Laybourne Hosts Female Cable Execs


Las Vegas -- In what has become a Cable Show tradition, Oxygen held its sixth-annual luncheon for female executives at The Mix at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay here Tuesday.

About 150 female officials -- ranging from Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing CEO Char Bealesto Patty McCaskill, senior vice president of programming for Suddenlink Communications -- were in attendance for Oxygen Media chairman Gerry Laybourne’s female-bonding event.

Oxygen always brings talent to the shindig, and this year was no exception. Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, her actor-husband of one year -- having celebrated their first anniversary Monday -- greeted the guests high above Sin City’s skyline.

Spelling, the mother of a nearborn, was bubbly, and her husband flirted with the audience of female honchos. “I’m available for bonding,” he told the appreciative crowd. Spelling and her spouse are doing a show for Oxygen, Tori & Dean: Inn Love,about them opening up a bed-and-breakfast in Temecula, Calif.

The luncheon was capped off with a performance by Billy Joel’s daughter, singer Alexa Ray Joel.

Laybourne happily told her guests that Oxygen is now in 72 million homes, and she noted that the women’s network “is going back into the Internet in a big way,” with social networking.