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Tuesday, January 2, 2001

News Shorts
ABC takes New Year's Day on pigskin power
ABC's 'Mole' cast: Cops, lawyers and gay pilot
FCC: Shame on the networks for anti-drug sham
Court to Kuralt's mistress: You can keep the ranch
Outta bucks, quality TV group calls it quits 


Web Shorts
Ailing Quepasa will liquidate its biz
Amazon/Toys R Us top holiday retailer by far
Priceline founder Jay Walker takes a hike
E-tail performance improved for Xmas 2000
NetZero in patent suit with competitor Juno
Internet.com buys most EarthWeb sites

People

Peter J. Scanlon named SVP of sales analysis and planning at Univision

Wednesday, January 3, 2001

News Shorts
Spanfeller joins Forbes.com as CEO
Last bodies appear to be scooting APB
FCC clears Azteca's LA station deal 
ABC rides high on college pigskin power
ESPN sets up an original programming unit 
Bid-athon for chance to appear on 'Incorrect' 


Web Shorts
100 axed amid 24/7 Media revenue troubles
Yahoo: No more hate and Nazi doodad sales
Olympic bigs sue pornsters' fake games site
WebMD and News Corp. nix partnership 
Another scrapped venture: NBCi and Asiacontent 
Subaru site tracks maintenance for car owners

People

Reginald Brack, Peter Georgescu, Patricia Martin and William Paley elected to AAF’s Advertising Hall of Fame
Actor Ray Walston dead at 86
Thursday, January 4, 2001

News Shorts
ABC rides high on college pigskin power
Zucker's first day as NBC entertainment big
Marines tell it to Wallace: You're insensitive
National Geo Channel debuts this Sunday 
'Survivor II' contestants on free-range diet
Two more stations pull plug on plucky Dr. Laura
Rabbi: 'Temptation Island' an insult to matrimony

Web Shorts
EBay goes down twice, out for 11 hours
Starbucks and Microsoft pair in internet café deal
More then 200 dot.coms folded in 2000
EToys shutters European operations
DotComGuy ends with a whimper
Napster: Don’t violate our copyright

People

John W. Boland to publisher of Ziff Davis’s Expedia Travels
Daria Fabian named executive director of marketing and promotion at GQ
Susan Parkes to associate publisher of Mademoiselle
Katrina Szish named senior style editor at GQ
Anne Noble leaves MPA
Brian Mulligan to chairman of Fox Television
James L. Hedges named SVP and CFO of the ABC Television

 

Friday, January 5, 2001

News Shorts
CMR report: 2000 ad spending up 14.5%
NBC wins last night, but problems loom
At last, full IDs for cast of 'Survivor II'
Wolfgang Puck in a Food Network gig
NBC's nightly news show in year-end mop up

Web Shorts
News Corp. chops its internet division
Engage hands walking papers to 550 workers
EToys also slims ranks, lopping 70% of staff
Kmart: We'll charge heavy BlueLight.com users
Barnesandnoble.com will publish e-books
'Cast Away' movie props for sale online

People

Geri Wang named SVP of primetime sales for ABC; Cynthia Ponce named SVP of news sales
Gary Montanus named SVP of Disney Kids Network
Genevieve Fernandez to entertainment editor at People en Español; Alfredo Arango to entertainment reporter; Daniela Torres to staff writer; Donna Hernandez to chief of reporters; Ursula Carranza and Iris Artze to fashion and beauty writers

 

Monday, January 8, 2001

News Shorts
'People's Choice' wins households for CBS
'ER' and other non-surprises win People's Choices
Dick Clark's New Year's blast sets a record
Here's the word: New lease on life for UPN
Texas anchor indicted on kid porn charges
UPN reality: Tour of dirty beaneries
Sniff! 'Star Trek' in end-of-gig special on UPN

Web Shorts
Layoffs at Space.com as COO gets boot
NY Times Digital axes 17% of its staff
Barron's: Third of all dot.coms will burn their cash
Vault career site sends its own staff job-hunting
A new search engine, and a hot one indeed
Karaoke for the painfully shy

People

Eric Pooley to Nation editor at Time; Priscilla Painton to oversee Society and Arts
Ann Sarnoff named COO of VH1 and CMT: Country Music Television;
InStyle magazine's special weddings issue cover girl, actress Courtney Thorne-Smith, already headed to divorce court
 

Tuesday, January 9, 2001

News Shorts
Industry Standard lops staff in ad slide
Music awards take the night for ABC
UK Express editor's scrabbled good-by: %#@
Fox: VD check for 'Temptation Island' couples
Study: Lifetime Movie Network tops with viewers
ABC's Clinton retrospective, first among many

 
Web Shorts
NY Times sells off stake in TheStreet
Excite@Home backs out of Pogo purchase
Women.com gets delisting warning
Kozmo shuts San Diego, Houston service
Ameritrade joins the layoff parade
First accredited online MBAs granted

People

Robert Lohrer resigns as editor of DNR
Lorretta Sonz Cuff to special projects director of sales at Self; Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith, soccer star Julie Foudy and fitness expert Kathy Kaehler to contributing editors
Dr. Ed Cohen named VP of domestic radio research at Arbitron
Rich Eigendorff to EVP and COO at MTV
Andrew S. Fisher named president of Cox Television


Wednesday, January 10, 2001

News Shorts
'Mole' underwows, 'Three Sisters' sings
FCC: High-speed DSL web access gains on cable
CBS hit 'C.S.I.' to Thursday face-off with NBC
CBS: Look forward to 'Survivor' III and IV
Yes, it's final, it's Rosie, not Rosie's McCall's
Fox: We ousted two from 'Temptation' for lying
Slew of appointments at Real Simple


Web Shorts
Teetering MVP.com lays off 36
Group-buy site Mercata: We're done too
Study: Online holiday spending tops $10 billion
NFL tackles Cincinnati Bengals spoof site
Culturefinder: What the hell, we're a nonprofit
Turkish kids detained for chillin’ at net cafes

People

Hasty exit for Fox marketing big Senn Moses
Playboy boots fiction editor Alice K. Turner
MTV’s Carson Daly signs deal with Premiere Radio Networks

 
Thursday, January 11, 2001

News Shorts
Fox sweeps last night; 'Temptation' fares well
Report: Fourth of CNN staffers may be axed
Yet more fame for 'Survivor's' Richard and Rudy
Court TV picks up crime web sites
'60 Minutes': V word not fit for primetime

Web Shorts
Expedia agrees to pay royalties to Priceline
Snowball lays off 20 percent of workforce
Rosie in URL battle with cybersquatters
Most online crime related to auction sites
Sign of future? Yahoo gains B2B revenue
Microsoft and La-Z-Boy introduce 'e-cliner'

 

People

Debby Krenek named associate editor for special projects at Newsday
Beverly Smith to fashion and beauty advertising director at Vibe magazine
Mike Adams to president of the wholesale and strategic development group at RCN


Friday, January 12, 2001

News Shorts
For CBS, 'Survivor II' can't come soon enough
Another Teen People editor on the way out 
U.S. newsweeklies unrattled by Dennis launch
'Millionaire' jacks up the payout for sweeps
XFL announces its broadcast team
'Survivor' cast member becomes a Trump model

Web Shorts
LookSmart chops 172 staffers
Low Yahoo earnings estimates rattle investors
Study: New economy is still growing
Local news site Streetmail lays off and cuts back
EBay opts in 6 million users, ready or not
A job site for the porn industry

