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08/23/06

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, August 23, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Comedy Central had its most-watched original telecast of the year on August 20 when it premiered The Comedy Central Roast Of William Shatner. The 10p show drew in 2.1 million A18-49 viewers with a 2.0 A18-49 rating, and 3.6 million Total Viewers. The roast show also earned the biggest single day draw for comedycentral.com’s broadband channel MotherLoad since its launch.

Tonight’s Premiere:
MTV:  Two-A-Days at 1030p

* MORE GOOD STUFF *

 
BBC America has five new series which will be introduced throughout the fall and winter.

  • Saxondale, premieres in The Underground on October 13 at 11p, stars Steve Coogan as the owner of a pest control business who does battle with rodents and people. The seven-episode half hour show is from Baby Cow Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas.
  • Gordon Ramsay’s F Word, premieres October 22 at 9p. The fiery chef shares his love of food with famous guests at his restaurant, F Word, works with aspiring chefs in the kitchen and at the same time tackles hot issues dealing with food and dietary fads during discussions.
  • Fat Friends, premieres November 2 at 10p, is a dramedy that follows the obsession of eight friends who congregate at a weekly weight watchers meeting. The thirteen one-hour episodes are produced by Rollem Productions in association with Tiger Aspect & Yorkshire TV and distributed by Target.
  • The Worst Week of My Life, premieres December 1 at 940p, and brings more mishaps in season two for the newly married couple, Howard and Mel. Seven :30-minute episodes produced and distributed by Hat Trick Entertainment.
  • Hyperdrive, premieres in early 2007. Set in the year 2151, this half-hour, six-episode, sci-fi comedy wants to export all things British to outer space. From BBC Production and distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas.

 
Last weekend, more than 19 million viewers watched the Lifetime‘s original movie, The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale, starring the American Idol winner in her own life story. The August 19 premiere at 9p was the network’s second most-watched movie event in its 22-year history with 6.6 million viewers. The August 20 encore delivered more than 5 million viewers. The 1995 movie Almost Golden, starring Sela Ward as journalist Jessica Savitch, still holds the record for Lifetime’s most-watched movie, as it averaged more than 7 million viewers.
 
Disney-ABC Television Group will offer three video series from ABC News for purchase on the iTunes Music Store. The Day It Happened, recounts the major news events of our time; ABC News Specials, a collection of in-depth reports from ABC News; and Celebrity Flashbacks, 20 years of celebrity profiles, will all be available for the perquisite cost of $1.99 per download.
 
TBS is launching its own versions of broadband destinations based on the network’s tagline: Very Funny. Premiering tonight will be veryfunnyads.com, an online collection of commercials from around the world, in tandem with a new one-hour special, World’s Funniest Commercials. Laugh Lab will contain original content featuring stand-up from top comedians and broadband encores of the TBS series My Boys and 10 Items or Less. Laugh Lab will be available through tbs.com and debut later this fall.

The Africa Channel will make its debut in the Detroit market September 14 on Comcast Digital Cable. The network airs 1,600 plus hours of original and first-run English-language programming about the culture and people of Africa. The channel first premiered to U.S. audiences in Atlanta, New Orleans and Baton Rouge last September.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will announce today its acquisition of a video website called Grouper, featuring videos contributed by users. The price tag is pegged at $65 million for its 8 million monthly users, up from approx one million last March, according to The New York Times.

At the Cynopsis website (www.cynopsis.com) you’ll find a couple of perhaps handy downloads. One is the 2006-07 Fall Primetime Broadcast schedule with premiere dates. The other is the full and complete list of WB, UPN and/or Indy stations who will be switching over to MyNetwork TV or The CW this fall.  The latter is courtesy of the folk at MyNetwork TV and The CW.  Both are Excel spreadsheets.

* PRODUCTION / DEVELOPMENT / CASTING *

USA Network has picked up the series The 4400 for season four. Thirteen one-hour episodes have been ordered, with production set to begin early next year in Vancouver. The show, produced by CBS Paramount Network Television in association with Sky Television, Renegade 83 and American Zoetrope for USA Network, will return on-air in summer 2007.

