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Jan 31, 2003  •  Post A Comment

UPN greenlights “Kamelot,” “The Edge” and “Vegas Dick”

UPN ordered the pilot for “Kamelot,” a futuristic version of the King Arthur legend, where Arthur is a hip, young revolutionary who reigns over a Camelotlike society, from Miramax Television & Abandon Entertainment. Wes Craven, Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes are executive producers. “Kamelot’s” pick up is showrunner-contingent.

UPN also ordered “The Edge,” which will follow two young FBI graduates and an undercover DEA agent as they solve crimes in a beach town on the Mexican border. The series comes from 20th Century Fox Television and will be executive produced by Scott Vila and Matthew Carnahan.

“Vegas Dick” was picked up as a pilot presentation. It’s about a former con man who attempts to go straight and becomes the in-house detective at a hip Las Vegas casino. Original Television principles Neil Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Parouse executive produce. Rich Wilkes is the writer and co-executive producer. 20th Century Fox is the studio on board.

McCain reintroduces telecom measure

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reintroduced legislation Thursday that would give owners of telecommunications firms, including broadcast stations and cable systems, tax incentives to sell to women, minorities and other small-business interests. “This legislation is designed to ensure that more Americans have an opportunity to provide their distinct voices in today’s telecommunications marketplace,” the senator said.

ABC Family names Schwartz programming VP: Robin Schwartz has been named VP, programming, ABC Family Channel.Ms. Schwartz will be responsible for prime-time scripted series, original movies and teen programming. She will report to Linda Mancuso, senior VP and the cable network’s head of programming.

Dolgin leaving Fox Sports Net: Tracy Dolgin, president of Fox Sports Net for the past three years and its chief operating officer for three years before that, has resigned.

Bob Thompson, president of Fox Sports Networks, will add oversight of FSN, a partnership between Fox Sports and Rainbow Media, to his areas of responsibility.

In a statement, Mr. Dolgin said that he was leaving because, “There are so many potential opportunities that don’t fit neatly into any particular corporate structure, and I’d like to help develop and manage them in an even more entrepreneurial capacity than I’ve already enjoyed.”Before joining FSN, Mr. Dolgin was executive VP of marketing for both Fox Sports and Fox Broadcasting.#