Power players and pretty gals descended on Soho House on Thursday to celebrate the Women in Television February issue of Elle magazine. The long, low-slung dinner tables in the private party room were bursting with a whole gamut of females featured in the mag, from kids like Ariel Winter and Kiernan Shipka to up-and-coming starlets like Paz de la Huerta, Gillian Jacobs and Aimee Teegarden to popular favorites like Julie Benz, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Morrison, Ellie Kemper and Erika Christensen. There were reality-show damsels (Rachel Zoe, Cat Deeley, Maria Menounos), a high-powered agent or two (UTA’s Sarah Clossey) and even a few good-looking guys – Taye Diggs, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sam Trammell – thrown into the mix as well.
Much to her surprise, bombshell “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara took home the only trophy of the night, the Breakout Spotlight Award given by Fiona Cibani, the Ports 1961 creative director and the night’s sponsor. “I’ve been reading Elle my whole life, even when I lived in Colombia,” Vergara gushed, “but I never thought I’d be in the magazine. I mean, with these boobs, I am more like a stripper than a model! I am so happy to be in this country, on such a wonderful television show, and able to make money – a lot of money!”
Money was definitely one of the topics of discussion, at least in the sections where the real power players of television were seated. Disney co-chairman Anne Sweeney chatted up Discovery Communications prexy Eileen O’Neill while Christina Norman, CEO of the nascent OWN channel, simply stopped, relaxed and took a breath. “It’s been 27 days and I am still standing,” she said with a laugh. “I’m feeling pretty good about that.”