Deadline Hollywood scoops the Washington press corps with the news that Dee Dee Myers and Todd Purdum from Washington’s A List will move back to Los Angeles so she can become communications chief at Warner Brothers.
Myers came to Washington as President-elect Bill Clinton’s press secretary and has had a very successful public speaking career and television presence since that time. Todd Purdum’s prose roared from the front pages of the New York Times and Vanity Fair to Politico. Ms. Myers joins another former Washingtonian John Rogovin who has been General Counsel at Warner Brothers for 5 years. Read the Deadline report.
Leave it to Washington favorites Claire Shipman of ABC News and the BBC’s Katty Kay to create another book to help women in Washington and around the world. “The Confidence Gap” is a must-read for any woman working the halls of Congress, the White House or media outlet. Ms. Shipman has reported from the streets of Moscow to the White House, while Ms. Kay is the anchor of BBC America’s nightly news program. Claire Shipman teaches the ladies of The View how they can become more successful. We think she looks pretty comfortable on the couch.
Washington favorite Anita McBride was seen at AMC’s TURN screening hosted by President George H.W. and Mrs. Bush in Houston,Texas. Here is Mike Allen’s take playbook.
Actress Heather Lind, who plays Anna Strong, and Seth Numrich, who portrays Culper Ring leader Ben Talmadge presented President and Mrs Bush with Tricorner hats from the show’s creative team. Mrs. Bush asked, “Did Martha wear this?” before putting it on.
AMC topper Charlie Collier said, “It was an honor and privilege to show TURN to President Bush” the only American president who was also director of the CIA.
Other cast members on hand were Burn Gorman, Major Hewlett; Kevin McNally, Richard Woodhull; Samuel Roukin, Lt. John Simcoe.
Joel Stillerman, AMC’s Executive Vice President for Development moderated a post-screening discussion with the cast plus Barry Josephson, Executive Producer; Craig Silverstein, Executive Producer/Showrunner; and Alexander Rose, Author of Washington’s Spies.
Here is Deadline’s coverage.
Veteran comedian and actor Joel McHale is also a veteran attendee of the White House Correspondents Dinner so it will probably give him a leg up on getting the president and the 2,000 attendees to laugh at his jokes. Few comedians are guests before they take the podium to address the notoriously tough crowd and the president sitting inches away.
Steve Thomma, President of the White House Correspondents Association this year, selected McHale who is probably best known for hosting “Talk Soup”, the weekly snarkfest making fun of TV’s lowest moments. His acting career is in high gear as he co-stars in NBC’s “Community.” Thomma is the well respected politics editor of The McClatchy papers. It is the White House Correspondents Association 100th annual dinner so the pressure is on to create a memorable program.
Thomma has stood tall in the White House Correspondents fight with the Obama White House over photographers lack of access to presidential events.
This year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd.
TV Newser picks up Larry King’s appearance on Conan O’Brien’s TBS Show when he tells Conan he does not believe in the afterlife, “when you die, it’s bye bye baby.” Conan says he would then be hosting, “Larry King Alive.” Larry King is headlining his web show, a political show, Russian TV and infomercials. Here is the link to TV Newser.