NBC Wunderkind Silverman Lashes Out On "Moron," "D-Girl" Execs At ABC, Fox In New Esquire Article

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The fire marshal has seen enough. It's only 9:00 P.M., but he's instituted a strict one-in, one-out policy as the annual NBC pre-Emmy party at Spago in Beverly Hills devolves into a chaotic mess. Overbooked by at least four hundred, the crowd spills into traffic on North Canon Drive. Agents and executives jockey to get past the door while network talent like B. J. Novak of The Office and Katrina Bowden from 30 Rock stand respectfully in a line snaking down the block. Inside, Tina Fey -- whose mostly praised, largely unwatched 30 Rock will win the Emmy for best comedy tomorrow night -- is engaged in what the deafening noise level requires one to presume is sharp, observational dialogue. Her costar Alec Baldwin is holding court nearby, though he seems distracted. He's doing this thing with his eyes -- a quick glance across the room, then another, then a casual head turn. It's the I'm-not-looking look, and it's directed at the tall, slim figure fronting a semicircle of women near the dessert bar: Ben Silverman, the recently appointed thirty-seven-year-old head of NBC Entertainment. Baldwin's new boss.

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