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Where Do The Young Turks Go from Here?

As The Young Turks‘ tireless host Cenk Uygur reminded this week in the aftermath of the acquisition of Current TV by Al Jazeera, a key portion of the enterprise is not part of the deal. The separate online half of the weekday political analysis program is independently produced and contracted, free to move on to greener Internet pastures in the second quarter of 2012 once the Current run comes to an official end.

Which begs the questions: Where might the TYT Network wind up? And what kind of future does the TV incarnation have? With Jeff Zucker jumping into the CNN executive suite and people like Jake Tapper joining that network’s correspondent ranks, perhaps the online version of TYT could somehow fit into a remolded version of the Atlanta cable giant’s website.

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Talk It Out | Discussing The Dynamic Duo | Car Wish

TVNewser: There’s a rumor floating around that Jeff Zucker is considering Erin Burnett for the CNN morning slot. Start thinking of complaints now, so you’re good and ready should it ever happen.

FishbowlDC: Colby Hall enjoys tweeting about Lindsay Lohan’s breasts. When asked for a reaction, the actress’ breasts had no comment.

LostRemote: Jimmy Fallon is trying to make Lincoln car commercial’s less terrible.

Odd Direction | Battle of The Babes | Memory Time

TVNewser: Jeff Zucker, the brand new head of CNN, said his vision for the network is to “broaden the definition of what news is.” Uh-oh.

FishbowlDC: A Politico reporter spars with a HuffPost reporter on Twitter in an effort to prove that grown men are still fully capable of acting like babies.

FishbowlLA: Nikki Finke takes a stroll down Newsweek memory lane.

Jeff Zucker to Become President of CNN

Jeff Zucker is getting another shot at running a network. Zucker, the former CEO of NBC Universal, is going to be named the new president of CNN soon, according to TVNewser. At CNN, Zucker will succeed Jim Walton, who announced he was leaving the company earlier this year.

According to the New York Times, Zucker has been the lead candidate throughout the four month search for Walton’s successor. If given the job, Zucker would be tasked with turning around a much-maligned network. Though CNN continually rakes in lots of cash, the brand itself is ridiculed as directionless at best and amateurish at worst.

Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner and the man who will eventually name the new head of CNN, is speaking today at a conference. TVNewser will be there, so be sure to check them out for updates later today.

Game Change Premiere Hits NYC

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Julianne Moore and Tom Hanks (Credit: StarPix)

Game Change, HBO’s much buzzed-about film based on the 2008 presidential election and the 2010 book of the same name, held its premiere party at Ziegfeld Theatre last night.

Just a few of the celebs FishbowlNY spotted in attendance and on the red carpet: Julianne Moore, who does a spot-on, yet subtle portrayal of Sarah Palin; Sarah Paulson, who plays senior McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace; the film’s executive producer, Tom Hanks, and his wife Rita WilsonJeff ZuckerArianna HuffingtonMonster’s Ball producer Lee Daniels; and just about every political pundit in town.

Unlike the book, which focused on all the candidates in the election, the movie zeroes in on John McCain‘s choice (or should we say, his advisers’ decision) to pick Palin as his running mate. And, while many are praising Moore for the way she humanized the Alaskan governor, Ed Harris brought his A-game too. Everything from his mannerisms to his posture were so McCain-like, it was eerie.

Game Change premieres this Saturday, March 10 on HBO. If you don’t mind a spoiler, head over to our sister blog TVNewser for a full review and peep more photos from the event after the jump.

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Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan and the Shy Divorcee

1003_mockup.gifIt was SRO at Michael’s today. The dining room was so jam packed every sqaure inch was occupied by a mogul (Mel Karmazin!), media heavyweight (Tom Brokaw, Jon Meacham, Jeff Zucker), or social swan (divorcee of the moment, Mercedes Bass who moved to the Garden Room with pal Lynn Nesbitt when the decibel level and fabulousness of it all got to be too much).  Just a thought: if you’re looking for a quiet, out of the way lunch spot, you might want to consider going somewhere else on Wednesday.

I was joined today by Forbes‘ new editor, Randall Lane. In his new position, Randall is presiding over familiar territory to him: the lives of the ridiculously rich and ambitious. In a previous life, he was the editor of Trader Monthly which chronicled the age of excess of the Wall Streeter of days gone by.  That experience later provided plenty of fodder for his book, The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade When Wall Street Went Insane. In the interim, he’s been an editor at large for Newsweek and written for The Daily Beast. Having worked with him years ago when he was the editor in chief on the startup Justice, which covered the hot trials and legal issues of the day, I was thrilled when I heard he’d gotten the top job at Forbes back in September.

Randall first worked at Forbes fresh out of college in the nineties and spent six years “chasing rich people” and working on the franchise’s venerated power lists which required (and still do) hundreds of hours of research and manpower. “In some ways, it feels like I never left,” he tells me.

