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Oxygen-which is starting to become one of my new favorite networks- has a few new originals, a handful of new projects in development along with several returning and new series.

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Three new Oxygen original series with premiere dates:

  • Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings – Series premieres tomorrow at 10p from World of Wonder Productions.
  • The World According to Paris – Docu-series follows Paris Hilton and her most important people. Premieres June 1 at 10p from A. Smith & Co.
  • The Glee Project – Ten-episode competition series from Ryan Murphy, the creator and executive producer of FOX’s Glee where talented performers compete for a guest starring role on Glee. Series opens June 12 at 9p produced by Ryan Murphy Television and Embassy Row.
  • Oxygen’s new series in development: Read the rest of this entry »

    Here is our coverage and analysis of the 2011 upfronts. We are posting about some of our favorite networks.

    Bravo Media boasted continued ratings success with its programming and the gain of 150 new advertisers in 2010. According to IAG Research, Bravo delivers the most affluent, educated and engaged audience in the cable entertainment realm as well as being the top cable network in brand recall. For 2011, Bravo will add 20% more in original programming hours. For its 2011-2012 schedule, Bravo unveiled details on 11 new series pick-ups and 5 returning series.

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    From the Oscars Publicity Department

    The ABC Television Network’s contract to carry the annual Academy Awards presentations has been extended for six more years, though 2020, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ President Tom Sherak and Anne Sweeney, President of the Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today.

    “This contract ensures that the Oscar show will be an ABC tradition for 45 consecutive years,” said Sherak. “ABC is absolutely the very best place for the Academy Awards, a television event that is beloved and watched by millions of movie lovers all over the world.”

    “ABC has been home to the Oscars for many years, having aired a total of 46 of the annual telecasts, so we’re thrilled to announce that this tradition will continue,” said Sweeney. “During that time, we’ve enjoyed a tremendous partnership with the Academy, pairing the best in movies with the best in television, and look forward to a long and successful collaboration in the years to come.”

    Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis added, “The Oscars remain the most-watched non-sports program in America, and we’re delighted that ABC will continue to be the setting for that jewel. The network has consistently demonstrated an understanding of what makes us unique, and has energetically supported those qualities.”

    The new agreement for the domestic broadcasts of the Academy Awards adds six years to the existing contract, which was scheduled to expire in 2014. International rights are covered by a separate agreement with Walt Disney International which runs through 2014.

    The 83rd Academy Awards, which will air live on Sunday, February 27, will be the 36th consecutive ceremony to air on ABC.

    Now that fashion week in New York City has come to an end, it is interesting to note what really influences buying decisions when it comes to fashion and beauty brands. Despite the recession-which is allegedly over-people are still driven to buy products that make them look and feel good.

    Nielsen conducted a global survey to basically find out what prompts consumers to stock their cabinets with make-up, fragrances and personal care items.

    For 44% of global respondents, Read the rest of this entry »

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment offers music lovers a backstage pass to witness the King of Pop plan and create what would have been his electrifying and triumphant return to the stage when MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and PSP this January 26, 2010. After breaking box office records around the world, MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT will dazzle on Blu-ray and DVD. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the Blu-ray and DVD release will allow fans to go beyond the theatrical experience of the film Roger Ebert called “one of the most revealing music documentaries I’ve seen” with the two documentaries “Staging The Return: Beyond The Show” and “Staging The Return: The Adventure Begins,” in which Michael Jackson is shown developing, creating and rehearsing for his sold-out This Is It tour. Also available are a series of illuminating featurettes, including “The Gloved One,” a costume themed featurette; “Memories of Michael,” in which cast and crew pay moving tribute to the legacy of Michael Jackson; “Auditions: Searching for the World’s Best Dancers,” spotlighting the search for the show’s incredibly talented backup dancers; and the film’s Theatrical Trailer.