People

Paul Woolmington to leave as worldwide vice chairman and strategic officer at The Media Edge
Laura Salant to associate publisher of strategic planning at Scientific American magazine
Elaine Henly named account representative at Reader’s Digest Chicago office
Marshall Loeb to write three new columns for CBS MarketWatch.com
Jay Leno renews contract with NBC through 2005

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2001


News Shorts
Without football, ABC shows its Monday creaks
Oh, please: Oedipal romp for 'Survivor II' mom?
Forbes.com poaches top editor from Brit rival
NBC will ax up to 10 percent of its workforce
Playboy: CBS's Arrington is our top sportsbabe
On eve of mass layoffs, CNN cans 'NewsStand'
Canceled 'Making the Band' is suddenly very hot
NBC gooses 'Friends' to fend off 'Survivor'

Web Shorts
CDNow and Napster link to sell CDs
FBI: Hackers plotted to crash net on New Year's Eve
Pop culture site launches amid dot.com turmoil 
DoubleClick breaks even in fourth quarter
EMusic cans 66 employees, a third of its staff
EYada axes third of staff--30 workers

 

People

Dan Brewster named vice chairman of the MPA
Jeff Minsky named vice president and director of media convergence at RappDigital
Bob Furnad, president of CNN Headline News, retires to teach journalism
Adam Glassman named creative director at O, The Oprah Magazine; Judy Prouty named style director

 

Wednesday, January 17, 2001
News Shorts
'Mole' does better than expected in second outing
Last-minute station deal rescues UPN 
Coffey scoots from CNN as layoffs loom 
VH1 enters the reality TV fray with new series 
Poll: 'Temp Island' wins over 'Survivor 2'
No NY takers for 'Hooters Girl' dating show
Study: Cutting TV time curbs aggression in kids

Web Shorts
DrKoop goes west, trimming staff in the move
Mediapassage and OneMediaPlace merge
Amazon and MS yank ads from terrorist site
Another group-buy site shuts B2C operation
Study: Brand-name e-tailers fall short on service
Snail-mail virus hoax recirculates online

People

Burton Jablin named president of Home & Garden Television
Judy Girard to president of Food Network
Jim Zarchin named president of the Do It Yourself network
Liz Rioux to national advertising sales manager at Primedia's American Baby Group
Rich Russey named national advertising director for eCompany Now
John Mancini to city editor at Newsday's main city newsroom
Kevin Conroy named head of AOL Music

Thursday, January 18, 2001

News Shorts
'Temp Island' scores even better on second outing
CNN cuts 400 jobs, fewer than expected
Study: Media gets just a tad of blame for violence
'Survivor's' Susan in TNN trucker series 
Kathie Lee hisses back on 'The View'
Bill Maher and Dr. Laura rapped for trash talk
MTV's '2gether' star dead at 16

Web Shorts
LookSmart and Amazon in partnership
Now it’s really curtains for Pets.com
Whitehouse.gov joins the transition
Martha Stewart and EthnicGrocer may team up
IVillage and Hindustan Lever to launch web site
Britain abuzz over internet sale of twins

People

Jed Petrick named president & CEO at the WB
Susan Rerat to managing editor at CondéNet's Epicurious website
Robyn Borok named national co-publisher at National Modern Bride group; Steve Portnoy named VP and publisher of Modern Bride Connection and Internet Sales

Barry Soicher named VP of conferences and events at Standard Media International
Ken Kurson named editor at large at Money magazine
Brian Kelly to managing editor of  U.S. News & World Report


Friday, January 19, 2001

News Shorts
'Temp Island' scores even better on second outing
Fox: OK, no more 'Island' promos in family time
Trekkie jailed for stalking 'Voyager's' Ryan
New Yorker boosts Kahn to publisher 
'South Park' pair tone down Bush parody
'Survivor 2' player joins Entertainment Weekly
Super Bowl fad: Team-colored nose strips?

Web Shorts
NBC Internet slashes workforce by 30%
EToys: We can’t pay our bills
Internet scams top list of consumer complaints
Study: Hispanics prefer English-language sites
EBay exceeds analysts' expectations
More layoffs at AltaVista--200 out the door

People

Ahmed Yearwood leaves FT for Liquid Design Group
Mary Donahue Quinlan named publisher of Discover magazine
Michael A. Clinton to executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director at Hearst Magazines
Evan Oster named vice president of research at MeasureCast

 

Monday, January 22, 2001

News Shorts
Cybill booted as 'Mars-Venus' reformats
'Millionaire' shows some Friday night magic
Talks begin between writers and TV producers
'Sex & the City' and 'West Wing' tops at Globes
MLB and 'Scariest Places' come to Fox Family
USA rolls out its post-wrestling lineup

Web Shorts
AltaVista threatens to sue other search engines
Melissa virus is on the rebound
Atom Films and Ford team for film promotion
IBM: We've got Napster-proof technology for you
Yahoo debuts money transfer service
In Japan, men like their girlfriends virtual

People

Shirley Cedeño-Peltier to manager of Orange County national sales for Univision 

Tuesday, January 23, 2001

News Shorts
Fox takes households and 18-49s
Michael Powell gets FCC chair
'Most Wanted' helps cops nab Texas cons
Teletubbies declare war on childhood obesity
RAB: Radio sales up 3% in November
Fox's 'Multi-Millionaire': The media done me wrong
'Temp Island' to return for May sweeps
 

Web Shorts
FTC: We're ending our probe of DoubleClick
Hackers hit a slew of government sites
Factoid: Media players found on 99% of PCs
Congressman becomes last to put up a site
Glitch sends Yahoo and MS surfers elsewhere
'Temptation' knockoff with a gamier twist


People

Richard F. Zannino to EVP and CFO at Dow Jones
Tish Durkin to Washington correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly
Frank Thomas named technical advisor at Golf Digest
Barbara Zaneri to SVP of program planning and acquisitions at TNN
Dr. Kyle Langley named director of product management at Simmons Market Research Bureau


Wednesday, January 24, 2001

News Shorts
Fox in Monday sweep of households and 18-49s
NAACP: We're back with the B word: boycott
Downey will stay on 'Ally' (barring jail)
Scorned Gumbel wife threatens sex dirt storm
Fox's next reality gig: DNA tests for cons
Super Bowl bigs quash dot.com ad scheme

Web Shorts
Netscape's new future as AOL-TW portal
ETrade: We’re hitting the Big Board
Excite@Home sends 250 workers packing
CNNfn not amused by parody site
Aging rocker Nugent sued over eBay deal
Dubya's White House Ws yanked in prank

People

Sharlene Breakey named editor of Working Mother magazine
Peter Frank to senior editor at Travel + Leisure
Rosalyn Weinman resigns as EVP for broadcast content policy and East Coast entertainment at NBC

 

Thursday, January 25, 2001

News Shorts
'Temp Island' keeps lustful eyeballs leering
Dads magazine calls it quits after three issues
TNN to lay off 125 in move to New York
'Survivor's' Richard signs on with 'Early Show' 
'Buffy' star Gellar says it's WB or bust
Spade's stun gun assailant: I'm innocent
'ER's' Edwards checks out after seven years

Web Shorts
Conde Nast puts web site rollout on hold
Top three executives split from InfoSpace
Microsoft suffers second round of outages
Resurrection in the works for Pseudo.com
Come see the best banners of 2000
Ku Klux Klan kiddie site causes a stir

