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Wednesday, 21 December 2005

Countdown: 34

NATPE Birthday to Ed Nelson, Phil Donahue, Jane Kaczmarek, Ray Romano, Andy Dick, Kiefer Sutherland, Karri Turner and Khrystyne Haje!

There are 34 days until NATPE 2006.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2005

Countdown: 35

NATPE Birthday to Jim Simpson, John Hillerman, Michael Badalucco, Dick Wolf, Jenny Agutter and Blanche Baker.

Today in 1938, Vladimir Kosma Zworykin patented the iconoscope television system. In 1954, Buick Motor Company signed Jackie Gleason to produce 78 half-hour shows over a two-year period for $6,142,500. In 1980, NBC covered the Jets/Dolphins game with no commentators in the booth -- the only sounds were field and crowd noises. In 1996, Cosmos's Carl Sagan died at age 62.

New releases on DVD in this light week include The Amazing Race 7; Battlestar Galactica (Season 2.0); ER (Season 4); and Party of Five (Season 2).

There are 35 days until NATPE 2006.

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Monday, 19 December 2005

Members in the News

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36 days and counting...

NATPE Birthday to Cicely Tyson, Tim Reid, Mike Lookinland, Kristy Swanson, Amy LocaneAlyssa Milano and Marla Sokoloff!

Today in 1939, the premiere audience of Gone With the Wind premiered on W2XBS (later WNBT, and still later WNBC-TV). In 1973, Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage scare after jokingly warning of a shortage. In 1985, ABC released Howard Cosell from all TV commitments.

There are 36 days until NATPE 2006.

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Thursday, 15 December 2005

Dorf & Crockett

NATPE Birthday to Tim Conway, Don Johnson, Molly Price, Michael Shanks, Adam Brody and George O. Gore II!

Today in 1791, the Bill of Rights took effect following ratification by Virginia. In 1954, Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter was featured on Walt Disney’s TV series for the first time. In 1966, Walt Disney died.

There are 40 days until NATPE 2006.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2005

Operation Holiday Relief *Worthy Cause Alert*

OPERATION HOLIDAY RELIEF is bringing supplies and gifts to Louisiana residents hit by Katrina and Rita.

Who: Animation World Network (AWN.com), VFXWORLD.com, The Lot, Louisiana State University (LSU) and Plycon Van Lines

What: While the media reports on Louisiana residents affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may have lulled, there is still a need for:

  • TOYS and GIFTS

LSU students and faculty will be bringing these supplies directly to area shelters before Christmas.



Where: "OPERATION HOLIDAY RELIEF" The Lot's parking lot at the corner of Romaine & Formosa 950 N. Formosa Avenue LA, CA 90046

When: Friday, December 16th 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Contact: Nicole Feenstra - Nicole@awn.com (323) 606-4213

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60 Minutes, But WAY more Candles

NATPE Birthday to Don Hewitt, James Sutorius, Patty Duke and Michael Ovitz!

Today in 2000, the Federal Trade Commission approved the $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner. 

There are 41 days until NATPE 2006.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2005

No Absence of Malick

NATPE Birthday to Dick Van Dyke, Christopher Plummer, John Davidson, Wendie Malick, Johnny Whitaker, Jamie Foxx and Chelsea Hertford!

New releases on DVD this week include The Dukes of Hazzard (Season 5); Family Bonds (Season 1); Farscape (Vol. 7); Gilmore Girls (Season 5); Miami Vice (Season2); Reba (Season 2); The Simpsons (Season 7); and Tour of Duty.

There are 42 days until NATPE 2006.

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Monday, 12 December 2005

NATPE Member News:


Acquires More Than 100 Additional Hours of Historical and Current Affairs Programming Including Chef Tony Bourdain's A COOK'S TOUR and Thomas L. Friedman Specials

CABLEready has picked up the international rights to more than 100 hours of additional programming from New York Times Television, including 35 half-hour episodes of celebrity chef and Kitchen Confidential author Tony Bourdain's culinary travel series, A COOK'S TOUR, and 29 one-hour historical and current affairs programs. With the new acquisitions, CABLEready is now the exclusive international distributor of the entire New York Times Television library, with rights to nearly 300 hours of programming.

Each episode of A COOK'S TOUR, which originally aired on Food Network in the U.S., follows Bourdain around the world as he indulges his taste for bizarre cuisine and eccentric characters.

The hour-long programs acquired by CABLEready first aired on various Discovery networks and Showtime in the U.S., including two installments of THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN REPORTING, featuring the noted New York Times columnist and best-selling author. These Friedman programs include:

  • STRADDLING THE FENCE, an exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with reporting from the West Bank.
  • SEARCHING FOR THE ROOTS OF 9/11, an in-depth look at the source of Muslim rage towards the U.S. and the West.

CABLEready also acquired a number of current affairs specials reported by award-winning journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:

  • TERROR'S CHILDREN, an exploration of the post-war realities of the lives of Afghani refugee children living in Pakistan.
  • REINVENTING THE TALIBAN?, which examines Islamic fundamentalism and its effects on the Pakistani government since last year's elections.
  • WOMEN OF THE HOLY KINGDOM, which focuses on the internal debate about the role of women in an increasingly progressive Saudi Arabia.

Other documentaries in the package acquired by CABLEready span subjects ranging from racial hatred to the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein, including:

  • THE REAL CIA: ENEMIES, SECRETS AND SPIES, an inside look at one of the world's most secretive intelligence units.
  • THE REAL SADDAM, which documents how Hussein acquired, used and ultimately lost his powerful grip on Iraq.
  • BROTHERHOOD OF HATE, which follows one family's legacy of racial hate, handed down from one generation to the next.

"New York Times Television is synonymous with depth and quality... to be asked to represent their entire library is a privilege and honor," said Gary Lico, president and CEO of CABLEready.

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The Birthday is Right, Blossom!

NATPE Birthday to Bob Barker, Ed Koch, Cathy Rigby, Ana Alicia, Madchen Amick and Mayim Bialik!

Today in 1961, Mike Douglas began a TV variety show from Cleveland. In 1980, the U.S. Congress amended the Copyright Act in 1980 to recognize that computer programs were protected as literary works.

There are (gasp) 43 days until NATPE 2006.

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