Monday, July 11th, 2005



Good morning.  It’s Monday, July 11, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.

After almost two years of slings and arrows, it appears former Disney executives/members of the Board of Directors Roy Disney and Stanley Gold and The Disney Company have reached a mutually satisfactory resolution.  In a joint announcement released on Friday, The Disney Company, Roy Disney and Stanley Gold stated that both sides, “… have agreed to put aside the differences that have characterized their relationship over the past several years.”  Furthermore the statement outlined the terms of the peace deal including that Roy Disney and Gold “… have agreed not to run a rival slate of directors or submit shareholder resolutions for the next five years.  Messrs. Disney and Gold have also agreed to dismiss all their pending lawsuits against the Company.”  Additionally, “The Company also reaffirmed its commitment to the rotation of committee members and chairpersons on its Board committees as currently required by the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines.”  Roy Disney has in turn been named Director Emeritus and consultant.  And finally, both Roy Disney and Gold gave Robert Iger their vote of confidence, while simultaneously acknowledging Michael Eisner’s contributions to the company during his 21-yrs at the company.  Next up for the Disney Company executives, a scheduled scheduled live webcast of the company’s 3Q 2005 financial results on Tuesday, August 9, at 4p. (

Tonight’s Premieres:
CBS:  Rock Star: INXS at 9p


For WB affiliates, ER will join the WB Weekday afternoon block at 3p (a Warner Bros. TV Domestic Dist product), while 8 Simple Rules (acquired from Buena Vista Television) will air two back to back eps from 4-5, beginning in in January 2005, according to Broadcasting & Cable.  ER is scheduled to run within the block from January to September only.  8 Simple Rules may well also come off in September, depending on its performance, as WB has Reba  (from 20th Television) waiting in the wings for the 4-5p hour.

SoapNet has picked up the off-net rights to the limited series Pasadena (distributed by Sony Pictures Televi9sion), running for just a few short weeks on the Fox network back in 2001.  Of the 13 eps available, nine have never been seen.  SoapNet paid in the $150k/episode neighborhood for the primetime soap, which stars Dana Delany and Alison Lohman.

ABC Family will premiere its newest reality series Kicked Out on August 25 at 10p.  In this show, parents decides one of children really needs to get their own life and move on … and out.  The target sponge kid, has 10 days to get their lives together, get a job, and furnish a new apartment.

Belo has acquired WUPL/New Orleans from Viacom Television Stations Group for a reported $14.5 million, subject of course to FCC approval.  Belo already owns another station in the market – the CBS affiliate WWL. 

Weekend Box Office Estimates: July 8-10, 2005
Fantastic Four (Fox)                                   $56.0 million – opening weekend
War of the Worlds (Paramount)                  $31.3 million – 2 wk total $165.8m
Batman Begins (Warner Bros.)                  $10.2 million – 4 wk total $172.1m
Dark Water (Buena Vista)                          $10.1 million – opening weekend
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Fox)                            $7.9 million – 5 wk total $158.6m
Herbie: Fully Loaded (Buena Vista)            $6.3 million – 3 wk total $48.5m
Bewitched (Sony)                                       $5.5 million – 3 wk total $50.8m
Madagascar (DreamWorks)                       $4.3 million – 7 wk total $179.6m
Rebound (Fox)                                            $2.9 million – 2 wk total $11.4m
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge/Sith (Fox)   $2.6 million – 8 wk total $370.8m
Source: Box Office Mojo


National Geographic Channel is currently in production with a four hour miniseries/documentary called Inside 9/11, scheduled to air over two nights – Sunday, August 21, and Monday, August 22, at 9p.  The program will follow the timeline of the attacks, deconstructing events of the date, and tracking the movements of the four terrorist teams. Information for this miniseries draws from declassified documents from the 9/11 Commission Investigation, as well as 60+ interviews with experts, whistle blowers, investigators and survivors, and eyewitness materials including footage culled from a rarely seen 400-hour archive; and audio recordings from on board the doomed planes and inside air traffic control.


  • Killer Instinct (fka Deviant Behavior) (Regency TV/20th):  Kristin Lehman has been cast as the female lead opposite Johnny Messner, as a female detective investigating bizarre crimes.  Lehman replaces Marguerite Moreau whose character will be quickly moved aside after the pilot episode.

Development Deals:

  • Sony Pictures Television has signed 2 year deals with Frank von Zernack and Robert M. Sertner (Zernack/Sertner Films formed in 1987), to create and develop long form movies for television.  Various titles to their name include Locusts (2005), Spring Break Shark Attack (2005), Reversible Errors (2004) and The Elizabeth Smart Story (2003) among numerous others.
  • Paramount Network Television has signed Tucker Cawley to a 2 year/7 figure development deal to create comedies for the studio.  Cawley was a writer/producer for Everybody Loves Raymond.
  • 20th Fox Television has signed Chris Kattan to a talent and production deal, to develop, produce and star in a pilot, according to Variety.


