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CYNTHIA TURNER’S
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04/03/06

Good Morning. It’s Monday, April 3, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing.

And the big news of the morning may be that Katie Couric will be moving to CBS. According to TV Week, an announcement is expected from NBC this week that Couric has made her decision to become the new anchor of the CBS Evening News.  A word of caution here – there has been nothing official said by Couric, NBC or CBS.  In fact, according to her contract, Couric isn’t even supposed to be talking with CBS until May 1, 30 days before the expiration of her current deal with NBC.  And yet, the broadcast networks really prefer to have all of their T’s crossed and I’s dotted before appearing before the advertising community at the annual mid-May upfront presentations, so if there is something to be said, the likelihood is it will happen in April, and preparations for Couric’s replacement will kick in full gear so everything will be sewn up by the Upfront. 

Tonight’s Premieres:
MTV:  Punk’d at 10p
MTV:  Call to Greatness at 1030p
Showtime:  Penn & Teller: Bullshit at 10p

* MORE GOOD STUFF *
NBC Programming Note: Law & Order will be reinstated on Wednesdays at 10p, and the freshman series Heist after two weeks will move to 9p, which is a little like throwing it to the wolves since its competition will include American Idol results show, Lost and Criminal Minds.

A branding message we all remember, Burger King Corporation’s Have It Your Way, is being integrated into FOX’s unscripted show Unan1mous. During each week’s episode contestants, vying for the $1.5 million cash prize, will talk directly to the camera in the Have It Your Way confessional, a chance to express their strategies and desires to win the money.  Unan1mous will have further extension in the FOX produced Mobisodes, a series of 18 original shorts available via Sprint video phones and sponsored by Burger King. Within FOX.com the Unan1mous website will contain unique content from the show.
 
Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) and Echostar Communications Corp. have renewed their affiliation agreement in a multi-year deal, allowing the carriage of SEG’s premium movie service on Echostar’s DISH Network. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Gloria Monty, executive producer on ABC Daytime’s General Hospital for over a decade, passed away on Thursday in California.  Gloria took over the directing reigns of General Hospital in 1978 when network executives challenged her to turn the show around at a time in its history when it was struggling. With her vision, she helped make it an international sensation and the top-rated daytime drama for nearly a decade.  During her watch, GH earned five nominations for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, winning twice in 1980-81 and in 1983-84. She was single-handedly responsible for changing the face of daytime with her adventurous storylines about younger characters who could reach out to younger viewers, and with the creation of internationally recognized supercouples Luke & Laura, Frisco & Felicia and Robert & Holly. Funeral arrangements are private. Ms. Monty is survived by her sister Norma.

Weekend Box Office Estimates: March 31-April 2, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown (Fox)             $70.5 million – opening weekend
Inside Man (Universal)                  $15.7 million – 2 wk total $52.7m
ATL (Warner Bros)                       $12.5 million – opening weekend
Failure to Launch (Paramount)                   $6.6 million – 4 wk total $73.2m
V for Vendetta (Warner Bros.)                    $6.5 million – 3 wk total $56.8m
Stay Alive (Buena Vista)                        $4.6 million – 2 wk total $17.3m
She’s the Man (DreamWorks)                    $4.6 million – 3 wk total $26.7m
Slither (Universal)                     $3.6 million – opening weekend
The Shaggy Dog (Buena Vista)                  $3.5 million – 4 wk total $53.8m
Larry the Cable Guy (Lionsgate)         $3.2 million – 2 wk total $11.5m
Source: Box Office Mojo

* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *Stepping in where Alicia Witt left off, Jennifer Esposito is now in the lead position for the Fox comedy pilot More, Patience about a New York City psychiatrist, Patience, who could perhaps use a shrink to help her dealing with her own life.  This will be a second position casting for Esposito, who is currently involved with the WB series Related, and should Related get picked up for next season by the CW, then producers of More, Patience will have to re-cast the lead again.

ABC is currently in talks with Sean Astin to take up the lead role in the comedy pilot The Guys about five fathers who meet when their kids all get together for a playdate.

The CW comedy pilot He Said/She Said starring Nick Lachey has added Lindsey Sloane in the She Said role.

* EXECUTIVE MOVES *Edward R. Leon, in addition to being the SVP/Production for Sí TV, will now take on the duties as the Acting Head of Programming and Production. Edward will continue as an investor and chairman of the board for the network, and he will report to Michael Schwimmer, CEO.

