EmptyCTV scores Canada rights to Super Bowl
Canadian broadcaster CTV said Tuesday that it has snagged domestic TV rights to the Super Bowl from rival CanWest MediaWorks as part of a new three-year deal with the NFL. The pact hands CTV exclusive Canadian rights to the NFL championship game, which for more than two decades belonged to CanWest MediaWorks' Global Television network. CTV also caught the rights to the main Sunday afternoon regular-season NFL matchup along with every playoff game. Terms of the first-ever pact between CTV and the NFL, which will cover the 2007, '08 and '09 football seasons, were not disclosed.
Fey among Gracie winners
"30 Rock's" Tina Fey, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien and CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier are among the national winners of the American Women in Radio and Television's 2007 Gracie Awards, announced Tuesday. This year's national winners include XM Radio's Oprah Friends "Jean Chatzky Show," Oxygen's "Campus Ladies," HBO's "Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired," ABC Radio Network's "Satellite Sisters" and Lifetime Television's "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy." The Gracies, which recognize programming created by, for and about women as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry, will be presented June 18 in New York.
CNN, IBS ink content deal for online
NEW YORK — Turner Broadcasting's CNN and local TV news publisher Internet Broadcasting Systems Inc. have entered into a partnership, the companies said Tuesday. Internet Broadcasting will supply local news content to the CNN.com homepage and its U.S. News and Weather sections. The Time Warner unit will in turn share national, political and international content with Internet Broadcasting's network of sites. CNN will acquire an equity stake in Internet Broadcasting as part of the deal.
Video game latest stunt for 'Jackass'
Following the success of its MTV television series and two feature films from Paramount Pictures, "Jackass" is getting its own video games from publisher Red Mile Entertainment and MTV Games. Fans of the show will be able to interact with the cast from the films and TV shows in original games for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS beginning Sept. 24. Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and the gang provided their likenesses and original dialogue for the games.
Deal offers same rate for webcasters
WASHINGTON — Small webcasters would continue to get a break on the royalty they pay for broadcasting music on the Internet under a deal the music industry proffered Tuesday. SoundExchange, the nonprofit organization that collects digital royalties, essentially offered webcasters with revenue of less than $1.5 million a year the same rate they pay under the current royalty regime. It is unclear whether the webcasters were willing to accept the new offer.
Osterberg set to exit MPAA at week's end
WASHINGTON — The MPAA's Washington spokeswoman, Gayle Osterberg, is leaving the association at week's end to start her own public affairs firm, she said Tuesday. Osterberg was one of MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman's early hires when he took over the helm of the organization after the late Jack Valenti retired. She said the time is right for her to go out on her own as she starts her new firm, 133 Public Affairs.