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Aug 11, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The Family Friendly Programming Forum will celebrate its fifth anniversary at the Fifth Annual Family Television Awards on Aug. 14 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Actresses Jennie Garth and Holly Robinson Peete will co-host the awards, which are an initiative of the Association of National Advertisers. Awards will be presented for outstanding programming for family viewing in six categories-drama, comedy, reality, movie, actor and actress. “The Family Television Awards Show” will be produced by Dick Clark Productions for the fifth consecutive year. It will air on The WB Aug. 25 at 9 p.m.
Mancini Stamp Unveiled
A commemorative stamp saluting TV and film music composer Henry Mancini will be unveiled Aug. 16 during the Henry Mancini Institute’s 2003 Mancini Musicale in Los Angeles. “The Late Late Show’s” Craig Kilborn will host. Mr. Mancini composed many TV themes, hit songs and film scores. Among his credits are “The Pink Panther” and “Peter Gunn.” The Mancini stamp, which the U.S. Postal Service will issue next spring, features a painting by artist Victor Stabin.
New TNN Gets `Spiked’
Following the settlement of legal haggling between Viacom and Spike Lee, Viacom’s cable network-previously known as The New TNN, The National Network and The Nashville Network-is expected to officially switch over to its new name, Spike TV, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. (ET). For its premiere, the outlet billed as the first network for men will kick off a slate of specials, original programming and daily features.