The 24/7 live internet TV network ManiaTV! has named television executive Richard Ayoub as VP/Programming. The announcement was made by Drew Massey, Founder and CEO of ManiaTV! Richard will oversee all content for the live network as well as create original programming. He also will be responsible for its worldwide digital strategy while integrating major talent from the Hollywood community.

*RATINGS*Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS was the #1 survivor Thursday night with a 6.5/17 A1849, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. NBC was second with 4.5/12, followed by ABC 2.9/8, FOX 2.4/6, WB 1.7/5, UNIV 1.7/4, UPN 0.8/2 and TELE 0.5/1. CBS started the night by taking the 8p hour with Survivor Panama at 5.9/17, and kept up the winning streak at 9p with CSI delivering a 7.9/20. At 10p, the top spot was a tie between CBS’ Without a Trace and NBC’s ER with 5.6/15 each.
 
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Thursday, March 30, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS     12.6/20 Survivor Panama: Exile Island 9.8/16, CSI 15.8/24, Without a Trace 12.1/20


NBC     6.8/11  Will & Grace 6.5/11, My Name is Earl [r] 5.4/9, My Name is Earl 6.2/10, The Office 5.1/8, ER 8.8/15


ABC     5.1/8   Extreme Makeover Home Edition 5.1/8, American Inventor 5.7/9, Primetime 4.4/7


FOX     3.3/5   That ’70s Show [r] 3.2/5, The Loop 2.6/4, The OC 3.6/6


WB      2.5/4   Smallville 2.8/5, Supernatural 2.2/3


UNIV    1.9/3   Barrera de Amor 1.9/3, Alborada 2.3/4, Aqui y Ahora 1.6/3    


UPN     1.5/2   Everybody Hates Chris [r] 2.0/3, Love, Inc. 1.3/2, Eve [r] 1.3/2, Cuts [r] 1.2/2


TELE    0.7/1   Tierre de Pasiones 0.8/1, Corazon Partido 0.6/1, Decisiones-Casos Extraordinarios 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.6/1


A18-49          CBS 6.5/17, NBC 4.5/12, ABC 2.9/8, FOX 2.4/6, WB 1.7/5, UNIV 1.7/4, UPN 0.8/2, TELE 0.5/1


Friday – A18-49 Analysis:  There was a two-way tie Friday night with CBS and NBC each claiming the top spot at 3.1/10 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC was next with 1.9/6, followed closely by FOX at 1.8/6, then UNIV 1.5/5, UPN 1.4/4, WB 1.0/3 and TELE 0.5/1. NBC took the 8p hour with Deal or No Deal and a 4.1/14. Also at 8p, Survival of the Richest on WB premiered at a 0.9/3 A1849 and did a little better with A1834 at 1.1/4. At 9p, NBC had just enough lady luck with Las Vegas at 2.9/9 to be ahead of CBS’ Close to Home at 2.8/8. CBS then took a firm lead at 10p with Numb3ers finishing with a 3.3/10.
 
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Friday, March 31, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS    7.0/12    Ghost Whisperer 6.6/12, Close to Home 6.9/12, Numb3rs 7.7/14


NBC     6.5/11   Deal or No Deal 8.3/15, Las Vegas 5.9/10, Conviction 5.3/9


ABC     4.4/8    AFV [r] 4.2/8, In Justice 4.0/7, 20/20 5.0/9


FOX      2.7/5    The Bernie Mac Show 2.1/4, The Bernie Mac Show 2.1/4, Trading Spouses 3.4/6


UPN      2.5/4    Friday Night Smackdown 2.5/4


UNIV    1.9/3     Selena Vive! (3 hours) 1.9/3


WB        1.6/3     Survival of the Richest [p] 1.5/3, Reba [r] 1.9/3, Modern Men 1.6/3


 TELE    0.6/1   Tierre de Pasiones 0.6/1, Corazon Partido 0.5/1, Decisiones-Casos Extraordinarios 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.6/1


A18-49:  CBS 3.1/10, NBC 3.1/10, ABC 1.9/6, FOX 1.8/6, UNIV 1.5/5, UPN 1.4/4, WB 1.0/3, TELE 0.5/1


Saturday – A18-49 Analysis:  It was all about the basketball on Saturday, with CBS out in front with a 4.0/13 A18-49, nearly doubling in share #2 Fox with a 2.3/7; and among those Men 25-54 – basketball scored even higher with a 6.0/17.  According to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate ratings, during the first hour of prime CBS averaged a 4.2/14, dipped slightly in share at 9p with a 4.3/13, and at 10p fell to a 3.6/11.  Across the board, the games did better with the male viewers – and among M25-54 it pulled a 6.4/18 from 8-10p and a 5.2/15 at 10p.
 
