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FishbowlDC: Eric Holder makes one hell of a mean face even when he might not be making a mean face.
SocialTimes: Tumblr tells users, “Uh, yeah, your password is maybe definitely being stolen. Our bad!”
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Keith Olbermann Will Return to ESPN (NYT)
ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year, according to three executives with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly. Olbermann, 54, became renowned for co-anchoring ESPN’s SportsCenter with Dan Patrick — arguably the most auspicious pairing in the history of the show or the network. THR The show will originate from the ABC News Nightline studio overlooking Times Square. The two-year contract returns the erstwhile SportsCenter anchor to the network where he rose to stardom as an erudite and skilled sports commentator. His pairing with Dan Patrick on SportsCenter was among the most popular and memorable in the long history of the franchise. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Olbermann had expressed interest in returning to ESPN as early as March, though network president John Skipper said at the time he was not “prepared” to bring the commentator back. HuffPost Olbermann recently signed a deal to host TBS’ studio coverage of Major League Baseball alongside Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst Dennis Eckersley in Atlanta; it’s unclear if that gig will be affected by his new one. Variety Olbermann has been out of work for 15 months since parting with Current (receiving a substantial severance package), an exit that fueled the perception of him as someone with a penchant for leaving jobs rather abruptly, and often under acrimonious circumstances. Still, he has maintained ties to his admirers via outlets such as social media, where he still commands close to 450,000 followers on Twitter.
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Mirror Awards Honor Excellence in Media Reporting (WWD / Memo Pad)
Syracuse University’s Mirror Awards, which honor excellence in media reporting, gave out its annual prizes Wednesday at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. Among the most notable winners was the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta, picking up his fourth Mirror Award, this time for best single article for reporting on India’s newspaper industry. Gawker reporter Adrian Chen won the profile category for unmasking a notorious user on the social site Reddit. Deadline New York The event paid off for the school this year: The family of Dick Clark, an alum who won the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Syracuse with $5 million for a state-of-the-art broadcast education facility that will open next year and be named after the American Bandstand host. The school presented its Fred M. Dressler Leadership Award To Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney and I-3 innovation award to Fivethirtyeight.com’s Nate Silver. TVNewser ABC World News weekend anchor David Muir emceed the event, which honors the year’s best media reporting. He told TVNewser being on hand for Sweeney’s award was “an honor for me.” FishbowlNY Here is a complete list of winners. Congrats to all. Read more
AllFacebook: A new study says your Facebook friends could impact your job hunt. Time to unfriend the guy who posts pictures of his poop sculptures.
TVSpy: A Fox affiliate has apologized for using footage of women’s breasts for a segment on women’s rights. A producer at the station pledged that the next time they run a women’s rights segment they’ll be sure to only use footage of butts.
It was the usual Wednesday mix of moguls (Jon Tisch), media men (Richard Beckman, Mike Perlis) and television honchos (Henry Schleiff) today at Michael’s. With this Type A crowd, summer vacations are for slackers — at least until August. From the looks of things, there were plenty of deals being done (or at least pitched) between bites.
I was joined today by Eliot Spitzer and Lisa Linden. The last time the three of us had lunch, New York’s former governor was headlining his own show on CNN, In The Arena, which replaced the short-lived Parker Spitzer which he launched with co-host Kathleen Parker in 2010. About a year ago, CNN boss Ken Jautz cancelled In The Arena in a shakeup of the network’s primetime lineup. “I’m very happy with the show we did and the ratings we got, which were good to compared to what they’re getting now,” Eliot told me. Not surprisingly, he says he prefers and is better suited for Current TV’s politically charged environment. “Current has an ideology. There’s no pretense; we’re open about it. CNN tries very hard to position itself as an non-ideological news network, but there’s no objectivity in network news. It would be better for all of us if we just accepted that.” Therein lies the major issue with his former employer’s rating woes, says Eliot: ”CNN has a serious question of what it is and they’ve got to answer that.”
