— DIANE CLEHANE
We missed Al Gore and a bearded Keith Olbermann by a day. A little birdie told us Current TV’s head and recent new hire were “full of fire” and all smiles as they undoubtedly plotted Keith’s debut. Funny enough, Olbermann’s replacement, Lawrence O’Donnell, was also there and took it all in from the other side of the room. It’s such a small world, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, things today were a bit more low key but pretty crowded in the dining room. The fancy folks and artistes from The Getty Museum were in from the Left Coast to celebrate the kick-off to their sponsorship of 60 exhibits in museums all over Los Angeles. What’s the New York connection, you ask? Well, proprietor Michael McCarty’s other restaurant is in Santa Monica, and he and his wife Kim McCarty (an artist whose works are on view here) are great patrons of the arts.
I was joined by my good friend Randy Jones, founder of Worth and author of The Greatest Stock Picks of All Time and The Richest Man in Town. Let’s just say Randy knows a thing or two about money. It makes perfect sense then that he is now working with Lynn Tilton as managing director of media and entertainment/talent acquisition of her company, Patriarch Partners, LLC. If you haven’t heard of Lynn, trust me, you will. (And honestly, don’t you read The Wall Street Journal?) She runs the largest woman-owned business in the United States as a private equity chief who owns all or some of 74 different businesses with revenues of more than $8 billion. (Take that, Oprah!)
Randy is keeping pretty busy at Patriarch with plenty of projects in the hopper. You heard it here first: Patriarch has a development deal with The Sundance Chanel to bring “The Diva of Distress” (It’s the working title) to the small screen some time soon. Randy describes the series as a “docu-drama” in which Lynn will star and go around the country looking for businesses on the brink to work with endangered entrepreneurs in an attempt to get them back on track. The most deserving business owners could score an equity investment from Patriarch or a much needed loan. “That’s one of the most amazing things about Lynn,” says Randy. “When she buys or invests in a company, she doesn’t sell them — she keeps them. She wants good people to succeed.” Amen. Oh, and by the way, if you’re in the market for a new job, Randy is looking to hire a CEO for Petry Media. If you’re thinking of applying, just make sure you’ve got a track record in digital platforms and have the goods to build “a true 21st century media company.” You can thank me later.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Edelman’s Kathy Lacey and pals
2. First quarter: Bet they had plenty to talk about: Jets’ EVP Matt Higgins and Mets’ chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. Second act: Harvey Weinstein (If that wasn’t a Members Only jacket, it sure looked like one), his daughter and a pal.
3. Moneyman Steven Swid
4. Beauty biz icon Evelyn Lauder with a dark-haired power gal we didn’t recognize.
5. Producer Jean Doumanian with an equally chic-looking pal.
6. Most of the ‘Imber Gang;’ Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield and Andy Bergman. I bumped into Jerry’s wife, fashionista Judy Licht, who was instrumental in getting Full Frontal Fashion off the ground. She told me she’s busier than ever these days with her new site, firstcomesfashion.com which streams the shows at Bryant Park live for civilians who can’t get those coveted tickets to Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and the like. Sounds like a great idea to us. Why schlep to the West Side in this lousy weather and fight all those never-eating women for a goodie bag when you can watch all the action at home in your pj’s? We know how we’ll be watching the whole shebang next week.
7. Joe Califano and attorney Morton Pierce
8. Quest editor in chief David Patrick Columbia, who dashed in to greet his well-heeled guest.
9. G7 Group’s Jane Hartley
10. Donna Soloway and Colleen Rein
11. John Arnhold
12. Former Worldwide Pants head honcho Jim Peterson
14. Cablevision president Tad Smith
15. Peter Price
16. United Station Radio’s Nick Verbitsky, enjoying some wine with a table full of pals.
17. Judy Price, Peters’ wife. (Just for the record: They did exchange hellos before sitting down at their respective tables.)
18. Randy Jones and yours truly
20. Conde Nast mouthpiece Maurie Perl
21. The New School’s Jim Murtha
22. Alan Jones
23. ENI Petroleum’s chairman Enzo Viscusi
24. John Kennedy
26. The Wall Street Journal’s David Sanford
27. Producer Chuck Pfeifer (loved the groovy shades!) who, in case you didn’t know, was ‘The Marlboro Man’ back in the day.
28. Michael Brown
Faces in the crowd: It was SRO at the bar where I spotted Fortune‘s Patty Sellers and checked in with my good pals ‘The Bar-ettes’ Kira Semler and Vi Huse who were enjoying their monthly champagne lunch at the bar. Some people just know how to live!
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