Wednesday, May 22, 2024

No Sign of New Owner James Murdoch at Opening of Tribeca (Formerly Film) Festival) with De Niro, Cuomo


If James Murdoch was at the press conference to launch the new Tribeca (formerly Film) Festival, he didn’t come on stage, that’s for sure.

He wasn’t there.

Robert De Niro was, and so was Governor Andrew Cuomo. I can’t imagine they spend a lot of time chatting with Rupert Murdoch’s son, who now owns the Festival thanks to his majority investment last year.

Cuomo gave heavy glass awards to De Niro, limping after he hurt his leg last month on set, and co-founder Jane Rosenthal.

The latter spoke at length about the early days of the Tribeca Film Festival, when it still took place in Tribeca and promoted downtown New York. Tonight’s premiere is in Washington Heights, one hundred and eighty blocks north. The other big festival screening is at Radio City Music Hall, in mid town.

Neither Rosenthal or Cuomo mentioned Murdoch, even though he’s their owner now. But Murdoch is scheduled to be part of the Tribeca X Talks next Friday, June 18th. He’ll have a chat with Wal Mart chief Doug McMillon “about lessons learned from the global pandemic, movement for racial justice and natural disasters as well as opportunities for recovery.”

Tickets are not available to the public, and I don’t know where they’re doing it. Neither Murdoch nor Wal Mart has anything to do with New York, or Tribeca. But it’s a corporate money thing at the very 1% level. God bless.

On the Tribeca X website, by the way, all the speakers have bios except Murdoch. His says “Coming Soon.” Murdoch was the architect of News Corp’s phone hacking scandal in Britain a few years ago. Now he gives money to good causes and to the Democrats to try and distance himself from his father and the company that gave him the billions to invest in Tribeca. He is Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part 2.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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