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Good Morning. It’s Wednesday, February 13, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
It’s official! Put down your picket signs, the writers’ strike is over. Last evening members of the Writers Guilds East and West voted by a 92.5% margin to lift the restraining order that was invoked on November 5th. In a statement from Patric M. Verrone, President/WGA West reads in part:
Post Strike plans:
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
SPEED returns its original show PINKS for season 5 on February 20 at 9p. In this new season, the 50’s-style drag racing show will visit Missouri, Alabama and New York.
Broadcast Evening News Ratings Wrap-Up: The final results for the week of February 4, 2008:
CMT opens season three of The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search 3 on March 7 at 9p with eight episodes featuring ten women competing for the final spot in the Coyote Ugly traveling troupe and a $50,000 prize.
Last Sunday’s premiere of Six Degrees Could Change the World on National Geographic Channel over three airings (8p, 10p and 12a) drew a combined 3.5 million A25-54 viewers.
National Geographic Channel (NGC) gives viewers an insider’s look at the Port of Los Angeles and neighboring Port of Long Beach in a new weekly series, America’s Port. The eight-part series debuts April 6 at 10p then will move to its regular time slot of Mondays at 10p. Produced by Original Productions for NGC, producers of Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch, America’s Port will follow the workers who operate these ports where hundreds of tons of consumer goods pass through every day.
ION Media Networks, Inc. signed a non-exclusive deal with Twentieth Television to air the classic TV series M*A*S*H on ION Television in primetime.
WPT Enterprises, Inc. has a new network partner as World Poker Tour (WPT) opens its sixth season on GSN March 24 at 9p. The new season includes 23 two-hour episodes beginning with the Mirage Poker Showdown and three new tour stops, more than twenty new players and a new host Layla Kayleigh. WPT will follow GSN’s High Stakes Poker series.
CBS Sports announced beginning next month College Sports Television (CSTV) will become the CBS College Sports Network. Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports and Tony Petitti, EVP/Executive Producer, CBS Sports will supervise the daily operations of the network. To enhance the new cable network, original programming will be developed and anchoring the schedule will be a twice nightly program College Sports Tonight, with news and information focused on college sports. Also, CSTV’s online properties will be incorporated into the new network creating a comprehensive collection of sports-themed websites.
Outdoor Channel launched on WideOpenWest (WOW! Internet, Cable and phone) making the network available to WOW! Digital Cable subscribers in the Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and Cleveland markets.
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~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
Joel Surnow, executive producer of Fox’s 24, is leaving the show. Surnow’s contract with Twentieth Century Fox TV was due to expire in April, and both sides have chosen to call it a day. He had been with the show since the beginning. Stepping in will be Howard Gordon who has been running the day-to-day on this show since the start of Season #6.
Fox has ordered a pilot of a new gamer based on the Japanese game show Hole in the Wall from Fuji TV which is likened to a human game of Tetris, reports Variety. The US version will be produced by FremantleMedia N.A. The format has been sold in other countries and is reportedly successful in Australia, India and Russia, and clips can be seen on YouTube as well.
Justin Hartley of The CW’s Smallville, has signed a talent holding deal with the network. His past work includes the title role in the pilot Aquaman, and was also involved with two other CW pilots – Spellbound and eight Days a Week, reports THR.
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Writers, pick up your pens! Hollywood writers are satisfied they will at least get a seat at the table if studios begin feasting on revenues from digital platforms. Members of both the East and West wings of the WGA (92.5% of the 3,775 who voted, to be exact) voted overwhelmingly to ratify the deal hammered out by the guild’s governing boards over the weekend, offering writers mostly flat fees in these early days online distribution. One thing seems certain if big money does start to come pouring in from streamed shows and movies there will be another showdown three years from now. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL. (Or to listen to the Cynopsis Digital Podcast click here or subscribe to it at iTunes here .)
