Tuesday, June 16th, 2009



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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2009, and this is your first early morning briefing.  And as always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here.  

Tonight’s Premieres:
TNT: Wedding Day at 8p; Hawthorne at 9p; Saving Grace at 10p
A&E Network: The First 48 at 9p
Sundance Channel: The Lazy Environmentalist at 9p
Discovery Health: Deliver Me at 10p

Tonight’s Preview:
CMT: The Singing Bee at 1030p following the live presentation of The 2009 CMT Music Awards

Tonight’s Finale:
Bravo: The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 10p


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FOX announced its fall premiere dates for new and returning series will occur in mid-September starting with:
September 12: Cops at 8p; America’s Most Wanted at 9p
September 16: So You Think You Can Dance at 8p; Glee at 9p
September 17: Bones at 8p; Fringe at 9p
September 18: Brothers at 8p; ‘Til Death at 830p; Dollhouse at 9p
September 21: House at 8p
September 27: The Simpsons at 8p; The Cleveland Show at 830p; Family Guy at 9p; American Dad at 930p
September 28: Lie To Me at 9p
November 7: The Wanda Sykes Show (wt) at 11p

A&E Network officially cancelled its frosh police drama The Beast, starring Patrick Swayze. Bob DeBitetto, Pres/GM of AETN and Bio Channel, in a statement said in part “… after careful deliberation we have reluctantly decided not to attempt a second season. We would like to thank the cast and crew of ‘The Beast’ for their tireless dedication to this project and the entire A&E family continues to wish Patrick and his family the very best.”

Hallmark Channel established a new commercial format called “Fast Break” featuring shorter commercial pods to help eliminate on-air commercial clutter. Each exclusively sponsored Fast Break within a program contains a 10-second bumper reinforcing what the viewer is watching and displaying the sponsor’s logo. a 30-second commercial from the sponsor follows, and then the viewer is returned back to the program. The Fast Break commercial format will be used by Hallmark Channel in half-hour, one-hour and two-hour length programs. Mutual of Omaha signed on to the inaugural sponsor of Fast Break starting June 23 through June 28 in various primetime movies.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. named Mediaedge:cia (MEC) as its media planning and buying agency of record. MEC will handle worldwide media planning and buying for Activision Publishing, Inc. and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc’s North American and European television planning and buying.

Kathleen Gardner-Sullivan, AE at National Cable Communications died last Saturday after a year-and-a-half battle with breast cancer. She was just 36. Kathleen is survived by her husband, John and her mother and three siblings. Kathleen was the daughter of the late John Gardner who was Vice President, Director of Sales for Grant Communications.  Her sister-in-law, Catherine Sullivan is Senior Vice President-News Sales at the ABC Television Network.  At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathleen’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or to The Miami Project Cure for Paralysis at www.themiamiproject.org .


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NBC Universal Global Networks renewed a deal with African-based MultiChoice, continuing carriage of Hallmark Channel, reaching more than 2 million DStv subscribers in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa. NBCU represents Hallmark Channel following its purchase of Sparrowhawk Media in 2007.


Prometheus Entertainment, the production company behind such reality series as E!’s Kendra and Travel Channel’s Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches, is working with Axelist.com on a new television series, reports Variety. The 30m project would focus on Axelist’s specialty of being “America’s Complaint Department” where users can vent about bosses, spouses, service providers, businesses and more. The television concept would show both sides of a conflict, ending with a resolution. Prometheus’ Kevin Burns will executive produce along with Michael Berk and Michele Berk.

VH1 okayed a new unscripted series about people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder from 3 Ball Productions, cites Variety. The “OCD Project” will focus on a group of people who battle severe forms of the disease as they live together in a treatment facility and participate in group and individual therapy sessions. JD Roth of 3 Ball Productions will executive produce with Todd Nelson, Adam Greener and Matt Assmus. VH1’s Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, Alex Demyaneko and Noah Pollack will also executive produce.


CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  In the industry’s latest effort to stave off piracy, British cable operator Virgin Media is teaming with Universal Music to launch an online subscription music service that will offer unlimited DRM-free downloads beginning later this year. The service will launch with a series of new policies designed to thwart file sharers, including a plan to temporarily disconnect “persistent” file sharers. And unlike other subscriptions services such as the one tied to Microsoft’s Zune device, the service will enable customers to store songs on any MP3 compatible device including Apple’s iPod. Virgin says it is currently in talks with other music labels to further fill out its catalogue.    Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY:   A copyright infringement lawsuit has been filed against Bloomsbury Publishing, the UK publishers of J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter books, by the estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs.  The suit alleges that in the book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Rowling “copied substantial parts” of Jacobs’ 1987 book, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land.   Jacobs’ estate is also seeking a court order against Rowling in order to determine whether or not to include her as a defendant in its claim.  Jacobs, who sought literary representation by Christopher Little, who later served as Rowling’s agent for Harry Potter, died “bankrupt and penniless” in 1997.  Bloomsbury Publishing denied all allegations of plagiarism stating to Reuters yesterday afternoon, “This claim is without merit and will be defended vigorously,” and going on to explain, “JK Rowling had never heard of Adrian Jacobs nor seen, read or heard of his book Willy the Wizard until this claim was first made in 2004, almost seven years after the publication of the first book,” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the UK title).  Additionally, Bloomsbury says Rowling wrote the Philosopher’s Stone prior to approaching literary agent Christopher Little.  Full edition: CYN KIDS


