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11/15/06

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, November 15, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

A hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee had as its topic the NFL Network slate of eight live games, the effect of that football schedule on cable rates, and potential anti-trust issues with the Sports Broadcasting Act.  It all began with carriage negotiations between NFL Network and Time Warner.  Time Warner apparently thinks the NFL Network rates were too high for a network that only carried 8 live games. NFL Network disagreed.  The result for now is NFL Network isn’t carried on Time Warner and those national games will not be seen by approx 15 million Time Warner subscribers, unless it’s a local game carried by their local affiliates. The hearing was called by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) who lives in a state with two NFL teams. As far as potential anti-trust issues, the question raised was whether NFL Network violated any laws by packaging a set of 8 games for itself.  Interestingly, in their testimony, both sides said this was not a place for the government to interfere, that this was a negotiation between the two parties and should be left to the parties to resolve. 

Elsewhere, NFL Network has filed suit against Comcast in New York state, where the argument is whether the terms of NFL Network/Comcast’s old deal should be applied to the new Adelphia and Time Warner systems Comcast has recently acquired. Comcast wants to put NFL Network on its premium sports tier for which customers pay extra, while NFL Network wants to be on the basic tier.  

NFL Network is currently in approx 40 million homes and its first of 8 games will air on Thanksgiving with Kansas City taking on the Denver Broncos.

Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC:  Daybreak at 9p
NBC:  Medium at 9p

Tonight’s Finales:
ABC:  Dancin’ with the Stars at 8p
Comedy Central:  South Park at 10p and Drawn Together at 1030p
MTV: Laguna Beach at 10p
SciFi: Ghost Hunters at 9p and SciFi Investigates at 10p
TV Land: I Pity the Fool at 10p

* MORE GOOD STUFF *

ABC will air Lost Moments, mini previews of the new full-length Lost episodes which will premiere next February. Starting today, the :30 Lost Moments vignettes will air randomly during the new drama Day Break. Each of the twelve segments will contain new footage of future episodes. After airing in Day Break, the Lost Moments will be available on ABC.com. All six episodes from season three will remain at ABC.com for free viewing until the second half begins in February.
 
The debut of Court TV’s new series Murder by the Book which aired Monday night at 10p, delivered 500,000 A25-54 viewers and 1.3 million total viewers.

Clarification #1:  While Debmar-Mercury has been awarded the distribution rights to Family Feud for FremantleMedia N.A. effective immediately, Tribune Entertainment will continue to handle the syndication barter sales for the remainder of the current season.
 
FOX Sports Net (FSN) has made an agreement with BBC Sports to air the new reality series All American Rookie next spring to coincide when the NASCAR season begins on FOX. The premise is 30 rookie drivers competing against each other, then against 10 of the best NASCAR drivers in a final race where one becomes All American Rookie and wins a sponsored contract to race in the NASCAR Busch Series as a professional driver. Production begins late this month at the Daytona International Speedway and continues at five tracks across the country through January.
 
The Golf Channel will reach 75 million U.S. homes by the end of this year. The network will be added to DIRECTV’s basic programming package Total Choice, which includes 15.5 million DIRECTV homes. As part of a 15-year exclusive deal, The Golf Channel will be home to the PGA Tour starting in 2007.

* BROADBAND & DIGITAL *

 
Another YouTube-like website is rising to the top as a result of a recent deal with television producer Steven Bochco. Metacafe is a video-sharing site that pays those producers whose content is the most popular to the tune of $100 bucks for every 20,000 views.  According to Variety, Bochco will have his own branded channel and provide a variety of content for the site, both unscripted and scripted.

Aggregator Limited and MercuryMedia have joined forces to develop and launch a new TV-over-broadband (TVoBB) service called joiningthedots.tv next February. The channel will have more than 200 documentary and factual film titles ranging from history, current affairs, arts, nature and science and more.  Programming will be provided by MercuryMedia, who distributes and creates factual content for the international TV market. Aggregator Limited will then publish and power the portal on its TVoBB delivery platform.