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Saturday, April 1, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS     7.4/13  NCAA Basketball Championship 7.4/13


NBC     5.2/9   Dateline 5.1/9, Law & Order: SVU [r] 5.8/10, Conviction [r] 4.7/9


FOX     3.8/7   Cops [r] 3.5/6, Cops [r] 3.9/7, America’s Most Wanted 4.0/7


ABC     2.3/4   Movie: The Ring 2.3/4


UNIV    1.3/2   Sabado Gigante 1.3/2


TELE    0.4/1   Cantinfleando [7] 0.5/1, Cinemundo del Sábado 0.4/1


A18-49: CBS 4.0/13, Fox 2.3/7, NBC 2.1/6, ABC 1.2/4, Univ 1.9/3, Tele 0.4/1


 


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1948: President Harry S Truman signed the Marshall Plan, ushering in a major relief effort for European nations left in tatters after World War II

Answer to Friday’s Trivia Question: Doug Wambaugh is an outlandish defense attorney and Henry Bone is the only judge in town.  Where would we find these guys?  ROME WISCONSIN/PICKET FENCES    Kudos to:  Ray Bryant-The Weather Channel/Atlanta; Yalitza Teron-Superstation/NY; Matthew Willence-ITN Networks/NY; Michael Hochman-Philadelphia PA; Pat Baughman-NCC/Dallas; Dan McDonald-Comcast Spotlight/Nashville; Danielle Lamoureux-Kelly Scott & Madison/Chicago; Mary Finn-Blair Television/Chicago; Travis Ballenger-True Media/Columbia MO; Noel Eisenberg-Rock Corps/LA; Robert E G Black-Lemming Drops Studio/Glendale; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M&S Entertainment/LA; Rob Marion-I’m Serous Productions/LA

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Monday, April 3, 2006


ABC             Wife Swap [r], Supernanny, Miracle Workers
CBS             Two and a Half Men [r], Old Christine, NCAA Men’s Championship: UCLA Bruins vs. Florida Gators (9-1130p)
FOX             Prison Break, 24
NBC             Deal or No Deal [2hrs], The Apprentice
i               Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, Doc, It’s a Miracle
UPN             One on One [r], All of Us [r], Girlfriends [r], Half and Half [r]
WB              7th Heaven, Everwood
TELE            Tierra de Pasiones, Corazón Partido, Decisiones – Casos Extraordinarios, Decisiones    
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CYNTHIA TURNER’S
Cynopsis
04/03/06

Good Morning. It’s Monday, April 3, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing.

And the big news of the morning may be that Katie Couric will be moving to CBS. According to TV Week, an announcement is expected from NBC this week that Couric has made her decision to become the new anchor of the CBS Evening News.  A word of caution here – there has been nothing official said by Couric, NBC or CBS.  In fact, according to her contract, Couric isn’t even supposed to be talking with CBS until May 1, 30 days before the expiration of her current deal with NBC.  And yet, the broadcast networks really prefer to have all of their T’s crossed and I’s dotted before appearing before the advertising community at the annual mid-May upfront presentations, so if there is something to be said, the likelihood is it will happen in April, and preparations for Couric’s replacement will kick in full gear so everything will be sewn up by the Upfront. 

Tonight’s Premieres:
MTV:  Punk’d at 10p
MTV:  Call to Greatness at 1030p
Showtime:  Penn & Teller: Bullshit at 10p

* MORE GOOD STUFF *
NBC Programming Note: Law & Order will be reinstated on Wednesdays at 10p, and the freshman series Heist after two weeks will move to 9p, which is a little like throwing it to the wolves since its competition will include American Idol results show, Lost and Criminal Minds.

A branding message we all remember, Burger King Corporation’s Have It Your Way, is being integrated into FOX’s unscripted show Unan1mous. During each week’s episode contestants, vying for the $1.5 million cash prize, will talk directly to the camera in the Have It Your Way confessional, a chance to express their strategies and desires to win the money.  Unan1mous will have further extension in the FOX produced Mobisodes, a series of 18 original shorts available via Sprint video phones and sponsored by Burger King. Within FOX.com the Unan1mous website will contain unique content from the show.
 
Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) and Echostar Communications Corp. have renewed their affiliation agreement in a multi-year deal, allowing the carriage of SEG’s premium movie service on Echostar’s DISH Network. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Gloria Monty, executive producer on ABC Daytime’s General Hospital for over a decade, passed away on Thursday in California.  Gloria took over the directing reigns of General Hospital in 1978 when network executives challenged her to turn the show around at a time in its history when it was struggling. With her vision, she helped make it an international sensation and the top-rated daytime drama for nearly a decade.  During her watch, GH earned five nominations for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, winning twice in 1980-81 and in 1983-84. She was single-handedly responsible for changing the face of daytime with her adventurous storylines about younger characters who could reach out to younger viewers, and with the creation of internationally recognized supercouples Luke & Laura, Frisco & Felicia and Robert & Holly. Funeral arrangements are private. Ms. Monty is survived by her sister Norma.

Weekend Box Office Estimates: March 31-April 2, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown (Fox)             $70.5 million – opening weekend
Inside Man (Universal)                  $15.7 million – 2 wk total $52.7m
ATL (Warner Bros)                       $12.5 million – opening weekend
Failure to Launch (Paramount)                   $6.6 million – 4 wk total $73.2m
V for Vendetta (Warner Bros.)                    $6.5 million – 3 wk total $56.8m
Stay Alive (Buena Vista)                        $4.6 million – 2 wk total $17.3m
She’s the Man (DreamWorks)                    $4.6 million – 3 wk total $26.7m
Slither (Universal)                     $3.6 million – opening weekend
The Shaggy Dog (Buena Vista)                  $3.5 million – 4 wk total $53.8m
Larry the Cable Guy (Lionsgate)         $3.2 million – 2 wk total $11.5m
Source: Box Office Mojo

* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *Stepping in where Alicia Witt left off, Jennifer Esposito is now in the lead position for the Fox comedy pilot More, Patience about a New York City psychiatrist, Patience, who could perhaps use a shrink to help her dealing with her own life.  This will be a second position casting for Esposito, who is currently involved with the WB series Related, and should Related get picked up for next season by the CW, then producers of More, Patience will have to re-cast the lead again.

ABC is currently in talks with Sean Astin to take up the lead role in the comedy pilot The Guys about five fathers who meet when their kids all get together for a playdate.

The CW comedy pilot He Said/She Said starring Nick Lachey has added Lindsey Sloane in the She Said role.

* EXECUTIVE MOVES *Edward R. Leon, in addition to being the SVP/Production for Sí TV, will now take on the duties as the Acting Head of Programming and Production. Edward will continue as an investor and chairman of the board for the network, and he will report to Michael Schwimmer, CEO.

The 24/7 live internet TV network ManiaTV! has named television executive Richard Ayoub as VP/Programming. The announcement was made by Drew Massey, Founder and CEO of ManiaTV! Richard will oversee all content for the live network as well as create original programming. He also will be responsible for its worldwide digital strategy while integrating major talent from the Hollywood community.

*RATINGS*Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS was the #1 survivor Thursday night with a 6.5/17 A1849, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. NBC was second with 4.5/12, followed by ABC 2.9/8, FOX 2.4/6, WB 1.7/5, UNIV 1.7/4, UPN 0.8/2 and TELE 0.5/1. CBS started the night by taking the 8p hour with Survivor Panama at 5.9/17, and kept up the winning streak at 9p with CSI delivering a 7.9/20. At 10p, the top spot was a tie between CBS’ Without a Trace and NBC’s ER with 5.6/15 each.
 
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Thursday, March 30, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS     12.6/20 Survivor Panama: Exile Island 9.8/16, CSI 15.8/24, Without a Trace 12.1/20


NBC     6.8/11  Will & Grace 6.5/11, My Name is Earl [r] 5.4/9, My Name is Earl 6.2/10, The Office 5.1/8, ER 8.8/15


ABC     5.1/8   Extreme Makeover Home Edition 5.1/8, American Inventor 5.7/9, Primetime 4.4/7


FOX     3.3/5   That ’70s Show [r] 3.2/5, The Loop 2.6/4, The OC 3.6/6


WB      2.5/4   Smallville 2.8/5, Supernatural 2.2/3


UNIV    1.9/3   Barrera de Amor 1.9/3, Alborada 2.3/4, Aqui y Ahora 1.6/3    


UPN     1.5/2   Everybody Hates Chris [r] 2.0/3, Love, Inc. 1.3/2, Eve [r] 1.3/2, Cuts [r] 1.2/2


