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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, June 24, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Beginning this fall, Program Partners will offer a new daytime syndication programming package called Daytime Plus to local television stations, giving them a choice of three original Monday-Friday strip programs: Merv Griffin’s Crosswords, Style by Jury and Inside the Box. Stations will be able to choose one or more of these programs on a station-preferred barter basis (4.5/2.5 barter split). In addition, each series will come with broadband and digital TV products.
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Travel Channel host Samantha Brown introduces viewers to her latest series Passport to Great Weekends on Thursday with two 30m episodes airing at 10p and 1030p. The series will explore the growing trend of people going on long weekend getaways to domestic locales including Washington, D.C. and New York City, and to destinations abroad such as Paris and Tuscany. The series opens on June 26 with Samantha’s weekends in Las Vegas followed by Austin, TX.
Correction: In yesterday’s edition George Carlin’s name was misspelled and we regret this error as he truly was an icon of American culture and humor. Additionally, we wanted you to know what HBO has schedule in honor of Carlin’s comedy legacy – the premium network will air encore presentations of many of his HBO specials. On Wednesday and Thursday this week, HBO2 will air 11 specials back-to-back in primetime starting with George Carlin at USC (1977) at 8p and ending with his latest special It’s Bad for Ya (2008) on Thursday at 1a. It’s Bad for Ya will also re-air on HBO this Friday at 9p.
The date for TV Azteca‘s launch of its new exclusively telenovela channel has been set for July 1. The international pay-TV Azteca Novelas channel will mainly focus on North, South and Central America with additional European broadcasts to be made in the future. The content will be pulled from the Mexican conglomerates 12,000+ hours of telenovela programming.
Crown Media Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel made a multi-year pact with Cox Communications allowing Cox to distribute Hallmark Movie Channel in hi-def. Cox already distributes the standard-def version of Hallmark Movie Channel and the Hallmark Channel.
Comedian Dody Goodman, 93, died Sunday at the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. She had been ill for quite a while and lived in the Actors Fund Home in Englewood since October. Throughout her career she made many appearances on TV including Jack Paar’s late-night talk show and as the mother on the soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She also appeared in popular films such as Grease, Grease 2 and Splash.
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~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
Alfre Woodard will star with Christian Slater in the NBC drama series My Own Worst Enemy from Universal Media Studios. The drama is about Henry, a typical suburban dad who leads a double life as Edward, a spy. Alfre will play Mavis Heller, Edward’s demanding boss who also has an alter ego who interacts with Henry.
Showtime picked up a half-hour comedy script called The Fall of Bob from George Clooney’s production company Smoke House, per Variety. The dark half-hour comedy will be shot in single camera and is about Bob who, as he jumps off a building, narrates his life through flashbacks.
FOX picked up a put pilot based on the Argentinean telenovela Lalola about a flirtatious man who becomes a woman, says Variety. Writer Kevin Falls will write the U.S. adaptation and executive produce this project, which is yet unnamed, from Sony Pictures TV.
Joining the ranks of Fox Sports will be former NY Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who will be part of the FOX NFL in-studio analyst team. An official announcement is expected today.
Casting Call: GSN is looking for contestants to appear on season two of Bingo America. Interested applicants should send their name, address, a short bio, contact information and a recent photo to www.gsn.com/bingocasting . Entries must be received by August 1.
