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Jun 17, 2002  •  Post A Comment

NBC, DreamWorks discuss production deal
Los Angeles-NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker is said to be working to get DreamWorks Television under the NBC umbrella. Though sources said talks have been exploratory between DreamWorks partner Jeffrey Katzenberg and Mr. Zucker, the latter is said to hope to negotiate a pod deal that would give NBC first-look rights and back-end syndication ownership of future series. An NBC pod deal for DreamWorks would allow the studio to sell to an outside network-with NBC conceivably setting “deficit-cap limits” on the financing of non-NBC series. DreamWorks would receive a weekly producers fee and an unspecified minority participation in back-end syndication sales. DreamWorks would not comment and NBC officials were unreachable.
TW teams with Tennis
New York-The Tennis Channel, set to launch later this year, has reached a 15-year affiliation agreement with Time Warner Cable. The deal is the first cable affiliation agreement for the new channel. TWC will offer it primarily on a digital sports tier, though there may be some digital basic carriage and analog distribution as well.
`Divorce’ heads to court
Los Angeles-An independent producer who filed a September 2001 lawsuit claiming she gave Twentieth Television the pitch to revive “Divorce Court” for first-run syndication has been given a July 30 jury trial date. Judge Stephen Czuleger of the Los Angeles Superior Court rejected a summary judgment from Twentieth’s lawyers to dismiss the suit brought by Karol Pozniak.