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Harvey Weinstein, Ron Meyer and the Secrets of Sheryl Sandberg’s Media Coach

LunchAtMichaelsIt was the usual mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein and Ron Meyer at Table Four), seasoned with a smattering of stylistas, social types and a generous side order of  publicists at Michael’s today. The mood was downright festive in the dining room with a birthday celebration for Shari Rollins, who was feted by hubby politico Ed Rollins and a table full of BFFs at Table One, while a group of fashion folks led by Laurie Haspel toasted the return of National Seersucker Day in the center of the room. As the festivities grew more spirited and the decibel level rose, I leaned in to hear every fascinating utterance by my lunch date, Emmy-Award-winning correspondent and media coach to the famous and fabulous, Bill McGowan.

Bill McGowan and Diane Clehane

Bill McGowan and Diane Clehane

As founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group, Bill, who describes himself as a “total Cyrano de Bergerac,” has coached a head-spinning roster of newsmakers, captains of industry and media types to say the just right thing at the right time on air and in front of an audience when it really counts. He’s crystallized all his best advice and culled it down into a highly digestible, compulsively readable book, Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time (HarperBusiness), which was published in April. “I’ve been coaching HarperCollins authors for 12 years; now I am one,” said Bill. And, trust me, he’s got plenty of material. In the course of his 25-year career in television, Bill conducted thousands (!) of interviews and worked on ABC News’ 20/20, CBS News’ 48 Hours, Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel and Current Affair. He also worked with the “very generous” Bill O’Reilly back in the day at WCBS News as a desk assistant when Fox’s future front man gave him his first on-air shout-out. “I was 21 at the time and he was always really good to me.”

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Pharrell Apologizes for Elle UK Cover

PharrellELLEUKCoverIn the “old” days, it would have taken several weeks if not a full month for the public’s complaints to come full circle and trigger a magazine cover-star apology. Not so, of course, today.

Twenty-four hours after the public started proclaiming itself very unhappy with Pharrell’s sporting of Native American headdress on the cover of the July issue of Elle UK, the pop star has apologized. Here’s the brief statement released to USA Today‘s Maria Puente:

“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”

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Old Dan | Your Friend, O | Sound Advice

dan-rather_304x200TVNewser: Dan Rather says journalists have “lost their guts.” He later added, “Get off my lawn,” “Kids these days are lazy,” “In my day we had to walk uphill both to and from work,” etc.

GalleyCat: Oprah will narrate her audio book. That means you can have it on in the background while talking on the phone and just be like “Oh, her? That’s Big O. She stopped by. Again.”

AgencySpy: If a bear tells you to conserve energy, do it.

David Remnick is Syracuse University’s 160th Commencement Speaker

Over the years, a number of top-rank journalists have delivered the keynote at Syracuse University’s commencement. This group includes “First Lady of American Journalism” Dorothy Thompson Lewis (1937), Walter Cronkite (1968), Dan Rather (1984), Steve Kroft (1996) and Ted Koppel (2000).

On May 11 in the Carrier Dome, New Yorker EIC David Remnick will add his name to this list and receive as well an honorary degree. From the university announcement:

“As an author and journalist, David is one of the most insightful chroniclers of world events and the people who shape them,” says SU Chancellor and President Kent Syverud. “He excels at recognizing a great story and knowing how to tell it well, whether the subject is the fall of the Soviet Empire or the rise of Barack Obama.”

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CBS News Vet Adapts 9/11 Experiences for the Stage

BikemanTheatricalExpPreviews of Bikeman: The 9/11 Theatrical Experience begin Sunday January 26 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with 7.5% of every ticket after mandated deductions going to the 9/11 Memorial. The official opening is set for February 18, with Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) in the lead role.

The one-hour show is based on a book of the same name by Thomas F. Flynn. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Flynn was a writer-producer with the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. From the starting point that fateful morning of his Greenwich Village home, Flynn headed to the scene on his bicycle after the first plane hit and quickly became much more than a mere reporter.

Flynn, a part-time resident of Cape Cod, still does some writing today for the CBS Evening News, though he contributes mainly to former boss Rather’s HDNet show. From an article in the Cape Cod Times:

Flynn says he believes Bikeman is “everyone’s story” because what happened on September 11 “was the most watched event in the history of the earth…”

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Try Again | We All Want Answers | Woody Wood

SocialTimes: A study found that over 50 percent of Americans get their news from social media, meaning that over 50 percent of Americans should not be allowed to vote.

TVNewser: Dan Rather thinks CBS News “has a lot to answer for” regarding its Benghazi Report. CBS News execs replied that Rather must explain how he keeps his hair looking so amazing.

AgencySpy: Organic, free range Christmas trees are totally in vogue this year.

‘Citizen Hearst’: An Inside Look at the Hearst Media Empire

Ahead of its premiere at two New York City theaters next week, FishbowlNY attended a screening of Citizen Hearst Monday at the SoHo House. The documentary, directed by Academy Award nominee Leslie Iwerks and narrated by William H. Macy, celebrates the 125th anniversary of the company, interviewing current and former executives for an inside look at the company.

The documentary traces William Randolph Hearst‘s career trajectory from college-dropout publisher of the San Francisco Examiner to the founder of a media empire that boasts 51 newspapers, 300 magazines and 29 television stations. In an interview for the documentary, Dan Rather calls Hearst a “reformist journalist” who just “wanted to make a difference.”

Citizen Hearst features interviews with editors of some of the company’s top magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Town & Country and Esquire. Several generations of Hearsts were interviewed, along with several major media personalities including Oprah Winfrey, Bob Iger, Leonard Maltin and Heidi Klum. The film also investigates how major events like the San Francisco earthquake in 1989 and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have impacted the company.

The documentary will be shown at two NYC locations — the Chelsea Theatre and the 1st & 62nd Theatre — on March 14.

Citizen Hearst also featured an interview with the architect of the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, which MediabistroTV got a tour of last year. Watch it after the jump. Read more

All Together | Cheesy Move | Setting the Standard

TVNewser: CBS and Dan Rather are feeling the love.

SocialTimes: Looking for a quick and easy way to ruin Valentine’s Day? If you tweet to Stouffer’s, they’ll deliver their terrible mac n’ cheese to you. Done!

FishbowlDC: BuzzFeed’s political reporting is the best.

Animal Dan | How About That Weather | Fargo Matters

FishbowlLA: Dan Rather discussed the end of the world and goats today; why haven’t you?

TVNewser: Chris Cuomo is making his CNN debut anchor tonight. It will likely involve 100 percent blizzard talk, so watch at your own risk.

TVSpy: A scandal is afoot in Fargo! No, seriously! Okay, it’s really not that exciting. We tried.

Dan Rather: ‘Unfortunately, the Goat Remained a Goat’

Dan Rather was on Reddit earlier today doing an Ask Me Anything session and had a rather charming video response to the question of the “craziest thing someone has ever told him.” We won’t spoil it for you. Watch above.

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