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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2009, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Tonight’s Premieres:
Science Channel: City 2.0 at 9p
The Style Network: Dress My Nest at 11p

TV viewers this summer won’t watch former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich navigating his way through a Costa Rican jungle after all. According to the Chicago Tribune, a US District Court Judge denied Blagojevich’s request to change the travel conditions of his bail to appear as a contestant on NBC’s I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Despite the show’s producer Granada America offering to pay for a personal monitor for Blagojevich, the Judge said his appearing on the show was “”a bad idea” and that he needed to stay close and pay attention to the case against him involving multiple political corruption charges. As Blagojevich entered the hearing yesterday he said being a part of the NBC reality show was “a way to earn a living and support my children” and to the Tribune he said, “It’s not my first choice, but it’s a living.”


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Broadcast networks announce a batch of season finale dates synching up with May Sweeps:

May 6 – Scrubs at 8p
May 10 – Brothers & Sisters at 10p

May 3 and May 10 – Cold Case two-part sixth season finale at 9p
May 10 – The Amazing Race 14 at 8p; The Unit at 10p
May 11 – The Big Bang Theory at 8p
May 13 – The New Adventures of Old Christine at 8p; Gary Unmarried at 830p
May 14 – CSI at 9p
May 15 – Ghost Whisperer at 8p; Numb3rs at 10p
May 17 – Survivor: Tocantins at 8p
May 18 – How I Met Your Mother at 830p; Two and a Half Men at 9p; Rules of Engagement at 930p; CSI: Miami at 10p
May 19 – NCIS at 8p; The Mentalist at 9p; Without a  Trace at 1001p
May 20 – Criminal Minds at 8p; CSI: NY at 10p

May 8 – Dollhouse at 901p
May 11 – House at 8p
May 12 – Fringe at 9p
May 13 – Lie To Me at 8p
May 14 – Bones at 8p; Hell’s Kitchen at 9p
May 15 – Prison Break (series finale) at 8p
May 16 – MADtv (series finale ) at 11p; Talkshow with Spike Feresten at 12a
May 17 – King of the Hill at 730p; The Simpsons at 8p; Sit Down, Shut Up at 830p; Family Guy at 9p; American Dad at 930p
May 18 – 24 at 8p
May 19 – American Idol Part 1 at 8p (followed by series preview of Glee at 9p)
May 20 – American Idol Part 2 at 8p

April 27 – Chuck at 8p; Heroes at 9p
May 1 – Howie Do It at 8p
May 10 – The Celebrity Apprentice at 8p
May 12 – The Biggest Loser: Couples at 8p
May 14 – Parks and Recreation at 830p; The Office at 9p; 30 Rock at 930p
May 21 – Southland at 10p

A&E Television Networks (AETN) snagged seasons one to three of American Gangster from BET to air globally on its Crime & Investigation network. American Gangster, narrated by Ving Rhames, profiles the lives and misdeeds of infamous criminals and is produced by Nelson George, Frank Sinton of Asylum Entertainment, Mark Rowland and BET. The agreement also allows AETN sales rights of the series worldwide through AETN International.

Univision also profiles notorious criminals in a new dramatic series Mujeres Asesinas (Women Assassins) beginning this Thursday at 10p. The series, based on the book of the same name by Marisa Grinstein, explores real-life homicide cases involving women who led normal lives then became cold-blooded murderers. Each of the 13 episodes is also headlined by a well-known actress including telenovela stars Veronica Castro and Lucia Mendez.

Latino lifestyle cable network mun2 is teaming with Latin R&B act XTREME for a new original reality series XTREME: On the Verge, opening May 7 at 7p. The seven-episode series follows the duo, Danny D and Steve Styles, as they juggle their burgeoning music career while living in New York. XTREME: On the Verge also offers multi-screen and social media opportunities via mun2’s online component,

BBC America acquired two new comedies that are scheduled to debut later this year:

  • The Inbetweeners – With 12 30m episodes, this series is a humorous look at teen life as Will moves to a new area and school and hangs out with three new friends. Produced by Bwark Production and distributed by C4i.
  • Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show – This sketch comedy show with 12 30m episodes combining original characters and an alternative look at pop star celebrities. Produced by World’s End and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Balancing its programming in multiple dayparts, Food Network dishes out new shows in both primetime and daytime for the 2009-2010 season. New primetime programs include:

  • Chefs vs City (wt) – Chefs Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez battle two local foodies in a different city each week. Premieres July 2009.
  • Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin – Wildlife expert and conservationist, Jeff Corwin explores regional cuisine in a variety of locales from Thailand to Peru. Premieres September 2009.
  • Worst Cooks In America – Chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan transform 12 hopeless home cooks in this competition-style series. Premieres January 2010.
  • Foods That Changed the World (wt) – Alton Brown leads a new mini series relating how foods have influenced human history and how mankind has evolved. Premieres third quarter 2010.

