG rejected a petition by A-listers like Kevin Bacon, Glenn Close and Ben Affleck that would allow only working actors to vote in upcoming contract negotiations. Most of the guild’s 120,000 members don’t work regularly. Unless you count Bennigan’s as work. And we do.

35308625-03175305.jpgBritney Spears In A Fender-Bender On The 101: But, then, you knew that already.

Watch the Box: Toy Box

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NBC has bravely plunged into a world of series without pilots, ordering six episodes of Kath and Kim from Reveille (no surprise there)starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair. The show, based on an Australian series, concerns itself with a self-absorbed woman and her 40ish divorced mom–Shannon, who could be Blair’s mom if she’d been a slut in high school.

Mattel and CAA are playing nicely with Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Max Steel, UNO and Polly Pocket, and developing movies, TV, digital, video games etc. based on said brands. Mattel also made a deal with Joel Silver and Warner Bros. to develop a live-action He-Man Masters of the Universe. CAA and Hasbro, turned Transformers into a movie, and plan to do the same to G.I. Joe. Boys and their toys.

Fuse has four new series:

Fuse Rocks the Garden–live concert series at Madison Square Garden begins with the Foo Fighters on February 19 at 11p.

10 Great Reasons–each episode counts down the top 10 facts or myths in today’s music.

Live Through This– comebacks starting with at Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx.

Talking Metal– hard rock/heavy metal TV series based on the Talking Metal podcast.

Hollywood Loves “Tourists”

touristspic.jpgThe good people at Book Soup always offer the best tips – authors we’d like, authors we really, really wouldn’t like, and authors that are exploding like a super nova in the otherwise cluttered firmament. Jeff Hobbs, apparently, fits the bill for the latter. Store employees tell us they were taken off-guard when his debut novel, The Tourists, sold out before he even began his reading on Tuesday night.

They kinda saw the storm coming, though, when that morning an unnamed CAA agent called the store trying to find Hobbs — seems the Hollywood bidding war for the option has already begun. Who needs Oprah?

LAT in 90: Fast Foods, Fast Talkers

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How About Fries and Two-picture Deal?

ICM and CAA dealmakers and flesh peddlers now convene at the Century City mall food court, at least until Craft opens.

Mo’ Bettah Burger
Junk foodies can enter Steve Lopez’s “guess the nutritional content of LA’s favorite foods” contest. Winner gets free lunch with Steve. Insert obvious joke here.

Hello, He Lied.

Clive Cussler fibbed about his sales numbers. He said 100 million, but the audit turned up less than half that number.