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Latest news from the annual programming conference and market

Syndie front quiet before start of NATPE
Jan 16, 2007

Despite a flurry of last-minute announcements, the syndication business has been relatively quiet in the days and weeks leading up to this week's NATPE Conference & Exhibition, which kicks off today in Las Vegas. While recent years have been filled with high-profile talk show entries and other strips, many of which have locked up major clearances ahead of the confab, this year's official crop of new product on sale at NATPE is significantly smaller. The only first-run product confirmed from the major syndicators are Twentieth Television's game show "Temptation" and daytime program "The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet"; Sony Pictures Television's court show "Judge David Young" and, announced Monday on the eve of the conference, Warner Bros.' "TMZ" strip derived from Telepictures Prods. and AOL's popular online showbiz news and gossip Web site of the same name. More

October Moon, Bunim-Murray on 'Laugh O

Jan 16, 2007

PASADENA -- October Moon Television and Bunim-Murray Prods. will be selling a new first-run comedy/game show, targeted for a September launch in syndication, at NATPE's Conference & Exhibition this week in Las Vegas. In addition, Buena Vista Television, Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Distribution have locked up several deals with stations and talent. October Moon and Bunim-Murray's "Laugh Off" is a comedy competition series that offers unknown comedians the chance to compete in challenges featuring stand-up, improvisation, charades, mime and tabloid quiz, among others. A studio audience votes on the winner, and the champion can return for up to five days to meet new challengers. More

Meidel back, as MyNetTV chief

Jan 16, 2007

LAS VEGAS -- Former CBS Paramount Domestic Television senior executive Greg Meidel has been hired as MyNetworkTV's first president. The news comes almost a month after rumors surfaced that the network, which launched in September, was rethinking its all-telenovela strategy in light of underwhelming ratings and perhaps looking to schedule a lineup that would include a broader range of programming. Meidel most recently was president of programming at CBS Paramount Domestic TV, where he oversaw first-run syndicated programming including "Judge Judy," "Dr. Phil" and "Entertainment Tonight." In his new post, he will report to Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy. More

WBDTD snatches 'TMZ' strip

Jan. 16, 2007

LAS VEGAS -- is making its way to the small screen. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution said Monday that it has struck a multiyear deal with all of the Fox-owned television stations to this fall launch "TMZ," based on Telepictures Prods./AOL's entertainment news Web site. During a news conference on the eve of NATPE's 2007 Conference & Exhibition at the Mandalay Bay Resort, WBDTD president Ken Werner said the half-hour strip has been sold to all Fox-owned stations, including WNYW/WWOR New York, KTTV/KCOP Los Angeles and WFLD/WPWR Chicago. The show is being sold on a cash-plus-barter basis, with WBDTD providing an hourlong weekend edition and double runs as well. More