TELE    0.7/1   Tierre de Pasiones 0.8/1, Corazon Partido 0.6/1, Decisiones-Casos Extraordinarios 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.6/1


A18-49          CBS 6.5/17, NBC 4.5/12, ABC 2.9/8, FOX 2.4/6, WB 1.7/5, UNIV 1.7/4, UPN 0.8/2, TELE 0.5/1


Friday – A18-49 Analysis:  There was a two-way tie Friday night with CBS and NBC each claiming the top spot at 3.1/10 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC was next with 1.9/6, followed closely by FOX at 1.8/6, then UNIV 1.5/5, UPN 1.4/4, WB 1.0/3 and TELE 0.5/1. NBC took the 8p hour with Deal or No Deal and a 4.1/14. Also at 8p, Survival of the Richest on WB premiered at a 0.9/3 A1849 and did a little better with A1834 at 1.1/4. At 9p, NBC had just enough lady luck with Las Vegas at 2.9/9 to be ahead of CBS’ Close to Home at 2.8/8. CBS then took a firm lead at 10p with Numb3ers finishing with a 3.3/10.
 
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Friday, March 31, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS    7.0/12    Ghost Whisperer 6.6/12, Close to Home 6.9/12, Numb3rs 7.7/14


NBC     6.5/11   Deal or No Deal 8.3/15, Las Vegas 5.9/10, Conviction 5.3/9


ABC     4.4/8    AFV [r] 4.2/8, In Justice 4.0/7, 20/20 5.0/9


FOX      2.7/5    The Bernie Mac Show 2.1/4, The Bernie Mac Show 2.1/4, Trading Spouses 3.4/6


UPN      2.5/4    Friday Night Smackdown 2.5/4


UNIV    1.9/3     Selena Vive! (3 hours) 1.9/3


WB        1.6/3     Survival of the Richest [p] 1.5/3, Reba [r] 1.9/3, Modern Men 1.6/3


 TELE    0.6/1   Tierre de Pasiones 0.6/1, Corazon Partido 0.5/1, Decisiones-Casos Extraordinarios 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.6/1


A18-49:  CBS 3.1/10, NBC 3.1/10, ABC 1.9/6, FOX 1.8/6, UNIV 1.5/5, UPN 1.4/4, WB 1.0/3, TELE 0.5/1


Saturday – A18-49 Analysis:  It was all about the basketball on Saturday, with CBS out in front with a 4.0/13 A18-49, nearly doubling in share #2 Fox with a 2.3/7; and among those Men 25-54 – basketball scored even higher with a 6.0/17.  According to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate ratings, during the first hour of prime CBS averaged a 4.2/14, dipped slightly in share at 9p with a 4.3/13, and at 10p fell to a 3.6/11.  Across the board, the games did better with the male viewers – and among M25-54 it pulled a 6.4/18 from 8-10p and a 5.2/15 at 10p.
 
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Saturday, April 1, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS     7.4/13  NCAA Basketball Championship 7.4/13


NBC     5.2/9   Dateline 5.1/9, Law & Order: SVU [r] 5.8/10, Conviction [r] 4.7/9


FOX     3.8/7   Cops [r] 3.5/6, Cops [r] 3.9/7, America’s Most Wanted 4.0/7


ABC     2.3/4   Movie: The Ring 2.3/4


UNIV    1.3/2   Sabado Gigante 1.3/2


TELE    0.4/1   Cantinfleando [7] 0.5/1, Cinemundo del Sábado 0.4/1


A18-49: CBS 4.0/13, Fox 2.3/7, NBC 2.1/6, ABC 1.2/4, Univ 1.9/3, Tele 0.4/1


 


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JOB OPENING: VP Prod/Smithsonian Networks/D.C. Newly-created venture Showtime Networks/Smithsonian Institution. Oversee orig/co-prod of non-fiction prog. Strong writing, editorial judgment, creative vision. [email protected] (4/8)

JOB OPENING: RES & DEV HEAD/Smithsonian Networks/D.C. Newly-created venture Showtime Net/Smithsonian Institution. Dev concepts, solicit prog proposals. Self-motivated. Extensive writing skills & TV prog dev. [email protected]   (4/8)

