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Six of 10 Highest Paid CEOs are in Media

CBS EXECUTIVEThe AP and Equilar are out with the top 50 highest paid CEOs list. And it’s quite possible you work for one of their companies, as six of the top 10 head media conglomerates, including:

2. Leslie Moonves (right), CBS Corp., $65.6 million, up 9 percent

5. Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million, up 11 percent

7. Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million, up 46 percent.

8. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million, down 33 percent

9. Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million, up 27 percent

10. Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million, up 8 percent

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New York Times Gets Early Copy of Explosive Roger Ailes Biography

AilesInvestorDayThe New York Times got its hands on a copy of “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” Gabe Sherman‘s 560-page biography of Roger Ailes. In the more than 100 pages of source notes and bibliography, Sherman writes that he worked on the book for three years and interviewed 614 people who knew or worked with Ailes. The Times story recounts several episodes of Ailes’s “volatile temper and domineering behavior.”

In one anecdote, a television producer, Randi Harrison, told Mr. Sherman that while negotiating her salary with Mr. Ailes at NBC in the 1980s, he offered her an additional $100 each week “if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want.”

A Fox News spokesperson responds: “These charges are false. While we have not read the book, the only reality here is that Gabe was not provided any direct access to Roger Ailes and the book was never fact-checked with Fox News.”

The Times also highlights the ugly power struggle between Ailes, then an executive at NBC, and David Zaslav, now the president and CEO of Discovery Communications.

At a company dinner, according to the book, Mr. Ailes made clear he was ready to do battle with Mr. Zaslav. “Let’s kill the S.O.B.,” he told his dining companions, Mr. Sherman writes. At a separate meeting with Mr. Zaslav, the book says, Mr. Ailes was said to have unleashed a vulgar, anti-Semitic slur at his rival.

Ailes denies the charge. So does Zaslav who says the incident never happened, telling The Times, “We fought with each other and we fought with a lot of other people,” he said Tuesday in a phone interview. “But this allegation is false.” He added that he and Mr. Ailes were now friends.

“The Loudest Voice in the Room” goes on sale in two weeks. An excerpt will appear earlier in New York magazine.

Business News Channels Descend On The Cable Show In DC

This year’s National Cable and Telecommunications Association show, also called “The Cable Show,” (the big trade show of the cable industry) is in Washington DC, and with the close access to America’s political and business elite, every cable news channel will be represented.

Most of the appearances will be on panels and autograph signings on the show floor, but in the case of the cable business news  networks there will also be live reporting.

CNBC’s media business reporter Julia Boorstin will report from the NCTA floor throughout the day tomorrow, June 11. CNBC’s Becky Quick is also interviewing her boss’ boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, on stage there tomorrow morning. Fox Business Network will have Liz Claman reporting from the show floor tomorrow. Her guests are expected to include Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman and Discovery CEO David Zaslav, among others. Bloomberg TV has Betty Liu reporting from the show floor tomorrow. Her guests will include Comcast’s Roberts and Showtime CEO Matt Blank.

Which TV News Personalities and Media Moguls are in Sun Valley for the Allen & Co. Conference?

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This week Allen & Co. is hosting its annual shindig in Sun Valley, Idaho. It was at Sun Valley a few years ago that Comcast first reached out to GE about acquiring NBC Universal, so it is no small event.

Business Insider has a slideshow of many of the attendees, including TV news anchors Tom Brokaw (right) and Charlie Rose, as well as News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch (dealing with the News of the World scandal from afar), Disney CEO Bob Iger and Discovery CEO David Zaslav.

Media Meshes at Mirror Awards Ceremony

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Yesterday the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University held its fifth annual Mirror Awards ceremony, honoring the best in media reporting. You can read about the winners from FishbowlNY, here.

MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski hosted the event, which also presented special awards to Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

Scarborough opened up the event with a friendly jab at his former executive producer, Chris Licht, who was in the audience.

“Our connection to the Newhouse school is through our executive producer Chris Licht. We have found working with him through the years that not only do you teach your students how to get out there in the media world and do it better than anyone else, but we have to say the trait that you instill that really means more than any other is loyalty. Sticking together through the years no matter what. How is CBS Chris?”