New Food Network daytime “In the Kitchen” series include:

  • Sandra’s Money Saving Meals – Sandra Lee demonstrates for viewers how to maximize cost-savings through recipes and budgeting tips. Premieres May 10 at 12p.
  • What Would Brian Boitano Make? (wt) – Series features Olympic gold medal figure skater, Brian Boitano, who is also a fabulous cook, showing off fabulous food and entertaining advice. Premieres August 2009.
  • 5 Ingredient Fix – Host Claire Robinson proves tasty dishes need only five ingredients or fewer. Airs Saturdays at 930a.
  • Take on the Takeout (wt) – Danny Boome’s goal is to prepare healthier, better tasting and less expensive versions of favorite take-out meals. Premieres 2010.
  • Viva Daisy! – Season two premieres July 2009.

Returning primetime series consist of The Next Iron Chef: Season Two in October 2009; Ultimate Recipe Showdown: Season 3 in second quarter 2010; and The Next Food Network Star: Season 6 in June 2010.


The female-driven networks Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network, the networks that “celebrate, entertain and support women,” revealed their 2009-2010 upfront plans yesterday. First and foremost, Lifetime Television will premiere the all-new Project Runway on August 20 at 10p followed by the new half-hour companion series Models of the Runway at 11p.  New acquisitions include Grey’s Anatomy and Medium (both scheduled to debut in September), and How I Met Your Mother (joining the schedule in Fall 2010).  Season #3 of Army Wives returns to the schedule on June 7th at 10p, and joining it this summer is Drop Dead Diva starring Brooke Elliott and Margaret Cho, starting July 12 at 9p.  A new unscripted series scheduled to hit the lineup on May 4th at 5p is Cook Yourself Thin, and later on this year DietTribe joins as well. 

Lifetime Television adds more comedies to its lineup and is considering these multi-camera pilots:

  • Sherri – Loosely based on Sherri Shepherd’s personal life. Sherri is currently a co-host on ABC’s The View.
  • The Valerie Bertinelli Project (wt) – About a newly divorced mother (Bertinelli) who must run her ex-husband’s failing hardware business.
  • Alligator Point – Headlined by Cybil Shepherd about an eccentric group of Floridians who gets a jolt when a “Yankee” becomes part of their family.

Unscripted series in development for Lifetime Television include:

  • Camping with the In-Laws – A one-hour format that has engaged couples living with their future in-laws.
  • Deadbeat Dads – Series follows National Child Support Founder Jim Durham as he confronts deadbeat fathers.
  • Multiple Mayhem – Docu-soap about families with twins, triplets or more.
  • Real Women/Real Lives (wt) – Anthology series about three unique women tackling a common situation in different ways.
  • Tough as Nails – About a woman running a multi-million dollar construction company.

New hour-long dramas in development for Lifetime Television:

  • Mona Lisa Smile – Based on the feature film.
  • Mystic Pizza: Another Slice – Back-door pilot based on the hit movie.
  • Marry Me – Limited-run anthology series about a couple who meet in the pilot episode and are married by the 13th episode.
  • Queens of the Rodeo – Comedy/drama set in the world of the rodeo circuit.
  • The Fallen (wt) – Based on the novel by T. Jefferson Parker of the same name.
  • Murder in Suburbia – Adapted from the hit British series.

Lifetime Television also announced 12 Lifetime Original Movies and a few notables include:

  • Maneater – Starring Sarah Chalke and debuting May 30 at 9p, based on the book by Gigi Levangie Grazer (who also penned The Starter Wife)
  • Acceptance – Starring Joan Cusack, scheduled to debut in August
  • Georgia O’Keefe – Bio pic headlined by the incomparable Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons for September.

Lifetime Movie Network announced it has officially reached 70 million subscribers in the US, with 77 million households by year’s end.  The network also has a slate of 16 original movies on its docket for 2009 such as The Wronged Man starring Julia Ormond; two movies based on novels by Ann Rule premiering this August titled Too Late to Say Goodbye starring Rob Lowe and the miniseries Everything She Ever Wanted with Gina Gershon and Victor Garber among other titles.



