Daily Variety Gotham gets NY kickoff fete

Hizzoner the mayor tops guest list

After getting their first look at the premiere issue of Daily Variety Gotham on Monday, industry types turned out at the Museum of Television and Radio that evening to toast the 65-year-old daily’s New York debut.

Daily Variety’s editor-in-chief Peter Bart and publisher Gerry Byrne were hosts of the fete, which drew an eclectic crowd from New York’s entertainment and media community. The highlight was a visit from Gotham Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who made well-wishing remarks before rushing off, he joked, to hand out jay-walking tickets to errant pedestrians. Pressing, as always, for a kinder, gentler New York, Hizzoner also asked for confirmation that Daily Variety would remain a “civil” publication.

Among the crowd of nearly 300 revelers was Sony Corp. of America exec Howard Stringer, USA Networks topper Kay Koplovitz, producer David Brown, New Line honchos Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne, GQ editor Art Cooper, along with second-in-command Martin Beiser, WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough and “Inside Edition’s” Deborah Norville.

Also joining in the fun were Broadway’s James Nederlander Jr. and the Shubert Organization’s Lee Silver, as well as Viacom deputy chairman Philippe Dauman, William Morris Agency execs Walter Zifkin and Lou Weiss; Hearst magazine honcho John Mack Carter; Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen and her husband, Bob Cohen, investment banker Alan Patricof, Furman Selz principal Roy Furman and Schroder analyst David Londoner.

Entertainment lawyer Jed Alpert, producer John Logigian and Redeemable Features producers Peter Newman and Greg Johnson also were seen among the minglers.

Premiere issues of Daily Variety Gothham, each bound in Daily Variety-green ribbons, were distributed as favors, as were tins of “the original celebrated curiously strong Gotham Mints.”

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