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes was to present the award to Roberts. The Comcast CEO was unable to attend as he was in Switzerland securing the rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympics for NBC. Bewkes took the opportunity to poke fun at his business partner… and now competitor:

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Media Executives Make The Vanity Fair 100

vf100090310.jpgVanity Fair has released its Vanity Fair 100 list, which purports to count down the 100 most influential people of the information age. Not surprisingly, plenty of boldface media names make the cut.

Among them:

#4: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who oversees Fox News Channel.

#7 Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City and the founder of Bloomberg LP, which owns the Bloomberg business network.

#13: Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who oversees CNN.

#14: Disney CEO Bob Iger, who oversees ABC News

#21: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who is in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

#59: Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, the former president of CBS News and executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”

#62: PBS host Charlie Rose.

More names, as well as a pair of notable non-inclusions, are after the jump:

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Hostage Situation at Discovery Communications HQ

The big three cable news channels as well as CNBC and FBN are all covering an apparent hostage situation at the Silver Spring, Maryland headquarters of Discovery Communications.

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Update: Multiple Updates after the jump.

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Couric, Moran Honor Media at Mirror Awards

Mirror061010.bmp The Newhouse School at Syracuse University hosted the 2010 Mirror Awards today, honoring journalism that “shines a mirror” on the media.

“CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric MC-ed the event, along with co-chairs Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications.

In addition to the awards for media reporting, ABC News’ “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran presented an award to Biz Stone and the team at Twitter, and ProPublica editor Paul Steiger presented an award to Bloomberg News.

TVNewser also caught up with “Way Too Early” host Willie Geist who told us a bit about his upcoming book American Freak Show.

According to the guest list, other TV news attendees included CNN ad chief Greg D’Alba, HLN chief Ken Jautz, Morning Joe EP Chris Licht and NBC News social media guru Ryan Osborn.

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Cable News At The Cable Show

The 2010 Cable Show kicks off today in sunny Los Angeles, California.

While there probably won’t be quite as many TV news personalities as the 2009 show in Washington DC, the cable news channels each have a presence at the cable industry’s annual confab.

msnbc120.jpgMSNBC is sending Chris Matthews, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough to the show this year. Matthews will be making an appearance at the NBC Universal booth at 4 p.m. PT, and will MC the annual Cable Hall of Fame dinner tonight. Wednesday night NBCU is throwing a party at Universal Studios, and all three will be in attendance. Cable execs and guests will be able to sit down at the “MSNBC Dining Room Table” where they can chat with Chris, Joe and Mika.
cnbc120.jpgMad Money with Jim Cramer will televise from the show floor Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. ET, while CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen will be moderating a panel Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. PT on the future of creating cable content. Panelists will be Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Discovery’s David Zaslav, Patrick Esser from Cox, Keith Lee of Booyah and Kevin Tsujihara from Warner Bros.
fbn120.jpgLiz Claman will be representing Fox Business at the show. Claman will host her 3 p.m. ET program Countdown to the Closing Bell on the show floor, and will interview guests from media companies like Viacom, Univision, Crown, Rainbow and Showtime. Thursday at 9 a.m. PT she will be moderating a panel on new media, with panelists Matt Blank of Showtime, Ari Emanuel of William Morris Endeavopr, Tom Rogers of Tivo, Thomas Rutledge from Cablevision and Twitter’s Ev Williams.

While she was in LA, Claman also threw out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game (video after the jump), and got her caricature unveiled at The Palm steakhouse.

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The “Other” CNBC 20th Anniversary Party

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Former NBCU Chairman Bob Wright and former CNBC anchor Felicia Taylor at a CNBC Anniversary party coordinated by some of the channel’s original employees.

This afternoon about 200 CNBC originals gathered in Times Square for their own 20th Anniversary party – one that did not include the people currently running the NBC cable business channel.

Former CNBC anchor Ted David, who’s been planning the event over the last two months, told the raucous crowd, “Frankly, there’s a guy across the river who thinks he made this happen. There’s a guy across the street who thinks he made this happen. And we know, [and the crowd joined in on this last part] we made it happen.”

[The reference to the "guy across the street" is to Roger Ailes who became president of CNBC in 1993, and would later found Fox News and Fox Business.]

• After the jump: who showed up, who didn’t, plus video of remarks from former NBCU Chairman and CEO Bob Wright, who insiders tell us wrote a sizable check to make today’s party at the Crowne Plaza hotel happen.

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