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* PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT *

 
VH1‘s latest project is called The Department of Acceptable Media, which will be executive produced by comedian Jack Black. The network has ordered 8 episodes for a spring 2007 debut. The content will include several short “pilots” produced by exec producers Black, Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, mixed in with “pilots” provided by viewers, says Variety.  Viewers will vote online at www.acceptable.tv for their favorite pilot, and those with the most votes moves on to create a new episode of their storyline.  The whole idea being to stay on the show for as long as you can without getting cancelled.

ABC has given a pilot order for a project called The Thick of It, an adaptation of the UK’s series on BBC 4. The comedy revolves around the office of a member of Congress, per Hollywood Reporter.  Written by Richard Day, the project is exec produced by Day and Mitchell Hurwitz.

Clarification #2:  Split Decision mentioned in yesterday Prod & Dev section is actually titled Split the Difference

* EXECUTIVE MOVES *

 
Ben Ross has been named Head of Acquisitions by MercuryMedia and Aggregator Limited for their joint broadband documentary channel product called joiningthedots.tv.
 
BIAP Systems, provider of interactive television systems, has hired Craig Olive as its SVP/Advertising Sales reporting to John Gregoire, President. Based in Dallas, Craig will be charged with increasing the BIAP iTV advertising sales team, developing relations with the company’s advertisers and agencies nationwide and working with the ad sales teams of companies that use BIAP’s technology.
 
Ian Mahoney joins MyNetworkTV and Twentieth Television as VP/Advertising Sales, Midwest where he reports both to Dave Barrington, SVP/GSM, Advertising Sales for MyNetworkTV and Elizabeth Herbst-Brady, SVP/Advertising Sales for Twentieth Television. Based in Chicago, Ian will assume his position immediately and will work in tandem with Larry Vanderbeke, VP/Advertising Sales, Midwest on ad sales for MyNetworkTV in addition to first-run and off-net syndication ad sales for Twentieth Television. Ian will also represent both entities on the West Coast.
 
ABC News has added Mary Fulginiti as a Correspondent, reporting on legal and investigative stories for Primetime and other ABC News platforms such as Good Morning America. Previously, Mary has appeared as a legal analyst on CNN, MSNBC, Court TV and FOX News.
 
Amanda Congdon has been hired by ABC News Digital Media Group as a Contributor. Her main focus will be to contribute through a weekly video blog via ABCNEWS.com in addition to the 24-hour digital channel, ABC News Now.
 
The creative studio Shilo has tapped Arthur Portnoy to be Executive Producer and Head of Sales for its East Coast operation based in New York.
 
Ben Tyson has been made Head of Development at the Nashville-based production company Taillight TV. Ben will work alongside writers, directors and producers to create and develop TV programming for broadcast and cable.
 

* RATINGS *

Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 11/6-11/12/06
Primetime     (000)           Total Pgm Day      (000)
ESPN               1638             ESPN                     659
USA                 1109             NICK                     642
TBSC               1096             TNT                       634
TNT                   960             TBSC                     572
FX                     773             USA                      532
SPK                   644             ADSM*                  517     
AEN                   632             NAN*                    463
CMDY                600              LIF                       419
LIF                    545              FX                        408
SCIF                  495             AEN                      387
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 111,400,000 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 (P2+) for the week of: 11/6-11/12/06
Primetime     (000)         Total Pgm Day      (000)
ESPN              3489           NICK                      2603
USA                2282           NAN*                     1295
TNT                2123           TNT                       1273
TBSC              1968           ESPN                     1231
NAN               1684           USA                       1070
FOXN             1537           TBSC                      1029
AEN               1341            ADSM*                    994
FX                 1329            TOON                      991
LIF                1301            LIF                          930
HALL             1263            FOXN                       879
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 111,400,000 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: 11/6-11/12/06
ESPN       Raiders/Seahawks                            4822
ESPN       College Football Thursday                  2897
FX           Nip Tuck                                          2716
CMDY      South Park                                       2285
USA        WWE Entertainment – 9p                   2277
USA         WWE Entertainment – 10p                2238
TNT         Walking Tall (2004)                          2126
ESPN       Sportscenter – Thurs 1109p               1746                          
TBSC       The Wizard of Oz                              1724
NICK       Spongebob The Movie                       1692
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television
Universe of 111,400,000 homes
 