CBS has upped Nancy Daniels to VP/Alternative Series Development.  She will report to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. Nancy had been Director, Alternative Series Development since she joined CBS in December 2003 after  three seasons working with executive producers Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner on “Big Brother.”
NBC has upped three in Entertainment Publicity: Wendy Luckenbill to VP/Daytime, Alternative and Specials, Jamie French to Director/Primetime Series, and Jeanette Eliot to Director/Events and Operations. The announcement was made by Rebecca Marks, EVP/NBC Universal Television Group Publicity.  Wendy is responsible for overseeing NBC’s publicity efforts for daytime as well as for unscripted reality programs and West Coast-based specials. Jamie is responsible for continuing to manage the PR for Will & Grace, as well as a handful of new upcoming series. Jeannette continues to oversee the many publicity-oriented events as well as managing the Entertainment Publicity department’s operations, accounts payable and the production and distribution of all promotional items. 


Thursday–A18-49 Analysis:   CBS won the night on Thursday with its debut of Big Brother, paired with repeats of CSI and Without a Trace.  CBS pulled an overall 3.9/12 A18-49 for the night, according to final numbers from Nielsen Media Research.  UPN was #2 with a 2.1/6, followed by NBC 1.9/6, ABC 1.7/5,  Fox 1.6/5, WB .9/3.  At 8p, the premiere of Big Brother 6 delivered a time period winning 3.4/11.  CBS’ CSI and Without a Trace also won their respective time periods with 4.8/14 and 3.4/10.  Primetime Live on ABC at 10p delivered a 2.0/6.

FINAL HOUSEHOLD RATINGS: Thursday July 7, 2005, for all Networks – program averages.  Source: Nielsen Media Research. 

CBS     7.9/14  Big Brother 6 [p] 5.5/10, CSI [r] 9.7/16, Without A Trace [r] 8.3/14

ABC     3.7/6   ABC Thursday Movie: Big Fat Liar 3.3/6,  Prime Time Live 4.4/8

NBC     3.5/6   Joey [r] 3.5/6, Joey [r] 3.3/6, Will & Grace [r] 3.7/6,  Will & Grace [r] 3.6/6,  ER [r] 3.6/6

UPN     3.2/6   WWE Smackdown 3.2/6

FOX     2.2/4   That 70’s Show [r] 2.5/5, That 70’s show [r] 2.8/5, The O.C. [r] 1.8/3

WB      1.6/3   Blue Collar TV [r] 1.5/3,  Blue Collar TV [r] 1.7/3, Beauty and the Geek [r]  1.6/3

A18-49            CBS 3.9/12, UPN 2.1/6, NBC 1.9/6, ABC 1.7/5,  Fox 1.6/5, WB .9/3

The History Channel
presents This Day in History:
1804-Former Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed longtime political rival Alexander Hamilton in a now famous duel.  Burr had lost a campaign for the governorship of New York earlier that year, a loss he attributed to the slanderous remarks of Federalist and founding father Hamilton.  Hamilton’s son Philip had met a similar fate when he was killed in a duel at the same location in Weehawken, New Jersey, three years earlier. 

Answer to Friday’s trivia question: This celebrity/comedian had a doorbell located on a closet door on his show. This door was used as an entry way for surprise guests, “coming out of the closet”.  On who’s show did this comical stuff appear?  DEAN MARTIN    Kudos to:  Doug Higbee-Time Warner Cable/NY; Dave Ware-WKMG/Orlando; Nereyda Matos-The Guild Group/White Plains; Whitney Smith-MMT/NY;  Joe E. Dale-Me TV/Chicago; Mitt Dawson-TX Digital/Houston; Tom Boyd-WGN TV/Chicago; Mark E Meadors-Benefit Advisors/Little Rock; Judy Schultz-Woodson & Neuroth/Beaverton OR; Kevin Bush-Brandner Communications/Federal Way WA; Alan Perris-Metts Consulting/LA.


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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT:  Monday, July 11, 2005

ABC              The Scholar, Movie:  Meet The Parents
CBS              Raymond [r], Two and a Half Men [r],  Rock Star: INXS [p], CSI: Miami [r]
FOX              Hell’s Kitchen [2hr]
NBC              Fear Factor [r],  Las Vegas [r], Medium [r]
PAX              Doc, Diagnosis Murder, Early Edition
UPN              One on One [r], All of Us [r], Girlfriends [r], Half and Half [r]
WB               7th Heaven [r] , Summerland
TELE             La Mujer en el Espejo, Los Plateados, Decisiones
UNIV             Apuesta por un Amor, La Madrastra, Cristina

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