Saturday, 30 April 2005
Everybody's Working for the Weekend
On this date in 1939, FDR became the first President to appear on television. In 1992, the last episode of The Cosby Show aired. In 1997, Ellen came out on Ellen.
Friday, 29 April 2005
The 9th annual Webby Awards, honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality, will be announced on May 3. Penthouse 10, alas, gets no love this year - but we're sizing up the competition for next year...
Canucks Go Latin
Congratulations are in order for Canada's sizable Latino community, who campaigned successfully for a network to call their own. Hola! TV. On April 19th, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) aproved a license for Hola! Canadian Hispanic TV Network, Inc., the first TV network by and for Canadian Hispanics. Hola! TV es para mí, the network slogan is Spanish for "Hello! TV is for me." Independent and emerging producers with an eye on the growing Hispanic market either north or south of the maple leaf curtain take note.
A Prism's Facets
All the facets of the entertainment industry came together over at the Prism Awards last night at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Given by the Entertainment Industries Council for the accurate depiction of alcohol, drug and tobacco use in TV, film, video, music and comic books the night was low key but with moments of laughter and kudos. Penthouse 10 isn't sure but we think even though EIC exec VP marketing and industry relations, Larry Deutchman threatened to put anyone breaking the rules of the evening "in the box" no one suffered that fate.
Winners included Jamie Foxx for his performance in "Ray," another Ray... Liotta won for performance in a TV drama series episode of ER and Christine Lahti for her performance in Jack & Bobby. Other TV winners were Gracie's Choice for TV movie or miniseries, Justine Waddell for her performance at Natalie Wood in the Mysteries of Natalie Wood and Cold Turkey for unscripted non-fiction TV series episode or special.
Penthouse 10 congratulates all the nominees and winners! And we're raising a glass of sparkling water to all who use their creativity to entertain and educate!
Based on results from the annual Monitoring the Future survey, the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) one of EIC's partners, reported a 17% cumulative decline in drug use among 8th, 10th and 12th graders from the same month 2003 to 2004. We hope that this decline may in some what reflect the committment of the media to educate teens about the consequences of drug use. There are still many areas of concern including increasing numbers of 8th graders using inhalants. Research has found that even a single session of repeated inhalant abuse can disrupt heart rythms and cause death from cardiac arrest or lower oxygen levels enough to cause suffocation.
Here are some additional resources for those wanting to know more about drug and alcohol abuse and treatment.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards show is tonight.
Focus on the Friday
AdAge.com looks at how the cable industry's dealing with "decency". TVWeek.com notes that NBC & Telemundo have been thinking about your family, too. For a different perspective, check out the Parents Television Council's TV's Worst Clips 2001-2004, a handy digest of everything bad.
To Oldly Go
There are 269 days until NATPE 2006.
Thursday, 28 April 2005
May the Schwartz Be With You
Douglas Schwartz will be teaching the Boot Camp bunch to pitch. Who's Douglas Schwartz? Funny you should ask:
On a Clear Day You Can See the Valley
Not really, but after a night of spring rain we've got a beatiful view from PH10:
- Jason Bateman
- Ex-Saturday Night Live cast member Ana Gasteyer
- Documentary filmmaker Xan Cassavetes (yes, John & Gena's daughter)
- And Robert Greenblatt