by Norman Horowitz
FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker has announced that she will leave the Commission to join the media monster Comcast as Senior VP of Government Affairs. Baker, a Republican, had voted in favor of the Comcast-NBC/Universal merger.
What follows is fiction. I made up parts of the story in order to make my point. The “set up” is true, but the end is totally fictitious.
In the late ’70s, while at Columbia Pictures Television, I made a deal with Spelling Goldberg to acquire domestic distribution rights for Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch, Family, and a few other series for $25 million. A short time after the deal closed, I resigned from Columbia in order to become an independent producer with Spelling Goldberg for a lot of money.
Would there have been anything inherently wrong with my doing that? No, not at all. But it would’ve appeared very suspect. Continue reading “Is Anybody There? Does Anybody Care?”