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Wednesday, 30 November 2005

Boob of the Week

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens

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Coming to NATPE

BuzzMetrics, the leader in online word-of-mouth research and planning, today launched the first syndicated service to tap into the massive pool of unaided television discussion occurring on blogs, message boards and other social media.

The new TV*BuzzMetrics ratings will help television executives and advertisers by delivering ongoing qualitative insights that help explain key drivers of viewer engagement, and understand potential value of new programs. BuzzMetrics is a business affiliate of VNU, owner of such renowned research brands as ACNielsen and Nielsen Media Research.

-read the press release

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Oh My Sandra Oh

NATPE Birthday to Efrem Zimbalist Junior, Robert Guillaume, Dick Clark, Mandy Patinkin, Colin Mochrie, Kevin Conroy, Ben Stiller, Sandra Oh, Clay Aiken and Kaley Cuoco!

Today in 1940, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married. Lucy filed for divorce the day after their final TV show was filmed in 1960. In 1969, Simon and Garfunkel's first TV special was broadcast in the U.S. In 1971, ABC presented Brian’s Song as the "ABC Movie of the Week". In 1977, David Bowie sang a duet of "Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby on his Christmas special. Also in 1977, Eric Sevareid retired from CBS. In 2004, Ken Jennings won 74 times (and $2.5 million) on Jeopardy! before finally losing.

There are 55 days until NATPE 2006.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Bravo, Joe

From the wires:


Bravo has appointed Joe Brown to the position of Director, Program Research. The announcement was made today by Tony Cardinale, Vice President, Program Research, Bravo.

In his new role, Joe will be responsible for monitoring, analyzing and communicating the performance of Bravo and its competition to management and programming departments through Nielsen ratings analysis. Additionally, his analysis and evaluation of Bravo viewers will be used to guide the network's program development, planning and acquisition processes. He will report to Cardinale.

"Joe has been a major contributor within the NBC Universal organization, and we're excited to have him join the Bravo program research group," said Cardinale. "His experience and skill will help us keep Bravo closely connected to our viewers, and continue to move the business forward."

Brown joins Bravo from CNBC, where he served as Director, Programming Research. In this role, he was responsible for developing and executing CNBC programming research initiatives for both the business news and primetime production units. Prior to that, Brown had moved up the ranks in the research department and held a number of positions including Research Manager and Reseach Analyst.

Brown holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from Fordham University.

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been a NBC Cable Network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980.For more information visit www.bravotv.com.

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The Tomorrow People, Today

NATPE Birthday to Garry Shandling, Howie Mandel, Kim Delaney, Don Cheadle and Gena Lee Nolin!

Today in 1948,  Verdi's Othello became the first televised opera, on WJZ-TV in New York. In 1959, the Grammy Awards were shown on network television for the first time.

New releases on DVD this week include C.S.I. (Season 5); Crank Yankers (Season 2, Vol. 2); Criss Angel Mindfreak (Season 1); Empire (mini-series); Family Guy (Vol. 3); Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (Vols. 1 & 2); Project Runway (Season 1); Timeslip (complete series); and The Tomorrow People (Set 2).

There are 56 days until NATPE 2006.

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Monday, 28 November 2005

Off the Wires

Matrix honorees include Geena Davis, Joan Hamburg, Jill Abramson, Renetta McCann, Beth Comstock,
Cynthia Leive, Candace Bushnell and Katherine Oliver.
Ellen DeGeneres to receive special Humanitarian Award
        NEW YORK, NY, November 28, 2005 -- New York Women in Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) will honor Geena Davis, and Candace Bushnell among others for its 2006 Matrix Awards, it was announced today. The ceremony, sponsored by the Oxygen Network, will be emceed by Ellen DeGeneres, star of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” a talk show that airs in syndication and on Oxygen. The 2006 Matrix Awards event will take place at a luncheon in the Waldorf-Astoria on “Matrix” Monday, April 3, 2006.

