NBC News chief, the more you know

I keep hearing the name Noah Oppeheim coming up in different conversations and articles over the last week or so.

Oppenheim is currently the President of NBC News. He was formally senior vice president in charge of the “Today Show” until Feb. 2017 when he was promoted.

So right off the bat, Oppenheim was in the center of two of NBC’s bigger recent controversies. Matt Lauer and spiking the Ronan Farrow story on Harvey Weinstein, which propelled the whole #MeToo movement in Hollywood.

There were muted calls for Oppenheim to step down after the Matt Lauer sexual harassment story broke, as horrendous stories came to light from women telling of Lauer’s secret button on his desk to lock his office door.

As an aside, this seems like a lucrative business — installing remote control locks in media executive offices. It’s alleged that CBS chief Les Moonves had one as well. It must be boilerplate language in their contracts by now.

So getting back to Oppenheim, I was told to look into a Harvard buddy of his Franklin Leonard. He is the co-founder along with Dino Simone of “The Black List”, an annual publication featuring Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays.

I’ve dropped a few names here and their connections to each other. I believe many of these names will be in the news very shortly as a major expose is slated to be published as early as this week.