People

Hachette's Jack Kliger named secretary of MPA
Jeff Cole, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, killed in small plane crash
NY Daily News columnist Mike Barnicle to host MSNBC’s 'The First 100 Days'
Neil Hoffman named Lifetime Entertainment Services’ SVP of planning, scheduling and acquisitions
Bette Ann Yarus to director of advertising sales for the Midwest and West coast territories at USA Weekend magazine
Bruce Shenitz named executive editor of Out magazine


Friday, January 26, 2001

News Shorts
NBC takes Thursday on repeat power
Pols resume fight against H'wood violence
George, shuttered, may live again on the web 
Griffin to host reality roundup a la 'Talk Soup' on MTV 
Kathie Lee's new career: Substitute hosting
CBS prez Moonves makes a cameo on soap

Web Shorts
Microsoft is hit again, and hackers to blame
Oops, Travelocity releases personal data
Love them Super Bowl ads? Visit AdCritic.
Forrester: Slower ad spending in Europe
Crackdown on counterfeit luxury goods site

People

Peter Alsberg, art director of The Washington Post's Outlook section, dies at 41 of colon cancer
Rick Salcedo, SVP of marketing and creative services, latest casualty at CNN
Jane Fonda’s show 'People Count' cut from CNN
Monique Dominique named category manager at Departures
William Li to publisher of Homestyle magazine
Linda Witulski named VP of Detroit sales for Hachette Filipacchi Magazines

Monday, January 29, 2001

News Shorts
'Survivor 2' ho-hums, losing viewers at back end
Wenner catches layoff fever, axing 20
NY Times Co. dumping the rest of its magazines
ESPN getting all extreme with a new sports title
Buffy's Gellar recants: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Web Shorts
Napster to charge a fee, starting this summer
CNN goes down due to a glitch, not mischief
New Yorker is going online soon after all
Search engine disses Dubya
Britney’s cuss words become web fodder

People

Talk contributing writers Steve Garbarino and Marjorie Williams move to Vanity Fair
Alex Prud'homme to senior writer at Talk

Tuesday, January 30, 2001

News Shorts
Fox, in repeats, hands younger viewers to CBS
Newsweek flows blood: Wall tumbled
MTV 'Jackass' wannabe fries himself
Fox signs 'Boston Public' for another season
'West Wing' tops in nominations for TV awards
Salon: We're doing the radio thing
Name change and new CEO for SFM

Web Shorts
Terra Lycos buys Raging Bull from AltaVista
SuperBowl.com underwhelmed by visitors
SportsLine.com to buy MVP.com assets
Latino.com fires most of its staff
Grad student puts his life up for sale on eBay

People

Robin Webster hired as IAB’s first CEO
Craig Marks leaves Inside.com for executive editor post at Blender
Lisa Delaney named executive editor of Time Inc.'s Health magazine
Andy Cowles to creative director at Mademoiselle
Fred Schruers named senior editor of Premiere magazine
Judy Kenny to SVP and New York network sales manager at Univision
Investment banker Darrin Farrow wins $47,000 bid to appear on ‘Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher’
Peter Simon to director of content licensing at The Deal

Wednesday, January 31, 2001

News Shorts
Repeating Fox gives younger viewers to ABC
Ravens' Lewis is out in the cold, ad-wise
O'Dair to be tagged Teen People editor?
Judge: More time for Downey defense team
'GMA': We've got some reality for ya, a real birth
Lalli: George was a lame horse but a good ride
NY's Rudy plots his second 15 minutes of fame

Web Shorts
Amazon: We're dumping 15% of our staff
Founder of LifeMinders steps down as CEO
Sports retailer MVP.com is shutting down
Study: High-speed access is the rule at work
New Yorker to publish e-books
Study: Smart site seem to download faster

People

Keith Marriott named CFO at Emap USA
John Walsh to CEO at SpotLife

Thursday, February 1, 2001

News Shorts
'Temp Island' buries last night's 'Survivor 2' rerun
Big plans for CNN Money, née CNNfn
Bertelsmann hires antitrust pro Klein
'Raymond' now the top-rated sitcom? Sort of...
Smokin' Joe in a big stew over MTV's 'Jackass'
Rick and Darva: Together again

Web Shorts
Sony, trusted brand, is opening an online bank
Pogo.com easily wins as stickiest site of 2000
Study: B2B e-commerce to $2.7 trillion by 2004
Bertelsmann boots CDNow's ad team
Snowball.com pulls back in ad slowdown
Super Bowl dot.commers claim victory

People

Alexis Buryk to group vice president for advertising sales at The New York Times
Ann Marie Lipinski to editor of the Chicago Tribune
Robert A. Lee to publisher of Gear magazine
Stan Taigen named associate publisher for the Western division at Red Herring magazine
Chris McCumber named SVP of on-air promotion at the USA Network
Richard McCarthy named VP of consumer and client marketing at Standard Media International
Kate Rodler to West Coast associate publisher at The Standard

Friday, February 2, 2001

News Shorts
'Survivor 2' does a number on 'Friends' 
Regis: I'm naming my new co-host any moment
Renamed 'Guido' will lead into moved 'Bette'
Citizen Bill will edify at media-big powwow
'Temp Island' says no to spermicide ad
NBC scraps pop-culture quiz show 'On the Cover'

Web Shorts
Terra Lycos CEO hits the road
EBay will hide member email addresses
Pay-to-surf AllAdvantage shuts site
Amazon to ex-workers: Dis us if you please
'Quills' web site closed after parents protest
'Hey you’ virus targets AOL users

People

Kelly Abugov to senior vice president of programming at Lifetime Television; Marian Effinger to vice president of reality programming; Paul Noble to vice president of film acquisitions and scheduling

Monday, February 5, 2001

News Shorts
XFL debut gains big Saturday yardage for NBC
Viewers flee last night's  'Fugitive' movie on NBC
Yo, Inside? Variety shutting digital spinoff eV
'Tis official, soap star Ripa joins Regis on 'Live'
NBC faces 'Fear' in newest reality bet
'Temp Island' squeezes out extra sweeps episode
Election star Shipman scoots from NBC to ABC
Panel: TV election night coverage stunk

Web Shorts
Netpliance sheds more than half of staff
Petopia joins Pets.com in dot.com heaven
Juno to harness users' computing power
Buy.com says bye-bye to 10 percent of staff
Study: Spam's not just annoying, it's pricey
Google can now search PDF files on web

People

Daniel E. Scully Jr. named publisher of Boston magazine
Paul Reulbach named associate publisher and publisher of Boston Magazine Publications

Tuesday, February 6, 2001
News Shorts
Viewers flee Sunday's 'Fugitive' movie on NBC
Networks opting for shows for fall 2001
No sale sign on neutered 'Sex in the City'
Rodale trims frequency for boy teen title MH-18
Talk quietly launches a web site


Web Shorts
Voter.com folds, hit with visitors but out of cash
EToys lays off remainder of its staff: 293
Hackers snag personal data on world leaders
Time and BlackPlanet.com to partner
Ameritrade taken down by disappearing decimals
New Latin portal launches from wreckage

People

Nancy A. Lee to VP of business development at the News Services division of The New York Times
Ona Karasa named VP of development and design at MSNBC.com
Tom Fogarty to VP of single copy sales at Primedia
David Pastore named sales development manager at USA Weekend magazine's NY office
Judy Glassman to executive director of marketing and creative services at Premiere

Wednesday, February 7, 2001

News Shorts
Rupe is poised to gobble up GM's DirecTV
NBC's Tuesday takes a nosedive
Ex-Survivor suit: Show rigged to favor Rudy
FCC's Powell: Look, no hands, honest
Oprah series to breathe some life into Oxygen
Uncle Mel: Mark my words, '01's gonna be big

