Call It Re-Reality TV
Later in the day, during a Q&A session on "The Contender," DreamWorks chief Jeffrey Katzenberg was asked about Fox's maneuverings. "I've never experienced anything like this," Katzenberg said. "I've spent 30 years in Hollywood in the business I love and is everything I know, and the sanctity of the idea is an ideal I was taught from the time I arrived in the business.
"This is really disheartening and disappointing; if imitation is the highest form of flattery, theft is the lowest form of creativity."
"Bootlegging has finally made it to prime time," chimed in Sylvester Stallone, who is also involved in the NBC boxing project.
NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol says he's confident his team of more than 3,100 workers will be safe at the Summer Olympics in Athens next month. At a meeting with President Bush in February about security for the Olympics, Ebersol said, Bush was dazzlingly together compared with the man he knew during their college days at Yale.
"I had a one-on-one with President Bush in February where he dazzled," Ebersol told critics.
"I went to college with him. I don't remember him as being that curious and up to date on all the facts. But at this one, he really did know the facts and he talked about -- no, I'm serious. Heck, I was there -- the guy liked to drink in college."
"You know," said NBC's prime-time Olympics anchor Bob Costas, turning to Ebersol, "there's every chance that's the only quote that comes out of here."
Appearing Saturday afternoon, NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw told critics he had not wanted to even come to the press tour because, he said, he did not think the press or his company should be making a big deal about the fact that he is retiring from the job in December after more than 21 years.
We respect that.
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