Whacked Out Sports Cleared On 25 Of The Top 30 Markets
Jan 07, 2008 - Releases |Press

The WGA and United Artists Films formed an independent agreement which allows WGA members to work with United Artists while the strike continues. Specific details of the agreement were not disclosed, yet according to the WGA statement, the comprehensive deal includes issues important to writers, including new media. This new agreement only involves United Artists Films and not Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. a shareholder of United Artists Entertainment.

Showtime's drama series Dexter about an appealing forensics expert who happens to also be a serial killer will air on CBS starting February 17 at 10p. CBS will air the 12-episode first season of Dexter, which will be edited for network television, on twelve consecutive Sundays. The series recently completed its second season on Showtime. This marks the first time a full season of a premium cable network series makes the transition to network television.

Food Network adds a new 30m show to its Saturday morning line-up as Down Home with the Neelys begins February 2 at 11a. Gina and Pat Neely own and operate several BBQ restaurants in Tennessee and their new show has them cooking up recipes for viewers in their own kitchen in Memphis.

Mighty Oak Entertainment, owner and executive producer of the series Whacked Out Sports, has cleared the syndicated weekly clip series for a third year in 75% of the U.S. including 25 of the top 30 markets. The 30m weekend show has been picked up by station groups including FOX, Gannett, Raycom, Sinclair and NBC.

Lifetime's launch of its new series How to Look Good Naked last Friday (9p) attracted 1.6 million total viewers. As for demos, the premiere episode delivered 868,000 A18-49 viewers, 449,000 A18-34 viewers and 344,000 W18-34 viewers.

Saturday's primetime back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates from ABC News/Facebook/WMUR-TV averaged together 8.36 million total viewers and posted a 2.4 rating among A25-54 viewers.

Ron Bergamo, General Manager of KAZT (AZ-TV) and Londen Media Group partner, died Sunday in a car crash in Prescott Valley, Arizona. He was 64. Ron's wife Jane was seriously injured and is in the ICU at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. Services for Ron are pending.

Echo Bridge Entertainment, the independent film distribution company that owns or controls a library of more than 3,500 titles, has a new financing plan with JP Morgan Securities. This new arrangement will allow the company to have an aggressive acquisitions strategy for this year and beyond.