Tuesday, November 8th, 2005


#1 Series on Cable with A18-49

Airing opposite broadcast competition:
Law & Order: SVU, Close To Home & Boston Legal

Available Fall 2007 exclusively from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution
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Good morning.  It’s Tuesday, November 8, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Two major changes over at Paxson Communications Corp.  One: Bud Paxson has resigned as Chairman/CEO, taking on the title of Chairman Emeritus.  Stepping in as CEO as of November 10 will be R. Brandon Burgess, who was most recently EVP/Business Development and International Channels for NBC Universal. Two: Paxson and NBC have arrived at an agreement whereby NBC will be able to acquire the rest of Paxson and its 60 TV stations (NBC currently owns approx 1/3, and cannot purchase the stations outright now because it would exceed the FCC ownership cap), or transfer the right to acquire to a third party.  However, if NBC does not exercise either of these two options within 18 months, it must turn over its $105 million in Series B preferred stock back to Paxson.  And finally, the agreement effectively settles all of their pending legal suits, and all court proceedings will be dismissed.  The Paxson station group reaches 83% of the domestic TV households in the US via its station group, cable and satellite platforms.

WB has given a vote of confidence to two of its shows – Related and Twins. Both shows received additional orders for more episodes.  According to Variety, Related will produce 6 more episodes, bringing it to a total of 19 thus far this season; and Twins will produce five more, giving it a total of 18 for the season.  Neither can be term yet as full season pickups. * MORE GOOD STUFF *Comcast and CBS have signed a deal to provide four CBS primetime series on the Comcast VOD service. CBS is the first broadcast network to make its current and top rated series available for VOD with Comcast Digital Cable. The shows will be available thus far only in markets with a CBS O&O station, which includes the top 7 DMAs. The four series CBS will make available as of January are Survivor, CSI, The Amazing Race and NCIS.  The programs will become available for VOD as of midnight after their initial primetime airing, and each will cost the user 99 cents, with commercials.  CSI and NCIS will also be available for hi-def customers with HD-enabled Comcast digital cable set top boxes.

NBC Universal and DirecTV have announced a similar deal whereby Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI, The Office and Surface will be made available to DirecTV Plus DVR customers.  Also included in the deal are two series from NBC Universal’s cable networks – USA Network’s Monk and Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica. On DirecTV, the programs will also be available within hours of their original primetime airing, also cost just 99 cents, tho will be provided commercial free, and will remain available until the next episode airs on the network.

Comcast‘s ON DEMAND service is launching a new video-on-demand (VOD) channel titled DoD from Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG) on November 11.  The lifestyle channel will feature urban and hip-hop content with a mix of video shows, documentaries on music and sports celebs, films, fashion, comedy and much more.  Subscribers will be able to access about twenty-five 15-20 minute shows a month by remote. Comcast has cleared DoD fully or partially in 22 urban markets including Chicago, LA and Philadelphia.  In partnership with Clear Channel Entertainment Properties, DoD has signed Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok to sponsor various programming on the service.

Of course if video-on-demand isn’t your thing, you can always watch some TV clips on your cellphone.  ESPN Mobile, along with ESPN 360 broadband service and ESPN.com, have come to terms with the National Hockey League to offer four minutes of highlights per game and real-time stats. Additionally, the deal gives ESPN Classic one game per week from the distant, or more recent past which ESPN terms as “instant classics”, tho none of these games will be the ones that will have aired this season on OLN.  Terms were not disclosed and the deal is non-exclusive.

stimTVmusic — billed as the “ultimate resource of independent music fans poised to revolutionize the way they find and enjoy the best in music” — will be the first channel to officially launch from NPOWR Digital Media’s stimTVNetwork.  Found at stimtv.com, the channel provides music video clips, artiist profiles, the ability to purchase DVDs and CD, or download songs.  In the coming months, stimtv.com plans to add thousands of new music titles to its current library.  Additionally, more channels will be rolled out over the course of the year including a stimTVcinema channel.

Debuting this Friday on Animal Planet is the Animal Planet Report at 9p, which will be its regular weekly time period.  The show from Lucky Duck Prods is hosted by Michelle Beadle and will focus on all manner of new developments in the animal kingdom such as a new frog species found in Sri Lanka, and a four and a half ton elephant spending time on a treadmill in an effort to drop a few pounds. 

A&E Television Networks has picked up Outback House from Australia-based ABC Enterprises.  The 8 episode living history series originally aired on Australia’s ABC TV.  The show places a volunteer group of Australians in rural 19th century conditions to manage a sheep station.  A&E has not yet announced an airdate.

Cameras in the courtroom will be the topic of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing tomorrow.  Set to testify will be Henry Schleiff, Chairman/CEO of Court TV, and Barbara Cochran of RTNDA, both of whom support television coverage of federal court proceedings, and both of whom were invited to speak by Committee Chairman, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA).  Both Schleiff and Cochran support the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act, a bill that empowers judges of both federal and appellate courts with the decision if they will permit cameras in their courtrooms.

A couple of finale dates for you, both from Mark Burnett Prods:  Survivor will finish up on December 11 from 8-10, immediately followed by the live Reunion show at 10p.  The Apprentice: Martha Stewart will wind up on December 21st with a 2 hour live broadcast.

here! is launching a podcast accessible through www.heretv.com and iTunes. The here! Podcast will include audio interviews with personalities in the gay/lesbian community, news updates, here! programming highlights, upcoming events and more.  Sara Logue and Josh Rosenzweig will host the 1-hour weekly podcast. 

* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *Fox‘s midseason comedy series Genetically Challenged from Warner Bros. TV, starring Coby Ryan McLaughlin, has added three to the cast – Rhea Seehorn, Richard Kind and Will McCormack, says Hollywood Reporter.  McLaughlin plays the role of Zach, a young bright attorney who is grappling with all the peculiar traits he has inherited from his parents.  Richard Kind will play his neurotic father, Seehorn an associate, and McCormack also an associate who is the polar opposite of Zach.

* EXECUTIVE MOVES *Annie Fort has been named VP/Media Relations at ABC Family, reporting to Nicole Nichols, SVP/Entertainment Communications, for Disney-ABC Television Group. Annie will oversee the strategic PR efforts for ABC Family, including corporate, programming, marketing and affiliate-related publicity.

Janice Myers has been appointed to VP/Regional Sales Division with Screenvision.  She will  report to Jason Brown, SVP/National Ad sales. Janice will develop and lead Screenvision’s newest in-theater sales division. 
Marc Kalman has joined ABC Radio as President/GM of its owned stations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market.  Effective immediately, Marc will have overall responsibility for ABC’s Twin Cities Rock stations KQRS-FM, KXXR-FM and Drive 105-FM.
Richard Marshall has joined Korn/Ferry International, the premier provider of executive search.  Richard will join the Communications and External Affairs practice as a Senior Client Partner based in New York.  He will assume leadership of its Corporate Communications practice.
The Africa Channel has appointed Jonathan Dubow to EVP/Marketing. He is responsible for leading the channel’s overall marketing activities as it launches in new markets around the country and managing many agency relationships including DZP Marketing Communications, with whom he will work on strategic planning and developing The Africa Channel brand.  Jonathan will report to Bob Reid/EVP and network GM of The Africa Channel.
SSA Public Relations has promoted Kat Garcia to Director/International Media. Based in the Los Angeles office, Kat will work with London-based Managing Director, Karine Fouchet to oversee the company’s international client base, developing, strategizing, executing and pitching publicity campaigns to international media outlets.  In addition, she will handle market-related publicity strategies for clients attending NATPE, Toy Fair, MIPTV, Licensing International, MIPCOM, MIPCOM JR and Brand Licensing London.

Mexicanal has named Victor San Juan as GM.  The Hispanic network is available on DIRECTV Para Todos and is a joint venture between Atlanta-based Castalia Communications and Mexico City-based Cablecom.  Victor was previously director of the State of Mexico’s TV Mexiquense network.

Tribune Interactive upped Gregory Weber to Sales Manager/Western Region. Gregory will be based in Los Angeles, and be responsible for driving national sales growth in the western region for the entire network of Tribune Interactive websites.

 * RATINGS *Nov Sweep: Day #4 – Sunday — A18-49 Analysis:  A fairly competitive Sunday night, and while ABC was well in front (7.6/18 A18-49), CBS, Fox and NBC were all pretty close, according to fast affiliate numbers from Nielsen Media Research.  CBS earned a 4.5/11, followed by Fox 4.1/10 and NBC 3.3/8, with WB bringing up the rear with a 1.0/2.  ABC won every hour of primetime in the A18-49 demo. At 7p part one of EM: Home Edition earned a 4.5/12, while CBS and Fox tied at a 10 share. At 8p part two of EM:HE scored a 7.3/17, followed immediately once again by Fox with a 4.7/11, and CBS with a 4.2/9.  The live broadcast of The West Wing came in 4th with a 2.7/6. At 9p Desperate Housewives earned its keep with a 10.3/22 in the demo, doubling the first hour of the CBS Movie Category 7 which pulled in a 5.1/11.  And finally at 10p, Grey’s Anatomy drew an 8.5/20, while the second hour of the CBS movie earned a 4.9/12. 

Fast Affiliate Ratings: Sunday, November 6, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research. 

ABC     11.6/17  EM: Home Edition 7.3/12, EM: Home Edition 10.9/16, Desperate Housewives 15.5/22, Grey’s Anatomy 12.6/20

CBS     9.8/15   60 Minutes 10.3/17, Cold Case 10.5/15, Movie: Category 7 End of the World 9.3/14

NBC     7.6/11   Dateline NBC 5.5/9, The West Wing (Live) 6.2/9, Law & Order: CI 9.3/14 (2 hrs)

FOX     4.6/7    Malcolm in the Middle 5.1/8, King of the Hill 4.4/7, The Simpsons 6.5/10, The War at Home 4.4/6, Family Guy 5.0/7, American Dad 4.5/6

WB      1.5/2    Reba [r] 1.4/2, Reba [r] 1.8/3, Charmed 2.3/3, Supernatural [r] 0.9/1

A18-49            ABC 7.6/18, CBS 4.5/11, Fox 4.1/10, NBC 3.3/8, WB 1.0/2


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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Tuesday, November 8, 2005

ABC              According to Jim, Rodney, Commander in Chief, Boston Legal
CBS              NCIS, The Amazing Race, The Amazing Race
FOX              Bones, House
NBC              The Biggest Loser, My Name is Earl, The Office, L&O: SVU
i                      Diagnosis Murder, Doc
UPN              America’s Next Top Model [r],  An All-Star Salute to Patti Labelle: Live from Atlantis
WB               Gilmore Girls, Supernatural
TELE             El Cuerpo del Deseo, Los Plateados, Decisiones
UNIV             Contra Viento y Maria, La Esposa Virgen, Casos de la Vida Real: Edicion Especial

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