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Good Morning, it’s Friday, June 29, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.

Lynn Picard, EVP/GM of Lifetime and President of Lifetime Entertainment Ad Sales, has resigned. According to all reports, the decision was Lynn’s. She had been with Lifetime since 1994.  In a statement, Lynn said, “… There comes a time when you look around and say there’s something you want in your career that you don’t think you can get in your current position and you feel ready for a new challenge.”  Lynn departs just a couple of months after the sudden departure of network head Betty Cohen and the appointment of Andrea Wong as the new Pres/CEO of the network, and just days after finalizing a multi-million dollar upfront deal with Group M.

Tonight’s Finales:
WE tv: Wife, Mom, Bounty Hunter at 9p
Saturday’s Premieres:
MTV: Super Made at 8p
Sunday’s Finales:
FOX: The Loop at 930p
VH1: Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School at 10p


Bravo premieres two new programs in late July:

  • Docu-series Welcome to the Parker on July 26 at 11p following a new episode of Hey Paula at 10p. Welcome to the Parker, a one-hour program produced by snackaholic, chronicles the staff of this posh five-star resort in Palm Springs and the wealthy clientele they serve.
  • Bravo gets into the high-stakes real estate game with the second series Flipping Out featuring Los Angeles real estate speculator Jeff Lewis. The series debuts July 31 at 10p and will introduce viewers to Lewis’ colorful personality and a crew of assistants and employees who, even though they often grumble about Lewis’ attitude, make up his dysfunctional “family”. This series is produced by Authentic Entertainment.

ABC Family will bring back Fallen this summer, the story of an 18-year old half angel/half man who encounters another fallen angel – Lucifer. The Fallen Trilogy Weekend begins with a rebroadcast of the two-hour part one August 3 at 8p, which originally aired on the network in July 2006. Then four all-new episodes representing parts two and three will air August 4 and 5 at 8p. Bad Angels Productions in association with ABC Family produced the series. 

Court TV presents a new true-life series Bounty Girls starting August 9 at 9p. The nine-episode, one-hour series follows the all-female four-member team and their leader Jim who are employed by the Sunshine State Bail Bonds Agency in Miami. The series is produced by Pilgrim Films & Television.

TLC will add another series to its Thursday night TURBO ON TLC block this fall with Street Customs. The six-episode series is set in the automotive shop of West Coast Customs in Corona, CA owned by Ryan Friedlinghaus. Each episode shows Ryan and his crew building customized street rods or transforming luxury vehicles. The series is produced by Pilgrim Films & Television.

You may not have tuned into Larry King on CNN the other night to hear what post-prison Paris Hilton had to say, but 3.2 million viewers did. That beat the 9p Hannity & Colmes who averaged 1.6 million viewers, and The O’Reilly Factor which drew in 2.6 million viewers. This was the most viewed Larry King telecast since September 21, 2005 when he was airing breaking news of the Jet Blue emergency landing in LA and Hurricane Rita updates.  The average Larry King show draws in approx 1.6 million viewers.

Beginning next Monday night in primetime, AmericanLife TV network will have a new line-up of classic TV sitcoms: The Mary Tyler Moore Show at 8p, Newhart at 830p, WKRP in Cincinnati at 9p and The Bob Newhart Show at 930p.


Lifetime Television has greenlit a miniseries project based on The Landry novel series penned by V.C. Andrews. Collaborating on the project will be The Hatchery LLC, an L.A.-based production and marketing company, and producers Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein, who produced Lifetime’s recent telefilm Write & Wrong. Familiar with Lifetime’s movies, Janet Brownell has been hired to write this new script as previously she wrote the Lifetime telefilm Nora Roberts’ Angels Fall. 

Leading the cast of David E. Kelley’s drama pilot for ABC, Life on Mars, is Jason O’Mara, about a detective who gets transported back to the 1970’s.  The project is from 20th TV, David E. Kelley Prods and Kudos Film & Television.  In the female lead is Rachelle Lefevre, as a detective in the 1970’s police department.  Production is scheduled to begin on August 14.


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Former executive, Jason Kilar will be CEO for the new online video site that is a joint effort between News Corp. and NBC Universal. Jason begins his new position July 9 and will report to the Board of Directors which includes Peter Chernin, President/COO, News Corp. and Jeff Zucker, President/CEO, NBC Universal.

FremantleMedia Enterprises upgraded Jamie Lynn to VP/Sales to cover territories in the Middle East, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus in addition to South Africa and Africa. He will seek to strengthen existing relationships with local producers in South Africa and Africa who are currently working on local versions of the Idols format in South Africa and Nigeria in addition to the drama series Interrogation Room in South Africa.

