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ABC putting all summer shows on Web

NEW YORK — will add all of the network's summer programming to its roster of streaming offerings. Included in the lineup will be the reality shows "American Inventor," "Ex-Wives Club," "Fast Cars and Superstars," "Fat March," "National Bingo Night," "Shaq's Big Challenge" and "The Next Best Thing." Episodes of the new drama "Traveler" also will be available. According to comScore Media Metrix, the Walt Disney Co.-owned portal was the top entertainment TV site in May for unique visitors, with 14.6 million, up 110% from the same period a year ago.

Sony Music teaming with Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon and Sony Music Label Group have formed a comprehensive partnership to develop, produce and finance music and television ventures during the next four years. The deal includes the development of original series and movies for the Viacom network and the release of multiple records, with the potential to expand into such other business areas as apparel and electronics. The collaboration's first project launches in the fall with the release of the original soundtrack from "The Naked Brothers Band," Nickelodeon's hit tween series.

CNN, YouTube join to sponsor pair of debates

NEW YORK — CNN and YouTube will co-sponsor two presidential debates featuring user questions coming directly from the video-sharing site, the companies said Thursday. The first debate, featuring Democratic presidential candidates, will be held July 23 at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.; a debate among the Republican candidates will take place Sept. 17 in Florida. The events will be moderated by CNN's Anderson Cooper live on the news network, which is part of Turner Broadcasting.

Twentieth, Reveille birth 'Mom Show'

Twentieth Television and Reveille Llc. said Thursday that they are partnering on a parenting-themed original program called "The Mom Show," targeted to launch in syndication in fall 2008. The multisegment, hourlong show aims to bring together celebrities and authorities in the field of parenting, touching on family topics and sharing the latest trends in the areas of cooking, fashion, fitness and finances.

Docu makers set for Sundance Lab

NEW YORK — The Sundance Institute announced four topical projects selected for its fourth annual Documentary Film Editing and Story Lab. The mentoring program will include Ngawang Choephel's "Tibet in Song," Julie Bridgham's "The Sari Soldiers," Mahmoud Al Massa's "Recycle" and Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Trouble the Water." The directors and some of the projects' editors will work with veteran docu creative advisers, including editors Jean-Philippe Boucicaut, Kate Amend, Lewis Erskine and Mary Lampson as well as directors Robb Moss and Ra'anan Alexandrowicz. The lab will be held June 22-29 in Sundance, Utah.

'Project' on runway for indie fest

"The Tehuacan Project," Andy Lauer's documentary short about a Mexican school for the deaf, is among the featured films at the inaugural Independent Features Festival. The hybrid Web/theatrical fest has more than 200 full-length films and shorts available for viewing online at Broadband users can vote on each film through June 30, and the top 20 finalists will be shown at New York's Tribeca Cinemas from July 27-29. The winning film will receive a red-carpet premiere and a theatrical distribution deal.