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Friday, 30 September 2005

NATPE TV Producers' Boot Camp Kudo

Congratulations are in order for Kansas City, Missouri-based producer and performer Tidy Dillard, who has been invited to MC the 4th Annual Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, October 14 - 16 in Atlanta, Georgia. A first-time NATPE member, Dillard attended NATPE in January and then took part in the 2005 NATPE TV Producers' Boot Camp. Based on the strength of his pitch, a cool new talent search program unlike anyseen before called "Unsigned Live: Hot or Not," he was invited to host the festival and screen his pilot. Dillard exemplifies the spirit of today's multi-cultural media generation. In creating opportunities and overcoming challenges through the creation of independent television and media, he also embodies the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival mantra: Go courageously as you pursue your dreams! More info on the festival: www.umff.com. Dillard has been featured on shows such as Comedy Central's "Comic View" and "Comic Justice" as well as the Laffapalooza Festival. Fly Tidy, fly!


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Good Sports

Lifehacker reports on a nifty feature from CBS Sports' Web site - build your own sportscast.

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Don't take this the wrong way, but

Joss Whedon should stick to television.

-says Slate

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Brits on Branded Entertainment

The American Idol judges sit with Coca-Cola cups on the table in front of them. The contestants on the new series of The Apprentice hang out in a Poggenpohl kitchen. The good guys in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation zap around in GMC Yukon vehicles.

These are the latest and most visible signs of advertisers' fight against the growing power of the television viewer: the ability to edit out the commercials. TiVo, Sky+ and other digital recorders allow viewers to watch programmes without having to endure the advertisement breaks that are rife in US television.

-UK's The Guardian looks at branded entertainment in the U.S.

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& Found

it was ultimately decided that a wheelchair-bound locke was the way to go, and the show is better for it.

-inside the Lost writer's room (WARNING: Contains all lower-case)

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Police Woman!

7865_small NATPE Birthday to Angie Dickinson, Victoria Tennant, Barry Williams, Fran Drescher, Crystal Bernard, Jenna Elfman and Lacey Chabert!

Today in 1947, The World Series came to television for the first time. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-3. In 1950, the Grand Ole Opry was first televised by Nashville station WSM. In 1951, The Red Skelton Show debuted on NBC. In 1960, The Flintstones made its debut on ABC. In 1965, Donovan made his American TV debut on Shindig! In 1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on The David Frost Show to talk about the virtues of transcendental meditation as taught by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 1982, Cheers made its debut on NBC. In 1984, Murder, She Wrote premiered on CBS.

There are 116 days until NATPE 2006.

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Thursday, 29 September 2005

Make Your Help Go Further

NATPE has donated $25,000 to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which is helping to reunite families who have been torn apart by Katrina.

We'll also match contributions from our members, up to an additional $25,000. Double the impact of your generosity by donating today.

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"I'm an 800-pound gorilla," he said, adding that he warned writers that half his suggestions were garbage and half were not. "It's their job to figure out which is which."

-Legacy Award winner James Burrows, on himself

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Thursday Deadwood

1242014 NATPE Birthday to Ian McShane, Mike Post, Bryant Gumbel, Drake Hogestyn, Jill Whelan and Rachel Cronin!

Today in 1951, The University of California defeated the University of Pennsylvania 35-0 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. It was the first network football game to be televised in color -- on CBS. In 1953, Make Room for Daddy debuted on ABC. In 1959, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis debuted on CBS. In 1960, My Three Sons premiered on ABC. In 1985, MacGyver made its debut on ABC. In 1989, Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of slapping a police officer during a stop in Beverly Hills. In 1995, the O.J. Simpson trial was sent to the jury. In 1996, the Nintendo 64 video game system, known as the first ‘true’ 64-bit system, hit North American shelves. That first day, Nintendo sold 500,000 systems.

There are 117 days until NATPE 2006.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2005

Musical Chair

The Chairman's new gig was announced yesterday - congratulations!

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