Web Shorts
Flipside buys Uproar for $140 million
InfoSpace cuts 250 positions, fifth of staff
CEO of ailing LocalBusiness.com steps down
One third of Europeans are now online
No joke, Modern Humorist is flailing too
Gambling on stocks? Ja! Here's the site

People

William Shatner to host Miss USA pageant on CBS
Mitchell Fox named president and CEO of Advance Publication’s new golf properties
Steven Binder to SVP of corporate sales at Conde Nast
Richard Hatch to pen column for US Weekly
Steve Florio’s son laid off at RollingStone.com
Steve Rossi named president of Knight Ridder’s newspaper division
Ken Solomon to president of Fine Living cable network
Marie Graves named vice president of advertising sales at Automatic Media; Michael Kolbrener named chief technology officer
Caroline Villela to director of circulation for ESPN The Magazine

Thursday, February 8, 2001

News Shorts
NBC's Tuesday takes a nosedive
Nasty 'Nash' Johnson accused of über-lewdness
Other 'Survivor' vets may back fixing charges
Death with dignity: Mike blooper on 'Nightly News'
Study: TV's getting sexier as we speak
Inc.com scales back under new owners

Web Shorts
Icebox headed for the deep six unless cash arrives
Joining layoff brigade, CNET cuts 10 percent 
Barnesandnoble.com sheds staff too
Just what we need: PayPal to offer credit cards
Amazon to charge publishers for email promos
Who goes to porn sites? The young and poor.

People

'Queen of the West' Dale Evans sings 'Happy Trails' at age 88
James E. O'Shea to managing editor at the Chicago Tribune
Mark Seibel and Elissa Vanaver to managing editors at the Miami Herald
Gersh Kuntzman to pen column for Newsweek.MSNBC.com


Friday, February 9, 2001

News Shorts
'Friends' and 'Survivor' in Thursday nose-to-nose
Spears' Pepsi plug to premiere during Oscars
Smokin' Joe to MTV: Please get rid of 'Jackass'
CNN reporters to be tried for Chinese cult deaths
Reality TV to be recognized at next year's Emmys
'7th Heaven' star: Why oh why did I pose for Gear?

Web Shorts
NetZero: Free no more, you got to pay to surf
Study: Most people still dial up, even as DSL gains
eCountries: We're closing down too
Song may be over for web's oldest music site, IUMA
AdZone Interactive is bought by office design firm
Motley Fool in major divestiture of staff:115 workers
Okay, one last layoff story: Stamps.com 

People

John Capouya to deputy editor at SmartMoney 
Elaine S. Reiss named chief administrative officer at Weider

 

Monday February 12, 2001

News Shorts
NBA all-star a dud hoopster for NBC
GLAAD mad about Eminem-Elton Grammy duet
'Survivor's' Richard: I fixed Stacey's wagon
Producer Burnett taps Rudy for yet more reality
Trump ups the ante with 'Billionaire'

Web Shorts
BlueLight.com ends free internet access
With ruling due today, MP3 fans swamp Napster
American Express jumps into free ISP ring
Webcast of asteroid landing today
Hobbyists also combat copyright theft online
Prince to launch subscription music site

People

Trevor Walton named SVP of original movies at Lifetime Entertainment
Solomon Ortasse named VP and regional sales manager at Telmar USA

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

News Shorts
Appeals court deals Napster a decisive blow 
'Old Broads' ropes 'em in for ABC
Talk gets beat up for its newsstand woes
Meredith cashiers Family Money 
XFL trimming minutes to avert schedule snafus 
No more setbacks: New Yorker is on the web

Web Shorts
Google buys Deja
Anna Kournikova virus sprints across the net
AdZone: Web advertising growing
Vivendi unveils trilingual Education.com
Amazon now peddling downloadable software
Quokka Sports boots 217 workers

People

Mina Lux named managing director at ScientificAmerican.com
William J. Holstein to editor at large at Business 2.0
Tracy Crocker to president and COO of the Next Generation Network
Gini Lawson named SVP and managing director at Seattle office of Grey Direct West

 

Wednesday, February 14, 2001

News Shorts
'Frasier' props up NBC's Tuesday night
Fortune's Huey gets control of Money
Interesting if true: Conde Nast to buy Biz 2.0?
CNNfn, gearing up for relaunch, retools its lineup 
Sesame St. mag axes 60 in move to Time Inc.
King World pulls the plug on web babe Margolis
UPN gets cracking on 'Chains of Love'

Web Shorts
Anna virus baddie: 'Learned your lesson?'
Rich media ad shop ePod at the end 
Buy.com bigs fly the coop
NY Times Digital and Yahoo forge content deal
Army uses internet to cure V-day blues


People

Actor and comedian Lewis Arquette dies
Tricia Keating to director of advertising sales at EW.com
Bill Cella chairman of new UM Cross Media Council

Thursday, February 15, 2001

News Shorts
Fox's Babs concert no match for 'Temp Island'
CBS throws 'Apple' against NBC's 'ER'
News moguls promise election cleanup
Downey joins 'Ally' for eight more episodes
NBC joins layoff spree with axings in three units
'Springer' guest arrested for sex with a minor

Web Shorts
Whole lotta love overwhelms card sites
'Temp lsland' Alison bares all on Playboy.com
Yahoo rolls out paid directory listings
Creator of Anna K. virus surrenders to Dutch cops
Accessmagazine.com launches ad network
Court lets B&N use Amazon-like system


People

Jerry Powers to publisher of Ocean Drive en Espagnol; Sara Castany named editor
Jill Bright to EVP of human resources at Conde Nast
Marc Osgoode Smith named senior director of communications at NCTA
Thomas Culligan moves up to sales manager at Continental Television Sales

 

Friday, February 16, 2001

News Shorts
'Survivor' losing edge over 'Friends'
Iceman Blaine plots next stunt: Skyscraper dangle
CBS taking applications for 'Survivor 3'
XFL cheerleader: Ugh, they treat us like strippers
'Baywatch' stud loses legal battle with Playgirl
No joke: Australian man  marries his TV
Oklahoma's Tim McVeigh wants TV execution
'Daily Show's' Stewart will host Grammys

Web Shorts
CBS to fold web sites into TV group
CNBC.com also consolidates, with cuts
AltaVista scraps chat rooms but denies pressure
Redesigned TheGlobe faces delisting
Broadband Sports is out of the game
Low United airfares don't fly

People

Jordan Levin to co-president of entertainment at the WB
Renee Moskowitz to publisher of WWD.com
Brendan Monaghan named wine & spirits manager at GQ
Jeffrey Auerbach named president of new division at Will Vinton Studios
Laurence R. Ferber and April Benimowitz to head producers for 'Sally Jessy Raphael'
Mary Duffy named executive producer of upcoming 'Ananda'

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2001

News Shorts
CBS and Fox split Monday night laurels
NY Times putting whole paper on line, for a fee 
GQ's Florio gets huffy with Hef's henchmen
Leo Burnett president Bishop retires early
Animal groups blast 'Survivor' yet again
Howard Stern groupie nabbed in sex ring bust
Correction: Magazine charts had wrong headings

Web Shorts
Hackers mess with four major sites
Napster confirms subscription plan
Pow! Stan Lee Media declares bankruptcy
EHow, which knows how, also goes broke
Anna K. virus writer offered job interview


