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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, April 20, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
NBC‘s daily morning show Today Executive Producer, after 2-1/2 years at the helm, Tom Touchet has been released of his Today show duties, but is expected to stay with the network. Stepping up to the plate will be Phil Griffin as VP/Exec-in-Charge, and Jim Bell as Exec Prod. Griffin moves over from VP/Primetime Programming with MSNBC, and Bell is an NBC Sports producer, per Variety.
At the center of the concern for NBC is ABC’s Good Morning America’s steady creeping up on Today’s heels. Sort of like the Mummy in the old horror films – it may be slow, but it just keeps coming. While Today is more than a half million viewers in front of GMA on average this season, during the week of April 4 that cushion had been reduced to just 350,000 total viewers, the smallest gap between the two dueling shows since February 7, 2005. Among A25-54 that week, GMA was behind by a mere 210,000 viewers, the smallest separation since April, 1996. There have also been a handful of days when GMA has beaten Today in total viewers. Two most recent times when GMA has topped Today were the Monday after the death of Pope John Paul II, wtih GMA pulling in 5.61m viewers over Today’s 5.49m; and among A25-54, GMA 2.91m vs. Today 2.81m. The other was on Tuesday, April 12, with GMA’s 5.299m vs. Today 5.244m ; A25-54 GMA 2.578m vs. 2.554m.
Fox News Channel and Sprint have gotten together, providing FNC live content via cellphones to Sprint subscribers, anywhere in the US. All FNC programming, including commercials and promos, will be available live and free to wireless customers who are using Sprint’s Vision Multimedia cellphones and are signed up with Sprint’s Nationwide PCS Network, in addition to their regular PCS Vision plan.
* NEW ORDERS / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *
Exec Prod Edward Allen Bernero (Third Watch) has signed a 2-year development deal with Paramount Network Television, for a reported seven figure bottom line, according to Hollywood Reporter. Bernero will develop new series as well as potentially participate in current series and/or projects.
Over at NBC Universal Television Studio, exec prod Matt Kunitz (Fear Factor) has also signed a 2-year, a seven figure development deal, per Variety. His charge will be alternative programming, and all the while maintain his top position with Fear Factor (Endemol USA).
* CASTING UPDATES *
* MORE GOOD STUFF *
The History Channel special FDR: A Presidency Revealed aired on Sunday night with a viewing audience of 3 million total viewers, and scoring a 2.6 HH rating from 9-11p, making it the highest rated program airing on the network thus far this year.
Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution has signed an 18 picture deal with the Speed Channel, including titles such as The Great Race, The Getaway, Pink Cadillac, Bullitt, Any Which Way You Can, Black Moon Rising, The Betsy, A Man and a Woman, and City Heat. Speed plans to resurrect its hosted movie franchise, Lost Drive-In in 4th qtr this year; no new host has been named, per Variety.
Good Housekeeping and Litton Entertainment will partner on the future production and distribution of the syndicated news service Good Housekeeping Reports. The 90-second segments are currently available in 120 markets, and are provided with a split track, complete scripts and an expanded supporting B-Roll. Good Housekeeping and Litton offer 12 new reports monthly.
The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 was passed yesterday by the US House of Representatives, and having been passed by the Senate earlier this year, the bill now only needs President Bush’s signature to make it a law. The bill makes recording a movie inside of a theatre and the posting of movies or songs on peer-to-peer file sharing networks a federal crime, which for a first offense could result in a sentence of up to 5 yrs in prison as well as a $250,000 fine. The bill also affirms the right for companies to legally sell videos and audio titles that includes a filtering technology allowing the user strip violent or s#xually explicit scenes and language. However, manufacturers of that technology will be required to note at the top of the title/product that by using the filtering device, the product will have been altered from what the director and copyright holder had intended. Whether we agree or not with the issues above, the act also puts back into effect the Film Preservation Act which aims to protect, restore and maintain important films from deterioration and various forms of damage.
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Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of 4/11-4/17/05:
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Barbara Abseck has been upped to Executive Director, East Coast Publicity, CBS Entertainment. The announcement was made by Chris Ender, SVP/CBS Communications Group. Barbara will report to Phil Gonzales, VP/Communications, CBS Entertainment, and be based in New York. She will continue to work on publicity campaigns on behalf of CBS series, specials, movies and miniseries. She will also work with Gonzales on broad-based initiatives supporting CBS Entertainment programming.
