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Ringing in the Holidays With Harold Ford Jr., Star Jones & Donny Deutsch

1003_mockup.gifThe holiday revelry was in high gear today at Michael’s. Those miracle workers at reception — the amazing Loreal Sherman and Joana Andrade were working overtime to keep the high maintenance crowd happy. (Trust me, doing the seating chart here is an art form!) A little lunch for 13 hosted by Michael McCarty’s wife Kim McCarty was keeping things hopping at table one while a heaping helping of talking heads (Harold Ford Jr., Star Jones, Donny Deutsch), socialites (Becca Thrash, Muffy Potter Aston) and media mavens (Cindi Leive) were toasting the season with plenty of wine and good cheer. Don’t you just love those one percenters?

Diane Clehane & Joan Gelman

I was lunching today with producer Joan Gelman who I met in this very dining room when I first began doing the column. Joan and I have had plenty of great conversations over the years about television (Joan’s amazing resume includes producing stints at CBS and ABC in news and as David Letterman’s producer who remains “a god” to her — “He’s so talented” ) and politics. These days Joan is busier than ever working on a television show she’s got in development in Canada. (The details are top secret at the moment) Shuttling back and forth between here and there is nothing new for her since she produced the hit Triple Sensation there a while back.  Joan is also a passionate Democrat who cares deeply about the issues consuming the country right now — especially the financial inequities that have ignited protests around the country. “We have to do more to even things out,” she told me. Just this morning Joan attended a gathering where U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren spoke. “She is such an amazing woman,” marvels Joan. “She’s smart, she cares and she wants to restore the spirit of the country.” Joan told me Ms. Warren’s message was a “positive” one and that she believes fervently in healing “the great divide” that has consumed the country and seeped into national politics. We both agreed that she’s facing a tough battle against incumbent Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown because female candidates are held to a different standard than their male counterparts. “She’s a brave woman.” Indeed.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Teases Revolutionary New Animation Technology

Today at the conference in Tuscon, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg chatted on stage with website founder David Kirkpatrick. As the Hollywood studio’s four-year partnership with Intel draws to a close, the exec hinted there is some game-changing technology in the offing.

According to Katzenberg, even with all the improvements in digital rendering, an animated feature technician is still limited to producing about three seconds of footage per week. But perhaps not for much longer. Per CNET’s Paul Sloan:

Katzenberg spoke enthusiastically about how the technology DreamWorks and Intel are developing will increase productivity and quality in Hollywood and elsewhere. “The implications of this are absolutely revolutionary,” he said, arguing that any business that uses high-end rendering–whether it’s an oil rig builder or aircraft designer–should be able to take advantage of what DreamWorks and Intel are spearheading.

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Vanity Fair Gets Jack Dorsey Talking

In the April issue of Vanity Fair, David Kirkpatrick shares a rarity: an in-depth look at the man who created Twitter, Jack Dorsey. Dorsey – who was ousted as CEO of Twitter in 2010, but still remains a Chairman – is much like you’d expect: a man overflowing with ideas.

His newest one, called Square, is a device that people can attach to their phones that then allows them to accept credit card payments. It’s (once again) a potentially game-changing idea – essentially allowing the smallest business owner the ability to accept payments quickly and easily.

But that’s not even the most interesting part of the profile of an interesting man. Some highlights from the piece include Dorsey admitting how much it hurts to not be a day-to-day presence at Twitter, him saying that he hopes to be mayor here one day (Bloomberg told him to raise a ton of money first), and there’s this funny anecdote about the first version of what would eventually become Twitter:

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The Daily Beast Hires New Technology Columnist

David Kirkpatrick has signed on to The Daily Beast as the site’s new technology columnist. Kirkpatrick is a former Fortune magazine reporter and the author of the book “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World.”

“David has a long, extraordinary record as a reporter, author and convenor of the best minds in technology,” says Daily Beast executive editor Edward Felsenthal. “We are thrilled to have him at The Daily Beast.”

Fittingly, Kirkpatrick reviewed the “Social Network” for the site last week and called it a “compelling movie that maintains a taut sense of drama from its opening moments to the final scene.” That said, given his extensive coverage of Facebook, he was also labeled the film “a pastiche–an amalgam of fact and fiction, based upon the partly made-up book Accidental Billionaires, by Ben Mezrich.”

Fortune Magazine Vets Launch Media Venture ‘Techonomy’

Business journalist David Kirkpatrick, Peter Petre and Brent Schlender are founding partners in the media venture dubbed Techconomy. They’re debuting their concept at a forward thinking conference this August in Lake Tahoe. And yes, of course Bill Gates is speaking there.

More info here.