AOL Time Warner's Jamie Kellner is going home to the WB, but only until next summer. Last week's announcement that Philip Kent, a former president of CNN News Group, will replace Kellner at Turner Broadcasting System, left observers wondering who would be tapped to take over the WB when Kellner leaves in 2004. One former AOL TW executive floated Patricia Fili-Krushel-the relatively out-of-public-view AOL TW exec VP-administration. "She has an impressive resume," said the exec. Ms. Fili-Krushel was president of ABC Television Network, CEO of WebMD Health and a VP at Lifetime Television. According to AOL TW executives, no decision has been made for a WB successor, but two other contenders are Jed Petrick, WB's president-chief operating officer, and Jordan Levin, WB's president-entertainment, say those close to the company.
HAS SI NEWHOUSE COOLED on Seventeen? Advance Magazine Group, parent to Conde Nast Publications, once put out feelers to Seventeen's owner Primedia. But insiders say the magazine giant is now acting like it won't bid in the auction du jour, citing reasons ranging from the recent launch of Teen Vogue to more mundane business/war concerns. (That Seventeen's single-copy sales fell 24.1% in the last half of `02 couldn't have helped, either.) Primedia and Advance spokespeople had no comment, ditto for a spokesman at Morgan Stanely, which is handling the sale. Bids are due this week.