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HLN and Twitter Form Strategic Alliance to Create an All-Screen Experience for News

Press release from HLN, April 10, 2014:

HLN, which rebranded itself earlier this year as the first TV home for the social media generation (millennials and the millennial-minded), has formed a strategic partnership with Twitter, it was announced by Albie Hecht, executive vice president and general manager, HLN and Vivian Schiller, head of news, Twitter.

The partnership will include collaboration between HLN and Twitter on several projects, including piloting an innovative program to visualize Twitter data live on air in new and compelling ways. The teams will work together to broadcast live visualizations of Twitter data simultaneously across television and digital platforms. During 2014, HLN will use Twitter to power trending segments on Morning Express with Robin Meade.

The HLN and Twitter teams are also working on a Tweet DVR. This save-for-later feature will capture the best live Tweets from television premieres and play them alongside digital video and TV replays of the same program. HLN will unveil this Twitter-enhanced video experience in 2014.

Additionally, HLN and Twitter will combine the strengths of each partner to uncover the issues that matter most to people and get them to the polls for the mid-term elections while creating new sponsorship opportunities across TV, digital and social media. The #TweetTheVote will include special analysis of ‘outside the beltway’ tweets, and a Twitter powered get-out-the-vote effort on TV.

HLN is also joining the Twitter Amplify program, which allows the network to promote its sponsored video clips on Twitter, injecting news clips fresh from broadcast into the conversation on Twitter with cross-platform branding.

“Twitter is at the center of the social circle of what’s trending, topical and talked about,” said @AlbieHechtHLN. “As HLN becomes the TV hub of social media newsgathering, collaborating with Twitter will provide us the tools to further be a part of, and report on, the conversation.”

“HLN‘s new focus on social conversation makes it a natural home for Twitter,” said @vivian. “With over 500 million tweets sent each day, Twitter's live, public platform will provide HLN rich content on the most compelling issues of our times.”

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CBS Announces Stephen Colbert as the Next Host of 'The Late Show'

Press release from CBS, Thursday, April 10, 2014:

The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

“Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Tassler. ”He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Adding, “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

Since its launch on Comedy Central in 2005, “The Colbert Report” has received widespread critical acclaim while earning two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations, including an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Series (2013) and three Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2013, 2010, 2008). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

In addition, Colbert is an accomplished author, with two books, I AM AMERICA (and So Can You!) and AMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, appearing on the New York Times best-seller list. AMERICA AGAIN also won a Grammy Award for Spoken Word (2014).

In music, Colbert’s original holiday musical special on Comedy Central, “A Colbert Christmas,” won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (2009) and Emmy nominations for Art Direction, Picture Editing and Original Music and Lyrics. In April 2011, Colbert starred as Harry in the New York Philharmonic presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

After graduating from Northwestern University, Colbert was a member of Chicago’s acclaimed Second City improv troupe with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio later created and starred in the CableAce-nominated sketch comedy series, “Exit 57,” and created the cult-hit narrative series “Strangers with Candy,” both for Comedy Central.

Colbert has appeared on series such as HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He was also a cast member and writer on ABC’s “The Dana Carvey Show,” wrote for “Saturday Night Live” and voiced roles in DreamWorks’ animated films “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

THE LATE SHOW is broadcast weeknights on the CBS Television Network from 11:35 PM - 12:37 AM, ET/PT.

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HLN Announces Nightly News Program 'The Daily Share' and Unveils Second Development Slate Under New Brand at 2014-15 Upfront

Press release from HLN, April 10, 2014:

HLN dives further into a social media filter with a wide-ranging mix of programs in development to be announced by Albie Hecht, executive vice president and general manager, HLN, at today’s CNN Worldwide Upfront presentation in New York City.

Rebranded earlier this year as the first TV home for the social media generation (millennials and the millennial-minded), HLN has unveiled a nightly news show and ordered presentation reels within a broad spectrum of non-fiction programming including, a humorous look at the news, personality-driven programs, game/competition shows, and a late-night comedy talk/video/sketch offering.

“HLN has collaborated with some truly creative minds both internally and externally to build a programming slate designed to heighten the all screen experience -- TV, digital and social,” said @AlbieHechtHLN.

The Daily Share will be a one-hour news and information show from HLN’s new studio in Atlanta. The show will provide a digest of what people are watching, searching, playing, sharing, shopping and creating in every aspect of their social media lives. The nightly program will be produced by HLN. Airdate and host(s) to be announced.

Following are the development slate projects to be announced during HLN’s 2014-15 Upfront presentation (all working titles):

-- 2 Spouses, 3 Houses -- YouTube star Jessica Edwards (@JRiffleEdwards) looks at a couples’ social media ‘likes, hearts and pins’ to help her find three choices for their dream home; one perfect for one, one for the other, and one she thinks they both will ‘like.’ Created by Red Arrow Industries, the team behind the HGTV version of the hit series Love It or List It.

-- America's Most Liked -- Now there’s a game show that can take someone from Internet nobody to web superstar. One just has to use their special or unusual talents to compete in viral challenges and try to get the most “likes” from the all screens audience. Created by David Sidebotham’s Babyfoot Productions, and Eero Hietala’s Aito Entertainment, and developed by Michael Yudin, My Tupelo Entertainment.

-- What’s Trending -- A weekly look at the hottest trending topics and personalities that everyone is buzzing about and sharing. Hosted by co-founder of @whatstrending, Shira Lazar (@shiralazar). Created by Damon Berger and Shira Lazar/What’s Trending.

-- The Indie Machines Project -- Digital filmmakers Erik Beck and Justin Johnson (@indiemachines) are developing two 11 minute series, the interactive sketch show 5 Word Films, and animated parody talk show Action Tonight.

-- Wkly M@shup with Chuey Martinez -- An exciting new 'late night' experience, hosted by one of LA’s top rated radio personalities, Chuey Martinez (@ChueyMartinez), who will invite an eclectic mix of social media stars, established celebs and other faces from popular culture, who are making, spinning and spreading news to join him for this late night talk show, that is one-part talk, two-parts performance, and a spicy splash of sketch comedy. Created by Doug Greiff and Beatriz Acevedo, and inspired by the hit MiTu Network digital series, El Show w/ Chuey Martinez.

-- Natural Born Mixer with Alex Ott -- This series follows master mixologist and scientist Alex Ott (@alexottscience), whose adventures and challenges are mined from his social media following. Created by Robert Small/Robert Small Entertainment (co-creator, Unplugged/MTV).

-- Web Mysteries -- A half-hour series that seeks the truth behind the Web’s most fascinating, amusing and otherworldly stories and videos. Created by HLN.

-- News or Not -- This game show challenges viewers knowledge of real social media news headlines. Created by Nancy Glass & Eric Neuhaus/Nancy Glass Productions (Tanked/Animal Planet & Dangerous Grounds/Travel Channel).

-- The Social Life -- Twitter star, travel junkie, sports fan and foodie, Ali Nejad (@Ali_Nejad) enlists his nearly one million online followers to help him take on missions -- from building homes for the homeless to joining a pro soccer team for a day. Created by Ali Nejad and Hugh Arian/Echo Entertainment.

-- Beyond The Like -- Sometimes, there's a lot more to a viral video than a quick thrill. From digital artist and director Joe Sabia, this themed half-hour series curates viral moments and explores how the individuals behind extraordinary projects have made their mark online.

-- Trip Traders -- Tapping into the fast growing online community of people around the world who trade homes for vacations, the show will follow one ‘trader’ as they decide which of three offers to accept. Created by Alan Goodman.