Fox Reality cable network has ordered 10 episodes of The Academy, an insiders view of the Sheriff Department cadet training in Los Angeles. The show is scheduled to premiere next year. Scott Sternberg and Scott Weinberger will exec produce.

IFC has ordered up six episodes for a new season of Greg the Bunny, and has renewed The Henry Rollins Show for a third season with an order for 20 new eps. Season Two of Greg the Bunny is scheduled to premiere in November, while Henry Rollins will debut in late first qtr 2007.

Actor Josh Dean has been signed to a talent holding deal with Fox, to be cast in a future half hour project.  Dean is the lead in Fox’s midseason series Free Ride.

* EXECUTIVE MOVES *

Oliver Gers has been upped to General Manager/FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide for FremantleMedia Enterprises, the commercial division of FremantleMedia. Based in New York, Oliver will be responsible for developing product and promotional ties to extend the company’s various projects and brands. This will include brand licensing, music publishing, online and interactive, sponsorships and live events. He reports to CEO of FremantleMedia Enterprises, David Ellender.
 
Telepictures President Jim Paratore will leave the company to launch a new full-service television production company, paraMedia inc. which will have exclusive ties with the Warner Bros. Television Group. Jim’s company will be involved with first-run syndicated programming, produced in association with Telepictures Productions. The new company will produce primetime non-scripted reality programs with the new Warner Horizon Television, and will also develop new media content for various digital platforms. In addition, Jim will become an Executive Producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, along with current Executive Producers Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Ellen DeGeneres.

Chris Sheridan has been appointed as Executive Producer of ABC News’ Weekend News Content. He is charged with the editorial content and production of the network’s two weekend evening news broadcasts: World News Saturday and World New Sunday. In addition, he will manage news content for the ABC News’ digital products: ABCNEWS.com and ABC News Now. Chris reports to ABC News SVP, Paul Slavin, and will work closely with Mike Clemente, Executive Producer of ABC News Digital programming.
 
Sam Champion, weatherman for WABC, is expected to join the national morning team at ABC’s Good Morning America to replace Tony Perkins. Sam has been with WABC since 1988.
 
PixFusion LLC has named Marc E. Jaffe as CEO. He will also join the company’s Board of Directors and is charged with growing the company’s business based on his experience in publishing, marketing and licensing.
 
Kim Forman-Brechka and Susan Henry are both promoted to the position of Co-Executive Producer of The Montel Williams Show.
 
CMT has elevated Andy Holeman to VP/Consumer Marketing, where he will lead the marketing initiatives and promotional programs for the network. Based in Nashville, Andy reports to James Hitchcock, SVP/Creative and Marketing. Additionally, the network has promoted Amanda Phillips to Director/Consumer Marketing. She will manage all consumer targeted marketing efforts and also work with the CMT Radio Network. She will continue to report to Andy Holeman.
 
A slew of appointments from NBC and NBC Universal:
NBC Universal
has hired Dan Berkowitz as Manager/iTV Product Development and Alexandra Morrison as Producer/iTV Product Development. Both will report to Jon Dakss, Director/iTV Product Development. Dan will be involved with product development in the areas of entertainment, sports and news, while Alexandra will work on interactive television efforts such as a one-screen iTV application for Last Comic Standing and interactive text messaging promotions for Bravo and USA Network programming.
 
NBC has realigned its specials programming department and has assigned Craig Plestis, SVP/Alternative Programming, Development and Specials to manage the West Coast projects; and Doug Vaughan, VP/Special Programs, News and Entertainment will manage the East Coast-based specials. Futhermore, Libby Hansen has been made the VP/Alternative Series & Specials for NBC and USA Network; and Marina Manela is the new Director/Alternative Series & Specials at NBC and USA Network.
 