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 11/6-11/12/06
ABC    Desperate Housewives                          11,902
ABC    Grey’s Anatomy                                    11,194
NBC    NBC Sunday Night Football                     9,855
ABC    Lost                                                      9,202
CBS    CSI                                                       9,043
FOX    House Election                                       8,934
NBC    Heroes                                                  8,716
ABC    Dancing with the Stars                           7,762
NBC    E.R.                                                      7,551
CBS    CSI: Miami                                            7,401
Source Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Monday – A18-49 Analysis:  NBC led Monday night with a 5.1/13 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. This week CBS was in second place at 4.6/12, followed by FOX 3.5/9, ABC 2.8/7, UNIV 1.5/4, CW 1.2/3 and TELE 0.4/1. At 8p, NBC took the lead with Deal or No Deal at 5.5/14, while FOX’s Prison Break came next at 3.8/10. NBC’s Heroes was #1 at 9p with 6.5/16. CBS then led at 10p with CSI: Miami earning a 6.2/16; NBC’s Studio 60 was #2 delivering a 3.2/8.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, November 13, 2006 –  SWEEP DAY #12 time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS      9.1/14       How I Met Your Mother 6.1/9, The Class 5.5/8, Two and a Half Men 10.2/15, Old Christine 8.1/12, CSI: Miami 12.2/20


NBC      8.3/13        Deal or No Deal 11.0/17, Heroes 8.8/13, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 5.0/8


FOX       5.8/9        Prison Break 5.8/9, House [r] 5.8/9


ABC       4.9/8        Wife Swap 4.7/7, The Bachelor 6.1/9, What About Brian? 4.1/7


UNIV     2.0/3        La Fea Más Bella 2.5/4, Mundo de Fieras 2.1/3, Cristina 1.5/2


CW        1.9/3       Everybody Hates Chris 2.0/3, All of Us 1.9/3, Girlfriends 2.0/3, The Game 1.6/2


TELE     0.6/1       Marina 0.6/1, Amor Mio 0.6/1, Amores 0.6/1, Decisiones 0.6/1


A18-49: NBC 5.1/13, CBS 4.6/12, FOX 3.5/9, ABC 2.8/7, UNIV 1.5/4, CW 1.2/3, TELE 0.4/1


 
The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1971 – Intel releases the world’s first single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.  Although it was originally designed for a calculator manufactured by a defunct company known as Busicom, the chip was also used in the Pioneer 10 spacecraft.  Intel processors would go on to a far wider range of uses.

Answer to Monday’s Trivia Question:  As the holidays are rapidly approaching so are the holiday specials on TV.  What animated holiday special will celebrate its 42nd anniversary, making it the longest running animated special ever?  RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER     Kudos to: Christine Szymczak/NY; Niki Melcher-Turner Broadcasting/Atlanta; Ellen Donahue-Fisher Price/East Aurora, NY; Brett Garrison-Turner Broadcasting System, Inc/Atlanta; Donna James-KDAF-TV/Dallas;  Dale Warshaw-Independent/Tucson; Micah McAfee/Birmingham, AL; Julie Foster-KSLA TV/Shreveport, LA; Sunita Sinor-Mattel/LA; Aaron Paquette-OTX Corp/Culver City CA; Debbie Zarcoff-Buena Vista TV/LA; Peter Sloan-Madhouse Entertainment/Beverly Hills

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Later  — Cyn
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WINTER INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. They are posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected] .