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY : DIC Entertainment has launched its first 24/7 online video channel, KewlCartoons.com, which offers a range of new and classic titles from DIC’s library as well as imkewl chat and games. Program titles available via KewlCartoons.com include Dino Squad, Inspector Gadget, The Littles, Liberty’s Kids, and the live-action series Cake among others. Plans for this year also include the launch of new property websites for DIC brands, such as Eloise, Beginner’s Bible, and Inspector Gadget. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Setanta Sports is interested in finding a buyer. The pay TV sports broadcaster, which airs English Premier League soccer and other sports on U.K. and international pay TV platforms, is reportedly hoping for a valuation number of $1.95 billion. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 2/4-2/10/08
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 2/4-2/10/08
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 2/4-2/10/08
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 2/4-2/10/08
Monday – A18-49 Analysis: NBC maintained its dominance Monday night at 4.0/10 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. NBC swept the night with its line-up: at 8p American Gladiators punched back the competition with 3.5/10, then at 9p the combo of American Gladiators and Deal or No Deal averaged a 3.9/10 to win. Through 10p, Deal or No Deal held the #1 spot with 4.5/12.
NBC: 6.5/10 American Gladiators 4.9/7, Deal or No Deal 8.1/13
CBS: 5.8/9 How I Met Your Mother [r] 4.5/7, Welcome to the Captain 4.4/7, Two and a Half Men [r] 7.7/11, New Adventures of Old Christine 6.4/10, CSI: Miami [r] 5.8/10
FOX: 5.0/8 Prison Break 4.8/7, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles 5.1/8
ABC: 4.5/7 Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann 6.2/9, Notes from the Underbelly 2.9/4, October Road 2.9/5
UNIV: 2.2/3 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.5/4, Pasion 2.0/3, Cristina 2.0/3
CW: 1.1/2 Gossip Girl [r] 1.0/2, Girlfriends 1.2/2, Girlfriends 1.4/2
MNT: 0.8/1 Celebrity Expose 1.0/2, Paradise Hotel 2 0.7/1
TELE: 0.7/1 Traicion 0.5/1, Victoria 1.0/2, Pecados Ajenos 0.6/1
A18-49: NBC 4.0/10, FOX 3.4/8, CBS 2.9/7, ABC 2.0/5, UNIV 1.9/5, CW 0.6/2, MNT 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Randy Rieland advanced to SVP/Interactive Media for Discovery Channel and Science Channel where he reports to John Ford, President/GM, Discovery Channel and is a member of the Digital Media leadership team under Josh Freeman, EVP/Digital Media. Additionally Iain Langridge joined Discovery Channel as VP/Interactive Media, reporting to Randy Rieland.
ION Media Networks, Inc. tapped John Lawson, President/CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations as EVP/Policy and Strategic Initiatives. Reporting to Brandon Burgess, Chairman/CEO, John will head the company’s Washington, D.C.-based regulatory and policy operation and will be responsible for policy strategy pertaining to ION’s broadcast, digital and mobile television efforts as well as creating proposals for public interest issues.
John Taylor joins Erwin-Penland as a Group Account Director to boost the public relation firm’s expertise in the automotive industry.
Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) elevated Pamela Parker to SVP/Business Affairs and Acquisitions. Pamela will manage the acquisitions and business affairs for the international networks group while based at SPTI’s global headquarters in Culver City. She also handles the local execution of many SPTI Networks’ light entertainment franchises and negotiates the acquisitions for SPTI’s nearly 50 television channels outside the U.S.
Granite Broadcasting Corporation named Chris Flynn as GSM of KBWB, the independent station in San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market. Chris will begin his new post February 26 and will report to Craig Coane, President/GM of KBWB.
ESPN hired Barry Blyn as VP/Consumer Insights to increase the network’s consumer research capabilities across all ESPN businesses. Based in New York, he reports to Artie Bulgrin, SVP/Research and Sales Development.
Portland, OR-based Sockeye Creative added four to its creative and account services staff: Damien Bianchi will be Director/Interactive coming from Hanlon Brown Design; Laura Williams began as a Senior Designer in November transitioning from a freelance position; Mette Hornung Rankin started in late 2007 as a Designer coming from Morrow McKenzie; and Heather Linn joined as Account Director in January to supervise several accounts.
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