Dan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.
In the Sun Valley Lodge bar last night, where all the good deals are made, an informal pow-wow of sorts for Yahoo! executives and their new partners Google Inc. was underway with Google co-founder Larry Page, Yahoo! President Sue Decker and even former Yahoo! co-chair Terry Semel all having a drink. Semel would later tell a couple of inquiring reporters that the conversation at the table was inspiring.
Elsewhere in the bar, former Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein ambled in, but refused to say anything to reporters. “I’m not talking to anyone up here,” he said before joining Wendi Deng’s table.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Gamco Investors Mario Gabelli, NBA commissioner David Stern, ICM’s Chris Silbermann and Page 1 Media’s Isaac Lee were spotted.
Earlier Google. co-founder Sergey Brin lauded the search engine deal they have with Yahoo, saying Yahoo was a “good company with good people,” but he deferred all other questions to Yahoo! chairman Jerry Yang, who is due into Sun Valley today.
Brin was also approached by Sony Corp.’s Katsumi Ihara who wanted to discuss TVs, but Ihara was thrown for a loop when he was told the screen Brin usually used was a Toshiba.
Also, the mystery continues. Just who is Ken Starr? The journos in Sun Valley were all convinced it was the former prosecutor who had a Jones about Bill Clinton. When confronted, this Starr denied any connection to that Starr, who is currently Dean of Pepperdine Law School. But he refused to disclose who or what Starr & Co. actually does.