The Hollywood Reporter threw the “Media Prom” last night at The Four Seasons Restaurant to celebrate its current issue, which lists the 35 most powerful people in media. It was a virtual who’s who of the news world in the room with Megyn Kelly, Arianna Huffington, Elizabeth Vargas, Savannah Guthrie, Lara Spencer, Bill O’Reilly, Dan Abrams, Gayle King, Lester Holt, Jeff Zucker, and Maria Bartiromo mingling with Julianne Moore, Anna Wintour, Robbie Myers, Joanna Coles, Dr. Oz, Crystal Renn, Alex Lundqvist, NYC police commissioner Bill Bratton, Brooke Shields, Josh Truesdell, Nico Tortorella, Lindsay Ellingson, Sean Clayton, Wes Gordon, and even Micky Dolenz of The Monkees. “The mix of people is always so much fun,” Janice Min, THR co-president and COO told The Daily. “I was really touched by the number of bold-faced names who came up to Barbara Walters to kiss the ring.”
Hows does THR come up with the list? “We started the franchise five years ago as a nod to the ongoing influence of a handful of media people in New York,” Min explained. “Despite all the new technologies altering the distribution of information, the core agenda-setters in news media are those with the ability to change or start a conversation. Taste and editorial choices are still subjective and human, not algorithmic.” With The Four Seasons Restaurant closing its iconic doors later this year, the talk of the night was the future of the room. “It’s the epicenter of power in New York, the media lunchroom,” Min said. “There is no room more stunning than The Pool Room. It makes for incredible people-watching as a guest as well.” Indeed.