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Friday, 28 April 2006

Happy Friday

NATPE Birthday to Marcia Strassman, Paul Guilfoyle, Jay Leno, Mary McDonnell, Simbi Khali, Chris Young, Elisabeth Rohm, Jorge Garcia, Nate Richert, Vernon Kay and Jessica Alba! (And a special, non-TV B-Day to Ms. Harper Lee.)

Today in 1957, The Mike Wallace Interview debuted. In 1959, Arthur Godfrey and his Friends aired for the last time on CBS. In 2003, the iTunes Music Store launced. In 2004, the first photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison were shown on 60 Minutes II.

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Thursday, 27 April 2006

Speakers & Catchers & Sponsors, Oh My!

We're putting together a strong program for Boot Camp 2006! Here's a brief update on our latest confirmed participants...

Festival Board:

Mark Itkin, William Morris Agency

Speakers:

TVtracker is putting together a presentation on Studio Development Slates

Jeremy Whitham, BBC Acquisitions, for Roundtable Chat

Phil Gurin for Indie Producers' Survival Guide Session

Jacquie Jordan for Development Diagnosis Clinic

Catchers:

SOAPnet

Pie Town Productions

E! Entertainment

Style Network

Sponsors, Partners & Supporters:

Fox will help sponsor 5 Boot Camp scholarships for a Fox Diversity Fellowship program.

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Board Alert

David Katz:

Television doesn't belong to traditional networks anymore, said David Katz, head of sports and entertainment for Yahoo. "Yahoo has over 450 million people come to its (Internet) site worldwide every month," he said. "That is a broadcaster."

Blair Westlake:

"As a technology and platform provider, Microsoft views Universal's commitment to VC-1, iHD and HD DVD as critical to delivering a consistent consumer experience across the consumer electronics and PC ecosystem," commented Blair Westlake, corporate vice president of the Media, Content & Partner Strategy Group at Microsoft.

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Cloudy Thursday

NATPE Birthday to Jack Klugman, Casey Kasem, Phil Jones, Judy Carne, Douglas Sheehan and James Le Gros!

Today in 1986, Captain Midnight hijacked HBO's signal and transmitted his own message.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2006

Funny Lady

Twelling NATPE Birthday to Carol Burnett, Boyd Matson, Kevin James, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Tom Welling!

Today in 1978, Ringo Starr appeared in a television version of The Prince and the Pauper. In 1989, Lucille Ball died.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2006

Tuesday Birthdays

NATPE Birthday to William Roache, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hank Azaria, Jane Clayson, Jason Lee, Jason Wiles and Allisyn Ashley Arm!

Today in 1847, Guglielmo Marconi was born. In 1940, W2XBS New York presented the first televised circus. In 1953, NBC presented Ethel and Albert.

New releases on DVD this week include American Dad (Vol. 1); The Avengers ('62 set); Battlestar Galactica (Season 2, Canada); Inspector Gadget (Vol. 1); The Last Detective (Series 1); Law & Order: Trial by Jury; Odyssey 5; Reba (Season 3); The Rifleman (Set 5); Tommy Lee Goes to College; and The Waltons (Season 3).

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Monday, 24 April 2006

The Good Kind of Virus!

Check out this interview with 2006 Boot Camp Speaker, Gregg Spiridellis of JibJab and get some insight into the world of viral and brand marketing…

http://www.marketingvox.com/archives/2005/05/23/jibjab_founder_email_list_root_of_first_viral_success/

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NATPE Notes

Here's the toast...

“From our members, we have four significant first-run strips coming out next season, which includes Rachael Ray, who was the toast of NATPE,” says Burg.

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Board Alert

Blair Westlake:

"As a technology and platform provider, Microsoft views Universal's commitment to VC-1, iHD and HD DVD as critical to delivering a consistent consumer experience across the consumer electronics and PC ecosystem," said Blair Westlake, corporate vice president of the Media, Content & Partner Strategy Group at Microsoft. "We share Universal's passion to offer the highest video quality and deliver amazing extras for this new format."

Lucy Hood:

Lucy Hood, president of Fox Mobile Entertainment, says "24: Conspiracy" was a creative success. She notes that it is nominated for a special Emmy Award and has been translated into six languages and distributed in 25 countries.

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Monday Monday

NATPE Birthday to Shirley MacLaine, John de Mol, Michael O'Keefe, Cedric the Entertainer, Djimon Hounsou, Stacy Haiduk, Melinda Clarke, Eric Balfour and Kelly Clarkson!

Today in 1952, Raymond Burr made his television debut on an episode of Gruen Guild Playhouse entitled "The Tiger." In 1962, MIT achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal. In 1981, the first IBM PC was introduced. In 1984, Apple introduced the Apple IIc portable computer.

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