Variety: Hollywood to Mix with D.C. at ‘Nerd Prom’

“This week a new podcast and video was launched called Washington Insider, billed as featuring content on “how money, power and celebrity drive politics and power in America’s capital city.”

It’s no coincidence that the launch of the site — from producers Tammy Haddad, Simon Marks and Julianne Donofrio — comes the same week as the annual White House Correspondents Assn. dinner.”

Read more via Variety: White House Correspondents Dinner Preview: Hollywood to Mix with D.C. at ‘Nerd Prom’

Today’s WHCD 2015 Round Up

CBS nabs real, fictional secretaries of State for WHCD
“Two secretaries of State — a real-life former one, Madeleine Albright, and the Hollywood version, Téa Leoni, — will attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner this weekend. Albright and Leoni, who plays the fictional title role on “Madam Secretary,” will both be guests of CBS News at the April 25 festivities in Washington.”

Gov. Kasich takes flirtation with White House run to next level, creates ‘New Day for America’ fund
“Kasich will be traveling to Washington, D.C. later this week for a number of stops including the White House Correspondents Dinner and an appearance Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.””

Listen Up, D.C.! Here Comes the White House Correspondents’ Jam.
“Leavell recruited five correspondent-fronted bands — Fortune Senior Editor-at-Large Brian Dumaine, Esquire scribe Tom Junod, CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman, New Yorker Editor David Remnick and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Mark Rozzo are all slated to play with their respective outfits — to blow the doors off the Fairmont Hotel (2401 M St. NW) on April 24 from 7 to 11 p.m.”

Téa Leoni, Gina Rodriguez, Tim Daly Join WH Correspondents’ Guestlist
“The network is also bringing actress Gina Rodriguez and her actor boyfriend, Henri Esteve; “Madam Secretary” actor Tim Daly; Virginia Sen. Mark Warner; former CBS newsman and now NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism John Miller; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro; Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro; Lebanon Ambassador to the U.S. Anotine Chedid; and former U.S. Ambassador to Italy David Thorne.”

Funny Girl Gig: Cecily Strong Fourth Female Entertainer at White House Correspondents’ Dinner
“Strong follows Wanda Sykes (2009), Elayne Boosler (1993) and Paula Poundstone (1992).”

How To Stream The White House Correspondents’ Dinner Live, Because It’s The Hottest Place To Be Saturday Night
“The cast of Modern Family is expected to attend, as well as Michael Kelly, Gina Rodriguez, Gabourey Sidibe, and Naya Rivera. We’ll see you Saturday night.”

‘SNL’s’ Cecily Strong Promises Hard Laughs at White House Correspondents Dinner
“She said that it “felt like the right year” to do the dinner as President Obama also has Chicago-area roots. “It was really sort of like, ‘Well, it’s now or never,’” she says of taking the gig.”

White House Correspondents Dinner: Eric Podwall Brings Young Hollywood


Eric Podwall, talent manager and regular attendee of the White House Correspondents Dinner, is putting together a pre-party dinner with Spotify on Friday evening. He will have a top member of the family of the moment, Brody Jenner, one day after his father Bruce reportedly reveals to Diane Sawyer his sex change.

Podwall is known for bringing young Hollywood stars including Matthew Morrison, Chace Crawford, Will Poulter and Colton Hayes, and legends including Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. The Hill reported it first.

April Ryan: We Miss Sam Donaldson

White House correspondent, April Ryan, headlined the Washington Women Technology Network breakfast. In an interview with White House Correspondents Insider editor, Tammy Haddad, she described the push and pull of being a White House correspondent and lamented the days when Sam Donaldson was there and all you had to do was shout and raise your hand to get a question in. She reviewed the race record of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, and told stories from her new book, The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America.

She addressed reporters’ concerns that they are not in the room with the President at some events and that this White House often makes announcements on Twitter instead of talking first to the reporters in the briefing room. Co-hosted by Hilary Rosen and Connie Milstein, guests included Robin Sproul, Betsy Fischer Martin, Anita McBride, Karen Appleton, Kelley McCormick, Heather Podesta, Ceci Connolly, Didem Nisanci, and Emily Goodin. The Washington Women Technology Network is comprised of women leaders from technology, media and politics.

Jeremy Bernard stepping down as WH Social Secretary

Jeremy Bernard and Jill Zuckman

White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard will be stepping down from his post next month following the Japan State Dinner. His replacement will be announced in the coming weeks.

Statement from Mrs. Obama: “For the last four years, Jeremy has worked tirelessly to open the doors of the White House to as many people as possible and to make each and every event in the White House one to remember, not only for Barack and me, but for the tens of thousands of guests who pass through our doors each year. I was lucky to have such a talented individual on my team, and I am equally lucky to have made a lifelong friend in Jeremy. Jeremy will be missed, and Barack and I wish him the very best in all of his future endeavors.”

Statement from Jeremy Bernard: “It has been an honor to serve the President and Mrs. Obama as Social Secretary for the last four years. From State Dinners to Student Workshops to celebrating the holiday season, Mrs. Obama has welcomed every guest to the White House with her signature warmth, grace and style. I feel so privileged to have worked for such an extraordinary President and First Lady.”

Funny or Die Opens Washington, D.C. Office

“Funny or Die is opening a Washington, D.C., office to build on the success of politically minded videos such as President Barack Obama’s turn in the hot seat on Between Two Ferns.

“The new office, which is housed at the 1776 Campus, is being led by former White House staffer Brad Jenkins, who has been named managing director and executive producer of Funny or Die DC.”

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Jeremy Bernard to step down as White House social secretary

Jeremy Bernard and Hilary Rosen

“One of the White House’s most beloved staff members has been telling close friends the buzz is true: He is leaving the East Wing. Jeremy Bernard, White House social secretary, bon vivant, party maestro and trusted member of the Obama inner circle is set to officially announce his departure in the next few weeks.”

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New White House Briefing Room seating chart

seating_chart_with_logosThe White House Briefing Room seating chart was released Tuesday by the White House Correspondents’ Association. USA Today White House reporter, Gregory Korte, created this visualization of the room.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association recently made adjustments to the briefing seating chart, promoting some news organizations and instituting seat-sharing arrangements for others. The calculus that goes into the assignments is part tenure, part audience and part commitment to the White House beat. News organizations that don’t show up every day will find another reporter sitting in its seat; miss enough briefings and the seat may be lost permanently.”

One of the biggest updates: “Newcomers Buzzfeed and Al Jazeera get partial seats through seat-sharing arrangements with Scripps-Howard News Service and the Chicago Sun-Times, respectively.”

Read more via USA Today: Here’s the new White House briefing room seating chart