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Sep 3, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Show-sharing a go for Fox duopolies
Los Angeles-Distributors have confirmed that the Fox station group, which officially acquired the Chris-Craft Industries stations after receiving FCC approval last month, has finalized deals to air a number of strips on sister stations beginning Sept. 17. The company now has duopolies in New York with WWOR-TV and WNYW-TV; Los Angeles with KTTV and KCOP-TV; and Phoenix with KSAZ-TV and KUTP-TV. Among the series that may be seen on another channel will be Columbia TriStar’s “Seinfeld” and “Ricki Lake,” Carsey-Werner’s “3rd Rock From the Sun,” Twentieth’s “King of the Hill” and Paramount’s “Montel Williams Show,” depending on the city.
Quadrangle Group stakes out YankeeNets
New York-The Quadrangle Group, headed by former Lazard Freres bankers Steven Rattner and Peter Ezersky, may be on the verge of its highest-profile media deal yet. Although none of the principals will comment, industry sources say Quadrangle and Goldman Sachs are in the final stages of negotiating a 40 percent stake, valued at about $350 million, in YankeeNets, the new regional sports network set to premiere next spring. The New York-based firm is hoping to bring on Leo Hindery, former chief at AT&T Broadband and Global Crossing, as chief executive and Amos Hostetter as chairman. Neither could be reached for comment.
Super Bowl prices down
Los Angeles-Super Bowl XXXVI, set for Jan. 27, will probably see average prices drop to just below $2 million for a 30-second spot, down from $2.05 million for last January’s game, according to media executives’
estimates, reported in Advertising Age. So far, about 50 percent of the 59 Super Bowl commercials have been sold, according to industry estimates. In a bid to attract viewers and advertisers, Fox will produce multihour pre-game festivities, including a first-ever Super Bowl parade, according to two media executives familiar with Fox’s plans. The parade will run from the downtown of host city New Orleans to the Superdome. Programming analysts say the parade could become a major event, similar to how the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Calif., is linked with college football’s Rose Bowl. Fox intends to sell parade sponsorships to advertisers, the media executive said. Fox executives would not comment on the parade, ad sales or prices.
FX orders drama
New York-Cable network FX has made its first original dramatic-series buy, ordering 13 episodes of “Rampart,” tentatively set for next spring. The weekly one-hour cop series from Fox Television Studios will star Michael Chiklis (“The Commish”). Executive producers are Shawn Ryan and Scott Brazil.
Telemundo bid
New York-AOL Time Warner would not comment on reports it is interested in bidding for the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo Communications Group, primarily owned by Sony Corp. and Liberty Media Corp. AOL, NBC, Viacom and Hispanic Broadcasting have signed confidentiality agreements allowing access to financial information in preparation for making a bid.