Jan 27, 2003  •  Post A Comment

NATAS ‘Halls’ out management honors
The TVB’s Annual Marketing Conference is accruing critical mass by the day. As many as nine major station groups plan management meetings in conjunction with the conference, which is itself being held for the second year in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show. NBC and its affiliate advisory board have scheduled a meeting.
Electronic Media has learned that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will cap the TVB day with a Management Hall of Fame, acknowledging men NATAS President Peter Price described as “the godfathers” who shaped the business of station management as it is today.
A $195 ticket covers cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. and words of praise for former Capital Cities/CBS CEO Tom Murphy, former Metromedia Broadcasting President Bob Bennett, seminal WGN-TV President Ward Quaal, Univision and Telemundo founder Danny Villanueva, the late local broadcasting pioneer Stanley Hubbard, Cox Broadcasting Chairman J. Leonard Reinsch and Westinghouse Broadcasting CEO Donald McGannon.
Nachman diagnosed with cancer, is being treated
MSNBC talk show host Jerry Nachman has been diagnosed with cancer after having his gallbladder removed. Mr. Nachman told viewers Jan. 21 that he will be gone several weeks while he undergoes treatment. “I told you last month that I’d had my gallbladder plucked out. Well, as my mother would have said in a frightened whisper, they found something. So, in the technical language of surgery, they’re going back in,” Mr. Nachman said during his show.
‘Gilmore Girls’ to run on ABC Family
“Gilmore Girls,” The WB’s family-friendly demo hit, is heading to ABC Family, the Disney cable network, in an exclusive multiyear deal that begins in fall 2004. “Girls,” from Warner Bros. Television, The WB’s sister company, will garner approximately $750,000 per episode from ABC Family under provisions of the back-end deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution that will give Warner a cut of the ABC cable network’s ad revenue, according to insiders. “Girls” was originally developed by Warner Bros. and The WB with script seed money from the Family Friendly Programming Forum.
Cable a la carte urged at NATPE
GOP FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin last week urged the satellite and cable TV industries to provide their programming a la carte or in packages that give consumers the option of letting only family-friendly programming into their homes. In a speech at the NATPE convention in New Orleans, Mr. Martin also urged broadcasters to restrict the first hour of prime time to family-friendly fare. “Certainly viewers are better off today than in decades past,” the Federal Communications Commission official said. “The viewing picture nevertheless leaves much to be desired by parents seeking family-friendly programming.”
FCC ownership hearing set for Feb. 27
The Federal Communications Commission announced that its field hearing in Richmond, Va., on the agency’s media ownership rules will be held Feb. 27. The actual site for the event, according to the FCC, has yet to be determined.
MGM and NBC extend pact
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and NBC Enterprises have extended their international distribution agreement for four more years. MGM will continue to distribute all NBC Studios programming outside of North America through the 2007-08 television season, while NBC Enterprises will continue to represent NBC News, NBC Sports, first-run syndicated programs, late-night and formats.
Nell Carter dead at 54
Nell Carter, 54, star of the 1980s sitcom “Gimme a Break!” died Jan. 23 after collapsing in her Beverly Hills, Calif., home. Ms. Carter suffered from diabetes for years and in 1992 was successfully operated on for a brain aneurysm. In recent years she performed mostly on stage. “Gimme a Break!” ran on NBC from 1981 to 1987.