Vivi Zigler has moved into the new position of EVP/NBC Digital Entertainment & New Media for NBC. She will manage the NBC.com digital team with the goal of enhancing content for NBC’s primetime, late night and daytime programs toward the online user. Erin Gough Wehrenberg, SVP/Current Programs will oversee NBC’s Current Programming Department and expand the network’s promotional, casting and story opportunities.

Natalie Taylor has been named Manager/Affiliate Ad Sales for The Weather Channel and Weatherscan, the all-local, 24-hour service of The Weather Channel.   Since 2002, Taylor had been vice president of business development, for All Around Media, based in Atlanta, GA.  

* RATINGS *

 
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of 8/14-8/20/06
Primetime     (000)           Total Pgm Day              (000)
USA               1272            TNT                          630
LIF                 1020            USA                         602
ESPN               968             NAN*                       540
TNT                 898             TBSC                       521
TBSC               880             LIF                          518
FX                   767             NICK                       504     
SPK                 765             ADSM*                    472
AEN                 727             ESPN                       462
SCIF                688             AEN                         394
CMDY               614            CMDY                       382
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 110,200,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)
 
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of 8/14-8/20/06
Primetime     (000)         Total Pgm Day             (000)
USA               2133           NICK                       1723
TNT               1825           TNT                         1174
LIF                1721           TOON                       1081
ESPN             1611           NAN*                       1038
TOON            1264           USA                          984
FOXN             1185          ADSM*                      881
TBSC             1180          LIF                            867
AEN               1062          FOXN                        773
SCIF              1006          TBSC                        730
SPK                 999          ESPN                        721
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 110,200,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks
broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)
 
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 8/14-8/20/06
LIF          Fantasia Barrino Story                        3150
TNT         Nextel Cup/Michigan                          2978
USA         WWE Entertainment – 10p                  2812
ESPN        Raiders/Vikings                                 2681
LIF           Fantasia Barrino Story                       2523
USA          WWE Entertainment – 9p                   2374
TNT          The Closer                                      2210
CMDY        Comedy Central Roast                       2129
USA           Psych                                            2095
BRAV        Project Runway                                2014
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television
Universe of 110,200,000 homes
 
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 8/14-8/20/06
FOX    Hell’s Kitchen                                     5,810                   
FOX    So You Think You Can Dance – Wed       5,540
FOX    House                                               4,760
FOX    Hell’s Kitchen – Mon 8p                        4,580                                 
NBC    America’s Got Talent – Thurs                 4,580
CBS    CSI                                                   4,470
NBC    America’s Got Talent                            4,350
CBS    Big Brother 7 – Tues                            4,000
FOX    So You Think You Can Dance – Wed 8p   3,930
ABC    Primetime                                           3,810
CBS    Rockstar: Supernova – Tues                  3,830
CBS    Big Brother 7 – Sun                              3,810
CBS    CSI: Miami                                          3,820
Source Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Monday – A18-49 Analysis:  FOX, with double premieres, won Monday night with a 3.3/10 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS was second overall at 2.7/8, and then came ABC 2.3/7, NBC 1.8/5, UNIV 1.8/5, UPN 0.7/2, WB 0.7/2 and TELE 0.4/1. FOX was the clear winner at 8p with the premiere of Prison Break capturing a 3.7/12. Then at 9p, FOX came out on top again with the premiere of Vanished with a 3.0/8. To end the night, CBS led at 10p with an encore of CSI: Miami at 3.3/9.

