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~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
NBC Universal announced it has revamped five worldwide channel brands with each sporting new logos and names. Additionally, the name of NBCU Global Networks unit is now Universal Networks (International). The five repositioned channels brands are:
ABC will move the fourth season premiere of Ugly Betty by one week from October 9 to October 16. ABC has been airing same-week repeats during the 8-10p Friday block and wanted one additional week for sampling purposes. Ugly Betty returns with a two-hour premiere on October 16 and then settles in its regular time period of Fridays at 9p the next week.
TLC is partnering with the wedding media brand The Knot across multiple platforms to offer on-air wedding tips and advice with the goal to promote the network’s Friday night wedding-themed programming and specials happening this fourth quarter. This partnership ties in with TLC’s national media campaign theme “behind every dream is a scene” found on local TV, various print titles, billboard, radio and through online ads. TLC and The Knot’s partnership will also highlight other TLC programs such as Cake Boss and the new Flowers Uncut with Jeff Leatham and Happily Ever Faster. TLC viewers will receive on-air advice directly from TV personality and editor-in-chief of The Knot, Carley Roney on Friday nights and also via TLC.com. More wedding-related information can also be found at TheKnot.com.
VERSUS opened its fifth season coverage of the NHL with 832,781 total viewers watching the double-header of Bruins vs. Capitals and Avalanche vs. Sharks. VERSUS is the exclusive cable television home of the NHL.
Syfy’s two-hour debut of new series Stargate Universe, starring Robert Carlyle, Lou Diamond Phillips and Ming-Na, last Friday at 9p drew in 1.12 million A18-49, 1.32 million A25-54 and 2.35 million total viewers, according to Multichannel News.
PBS launches the 30th anniversary of its home improvement series This Old House on Thursday at 8p followed by the eighth season premiere of Ask This Old House at 830p (check local listings for both shows). This Old House tackles renovations on two period homes in the Boston area during the new season.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: October 2-4, 2009
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~ MIPCOM 2009 ~
Ken DuBow and his new global distribution company Opus Distribution will be bringing to MIPCOM four film projects targeting the international television market:
During MIPCOM, DLT Entertainment announced it will preview to broadcasters the new comedic mockumentary, The Academy based on the fictional Clapham Academy of Creative Arts headlined by Sir Ian McKellen. DLT is co-producing the project with 2act Productions.
Digital Rights Group (DRG), based in London, picked up the global distribution rights to several new titles under the terms of its continued first look deal with UK independent production company Renegade Pictures. These projects will launch at MIPCOM 2009 under the DRG brand C4i:
~ DISTRIBUTION, CLEARANCE & CARRIAGE ~
Latino owned and managed Maya Entertainment, whose goal is increasing the US Latino film-attending audience, made a deal with iN DEMAND Networks, effective immediately. The new arrangement will have Maya Entertainment films now available by VOD to cable subscribers via major cable operators across the US.
~ PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT ~
Producer Chris Lilley and Princess Pictures are beginning pre-production on the new comedy series Angry Boys in Australia this month. The 12-episode 30m series is a co-production of HBO and ABC TV in association with the BBC. Lilley and Princess Pictures are behind the previous comedies Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes.
NBC finalized a competitive bid against ABC and CBS to pick up a spec project from Warner Bros. and J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot about a husband and wife spy team cites THR. NBC gave the drama project a pilot commitment with a major penalty attached. This project reunites Abrams with the spy genre after his successful turn with ABC’s Alias. Furthermore, NBC made a deal involving the crime drama project Midnighters based on Alloy Entertainment’s book series and produced by Warner Bros. TV. Chad Hodge will write the project which is receiving a script commitment. Hodge will executive produce with Alloy’s Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein. Midnighters is about a group of people, all born at midnight who solve crimes during the 25th hour of each day.
Also at NBC, the network cut back its midseason drama series Day One to a four-hour miniseries. Originally, NBC had planned a 13-episode series though after reviewing the production budget, NBC executives decided to run it as a miniseries instead. Day One’s creator Jesse Alexander was involved in the decision and NBC has said it will keep the door open to making Day One a full series particularly if it proves successful. Day One is still scheduled to debut following NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. Day One is produced by Universal Media Studios.
