The board of directors of media marketing organization Promax/BDA is expected to meet Monday to decide the fate of CEO Jim Chabin after placing him on administrative leave last week. On Friday, the group appointed Lee Hunt as interim managing director of the group. Mr. Hunt will assume all administrative duties and oversight of Promax/BDA heading into its MI6 video game marketers conference, tentatively scheduled for May in San Francisco, and the Promax/BDA North American Conference, being held June 12 through 14 in New York. As reported Thursday on TVWeek.com, sources familiar with the situation said Mr. Chabin was placed on leave by Promax/BDA after the board raised questions about the organization’s financial direction. Mr. Chabin declined to comment when reached by phone Friday.
-Chris Pursell and Greg Baumann
MyNetworkTV Revamps Schedule
After struggling to draw viewers, News Corp.’s MyNetworkTV confirmed a new spring schedule last week. As first reported in TelevisionWeek, MyNetwork decided to add movies and mixed martial arts fights to its schedule as part of an effort to reduce the fledgling network’s dependence on low-rated telenovelas. Starting March 8, MyNetwork will air “International Fight League’s Total Impact” on Monday nights. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, MyNetwork will run the third installment of its telenovelas, “American Heiress” and “Saints & Sinners.” Instead of running an hour of each program both nights, MyNetwork will have two hours of “Heiress” on Tuesdays and two hours of “Saints” on Wednesdays. MyNetwork will run movies on Thursdays and Fridays.
`I Love Lucy’ Co-Creator Dies
“I Love Lucy” co-creator and writer Bob Carroll Jr. passed away Jan. 27 in Los Angeles following a brief illness. He was 88. Mr. Carroll created the pioneering, long-running CBS sitcom, starring Lucille Ball and her then-husband Desi Arnaz, with his longtime writing partner Madelyn Pugh Davis and the show’s producer and head writer, Jess Oppenheimer, in 1951. He is survived by a daughter, Christina. Services are pending.
Advertising Age Plans Change of the Guard
Crain Communications, which owns TelevisionWeek, announced Friday that Advertising Age Publisher Jill Manee has decided to retire at the end of February. Scott Donaton, Advertising Age associate publisher, has been named to succeed Ms. Manee in the publisher’s post. As publisher, Mr. Donaton will report to David Klein, publishing and editorial director for the Ad Age Group. Ms. Manee said, “When we promoted Scott to associate publisher in April 2006, it was not only in recognition of his tremendous leadership ability, but part of my succession plan for Ad Age in preparation for this day.” Before being named to associate publisher, Mr. Donaton had been editor of Advertising Age from October 1998 to April 2006, serving three years prior to this as the publication’s executive editor. Ms. Manee joined Crain Communications from Lebhar Friedman in 1996 as Advertising Age’s advertising director. In 1997, she was named associate publisher and two years later named publisher of Advertising Age and the Ad Age Group. In May of 2000, she was named a VP of Crain Communications Inc.
Viacom Calls for YouTube to Remove Clips
Viacom demanded that YouTube remove 100,000 clips from the video-sharing site last week. The media company, which owns MTV, Comedy Central and other cable networks, issued a statement saying that after months of ongoing discussion with YouTube and Google, “it has become clear that YouTube is unwilling to come to a fair market agreement.” The clips in question have been streamed by YouTube users 1.2 billion times, Viacom said in the statement Friday. Viacom’s demand that YouTube remove the videos highlights the tension between traditional media companies that want to be compensated for their copyright content and video-sharing sites that host the clips without authorization. YouTube Friday afternoon confirmed it would comply with Viacom’s request. Viacom said it hopes to come to a fair, authorized distribution model with YouTube and Google that will allow consumers to make its content available on all media platforms.