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Sour economy dampens NATPE's int'l attendance

The latest news from NATPE:

Thursday, Jan. 29

Web series hot topic at NATPE sessions
Two packed sessions at NATPE on Thursday morning offered tips on developing a Web series and strategies on making it a hit. Full story

ProSieben inks new CBS Par TV deal
Germany's ProSiebenSat.1, the largest station group in Europe, has extended a multiyear licensing deal with CBS Paramount International TV. Full story

Wednesday, Jan. 28

NATPE ends at a crossroads
The 46th edition of the NATPE trade show will, if the TV business regains its footing, go down as a depressing blip on the radar -- or be remembered as the straw that broke the camel's back and ends the market as we know it. Full story

Increase in ads no problem for ABC.com
The more ads the merrier on ABC.com, according to new research Disney-ABC TV Group commissioned from Nielsen Media Research. Full story

Fox restoring order with 'Anarchy' budget
LAS VEGAS -- Things got out of whack with "The X-Files," but they're getting back on track with "Sons of Anarchy." That in a nutshell is how top Fox execs describe the trajectory that budgets for TV series should be taking, now that cost-cutting has become the mantra at all the major networks. For its part, Fox is actively responding to the global recession, and to the more general reinvention of the broadcast network business model. Full story

Fremantle inks Middle East Broadcasting deal
LAS VEGAS -- FremantleMedia, the international distributor of "American Idol" and hundreds of variety and reality formats, has inked a sizable deal at NATPE with the multichannel Pan-Arabic satcaster Middle East Broadcasting Center for 150 hours of programming. Full story

Numbers good for NATPE-backed Discop Africa
LAS VEGAS -- Attendance at industry events such as Sundance and the ongoing NATPE confab here may be down because of the recession, but a sizable number of movie and TV buyers and sellers are lining up to attend the NATPE-sponsored Discop Africa from Feb. 25-27. Full story

Marie Osmond talker cleared in N.Y., L.A.
Program Partners has cleared its Marie Osmond-hosted talk show "Marie" in the top two markets for its targeted fall launch. Full story

TiVo chief urges changes in TV advertising

TiVo CEO Tom Rogers presented the TV industry with a dire view of the next few years unless something is done to counteract the current advertising crisis, which he predicts is going to get worse. Full story

Tuesday, Jan. 27

NATPE mood is all business
Nary an animal mascot, a scantily clad bimbo handing out promo leaflets or a buffet line could be espied on the trading floor of the 46th annual NATPE confab Tuesday as the global recession and a dwindling domestic syndication business took a bite out of the once raucous, crowded bazaar. Full story

Greenberg: Epix on track despite lack of carriage
Epix chief Mark Greenberg on Tuesday touted what he described as the unique business model behind the new premium TV channel and broadband service from Viacom and its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and MGM. Full story

Feltheimer: Changing models good for biz
The entertainment industry isn't dying, it's just changing, and those who survive and thrive will be the ones to find innovative ways to adapt, Lionsgate CEO and co-chairman Jon Feltheimer said during the opening keynote of NATPE's 2009 Market & Conference. Full story

Monday, Jan. 26

MGM, Weigel add affils for new digital service

MGM Domestic TV and Weigel Broadcasting have expanded the station lineup for their new digital service This TV, while Litton Entertainment has declared "Street Court" a firm go for a fall launch and has renewed "Storm Stories" for a second season in broadcast syndication. Full story

MTV's Latin American offshoots unveil deals
If there's one part of the world for which NATPE is the market, it's Latin America, and once again a sizable contingent of Latinos is expected to hit the Vegas Strip on Monday in search of programming for both key broadcasters back home and the proliferating cable/satellite/online offshoots south of the border of the Hollywood majors themselves. Full story

International deals roll in before NATPE
Despite fewer attendees from abroad and thinner wallets in tow, several Hollywood players unveiled programming deals with international clients on the eve of the NATPE programming market here. Full story

Sunday, Jan. 25

'Nite Tales' deal is first from NATPE
On the eve of NATPE's 2009 Market & Conference, Flavor Flav and filmmaker Deon Taylor have inked a deal to turn their BET movie "Nite Tales" into an anthology series. Full story
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