Live + Same Day Ratings: Monday, August 21, 2006 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS      6.1/10      Two and a Half Men [r] 5.2/9, How I Met Your Mother [r] 4.8/8, Two and a Half Men [r] 6.2/10, Old Christine [r] 5.3/8, CSI: Miami [r] 7.5/13


FOX      5.7/9      Prison Break [p] 5.8/10, Vanished [p] 5.7/9


ABC      4.1/7      Wife Swap [r] 4.2/7, Wife Swap [r] 4.6/7, Supernanny [r] 3.5/6


NBC      3.2/5     Treasure Hunters [r] 2.9/5, Treasure Hunters – Finale 3.6/6, Medium [r] 3.1/5


UNIV     2.1/3      La Fea Más Bella 2.1/3, Barrera de Amor 1.9/3, Cristina 2.4/4


WB       1.2/2      7th Heaven [r] 1.3/2, 7th Heaven [r] 1.2/2


UPN      1.1/2      One on One [r] 1.1/2, All of Us [r] 1.1/2, Girlfriends [r] 1.2/2, Half and Half [r] 1.1/2


TELE    0.6/1   Tierra de Pasiones 0.6/1, Amores De Mercado 0.6/1, Decisiones 0.5/1


A18-49: FOX 3.3/10, CBS 2.7/8, ABC 2.3/7, NBC 1.8/5, UNIV 1.8/5, UPN 0.7/2, WB 0.7/2, TELE 0.4/1



The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1927-Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian workmen with radical political views, are executed for the murder of two payroll guards in Massachusetts.  The two were convicted, sentenced, and executed despite the fact that both men had alibis.  Between their 1921 arrests and executions, their case grew into a national controversy.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question courtesy of The Emmys, by Thomas O’Neil: Only three shows have won the Best Series Emmy award four years in a row.  Can you name any of them? THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (1963-66) HILL STREET BLUES (1981-1984)  FRASIER (1994-97)   Kudos to: Brian Joesten-Verizon Communications Inc/NY; Carl Mayer-Active International/Pearl River, NY; Jim Mckairnes-Discovery Communications; Jerry Gibbons-Cox Communications/West Warwick, RI; Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas; Donna James-KDAF-TV/Dallas; Polly Levy-NogginLabs/Chicago; Sally Zikas-Weigel Broadcasting/Chicago; Marty Webb-Davis Elen/LA; Mike Galusha-ROKK Studios/Burbank; Christina Martin-Intersection Productions/LA; Eve Weston-The Megan Mullally Show/LA


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Later  — Cyn
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FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: INTERNSHIPS available at Disney ABC Media Networks for college Juniors and Seniors. Please go www.disneycareers.com for more information. Search for keyword “intern” (8/30)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: RADIO DISNEY NY needs internship applicants in ALL DEPARTMENTS.  If you have
an interest in working with the most recognized name in family entertainment email: danielle.m.dellilo@abc.com or fax 212-615-3268 (8/30)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: AMERICAN LATINO TV/LATINATION, NY: NEED INTERNSHIP APPLICANTS WITH A SERIOUS MINDSET IN TV PRODUCTION. EMAIL TO: Erica@aimtvgroup.com or fax: (212) 255-9232 (8/30)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: INTERNS /Follow Productions:  To assist with new programs as well as with the daily operation of the office. Must receive college credit for this unpaid internship. Send resumes to kdaloisio@followproductions.com (8/30)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: TV/WRITER & MRKTNG ASST/STUDIO CITY BASED:  20 hrs. Creative & computer skills a must.  Send resume & cvr letter superhero@thedangerman.com (8/29)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Internship /Rainbow/NY: Background in environmental issues. Assist in the research/production of a weekly show that focuses on “green issues”.  email to kimperia@cablevision.com (8/29)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: INTERNSHIPS available at Disney ABC Media Networks for college Juniors and Seniors. Please go www.disneycareers.com for more information. Search for keyword “intern”. (8/29)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: OFFICE INTERNS/Life Balance Media, LIME, NY: Looking for energetic students eager to learn about TV/Radio prod.  CV & Resumes subject intern to: jobs@lime.com (8/27)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: LIME/NY seeks a Credit-Only Intern for PROGRAMMING DEPT to assist in wellness TV/Radio cable channel. Duties incl researching potential films & series for the channel. Respond: jobs@lime.com  (8/27)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Digital Marketing Agency/ElectricArtists/NY: has INTERN positions for students wishing to learn & think both creatively & strategically on TV shows, consumer brands, music, etc. Email resume terryg@electricartists.com (8/27)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY:  LITERARY MGR, INTERN: Fall 06 Intern for highly successful book agent in SFV in LA. 12 hrs. wk/flexible. Email Sharlene@MartinLiteraryManagement.com with cover letter and resume. (8/27)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY:  MARKETING/PR & DEVELOPMENT INTERN/VENICE CA:-based film production co: Student with desire to learn and participate in CG-animated feature films. Please e-mail your resume to info@exodusfilmgroup.com (8/27)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: OUTREACH PRODUCTION DEPT/Sesame Workshop/NYC: seeks interns for fall semester. Prefer communications majors w/interest in TV production. 3-5 days/wk. Send resume and cover letter to anna.horton@sesameworskhop.org  (8/25)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: THE DOWD AGENCY(New York, NY) PR firm seeking a motivated and dedicated student to be a part of our team. Opportunity to learn from one of the most connected publicists in the industry. Email carolyn@dowdagency.com  (8/25)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: BURBANK based TV production co. has two (2) RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN positions for students with desire to learn show development and participate in the pitch process. Please e-mail your resume to jobs@jumatv.com (8/23)

