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Studios against plug-and-play

WASHINGTON — The motion picture studios are attempting to persuade the government to reject a proposal by consumer electronics makers about two-way plug-and-play technology, contending that it fails to protect their copyrights. MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman and former National Association of Broadcasters chief Edward Fritts met Tuesday with FCC chairman Kevin Martin to express the studios' concerns on the issue. The cable industry and consumer electronics makers hope to have the issue resolved in the next couple of months in order to get products in the marketplace by the 2008 holiday season.

Zimmerman promoted at SPT

Stuart Zimmerman has been upped to executive vp advertiser sales at Sony Pictures Television. Zimmerman, who was senior vp, oversees national ad sales in first-run and off-network syndicated properties. This includes the 30-second business and direct response; with the promotion, he adds oversight of the 10-second business. He reports to SPT president of advertiser sales Amy Carney.

Viewers get chance to be 'Trivial'

Just in time for its 25th anniversary, Trivial Pursuit is headed to television. Debmar-Mercury has snapped up worldwide TV distribution rights to the Hasbro brand, partnering with the company to deliver a syndicated half-hour strip titled "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays" to broadcast stations for fall 2008. Viewers will submit the questions to the game show via video uploads to participating station Web sites.

NBC Uni plan calls for a green house

NBC Universal is going green in November. The company's TV networks and stations will air more than 150 hours of environmentally focused programming across several platforms during the week of Nov. 4-10 as part of its "Green Is Universal" campaign. NBC and its cable siblings will incorporate green content, graphics and messages into its programming and through its "The More You Know" public service campaign, which will launch new spots across all platforms that focus on global warming, pollution, recycling and how viewers can help improve the environment.

CMT hits road for 'Trucker' makeovers

CMT on Tuesday announced the new makeover series "Trick My Trucker," a spinoff of the network's "Trick My Truck," that will be hosted by Bob Guiney (ABC's "The Bachelor"). The six-episode series debuts at 9 p.m. Nov. 10. Each half-hour episode will feature two out-of-shape truck drivers who are confronted about their unhealthy habits on the road.

Taylor-Minkler in mix at USS

The feature mixing team of Jon Taylor and Christian P. Minkler has joined Universal Studios Sound, where they will be mixing on Stage 6 on the Universal lot. The pair, previously at Todd-AO Radford, were the sound rerecording mixers on "Babel," which earned them a BAFTA nomination and a Cinema Audio Society Award nomination.