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Friday, 31 March 2006

Happy Friday

NATPE Birthday to William Daniels, Shirley Jones, Richard Chamberlain, Valerie Curtin, Gabe Kaplan and Rhea Perlman!

Today in 1985, the 200th episode of The Love Boat aired. Lana Turner was the show's 1000th guest star. In 1992, Dateline NBC premiered.

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Thursday, 30 March 2006


NATPE Birthday to Richard Dysart, John Astin, Peter Marshall, Paul Reiser and Ian Ziering!

Today in 1964, Jeopardy! debuted with host Art Fleming. In 1970, soaps were added to ABC's (A World Apart and The Best of Everything) and NBC's (Somerset and Another World) daytime lineups.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2006

Call for Entries

  • The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival accepts any animated short between thirty seconds and ten minutes in length, created in any style, using any type of animation process. Please note comedic material is preferred.
  • You must own or hold all distribution rights to your completed short and all the elements within, including music.
  • Your short must have been made after January 1, 2002.
  • Your short cannot contain any pornography or any sequences unacceptable to a family-oriented audience. Please note that the judges have final determination on this item.
  • If your short has won an award at another festival it is eligible for entry. However, you should include a listing of all prizes and awards in your entry form.
  • Your short must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on May 31, 2006.
  • Your short can not have been selected for a prior Nicktoons Network Animation Festival.
This is a contest of skill and talent. Decisions of the judges are final. Entries will be judged on subjective criteria — including but not limited to — story, animation style, character development, overall appeal and originality. No employees of Frederator or its related companies and members of their immediate families are eligible to enter. Entries will not be returned. This contest is void where prohibited by law. The Grand Prize winner will be required to sign a Certificate of Eligibility as a condition of receiving such prize. All taxes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

How to Enter
The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival
263 West Olive Avenue, #381
Burbank, CA

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Bravo to Bravo

From the wires:

Bravo kicked off 2006 with a bang, setting new records across all key demos for total day viewing in first quarter 2006. The first quarter was the most-watched quarter in Bravo history. In primetime (Monday-Sunday 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.), Bravo averaged 391,000 homes and 281,000 Adults 18-49, the best first quarter performances ever for the network.

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The McLaughlin Birthday Group

NATPE Birthday to John McLaughlin, Eric Idle, M.C. Hammer, Marina Sirtis and Lucy Lawless!

Today in 1962, Jack Paar left his NBC late-night show. The next permament host would be Johnny Carson. In 1967, the first AFTRA strike left TV without many familiar faces for 13 days. In 1982, Search for Tomorrow moved from CBS to NBC.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2006

Conference Update

From TV Week:

The National Association of Television Program Executives has scheduled its 2007 conference for Jan. 15-18, once again holding the event at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

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In Other News

Is that a concierge in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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Board Panels

If you're headed to MIP, be sure to check out these panels (featuring NATPE Board Members):

Kicking off the panels for the day is Convergence of Telecoms & Broadcasting: Who Will Be in Control, at 9:15 am. Moderated by Bulkley, the panel will ask, in this landscape where telcos, pay-TV operators and broadcasters are vying for power, who will control the customer relationships? Panelists include Endemol’s chief creative officer, Peter Bazalgette; Microsoft’s senior director, Erik Huggers; CHUM Television’s senior VP of content, Roma Khanna; Dan Marks, the CEO of BT TV; Shane O’Neill, the chief strategy officer at Liberty Global and the president of chellomedia; and France Telecom’s senior VP of partnerships and services, Hervé Payan.

At 11:30 a.m., the panel entitled The Future of Rights SuperPanel: Are the Content Rights Owners Ready for the New Game? will provide tips for rights owners in the new media landscape. Panelists include John Paul McLellan, partner at law firm Haldanes in Hong Kong; Conrad Riggs, a partner in Mark Burnett Productions; Hans Schiff, a VP at the William Morris Agency; Joanna Shields, the director of syndication and partnerships for EMEA at Google; Jack Sullivan, the CEO of Broadway Video Enterprises; and Andrea Wong, executive VP of alternative programming, specials and late night at ABC.

-courtesy World Screen

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Tuesday Cake Walk

NATPE Birthday to Conchata Ferrell, Ken Howard, Dianne Wiest and Reba McEntire!

Today in 1967, Raymond Burr starred in the Ironside TV movie (which would become a series that fall). In 1974, a streaker ran onto the set of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. In 1985, The Cosby Show was the highest-rated show since 1983 (and the first in a decade to garner a higher Nielsen rating than the Academy Awards telecast).

New releases on DVD this week include American Muscle Car (Season 1); The Andy Milonakis Show (Season 1); Astroboy (Ultra Edition-Set 1); Danger Mouse (Seasons 5 & 6); Dark Shadows (Collection 23); Degrassi: The Next Generation (Season 3); Doctor Who (Beginning Collection); Dog the Bounty Hunter (Best of Season 2); Friends (Babies, Birthdays, Weddings); Highway to Heaven (Season 3); The Invisible Man (Season 1); Knots Landing (Season 1); Northern Exposure (Season 4); Not the Nine O'Clock News (Best of); Quantum Leap (Season 4); Robot Chicken (Vol. 1); Six Feet Under (Season 5); Tales of the Unexpected (Set 4); TransGeneration (miniseries); The Triangle (miniseries); Wonder Showzen (Season 1); and The X-Files (Seasons 4,5,6).

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Monday, 27 March 2006

Weekday One

NATPE Birthday to Taylor Atelian!

Today in 1955, Steve McQueen made his network television debut in Goodyear Playhouse.

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