Outdoor advertising company, Titan Worldwide elevated three executives: Chris Pezzello is now VP/GM of the new franchise in Chicago; Michael Palatnek has been upped to GM for the Southern California region; and Vudh “Woody” Nitibhon has been made Art Director based at the company’s national headquarters in New York.

Joseph Maar has become Coordinating Producer of FSN North where he will manage all production facets of live pre-and post-game programming and other original projects.

Crossing coasts, Valerie Feder joins WCBS-TV as Assistant News Director starting July 23. She will supervise daily editorial direction of the CBS 2 newsroom and production of the newscast. Most recently, Valerie was Executive Producer, Writer and Media Consultant at VAF Television Consulting in Los Angeles.

Discovery Communications has appointed new Network CFOs who will work with each network’s President/COO to lead finance teams within each group. All will report to Neal Kirsch, EVP/CFO, U.S. Networks. The new Network CFOs include: Kristen Welch for Discovery Channel and The Science Channel; Ben Teicher for Animal Planet, Discovery Kids Media and Planet Green; and Doug Baker for Discovery Health Media Enterprises and for Digital Media, Emerging Networks and Business Development. Later, a Network CFO will be named for TLC.

Clay Spencer is the new Head/Development with Warner Bros. Television Group’s production company led by Producer David Janollari to whom Clay will report. Clay will develop new drama and comedy series in addition to longform content for both Warner Bros. Television and Warner Horizon Television.

MTV Networks’ Entertainment Group promoted Dario Spina to SVP/Integrated Marketing. His new responsibilities will include supervision and execution of multi-platform integrated marketing efforts for the Group’s linear channels, web site and sales forces. Based in New York, Dario will report to John Cucci, COO, Entertainment Group.

Channel M added Garth Holsinger as SVP/Content Sales based in the company’s Los Angeles office.

ABC News assigned Vinnie Malhotra as Executive Producer/Weekend News Content to supervise the editorial content and production of ABC’s World News Saturday and World News Sunday broadcasts. His duties will extend to the digital products associated with the two weekend newscasts. Vinnie will also be a Senior Producer for the weeknight World News with Charles Gibson. In these capacities, Vinnie will report to Paul Slavin, SVP, ABC News and will work in tandem with Jon Banner, Executive Producer of World News with Charles Gibson.

The Weather Channel has employed Nathan Jones as Manager/Affiliate Ad Sales to manage the daily needs of market affiliate local ad sales groups. He is charged with training, promotions and marketing information for the network’s Weatherscan service and for the network’s other main services.


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  • Franny K. Stein heads to the movies
  • New linear carriage deals for Anime Network

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  • Munich-based Tele Munchen Gruppe in long term TV licensing agreement with MGM Int’l Distrib
  • African American Lives 2 will be produced for PBS airing
  • The Weinstein Company, The Gotham Group, and the Chungcheongnam-do government of South Korea to produce and distribute animated features

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  • Apple orchestrates the build up to “I-day” masterfully
  • relaunches this weekend with new video-centric format
  • veteran Jason Kilar is tapped to head the NBCU/News Corp. JV



WEDNESDAY – A18-49 Analysis:  FOX kept its toe-hold on Wednesday night winning with 3.5/11 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance led the charge during 8p with 3.2/11 and again at 9p with 3.8/11. Leading at 10p was CBS with a repeat of CSI: NY at 2.2/7.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

FOX       5.7/10      So You Think You Can Dance 5.7/10

CBS        4.6/8        The King of Queens [r] 3.5/7, The King of Queens [r] 3.6/6, Criminal Minds [r] 4.7/8, CSI: NY [r] 5.7/10

ABC        3.8/7       The Next Best Thing 4.6/9, American Inventor 4.1/7, Traveler 2.6/5

NBC        3.5/6       Last Comic Standing [r] 2.7/5, Last Comic Standing 3.5/6, Dateline: NBC 4.4/8

UNIV      2.0/4       Primer Impacto Copa America [30m] 1.4/3, Copa America: Mexico vs. Brasil 2.2/4, Primer Impacto Copa America [30m] 2.1/4