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT:  Wednesday, November 15, 2006


ABC     Dancing With the Stars Results Show The Finals [f ], Day Break [p ]
CBS     Jericho, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY
CW       America’s Next Top Model, One Tree Hill
FOX     Bones, Bones [r]
i       Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Charlie’s Angels, Diagnosis Murder
MNT     Desire, Fashion House
NBC     The Biggest Loser, Medium [p ]
TELE    Marina, Amor Mio, Amores, Decisiones
UNIV    La Fea Mas Bella, Mundo de Fieras, Don Francisco Presenta


EMAIL TO THE EDITOR:

re:  INTERNSHIPS

Dear Professor Caristi,
 
While your comments are well taken, it should be recognized that an internship is a learning experience for a student. The valuable insight to working in a field of their given choice ( by professionals who take the time out their busy daily schedules to mentor these students ) far out weighs a small stipend that they might receive. Personally, when I did my internship back in the mid 1980’s, it cost me A) the 3 credits for the internship. B) Monthly train commuting tickets into NYC (Summer internship 3 months), C) train station parking (3 months). The internship was 5 days a week M-F 9a-5pm.  Additionally, I worked Friday nights and on the weekends as a waiter to earn money.
 
It seems that todays students find it shocking that they are not paid. However, the sacrifice that they make when they are 21 years old will undoubtedly come back to them when they are older and have a job in their field because of their internship experience.
 
The interns that I have had over the years have went onto many great jobs working in large media companies: ABC-TV, MTV, Univision, Ad Agencies, etc. All of these interns are grateful for the opportunity they received to work in my department and gain the “real world” experience they were given. More importantly the personnel contacts that they received while in the internship lead many of them to these jobs.
 
One semester without pay compared to a lifetime job can prove that an internship is truly a valuable part of an education.
 
Regards,
 

Tony Marinaro
Director of Market Research WTNH-TV&WCTX-TV
&
LIN Television Corporate Director of Research
8 Elm Street
New Haven,CT. 06510
203-784-8832 Phone
203-773-1292 Fax
[email protected]


Dear Mr. Caristi:

   Your suggestion of paying college interns “something, anything” is advice that should have been sounded decades ago. Interns have been regarded by too many of us as “Free Labor.” We get the free labor, they get a  place to grow. You gotta wonder if that kind of thinking made slavery acceptable 200 years ago.

   With my own final grade dependant on a satisfactory internship, I found myself blackmailed into working 60-80 hour work weeks with no wage at all. Fridays were Pizza Day, and yup, I even had to pay for my slice just like the employees.

  Offering an hourly stipend could risk the creation of an overtime churning contract with an unsatisfactory “employee.” However, you have inspired us to institute a fair compensation schedule for all future interns starting this January. Please feel free to send us your intern candidates so they can benefit from your wisdom.

  Stu
   
Stuart Jay Weiss
President
Studio City
3330 Cahuenga Blvd  Los Angeles CA 90068
 LA: 818 557 7777          NYC: 212 777 5755
FAX 818 557 6777           FAX 212 777 5559


Dom Caristi, I regard you as a hero and I don’t think any of my fellow college students who subscribe to the Cynopsis would disagree with me.  A paid internship would not only make internships more appealing to us students, but more practical.

I currently attend a small private college in New Jersey, where the tuition has sky rocketed to $22,000 this year.  Being raised by a single mother also puts me at the disadvantage of having only one parent contribute to my college tuition.  Luckily, she does not make me take out all $22,000 of loans in my name; we split it down the middle.

I have done three internships for NBC Universal and they have been three of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  Unfortunately, finances have come in the way of some of these experiences.  I initially applied for an internship at NBC because it had always been my dream to be some part, big or small, of Saturday Night Live.  That dream almost came true for me this summer when I was offered an internship.  However, financial aid does not cover “summer classes”, so therefore in order to have interned I would have had to write a check for close to $3,000, which is something I do not have.  Although, if I did not have to cut back so many hours at my part time office job in order to gain the valuable experiences of these internships, I might have had the money saved to participate in the goal, my ultimate dream, of Saturday Night Live.

If us college interns were offered compensation, not even minimum wage, just something, we might have more opportunities for us because, unfortunately there are some of us who have to work because our parents can not financially support us.  Life is not easy for a college student to begin with; life is quite the struggle for a college student who attends class full time, interns, and works part time.  But I have done it, and I will be graduating in May with the experience of three wonderful internships, and no money in my bank account.

That is why I referred to Dom Caristi as a hero; if there were more people out there with his frame of mind, there wouldn’t be so many students who are not only close to $100,000 in debt, but who also have pennies instead of dollar bills in their wallets.  So for that, Dom, I personally thank you.

-Anonymous


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