JOB OPENING: EXEC. IN CHARGE PROD. Prod whiz for budgets/schedules/multiple series. MUST have 10+yrs exp. as EIC in cable/synd. Incredible Opportunity. No calls. Resumes (attach & paste): [email protected]  (4/8)

JOB OPENING: DIR EMERGING PLATFORMS: Builds rev streams for digital media space, integrates Kids TV content w/in new media platforms. 5 yrs ad/promo agency exp developing prgrms targeting kids. Resume: [email protected]  (4/8)

JOB OPENING: SR ANALYST/CA area: Processes ratings via Galaxy Expl, Navigator, NPower, MrktBreaks, Wrap Overnights, Excel, and PwrPt. 2 yrs synd/brdcast/cable exp; TV, Nielsen, media math req. Send resume: [email protected] (4/8)

JOB OPENING: AFFILIATE MKTG: Experienced in premium and/or PPV/VOD. 3+ years cable network or system marketing/field work and BA required. Email cover letter and resume to [email protected] at HorseTV Channel in the LA area (4/8)

JOB OPENING: EXEC ASSIST/NICKJR/NY: Assist Exec Prod of animated pre-school series. Manage daily sched, phone, meetings, travel. General admin office support. Bi-lingual Spanish pref’d. Fax res to Marc, 212-654-4735. (4/8)

JOB OPENING: PR Mgr/Rainbow Media/NYC: Degree req’d in Mktg, PR or Comm. Min 1yr cable industry experience w/relevant PR exp.  Knowledge of entertainment industry and key members of the press. 16038, [email protected] .    (4/8)

JOB OPENING: AD SALES ASST/Fuse Network/NY:BA preferred. Exp in cable TV ad sales/MS Office a+. Detail oriented, ability to multitask, strong interpersonal/communication skills. resumes to [email protected] (4/6) 

JOB OPENING: DIR MRKTNG/NickToons/NYC: Drct mgmt & dev mktg plns/advrtsng 4 Ntwrk, exlnt prsnt/commu/cr8tv skls, strng brnd grwth emrgn + all media pltfrms 7 yrs cnsmr mktg + pasn 4 toons. EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (4/6) 

JOB OPENING: Sr. Dr/VP MRKTNG, BRND COMMUNIC/The N/Noggin/NYC: Dvlp mktg plns, bdgt, strtgy 4 Ntwks, strng brnd evnglist, psn 4 mktg, 7 yrs mktg exp, smrt/cr8tve, media plng/buying knwldg. EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (4/6)

JOB OPENING: TRAFFIC MGR/Weather Channel/Atlanta: Responsible for overseeing Traffic Dept, mngmnt of the processes, systems & prod of daily logs. 6 to 8 yrs broadcast/ traffic business exp. Resume to: [email protected]  (4/6)  

JOB OPENING: COPYWRITER/NBC Universal/NYC: create scripts for Sci Fi Channel on-air promos & shoot spots, plus corp comm. 5-7 yrs exp. Heavy print, OOH, online & collateral. Submit: www.nbcjobs.com job# 512771 (4/6)

JOB OPENING: AD SALES MARKETING MANAGER/Current TV/SF:  2+ yrs. exp with cable/broadcast sales. Liason between sales, prgmng & mrktg, maintain & devel client relations & sponsorship pkgs. See  www.current.tv. Email [email protected] . EOE (4/6)

JOB OPENING:  POST-PROD MGR/Voom/NY: Schedule wizard to service multiple channels. Must KNOW post-prod process & work w/deadlines. Learn channel priorities to negotiate sched of staff & edit rooms.  [email protected] (4/5)

JOB OPENING:  SVP, MKTG & PROMO/OLN, Stamford, CT/NYC. 10+ yrs exp in brand mrktg and promo for broadcast/cable net + prior sports exp req’d. More info:www.olntv.com   Resume/salary:[email protected] (4/5) 

JOB OPENING:  CABLE SALES MARKETING (USA), NBC Universal, NY: Market & increase sales for USA. Exp in sales, mktg, or media agency preferred.  Apply at www.gecareers.com jobs # 510408  (4/5)    

JOB OPENING: DIR, PROMOS DEV/TBS/Chicago: Work w/ Ad Sales teams to create on-brand opps. Exp in media, pres skills; creative.Pref’d exp brand mgmt, partnership mrkting. Apply www.turnerjobs.com , Req# 57203. EOE (4/4)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL MEDIA MARKETING, NBC Universal, NY. Director & Analyst roles open. Exp in digital, sales, media agency preferred. Apply at www.gecareers.com jobs # 490564 & 511008 (4/4)

