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3 More Years for Ludwin

Rick Ludwin, senior VP, late-night and prime-time series at NBC Entertainment, signed a new contract that will keep him at NBC for three more years. Mr. Ludwin, who reports to NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker, oversees the development and production of NBC’s late-night program lineup, which includes The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Conan O’Brien and Last Call With Carson Daly. He also oversees any prime-time specials that spin off of those shows.

“Rick is truly one of the good guys in programming, and he has provided a creative yet steady hand in an ever-evolving genre,” Mr. Zucker said. “He has unmatched experience in many programming arenas, and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with him for another three years.”

Mr. Ludwin joined NBC in March 1980 as director of variety programs.

NBC also promoted James Lichtman to VP, litigation. He joined the legal department at NBC four years ago after eight years in private practice. He will continue to work closely with executives at NBC, NBC Studios, NBC Enterprises and NBC West Coast owned-and-operated stations.

HDNet Strikes Deal For Sony Films and TV Series: Mark Cuban-owned HDTV channel HDNet has obtained the rights to air 245 movies and TV shows produced by Sony, including the original Charlie’s Angels TV series and Square Pegs, which starred a young Jessica Sarah Parker, TVPredictions.com reports.

FCC’s Ownership Plans Protested: In a double-barreled blast at the Federal Communications Commission, a bipartisan coalition of key lawmakers and another federal agency has asked the FCC to put its plans to revise the media ownership rules on indefinite hold.

The coalition of lawmakers, including Sens. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., and Trent Lott, R-Miss., slammed the agency’s plan on grounds that the FCC had failed to give public notice on the specific changes it is contemplating. “We believe it is virtually impossible to serve the public interest in this extremely important and highly complex proceeding without letting the public know about and comment on the changes you intend to make to these critical rules,” the lawmakers said in an April 9 letter to the FCC.

The Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration, meanwhile, alleged that the FCC’s current plan to adopt final regulations on June 2 runs afoul of federal law intended to protect small businesses.

“By not proposing rules, the commission is limiting the ability of small business to provide the agency with needed information on the impacts of the rule and possible alternatives that will lessen any impacts,” the office said.

Jackson to Share Home Videos: If it’s sweeps, then Michael Jackson must be lurking nearby. Fox will air a two-hour special on the first day of May sweeps with video culled from Mr. Jackson’s private home movie collection. The special will also include exclusive interviews with Mr. Jackson. Michael Jackson’s Private Home Movies will air Thursday, April 24, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brad Lachman will executive produce through Brad Lachman Productions.