The 11 projects join the previously announced Keywords, NewsToonz (formerly I Can Haz NewsToons), One.Click.Away. Vacation Hunters, Videocracy and #WhatsYourFOMO app also on HLN’s development slate.

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Complete List of Recipients of the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards

180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School (PBS)

National Black Programming Consortium, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS

Chronicling a year at Washington Metropolitan, aka DC Met, it's an intimate, unvarnished portrait of a high-poverty high school and the challenges facing students, teachers and administrators.


The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS)

Thirteen, Inkwell Films, Kunhardt McGee Productions in association with Ark Media

A long time coming, not to mention five years in the making, Gates' history of African Americans, their trials, their triumphs and their ongoing influence on this nation, reaches back five centuries to find stories that inspire, unsettle, surprise and illuminate.


Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

CNN, Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.

Whether Bourdain's tireless search for new taste experiences takes him to Myanmar or Detroit, he never fails to find great stories to go with the food.


Best Kept Secret (PBS)

American Documentary / POV, BKS Films, LLC

The "secret" at Newark's poor John F. Kennedy High School is its unexpectedly resourceful program for special-needs students, especially autistic teens. This documentary - frank, poignant, never simplistic - immerses viewers in the struggles of three autistic kids and one dedicated teacher.


Borgen (DR1, Denmark)

DR Fiktion

Borgen is a Danish term for "government," and this realistic, richly nuanced dramatic series is peerless in its depiction of how the machinery works. It's also rumination on power, ambition, integrity, love and deal-making, with one of the most intriguing female protagonists in all the TV world.


Breaking Bad (AMC)

Sony Pictures Television

Through a stunning brand of visual storytelling and meticulous character development, we were able to explore the darkest chambers of a human heart in a way never before seen on TV. Over five seasons, Vince Gilligan made good on his promise to utterly transform Walter White from Mr. Chips into Scarface.


The Bridge (FX)

Shine America and FX Productions

A crime drama set in motion by a murder victim left literally on the border of West Texas and Northern Mexico, its rare, non-stereotypical depiction of two cultures rubbing against and informing each other is as fascinating as the mystery.


Broadchurch (BBC America)

A Kudos and Imaginary Friends Co-Production

A peaceful, picturesque seaside town in England is rattled to its core by the murder of a young boy in this intricately crafted, emotionally rich, endlessly surprising mystery series.


Burka Avenger (Geo Tez)

Unicorn Black

Smart, colorful and provocative, this Pakistani-produced television program about a super-heroine sends a clear message about female empowerment that has the potential to affect an entire generation.


The Central Park Five (PBS)

Florentine Films, WETA

A tragic story, finally told in full, The Central Park Five reexamines not only the case of black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were railroaded and wrongly imprisoned for a rape but the climate of fear and the media frenzy that surrounded their trial.


A Chef's Life (PBS)

Markay Media in association with South Carolina ETV (SCETV)

A cooking/reality series revolving around a high-end, farm-to-fork restaurant in South Carolina's low country, it's made all the more appetizing by generous sides of local color, stereotype-defying rural neighbors and Southern food-lore.


Coverage of Boston Marathon Bombings (WBZ-TV, Boston, and WBZ Newsradio 1030)

WBZ-TV, WBZ Newsradio 1030

Out in force to cover the annual marathon, both WBZ-TV and Newsradio 1030 had a journalistic advantage when the bombs detonated. Neither gave it up as their reporters spent hour after hour on the air providing wide-ranging, enterprising, non-sensational coverage of the casualties, the suspects and the intense, nerve-wracking manhunt. They become crucial sources not just to their city but to a stunned nation.


Coverage of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) (GMA Network Inc., Philippines)

GMA Networks, Inc.

Facing logistical challenges and sharing in the national shock in the face of what may have been the most powerful typhoon is history, GMA news teams provided desperately needed spot news coverage and information, gaining strength and perspective as they worked, and followed up with solid reporting on the aftermath, heroic acts and relief efforts.


Fault Lines: Haiti in a Time of Cholera (Al Jazeera America)

Al Jazeera America

Nearly 8,000 Haitians have died of cholera since the island was devastated by an earthquake in 2010, and more than half a million others have been infected. Fault Lines presses for accountability as it reports mounting scientific evidence that U.N. peacekeepers were the source of the epidemic.


Fault Lines: Made in Bangladesh (Al Jazeera America)

Al Jazeera America

Probing a garment-factory fire in Bangladesh that left at least 119 people dead, Fault Lines discovered evidence that U.S. retailers such as Walmart, whose Faded Glory clothing brand was found in the ashes, often turn a "blind eye" to their subcontractors' dangerous, cost-cutting practices.


FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis (PBS)

FRONTLINE, Kirk Documentary Group

Undeterred by the National Football League's defense, FRONTLINE's investigative team produced a solidly-sourced, high-impact documentary about the extent of brain damage among players, a story still reverberating throughout the world of sports.


Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (PBS)

B'WAY Films LLC, Ghost Light Films, Albert M. Tapper and THIRTEEN for WNET

Historically fascinating and grandly entertaining, it's a tune-filled dissertation on the incalculable influence of Jewish composers - from Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim to Stephen Schwartz - and Jewish musical idioms on the evolution of a great American art form.


Hanford's Dirty Secrets (KING-TV, Seattle)

KING 5 Television

Centering on a leaking nuclear-waste storage tank in Washington state, the Seattle station's expose of mismanagement, deception and waste of tax dollars resulted in a full review of the Hanford nuclear "reservation" by the U.S. Department of Energy and resignations at the company that manages the toxic site.


Harper High School (WBEZ Chicago 91.5)

WBEZ Chicago's This American Life

A trio of This American Life reporters embedded themselves for five month at Harper, a Chicago high school where gun violence was epidemic, and produced a pair of hour-long documentaries that were vivid, unblinking, poignant, and sometimes gut-wrenching.


Hollow (

Hollow Interactive, LLC

Experiential aurally and visually, the interactive website lets visitors immerse themselves in the lives of 30 residents of McDowell County, West Virginia, an economically stressed, shrinking American community both unique and emblematic.


House of Cards (Netflix)

Donen/Fincher/Roth, Trigger Street Productions, Inc., Media Rights Capital, Netflix

By releasing an entire season of episodes at once, Netflix took binge viewing to a new level and obliterated the idea that a hit TV show needs a slot in prime time. We are able to follow Frank Underwood's political schemes at our own pace and immerse ourselves in the show's version of Washington, D.C., where desperation for power is the capital city's lifeblood.


In Plain Sight: Poverty in America (NBC &

NBC News

Many faces and forms of poverty, some predictable, some startling, are highlighted in NBC News' wide-ranging, multi-platform project, geared to the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's declaration of "war" on the scourge.


Independent Lens: How to Survive a Plague (PBS)

How to Survive a Plague LLC, Public Square Films, Impact Partners, Little Punk

A real-life medical thriller, David France's documentary evokes the alarm and enterprise surrounding AIDS in the late 1980s, when the activists in groups such as ACT UP and TAG took their fates into their own hands and changed the course of a global pandemic.


Independent Lens: The House I Live In (PBS)

Charlotte Street Films, Independent Television Service (ITVS), BBC, ZDF/ARTE, NHK Japan

Forty years and 45 million arrests after the U.S. declared war on them, illegal drugs are cheaper, purer and more available than ever. What went wrong with the campaign? The House I Live In counts the ways, not just with hard statistics but with powerful human stories.


