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The Huffington Post’s Got Talent

The call for reader-viewer entries went out Monday. And today, as the informal search for the best Arianna Huffington impression continues, various staffers are also taking their best shot.

In the mash-up above, HuffPo food and culture writer Joe Satran proves that a blonde wig  head of borrowed female hair and name-dropping can go a long, hilarious way towards compensating for loose mastery of the sing-song cadence and heavy Greek accent. Satran starts from the anecdotal vantage point of talking to Larry Ellison while on David Geffen‘s yacht and ends with a brainwave about a third life-metric. Well done.

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Oprah Considering Los Angeles Clippers Bid (ESPN)
Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will join together in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA’s board of governors votes to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, Geffen said Wednesday. FishbowlNY Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (he even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather. THR The OWN Network founder would pair with music mogul Geffen and Oracle co-founder Ellison in an investor role. On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged to force the sale of the Clippers after audio recordings of racist remarks made by owner Donald Sterling surfaced on TMZ days earlier. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers franchise since 1981, faces a ban from attending all NBA games as well as making any business decisions for the team. LA Times / Sports Now Winfrey, in reference to Sterling’s comments, told TMZ on Tuesday that “the plantation days are over.” She also denied having interest in purchasing the team on her own. However, Winfrey’s spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that she’s in talks about becoming an investor. Reuters The advisory finance committee of the NBA’s governing board scheduled a meeting for Thursday to review the next steps for forcing a sale of the Clippers, as urged on Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a league spokeswoman said. Sterling, who bought the Clippers in 1981 for $13 million when the team was based in San Diego, has not indicated whether he would relinquish ownership without a fight. Experts have estimated that the franchise, which moved to Los Angeles in 1984, could now be worth as much as $800 million.

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Jeff Bercovici Tries to Answer Billion-Dollar LAT Question

In the wake of this weekend’s highly shared New York Times piece about the Koch brothers’ interest in Tribune Co. newspapers, Forbes blogger Jeff Bercovici handicaps the overall billionaire odds. Because the Kochs have an alleged interest in the entire Tribune Co. print slate, he places them at the top of the list as an even-money bet.

Less convincing is Bercovici’s stubborn inclusion of David Geffen at 20:1. It seems pretty clear that the one-time suitor has lost all interest in the LA Times, but let the record show that if Geffen does indeed reveal he was putting forth a poker face, Bercovici wasn’t fooled.

At the bottom of Bercovici’s list is Warren Buffett:

Odds he’ll get it: 50:1. The Times just doesn’t fit the profile at all of the type of newspaper Buffett’s been buying. He’s looking to roll up papers in small, semi-isolated cities and towns that have a quasi-monopoly on local news. It would be shocking if he didn’t sit this one out.

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Tribune Co. Set to Receive Critical FCC Waivers

Interesting tidbit from LA Times DC reporter Jim Puzzanghera.

Barring an unforeseen and very unlikely objection from one or more of the Federal Communications Commission’s five commissioners, some very critical regional media market waivers will be granted by the FCC on Friday. The waivers reaffirm the Tribune Company’s right to own radio, TV and newspaper outlets in the same market:

The FCC has told commissioners it plans to grant Tribune’s new owners a permanent waiver for the company’s longtime ownership of the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WGN radio and television stations in the Chicago market.

The staff also plans to give one-year waivers for the Tribune’s ownership of the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV Channel 5 and for similar arrangements in New York, southern Florida and Hartford, Conn.

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Tribune Company to Finally Emerge From Bankruptcy

After more than three years, U.S. Bankruptcy judge Kevin Carey has officially signed off on a plan for Tribune Company to emerge from bankruptcy. According to the Chicago Tribune, the media company will soon be in the hands of a conglomerate of senior investors, led by the LA-based investment fund Oaktree Capital Management.

Looks like we won’t have old Sam Zell to pick on anymore…Or won’t we? Apparently, the Tribune Co. legal fireworks aren’t over yet.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Junior creditors led by New York investment fund Aurelius Capital Management have said they plan to appeal the decision issued in Delaware by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey. But few experts expect appeals to gain traction because of the careful way Carey fashioned his confirmation opinion.

Instead, junior creditors will likely shift their attention a federal district court in New York where they are suing 35,000 former Tribune Co. shareholders who cashed out in the company’s 2007 leveraged buyout, certain current and former Tribune Co. directors and officers as well as Sam Zell, the deal’s architect. The litigation could keep the controversy surrounding the litigation alive in the courts for years.

