Where to be and what to watch...
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/29/2006 7:00:00 PM
Monday, Oct. 30
What makes Tony Soprano, Paulie Walnuts and Dr. Melfi tick? Find out when David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, speaks at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York. "Creating a Hit: The Sopranos" is hosted by the Center for Communication. Speaking of heavy hitters, the Museum of Television & Radio has a few showing up out West. The museum honors CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and megaproducer Jerry Bruckheimer for their prolific TV achievements at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. And there's a screening of NBC sitcom 30 Rock at MT&R's New York branch. It features commentary by stars Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan, as well as Co-Executive Producer Robert Carlock.
Tuesday, Oct. 31
Searching for last-minute ideas for a Halloween costume? How about Hi-Def Dan Rather? The HDNet talent turns 75 today. And a couple thousand tech geeks meet in San Jose, Calif., for Streaming Media West, held at the McEnery Convention Center. Today features a seminar on podcasting and blogging. Halloween costumes encouraged but not required. Speaking of fancy dress, did you miss the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame dinner at the Waldorf? New Yorkers can catch it on NYC TV (channel 25) at 9 p.m. ET, non-Gothamites at nyc.gov/tv. (You can check out the photos on p. 16.) Lastly, MSG Network premieres The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden. Ours probably includes clashing with security at Billy Idol/The Cult in '89; see if that makes the cut when the series debuts at 9.
Wednesday, Nov. 1
Law & Order! Taxi Driver! Woody Allen's work until he thought Scarlett Johannson looked better in London! New York TV and film production has a colorful history, and the book Scenes From the City captures it all. The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre (uh, why "theatre" if it's New York?) and Broadcasting is hosting the party at the Tribeca Cinemas Gallery. More media types converge at Le Parker Meridien in New York, as Media Convergence Forum: The Marketer's Dilemma kicks off. Dispersers of information include Ross Levinsohn, president of Fox Interactive Media, and Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group. And the Streaming Media West keynote comes from Eric Zocher, the general manager, expression, at Microsoft. We have no idea what his title means either.
Thursday, Nov. 2
Happy National Traffic Director's Day! Sharing the date with the first-ever commercial broadcast back in 1920, Traffic Director's Day salutes everyone who handles traffic in radio and television. CBS hopes to be celebrating as well, as the Eye Guys report third- quarter earnings today. Forecast: Good, not great. And just what Texas needs: more mavericks. Evan Shapiro, executive VP/general manager of IFC, speaks at the University of Texas as part of the Cable Center's Mavericks series.
Friday, Nov. 3
The inaugural AAAA/AAF Supplier Diversity Trade Fair goes down at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. Minority-owned businesses pitch ad agencies, including Leo Burnett, BBDO and MediaVest, on their services. And we live in the golden age of the citizen journalist, where everyone with a cellphone and a disaster is a reporter. See how this alters the news biz when the Newseum hosts "Citizen Witness" at the National Archives in Washington. The panel includes RTNDA President Barbara Cochran, and it's moderated by Robert MacNeil, who was plying his trade back when only the Jetsons had cellphones.
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