Independent Lens: The Invisible War (PBS)

Chain Camera Productions, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Girls Club Entertainment, RISE films, Fork Films, Cuomo Cole Productions, Canal Plus

With powerful interviews with rape survivors at its core, The Invisible War is the most exhaustive report to date on the extent and causes of sexual assault in the U.S. military.


Inside Syria's War (BBC World News)

BBC World News America

From gruesome mass-murder scenes outside Homs to displaced children living in caves, the consistent, up-close coverage of Syria's civil war and its human toll by BBC World News journalists had no equal in 2013.


Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Central Productions

It's like Abbott and Costello Meet Richard Pryor when the duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele fearlessly apply their mischievous minds and satirical savvy to racially aware sketches both broad and incisive.


Latino Americans (PBS)

WETA, LPB (Latino Public Broadcasting), Bosch & Company, ITVS

A revelation no doubt for many viewers, the documentary series' six fascinating installments traced a people's history that's older than the United States itself and showed how Latinos, rendered to foreigners in a land their ancestors colonized, are now reshaping it.


The Law in These Parts (PBS)

American Documentary / POV

The seemingly lighthearted title notwithstanding, Israeli filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's documentary is serious, resoundingly significant work--a long, hard look at the legal system his homeland created in 1967 to govern the newly occupied Palestinian territories and what it has meant and still means to both sides in this lasting conflict.


Life According to Sam (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films and Fine Films LLC

Sam Berns, a teenager bearing up to the ravages of a disease that causes accelerated aging with amazing grace, humor and thoughtfulness, is the subject of this great, informative, humane and humbling documentary.


Louisiana Purchased (WVUE-TV, New Orleans, and

WVUE-TV & Times-Picayune

Plenty big, never easy, this extensive joint TV-newspaper investigation of Louisiana campaign financing - who gives and gets what - put influence peddlers and buyers on notice and provided TV-news operations around the country a template for ambitious digging.


Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (HBO)

Jigsaw Productions, HBO Documentary Films, Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films

Harrowing and infuriating, Alex Gibney's investigative documentary focuses on one of the earliest and ugliest cases in the Roman Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal: a Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 deaf children at a school he oversaw.


A Needed Response (YouTube/Samantha Stendal)

Samantha Stendal, Aaron Blanton

Short, simple and spot-on in its critique of rape culture, the ingenious PSA by two University of Oregon students takes just 25 seconds to make its point that real men treat women with respect.


NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Questions of Influence (WTVF-TV, Nashville)


In a series of reports capped by an hour-long prime-time special, WTVF's investigators revealed that running Tennessee state government "like a business," as the governor had publically pledged, in reality meant sweetheart deals, no-bid contracts and ethical lapses. A scathing state audit was just one of the results.


One-on-One with Assad (CBS)

CBS This Morning, CBS News

In what was surely the biggest journalistic "get" of 2013, CBS This Morning's Charlie Rose sat down with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Under Rose's polite but persistent questioning, Assad gave us a look into the mind of one of the world's most vicious warmongers, a glimpse of banality and evil.


Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Lionsgate Television, Netflix

Orange Is the New Black turns a notorious drive-in genre - women behind bars - into a complex, riveting character study rich in insights about femininity, race, power, and the politics, inside and outside prison walls, of mass incarceration.


Orphan Black (BBC America)

Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and SPACE

It's all about cloning, but Orphan Black is one of a kind - a super-charged, stylized sci-fi action serial that ponders identity, humanity, bioethics and genetic research when it occasionally stops for breath. Titiana Mislany is a marvel in the title role.


Outside the Lines: NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis (ESPN)


Its close business association with the professional football notwithstanding, ESPN produced a tough, wide-reaching documentary on the concussion crisis in the National Football League and its efforts to downplay growing bodies of scientific evidence and brain-injured player complaints.


The Race Card Project (NPR's Morning Edition)

The Race Card Project, NPR News, NPR's Morning Edition

Undercutting the term's political, pejorative meaning, Michelle Norris' website project and NPR series defines "race card" literally, inviting listeners to share six-word summations of their racial ideas and experiences that became the basis of compelling reports about race, pride, prejudice and identity.


Reveal: The VA's Opiate Overload (Public Radio)

The Center for Investigative Reporting, Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Reveal exposed a staggering upswing - 270 percent over a dozen years - in opiate prescriptions at Veterans Administration hospitals, which has led to an overdose rate among VA patients more than twice the national average.


The Returned (Les Revenants) (Sundance Channel)

Haut et Court TV, Canal +, Jimmy, Cine +, Backup Films

Thoughtfully conceptualized, exquisitely photographed and sensitively acted, this supernatural drama explores loss, grief, memory, guilt and our notions of afterlife as deceased residents of a picturesque mountain town in France seemingly return. It's elegant, it's zombie-free and it's still unnerving.


Scandal (ABC)

ABC Studios

Loosely based on the exploits of a real Washington, D.C. "fixer," turbocharged by Kerry Washington's star turn, Scandal is part West Wing and part Dynasty, an exaggerated, outrageous, fun-house reflection of the real-life political shenanigans we've come to loathe and jeer.


A Short History of the Highrise (

The New York Times, The National Film Board of Canada

With text, games, antique photos and three storybook-style animated shorts - Mud, Concrete and Glass - the interactive website entertainingly explores 2,500 years of "vertical living." A fourth feature, Home, catalogues images of multi-story life submitted by the public.


Six by Sondheim (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films and Sabella Entertainment

The "father" of the modern Broadway musical bares some of his art and soul in the engrossing, entertaining documentary. It combines his candid reflections, archival footage and fresh interpretations of six of his iconic songs, including "Send in the Clowns."


TCM: The Story of Film (TCM)


Turner Classics' monumental project combined 15 installments of Mark Cousins' gorgeously constructed and richly layered historical tour of world cinema, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, with full showings of 119 of the movies it covers.


Tom Brokaw: Personal Award

A personal Peabody is given to Tom Brokaw, the longtime reporter and anchor of NBC Nightly News. With his TV projects and celebrated books like The Greatest Generation, the anchor emeritus has only enhanced his reputation since he left the desk in 2004.


(Announced Tuesday, April 2, 2014, by CBS News.)

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces the Nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

Full press release from NATAS, Wednesday, March 26, 2014:

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.

More than 180 nominees were announced in 39 categories including
Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Series, Sports Documentary, Studio
Show, Promotional Announcements, Play-by-Play Personality and Studio
Analyst. The Awards will be given out at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s
prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the Time Warner Center on
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 in New York City.

“The world of sports television grows bigger each year,” said Malachy
Wienges, Chair, NATAS. "We have had over 900 submissions coming from
the sports community demonstrating that this is another outstanding year
for sports and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
With so much outstanding talent vying for the prestigious Emmy® Award
and with our Lifetime Achievement Award going to Ted Turner, an icon in
broadcast television, this year’s ceremony promises to be an exciting
evening for the entire industry.”

“The 35th Sports Emmy® Awards features some exciting new categories,”
said Steve Ulrich, Executive Director of the Sports Emmy® Awards,
“including the first-ever awards for sports personalities and programming in
Spanish. It’s been a great year in sports, and we look forward to recognizing
the very best on May 6th.”

ChyronHego is an official sponsor of the 35th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.
Yangaroo, Inc. is the official provider of the Digital Media Distribution System
Awards Management Solution (“DMDS”) for the submission, judging and
voting of all programs for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards. Accounting
services for the competition are provided by the firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP.

