Friday, January 15, 2010
BURBANK, CA - In the wake of managing NBC Universal, particularly the transitions of late-night hosts Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, Chief Executive Jeff Zucker is bound for chilly Massachusetts to manage the flagging Martha Coakley senate campaign. "Jeff loves a challenge," said NBC Universal spokesperson Ale Penterwill. "He excels in subtle changes that have a big impact down the road." Rumors that Comcast Corporation, in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, ordered Zucker to 'take a break' are denied by Penterwill. "Why extend someones contract three years, then send them away from the entertainment world to run a political campaign? That would be like taking a number one show, giving it to someone else, and taking the host of your successful show and...oh, you get the point." Zucker is said to be urging Coakley to talk to more pharmaceutical lobbyists and Democratic insiders. "Voters like powerful people hanging out together," said Penterwill. "Maybe that's why Dynasty was so successful. Just a guess."