Memo Pad: Columbia Goes 'Off the Record'... Correspondents' Dinner Plans...

For years, Columbia has hosted lectures featuring magazine editors and posted recordings of them online after they’re over. That is, until the last few weeks.

SEATING PLAN: Having the coolest table at the White House Correspondents’ dinner is a losing game, and so far the competition is pretty light. Glamour’s Cindi Leive will play host to Rashida Jones; America Ferrera; Kristina Schake, special assistant to First Lady Michelle Obama, and Rachel Roy. David Remnick will miss Tracy Morgan this year, but Zach Galifianakis will be there to cheer him up at The New Yorker’s table, along with Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and the Coen brothers.

Dining with Time Inc. at Time magazine’s table are Sen. Scott Brown and Steve Buscemi and Terence Winter of “Boardwalk Empire.” They are joined by “Game Change” director Jay Roach and producer Danny Strong, Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper and designer Tara Subkoff. Fortune will host Mira Sorvino and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.

At Tina Brown and Newsweek’s tables, Colin and Alma Powell will rub elbows with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer of “True Blood,” Jason Sudeikis of “Saturday Night Live,” President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, Michael Kors and six-packed congressman Aaron Schock. Diane von Furstenberg will also sit with Newsweek to keep Barry Diller company.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will hold court at The Wall Street Journal’s table with CIA director Leon Panetta, Sen. Max Baucus, Gov. Nikki Haley and congressmen Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy.

The Atlantic and National Journal, in a combined tabling effort, will host Taylor Kitsch of “Friday Night Lights”, Maria Bello and Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev of “The Vampire Diaries.”

CBS will find a chair for Kerry Washington, Daniel Dae Kim, Morgan Fairchild and Hill Harper of “CSI.”

At ABC’s tables, Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger will host White House chief of staff William Daley; National Security adviser Tom Donilon; Cathy Russell, Jill Biden’s chief of staff; White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard; Sen. Marco Rubio; Attorney General Eric Holder; Adm. Mike Mullen; Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Salem Al-Sabah, ambassador from Kuwait; Gary Locke, U.S. ambassador to China, and Amy Rule, Rahm Emanuel’s wife. To lighten up the ABC crowd, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks will join ESPN anchor Erin Andrews, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family” and Jane Lynch of “Glee” at the network’s tables.

After the festivities, celebs will head to after parties held by Vanity Fair and Bloomberg at the French ambassador’s residence or Capitol File’s event at the Ronald Reagan Building. This year, MSNBC’s party will be harder than ever to get into at the Embassy of Italy.


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