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Jul 30, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Woodward signs with Warner Bros. TV
Lydia Woodward, part of the creative team on NBC’s “ER” and creator of the new CBS fall 2001 drama “Citizen Baines,” has signed a three-year development and production deal with Warner Bros. Television. Under the new pact, Ms. Woodward will continue to serve as executive producer of “Citizen Baines,” which is being produced by Warner Bros. Television and John Wells’ production company, while also developing new series projects exclusively for the AOL Time Warner-owned studio. Ms. Woodward previously worked as a writer and executive producer on “ER” for six years, collaborating with Mr. Wells on the WBTV production.
`Dr. Phil’ gets CBS station clearances
The CBS owned-and-operated stations may not have been able to land “Oprah,” but now they’ve got “Dr Phil,” featuring frequent “Oprah” guest Dr. Phil McGraw. The 2002 talk show has been cleared on a number of CBS-owned stations, including the country’s top market, New York, as well as Dallas and Minneapolis. The King World Productions series joins other strips, including Buena Vista Television’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” NBC Enterprises’ “Weakest Link” and Columbia TriStar Television Distribution’s “$100,000 Pyramid,” as series making early clearances for the 2002-03 season.
Pax stations sign with WeatherVision
WeatherVision, which provides syndicated, customized weather updates and forecasts to television stations around the country, has signed an agreement with Pax TV to be seen on more than 40 of Pax’s stations around the country. The agreement marks the first network deal for WeatherVision, which also produces live weather segments for stations throughout the country and provides weather news for 100 cities on the Web. The weather segments are hosted and personalized by on-camera meteorologists, including the president and founder of WeatherVision, meteorologist Edward St. Pe.
Jackson takes CEO post at USA
Barry Diller’s USA Networks has snared one of the United Kingdom’s veteran TV executives, Michael Jackson, who quit his CEO post at Channel 4 to become president and CEO of USA Entertainment. In his new position, Mr. Jackson, 42, will oversee all the divisions of USA’s entertainment group, including the USA cable networks, the Studios USA network TV production and syndication divisions and USA Films. Mr. Jackson, who will have offices in New York and Los Angeles, will report to Mr. Diller, chairman and CEO of USA Networks.
Miller re-ups at NBC Agency
John Miller has signed a multiyear contract extension to continue at The NBC Agency. In an announcement made by Scott Sassa, president of NBC West Coast, Mr. Miller and Vince Manze will continue to serve as co-presidents of The NBC Agency. The team is widely credited for creating NBC’s distinctive “Must-See TV” moniker and overall promotional schemes. Mr. Manze signed a multiyear renewal about a year ago. Mr. Miller, who will celebrate his 20th year with NBC next season, was originally appointed president of The NBC Agency in November 1999. Mr. Manze was named co-president in November 2000.
NBC adds 10 years of `Globes’
NBC has renewed the broadcast rights to “The Golden Globe Awards” with a new 10-year deal beginning with next year’s 59th annual ceremony on Jan. 20. The Peacock Network claims the awards show, staged by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and produced by dick clark productions, has exhibited ratings growth exceeding 500 percent since it became an annual event on NBC six years ago. Last January, “The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards” attracted a 9.9 rating/22 share in the key adults 18 to 49 demographic (up 9 percent compared with the previous year’s show)-placing it as one of the top three award shows along with the Academy Awards’ Oscar telecast and the Grammys.