People

Monika Miller, Kyle Acquistapace & Tristan McManaman to VPs and group media directors at Deutsch L.A.
Sofia Escamilla named associate media director at La Agencia de Orci
Bill Hamilton named assistant managing editor of Enterprise at the Washington Post; Kevin Merida to associate editor
Mark Fiore to political cartoonist at the San Jose Mercury News

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2001 News Shorts
Scent of blood boosts last night's 'Mole'
Supremes: We'll pass on lifting cable caps
'Safe Harbor' TV bill back in the Senate
NBC orders three romantic comedies for fall
CBS countersues 'Survivor's' Stacey

Web Shorts
Valentine's Day proves an online ad bonanza
Primedia threatens workers who whine online
Latest Napster offer gets cold shoulder
Yahoo sheds two international executives
FairMarket: We can’t beat eBay, we’ll join ’em
United: OK, fly our friendly skies for cheap

People

Alan Wurtzel adds tasks of EVP for broadcast standards and content policy at NBC
Stan Weil named COO and general manager at Womensforum.com; Emily Chapman to SVP of sales and new business development
Patricia Kerr to EVP and director of corporate communications at Initiative Media North America
James Cantalini named COO of Gist Communications

 

Thursday, February 22, 2001

News Shorts
Grammys slide, hexed by 'Temptation'
Time Inc. chills plans for bimonthly Hotdots
New round of pink slips at Industry Standard
Star-crossed Rick and Darva on 'Larry King'
Honda pulls ads from too-nasty XFL
Fox picks up two bargain-basement soaps

Web Shorts
BlueLight: Shop here and the surfing's free
Excite@Home takes Enliven private
Nielsen//NetRatings works to fix faulty data
EBay snaps up European rival iBazar
Columbia House site reveals customer data
Old Deja users fume at Google

People

Charles Peters will be inducted into American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame
Robert A. Hart, Steven J. Maurano and Karen Shuster named partners at Duffy & Shanley
Matti Leshem to EVP at Diplomatic Productions
Nancy Landsman Berger and Leslie Picard named VPs of corporate sales at Conde Nast
John Driscoll promoted to Western division advertising director for Road & Track; Ed Bartley to Midwestern advertising manager
Jeff Burch named SVP of sales & marketing at Mediaspace Solutions
Rick De Muesy promoted to Western division advertising director for Car and Driver; Rob Houghtlin to Midwestern advertising manager
Michelle L. Griffin to account manager of American Photo, Boating & Popular Photography

Friday, February 23, 2001

News Shorts
'Friends' fades against 'Survivor'
Oxygen chops 30 employees in teen show re-do
Watch McVeigh die for $1.95 on the web?
One oldster mag folds as another cuts back
Ah-nold peeps protest Premiere profile
People prints Earnhardt cover for Dixie readers
'Survivor' player gets his own overpass

Web Shorts
Forrester: Stand-alone web units don't make sense
Hill Holliday acquires SF Interactive
N2H2: Okay, we'll quit spying on kids
Harry Potter fans wage online WB boycott 
News flash: One web site actually gets funding
Naked News: We have a position for you

People

Jack Irving steps down as media director at Saatchi & Saatchi New York
Kate Dobson to vice president of sales and marketing at Technology Review
Joseph Dugan, Andrew W. Gyves and Timothy E. Russell named vice presidents of CNN Sales
Theresa LaMontagne to vice president of product development at Simmons Market Research Bureau

 

Monday, February, 26, 2001

News Shorts
'Garland' sings, XFL fumbles the ball
Industry Standard sues skip-out advertisers
'Friends' Jen and Winona in March smoocheroo
'All My Children' star busted for selling coke
Wellesley to Rolling Stone: We're not sex-starved
Animal group claims guilt in 'Survivor' vandalism
Cartoon Network gets set with four new shows 

Web Shorts
Internet bigs join forces on new ad formats
CNET scraps paid moderator positions
Job sites cash in on dot.com downturn
Pricing glitch sends classical tunes up the chart
Kozmo reinventing itself, minus the dot.com
Feds: Pornmeister gouged free-peek visitors

People

Edward J. Wollock promoted to SVP and GM of central division sales for ABC; Michael Rubin to SVP and managing director
Dirk Johnston, Steve Maddox and Tom Warner promoted to SVPs of respective regions of Columbia Tristar Television Distribution
Shelly Lewis has been hired as producer of the yet-to-be-titled primetime CNN news show 

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

News Shorts
'Judy Garland' falls off her rainbow
'Friends' star Perry heads back into rehab
'Blind Date' digs up clips with 'Survivor's' Jeri
Bachelors beware: 'Single Girls' comes to town
'Sex and the City' scribe says show is too randy 
Time.com previews Stephen King novel online
'Raymond,' 'West Wing' score TV Guide Awards 

Web Shorts
EToys, once a superstar, is now kaput
Disney Internet Group pares away more staff
Will users pay? Microsoft to charge for UK portal
EarthLink TV ads to capitalize on privacy fears
NBCi draws users through movie promo
Microsoft hoax site annoys Redmond bigs

People

Gary Brown named COO for Starcom MediaVest Group Europe, Middle East and Africa; Keith Moran to chief executive for Asia-Pacific
Primalia Chang named SVP of planning and development at Condé Nast; Robert Silverstone named SVP of advertising services
William McGuire tapped as general editor of Bloomberg Personal Finance magazine
Stephen Killeen to president of Terra Lycos U.S.

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2001 News Shorts
State of the Union a ratings downer
Last chance for NBC to re-up with 'Frasier'
CBS's Moonves to Letterman: Lay off, will ya?
Sitcom star: Even 'Guido' was a better name
Murdoch will speak to Gore's J-school class
Magazine retailer Enews chops staff

Web Shorts
AOL TW sites claim a third of surfers' time
ESPN spoof site develops a real following
Report: FortuneCity shutters its UK offices
Buy.com, amid turmoil, axes 40 percent of staff
New eBay filter blocks legitimate messages
Odd joke site draws flak from animal lovers

People

Jason Maltby to senior partner and managing director of national broadcast at Mindshare
Michelle Cordial named SVP and group account director at KSL Media
Douglas Darfield joins Nielsen Media Research as SVP in charge of Hispanic Services
Joanne Haubach to regional manager at Wilkins Media's Milwaukee office
Kenneth Hershman to SVP of corporate strategy at Showtime Sports and Event Programming
Robert Kadar named VP of sales for iWant.com
Ray Giacopelli promoted to SVP of research at USA Cable
Kathy McDonald joins Latina Media Ventures as consumer marketing director

 

Thursday, March 1, 2001

News Shorts
'Mole' and 'Temp' end with decent numbers
Drake resigns as Sinclair TV CEO
MPA grits its teeth to fight even bigger postal hike
Revealed: Clinton's sketchy call to CBS boss
'Mole' unearthed; 'Island'-ers not Tempted to stray
CNN rolls out three new shows
Study: NBC aside, network ad clutter lessens


Web Shorts
Amazon.com: No, we are not filing for bankruptcy
Netpliance sells subscriber base to EarthLink
Walmart.com axes 10 percent of staff
Online music sites in sticky situation in Europe
AmericanGreetings.com teams with WB online
Nice day for a web wedding

People

James Follo named CFO at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
Richard Schwartz to editorial page editor of The New York Daily News

 

Friday, March 2, 2001

News Shorts
CBS's 'Big Apple' under-wows its first time out
Inc. and Fast Company get new publishers
The numbers in, Fox green-lights 'Temp Island 2'
'Temp Island's' Mandy says no way to Playboy
XFL announcer 'The King' exits in a snit
'Dr. Laura' hiatus lengthens. Is this the end?
TV writers' talks tank and strike worries deepen

