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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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Rashida Jones and Zosia Mamet Join Glamour

Magazines love the hype generated by hiring famous people, and so in that tradition, Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Zosia Mamet (Girls) have been named contributors to Glamour.

Jones (who actually has plenty of writing experience) will pen a monthly column titled “Love, Rashida.” It debuts in March. Mamet’s column, “My Zo-Called Life,” is online now and appears in Glamour’s February issue.

In Mamet’s first piece, she explains why it’s helpful to accept your flaws. While that’s not exactly groundbreaking content, at least it’s better than Drew Barrymore’s ode to a breakfast sandwich.

Journalists, Celebs Swarm DC For WHCD Weekend

whcd.pngNothing gets New Yorkers to jump on a bus faster than a party, especially a party where the guest of honor is the Barack Obama. For the second time this year, journalists and celebrities flocked to the Beltway to party it up with the prez–this time for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

Our colleagues over at FishbowlDC have extensive coverage of the weekend in the capitol. They hit all the fashionable pre-parties including ones hosted by The National Journal and The Atlantic and CBS. They hung out with celebs like Connie Britton, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kerry Washington and Rachael Leigh Cook at the Creative Coalition’s Thursday night fete and spied Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Glenn Close and BJ Novak at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party.

Of course, FBDC correspondents were also at the main event. If you missed it, you can watch Obama’s full (and pretty funny) speech here. Our favorite part of the President’s speech was when he teased Rahm Emanuel with a Mother’s Day jab: “He’s not used to saying the word day after ‘mother.’”