Friday – A18-49 Analysis: The winning shot went to NBC Friday night as the network captured the A18-49 demo with 3.2/12, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. NBC’s NHL Stanley Cup Final #7 led all evening with UNIV placing second each hour. At 8p, NBC won with a 2.7/11 followed by UNIV’s Cuidado con el Angel at 1.4/6. During 9p, the NHL game surged to a 3.2/12 while UNIV’s Manana es para Siempre came next with a 1.8/6. Then at 10p, NBC’s NHL Stanley Cup game peaked at 4.0/14 while UNIV’s La Rosa de Guadalupe delivered a 1.4/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, June 12, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD

NBC 4.2/8       NBC NHL Stanley Cup Final #7: Pittsburgh at Detroit 4.3/8

CBS 3.6/7         Ghost Whisperer [r] 3.6/7, Flashpoint [r] 3.7/7, Numb3rs [r] 3.6/7

FOX 2.1/4         Don’t Forget the Lyrics! 2.5/5, Mental [r] 1.7/3

UNIV 1.9/4        Cuidado con el Angel 1.9/4, Manana es para Siempre 2.2/4, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.7/3

MNT 1.8/3         WWE Friday Night Smackdown 1.8/3

ABC 1.6/3         Surviving Suburbia 1.3/3, The Goode Family 0.8/2, Samantha Who? [r] 1.0/2, Samantha Who? [r] 1.2/2, 20/20 2.6/5

CW 0.7/1          Privileged [r] 0.6/1, Everybody Hates Chris [r] 0.6/1, The Game [r] 0.7/1

TELE 0.6/1        Mas Sabe el Diablo 0.4/1, El Rostro de Analia 0.7/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.7/1

ION 0.4/1         Friday 7PM Movie: Sudden Impact 0.3/1, Friday 9PM Movie: Sudden Impact 0.4/1

A18-49:  NBC 3.2/12, UNIV 1.5/5, CBS 1.1/4, FOX 0.9/4, MNT 0.9/3, ABC 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/2, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.1/0


World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. appointed Mike Pavone as EVP/WWE Studios to oversee theatrical releases, direct-to-DVD films, series and reality programming. Mike will report to Vince McMahon, Chairman, WWE.

Howard Burkat left his position at Odyssey Networks after five-and-a-half plus years as Marketing Director. Howard will rejoin Burkat Company based in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, a company he operated for many years with Iris Burkat. There are no plans thus far at Odyssey Networks to replace Howard.

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) named Roger James as SVP/General Counsel for MTVNI and MTVN UK and Ireland. Roger’s role will now include overseeing all of MTVNI’s business and legal affairs as he replaces Sofia Ioannou who was recently appointed Managing Director of MTVN Latin America. Based in London, Roger will jointly report to Pierluigi Gazzolo, COO, MTVNI and Andra Shapiro, EVP/Business Affairs Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family group and MTVN Co-General Counsel. Additionally, Roger will continue to report to David Lynn, EVP/Managing Director, MTV Networks UK and Ireland.

Russell Arons joins Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) as SVP/Worldwide Marketing where she will be in charge of brand marketing, product marketing, product public relations and consumer research for all WBIE franchises and brands. Russell will report to Martin Tremblay, President, WBIE.

Cory Shields takes on responsibility in the newly created position as EVP/Global Policy Strategies and Alliances with NBC Universal. Cory will work to expand and strengthen the company’s IP protection for its content worldwide and continue to build relationships with other IP-related industries, labor unions and other organizations whose goal it is to protect jobs and grow the US economy. Cory will report to Jeff Zucker, President/CEO, NBCU and Rick Cotton, EVP/General Counsel, NBCU.

New York-based The Strand Creative Group promoted Todd Lichten as VP/Program Development and Production up from Director/Development. Todd will manage the company’s new syndicated daytime court show Street Court which debuts this fall as Co-Executive Producer in addition to supervising all series development for the production company.

Frank Sandusky was tapped by Titan Worldwide as VP/GM of its Southern California region based in Los Angeles. Frank will manage all facets of the company’s Orange County Transportation Authority and Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bus business as well as other ship out sales from this area to other Titan markets.

Jonathan Axelrod becomes COO of AECG to supervise the integration of all AECG divisions covering services and content to the film, TV and other media communities. Jonathan will report to Peter Isacksen, AECG Entertainment.

Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE), a unit of Viacom Inc. and a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation, tagged Keith Quinn as SVP/Creative Development and Production. Keith will manage the development and production of original digital content, reporting to Thomas Lesinski, President, PDE.

Anne Corsak was elevated to VP/Sales and Marketing with Global Telemedia, Inc. 


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ABC: According to Jim [r], According to Jim [r], Scrubs [r], Better off Ted [r], Cupid
AZTECA: Los Que Callamos Las Mujeres Edicion Especial, Los 25 Mas, Al Extremo
CBS: NCIS [r], The Mentalist [r], 48 Hours Mystery [r]
CW: 90210 [r], Hitched or Ditched
FOX: House [r], Mental
ION: Boston Legal, Boston Legal, Boston Legal
MNT: Street Patrol [r], Street Patrol [r], Jail [r], Jail [r]
NBC: I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, L&O: CI, L&O: SVU [r]
PBS: Nova, Frontline, Independent Lens
TELE:Mas Sabe el Diablo, El Rostro de Analia, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso
UNIV: Cuidado con el Angel, Manana es para Siempre, Aqui y Ahora

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