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Jun 16, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Don Mischer will return to executive produce the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, Television Academy Chairman Bryce Zabel and Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman announced. Mr. Mischer has produced seven previous Emmys telecasts and has won 13 Emmys of his own. The 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Fox Sept. 21 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
NATPE Schedule to Change
National Association of Television Program Executives 2004 is being moved back a week and shortened by a day, following NATPE officials’ discovery that they would be unable to get the required hotel and exhibition facilities for original dates Jan. 13 to 16 at the Venetian Hotel and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Now the conference will be held from Jan. 18 to 20 in Las Vegas.
Binford Tapped as Senior VP of ABC Communications
Communications executive Sue Binford is rejoining the Hollywood fold as senior VP, communications, for ABC Television Network and ABC Broadcast Group, filing the vacancy created by the promotion of Zenia Mucha to senior VP of communications for The Walt Disney Co. Ms. Binford will be based in Los Angeles and report to Ms. Mucha and Alex Wallau, president of the ABC Television Network. She will develop, implement and oversee internal and external communications and will serve as chief spokesperson for the network and the broadcast group. She ran corporate and media relations for NBC West Coast before leaving in 1993 to take a similar position with Turner Broadcasting System. She shifted to oversight of CNN’s news groups in 1998 and relocated to Washington before leaving the organization in late 2001.
Greenblatt `Under’ Consideration at Showtime
Showtime will select a new president of programming within the next 30 days, Matthew Blank, chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks, told TelevisionWeek while he was in Chicago for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association conference last week. Insiders said Bob Greenblatt, who executive produces HBO drama “Six Feet Under” and is a principal in the Greenblatt Janollari Studio, is the leading candidate to replace Jerry Offsay, the current programming president, who in March announced his intention to step down at the end of this year. Showtime declined to comment on the status of its talks with Mr. Greenblatt, who spent eight years at Fox Broadcasting Co.
CTAM Announces Award Recipients
CTAM has announced the recipients of this year’s TAMI and Chairman’s Awards. The awards will be presented during the annual CTAM Summit, July 20 to 23, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
Dr. Richard Green, president and CEO of CableLabs, will receive the Chairman’s Award. TAMI Award recipients include Andy Addis of Comcast, Sherita Ceasar of SciCare Broadband Services, Robert Davis of Dove Consulting, Mark Greenberg of Showtime Networks and Timothy Larson of the Home Shopping Network. Matthew Blank, chairman and CEO of Showtime, will receive the Grand TAM.
O’Brien Moves to `American Morning’
“Weekend Today” co-anchor Soledad O’Brien announced she is leaving NBC News in July to join Bill Hemmer as co-anchor on “American Morning,” She is expected to get a big raise from her NBC salary, which insiders peg at $300,000 to $400,000, but probably a third less than the $1 million that has been speculated. She is expected to sign off at NBC June 29.