Web Shorts
Hotjobs.com’s founder/CEO steps down
Pogo.com finds a company to play with
Two airlines say no to web commissions
Report: Wireless statistics are off the wall
House ads on the rise online

People

Caleb Windover named media director at Conill Advertising
Kristen S. Benedict and Hope Moskowitz to directors of affiliate partnerships at Phase2Media
John McCarus named associate publisher of The New Yorker

 

Monday, March 5, 2001

News Shorts
Kennedy women saga a snoozer for NBC
Court: Cable caps violate free speech
Fox goes global with 'Temptation Island'
Kelly by his side, Regis soars
'Survivor's' Richard reveals his crushes
Radio ad revenues up 1 percent in January

Web Shorts
NFL turns ESPN.com away, for now
Study: Youthful users shop online, buy offline
EToys unloads BabyCenter on J&J
Mac Publishing cuts Mac Week and staff
Hacker swipes top secret U.S. space codes
Seattle quake survivors sell mementos online

People

Scott C. McDonald named SVP of market research at Condé Nast
Russ Dunham joins Empower MediaMarketing as VP of business development
Howard Weaver to VP of news for McClatchy Company
Andrew Cohen to VP of original productions at arts network TRIO at USA Cable; Kris Slava named VP of acquisitions and scheduling

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2001 News Shorts
Sitcom reruns rule Monday night
CBS dumps underachieving 'Bette'
WWF prez: We may spike the XFL this year
Bloomberg steps down, eyes on mayoral run 
Reality guru Burnett: Morning TV needs me
Playboy: We never offered Mandy $1.5 M
'Survivor's' Richard loses civil rights suit

Web Shorts
Wal-Mart-Amazon rumors boost Amazon stock
Napster swapping goes on, despite court ruling
Egghead.com axes 12 percent of staff
Hotmail takes flak for facilitating spammers
Still looking for clicks? Here are some rules.
U. Of Dayton: Don’t apply via snail mail

People

Heather Locklear signs with 'Spin City' for another year
Jane Fonda donates $12.5 million to Harvard
Jeff Gaspin joins NBC as an EVP
Bill Morningstar heads of ad sales at the WB
Brian Wolfe to Time's VP of consumer marketing
Deborah Thompson to GM of On magazine
David H. Nevins to president of regional sports network Home Team Sports
Steve Longley hired as a strategic consultant for Danilo Black

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2001 News Shorts
'Millionaire' drives ABC to a win last night
'Sopranos' start new season on a high note
NBC scores a deal to keep 'Frasier' 
Maxim sues To The Maxx, charging ripoff
'SNL' soars, despite XFL snafu. No joke.
Newhart and Sisqó headline new fall shows

Web Shorts
CondéNet cuts jobs in streamlining
Napster ordered to block pirated songs, pronto
Raft of new domain names:.xxx and .kids
Struggling research firm PC Data calls it quits
Hackers hit Amazon-owned rare book site
Drs. irked as morning-after pill is sold online

People

Scott McDonald named SVP of market research at Condé Nast
William McGorry promoted to SVP of group in the media division of Cahners Business Information
Pete Hamill rejoins Daily News as columnist and correspondent
Steven Nalevansky to SVP of programming and development at King World; Vanessa Coffey appointed to VP of development

 

Thursday, March 8, 2001

News Shorts
'Millionaire' wins households and 18-49s for ABC
Yahoo boss exits as portal's earnings disappoint
Another leak on 'Survivor' web site. Or is it?
Meow! 'Frasier' star slams 'Seinfeld' and Brokaw
Man loses a finger on Japanese game show
Woman nabbed for stalking Pamela Anderson
CNN-er blasts King for sucking up to George W.


Web Shorts
AOL Time Warner launches Netscape toolbar
EToys, officially bankrupt, goes off-line for good
EMusic sues Napster for copyright violations
Bill Gates for president?
Study: The time for online voting has not arrived
Pioneer "Coffee Cam" will brew its last online pot

People

Robert Friedman appointed president of AOL TV
Richard Fielding to VP and director of U.S. media research at Starcom
Marc Juris promoted to EVP and GM at American Movie Classics
Jim Dwyer moves to NY Times from Daily News
Adam Perel to VP of national advertising sales at Comcast Cable

 

Friday, March 9, 2001

News Shorts
CBS's 'Big Apple' melts down, finishing last
'Survivor' finale postponed for May sweeps
Death threats for flopped storm of the century
'Chains of Love' readies for UPN debut
Howard Stern loses top joke writer in $ dispute
Bravo signs up for 'West Wing' rerun rights
International Herald Tribune taking page 1 ads

Web Shorts
Ticketmaster's Citysearch buying Evite
Splitsville for PlanetOut and Liberation Pubs
Priceline adds last-minute booking
AOL: We're tops with 28 million users
Webcast couple breaks up as experiment ends

People

Primalia Chang named SVP of planning and development at Condé Nast; Robert Silverstone to SVP of advertising services
Deborah Dugan promoted to EVP and managing director at Disney Publishing Worldwide
Arthur Sando named SVP of communications at CBS Enterprises
Jean Mordo named CFO of Knight Ridder
John F. Hardman promoted to VP of programming at Kids’ WB
Jason Wagenheim named advertising director for Maxim Online
Larry Oliver promoted to VP and group publisher of Cahners Television Group
Sharon Rosenhause joins Sun-Sentinel as managing editor

 

Monday, March 12, 2001

News Shorts
NBC's Sunday night sucking serious wind
ABC: Time to alter how magazines count circ
Report: Inside is looking for a buyer
Yet more tips on the final 'Survivor,' perhaps?
'Survivor' cameos boost CBS's 'Early Show'
ABC adding Olsen twins 'toon to Saturday morning
New Chicago magazine loses its funding

Web Shorts
Work.com doesn't and will be scrapped
Monster.com sues upstart rival over ex-workers
Napster gets list of 135,000 songs it must drop
Microsoft and eBay strike up a partnership
Kentucky blunder puts personal information online
Penthouse will peddle content online

People

Jon Spaet named president of USA Cable Sales

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2001

News Shorts
NBC's 'Lost Empire' loses even more
Morton Downey Jr. dies of lung cancer at 67
Drudge: Fox's O'Reilly set for $20M re-up deal
'West Wing' sweeps Screen Actors Awards
Yes, it's Bob Newhart and Sisqó
G+J buys and folds Jump into YM

Web Shorts
Disney resurrects Go.com, sort of
Napster work-around foils filters using pig Latin
Yahoo is top search engine in 100 countries
Study: Web-savvy doctors are in the minority
Oscar thank-yous to be posted online

People

Stephanie Fray named VP of marketing for sports and gravity group at Emap USA
Tricia Mirarchi promoted to VP at Wilkins Media Company
Nick Ferrari elected president of the Business Marketing Association of NY
Robert Acquaotta joins American Baby Group at Primedia as director of online sales
M. Steven Cox named VP of web operations and business development at Steamtunnels

 

Wednesday, March 14, 2001 News Shorts
Whuppin' last night for NBC's 'Fighting Fitzgeralds'
Fools beware: Mr. T is back on the tube
New Oscar award: Shortest acceptance speech
Tabloid Globe settles libel lawsuit brought by Ramseys
More cutbacks for struggling Salon
Rumor: 'Today's' Couric to replace Rosie?

