Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Welcome Back Zucker

My new piece for the Daily Banter is up. It deals with the possible return of Jeff Zucker to the world of the top-level TV executive -- and how it proves that there's no such thing as a lifetime of banishment once you've been crowned king, no matter how incompetent your reign was.

Here's the opening shot:

"Here’s a little something just about everyone in the television business knows: Once you become a high-powered executive, it’s almost impossible to fuck yourself and your reputation so badly that you’ll never work again.

Let’s say you’re some poor mid-level schmuck, doing whatever it is you do right now for a living, and you almost single-handedly make, let’s say, some gargantuan mistake that turns your company into a worldwide laughingstock and threatens to crater an upcoming multi-million dollar merger that’s going to make it the most powerful organization of its kind in the world — there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be radioactive for about the next hundred or so years. Not in television, though — and not if you’re an executive..."

Read the Rest Here


Anonymous said...

Executives are part of a good ol' boy club that continues to hire from within its ranks, no matter how badly an individual may have fucked-up in his or her (but mostly his) prior job. It is a glowing example of corruption outside politics.

Mary said...

Oh to be a fly on the wall during the inevitable meetings between Zucker and Bourdain. http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/29/anthony-bourdain-joins-cnn-to-host-new-weekend-program/