'Office' PoliticsFCC chairman candidate Karen Kornbluh has roundabout connection to Comcast/NBCU 2/25/2013 12:01:00 AM Eastern
Karen Kornbluh, who is on the short list for
candidates to replace FCC chairman Julius
Genachowski when he exits, has a roundabout
connection to Comcast/NBCU.
No, it’s not related to her current post
as ambassador to the Organisation for
Economic Cooperation and Development,
whose broadband charts are used by
critics of Comcast and other ISPs to opine
that U.S. broadband build-outs lag behind
those of postage stamp-size countries.
Granted, that is one roundabout connection,
but there’s a more prominent one.
It’s the fact that John Krasinski’s character
on NBCU’s long-running The Office,
Jim Halpert, was named after Kornbluh’s
husband, attorney Jim Halpert, a partner
with DLA Piper in D.C.
Halpert confirmed the connection. “I
grew up with Office executive producer
Greg Daniels, and when he was writing the
pilot for the show he thought it would be
fun naming a character after me,” Halpert
said in an interview. Given some of the
character names in the Britcom the show
was based on, Halpert says he wasn’t sure
whether sharing a name was going to wind
up being a good or a bad thing. “It turned
out to be a very nice thing,” he said.
“If Karen were nominated I would not be
representing any clients that had anything
to do with the FCC,” Halpert said, adding
that “the show will have gone off the air” by
then. Yes, but there’s still syndication.