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Jan 19, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Stephen Davis, president and CEO of Carlton America, and John Weiser, executive VP of Sony Pictures Television, have been nominated to become co-chairmen of the National Association of Television Program Executives. NATPE’s voting members must ratify the nominations during the association’s annual business meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20, before Mr. Davis and Mr. Weiser officially take over leadership of NATPE’s board of directors. In addition, four others have been nominated to NATPE’s board: William Butler, Sinclair VP of programming and promotion; Ramon Escobar, Telemundo executive VP of programming and production; Bonnie Hammer, Sci Fi Channel president; and Jed Petrick, president and chief operating officer of The WB. (Mr. Petrick resigned from The WB last week, effective in April.)
Entertainment Studios Sets Three New Series
Independent syndicator Entertainment Studios, formerly CF Entertainment, last week announced the launch of three new shows for the 2004-05 TV season. “Designers, Fashions & Runways” will be a weekly half-hour show featuring exclusive interviews with cutting-edge designers from around the world. “Travel InStyle” is a weekly half-hour show featuring the best in luxury travel. “Writer’s Hot List” will feature the world’s best-selling authors sharing their latest creations.
`Urban Latino’ Producers Unveil `Kulture Shock’
AIM Tell-A-Vision, a New York-based video content production banner and marketing company and the producers of weekly series “Urban Latino TV,” have created “Kulture Shock TV,” a weekly half-hour syndicated television show that aims to capture the progressive and evolving lifestyles of people living in fusion culture. The show’s emcee is Venezuelan-born New Yorker Blanquito Man, who is also leader of the band King Chango. Each show will include a variety of live and in-the-field segments from across the United States and around the world, in-studio performances, a weekly comedy segment and musical performances from big names in the music industry. The series will debut in the fall.
New Line Clears `Twilight Zone’ Repeats
New Line Television has nabbed station clearances representing coverage of more than 75 percent of the country for its off-network run of “The Twilight Zone.” The former UPN half-hour series is now cleared in 18 of the top 20 markets, including the top three, where it will run on New York’s WPIX-TV, Los Angeles’ KCAL-TV/KCBS-TV and Chicago’s WGN-TV. It will also run in many other Tribune markets. Besides Tribune, major station groups represented in the lineup include: Acme, Belo, Channel 20 TV, Cox, Entravision, Hearst-Argyle, Holtson Valley TV, Hubbard, Louisville Communications, LIN TV, Media General, Meredith, New York Times Co., Pegasus, Raycom Media, Roberts Broadcasting, Scripps Howard, Sky TV, Viacom, WB 100+ Station Group, Weigel and Young Broadcasting.
`P. Allen Smith’ Grows Another Season
The Television Syndication Co. has renewed home and leisure series “P. Allen Smith Gardens” for a fifth season. The weekly series is hosted by P. Allen Smith and is carried in 77 percent of the country, including on WCBS-TV, New York, KCAL-TV, Los Angeles, WUSA-TV, Washington, and KNTV, San Francisco. Stations will continue to receive five 90-second weekly “P. Allen Smith Reports From the Garden” news inserts designed for local news broadcasts. “P. Allen Smith Gardens” debuted in 2000 and provides viewers with easy-to-implement garden projects.
Cinamour Offers `Fish Out of Water’
Cinamour Entertainment will present to NATPE 2004 broadcasters “Fish Out of Water,” a new weekly lifestyle cooking series specializing in fishing and cooking. The series will showcase the expertise of champion fishermen and celebrity chefs. The program opens with a trip to a picturesque body of water, where the celebrity chef learns how to catch his dinner from an award-winning sport fisherman. After the fish have been packed in ice, the fisherman learns from the celebrity chef how to turn the catch into haute cuisine. “`Fish Out of Water’ will be remembered for introducing viewers to catch-it-and-cook-it programming,” said Cinamour President of Distribution Cord Douglas.