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WPIX’s Greg Mocker Among Those Looking to be Named New York’s Funniest Reporter

To paraphrase Joe Pesci from Goodfellas, “How are they so funny?”

Greg Mocker, is the WPIX/Channel 11 reporter, most associated with his MTA run-ins. But can the high-energy Channel 11 street reporter tell a funny story?

We’ll find out this weekend, as Mocker and several others vie for the title of New York ’s Funniest Reporter.

The 6th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show takes place on Saturday at 5:30 pm at Comic Strip Live (1568 Second Avenue) . Each of the seven media professionals will do five minutes of stand up comedy. Mocker and News 12 Long Island anchor Lauren Sivan are the only local reporters. Sivan, though, the 2010 champ will participate, but can not win.

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Jon Meacham, Desiree Gruber And A Squadron of Spinmeisters

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I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: On Wednesdays, all roads lead to Michael’s. Exhibit A: This week, one of my best friends from Bay Shore High School, Scot Safon, was featured in a New York Times piece by mediabistro.com alum Brian Stelter. So I was thrilled to catch up with Scott when he walked into the dining room this afternoon on his way to meet Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers (one of his best friends from college).

Scot’s come a long way from his days as one of the editors of our school newspaper, The Maroon Echo. Having risen through the ranks at Turner, he is now helming CNN sister network HLN and shepherding shows headlined by Nancy Grace, Joy Behar, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Jane Velez-Mitchell. The Times piece chronicled HLN’s runaway ratings thanks to their coverage of Casey Anthony‘s headline-grabbing murder trial. As Scot sees it, the trial “has so many layers” for his stable of talent to explore as they relate to each host’s area of expertise. As Nancy continues to hold “tot mom” Casey’s feet to the fire seeking  ”justice for [Anthony's late daughter] Caylee,” Dr. Drew explores the myriad psychological issues unearthed during testimony. On their respective shows, Joy and Jane chew over the day’s events and keep viewers up to the minute on all the developments. “It is a fascinating case that has viewers riveted,” says Scot. “It’s a once in a lifetime trial.” (That is, at least until the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray starts in September.)

I was joined today by Fidelis Global’s Gerry Byrne, and we had a terrific chat about the state of the media business. Gerry, who has run an incredible stable of publications including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, is involved in a head spinning number of projects these days that cross all platforms. He recently added the role of managing partner at Black Ocean, a diversified media holdings company launched by Oliver Ripley, founding partner of the UK-based Ocean Group, and Tremor Media founder Andrew Reis. Gerry also hosts monthly ‘Influencer’ lunches with Hollywoodlife.com’s Bonnie Fuller. (He sits on the board of its parent company, Penske Media.)

Having presided over so many print titles during their heyday, Gerry says he’s invigorated by the “wild west of digital opportunities” he and his partners have discovered, and created, online. His belief that companies that own the next generation’s digital paths will be the big winners going forward is keeping him thinking big and moving forward. “The consumer is king!” says Gerry. “Long live the consumer!”

1.  A trio of ladies who launch: public relations maven Christine Taylor, producer Desiree Gruber and Katherine Oliver, commissioner of The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.

2. Socialite Sugar Rautbord just in from Chicago — with two gal pals

3. Thomson Reuters’ global head of PR Jolie Hunt, looking terribly chic in all white

4. Uber agent Esther Newberg, at her usual perch with Random House EVP Jon Meacham

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O.J. Simpson Judge Gets Ready to Go Hollywood

It seems appropriate that the atmosphere yesterday in Las Vegas “drug court” for District Judge Jackie Glass (pictured) bidding her farewells for the bright lights of LA was reminiscent of the 2008 O.J. Simpson trial she presided over. Because the woman taking over from Nancy Grace as host of the reality drama Swift Justice indirectly owes her big break to the Juice. Per Doug McMurdo‘s report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

It was Glass’ demeanor during the infamous Simpson spectacle that brought her to the attention of Swift Justice producers. But Glass told her captive audience that the informal role of a drug court judge is what prepared her to replace Grace as host of the popular program this September, not the fact that she presided perhaps with a heavy hand over Simpson’s high-profile trial.

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Daily Show: When Reporters Attack

Just in case you missed it. Because you really shouldn’t have.

Nancy Grace refuses to take science for an answer, and Steve Harrigan sends Joey Expendable to the Gaddafi compound.

New Season of Syndication; Swift Justice, Nate Berkus Shine

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The fall season isn’t only for first-run programs over the air and on cable. It’s also a time for the syndication cycle to start fresh.

On Monday, the 2010-11 syndication season got underway, with some new shows leading the way.

The Nate Berkus Show and How I Met Your Mother had the best opening day numbers.

Here in New York, Berkus got a 1.2 rating and a 4 share in the 3 p.m. slot, according to Nielsen Media Research. The show gained 33 percent from the previous hour, another syndication entry, The Real Housewives of Orange County (0.9/3). The 3 p.m. hour on WNBC made leaps and bounds from a year ago, up 50 percent over canceled Deal or No Deal.