Nominations by Category

Outstanding Live Sports Special
2013 NBA Finals ABC / ESPN
Heat vs. Spurs
The Championships, Wimbledon ABC/ESPN
The 55th Annual Daytona 500 FOX
The 109th World Series FOX
Red Sox vs. Tigers
The 34th America’s Cup NBCSN
Outstanding Live Sports Series
ESPN College Football ABC / ESPN
ESPN Monday Night Football ESPN
HBO Boxing HBO
Sunday Night Football NBC
Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage
2013 Ironman World Championship NBC
[Texas Crew Productions]
All Access Showtime
Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue
Keep Climbing: The 2013 Elite 11 ESPNU
[First Row Films]
NFL Turning Point NBCSN
[NFL Films]
Sound FX NFL Network
Super Bowl XLVII [NFL Films]

Outstanding Playoff Coverage
American League Championship Series FOX
Red Sox vs. Tigers
MLB Postseason on tbs tbs
NBA Playoffs on TNT TNT
NFC Championship FOX
Falcons vs. 49ers
NFC Wild Card FOX
Seahawks vs. Redskins
Outstanding Sports Documentary
First: The Official Film of the London Olympic Games NBC
LT: The Life and Times Showtime
[CBS Sports/NFL Films]
The Doctor NBA TV
UFC Presents Ronda Rousey: Breaking Ground FS1
[A. Smith & Co.]
Outstanding Sports Documentary Series
24/7 HBO
Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic
30 for 30 ESPN
A Football Life NFL Network
[NFL Films]
Casualties of the Gridiron
[Conde Nast Entertainment]
The Journey Big Ten Network
Big Ten Basketball 2013
Nine for IX ESPN

Outstanding Studio Show - Weekly
College Gameday ESPN
Inside the NBA on TNT TNT
Monday Night Countdown ESPN
NFL GameDay Morning NFL Network
Outstanding Studio Show - Daily
Inside The NBA on TNT: Playoffs TNT
MLB Tonight MLB Network
Olbermann ESPN2
Pardon the Interruption ESPN
[Rydholm Projects]
SportsCenter ESPN
Outstanding Sports News Anthology
60 Minutes Sports Showtime
[CBS News]
E: 60 ESPN2
NFL Films Presents NFL Network
[NFL Films]
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO
Outstanding Sports Journalism
60 Minutes Sports Showtime
The Fall of Lance Armstrong [CBS News]
E: 60 ESPN2
Children of the Ring
In Play with Jimmy Roberts Golf Channel
Valentino Dixon
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO
Putin’s Olympics: Cronyism and Corruption in Russia
Outstanding Short Feature
E: 60 ESPN2
Shear Will
Ironman World Championship NBC
Peace, Love, Grace [Texas Crew Productions]
SportsCenter ESPN
Richie Parker: Drive
Sunday NFL Countdown ESPN
O.J. Brigance: Heart of the Ravens
The Super Bowl Today CBS
Chuck Pagano: A Season of Family
Outstanding Long Feature
30 for 30 Shorts
The Irrelevant Giant [ESPN Films]
30 for 30 Shorts
Cutthroat [ESPN Films]
60 Minutes Sports Showtime
Great Falls [CBS News]
SportsCenter ESPN
The Lady Jags: Losing to Win
SportsCenter ESPN
Carry On
Outstanding Open/Tease
2013 Open Championship ESPN
Fish on Tartan
24/7 HBO
Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic
MLB Network Divisional Playoffs MLB Network
A Field of Dreamers
Super Bowl XLVII CBS
We Will Rock You Remix
Outstanding New Approaches - Sports Event Coverage
2013 NCAA March Madness Live
[Turner Sports]
The 34th America's Cup America's Cup Event Authority
Official App
NFL Sunday Ticket Experience on DIRECTV DIRECTV
Mobile/Web Applications
[PGA TOUR Entertainment]
Outstanding New Approaches - Sports Programming
Behind the Mask Hulu
[Occupant Entertainment]
FOX Sports Live FS1
Social Highlight
Nine for IX
Coach [ESPN Films]
Sports Illustrated
A Boy Helps a Town Heal
Together We Make Football
The Contest [NFL Films]
Outstanding New Approaches - Sports Programming Short Format All‐Access
Anatomy of a Game Winner ‐ The 2013 CIT Final [312 Media]
JFK: The Untold NFL History of That Day in Dallas
[NFL Digital Media]
NFL Films Drawn
Between Takes with Wynton Marsalis [NFL Films]
[NFL Digital Media]
Numbers Never Lie Whiteboard ESPN2
LeBron James Can Surpass Michael Jordan
Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host
James Brown CBS/Showtime
Bob Costas NBC
David Feherty Golf Channel
Greg Gumbel CBS
Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play
Marv Albert TNT/tbs/TruTV/CBS
Mike Breen ABC/ESPN
Joe Buck FOX
Bob Costas MLB Network
Mike Emrick NBC/NBCSN
Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst
Cris Collinsworth Showtime
Al Leiter MLB Network
Rick Neuheisel PAC‐12 Network
Harold Reynolds MLB Network/FOX
Michael Strahan FOX
Tom Verducci tbs/MLB Network

Outstanding Sports Personality - Sports Event Analyst
Cris Collinsworth NBC
Gary Danielson CBS
Kirk Herbstreit ESPN
Tim McCarver FOX
Outstanding Sports Personality - Sports Reporter
Pierre McGuire NBC/NBCSN
Ken Rosenthal FOX
Lisa Salters ESPN
Michele Tafoya NBC
Tom Verducci MLB Network
Outstanding Technical Team Remote
ESPN Monday Night Football ESPN
Golf Channel on NBC NBC/Golf Channel
The 34th America's Cup NBCSN
Outstanding Technical Team Studio
College Gameday ESPN
MLB Tonight MLB Network
Road to the Final Four CBS/TNT/tbs/TruTV
The Premier League NBCSN

Outstanding Camera Work
24/7 HBO
Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic
E: 60 ESPN2
Children of the Ring
FOX Sports Live FS1
West, TX
NFL Films Presents NFL Network
[NFL Films]
Tour de France NBCSN
Outstanding Editing
2013 PGA Tour Golf Channel
24/7 HBO
Hard Knocks HBO
Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals [NFL Films]
Legendary Nights HBO
The Tale of Gatti‐Ward
The Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award
24/7 HBO
Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic
E: 60 ESPN2
The Ballad of Bushwacker
ESPN Grand Slam Tennis ABC / ESPN
Wimbledon & US Open
Football Night In America NBC
Redskins Name Commentary
NFL Films Presents NFL Network
Yours Truly, Dr. Z [NFL Films]
Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics
Against The Tide Showtime
[Ross Greenburg Productions]
College Football on CBS CBS
The Army‐Navy Game
Hard Knocks HBO
Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals [NFL Films]
Nine for IX ESPN
The Diplomat [Cherry Sky Films]
Road To The Super Bowl NFL Network
[NFL Films]
Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound
The 34th America's Cup NBCSN
Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound
24/7 HBO
Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic
ESPN Sport Science ESPN
[BASE Productions]
Hard Knocks HBO
Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals [NFL Films]
Sound FX NFL Network
Super Bowl XLVII [NFL Films]
Outstanding Live Event Graphic Design
ESPN Monday Night Football ESPN
Intentional Talk MLB Network
NBA All‐Star Weekend
X Games ESPN
Outstanding Post-Produced Graphic Design
2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation ESPN
E: 60 ESPN2
ESPN Sport Science ESPN
[BASE Productions]
MLB Tonight MLB Network
The NFL Today CBS
Outstanding Studio Design/Art Direction
MLB Postseason on tbs tbs
NBA Playoffs on TNT TNT
Super Bowl XLVII CBS/CBS Sports Network
Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction
Hangar Shoot
Sunday Night Football NBC
The Division Series On MLB Network MLB Network
A Field of Dreamers