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The Bald and the Beautiful

Forget about last week’s ranking by Forbes of the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women. In a town overrun with male braggadocio, the Bald 100 honor roll shared this week by GQ is going to undoubtedly be a far greater topic of conversation.

Perhaps Vin Diesel can bank on the idea that he is the top west coast industry rep on the list at #5 to spark a fresh round of meetings. Better yet, the lanky actor should have his people call Ron Howard‘s people to share a laugh over the fact that the director sits at #6. Meanwhile, it’s too bad Larry David isn’t currently in production on Curb Your Enthusiasm; he clocks in at #10, a few slides behind Samuel L. Jackson (#7), as the fourth and final member of L.A.’s gleaming chrome dome quartet.

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Mogul Mania with Jack Welch & David Geffen

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It was SRO at Michael’s today with moguls Jack Welch and David Geffen holding court at their respective tables while the celebrity du jour, none other than George Hamilton, caused more than his fair share of double takes. We overheard one fan gush, “I loved you on Dancing With the Stars!” (So did we, but we’re too cool to say so.) Meanwhile, the rest of the crowd was so busy air kissing and table hopping between bites it’s a miracle anyone actually got to eat anything. We’re glad we did, because the new fall menu is fabulous!

I was joined today by Debbie Phillips, life coach and founder of Women On Fire, and Sophfronia Scott, author and founder of The Done For You Writing & Publishing Company. Debbie is busier than ever with her Women on Fire tea parties that have been helping women from all walks of life ignite their true passions since 2004. She’s hosting one at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon in Gramercy Park on Friday, and there are others scheduled for Columbus, Ohio, Boston, Santa Fe and Naples this fall. Debbie is on track to reaching her important goal of “connecting 50,000 women to each other” through Women on Fire this year. You go, girl!

Sophfronia, who I first met when we worked at People together another life ago, got to know Debbie after she attended one of her tea parties. She is really on a roll. This mom of an adorable six year-old boy has been regularly cranking out books since she published her first novel All I Need to Get By in 2004. She recently published How The Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times (Two Harbors) in which she compiles words of wisdom from high rollers, including Donald Trump and Jack Canfield. Just how does she juggle it all? “I can write for about four hours at a time; then I have to get up and do something else,” Sophfronia tells me. See, it’s just that simple.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The “Imber Gang”: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman and Michael Kramer

2. Peter Brown and Grace Hightower (That’s Mrs. Robert De Niro to you.)

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong

4. Alan Grubman, David Geffen and Bob Daley

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Does Carly Simon Finally Tells Us David Geffen is ‘So Vain’?

carly_simon_album.jpgPersonally, we thought the song was about us. But according to The Sun, Carly Simon‘s 38 year secret about who was the object of her classic ballad “You’re So Vain” is finally out. Some believe it’s her producer David Geffen.

She tipped the world off by saying his name backwards on a re-recording of the song for her upcoming ablum. She say’s “David” backwards? Only the most popular name in North America. So…yeah, mystery solved.

Magazines Won’t Drive Brands|Times Public Editor Checks In On Game Change|Nate Berkus|Success Of Elle, Food Network Mag|Don’t Work For Free!

BayNewser: Dwell publisher Michela O’Connor Abrams told a media conference last week that in the future, magazines will still be around, “but most of them will be these beautiful pieces that are the calling cards of brands, not the drivers of those brands.”

New York Times: Public editor Clark Hoyt discusses book of the moment Game Change and examines how the Times covered the book (with a review and some articles about related matters, like Sen. Harry Reid‘s apology for his quotes in the book) and whether or not the account in the book about Times columnist Maureen Dowd fact checking her column with David Geffen is accurate.

Hollywood Reporter: Oprah Winfrey sidekick Nate Berkus is set to headline his own lifestyle show this fall.

minOnline: Why are Elle and Food Network Magazine so successful?

Reflections of a Newsosaur: Journalists: stop giving away your work for free!

“Newshour” Gets An Overhaul|ABC News Buys Out More D.C. Staff|Geffen Makes A Play For The Times|Jon Stewart Makes A History Channel Doc|Mags Find Subs Online

TVNewser: PBS’s “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer” is getting a major revamp come September. And they’re hiring.

FishbowlDC: ABC News offered buyouts to seven more employees in its D.C. bureau

Fortune: David Geffen reportedly made an offer to buy the 19 percent stake in The New York Times held by hedge fund Harbinger Capital, but the deal never happened.

Broadcasting & Cable: Jon Stewart is on board to create a two-hour special for the History Channel about the U.S. naturalization process.

Mediaweek: Magazine publishers are mining the web for print subscriptions

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