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Verizon FiOS TV and SNY, the official TV network of the New York Mets, New York Jets and the Big East Conference, made a programming deal allowing New York area viewers to receive VOD sports content. Verizon FiOS subscribers in New York City, Westchester and Rockland counties, Long Island, Buffalo and Northern New Jersey will now have available for free more than 120 New York Mets regular season game telecasts, classic Mets games, Big East programming and more.


Bravo is in development on a new docu-series based on the hip fashion retail boutique Fred Segal Fun based in Santa Monica. The as-yet-untitled project will showcase the fashion forward styles that Fred Segal Fun is known for as well as the competitive sales team and the demanding high-end clientele they serve. Target Entertainment is producing the series with Jenny Daly and Gunnar Wetterberg as executive producers.

NBC is negotiating to finalize a single-camera untitled comedy headlined by Debra Messing, reports THR. NBC gave the project a script commitment and an episodic guarantee for Messing. 3 Arts and UMS will produce the comedy about a laid-off CEO (Messing) who becomes a full-time wife and mother. Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott and Messing will executive produce with 3 Arts’ Molly Madden, Stephanie Davis and Howard Klein.

Cream Productions has begun production on the new series How Machines Work for Discovery Canada and Science Channel US. The 13-episode half-hour series will also air on international Discovery networks in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Each episode of How Machines Work goes inside the engineering and inner workings of massive machines.

Casting Call: Travel Channel seeks bad drivers in the Los Angeles area to appear on its first reality competition show. If you or someone you know needs help with driving skills, contact Gina Gonzalez at
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Casting Call: A major TV show is looking for families with lots of pets of any type or have an animal related business or enjoy rescuing animals.  Interested families with some children living at home should send an email to
and include your name, contact info, how many children and their ages, where you live (city/state), types of pets you have and how many, a description of your animal-related business or involvement in a pet organization. Also describe your family’s passion for animals or your animal business.


CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  Times are tough in the online advertising space. Yahoo reported a 78% drop in net income, which totaled $118 million for Q1 compared to $537 million a year earlier. Revenue dropped 13% to $1.58 billion, down from $1.8 billion Q1 2008. Double digit declines in display advertising and revenues from affiliated sites didn’t help. Even search revenue on the company’s owned-and-operated sites dropped by 3% year-over-year to $399 million. As expected the company announced another wave of job cuts that will shed an additional 5% of its workforce in order to, in the words of new CEO Carol Bartz, “streamline our structure globally.”   Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: The BBC’s CBBC unveils two more new original kid/tween-targeted entertainment shows:

  • Keep Your Enemies Close (26×30)  is a new game show that brings friends and enemies together.  At the start of each show four sets of friends are split up and teamed with their ‘enemy.’  The newly mixed teams must co-operate as they compete in rounds including various physical and mental challenges. The teams are whittled down until only one duo remain for the final round, where they will then be reunited with their best friends and go head to head with their rivals.  The series is produced by BBC Productions, Children’s.
  • The School of Silence (13×28)  is a new game show that tests the ability of kid contestants to keep quiet.  Each episode pits four kids against one another as they perform challenges aimed at making them laugh, scream, shout and generally make noise  but if they make even the slightest sound … they are out of the game.  The School of Silence is produced by Lucky Day Productions.

Full edition: CYN KIDS.


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Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 4/13-4/19/09
Primetime       (000)        Total Pgm Day      (000)
USA                1358          NAN*                      671
TBSC                966          ADSM*                    632
TNT                  928          USA                        629
DISC                794          TNT                         627
CMDY               708          NICK                       619
FX                    671          TBSC                       534
ESPN                631          ESPN                       472
SPK                  622          DISC                       413
AEN                  610          TRU                        407
MTV                  597          FX                          406
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 114,500,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 4/13-4/19/09      
Primetime    (000)      Total Pgm Day            (000)
USA               3042         NICK                           2304
FOXN             2479         NAN*                          1508
TNT               1934         USA                             1475
TBSC             1691         FOXN                           1312
NAN               1645        ADSM*                         1214
DISC              1486        TNT                              1184
AEN               1321         TOON                           1007
FAM               1259        TBSC                              883
FX                 1236         TRU                                838
SCIF              1214         AEN                                770
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 114,500,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks
broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 4/13-4/19/09
USA       WWE Entertainment 10p                                  2719
USA       WWE Entertainment 9p                                    2694
DISC      The Deadliest Catch                                        2600
USA       In Plain Sight                                                  2273
USA       WWE Entertainment 8p                                    2196
MTV       The Hills                                                         2163
CMDY     Ron White: Behavioral Problems                       2015
FAM       My Fake Fiance                                               2013
USA       Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Orig)                  1936
CMDY     South Park                                                     1934
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television
Universe of 114,500,000 homes

