The Insider

Oct 13, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The Insider wants to know the name of The Museum of Moving Images’ psychic! How else to explain the prescient choice of NBC Chairman Bob Wright and Cox Communications President Jim Robbins as honorees at its annual fall gala. The event was held the very day Mr. Wright finally signed on the dotted line to acquire Vivendi Universal’s U.S. entertainment assets, and just as Mr. Robbins is squaring off against Fox Sports and ESPN over subscriber fees he says are too high for basic cable.
The presence of these two men of the hour infused the intimate ballroom of New York’s St. Regis Hotel with the sizzle of a movie premiere. Truly, the honorees-who would later prove equals in joke telling-were all but mobbed by a phalanx of photographers and a sea of well-dressed well-wishers.
It being Mr. Wright’s professional hometown, he was particularly well attended to. Wife Suzanne was there in a knockout cocktail jacket intricately etched in a pointillist design. There were many from the NBC family-upward-bound NBC Entertainment President Jeffrey Zucker was dinner co-chairman, and “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels was a Wright toaster-and a few new relatives, including Universal Studios President Ron Meyer.
Among those listed as supporters of the evening: Universal syndication veteran Maury Povich and his wife, former NBC newswoman Connie Chung, whose elegant strapless gown showed upper arms that have become extremely well-defined since she left CNN during the war on Iraq. “I’ve been working out. I’ve been being good,” she mock-groaned. “I’m tired of being good. Wanna go be bad?”
There’s still time to snag seats at “A Conversation With …,” the pet project of WB Executive VP of Distribution Ken Werner that benefits the FAME Renaissance Media Center in Los Angeles. The series kicks off at 7 p.m., Oct. 14, with Time Warner Chairman and CEO Richard Parsons. He will be followed by DreamWorks SKG principal partner Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dec. 9), CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves (Jan. 13) and InterActive Inc. Chairman and CEO Barry Diller (TBA). Information about tickets is available by calling 323-730-7700, Ext. 2000, or visiting www.famerenaissance.org/conversations/.