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Randall Lane and yours truly

Since taking the helm, Randall has been on a mission to make the book more visually exciting with interesting photography (the arresting cover image of Bill Gates in the “World’s 70 Most Powerful People” issue is a winner), fresh design elements courtesy of the Brooklyn-based shop Athletics, a livelier front of book section and more in-depth profiles on people the Forbes reader wants to know about.  Exhibit A: The cover story in the November 7 issue on Dropbox’s Drew Houston, the 28 year-old mogul who turned down Steve Jobs and is now worth $600 million which drew one million hits on Forbes.com.

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Even Post-NBC, Jeff Zucker Still Has No Regrets on Tonight Show Fiasco

Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker spoke at the Promax/BDA conference in New York Wednesday, and his handling of Conan O’Brien‘s  Tonight Show and Jay Leno‘s 10 p.m. show came up.

Zucker stood firm on the matter, saying that they made the right decision:

“What I regret is that neither show worked. That is really what happened, neither show worked. So we had to make a decision on how to fix both. I think we went with the one that we thought would attract the largest audience, and the broadest viewership. I think we were borne out to be right about that.

It was a very unfortunate period that we went through when we made that change. It wasn’t pleasant for anybody, there are no winners out of any of that. A lot of people got hurt in that process, and that was incredibly unfortunate.

At the end of the day it was my responsibility. Others were on the line to make the decisions, but I signed off on it, so it was my responsibility.”

Zucker’s Letter To NBC Universal Staffers

With the news of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski giving the nod to Comcast acquiring NBC Universal breaking today, we thought we’d give outgoing NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker one last shout out. The Hollywood Reporter obtained Zucker’s letter to NBC Universal staffers, and surprisingly he doesn’t say anything like “Hey, my bad about that whole Leno and Conan thing which completely ruined our company, but have a good holiday! Well, those of you that will still have a job after Comcast takes over.”

Check out what he does say after the jump.

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Eliot Spitzer Dishes It Out, Jeff Zucker Takes It In

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— DIANE CLEHANE

They were lined up into the street to get into Michael’s today for that last gasp of revelry before heading out of town for the holidays. (We were impressed by how patient Eliot Spitzer seemed on the coat check line.) The red wine was flowing as VIPs cooled their heels in the lounge waiting for their dates to arrive. “Can’t anyone get anywhere on time in this city?” groused one well-heeled gent as he sipped his pinot noir while compulsively checking his iPhone. Apparently not. By the time Jonathan Wald, Becca Thrash and Harold Ford, Jr. strolled in, the place was going at full tilt — just the way the regulars like it.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Dan Rather, Eliot Spitzer, Tom Tuggle and another ‘suit’ we didn’t recognize. For the record, it looked like ‘The Steamroller’ did most of the talking …

2. Today show’s Marc Victor, frequent morning show guest security expert Bill Stanton and Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko. Did you happen to catch the cover story in the Style section of this Sunday’s New York Times chronicling Dave’s relationship with BFF Mediaite founder Dan Abrams? All we can say is: Gentlemen, give your publicists a raise.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and money man George Farias.

4.  Departing NBC Uni honcho Jeff Zucker, who we spied listening intently to the whisperings of  CNBC Squawk Box anchor Joe Kernen. Stock tips, perhaps?

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Women@NBCU Hosts Power of the Purse Breakfast for Advertising Week

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(L to R): Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Debora Spar, President, Barnard College; Tina Brown, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast; Lauren Zalaznick, President, NBCU Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks; Mark Addicks, Chief Marketing Officer, General Mills; Kim Brink, Executive Director, Advertising and Sales Promotion, Cadillac; Donna Speciale, President of Investment and Activation, MediaVest USA.

The Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown, NBC’s Lauren Zalaznick and Jeff Zucker, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gathered among other powerful women (and men) in media and marketing this morning for Women@NBCU’s annual Power of the Purse Breakfast. This year’s event was held at New York’s Cipriani’s as part of Advertising Week and focused on “Women in Power: Marketing to the Educated Consumer.”

To reach female consumers, Brown said it was important to remember the way women think. “Men want to know what happened. Women want to know what really happened,” she said. “Women have the incredible bullshit detector about everything.”

After the session wrapped, we spoke with the media veteran about her work at The Daily Beast, which she praised for pulling in a healthy five million unique visitors a month. Brown also said she’s looking forward to several upcoming Beast events, including a conference on reviving the economy in New Orleans featuring D.C. public school chancellor Michelle Rhee, and their Women of the World event in March featuring Diane Von Furstenberg and Meryl Streep.

But Brown was still mum on where those Newsweek-Daily Beast merger rumors originated. “I’ve already said everything I have to say about that,” she said.

Follow the jump to watch video from this morning’s panel and for more photos from the event.

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