CW         0.9/2       Hidden Palms 0.9/2, Hidden Palms 0.8/1

TELE      0.8/1        Marina 0.8/1, Zorro 0.8/1, Esclava Isaura 0.7/1

A18-49: FOX 3.5/11, NBC 2.1/6, ABC 2.0/6, UNIV 1.9/6, CBS 1.8/6, CW 0.5/2, TELE 0.5/2

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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia:  Who am I?  I am half Swedish and half Scottish – my grandfather is Swedish and my grandmother is a tiny little bunny. My mother is a “famous” author and was once on the Jay Leno show.  As a boy I attended boarding school.  I once won a Vanilla Ice look-a-like contest, and I’m very good at plucking eyebrows.  Who am I?     CHANDLER BING, Friends.  Kudos to: Julie Chouinard-Comcast Spotlight/Boston; Kerry Imperiale-Cablevision/Jericho, NY; Karla Beauregard-World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc./Stamford, CT; Dan Castro-Disney & ESPN Media Networks/ Cheshire, CT; Lauren Grady-The Richards Group/Dallas; Matt Fogle-Charter Media/St. Louis; Lisa Marshfield-WTTW/Chicago; RT Harris-OSi/Kansas City; J. Barrow-Fox/LA; Kiersten Gjerstad-New Amsterdam Consulting, Inc./Scottsdale, AZ; Jessie Wan-The Walt Disney Company/LA; Arika Spector-Sky Networks/Hollywood

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JOB OPENING: FLASH WEB DEVELOPER, DIGITAL MEDIA/Sesame Workshop/NY: Development & programming chops req’d – CS3, After Effects, FCP, Flash video & games, etc. [email protected]   (7/7)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT DIRECTOR/Scripps Networks/LA: – Sell-in netwrk distrib quarterly promos to maximize media value. 5-7 yrs exp in affiliate or sales. Strong pres & comm. skills pref’d. [email protected] ref #6147 (7/7)

JOB OPENING: COPYWRITER /The ZUNE brand team is looking for an experienced copywriter to drive the strategy and execution of ZUNE voice, tone, style in all communications. Go to req#183782 (7/7)

JOB OPENING: SR ANALYST Vh1 AD SALES RESEARCH/NYC: 2+ yrs natl rsch exp.Detail-oriented with strong analytical/written/oral comm sk.Expert w/ Nielsen, MRI, Simmons.Prof in MS Office. EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply (7/7)

JOB OPENING: MKTNG ASST/ NBC Universal/USA Ntwrk: Must be self-starter and passionate about Mktng. Will act as admin. Assst and support consumer mktg projects. Long-term temporary position. Resumes to: [email protected] (7/6)

JOB OPENING: MKTG DIR/Legally Blonde/NYC: 2+ yrs promo/mktg w/in media/entertain/theater. Develop mktg/ tix sales initiatives/ viral mktg/ promotions. Graphic skills a plus. email to [email protected] (7/6)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/ Oxygen Media/ NY: Support two AE’s, 3 yrs exp. buying or plan’g. Must be detail oriented & possess excellent communication skills. Email res and cover letter to [email protected], ref job title in subject (7/6)

JOB OPENING: PROGRAM OPS COORDINATOR/Oxygen Media/NYC: Provide tech assistance & coordinating support for Broadcast Ops; digital media & master control aptitude. Email w/ sub line: “Prog Ops ” cover letter & res to [email protected] (7/6)

JOB OPENING: AD SALES ADMINISTRATOR/Weather Channel/NY: providing support of proposal, traffic, and sales systems to Cable Ad sales. Exp with Dealmaker and VCI. Please apply online at ref VSA004. (7/6)

JOB OPENING: COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC OPS ADMN/NY: Must have BA/BS & 2yrs of traffic exp; Resp: Create, manage, and ensure accuracy of commercial spots; execute manual day of air changes. Apply: #558504. (7/4)

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JOB OPENING: INTERACTIVE SALES PLANNER: ABC Digital Media Sales seeks a sales planner with a minimum of 1-2 years experience in researching, planning and executing digital campaigns.. Req ID:99245 (7/4)

JOB OPENING: COORD, PRGMNG OPS/VERSUS/Stamford, CT: Maintain time buy & ad sales inventory tracking system for fast growing sports cable net. 1-2 yrs related exp req’d; traffic or sales asst exp pref’d. Apply at EOE (7/3)

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JOB OPENING: NATIONAL MEDIA BUYER/GM Planworks New York: Manage day parts by ensuring proper allocation of brands, stewarding buys, negotiating scatter. If you are a seasoned Media Buyer apply (6/30)

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Friday, June 29, 2007

ABC:    Kyle XY, George Lopez [r], George Lopez [r], 20/20
CBS:    Ghost Whisperer [r], Close To Home [r], Numbers [r]
CW:     Friday Night Smackdown!
FOX:    Bones [r], Standoff
ION:     Broken Vows [7p], Two Fathers: Justice for the Innocent
MNT:    My Friday Night Movie: Bad Girls from Valley High
NBC:    1 vs. 100 [r], Las Vegas, Law & Order CI [r]
PBS:    Washington Week, Now, Bill Moyer’s Journal, Expose: America’s Investigative Reports, Scientific American Frontiers [r]
TELE:   Marina, Zorro, La Esclava Isaura
UNIV:   Yo Amo a Juan Querendon, Destilando Amor, Casos de la Vida Real Edicion Especial

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