Comedy Central gave a pilot order nod to the 30m project Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down, reports THR. Based on the 2006 independent film from Paul Sapiano, the pilot is a how-to guide for 20-somethings living in the city with a narrator offering tips. Sapiano will executive produce along with John Lynch and Luke Greenfield who will also direct.
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CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Comcast‘s potential purchase of NBC Universal has analysts salivating over what the cable giant could bring to advertisers in terms of reach and addressable set-top-box-based services. The tie-up would give Comcast access to more than 45 million customers across TV, the web and phone services. Gaining more channels would help protect Comcast against the erosion of live viewing, notes AdAge, as well as position it against upcoming revenue sharing shifts that may involve the splitting of DVR rental fees with programmers. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: DQ Entertainment (DQE) unveils plans to produce the new live-action series, Toomai The Story of an Elephant Boy (26×30) for kids 14 and under. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s Toomai of the Elephants, which is part of his The Jungle Book stories, and will be entirely produced by DQE on location in India with a budget of between $11 million – $12.4 million USD. DQE plans to raise funds for the production through pre-sales, some of which are currently in discussion. DQE is showcasing the trailer for the series at Mipcom this week. Set for release in early 2011, Toomai The Story of an Elephant Boy is supported by ABC (Australia) and other broadcasters. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
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~ RATINGS ~
Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: For a second straight week, ABC won the race among A18-49 at 4.8/13, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. At 8p, ABC’s new Flash Forward went toe-to-toe with CBS’ Survivor: Samoa at 3.7/11 apiece while FOX’s Bones was second at 2.7/8. ABC gave the right diagnosis at 9p as Grey’s Anatomy won with a 6.1/16 with CBS’ CSI next at 4.1/11. During 10p, a new season of Private Practice on ABC debuted and was the cure for viewers at 4.6/13 and CBS placed second again with The Mentalist at 3.8/11 and NBC’s The Jay Leno Show was third at 1.5/4.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, October 1, 2009 – time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 9.0/15 Survivor: Samoa 6.9/11, CSI 9.9/16, The Mentalist 10.1/17
ABC: 8.1/13 Flash Forward 6.7/11, Grey’s Anatomy 9.9/16, Private Practice [p] 7.6/13
FOX: 4.7/8 Bones 5.9/10, Fringe 3.6/6
NBC: 3.4/6 SNL Weekend Update 3.3/5, Parks and Recreation 2.9/5, The Office 4.3/7, Community 3.5/5, The Jay Leno Show 3.3/6
UNIV: 2.3/4 En Nombre Del Amor 2.1/3, Manana Para Es Siempre 3.0/5, La Rose de Guadalupe 1.7/3
CW: 1.9/3 Vampire Diaries 2.3/4, Supernatural 1.6/3
ION: 0.5/1 Ghost Whisperer 0.5/1, NCIS [r] 0.4/1, NCIS [r] 0.6/1
TELE: 0.5/1 Mas Sabe El Diablo 0.6/1, Ninos Ricos 0.4/1, Victorinos 0.5/1
A18-49: ABC 4.8/13, CBS 3.9/11, FOX 2.5/7, NBC 2.3/6, UNIV 1.8/5, CW 1.4/4, TELE 0.4/1, ION 0.2/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Hoff Productions promoted Lisa Mao to VP/Development where she will manage the daily operations of the non-fiction production house’s development team in addition to leading the company’s overview positioning strategy. Lisa joined Hoff Productions in 2005 where she has developed 100+ hours of programming content for WEtv, Animal Planet, TLC, Fine Living Network and Discovery Channel.
This day in History: 1947 – U.S. President Harry S Truman held the first televised presidential address from the White House. The subject was the current international food crisis.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: If you’re watching Criminal Minds, what is an “unsub”? (no fair looking this up!) UNIDENTIFIED SUBJECT as noted on an episode in the first season (a suspect could be IDENTIFIED and still UNKNOWN) Kudos to: David Williams/Knoxville; Andrew Pappalardo-mediaedge:cia/NY; Michelle Randall-FLN/Knoxville; Ivan Tafur-Initiative/Atlanta; Cortney Naylor-Cadre Solutions Group/Birmingham; Paul Walker-Broyles & Walker Comm/Dallas; Michele Wilinski-KSHB/Kansas City; John Amato-KTTV/LA; Eve Noga-Global Edmonton/Edmonton; Kate Hammill-Stellick Marketing Comm/Toronto
Today’s Trivia Question: “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” is the tag line to what product? (Email
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