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Posts Tagged ‘NBC Entertainment’

Media Moguls Make Their Mark On Fortune‘s “40 Under 40″ List

jmurdoch.jpgFortune magazine has revealed its “40 Under 40″ list — a compilation of the youngest and the brightest minds in the business world. And we were pleased to see a number of media executives making the cut and ranking near the top. Our industry could use all the young blood and new ideas it can get right now.

Topping the list are Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page — tied for first. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is number two.

And coming in at number three is the first media mogul, News Corp. heir James Murdoch (above). Rupert Murdoch’s youngest son, James currently serves as chairman and CEO for News Corp.’s operations in Europe and Asia. Fun fact: he raised his desk so he can work standing up. So the key to rising to the top of an international media conglomerate by age 36 is never sitting down. We bet being the son of a media czar helps, too.

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Silverman Seems Locked In At NBC Universal: Times

silverman4.jpgBen Silverman, the current co-CEO for NBC Universal who has been rumored for months to be getting the heave-ho, looks poised to re-up in his current power position, the L.A. Times claims.

On Thursday, NBC parent company General Electric Co. added Silverman to the board of the Peacock Equity Fund, a $250-million media investment vehicle owned by NBC Universal and GE Commercial Finance. Earlier in the week, Silverman sat across the table from interviewer-of-the-moguls Charlie Rose to hold forth on the future of digital entertainment, television and advertising.

And then there was a curious item on the New York Post’s Page Six last week that all but left bus tire treads on Katherine Pope, who runs NBC’s in-house TV studio, which produced the network’s failed series “My Own Worst Enemy.”

The item, which many in Hollywood speculated was spin to take the heat off Silverman, blamed Pope for NBC’s struggles in prime time.

Silverman has been engaged in negotiations for a new contract that would extend his tenure as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios beyond June, when his current contract expires. A person close to the situation says a deal could be reached by the end of the year.

LAT in 90 Seconds

sorkmist.jpgSorkin Finds Losing Is A Bitch: In a sit-down with Aaron Sorkin, Patrick Goldstein (an avowed Sorkin fan, like ourselves) writes that Studio 60 failed on the weight of its own bad premise more than anything else. Sorkin, though, seems to blame a number of factors — not the least of which is the fact that everyone in town wanted it to fail: “TV has a very measurable effect on our national mood. When TV gets bitchy and pissy, you find Americans getting bitchy and pissy too.”

benstf.jpgCarrying A Joke Too Far: Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff, new co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios got bloggers, like, um, us to announce that Rosie O’Donnell will appear on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. But it’s not happening.

becksankle.jpgBecks Ankle Rankles Some: Vaunted soccer star/metrosexual-about-town David Beckham will have to delay his debut. Why are you looking at us blankly? He was supposed to start playing soccer for the Galaxy, don’t you remember? Soccer. That’s why he’s here. Never mind. Just keep looking at his pretty pictures.

Ben Silverman Sick and Nervous In His National Debut

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FBLA guest blogger Dan Cox mined the cavernous troll-infested passages of TCA this morning, and files this bit of sparkly goodness:

Newly named NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman looked particularly coiffed in that “I don’t give a shit” disheveled kind of way as he was faced for the first time with about 100 teeth-gnashing journos at a Critics Association breakfast with NBC co-chair Mark Graboff at the Los Angeles Hilton this morning.

Silverman, for better or worse, held his own.

“He knows that he’s in show business,” says J. Max Robins, editor in chief of Broadcast and Cable, who watched the fracas unfold.

Still, we detected the slightest scent of fear on Silverman. In his
unbuttoned white shirt, dark jacket and loafers, the smiling former William Morris agent was quick to field numerous questions about NBC’s sagging second-place sked, the potential of new stars, the conflict over whether he’ll divest his interest in production company Reveille Entertainment (he won’t) and his and Graboff’s controversial displacement of former chair Kevin Reilly last month.

“I have immense power,” Silverman boasted. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I always knew the place where I would have the greatest opportunity would be a network. I’ve wanted to do this since I was a young person.”

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NBC Trying to Dump Kevin Reilly: A Completely Unsubstantiated Rumor

bluethingp.jpgOur tipsters tell us reality mogul Ben Silverman has been offered NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly’s job.

Is it true? We don’t know. But we’ll find out and get back to you. Is it grotesquely irresponsible to publish these kinds of rumors on a news site: Absolutely. Welcome to New Journalism.

[Update: 11:20 a.m. Nikki Finke has joined the race to get this story. Though, at this time, all she has up is a headline.]