Posted Monday, July 29
Sabinson exits A&E
Allen Sabinson, senior VP of programming at A&E Network, has left the company, an A&E spokesperson confirmed. In the interim Dan Davids, executive VP and general manager of A&E Network will take charge of programming while the cable network searches for a replacement.
Ostrow to leave post at CAB: Joe Ostrow, who has headed the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau since 1994, will step down at the end of next March.
The CAB has formed a search committee that is expected to select a successor by the end of this year. Mr. Ostrow, who has an extensive background in advertising, will retain a relationship with the organization through a multiyear consultancy, according to a CAB statement.
‘Bachelor’ to air with special commentary: ABC Family will be “enhancing” its reprise of “The Bachelor” with commentary from Alex Michel, the titular bachelor himself, when it telecasts “The Bachelor: Special Edition” Aug. 11-16.
Among the questions Mr. Michel will address: How did he feel when the ambulance was called because Rhonda was having a panic attack? Which bachelorette does he wish he got to know better? Did he fear rejection himself?
“We are thrilled to offer our viewers more than just the original show,” said Angela Shapiro, president, ABC Family, in a statement.
Brockovich to host Lifetime series: The real Erin Brockovich, who was portrayed by Julia Roberts in the big-screen picture that bore her name, will host “Final Justice,” a new Lifetime Television reality dramatic series set to debut in the first quarter of 2003.
Ms. Brockovich will present true accounts of women who successfully battled legal and other obstacles, including the woman whose story was depicted in “Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story,” a recent Lifetime movie. Lifetime has ordered a “minimum of 13” episodes, according to a spokeswoman.
Cambert heads to ‘GMA’: Alex Cambert, who was the breakout host of Telemundo’s “Edicion Especial” for four years, makes his debut as an entertainment and lifestyle correspondent on Tuesday’s “Good Morning America.” Mr. Cambert began branching out in 2000, when he hosted the Billboard Latin Music Awards and co-hosted ABC’s “Countdown to the Emmys.” He will be based in Los Angeles, where he lives.
‘Sesame Street’ gets VOD treatment: Sesame Workshop licensed its children’s show “Sesame Street” to Intertainer to distribute through video on demand. Intertainer, which acquired the rights to 21 half-hour episodes and specials, will distribute the shows on its cable and Internet protocol platforms.
Schneider new VP at KEYE: CBS-owned KEYE-TV in Austin, Texas, has a new vice president and general manager: Gary Schneider, who has been an entrepreneur, president of Sky Television, and a wunderkind Gaylord Entertainment stations executive for nearly a decade. KEYE has been without a general manager for several months.#