The “Today” show had a backstage pass for last night’s TIME 100 gala in New York. Matt Lauer conducted interviews with the honorees and a segment aired this morning. Joining Vice President Joe Biden, Marissa Mayer, Jimmy Fallon, Claire Danes, Jimmy Kimmel, Sen. Rand Paul, Lena Dunham and Daniel Day-Lewis a the event were tvnewsers including CNN honcho Jeff Zucker, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, Barbara Walters, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Willie Geist and Alina Cho. By next year’s TIME 100, the magazine will likely be part of a new company, spun off from Time Warner, which Managing Editor Rick Stengel acknowledged in his speech, “An independent Time Inc. will show the power of great journalism, the power of great content to pay for itself.”
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Lena Dunham, (left in the picture) if you don’t know, is the the creator and star of the HBO series “Girls” which stars Brian Williams‘ daughter Allison (far right) as well as Zosia Mamet, the daughter of filmmaker David Mamet. In an interview with ESPN’s Bill Simmons this week, Dunham said it’s ridiculous to think that the young ladies in “Girls” got their jobs because of their prominent, well-connected parents, including that Williams guy.
“In my house, growing up, we only watched Charlie Rose and weird PBS forms of news. I’m a Brian Williams fan, but I really didn’t know who he was,” says Dunham. “Until I met him, I was picturing who I believed to be Peter Jennings … my knowledge of newscasters and picking them out of a lineup [is poor].”
Dunham was at 30 Rock Wednesday appearing on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” No word if she ran into Williams. As TVNewser reported earlier, Sarah Heyward, daughter of former CBS News president Andrew Heyward is the story editor on “Girls.” The season finale is Sunday on HBO.
“Girls,” which debuted Sunday, follows a quartet of 20-something girlfriends in New York as they explore sex, adulthood and the meaning of life, in no particular order. It’s already been renewed for season two.
Heyward, 27, earned an MFA in fiction from the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. She joined “Girls” for the pilot as a personal assistant to co-executive producer Jenny Konner, whom she identifies as “my best friend from college’s ex-sister-in-law.” (Got that?)
After reading one of one of Heyward’s short stories, “How to Lose Your Virginity,” Konner accidentally/on purpose left her printout on a director’s chair on set. Lena Dunham, ‘Girls’ creator and writer, picked it up and two weeks later, Heyward was hired as a staff writer.
Heyward and Williams, a Yalie, met at the “Girls” auditions. Williams read for Marnie, the roommate and best friend to lead character Hannah, played by Dunham.
“Allison killed it,” recalls Heyward. “It felt like we probably saw every young actress in L.A., of which there are many. She was amazing.” The two “made a connection quickly,” Heyward says, and have since become friends. Both their fathers attended the New York premiere.
To Heyward pere, the sexual graphicness of “Girls” was less upsetting than was the lovelessness of the encounters.