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Melissa Grego

Joan Rivers: Forever ‘In the Trenches’

Like so many others, my heart hurts at the passing of Joan Rivers. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. I hope they take comfort in the evidence of Rivers’ lasting impact, which has been so well documented, but of course bears repeating (more on Rivers’ life on broadcastingcable.com here. Her firsts as a female in comedy and her generally uncompromising, unapologetic...

Mel's Diner: A Veteran of Reinvention Does It Again

The Dish: Explaining why he picked Saraya Thai Cuisine in a little Burbank strip mall for lunch, Mark Sonnenberg says he’s “very much a creature of habit.” That’s surprising, considering his extensive career spans varied arenas including research, local TV, morning news, basic cable and broadcast networks, VOD, pay-per-view, even inde- pendent film. Fox, FX, E!, Discovery and iN DEMAND are...

Beware the Funny Panelist/Bad Ratings Curse #TCA14

TV comedy writers, on average, make the best panelists. They’re writers, so they know how to use words and tell stories. They also have to have a professional-level sense of humor and comedic timing to do their job. ...

Mel's Diner: A New Brand of CEO

THE DISH: The dark, tightly packed Soho fixture Raoul’s “is not fancy, but has always felt like a wonderful little corner of New York,” says Courteney Monroe, who in April was promoted from CMO to CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S. in a reorganization that saw former CEO David Lyle and president Howard Owens exit. Monroe has been coming to Raoul’s since the early 1990s, when...

Mel's Diner: An Upfront Abruzzese

THE DISH: If you’re in sales, “you probably need five restaurants that you always could go to, where they know you,” said Joe Abruzzese, president, ad sales, Discovery Communications, noting the importance of knowing where to get a good dinner and not have your clients waiting. “This is one of them.” ...

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