Details Dribble Out On ‘HuffPost Live’

By Alex Weprin 

More details continue to leak out regarding “HuffPost Live,” The Huffington Post’s upcoming web-TV network. The Hollywood Reporter has the latest, including the news that HuffPost founder Arianna Huffington will be reviving the “Shadow Conventions” this year… and that they will all be streamed online.

HuffPost executives have yet to finalize participants for the Shadow Conventions, which Huffington along with a handful of nonprofit and interest groups first launched during the 2000 presidential election. In 2000, the series of grassroots events organized as an alternative to the highly scripted national political conventions, counted Sen. John McCain (whose bid for the Republican nomination had already been torpedoed), Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Jesse Jackson, Warren Beatty and Huffington Post bloggers Bill Maher and Harry Shearer among the participants. As in 2000, the Shadow Conventions will take place in the same location as the RNC and DNC conventions. But this time, they will all be streamed live.

THR also has details on some of the people who have been signed on to host programs for the network. There are some familiar names:

HuffPost Live host-producers include Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (formerly of Al Jazeera English), Alicia Menendez (political commentator and daughter of Robert Menendez, Democratic senator representing New Jersey), Columbia professor Marc Lamont Hill, Australian political satirist Josh Zepps, Jacob Soboroff (who covered the GOP presidential primary for MTV News), Huffington Post Supreme Court correspondent Mike Sacks and most recently, Abby Huntsman, the middle (and most telegenic) of Jon Huntsman’s three daughters.