        The 2006 awards acknowledge outstanding women who have distinguished themselves in the communications fields of advertising, arts & entertainment, books, film, magazines, marketing, newspapers and radio. In addition to these eight honorees, NYWICI will be presenting a special Humanitarian Award to this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Ellen DeGeneres, for her work in the gulf coast following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

This year’s Matrix honorees are as follows:
· Jill Abramson, Managing Editor, The New York Times
· Candace Bushnell, Author
· Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer, GE
· Geena Davis, Actor
· Joan Hamburg, Radio Personality, WOR Radio
· Renetta McCann, Chief Executive Officer, Starcom Mediavest Group
· Cynthia Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
· Katherine Oliver, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting
        Betsy Morgan, Senior Vice President, CBS Digital Media/General Manager, CBSNews.com and NYWICI’s President, commented “Matrix reflects NYWICI’s mission of promoting professional growth and inspiring women to achieve. We are honored to have such a distinguished group of women accepting Matrix Awards this year.”

        “We love hosting the Matrix Awards because they're the most powerful awards for women and we're honored that Ellen DeGeneres, one our favorite Oxygen personalities, has agreed to emcee,” said Geraldine Laybourne, Oxygen Chairman and CEO and 1996 Matrix Award Winner. “We congratulate Ellen and this year's exceptional group of winners. We're inspired by their endless accomplishments.”

        To register for the event or to find out more information about the organization, please go to www.nywici.org or call (212) 297-2133.

New York Women in Communications, Inc.
New York Women in Communications, Inc., founded in 1929, is a not-for-profit organization of more than 1,000 communications professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards throughout the industry and to providing education and leadership for the next generation. The membership encompasses senior executives and other experienced communicators from a wide range of enterprises, as well as young professionals and students. NYWICI empowers women in all communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth and inspiring them to achieve and share their successes.

About Oxygen Media
Oxygen, the only cable network owned and operated by women, is currently available in 56 million homes. The network was launched in 2000 to fill a void in the television landscape -- creating a network targeted to younger women. Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's television, with the most original programming of all the women's networks including Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance, Talk Sex with Sue Johanson and Oprah After the Show. Geraldine Laybourne, the network's founder, Chairman and CEO, has led the company to be a strong advocate for women. Through programs like The Mentor's Walk, Oxygen's national program for bringing along the next generation, and "Who Cares About Girls," Oxygen's new documentary series -- Oxygen is creating The New Girls Network.

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Review the Preview

FYI - the official NATPE 2006 Preview is in this week's issue of TelevisionWeek. It begins on page 47 of the print mag, and some of the content is also available online.

To look for: the floorplan and agenda (as of November 11).

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Soapy Monday

Stewartmontage NATPE Birthday to Susan Spencer, Paul Shaffer, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jon Stewart, Anna Nicole Smith and Scarlett Pomers!

Today in 1969, the final episode of BBC soap-opera The Newcomers was broadcast. In 1975, As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes. 1984, Phil Donahue headed to New York for his daily talk show that reached an estimated 7 million people each day.

There are 57 days until NATPE 2006.

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Thursday, 24 November 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

NATPE Birthday to William F. Buckley Jr., René Enríquez, Dwight Schultz, Stanley Livingston, Denise Crosby and Katherine Heigl!

Today in 1963 in Dallas, Lee Harvey Oswald was mortally shot by Jack Ruby on live national television. In 1973, following over two years of retirement, Frank Sinatra went back to work again with a TV special on NBC titled, Ol’ Blue Eyes is Back.

There are 61 days until NATPE 2006.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2005

Pre-T Bdays

NATPE Birthday to Steve Landesberg, Maxwell Caulfield, Page Kennedy, Kelly Brook and Austin Majors!

Today in 1958, Ronald and Nancy Reagan appeared together in the GE Theatre production of "A Turkey for the President". In 1963, Doctor Who premiered on the BBC. In 2004, Dan Rather announced he would step down as principal anchorman of The CBS Evening News in March 2005.

There are 62 days until NATPE 2006.

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