FCC Commissioner To Take Comcast Post

By | Wednesday May 11, 2011 @ 1:47pm PDT

FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker will become SVP of Governmental Affairs at NBCUniversal after her term ends at the agency in June, Comcast announced today. Baker, a Republican member of the FCC who voted in favor of the recent Comcast-NBCU merger, is the latest big name to join Comcast’s Washington lobbying team; former NCTA boss Kyle McSlarrow was hired as president of Comcast/NBCU in DC in March. “Commissioner Baker is one of the nation’s leading authorities on communications policy, and we’re thrilled she’s agreed to head the government relations operations for NBCUniversal,” McSlarrow said. “Meredith’s executive branch and business experience along with her exceptional relationships in Washington bring Comcast and NBCUniversal the perfect combination of skills.” Baker will report to McSlarrow and will work closely with Rick Cotton, NBCUniversal’s EVP and General Counsel, who continues to set strategic policy direction for NBCU. Reactions to the move already are coming in. Read More »

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MPAA Chief Chris Dodd’s First Big DC Event

By | Saturday April 30, 2011 @ 2:00am PDT

WASHINGTON DC: New MPAA chief Chris Dodd will deliver his first speech about Hollywood issues to a non-industry audience next week. He did tell me, though, that he’s preparing to enlist the government’s help in fighting piracy overseas. [Nikki Read More »

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WH State Dinner: Beyoncé Performing But No Hollywood Bigshots Attending This Time

By | Wednesday May 19, 2010 @ 3:39pm PDT

white_houseUPDATE: What a change from President and First Lady Obama’s first White House state dinner. (Obama Thanks Hollywood With Coveted Invites) This time around, only … Read More »

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President Obama Makes Fun Of Jay Leno – Who Then Gets Few Big Laughs And Some Groans: “Ooh, This Is A Tough Room!”

VIDEO: Watch Obama And Leno Stand-Ups

obama leno1The First Yuckster at the White House Correspondents Dinner tonight taunted Jay Leno before The Tonight Show host took the podium. “I am glad that the only person whose ratings fell more than mine is here tonight. Great to see you, Jay. I’m also glad that I’m speaking first – because we’ve all seen what happens when somebody takes the time slot after Leno.” Jay was seen laughing, turning red, and then standing up and saying to the people around him, “Goodnight, everybody.”

Leno quickly tried to return the favor during his 4th stand-up appearance at the dinner. But I can’t point to single joke that killed with the crowd. Instead, Leno’s barbs aimed at Obama were mostly dull like this: “When you were elected, I was a little worried the comedy well had dried up. So thank you for picking Joe Biden. I appreciate that.” And Leno’s voice grew soft when he mentioned that “President Obama loves to socialize — health care, car companies”, or that ”he has the most diverse staff at the White House. They represent every ward in Chicago.” As if Jay were embarrassed to get in any real digs at the Prez. Read More »

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PHOTOS: WH Correspondents Dinner

By | Saturday May 1, 2010 @ 6:23pm PDT

UPDATES WH Correspondents Dinner Celebrity List


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WH Correspondents Dinner Celebrity List

By | Saturday May 1, 2010 @ 9:34am PDT

white_housePolitico has compiled a roster of tonight’s power and glitter at the White House Correspondents Dinner. So, natch, I’ve included only the celebs (below). Jay Leno will entertain at the annual media-politics-showbiz schmoozefest in Washington DC. At the prestigious gig last year, … Read More »

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Creative Coalition Appoints Bronk CEO

By | Monday April 26, 2010 @ 6:35pm PDT

The non-profit, non-partisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community has upped its Executive Director since 1998, Robin Bronk, to CEO. The move comes a few days before its April 29th event at the Library of Congress in Washington DC hosting Capitol Hill members of the … Read More »

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Verrone & Bateman Testify In Support Of Net Neutrality At U.S. Senate Hearing

WGA West prez Patric Verrone and SAG board member Justine Bateman traveled to Washington DC and testified at a hearing by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Tuesday, describing the Internet as the only remaining open market for truly independent creators and … Read More »

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