The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award
NASCAR ‐ Gyrocam
Pac‐12 Networks PAC‐12 Network
Multicam MI/O
The 34th America's Cup NBCSN
The Division Series On MLB Network MLB Network
A Field of Dreamers
The Premier League NBCSN
Goal Line Technology
Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement - Institutional
Formula 1 NBC/NBCSN
Rockstar/Shaken and Stirred vs. Drivers/Austin
HBO Boxing HBO
Fall Boxing Image
MLB Network Prime Time Line Up MLB Network
Here's To Us
NBA Playoffs ESPN Playoff Promo
NFL Draft NFL Network
Leon Sandcastle [Grey, NY]
Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement - Episodic
24/7 HBO
Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic
A Football Life NFL Network
Life Story [NFL Films]
Wednesday Night Rivalry
Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish
Futbol Estelar Telemundo
La Gran Final: Leon vs. America
Futbol Estelar Telemundo
Super Clasico: Guadalajara vs. America
Liga MX Clausura 2013 season UNIVISION
Final ‐ 2nd Leg America vs Cruz Azul
Rumbo Al Mundial Telemundo
Costa Rica vs. Mexico
Outstanding Studio Show in Spanish
Futbol Picante ESPN Deportes
Lakers en Vivo Time Warner Cable Deportes
Nacion ESPN Deportes
SportsCenter ESPN Deportes
Titulares Telemundo Telemundo
Outstanding On-Air Sports Personality in Spanish
Lindsay Casinelli UNIVISION
Andres Cantor Telemundo
Jose Ramon Fernandez ESPN Deportes
Ivan Kasanzew UNIVISION
Sammy Sadovnik Telemundo

Nominations by Network/Website

FOX 18
HBO Sports 15
NBC 14
MLB Network 13
CBS 11
NFL Network 10
Showtime 8
Telemundo 6
ESPN Deportes 4
Golf Channel 4
FS1 3 3
Univision 3 2
Pac-12 2 2
truTV 2
America's Cup Event Authority 1
Big 10 Network 1
Casualties of the Gridiron,com 1
CBS Sports Network 1 1
FOX Soccer Channel 1
Hulu 1
NBA TV 1 1
Speed 1
Time Warner Cable Deportes 1 1

Nominations by Program

24/7 7 HBO
E: 60 6 ESPN2
NBA on TNT / NBA Playoffs on TNT 5 TNT
The 34th America's Cup 5 NBCSN & The America's Cup Event
SportsCenter 4 ESPN
30 for 30/30 for 30 Shorts 3 ESPN/
60 Minutes Sports 3 Showtime
ESPN Monday Night Football 3 ESPN
Hard Knocks 3 HBO
MLB Tonight 3 MLB Network
NFL Films Presents 3 NFL Network
Nine for IX 3 ESPN/
2013 Ironman World Championship 2 NBC
A Football Life 2 NFL Network
College Gameday 2 ESPN
The Division Series on MLB Network 2 MLB Network
ESPN Sport Science 2 ESPN
FOX Sports Live 2 FS1
Futbol Estelar 2 Telemundo
HBO Boxing 2 HBO
Inside the NBA on TNT/Inside the NBA on TNT: Playoffs 2 TNT
MLB Postseason on TBS 2 tbs
The Premier League 2 NBCSN
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 2 HBO
Sound FX 2 NFL Network
Sunday Night Football 2 NBC
Super Bowl XLVII 2 CBS/CBS Sports Network

Nominations by Network Group

NBC Sports Group (NBC, NBCSN, Telemundo, Golf Channel) 33
FOX Sports Media Group (FOX, FS1, Big 10 Network, FOX Soccer Channel, FUEL, SPEED) 22
CBS (CBS, Showtime, CBS Sports Network) 18
HBO Sports 15
NFL Media (NFL Network,, 14
Turner Sports (TNT, tbs, truTV, NBA TV, 14
MLB Network 13
Univision 3
Pac‐12 2 2
America’s Cup Event Authority 1
Casualties of the Gridiron 1 1
Hulu 1
Time Warner Cable Desportes 1

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His Life, According to Jim

Here is the obituary actor James Rebhorn wrote for himself, as published by St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jersey City, N.J.:

James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pa. His mother, Ardell Frances Rebhorn, nee Hoch, loved him very much and supported all his dreams. She taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing. His father, James Harry Rebhorn, was no less devoted to him. From him, Jim learned that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done. They gave him his faith and wisely encouraged him to stay in touch with God.

He is survived by his sister, Janice Barbara Galbraith, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was his friend, his confidant, and, more often than either of them would like to admit, his bridge over troubled waters.

He is also survived by his wife, Rebecca Fulton Linn, and his two daughters, Emma Rebecca Rebhorn and Hannah Linn Rebhorn. They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor. Rebecca loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example.

His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it. Time is flying by. His son-in-law, Ben, also survives him. Jim loved Ben, who was as a son to Jim, especially through these last months.

His aunts Jean, Dorothy and Florence, numerous cousins and their families, and many devoted friends also survive Jim. He loved them all, and he knows they loved him.

Jim received his BA at Wittenberg University and his MFA at Columbia. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Nu Zeta 624, a life-long Lutheran, and a longtime member of both the AMC and ACLU.

Jim was fortunate enough to earn his living doing what he loved. He was a professional actor. His unions were always there for him, and he will remain forever grateful for the benefits he gained as a result of the union struggle. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn’t have had much of a career. He was a lucky man in every way.

-- Jim Rebhorn, March 2014

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ABC Announces Its 2014 Summer Schedule

Press release from ABC Entertainment, Monday, March 24, 2014:

ABC announced its summer lineup, with four new series joining the schedule: “The Astronaut Wives Club” on Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m.; “Bachelor in Paradise” on Monday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.; “Rising Star” on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m.; and “The Quest” on Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m.

These series join returning shows “The Bachelorette,” which premieres at a special time, on Monday, May 19 at 9:30 p.m., before moving to its regular time period of 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26; “Bet On Your Baby” on Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m.; “Extreme Weight Loss” on Tuesday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m.; “Mistresses” on Monday, June 2 at 10:01 p.m.; “Motive” on Wednesday, May 21 at 10:00 p.m.; “NY Med” on Tuesday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m.; “Rookie Blue” on Thursday, July 17 at 10:00 p.m.; and “Wipeout,” which debuts with a special two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m., before moving to its regular time period of 8:00 p.m. the following Sunday, June 29.

As previously announced, new drama “Black Box” will debut on Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 p.m., and “The 2014 Billboard Music Awards” will air on Sunday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” primetime specials will be back for the seventh consecutive year, airing each night of the NBA Finals, starting with Game 1 on Thursday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m.