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 4/13-4/19/09
FOX    American Idol – Tuesday                              8.5/23      11,261
FOX    American Idol – Wednesday                         8.2/21      10,866
CBS    Two and a Half Men                                    5.3/13        6,951
ABC    Desperate Housewives                                4.8/11        6,278
ABC    Dancing with the Stars                                4.6/12        6,014
FOX    House                                                        4.5/12        5,997
NBC    The Office                                                  4.2/11        5,482
CBS    How I Met Your Mother                                4.1/11        5,361
CBS    Rules of Engagement                                  4.0/10         5,310
FOX    Fringe                                                        4.0/10        5,267
ABC    Lost                                                           4.0/10        5,312
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Saturday – A18-49 Analysis: Zooming to the A18-49 finish line first Saturday night was FOX at 1.7/6, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX’s NASCAR race swept the night starting at 8p with the NASCAR Sprint pre-race at 1.3/5 with ABC’s Harry Potter movie edging into #2 at 0.9/4. FOX won at 9p with the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at 1.8/6 while ABC’s movie and CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery repeat tied for second at 1.1/4 each. Through 10p, FOX’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race zipped to its top ratings of the night at 2.1/7 followed by a new episode of CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery at 1.6/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, April 18, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 3.9/7          Crimetime Saturday [r] 3.0/6, 48 Hours Mystery [r] 3.7/7, 48 Hours Mystery 5.0/9

FOX: 3.3/6           FOX NASCAR Sprint-Pre 2.7/5, FOX NASCAR Sprint Cup: Subway Fresh Fit 500 3.6/7

NBC: 2.2/4           Kings 1.5/3, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.8/5, Southland [r] 2.4/4

ABC: 2.1/4           ABC Saturday Movie of the Week: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [r] 2.1/4       

UNIV: 1.3/2          Sabado Gigante 1.3/2

MNT: 0.9/2           My Saturday Night Movie: Picture Perfect 0.9/2

ION: 0.3/1            MASH 0.3/1, MASH 0.4/1, MASH 0.3/1, MASH 0.3/1, MASH 0.4/1, MASH 0.3/1

TELE: 0.3/1          Cine de Impacto 0.3/1, Conteo al Billboard 0.2/0

A18-49: FOX 1.7/6, CBS 1.2/4, ABC 1.1/4, UNIV 0.8/3, NBC 0.7/2, MNT 0.4/1, TELE 0.2/1, ION 0.1/0

Sunday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC had the winning lineup Sunday night among A18-49 with a 3.1/8, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Opening the night, ABC led at 7p with America’s Funniest Home Videos at 2.2/7 with CBS’ 60 Minutes following at 1.8/6. CBS topped the pack during 8p with Amazing Race at 3.0/8 while FOX averaged a 2.7/8 for The Simpsons and new animated series Sit Down, Shut Up, which posted a stand-alone 2.3/6 at 830p. Drama ruled during 9p as ABC’s Desperate Housewives led with a 4.8/11 while FOX averaged another second place at 3.4/8 with Family Guy and American Dad. Then at 10p, ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and NBC’s Apprentice shared #1 at 3.3/9 apiece while CBS’ Hallmark Hall of Fame movie delivered a second-place 1.6/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, April 19, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 6.6/11      60 Minutes 7.8/14, Amazing Race 14 6.1/10, Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Courageous Heart of Irena 6.2/10

ABC: 5.9/10        America’s Funniest Home Videos 4.3/8, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 4.5/7, Desperate Housewives 8.6/13, Brothers & Sisters 6.3/10

NBC: 4.2/7         Miss USA 2009 3.2/5, Apprentice 8 5.3/8

FOX: 3.0/5         American Dad [r] 1.5/3, King of the Hill 2.0/3, The Simpsons 3.8/6, Sit Down, Shut Up [p] 2.9/5, Family Guy 4.2/6, American Dad 3.4/5