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: After holding back on joining Hulu and largely avoiding syndication of its video content, ABC signed a deal with Veoh Networks to make full episodes of prime time shows available on Veoh.com. Offerings include Desperate Housewives, Lost and Ugly Betty along with originals from ESPN. Users who discover a show on Veoh will actually pull up the Move Networks-powered ABC player to watch the video pre-sold ads, furthering a sort of Trojan Horse strategy centering around control of the delivery platform. (ABC will pay Veoh for the traffic it drives to the site.) Disney is even considering distributing video on Hulu and YouTube in the future, according to The New York Times. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: RC2 Corporation, a US-based toy company, inks a deal to acquire the Children’s Publishing Division (CPD) of Publications International, Ltd. Under the deal RC2 will pay US $163 million in cash for CPD. CPD publishes 10+ million kid’s books each year, including electronic books, story books, Story Reader and Poingo, many of which are sold at toy stores as well as book retailer in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: The U.K.’s ITV Worldwide has divulged more details about its first Asian pay-TV channel to be officially launched later in 2008. The channel will be a rebranded/localized version of Granada International’s UKTV channel in the Middle East. The company’s Hong Kong region headquarters will be in charge of the launch and operations with content brought in from ITV’s library, including shows such as Eleventh Hour and Ballroom Bootcamp. Asia Broadcast Satellite’s ABS-1 regional satellite platform will be the initial carrier of the preview channel, which debuted yesterday. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Friday – A18-49 Analysis: UNIV topped the pack Friday night at 1.5/5 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. UNIV was in control the first two hours: at 8p Al Diablo con los Guapos posted a 1.9/8 followed by Fuego en la Sangre at 9p with 1.7/6. NBC’s Dateline had the final say at 1.8/6 during 10p.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, June 20, 2008 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 4.0/8 Ghost Whisperer [r] 3.5/7, Numb3rs [r] 3.9/7, Numb3rs [r] 4.4/8
NBC: 3.5/7 Most Outrageous Moments [r] 2.4/5, Most Outrageous Moments [r] 2.6/5, Dateline 4.0/7
ABC: 3.3/6 Daytime Emmy Awards 4.1/8, MVP: He Shoots, She Scores 1.8/3
CW: 2.2/4 Friday Night Smackdown! 2.2/4
FOX: 2.1/4 Fox Movie: Planet of the Apes [r] 2.1/4
UNIV: 1.8/3 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.2/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.0/4, Fabrica de Risas 1.3/2
TELE: 0.6/1 La Traicion 0.4/1, Victoria 0.7/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.8/1
MNT: 0.5/1 Meet My Folks [r] 0.6/1, Paradise Hotel 2 [r] 0.4/1
A18-49: UNIV 1.5/5, CW 1.4/5, CBS 1.3/5, FOX 1.3/5, NBC 1.3/5, ABC 1.0/4, TELE 0.4/1, MNT 0.3/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Michael Stoeckel joined INVISION as VP/Digital Products coming from New Corp’s Fox Interactive Media (FIM) where he served as VP/Advertising Innovations and Operations since 2005.
SCI FI Channel tapped Tim Krubsack as VP/Alternative Programming to supervise the development of the network’s unscripted reality programming. He reports to Mark Stern, EVP/Original Programming.
Viamedia recruited Mike Wilczynski as VP/GM for its Chicago office.
Hispanic network V-me tapped Richard Taub for the new position VP/Business Development to head mergers and acquisitions, distribution and strategic partnerships with retailers, investors and production entities. Richard will report to Carmen DiRienzo, President/CEO. Additionally, V-me hired Kim Fabian as Network Sales Account Manager from Univision where she was National AE; Mauricio Gallego as Manager/Post-Production; and Felix Martinez as Manager/IT and Operations.
Sandy Breland moves to WAFB/Baton Rouge, the CBS affiliate owned by Raycom Media, Inc. in the position of VP/GM. Previously, Sandy was Executive News Director at KTVK/Phoenix.
Air America Media appointed Bill Hess as SVP/Programming starting mid-July. Bill will oversee program development in addition to managing editorial content for airamerica.com.
Shawn McClintock takes on new responsibilities as VP/Assistant GM for FSN Pittsburgh. Shawn will work in tandem with SVP/GM, Ted Black to manage daily operations for the Pittsburgh office which encompasses team relations, advertising sales, marketing and programming. In addition, Shawn will continue to be Executive Producer on all event and studio productions.
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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: On a short-lived ’70s TV series Bruce Lee played the martial arts instructor of the title character in several episodes. What was the name of this show? LONGSTREET (starring James Franciscus) Kudos to: Christopher Crowley-Televersemedia/Stamford, CT; Bob Brewer-Opus 3 Artists/NY; Monica Caraffa-RDR Promotions/Media, PA; Adrienne D.Wilder-Scripps Networks/NY; Bob Sieber/Birmingham, AL; Melissa Hernandez–KENS/KCWX 2 CW/San Antonio, TX; Rich Koz-WCIU/Chicago; Art Davie-Davie Communications, Inc./LA; Mark Scholnick-E! Networks/LA; Robin Schmelling-BCMI/Palm Desert, CA; Stephanie Rogers-Stephanie Rogers & Associates/Las Vegas; Louise Brignone-Five (UK)/London
Today’s Trivia Question: On the sitcom Home Improvement Tim’s sidekick Al had a girlfriend named Ilene. What was her profession? (Email
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