    Additional features exclusive to the Blu-ray include the complete and uncut versions of “Smooth Criminal” and “Thriller,” two all-new vignettes seen briefly in the film, along with a special “Making-of Smooth Criminal” featurette. In “Smooth Criminal,” sit back and marvel as Michael Jackson seamlessly shares the screen with some of the greatest movie stars of all-time in a new black and white vignette that celebrates Michael’s love of ‘Old Hollywood.’ Then, in the all-new “Thriller” vignette, watch in awe as Michael brings one of his most popular songs to a monstrous second life in a thrilling new video featuring a whole new cast of zombies, ghosts and ghouls igniting awareness with all-new and signature Jackson dance moves.

    Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition of MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT are even more must-have bonus features Jackson fans will love, including the BD-Live(TM) enabled movieIQ, which lets viewers add their favorite songs from the film to an emailable This Is It playlist. With movieIQ, viewers can also access live trivia information about the movie’s cast, crew, music and production – all while watching the movie!

    MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT, available on Blu-ray, DVD and PSP, this January 26, 2010, at an SRP of $39.95 (BD), $28.96 (DVD) and $24.94 (PSP).

    By Michael White and James Callan

    (Bloomberg) — Walt Disney Co. and General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal named new executives to lead their film studios after falling behind competitors at the box office.

    Adam Fogelson was named chairman of Universal Pictures and Donna Langley co-chairman, the Los Angeles-based studio said yesterday. Burbank, California-based Disney promoted cable- network chief Rich Ross to studio chairman, replacing 38-year company veteran Dick Cook, who resigned last month.

    Disney and Universal occupy the bottom two spots among the six major studios in U.S. and Canadian box-office sales in 2009, a year in which revenue has surged 7.5 percent. Studios are cutting back on the number of movies and grappling with a decline in DVD sales, developments that spotlight disappointments like Disney’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and Universal’s “Land of the Lost.”

    “The industry is changing,” Chris Marangi, an analyst with Gabelli & Co. in Rye, New York, said in a phone interview. “There’s fewer films getting produced, there’s pressure on the home entertainment revenue stream and that’s led the studios to examine their cost structure and to be choosier about what pictures get made.”

    Ross, who turns 48 tomorrow, will oversee worldwide production, distribution and marketing for live-action and animated film labels that include Touchstone, Miramax and Pixar, Disney, the world’s largest media company, said yesterday.

    Disney, also the largest theme-park operator, said separately that Ed Grier, 54, retired as president of the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California, to work on a business venture with his sons.

    Box Office Surge

    U.S. and Canadian box-office sales have risen to $7.96 billion this year from $7.4 billion, according to Los Angeles- based researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office. Time Warner Inc., the box-office leader in 2008, is in first again this year with $1.61 billion in sales and 20 percent of the market, according to Box Office Mojo, which also tracks receipts.

    Disney is fifth with $972.1 million in domestic ticket sales, or 12 percent market share, according to Box Office Mojo, based in Sherman Oaks, California. Last year the company was sixth with 11 percent.

    Universal’s $837.2 million in sales so far in 2009 account for 11 percent of the market. Last year the company was fourth with 13 percent.

    Disney’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic” generated $108.3 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience,” took in $23.1 million worldwide.

    Ross, who was president of the Disney Channel, will lead efforts to restore movie-making profit. Disney has agreed to distribute films for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio and plans to purchase Marvel Entertainment Inc., gaining rights to comic-book characters.

    “He’s done a great job with the network and he’ll continue to focus the studio on franchise pictures,” Marangi said.


    Here is a complete list of all awards presented at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    KRISTIN CHENOWETH as Olive Snook ABC
    Pushing Daisies

    OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
    MATT HUBBARD, Writer NBC
    30 Rock
    Reunion

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
    JON CRYER as Alan Harper CBS
    Two And A Half Men

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    TONI COLLETTE as Tara Gregson SHOWTIME
    United States Of Tara

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
    JEFFREY BLITZ, Director NBC
    The Office
    Stress Relief

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
    ALEC BALDWIN as Jack Donaghy NBC
    30 Rock

    OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

    JEFF PROBST, Host CBS
    Survivor
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