ABC’s summer premiere dates are as follows listed in chronological order, and all times are ET:

Thursday, April 24
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Black Box” (new series premiere)

Sunday, May 18
8:00-11:00 p.m. “The 2014 Billboard Music Awards”

Monday, May 19
9:30 - 11:00 p.m. “The Bachelorette”

Wednesday, May 21
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Motive”

Monday, May 26
8:00-10:00 p.m. “The Bachelorette” (regular time period premiere)

Tuesday, May 27
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Extreme Weight Loss”

Saturday, May 31
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Bet On Your Baby”

Monday, June 2
10:01-11:00 p.m. “Mistresses”

Thursday, June 5
8:00-8:30 p.m. “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night”

Thursday, June 19
8:00-9:00 p.m. “The Quest” (new series premiere)

Sunday, June 22
7:00-9:00 p.m. “Wipeout” (special two-hour premiere)
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Rising Star” (new series premiere)

Tuesday, June 24
10:00-11:00 p.m. “NY Med”

Sunday, June 29
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Wipeout” (regular time period premiere)

Thursday, July 17
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Rookie Blue”

Thursday, July 24
9:00-10:00 p.m. “The Astronaut Wives Club” (new series premiere)

Monday, August 4
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise” (new series premiere)

Following are upcoming summer series descriptions in chronological order (all times ET):

Catherine Black is a world-famous neurologist at the state-of-the-art medical institution known as “The Cube.” Catherine is brilliant, beautiful, and at the top of her game, though she’s hiding a secret of her own: she’s bipolar. Each week, the doctors on staff attempt to unravel the mysteries of the brain and are constantly challenged by cases never-before-seen on television. The medical stories are moving, bizarre and a visual feast. The personal stories are riveting. The patients have rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions, which we’ll see through their eyes as Catherine diagnoses and treats them.

“Black Box” stars Kelly Reilly as Catherine Black, Ditch Davey as Dr. Ian Bickman, David Ajala as Will Van Renseller, Ali Wong as Dr. Lina Lark, Laura Fraser as Reagan Black, David Chisum as Joshua Black, Siobhan Williams as Esme Black with Terry Kinney as Dr. Owen Morely and Vanessa Redgrave as Dr. Hartramph.

“Black Box” was written by Amy Holden Jones (“Mystic Pizza,” “Indecent Proposal”). Simon Curtis (“My Week with Marilyn”) is the director. Ilene Chaiken (“The L Word”), Amy Holden Jones, Bryan Singer (“House,” “X-Men”), Anne Thomopoulos (“Oz,” “From the Earth to the Moon”), Oly Obst, Gary Michael Walters (“Drive,” “Bobby”), David Lancaster (“Drive,” Broadway’s “The Bridges of Madison County”) and Michel Litvak are the executive producers. The series is a production of Bold Films Television.

“The 2014 Billboard Music Awards” will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars. Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. Last year’s show, “The 2013 Billboard Music Awards,” delivered its biggest numbers in 10 years.

The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” are produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are executive producers, and Larry Klein is producer.

Andi Dorfman, 26, a beautiful and successful woman, has it all at first glance — her loving family, her great friends, and even her dream job. But she realized there was something missing. So, last September, she put her busy life on hold to try and find love on “The Bachelor.” She thought she had found her match, but in the end it was not meant to be, and Andi walked away from Juan Pablo. She did not, however, let that experience stop her desire to find her perfect soul mate. Andi will embark on her own journey to find love when she stars in the tenth edition of “The Bachelorette,” on ABC.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Alycia Rossiter are the executive producers.

“Motive” returns for an exciting second season with gripping new cases featuring more complicated killers and intricate crime scenes. Homicide detective Angie Flynn is as determined as ever, and her pursuit for justice never falters. Her partner, Detective Oscar Vega, continues to be her rock with his no-nonsense attitude and methodical approach. Detective Brian Lucas is no longer the rookie at the station, a role he’s happy to hand over to the very keen and ambitious Officer Wendy Sung. And confident and charismatic new Team Commander Sergeant Mark Cross shakes up the station when he joins the team. He and Angie share a mysterious and strained connection, one she would prefer to leave in the past. The tension leads to a breakdown in trust between Angie and Vega, and Angie realizes she must find a way to work with Cross, even if it means confronting the truth and the secret that drove them apart years ago.

“Motive” stars Kristin Lehman as Detective Angie Flynn, Louis Ferreira as Detective Oscar Vega, Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas, Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers, Warren Christie as Sergeant Mark Cross and Valerie Tian as Officer Wendy Sung.

“Motive” was created by Daniel Cerone (“Dexter,” “The Mentalist”), who executive-produces the show along with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob LaBelle, Lindsay Macadam, James Thorpe and Dennis Heaton. Developed by CTV, the series is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media, and distributed by NBCUniversal International.

Hit series “Extreme Weight Loss” is a unique, non-competitive show about weight-loss transformations that documents the unprecedented 365-day journey of courageous, “super-obese” participants. In each of the 13 stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants -- whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight -- will undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. With the proper nourishment, exercise and guidance assured by “Extreme Weight Loss,” they are afforded a fresh perspective. In addition to having participants continue to work alongside transformation specialists and trainers Chris Powell and his wife, Heidi, the show is taking a unique approach in the upcoming fourth season: each participant will spend the first 90 days of the weight loss journey at the renowned University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) in Aurora, CO. Chris & Heidi, with AHWC's medical director Dr. Holly Wyatt, MD and associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, will guide these individuals to safely lose up to half their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center offers some of the country’s most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight-loss management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services.

“Extreme Weight Loss” is produced by Eyeworks USA. JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic are the executive producers.

All parents think they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? Find out when actress/comedienne and working mom Melissa Peterman, star of ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy,” hosts this adorable, hilarious and surprisingly suspenseful game show. Parents try to predict their toddler's next move in an effort to win money for their child's future education.

“Bet On Your Baby” was created by 5x5 Media’s Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk, Charles Wachter and Electus’ Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox. The series is executive produced by Electus (Chris Grant, Corie Henson, Ben Silverman) and 5x5 Media (Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk). Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, will distribute the series universally.

Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, “Mistresses” returns for a second season on the ABC Television Network. The provocative and thrilling drama will continue to focus on the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on their own path to self-discovery. When it comes to love, these friends find support and guidance with each other as they push the limits, test their boundaries and discover just how far they are prepared to go. They are willing to brave love’s turbulent journey, as well as its excitement, secrecy and betrayal, all the while bound by the complex relationships they’ve created.

“Mistresses” stars Alyssa Milano as Savannah (“Savi”) Davis, Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis, and Jason George as Dominic Taylor.

“Mistresses” is executive-produced by Rina Mimoun, KJ Steinberg, Robert Sertner and Douglas Rae. The series is from ABC Studios.

For the seventh consecutive year in conjunction with the NBA Finals, ABC presents “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night.” These special edition episodes will air in primetime every night of the NBA Finals beginning with Game 1, Thursday, June 5. “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night,” will feature Kimmel’s signature comedy bits and a star-studded line up of guests, to be announced at a later date. Previous “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” guests include President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Adam Sandler, David Beckham, Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Ashton Kutcher, Drew Barrymore, Chris Rock and Denzel Washington.

The airdates are as follows:

Thursday, June 5
Sunday, June 8
Tuesday, June 10
Thursday, June 12
Sunday, June 15 (if necessary)
Tuesday, June 17 (if necessary)
Friday, June 20 (if necessary)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” is executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios.

Great fantasy is filled with adventure, challenges, discovery, fish out of water and good vs. evil -- turns out, another modern genre shares these exact same traits. Announcing “The Quest,” a reality show that will literally take contestants and audiences to an amazing, imaginative realm, where the ogres are advancing in the woods, the dragons are stirring, agents of a dark lord are infiltrating the keep, and the only thing that stands between peace and chaos are 12 very unlikely heroes. From the producers of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, paired with the producers of “The Amazing Race,” “The Quest” will be a fully immersive experience. In and around this castle, our fantasy realm will come to life with state-of-the art projections, animatronics, prosthetics, real-time motion capture and art direction. The narrative and mythology of “The Quest” is deep and fully imagined, and it has been designed to incorporate seamlessly with the unexpected actions and decisions of our contestants – fantasy comes alive as it never has before in this genre-bending series.