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: BURBANK based TV production co. has a TV EVENT PLANNING INTERN position for a student with desire to learn and participate in the planning process for a Celebrity TV event. Please e-mail your resume to jobs@jumatv.com (8/23)

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED

SITUATION WANTED: EXEC. ASST./ OFF. MGR.  20 yrs. Professional maturity, I thrive in an atmosphere committed to creativity, high energy, w/superb cmmu. skls, gt asset to your co. MSERNIE831@AOL.COM (8/30)

SITUATION WANTED:  ART DEPT ASST/NY: Experience in FILM and NETWORK TV, responsible, creative, valid driver’s license, available NOW. Call Emma 414-243-9097 or email emma.lundberg@gmail.com for resume, references (8/30)

SITUATION WANTED: SEASONED DIGITAL MEDIA EXEC with 10+ years interactive experience in Technology, Biz Dev, & Programming with Sony Pictures and Mediazone.com. Contact  Todd.Leeloy@gmail.com (8/30)

SITUATION WANTED: AUDIO ENGINEER/SONGWRITER/COMPOSER: Looking for audio jobs in TV and film.  I’m a Sonar expert and know Reason, Fruity Loops and Sound Forge as well.  Contact for resume, demo reel and audio CD.  fitzisme@hotmail.com (8/26)

SITUATION WANTED: Seasoned HR EXEC seeks NY-based head of HR role in media or entertainment co.For resume contact hrvpnyc@aol.com (8/25)

SITUATION WANTED: AUDIO ENGINEERING STUDENT: Passionate and organized audio engineering student seeks a challenging and fun entertainment position. Contact:  krupasc@yahoo.com

SITUATION WANTED: MARKETING/PR PRO: Outgoing, detail-oriented go getter with 3+ years film/tv experience. Press release writing, pitching, press database building & news clipping. nycproforhire@yahoo.com (8/24)

E-mail Trish Pihonak for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email Trish Pihonak for specs.


WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Wednesday, August 23, 2006


ABC             George Lopez [r], George Lopez [r], Lost[r], Primetime
CBS             Rock Star, Criminal Minds [r], CSI: NY [r]
FOX             Bones [r], Prison Break [r]
NBC             Outrageous TV Moments [r], Outrageous TV Moments [r], Scrubs [r], Scrubs [r], Law & Order [r]
i                       Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Doc, Diagnosis Murder
UPN             America’s Next Top Model [r], All of Us [r], Half & Half [r]
WB              Blue Collar TV [r], Blue Collar TV [r], One Tree Hill [r]
TELE            Tierra de Pasiones, Amores De Mercado, Decisiones
UNIV            La Fea  Mas Bella, Barrera de Amor, Don Francisco Presenta

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