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Shondaland’s Betsy Beers Inspires During Marie Claire’s New Guard Lunch

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From left: Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider, Jennifer Lee, Rashida Jones, Cindy Holland and Marie Claire publisher Nancy Cardone; Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty

On Thursday, Marie Claire held its second annual New Guard luncheon at the Hearst Tower, honoring 50 “badass innovators, mogulistas and shot callers.” This year’s theme was “Flipping the Script,” a nod to female writers and producers breaking through Hollywood’s glass ceiling. The afternoon began with a keynote speech from Betsy Beers, executive producer of ABC’s #TGIT lineup (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder). Words so inspiring — and refreshingly blunt — that even one of the male wait staff in the room could be overheard saying, “Wow, just wow.”

Beers explained that she has worked with executive producer and head writer Shonda Rhimes since 2002, when the duo pitched a salacious hospital drama to a roomful of male network execs. After one of those men insisted viewers would never relate to the lead character, a female medical intern who could get drunk and have a one-night stand the night before her first day on the job, Beers proceeded to describe her own real-life experience doing just that. That show, Grey’s Anatomy, is now in its 11th season and a frequent contender on the awards circuit. These days, when asked how she and Rhimes manage to produce three different hit shows simultaneously, the first thought Beers has is no one ever asks that of Dick Wolf (producer of the Law & Order franchise). Read more

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Trailblazing Female Reporter Turned ‘Flack’ Sandi Gibbons Retires at Age 72

This past weekend marked the end of a long run for self-described LA County District Attorney ”flack” Sandi Gibbons. After 24 years served on behalf of a quartet of bosses, she retired March 30 at age 72.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune reporter Ruby Gonzales does a really nice job of paying tribute to Gibbons. The exiting spokesperson says her job was like being a “city editor to the world” and remembers how it sometimes involved brushing shoulders with Hollywood:

Gibbons recalled teaming TV producer Dick Wolf with deputy DA Pamela Bozanich, who prosecuted Lyle and Erik Menendez in their first trial.

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Craig’s Restaurant Racks Up Another Rave

It’s the kind of positive review cavalcade that Craig Susser‘s Hollywood restaurant clientele dreams of. Only in this case, it’s the restaurateur getting the raves.

Since opening his throwback “joint” Craig’s on Melrose Avenue in Beverly Hills a few months ago, Susser has been showered with praise by the New York Times, Jay Weston’s Restaurant Newsletter, and Zagat. Now he can add Merle Ginsberg of the Hollywood Reporter, who dubs Craig’s one of the film and TV industry’s three new “power restaurants”:

A typical night might see Jeffrey KatzenbergRyan PhillippeDick Wolf across the room and Patrick Whitesell with wife [and reporterLauren Sanchez. Craig’s has a long menu (veal chop, classic wedge salad, tuna tartar, chicken cacciatore) that can service the movie mogul, the trophy wife, and the picky teens.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

dfasdfasdasger.jpgTiming Is Everything: Celebuscribe Howard A. Rodman goes to Sundance and blogs about “the Tao of swag.” Except he does so before he departs for Sundance. Which is kinda weird.

phoebe_2.jpgThere’s Another Fanning? We’re getting the creepy feeling that the Fanning family is actually a thespian robot-doll factory. Someone needs to look into it. Jevon Phillips, we’re assigning you.

187429T.jpgDGA Strikes A (Quasi) Deal: The deal basically calls the writers silly for wanting to settle the whole Internet issue now — rather than on an arbitrarily chosen date of 2011. On a positive note, the studios say they’re open to talking to the writers again. Key line: “If the WGA rejects the basic concepts of a DGA deal, there’s going to be a great deal of dissatisfaction among the membership,” said Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of the Law & Order TV shows. “The bottom line here is: This town should be back to work in three weeks.”

Watch the Box: Good News/Bad News

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Now! In Skank-O-Vision!

MTV renewed A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila for a second season.

E! returns on January 7th with a second season of Chelsea Lately, starring Chelsea Handler.

When’s the Theme Park Opening?

Dick Wolf and NBC Universal are talking about developing a Law & Order: London for ITV.

News for the Dim

TV Guide.com launches a Strike Survival guide so that viewers won’t get stuck watching an episode they’ve already seen. (In the case of Brothers and Sisters, how can anyone tell?)

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 2, 2007

dick wolf.jpegWolf Readies Dynamite New Project
Dick Wolf is taking a dive outside his rich Law & Order pool for a new project on the small-screen, Variety is reporting. He’s teaming with Disturbia duo D.J. Caruso and J.H Wyman on a “comic-book style drama that will use the same greenscreen technology utilized in the hit pic 300.” It’s based on a graphic novel character by Max Allan Collins called Johnny Dynamite. Read the project deets here.

Strike Inches Closer to Reality
Variety also has the latest updates in the potential upcoming writers’ strike with a story by Dave McNary about the WGA‘s Monday email that seeks approval from its members for strike authorization. Check all the facts and the nasty back-and-forth here.

Friday the 13th, Again
Hollywood must be running out of original horror ideas. THR reports that New Line has hired Damian Shannon and Mark Swift to write Friday the 13th, a remake of the horror classic. This time, the trade paper says, the new pic will focus on horror icon Jason again in the infamous setting of Crystal Lake. Oh yeah, and Michael Bay is one of the producers.

- CHRIS GARDNER