Web Shorts
Britannica, laying off more, may end free content
Yahoo sales chief quits, following CEO
Cops finger 15-year-old in NASA hack job
Napster teams up with database company for filter help
Digital divide narrows as less affluent go online
Zappa estate sues online music vendor EMusic

People

Former NBC President Robert T. Howard dies
Fred Gaudelli named producer of 'Monday Night Football'
Ellen Kunes named an editorial consultant to Health magazine
David Friedman to develop and produce reality programming for NBC
Joanne Burns named SVP of marketing, research and strategic planning at Twentieth Television

 

Thursday, March 15, 2001

News Shorts
'Job' sings but 'Big Apple' only groans
Seinfeld set for stand-up gig with Dave
Fox's O'Reilly nabs $24 million for six-year re-up
Varney bolts CNN. Might Dobbs return?
Underwear flap over 'Three's Company' rerun
Big names sign for new fall shows
At last, two Emmy shots for Regis

Web Shorts
Infoseek to rise from Go.com ashes?
Grassroots.com slashes quarter of staff
ESPN.com launches a web radio site
DrKoop, still on a gurney, gets acquisitive
Yellowstone Park bids on an old document on eBay

People

Susan H. Blattman joins U.S. News & World Report as an SVP and director of consumer marketing
Jim Rosenthal named president of New Line Television
John Levenstein signs writing development deal with Columbia TriStar Television

Friday, March 16, 2001

News Shorts
NBC Thursday triumphs against CBS basketball
Brewing Ventura-McMahon feud smells phony
George's Lalli rides again at Mort's Daily News
Cash-crunched PBS shaves 9% in reorg
Bochco takes Fox to court over money dispute
Six weeks later, 'Dr. Laura' is still, like, MIA
Russian Playboy editor survives shooting 

Web Shorts
ABC will enhance Academy Awards for web 
New hot internet buzz phrase: 'All your base...'
At last, a dot.com that reports turning a profit
Jupiter Media Metrix CEO quits his post
Estée Lauder delays launch of Gloss.com   

People

Suzanne Grimes named VP and publisher at Condé Nast; Peter King Hunsinger to EVP and chief marketing officer
Darren Childs promoted to SVP of international networks at Columbia TriStar Int'l TV
Scott Lehmann joins Esquire as promotion director
Clark Bunting named EVP and GM of the Discovery Channel
Gene Blythe promoted to EVP of casting at ABC

 

Monday, March 19, 2001

News Shorts
Sunday's 'Millionaire' kills, as Saturday's XFL sinks
Dow Jones pushes back WeekendJournal.com
Suit: 'Will & Grace' creators made me a slut
TBS and TNT drop WCW wrestling shows
Mir's final plunge will be broadcast on the web
Dutch roll out 'Big Diet,' ultimate reality show 

Web Shorts
Slate redesigning for larger ads
Primedia chops 160 jobs as it absorbs About.com
Slashdot bows to Scientologist pressure
F-kedCompany now charging for high-end content
Potter fan site shoos off Warner Bros. threats
Tennis's Kournikova to shill for Terra Lycos
Poll: Dot.com crash is investors' fault

People

Bob Rosenblatt promoted to president of the Home Shopping Network
Brad Hart promoted to VP of production and programming for Paramount Domestic TV

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2001 News Shorts
NBC's 'First Years' nestles in last place
Hot! Reader's Digest mag prez bolts to Yahoo
MTV and VH1 ban Madonna crime-spree video
Brits in bondage go at it on reality game show
Initiative topper Lotito gets shifted upstairs
Viacom chops 70 at debt-ridden BET
Interpublic buys True North for $2.1 billion
Spike Lee writing a column for new Gotham
Coming up: Two new shows by teens, for teens

Web Shorts
Top Amazon executive takes a hasty hike
Oops, AOL filters block legit EarthLink emails
Study: Emails are overwhelming Congress
IWon give-away portal slashes staff
Vineyards will peddle grapes via internet auction


People

Louis Cona named publisher of Vanity Fair
Scott Grogin named VP of corporate communications at Fox Broadcasting
Vivian J. Carr retires from Liberty Media Corporation; Michael Erickson to VP of investor and media relations
Michael Silberman promoted to managing editor of East Coast at MSNBC.com
Melissa Spiegelman joins TransMedia Group as VP and GM
Robert D. Slagle to creative director at marketing and creative services at USA Weekend

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2001 News Shorts
Celeb 'Millionaire' wins last night for ABC
NBC ex Ancier lands at Turner Networks
Arch. Digest and Martha lose editors
Taco Bell: Free tacos for all if Mir hits a bullseye
Teletubbies fingered in childhood obesity
Backstreet Boy says no to racy RS shoot

Web Shorts
Hackers hit Associated Press site
Abandoned Pogo.com sues Excite@Home
NY busboy used web to steal bigs' I.D.s 
Study: Online travel industry hits $1.2 billion
New site offers chess for profit
Tripod closes personal sites, causing a stink

People

Denise Shmikler joins Grey Direct West as VP and media director
Longtime Washington Post editor and writer Richard Harwood dies at 75
Matthew Flynn to SVP and treasurer at Primedia
Joan Meisenhelder promoted to director of newspaper marketing and client services at USA Weekend

 

Thursday, March 22, 2001

News Shorts
'Survivor' puts CBS on top, even as 'Apple' falls
Industry Standard nabs a CEO from CNET
Report: Time Inc. imposes 5% budget chop
Senate OKs price caps on campaign ad air time
'Buffy' creator harumphs: To hell with Kellner
Red Herring honcho ponders a political run

Web Shorts
DoubleClick cuts staff as it reorganizes
24/7 Media considers liquidation
Hackers strike Parkinson's site
AOL pairs up with Ticketmaster
Shutterfly restructures, laying off workers
‘Perfect Storm’ rescue boat for sale online
This is not a goof: Brick-and-mortar boycott

People

Retired editor of Daily Variety Thomas M. Pryor dies at age 89
Sander Schwartz named president of Warner Bros. Animation
Tucker Carlson to pen bi-monthly national politics column at New York magazine
Delilah Loud promoted to SVP of advertising and promotion at King World
Jay Meyer named corporate sales development manager at American Express Publishing
Debra Birnbaum appointed news editor at Mademoiselle
John Kozlowski named director of fashion & retail merchandising for GQ

 

Friday, March 23, 2001

News Shorts
'Friends' shows old stuff last night
Bon voyage: Saveur's Kalins joins Newsweek
Report: Salon is hot to get acquired. Or is it?
Fox: Look what we have coming for fall
Vietnam gets its own 'Wheel of Fortune'
TBS Media Management is now Catalyst
'Survivor's' Kimmi's cash-in: trading cards

Web Shorts
Lowestfare.com will start its own airline
Napster struggles under record labels’ order
Pollster puts web access at 75 percent
Web sites dedicate space to Mir station’s fall
Worried about the veep’s heart? Click here.