Meantime, you can add another to growing list court programs.

Swift Justice with Nancy Grace was the highest rated court show since Christina’s Court, now off the air, debuted in 2006.

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maintained the strong numbers on Fox5/WNYW. It scored a 1.6/6 at 2 p.m., up 23 percent from its Judge Joe Brown lead-in. It ballooned 33 percent from a year ago in the time period previously owned by People’s Court.

Access Hollywood Live (1.3/4) debuted at 11 a.m. on WNBC, and promptly put the time slot up a staggering 63 percent from a year earlier with Martha Stewart (0.8/3).

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • Wall Street Journal to charge more for online content- FishbowlNY

  • Literary agent Jarred Weisfeld on Rod Blagojevich‘s book deal- GalleyCat
  • STEP Inside Design and Dynamic Graphics magazine both fold- UnBeige
  • A conflict-of-interest-off between Dan Abrams and Jon Fine- WebNewser
  • Nancy Grace buys Girl Scout cookies for overseas troops- TVNewser
  • Nancy Grace: Pregnant! With Twins!

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    EXCLUSIVE

    A well-informed tipster tells us that Nancy Grace — legal TV queen and subject of seemingly constant mockery — is pregnant — with twins! And not only that — she’s married! Unconfirmed as of yet, but we hear the New York Post will break the news of Grace’s pregnancy and marriage to a long time boyfriend in tomorrow’s edition.

    Is this the real reason why she left Court TV?

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  • Nancy Grace Films Law & Order With Star Jones, Mum On View Rumor

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    We spoke with lovable/loathsome Nancy Grace shortly after her Court TV exit, with topics ranging from Amy Poehler to Alec Baldwin to Paris Hilton to O.J. to Jacko Prince. Oh, and that rumored spat with Star Jones:

    Does your leaving have anything to do with Star Jones coming on board?
    We just worked together doing a Law & Order SVU episode for eight straight hours. [Grace and Jones will appear on the show's season finale on May 22]. I got to hang out with her and her husband. We had a great, great day. I had a really good time. We play ourselves. When they first asked me, I thought, ‘Good God, I’m not an actress. I will be terrible.’ Then they told me I’m playing myself so I said, ‘Okay.’ I had a wonderful time being with her. I think she’s going to be perfect for Court TV. I know people would love to stir something up, but I’ve been in this contract for three years and the option really ends this summer.

    Any truth to the other interesting rumor out there that you might be joining The View?
    I’m very, very flattered that someone would even think that, but I have a job already and I’m under contract with Headline News.

    So they haven’t approached you?
    I’m … just … No. We are not in any talks.

  • So What Do You Do, Nancy Grace?

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  • Nancy Grace Out At Court TV

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    Nancy Grace, legal TV queen and subject of seemingly constant mockery, is leaving Court TV.

    Grace’s statement:

    “After ten wonderful years at Court TV, I have decided to leave the network to focus on my Headline News program and my charitable endeavors. Court TV will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will always look back at my time there with great gratitude and affection.”

    Court TV’s statement:

    “Nancy Grace has been an invaluable part of the Court TV family for over 10 years. It is with great respect and immeasurable gratitude that we have agreed to let her out of her contract. We wish her all the best as she leaves Court TV to focus on her Headline News program and her many charitable endeavors, and we will continue to count ourselves among her biggest fans.”

    Variety says her show will continue through the summer.

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  • In The Trades: So Old It’s New!

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    Viacom is suing YouTube for unauthorized use of some 160,000 video clips from MTV, Comedy Central and VH1. Viacom thinks that $1 billion is fair recompense for the 1.5 billion times the clips were viewed. Viacom’s argument included this:

    This is value that rightfully belongs to the writers, directors and talent who create it and companies like Viacom that have invested to make possible this innovation and creativity.

    Like Viacom gives a shit about those writers and directors, much less creovation.

    Bravo paid an undisclosed sum for Television Without Pity.com. Creators Sarah Bunting and Tara Ariano will remain as editors, but Bravo will no doubt quish the life out of the recaps and ferret out employees who post on the message boards.

    Court TV is dropping the court part and rebranding as some generic reality network with first person programming such as a cops with cocktails show about nightclub bouncers and an all-girl team of bounty hunters. Nancy Grace and Star Jones, neither of whom are stars nor graceful, will command a two hour talk show block. Why not just call it The Lowest Ring of Hell and be done with it?

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    M. Night Shyamalan gets an infusion of producing cash from Indian media comglomerate UTV Motion Pictures. Lady in the Water must not have opened there yet or else someone in Mumbai really wants to see Philly. Do they know that cheesesteaks come from cows?

    ABC speeds up National Bingo Night, a play-along game show. Interactive as all get-out, this isn’t Grandma’s bingo–and the set is a bingoplex! It’s a slot machine in your tv!

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