Having stepped in seemingly hours after Keith Olbermann was booted from Current TV, Eliot took to the airwaves with the aptly titled Viewpoint in Olbermann’s old time slot with no promotional campaign or PR machine to attract viewers (although Olbermann’s own campaign to get his side of the story out gave the fledgling network plenty of attention). But the show does have co-founder Al Gore‘s support (he’s been a guest on Viewpoint) and Eliot says Joel Hyatt is very involved in the “day-to-day” running of the network. “They have been great. I’ve known Al since 1999 and I like him very much. He’s a great guy.” (BTW you can see what Joel had to say about all those supposed dust-ups with Olbermann in this Mediabistro interview.)
- TVNewser: Keith Olbermann returns to TV tonight, and hints that it is just the first step toward eventual world domination.
- UnBeige: Moby talks photography. We’d also like him to explain why he continues to be famous, but we’re not holding our breath for that.
- AllTwitter: Here’s three ways to get your real name as your Twitter account name. That’s right people, it’s time to ditch “@HotMan100″ and “@2Sexy4Eva.”
- TVNewser: Keith Olbermann is talking about his favorite subject – himself – to anyone who will listen.
- PRNewser: An anti-littering campaign asks people to discuss what they consider wrong (like breaking up via text) as a way to show that littering belongs in the same category.
- GalleyCat: Jennifer Hudson is going to write a memoir about her weight loss. Yeah, we know, it’s weird.
— DIANE CLEHANE
We missed Al Gore and a bearded Keith Olbermann by a day. A little birdie told us Current TV’s head and recent new hire were “full of fire” and all smiles as they undoubtedly plotted Keith’s debut. Funny enough, Olbermann’s replacement, Lawrence O’Donnell, was also there and took it all in from the other side of the room. It’s such a small world, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, things today were a bit more low key but pretty crowded in the dining room. The fancy folks and artistes from The Getty Museum were in from the Left Coast to celebrate the kick-off to their sponsorship of 60 exhibits in museums all over Los Angeles. What’s the New York connection, you ask? Well, proprietor Michael McCarty‘s other restaurant is in Santa Monica, and he and his wife Kim McCarty (an artist whose works are on view here) are great patrons of the arts.
I was joined by my good friend Randy Jones, founder of Worth and author of The Greatest Stock Picks of All Time and The Richest Man in Town. Let’s just say Randy knows a thing or two about money. It makes perfect sense then that he is now working with Lynn Tilton as managing director of media and entertainment/talent acquisition of her company, Patriarch Partners, LLC. If you haven’t heard of Lynn, trust me, you will. (And honestly, don’t you read The Wall Street Journal?) She runs the largest woman-owned business in the United States as a private equity chief who owns all or some of 74 different businesses with revenues of more than $8 billion. (Take that, Oprah!)
Randy is keeping pretty busy at Patriarch with plenty of projects in the hopper. You heard it here first: Patriarch has a development deal with The Sundance Chanel to bring “The Diva of Distress” (It’s the working title) to the small screen some time soon. Randy describes the series as a “docu-drama” in which Lynn will star and go around the country looking for businesses on the brink to work with endangered entrepreneurs in an attempt to get them back on track. The most deserving business owners could score an equity investment from Patriarch or a much needed loan. “That’s one of the most amazing things about Lynn,” says Randy. “When she buys or invests in a company, she doesn’t sell them — she keeps them. She wants good people to succeed.” Amen. Oh, and by the way, if you’re in the market for a new job, Randy is looking to hire a CEO for Petry Media. If you’re thinking of applying, just make sure you’ve got a track record in digital platforms and have the goods to build ”a true 21st century media company.” You can thank me later.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Edelman’s Kathy Lacey and pals
2. First quarter: Bet they had plenty to talk about: Jets’ EVP Matt Higgins and Mets’ chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. Second act: Harvey Weinstein (If that wasn’t a Members Only jacket, it sure looked like one), his daughter and a pal.
3. Moneyman Steven Swid
4. Beauty biz icon Evelyn Lauder with a dark-haired power gal we didn’t recognize.
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