So now Michael Ovitz is bringing his “I see into the future” carnival act to the digital crowd who, unbelievable as it sounds, is still impressed with his one-time moniker as “The Most Powerful Man in Hollywood.” You have to wonder if these prospective partners (see invitation below) know that most of Ovitz’s past partners from Hollywood, Broadway, Wall Street, Madison Avenue and sports (to name just a few areas) despise him now. Or that billionaire Ron Burkle is suing Ovitz for refusing to live up to his financial obligations in various Internet ventures. I guess there’s a sucker born every minute where Mike is concerned:

I would like to invite you to a VIP event that is being hosted by Michael Ovitz at his office in Santa Monica. Here’s the deal: I’m helping to create a new network in LA, alongside Dealmaker Media, one of Silicon Valley’s most connected networks. We are focused on linking L.A.’s key industry dealmakers with the venture community and the most promising technology startups in Southern California.

You probably know that L.A. is now 2nd in the nation in technology investment to Silicon Valley. But unlike Silicon Valley, we simply don’t have the community and cohesion that has churned out some of the most prolific technology companies in the world.

We’ve got all the elements of becoming a regional powerhouse: capital, talent, innovation, and commitment:  the only thing we’re missing is a strong insider network that spawns deal flow.

Put January 23rd, 2008, on your calendar and RSVP below to kick-off Dealmaker Media L.A.,our newest and most exciting technology network. Join our generous host Michael Ovitz along with:
Mike Jones, Userplane/AOL
Peter Pham, Photobucket
Nicole Jordan, Rubicon Project
Debbie Landa, Dealmaker Media
Hale Boggs, Manatt Phelps and Phillips
William Quigley, Clearstone Venture Partners
Mark Suster, GRP Partners
Dana Settle, Greycroft Partners
Tim Chang, Norwest Venture Partners
Jeff Yapp, MTV Networks
Brian Solis, FutureWorks PR

Thank you to our founding sponsors: Clearstone Venture Partners, Manatt Phelps and Phillips, and GRP Partners for making this network possible. And thank you to Michael Ovitz and his restaurant Hamasaku for supplying the space and catering.