UNIV: 1.4/2       Hora Pico 0.7/1, Nuestra Belleza 1.6/3, Zona de Guerra 1.4/2

CW: 0.6/1         Jericho 0.4/1, The CW Sunday Movie: At First Sight 0.8/1

TELE: 0.6/1       Cine Millonario: Batman Begins 0.4/1

ION: 0.5/1         MASH 0.4/1, MASH 0.4/1, MASH 0.5/1, MASH 0.5/1, MASH 0.5/1, MASH 0.5/1, MASH 0.5/1, MASH 0.5/1

A18-49: ABC 3.1/8, FOX 2.5/7, NBC 2.3/6, CBS 2.0/5, UNIV 0.9/2, TELE 0.6/2, CW 0.2/1, ION 0.2/1


Monday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC glided into #1 Monday night taking the A18-49 demo with 3.5/9, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. At 8p, Dancing with the Stars waltzed away a winner with 4.5/13 while the CBS repeats Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother came in second with an average of 2.8/8. Two networks tied during 9p as ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and Surviving Suburbia and CBS’ Two and a Half Men and Rules of Engagement both averaged a 3.9/10. NBC got a boost at 10p as Medium won with a 2.5/7 followed by the encore of CBS’ The Mentalist at 2.4/8.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, April 20, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

ABC: 9.5/15         Dancing with the Stars 13.0/20, Surviving Suburbia 6.6/10, Castle 5.5/9

CBS: 5.8/9          The Big Bang Theory [r] 4.7/7, How I Met Your Mother [r] 4.1/6, Two and a Half Men [r] 7.1/11, Rules of Engagement 6.5/10, The Mentalist [r] 6.1/10

FOX: 5.8/9           Bones 5.5/9, 24 6.1/9

NBC: 4.1/6             Chuck 3.6/6, Heroes 4.0/6, Medium 4.8/8

UNIV: 2.2/3          Cuidado con el Angel 2.3/4, Manana para Siempre 2.6/4, Cristina 1.7/3

CW: 1.6/2            Gossip Girl 1.6/2, One Tree Hill 1.6/2

MNT: 0.9/1           Masters of Illusion [r] 0.8/1, Magic’s Biggest Secrets Revealed 1.1/2

ION: 0.6/1           ER 0.2/0, NCIS [r] 0.8/1, NCIS [r] 0.9/1      

TELE: 0.6/1          Dona Barbara 0.6/1, El Rostro de Analia 0.7/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.6/1, Cartel M 0.6/1

A18-49: ABC 3.5/9, CBS 3.0/8, FOX 2.9/7, NBC 2.7/7, UNIV 1.9/5, CW 1.2/3, MNT 0.5/1, TELE 0.5/1, ION 0.2/1



Tom Cerio moves to Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) as EVP/Cable Sales, from his previous position as EVP/Program Distribution at HBO.  In his new capacity, Tom will head WBDTD’s newly restructured cable distribution team and will also supervise the licensing of all Warner Bros. Entertainment content, as well as selling theatrical films to broadcast television networks. Tom will report to Ken Werner, President, WBDTD. IMHO: Tommy Cerio … easily the best sales guy in the business.  Nicely done, Tommy, congratulations!

Horizon Media announced a slew of staffing changes:

  • Oliver Maletz and Eva Kantrowitz were both elevated to EVP/Managing Partners in the brand strategy team. Both are located at the New York office and report to Bill Koenigsberg, CEO/President and Founder of Horizon Media.
  • Kimberly Aiello was upped to SVP/Managing Director in the brand strategy group based in New York and Katy Ferguson was hired from Initiative as SVP/Managing Director.
  • Stephen Hall was tapped as Managing Director/Business Development.
  • In the national buying group, David Campanelli advanced to VP/Director of National Television where he reports directly to Aaron Cohen, EVP/Chief Media Negotiating Officer. Garth Tiedje was recruited as Director/National Broadcast coming from Busch Media Group, Inc.
  • The out of home group added Anne Judge as Associate Media Director for the New York office. Asma Yousif-Walker also joined as Supervisor for the Los Angeles office, reporting to Jill Nickerson, VP/Director of out of home based in New York.
  • Horizon Interactive employed Molly Sugarman as Director/Campaign Management and Amanda Betsold as Associate Media Director. Mary Shirley also recently was added to this group as Director/Client Services while Michelle Lawrence joined late 2008 in the role of Group Media Director where she reports to Donnie Williams, VP/Director of Digital Strategy.
  • Horizon’s IT unit hired Steven Foundakos as VP/Information Technology away from J. Walter Thompson. Additionally, Jon Adams joined this group as Information Services Manager and both Jon and Steven report to Cliff Cree, CIO/SVP, Information Technology.

