Although the biggest news to come out of Guggenheim Digital Media CEO Ross Levinsohn‘s chat at NATPE in Miami Beach today with Larry King is the imminent announcement of UK-Australia distribution for the talk show host’s ambitious endeavor Larry King Now, we were struck by the idea that even for someone like King, it’s who you know.
Per a report by THR‘s Alex Ben Block, King explained just how casually the whole Ora TV opportunity came about. It must be nice when things like this can happen at your dinner table:
He said that he met the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim when he went to Mexico for a charity event. Later Slim came to his home in Los Angeles for dinner and asked what King wanted to do next. King’s wife suggested he do a new talk show on the Internet, and Slim agreed to provide financing.
FishbowlLA is thankful the dinner guest was Slim and not Mark Burnett. Because a reality TV show featuring King, Shawn Southwick and sons would have made for a far less memorable career-twilight turn.
During today’s NATPE conversation. Levinsohn also asked King to name four ultimate past-present dinner guests that he would want to sit down at the table with. Block’s report has Larry’s intriguing answer.