Look out Joanna Coles, President Obama’s right and left hand former Deputy Chief of Staff and newlywed Alyssa Mastromonaco, is Marie Claire’s newest contributor. Another step in the march of all media to Washington for insider information and new media plays. Look for Madam Secretary from CBS this fall. Tea Leoni plays a Secretary of State.
White House advisers: Jon Favreau, Ben Rhodes, Cody Keenan, Alyssa Mastromonaco, David Axelrod and Dan Pfeiffer
White House Correspondents and the C-SPAN audience enjoyed Jay Carney’s last White House briefing before he re-enters the private sector.
Mr. Carney has options from network TV news divisions to cablers and websites. The top pr firms have been circling him for a while. With unlimited options Carney will definitely be the manager for son Hugo’s band.
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.
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.