Lisa Barroso advanced to Senior Director/Network Distribution and Service with Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel while Tara Donnelly also was promoted to Senior Director/Consumer Marketing. Lisa is charged with securing distribution and optimal channel positions for both networks within 32 of the top 100 cable systems. Lisa also works closely with the ND&S team to sell the network’s holiday promotions and maintains relationships with affiliate partners at major MSOs falling in her territory. Based in Chicago, Lisa reports to Laura J. Lee, VP/Network Distribution and Service. Tara works in tandem with senior marketing management to create and execute cross-platform promotions for Hallmark Channel and supervises all facets of consumer media plans among other duties. Based in Los Angeles, Tara reports to Anthony White, SVP/Marketing.

Authentic Entertainment, Inc. established Authentic Digital designed to target syndication of its library titles and forging new revenues in the digital and branded entertainment content markets globally. Heading this new unit is Joe Cantwell as Managing Director. Based in Washington, D.C., Joe will also have a satellite operation at the company’s Burbank headquarters.

Metan Development Group LLC added Gordon Chu as VP/Business Development where he will head the company’s international and US business operations. Previously, Gordon was the Director/Business of Development for Live Nation.

Research consultancy firm Three tagged Andrea Mazie as EVP to develop and manage creative qualitative and quantitative studies involving the company’s clients.


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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:    He was once Dixie Carter’s personal assistant. Now he’s the acclaimed creator of a hit ABC show.  Who is he?   MARC CHERRY – DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES  Kudos to:  Adam Lowy-CBS Television Distribution/New York; Neil Young-ION Media Networks/NY; Terrence Moss/Massachusetts; Jodi B. Katzman-JBK Productions/New York; Kelly Tecklenburg-Charter Media/St. Louis; Amanda Kilman-COX Media/Oklahoma City; Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas; Frank Belcastro-High Noon entertainment/LA; Bruce Vilanch/Hollywood; Ed Horwitz-LMNO/Encino; Angelle Haney Gullett-Glencoe/McGraw-Hill/Woodland Hills; Arthur Reinstein-Canwest Broadcasting/Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question:  What is the connection between the cast of Benson and the cast of Growing Pains?  (Email
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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Join Host Dana Delany, and presenters Kenneth Branaugh, Tippi Hedren, Joe Mantegna,
Rene Russo, Keyshawn Johnson and Brad Garrett to celebrate this year’s honorees:
A Home for the Holidays — Breaking The Huddle — Brothers & Sisters
Extreme Makeover — God On Trial — Stand Up To Cancer
30 Days Whale Wars


Cyn opsis CLASSIFIEDSFor More classifieds, visit the classifieds page here    .

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, OUT OF HOME DEVELOPMENT/mtvU/NYC: 5+yrs exp w/Digital Out of Home Sales, Strg OOH contacts w/agencies and clients, Successful track record in building partnerships EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply (4/29)

JOB OPENING: REV ANALYST/Univision Ad Sales/NY: Strong analytical/comm/Excel skills.Asst dir w/collection of info & dissemination of sales forecasts & other reports.Work w/all levels Sales/Sales Mngmnt. EOE Res:

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, DIST MKTG/LA: Dvlp-exec mktg strats/campaigns/promo/materials. Work w/ nat’l accts, aff sales/ad sales/proj mgmt/Exp aff mktg. (4/28)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, STANDRD PRACTICES/DISNEY/BURBANK: Manage Kids S&P team. Revw orgnl and acquired program, ovrsee edit, revw online content, update policy. Knwldg kids prog & S&P needed. REQ 193526  (4/25)

JOB OPENING: NON-FICTION DEVEL EXEC/Greenwich CT: 2 yrs prior exp at non-fiction net or prod co. Cover Letter, CV and 2 related writing samples to
. No calls pls. (4/25)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/BET Ad Sales NY: Support busy Res. Dept. Strong analytical/comm/computer/presentation skills, PPT & Excel. Knwldg Nielsen NPower, Marketbreaks, AdViews, MRI/Simmons a+  Email:

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free , and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at

SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDIT ONLY: MEDIA RSRCH /NY: Opp to work with media rsrch team. This professional opp will provide you w/ the hands-on exp, entail active assignments, & learn from the colleagues. Strong MS Office Skills req’d. Res:

SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDIT ONLY: EMMY AWARD WINNING INT’L. LANGUAGE DUBBING/SUBTITLING CO. seeking students interested in languages, int’l. business. Language skills a plus. Contact 

SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDIT ONLY: NEW BUSINESS DEVELOP/CREW CREATIVE, LEADING LA AD FIRM seeking go-getter business/MBA intern. Research/organize/pursue new biz opportunities & be proactive. Contact

SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDIT ONLY: INFO WEB ARCHITECT/CREW CREATIVE LEADING AD FIRM LA seeking IA/UI intern. Creating wireframes for web projects, navigate websites, User Interface. Contact

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED …  There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad … for more information contact Trish Pihonak at

SITUATION WANTED: MARKETING/PROMOTIONS/Boston: Marketing/promotions professional seeks television, web marketing, social networking focused position. Experienced in international markets. Creative + will travel.

SITUATION WANTED: EXPERIENCED GRAPHIC DESIGNER (LA) Reality-TV, Film, Commercial, Documentaries & Corporate. Creative & Flexible. Seeking Freelance or Staff Position, Remote or In-House. Reel & Contact Info: (4/29)

SITUATION WANTED: FLYAWAY PRODUCER – 10 years experience: Available to consult, produce, fix or install your format any where in the world. Able to travel in 24 hours, based in Los Angeles,

SITUATION WANTED: CHILDREN’S WRITER with exp at various prod co’s & Kids’ CBC. Portfolio in educational & comedic works for kids.Exp. in development, creative consulting, editing. Freelance. Contact

SITUATION WANTED: PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR (NY) Ultra-creative, award winning, all formats, all genres, all major networks and major cable. Fast, frugal and fun!

SITUATION WANTED: PA/DIGITAL EDITOR/CONTENT PRODUCER Nonfiction media, project mgmt. BU grad. Fresh ideas. Corporate grooming.
, . Will relocate at own expense (4/28)

SITUATION WANTED: College Student/NJ/NY/CT: Seeking an educational, hands-on summer internship. Business Management major at Sacred Heart University. Dedicated and strong work ethic.

SITUATION WANTED: CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR: 10 yrs Contract/Sales Admin, reporting, etc., looking to work out of home office, or locally in Rochester, NY. Contact e-mail:

SITUATION WANTED: Recent Harvard grad and FREELANCE WRITER will do pretty much anything involving words and writing them. Currently writing for a Gawker blog. Hard worker, strong writer, great bargain. (NYC) 

SITUATION WANTED: ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (LA) produced over 175 on air interview’s, conducted the look & story. Seeking employment with prod company or network. For resume & more information please contact Melody King:

SITUATION WANTED: OPERATIONS/PROGRAMMING 20 yrs experience in network/syndication/cable operations, sales, programming, marketing & promotion. Will Travel. Contact
917-664-2576 (4/23)

SITUATION WANTED: COLLEGE STUDENT/NYC/DC: Seeking exciting summer internship (paid or unpaid). Drama & Psyc major at Vassar College, particularly interested in film and TV. Enthusiastic and hardworking.

SITUATION WANTED: NASHVILLE WRITER/PRODUCER/FIELD DIRECTOR: MTV, CMT, TLC. 20 yrs exp all budgets, genres and still fun to work with!

SITUATION WANTED: 20+ yrs. experience in TV Broadcasting & Cable finance/accounting. Seeking FT, PT or Temporary position: immediate start. Please contact

or call Trish Pihonak at 203.926.9878 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email
for specs.


ABC: Scrubs, Better Off Ted, Lost, The Unusuals
AZTECA: Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres Edicion Especial, Vidas al Limite, Al Extremo
CBS: New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
CW:  America’s Next Top Model, 90210 [r]
FOX: Lie to Me, American Idol
ION:  Boston Legal, Boston Legal, Boston Legal
MNT: World Funniest Moments, Comics Unleashed, Comics Unleashed
NBC: Law & Order [r], Law & Order: SVU [r], Law & Order [r]
PBS: Secrets of the Dead, JM Cousteau: Killer Whales
TELE: Dona Barbara, El Rostro de Analia, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso, El Cartel
UNIV: Cuidado con el Angel, Manana es para Siempre, Don Francisco Presenta

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