News Briefs: Cory Shields Returning to NBCU as Exec VP

May 15, 2006  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal said last Friday that Cory Shields is returning to the media giant as executive VP of communications, replacing Anna Perez, who is leaving the company. Mr. Shields, who will rejoin NBCU June 5, will be responsible for the company’s overall media and communications strategy, managing media relations, executive communications, internal communications, corporate philanthropy and community relations. Mr. Shields is rejoining NBCU from Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where he served as senior VP of corporate communications since March 2005. Mr. Shields previously spent seven years at NBC, most recently as senior VP of corporate communications. The company offered no reason for Ms. Perez’s departure after two years in the position.

Sony Will Allow Stations to Stream ‘Behrendt’

Sony Pictures Television said last week it will offer local stations the ability to stream same-day episodes of its upcoming syndicated strip “The Greg Behrendt Show” on their Web sites when the series debuts this fall. Offering “Behrendt” in a same-day window marks the first time a first-run syndicated show has been streamed online. Stations that carry “Behrendt” will be able to stream each episode on their Web sites for a 24-hour period on the day of broadcast. The complete broadcast version of each show will be streamed, including all advertising.

Frons to Lead Daytime for Disney-ABC TV Group

ABC Daytime President Brian Frons has been named president of daytime for Disney-ABC Television Group. Aside from managing ABC Daytime, Mr. Frons will oversee SoapNet and Buena Vista Productions and be responsible for the creation, production and delivery of daytime programming for the Disney-ABC Television Group. Mr. Frons was named to his previous position in August 2002. He has been responsible for ABC’s current daytime lineup, which includes “The View,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”

Philbin Set to Host ‘America’s Got Talent’

Daytime talk show host and former “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” host Regis Philbin will headline NBC’s summer reality competition series “America’s Got Talent.” “Talent,” which is being executive produced by “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell and “Idol” production company FremantleMedia, will premiere on NBC with a special two-hour broadcast Wednesday, June 21, at 8 p.m. (ET). The series gives singers, dancers, comedic performers and other acts a chance to compete for a $1 million prize. Viewers will have a say in choosing the “Talent” winner.

Cable Operators Eye Wireless Spectrum

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said the company is considering making a bid with other cable operators for some of the wireless airwaves that the Federal Communications Commission plans to auction in late June. Time Warner Cable, Comcast Corp., Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse Communications are planning to join with cellphone company Sprint Nextel in applying for permission from regulators to make a joint bid on the wireless spectrum, Mr. Britt said last Wednesday at an investor conference in New York. The four cable companies are working together to meld wireless services with their cable products so they can expand their package of services. Cable operators are posting subscriber gains as customers choose to receive television, high-speed Internet and telephone service through one provider.