“The Quest” is executive produced by Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri, Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Rob Eric and Michael Williams.

As summer temperatures heat up, everyone’s favorite Big Balls are coming back! Each episode will showcase twenty four daring contestants of all shapes and sizes as they compete in the world’s largest extreme obstacle course, but for the first time ever, winners will be brought together at the end of the season for a “Tournament of Champions,” during which they will compete for the title of Ultimate Wipeout Champion. The season will continue to bring lots of laughter, with new special themed episodes, including a chance to win a date with Jill Wagner, and the return of some of our favorites, such as “Family,” “Exes,” and “Hotties vs. Nerds.” In the end, only one contestant will be victorious and win the title of Wipeout Champion, while everyone else will “wipeout!”

The series is hosted by John Anderson (ESPN’s “SportsCenter”), John Henson (E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup”) and co-hosted by Jill Wagner (MTV’s “Teen Wolf”).

“Wipeout” executive producers are Matt Kunitz (“101 Ways to Leave a Game Show,” “Fear Factor”) and Scott Larsen. Kevin Wehrenberg, Trice Barto and J. Rupert Thompson are co-executive producers. The series is produced by Endemol USA. David Goldberg is the chairman of Endemol North America.

ABC’s new reality series “Rising Star” completely reinvents the traditional singing competition as--for the first time ever--the audience has the final say in real time. The show follows a group of aspiring singers as they audition in live performances. During the performances, viewers vote via an App in real time to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on, and the performer can see how the voting is going during the performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic.

“Rising Star” is from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). Keshet DCP was formed to leverage Keshet’s globally successful unscripted business with DC Media’s expansive U.S. infrastructure and production expertise. The singing competition for ABC will mark the company’s first foray into the market since its formation in October. Ken Warwick (“American Idol”) and Nicolle Yaron (“The Voice”) are executive producing.

Fans of ABC’s widely acclaimed real life medical series can take heart. A fresh edition of the multi award-winning “NY Med” will air this summer after nearly two years of production. Expanding their scope, the producers offer a riveting tale of two cities. Each episode in this eight-part series toggles between the renowned surgeons of Manhattan’s New York Presbyterian Hospital and the gritty world of trauma surgeons at Newark’s University Hospital where the ER is a doorway to the mean streets of one of America’s most violent cities. Sometimes poignant and often uproarious, this limited series takes a deep dive into high stakes medicine through the eyes of unforgettable characters, including a hilarious trio of returning ER nurses who must cope with tricky personal crises while caring for some of the nation’s most bossy patients. Mehmet Oz rounds out the character roster with his extraordinary surgical skills on full display as his deft hands work to fix damaged hearts and save lives.

Terence Wrong is executive producer of “NY Med.”

In keeping with last season’s theme of ‘change’, 15 Division welcomes two new characters who shake up the familiar dynamic. Inspector John Jarvis (Oliver Becker, Rent-A-Goalie) strolls into 15 Division with a serious agenda. He wants the real story: is this a division full of heroes or a minefield full of screw-ups? Seamlessly flipping from pleasant to menacing, Inspector Jarvis is a political spin-master of epic proportions. He’s out to shake things up and make his mark. Also new to the team is 15 Division’s brand-new rookie, Duncan Moore aka “Selfie” (Matthew Owen Murray, Degrassi: The Next Generation). He is the very picture of a fresh-faced millennial: confident, eager to impress, and excellent at pointing out mistakes, particularly other people’s. But when Duncan struggles to fit into the group at 15, the officers soon have their hands full with this challenging and well-connected new recruit.

Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Sam Swarek (Ben Bass), Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia), Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon), Marlo Cruz (Rachel Ancheril), Noelle Williams (Melanie Nicholls-King), Steve Peck (Adam MacDonald), and Holly Stewart (Aliyah O’Brien) all return for Season 5.

Rookie Blue is executive produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (“Flashpoint”), Russ Cochrane (“The Listener”), Ilana Frank (“The Eleventh Hour,” “Would Be Kings”), David Wellington (“The Eleventh Hour,” “Would Be Kings”) and John Morayniss (“Hell on Wheels” and “Haven”). “Rookie Blue” is a production of IFC Films and leading indie studio eOne, who also distributes the series internationally.

Based on the book by Lily Koppel, this 10 episode limited series tells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, Life Magazine documented the astronauts’ families, capturing the behind-the-scenes lives of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. As their celebrity rose and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together.

“The Astronaut Wives Club” stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom; Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper; Zoe Boyle as Jo Schirra; Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn; Desmond Harrington as Alan Shepherd.

Executive producers are Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Len Goldstein, Michael London, Janice Williams. The first episode will be directed by Nick Cassavetes. The series is produced by ABC Studios, Fake Empire and Groundswell.

From the creator of “The Bachelor” franchise comes the new summer series, “Bachelor in Paradise.” Some of “The Bachelor’s” biggest stars and villains are back. They all left “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” with broken hearts, but now they know what it really takes to find love, and on “Bachelor in Paradise” they’ll get a second chance to find their soul mates. Contestants will live together in an isolated romantic paradise and, over the course of six episodes, we’ll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new romantic relationships. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. The romantic dating series will feature new twists, shocking surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in “Bachelor” history, plus all the usual romance, drama and tears we’ve come to expect from the “Bachelor” franchise. It all comes together in the romantic television event of the summer.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, “Bachelor in Paradise” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are executive producers.

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Ben Sherwood Named to Succeed Anne Sweeney as Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney/ABC Television Group in February 2015

Press release from The Walt Disney Company, Monday, March 24, 2014:

The Walt Disney Company [NYSE: DIS] today announced that ABC News President Ben Sherwood, who successfully steered ABC News to new heights over the past several years, including driving “Good Morning America” to #1, brokering a landmark partnership with Yahoo to create the #1 news and information online network, and launching Fusion, a joint venture news and lifestyle network with Univision, will assume the title of co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group on February 1, 2015. Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, will remain in that capacity through January 2015.

Effective immediately, Mr. Sherwood will begin the transition as Co-President, Disney/ABC Television Group. He will also continue to oversee ABC News until a successor is named.

In making the announcement, Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said, “Ben is one of those unique executives who combine rich creative experience with great business acumen. He’s also focused, strategic, and competitive, as evidenced by the success of GMA, the Yahoo deal that delivered ABC News online dominance, and his vision behind our new cable and digital joint venture, Fusion. These reasons, and many others, make Ben the ideal candidate to oversee the future of the Disney/ABC Television Group.”

Ms. Sweeney added, “It was Ben’s intense passion and incredible insight that made us confident he’d do great things as President of ABC News. Over the years, he has moved from success-to-success and helped create a more vibrant, collaborative and powerful News division that embraces innovation and risk-taking. Ben’s now set to bring those same attributes to bear for the larger Group, and I could not be more thrilled. This announcement simply highlights the fact that our talent and succession planning process works.”

Mr. Sherwood stated, “I am honored and humbled that Bob has entrusted me with this great responsibility and amazing opportunity. I'm also deeply grateful to Anne, who has built and led a powerhouse division over the last 10 years. I am looking forward to her counsel and wisdom during this transition period. I must also thank the remarkable people of ABC News who inspire me every day with their creativity, dedication and spirit. I will keep their commitment to excellence and their fierce competitiveness firmly in mind as I move forward to meet this exciting new challenge.”

