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MySpace Starters Get Awards — They’re Just Kids

myspacephoto1.jpgmyspacephoto2.jpgMySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe and president and co-founder Tom Anderson are not only phenomenally rich after their lucrative sale of the kid-friendly site to News Corp. three years ago, now they’re scooping up awards starting with the Producers Guild of America Vanguard prize.

They join YouTube Founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen as 20-something recipients of the accolade. On the slightly more elderly side of the coin, director/producer George Lucas and director James Cameron also took the Vanguard.

The Vanguard, which recognizes achievements in new media and technology, will be presented at the Producers Guild Awards ceremonies Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

“Tom and Chris created a lifestyle portal that redefines the Internet for people around the world,” said awards co-chairs David T. Friendly and Laurence Mark. “Their vision resulted in an environment where society interacts at a whole new level.”

DeWolfe and Anderson created MySpace in 2003 and sold it two years later to News Corp. for $770 million.

Kid-friendly (?) News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch is having the last laugh. The company is now worth well over $1 billion and climbing.

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Katie A No-Show @ Gracies

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Did Katie skip to avoid reporters?

At last night’s Gracie Awards hosted by American Women in Radio & Television — where a head-spinning 41 awards were given out — Katie Couric, despite reports from her reps late last week that she would be attending and talking to reporters, was a no show. Couric had been scheduled to appear to accept an award for the piece she did on Condoleezza Rice for 60 Minutes with the show’s writers and producers. Instead she accepted the award via video.

Sitting in front of a desk with the 60 Minutes logo behind her, Couric, in her best earnest anchor woman persona, said she “wished she could be there” but she “was taking a few days off to spend time with my daughters who are heading off to camp.” Associate producer Jenny Dubin and writer Tom Anderson took the stage when the lights came up. There was plenty of chatter afterwards — all off the record, of course — among the evening’s attendees that the formerly ubiquitous newser is tired of defending herself and the network’s last place broadcast to reporters. Dan Rather‘s comments about CBS “tarting up” the evening news with Couric’s arrival seemed to be the last straw.

Longtime pal Soledad O’Brien hopes Rather’s remarks aren’t keeping Couric up at night: “His comments really are irrelevant and I hope she’s taking them as such.”

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