Barry Schulman has joined the staff of Thirteen/WNET New York as Director and Executive Producer of Culture and Arts Programming, effective April 25, 2005. Barry will be in charge of the development and production oversight of all national arts and cultural programming for the station, which is also a major producer for PBS. He will also create and develop new large-format programs and limited series, including the national PBS staple Great Performances.
National Lampoon Inc. announced the expanded role of its President Douglas S. Bennett with the assumption of additional duties as Chief Financial Officer. Concurrent with Bennett’s added CFO role, National Lampoon also announced the appointment of Lorraine Evanoff as VP/Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. Together, Douglas and Lorraine will oversee administration of all accounting and financial reporting and manage the company’s investment portfolio, strategic acquisitions, capital and profitability on behalf of National Lampoon. The new appointments are timed to coincide with the planned departure of current CFO Jim Toll, who will be pursuing opportunities outside the company.
Bob Feldman will join DreamWorks Animation SKG as head of Corporate Communications, reporting to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO and Ann Daly, COO. Feldman will be responsible for the development and implementation of all DreamWorks Animation communications programs and, as a member of the senior management team, will participate in setting the strategic direction for corporate image and consumer branding initiatives. Feldman has been President & CEO, GCI Group; the PR firm is a unit of WPP’s Grey Global Group. The executive search was handled by Heyman Associates, NY.
* RATINGS *
Monday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the night on Monday according to final demo numbers from Nielsen Media Research, posting an overall 5.0/14 A18-49. Fox was a nearby second with a 4.0/11, followed by ABC 3.1/8, NBC 2.9/8, WB 1.5/4, UPN 1.2/3. At 8p Fox was in front with Nanny 911 earning a 3.5/11, beating CBS’s sitcoms and NBC’s repeat of Fear Factor, both delivering a 9 share. The combination of Raymond and 2-1/2 Men was enough for CBS to own the 9p hour with 5.5/14. 24 was close behind with a 4.5/11. At 10p CSI: Miami led with a resounding 6.8/18, over ABC’s Supernanny (3.7/10) and NBC’s Medium (3.0/8).
FINAL HOUSEHOLD RATINGS: Monday, April 18, 2005, for all Networks – program averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 9.9/16 Still Standing 6.0/10, Listen Up 5.9/9, Raymond 10.9/16, 2-1/2 Men 10.8/16, CSI: Miami 13.0/21
FOX 6.2/10 Nanny 911 5.6/9, 24 6.8/10
ABC 5.3/8 EM: How’d They Do That? 4.3/7, The Bachelor 5.5/8, Supernanny 6.1/10
NBC 5.0/8 Fear Factor [r] 4.5/7, Las Vegas [r] 5.1/8, Medium [r] 5.5/9
UPN 2.0/3 One on One [r] 1.9/3, Cuts [r] 1.9/3, Girlfriends [r] 2.2/3, Half and Half [r] 1.9/3
WB 2.8/4 7th Heaven [r] 2.5/4, Everwood 3.1/5
A8-49 CBS 5.0/14, Fox 4.0/11, ABC 3.1/8, NBC 2.9/8, WB 1.5/4, UPN 1.2/3
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Answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question: What is the proper and scripted response to this statement and who said it: “I take a little seed, I put it in the ground, I put dirt over it, I water it, and then do you know what I get?” Oliver Wendell Douglas from Green Acres asked the question; his wife Lisa answered with, “a dirty, little, wet seed?” Kudos to: Shannon Flynn-Plus Media/NY; Alessandra Magistrali Smith-WETA Corp. Support/Arlington; Ann Marie Whyte-Cedar Point/Sandusky OH; Jerry Gibbons-Cox Comm/West Warwick; Pam Hughes-KSAT/San Antonio; Bonita Holifield-Nielsen Media Research/Chicago; Tom Boyd-WGN/Chicago; Jennifer Erskine-Wayne Ewings Films; Sharon Levi/Anaheim Hills; Eddie Land/LA; Dirk van de Bunt-Carsey Werner/LA; Steve Roberts-UPN/LA.
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