Award-winning journalist, best-selling author and digital media entrepreneur Ben Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News' broadcasts, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” In addition, Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio,, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth, driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making.

In October 2011, ABC News launched a ground-breaking partnership with Yahoo! to create the #1 news and information network online, reaching nearly 100 million people and serving up to half a billion videos a month. The online network has been on top for the past 25 months and counting.

ABC News reached an historic milestone in 2012 when “Good Morning America” snapped NBC's 16-year winning streak in the mornings to become America's #1 morning program, a title the show still holds today.

In 2013, ABC News and Univision launched Fusion, a joint news and lifestyle network to serve and empower U.S. Hispanics, the youngest and fastest growing demographic in America.

In addition, during Mr. Sherwood's tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

Mr. Sherwood launched his journalistic career when he joined ABC News in 1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for ABC News' “PrimeTime Live” with anchors Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. In 1997, Mr. Sherwood joined NBC's “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” as broadcast producer responsible for “In Depth” reports, then senior producer, and ultimately senior broadcast producer.

Mr. Sherwood returned to ABC News in April 2004 as executive producer of the network's award-winning morning program, “Good Morning America.” Mr. Sherwood guided “GMA” to ratings success, attracting new viewers while overseeing prize-winning coverage of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the presidential election of 2004.

The author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels: “The Man Who Ate the 747” (2000) and “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud” (2004), Mr. Sherwood’s fiction has been published around the world in more than 15 languages. In addition, Mr. Sherwood's journalism and non-fiction essays have been published in many respected publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, New Republic, Washington Monthly, Parade and O magazine.

In July 2010, “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud” was adapted as a feature film starring Zac Efron and released by Universal Pictures under the title “Charlie St. Cloud.”

Mr. Sherwood's latest bestseller, “The Survivors Club”, is a non-fiction exploration of the science and secrets of who bounces back from everyday adversity and who doesn't; who beats life-threatening disease and who succumbs; and who triumphs after economic hardship and who surrenders. The book became an instant New York Times bestseller, featured widely in print and on television, and has been published around the world.

In January 2009, Mr. Sherwood founded, an online resource center and support network for people surviving and thriving in the face of all kinds of adversity. In September 2010, The Survivors Club re-launched in partnership with Hearst Digital Media, significantly expanding its reach and offerings.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in 1986, Mr. Sherwood earned an AB degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master's degrees in British imperial history and development economics.

Mr. Sherwood is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and serves on the boards of the National Constitution Center and the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues. He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Public Integrity, and is actively involved in City Year, the education-focused service organization.

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National Geographic Channel to Air Carl Sagan's Groundbreaking Original Series 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage' in Advance of the Highly Anticipated Premiere of New Voyage to the Stars 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey'

Press release from National Geographic Channel, March 4, 2014:

Nearly 34 years after it originally aired on television, the National Geographic Channel will rebroadcast all 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s ground-breaking series “COSMOS: A PERSONAL VOYAGE” as a two-day event this weekend, Saturday, March 8, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The two-day marathon will conclude in time for the global world premiere of the new series COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY on Sunday, March 9, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT across multiple U.S. Fox networks, including Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Life.

After the cross-network premiere event, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY will continue its epic 13-episode run, airing Sundays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT on FOX and Mondays -- with all-new bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content -- on the National Geographic Channel from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

The original series “COSMOS: A PERSONAL VOYAGE” first premiered in September 1980 on PBS, and for 10 years was the most watched series ever on public television in America. Based on his book of the same name, and written for television by Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter, the series was a stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science that took viewers through a galaxy of topics to help explain the universe and humanity’s place in it. Called “a watershed moment for science programming” by Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times, Sagan brought science into the mainstream by explaining complex theories in a way that everyone could comprehend and appreciate. Among the areas explored are the life cycle of stars, genetics, laws of planetary motion, the journey to Mars, the search for intelligent life beyond Earth and the big bang theory.

More than three decades after the debut of “COSMOS: A PERSONAL VOYAGE,” Seth MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan’s original creative collaborators Druyan and Soter to conceive the 13-part series that will serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series.

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. As with the legendary original series, the new COSMOS is the saga of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. The series brings to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge, transporting viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest -- and the smallest -- scale.

The series invents new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and reinvent celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. The most profound scientific concepts are presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.

The original series special encores include:

Saturday, March 8

12 p.m. - The Shore of the Cosmic Ocean
1 p.m. - One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
2 p.m. - Harmony of the Worlds
3 p.m. - Heaven and Hell
4 p.m. - Blues for a Red Planet
5 p.m. - Travellers’ Tales

Sunday, March 9

12 p.m. - The Backbone of Night
1 p.m. - Journeys in Space and Time
2 p.m. - The Lives of the Stars
3 p.m. - The Edge of Forever
4 p.m. - The Persistence of Memory
5 p.m. - Encyclopaedia Galactica
6 p.m. - Who Speaks for Earth?

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, N.Y.-based company Ann Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door Productions, MacFarlane’s company. Druyan and Steven Soter are the series’ writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios President Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga (the “Star Trek” franchise, “24”) executive-produce the series. Jason Clark (“Ted,” “42”) co-executive produces. “Like” COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @COSMOSonTV and join the discussion at #cosmos.

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In Depth | February 28, 2014

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Marijuana + Sushi = Bizarre Local-TV Spot for Medical Marijuana Service -- Ad for Medical Cannabis Network to Run in Overnight Hours

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Lisa Mallen Named Senior Vice President, Ad Sales, FYI Network

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Don Robert Elevated to Senior Vice President, Research & Analytics, A+E Networks

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The 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards -- And the Winners Are ...

In Depth | February 26, 2014

Will Ferrell Pitches Obamacare on Facebook and Gets Slammed -- Over 4,000 Comments on Comedian's Post, Many of Them Contemptuous

In Depth | February 25, 2014

Why Olympic Sponsor Samsung Passed on Games Broadcast -- Amid What Looks Like Spending Drop, Electronics Giant Spreads Its Buy

In Depth | February 20, 2014

Nina Tassler Promoted to Chairman, CBS Entertainment -- Top Entertainment Executive Signs New Deal Through 2017

In Depth | February 19, 2014

Newly Rebranded HLN Announces Initial 2014 Program Development Slate

In Depth | February 19, 2014

NBC Scores Its Most Dominant Prime-Time Win for a Regular-Season Week in People Meter History

In Depth | February 19, 2014

Nickelodeon to Launch Dual-Language Preschool Learning Toys Featuring Dora the Explorer, Developed by Smart Play, LLC

In Depth | February 14, 2014

NBCUniversal and GE Announce First Integrated Partnership Around NBC's 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

In Depth | February 12, 2014

Lifetime Greenlights Conspiracy Thriller 'The Lottery' -- Project Is Network's Second Scripted Series Pickup This Year

In Depth | February 11, 2014

IFC Promotes Blake Callaway to Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital Media

In Depth | February 5, 2014

NFL Partners With CBS on 2014 Thursday Night Football Package

In Depth | February 5, 2014

2014 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced

In Depth | January 31, 2014

CBS's 'Late Show With David Letterman' Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' First 'Ed Sullivan Show' Appearance With Music Tributes From Top Artists the Week of Monday, Feb. 3

In Depth | January 31, 2014

Time Warner Cable's Official Announcement About Its Service Upgrades for New York City and Los Angeles. Announcement Made Jan. 30, 2014

In Depth | January 27, 2014

Winners of the 66th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards

In Depth | January 27, 2014

Complete List of Grammy Winners 2014, Courtesy