JOB OPENING: MEDIA SALES PLAN’R/RAINBOW AD SALES/NY: 2yrs+ exp. nat’l cable or b’cast sales.Grasp of nat’l adv. res. w/Nielsen & MRI data. Strong written/oral/ comm.skills.Prof. in Excel/PP. job #16737 [email protected]   (4/4)

JOB OPENING: VP, ONL/MAGAZ PROMOS MKTG/NICK/NY: Develop promos prgms, sales evnts 4 Nick brnds onl/mag, strng interpersonal, psn 4 mktg, 10yrs ad sales mktg, ent ind, 7yrs mag/publ, onl exp. EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (4/4)

JOB OPENING: PROD COORD/Word World/NY: Animation series in a fast-paced environment requiring a highly organized individual. Must have strong PC skills & previous animation exp a Plus. Contact: [email protected]  (4/4)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH DIRECTOR/Superstation WGN/NY: 5+ Yrs Cable Research. Creative/strategic thinker with analytical skills. Expertise with N-Power & other Nielsen products, plus Excel & Ppt. Resume/Salary: [email protected] (4/4)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/The Hotel Networks/NYC: Detailed-oriented, organized, multi-tasker, exc comm & math skills. Prof w/excel. Send res. to [email protected] (4/4)

JOB OPENING: SR ANALYST/TNT Research/ATL: 3+ yrs marketing research; Proficient in quantitative analysis, TV research data, media math; knowledge of media research software & reporting systems.  Visit www.turnerjobs.com (4/4)

JOB OPENING: MULTI-CULTURAL MEDIA PLANNER/TBS/ATL: Develop, implement media plans & marketing initiatives; 4+ yrs agency or in-house media exp; 2-3 yrs exp w/ multi-cult media; specialty in Hisp. media; Visit www.turnerjobs.com (4/4)

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. They are posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected] .

SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: BURBANK based TV production co. has two (2) RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN positions for students w/ desire to learn show development & participate in the pitch process. Please e-mail your resume to [email protected]  (4/6)

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED —

SITUATION WANTED: MEDIA RESEARCH ANALYST/Nielsen Media analytics experience, marketing MBA, prefer major NYC or LA network. Team player, provides strategic planning, analysis expertise, consulting to producer. [email protected] (4/8)

SITUATION WANTED: PERSONAL ASST/NY: Production type (6yrs) seeking to asst/apprentice top film/tv exec. Dedicated-dynamic-team player. Have PA’d on blockbusters + Produced smaller fare. Looking for next challenge. [email protected] (4/5)

SITUATION WANTED: SEASONED PrEditor/LA: 5 years major-market experience.  Impeccable references and reel available upon request. [email protected] (4/5)

SITUATION WANTED: PR/Media Relations Freelancer  Experienced cable PR pro seeks writing, editing, and media relations work with programmers and/or operators. Strong industry and consumer media contacts. Email [email protected]  (4/4)

SITUATION WANTED:     FREELANCE DRTV MEDIA BUYER  8 yrs exp (6 yrs buying, 2 yrs selling) Exp with national cable/syndication/spot and Canadian markets. Results Driven. Consult/Project/Position [email protected] (4/4)

SITUATION WANTED:  DYNAMIC PR Star LA/NY Short or long-term. Bi-coastal, make-it-happen publicist. Top media contacts, results. Adaptive & strategic pro. Entertainment, lifestyle brands, events.8+yrs exp. Lets chat. [email protected]  (4/4)

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Monday, April 3, 2006


ABC             Wife Swap [r], Supernanny, Miracle Workers
CBS             Two and a Half Men [r], Old Christine, NCAA Men’s Championship: UCLA Bruins vs. Florida Gators (9-1130p)
FOX             Prison Break, 24
NBC             Deal or No Deal [2hrs], The Apprentice
i               Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, Doc, It’s a Miracle
UPN             One on One [r], All of Us [r], Girlfriends [r], Half and Half [r]
WB              7th Heaven, Everwood
TELE            Tierra de Pasiones, Corazón Partido, Decisiones – Casos Extraordinarios, Decisiones    
UNIV            Contra Viento y Marea, Alborada, Cristina

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