People

Animation pioneer William Hanna died Thursday at age 90
Sachnowitz & Co. president Larry J. Sachnowitz dies
John Wolters promoted to EVP of the ABC Broadcast Group
Susan Green named GM and consumer marketing director of Time for Kids and Time Classroom magazines

 

Monday, March 26, 2001

News Shorts
Oscars sweep the competition
AOL-TW: We're going to take on MTV
Viacom swipes AOL-TW brain-truster Bressler
Academy Awards winners for those who dozed off
SF Examiner hints Chron bigs behind dog-doo plot
Vince's WWF buys rope-a-doped WCW
'Survivor's' Alicia: Kimmi was a pain
Access Internet Magazine trims its web staff

Web Shorts
Variety begins charging for online content
Layoffs are imminent at Atlantic Unbound
Scholastic is highest bidder on eToys' assets
Virgin Atlantic flights wired for web access
Drkoop offers doctorly advice on being laid off
JFK Jr.’s Jeep fetches big bucks on eBay

People

Correspondent Morton Dean let go by ABC News
John D. Maatta promoted to EVP and general counsel for the WB
Jay Rothman and Chip Dean named field generals for ESPN's 'Sunday Night Football'

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2001 News Shorts
'South Pacific' sinks among younger viewers
NBC: XFL better get its ratings up or else
Copperfield to brave fire tornado for ABC special
Playboy poll picks Liz as hottest 'Survivor' babe
Contracts crunch in 2002 for NBC News
Boxing thug roughs up Chicago sports reporter
Oxygen airs controversial Madonna video

Web Shorts
DoubleClick: We’ve been hacked
Scholastic won’t buy eToys after all
Almost half a million interact with Oscar
MTV to launch music-video web site
HotJobs slashes 15 percent of its staff
Geldof's Deckchair.com sells for $13 million

People

Elizabeth Marks joins Initiative Media North as SVP and director of business development
Eric Schmidt named chairman of Google
Fredric Reynolds named president of CBS Television Stations division of Viacom
Robert J. Teufel named chairman of the board of directors at Stealth Press
Bob Riordan named EVP and eastern regional advertising sales manager at College Television Network; Maury Moore to SVP and Midwest regional advertising sales manager
Denise Bealin promoted to associate circulation director of ESPN The Magazine
CNN co-host Rowland Evans dies at 79

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2001

News Shorts
No question about 'What About Joan?'
Disney chops 4,000 jobs in new round of layoffs
Aussie brass steamed about 'Survivor' stunt 
eCompany Now joins Fortune in staff axing
'Big Brother' returns, new and improved
TBS picks up 'Worst Case Scenario' reality show
Radio ad dollars head south


Web Shorts
MLB will charge users to listen to games online
Napster use declines as filters kick in
Flood of internet layoffs ebbs slightly
SmartMoney and NetZero pair up
Kozmo-Starbucks video dropoff deal axed
FTC: Online shopping mall Bigsmart is a fraud

People

Michael Regan to head News Corp.’s Washington office
Joseph T. Natoli appointed publisher of the San Jose Mercury News
Jennifer Crittenden signs three-year pact with Paramount Network Television
Christopher Camps named marketing director of On magazine
Tom Brew rejoins MSNBC.com as executive editor
June Sargent appointed SVP of consumer marketing and strategy at The Standard
Bill Taylor joins Space.com as SVP of sales

 

Thursday, March 29, 2001

News Shorts
'Boot Camp' and 'My Wife' draw big with 18-49s
Cramer takes yet another stab at cable on CNBC
'Temp Island's' Mandy gets modest at FHM shoot
And the Oscar--and digital TV--goes to...
Oscar pre-show on E! scores ratings gains
Bcom3 scraps IPO plans in soft market

Web Shorts
Cramer: Readers will have to pay to read me
Study: A fourth of content sites turn a profit
Mormon Church: Only the official church site, please
SFGate suspends staffers over sex column
Jupiter Media Metrix settles suit with defunct rival
Australia attempts to bar net gambling

People

Bill Saporito named editor at large for Time
Pamela Gross joins Talk Magazine as society editor; Lisa DePaulo named contributing writer
Tom Detmer steps down from COO and president at 24/7 Media, Inc.
Lou Manfredini, Jim Louderback, and Rula Razek named contributing editors at USA Weekend magazine

 

Friday, March 30, 2001

News Shorts
'Survivor' returns, but NBC wins Thursday
Rosie to show producers: I'm outta here, get it!
Whining Jerri gets heave-ho from 'Survivor'
'Temp Island' couple sue Fox: We've been slimed
Oxygen in new round of chops from web sites
New name and look for Odyssey Network: Hallmark

Web Shorts
WSJ.com joins the layoff parade
Consumers are spending more $s online
DoubleClick: Hackers disrupted our service
Village Voice will launch a radio webcast
Online casino will cater to gays
Email war of words skewers Nike

People

Michael Grossman to editor at large at Time Inc.
Julia W. Sprunt retires from Turner Broadcasting
Susan Dickes signs three-year development deal with Touchstone Television
William Hamm promoted to EVP of series programming at Granada Entertainment USA; Ann Johnson to SVP
Sabrina Silverberg named SVP of music strategy and relations at MTV
Mark Drucker hired as advertising director for Boston Magazine's Concierge

 

Monday, April 2, 2001

News Shorts
CBS wins Sunday households, Fox adults 18-49
Inside-Brill deal, at hand, continues to perplex
CBS kills off 'Big Apple,' no match for 'ER'
MTV turns away racy PETA ad
Fox bars '70s Show' star from 'Millionaire' gig

Web Shorts
Ameritrade lays off 170 as president exits
Advertisers flee Psychoexgirlfriend.com
Study: Web sites lax on kids' privacy 
DoubleClick clears hurdle in cookie case
New Mexico will offer online eye test for drivers

People

Wilkins' Rob Figa appointed to Outdoor Advertising Speakers Bureau
Eddie Dalva promoted to SVP of programming, co-productions and creative affairs at VH1 and Country Music Television
Joanna Lowry named SVP of corporate communications at UPN
Keith Simmons named SVP of national sales at Court TV

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2001 News Shorts
CBS scores big with NCAA Duke-Arizona game
April Fool's joke, Iraqi-style
'Survivor's' rigged-show suit moves to LA
Turner PR guy Turell gets a job boost
Magician Copperfield collapses from exhaustion
Viacom picks up 'Robot Wars' from Brits

Web Shorts
Yahoo: Pay up for premium financial services
Traffic strikes down Major League Baseball site
Study: Surfers worry about online crime and coppers
Internet.com axes 15 percent of staff
Minnesota paper will charge online readers
Tolerance ads will appear on hate sites

People

Nancy Landsman Berger named VP and publisher of Allure
Suzanne Grimes appointed VP and publisher of Glamour
J. Russell Denson appointed president and CEO of Weider Publications
Jonathan Simpson-Blint named president of Imagine Media
Terence F. McGuirk to the board of directors for Scientific-Atlanta
Jerry Tarde named chairman and editorial director of Golf Digest Companies
David M. Long to fashion sales director for Yahoo Internet Life magazine

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2001

News Shorts
'What About Joan' shows hit stuff for ABC
'Cops' producer arrested for drunk driving
'First Years' gets thrown out by NBC
Ex BET-er Smiley in talks for new show with CNN
Confess your secret for $$$ during NBC sweeps
Royal family in a dither over tabloid sting
'Survivor' reef thief in trouble Down Under

Web Shorts
Wine.com, facing bankruptcy, slashes jobs 
AdZone to start measuring web traffic
David Bowie launching internet radio service
Study: Virtually nobody rejects cookies
Distributed computing project will tackle cancer
MIT will put all classes on the web

People

Kara Lazarus promoted to SVP and director of National Broadcast Buying Group of Bates North America
Sting, Cheri Oteri, Paul Reubens, Cindy Margolis make 'Ally McBeal' appearance April 30
Bill Haber named president and CEO of USA cable network TRIO
Kevin Davis appointed Western regional VP of sales at Premier Retail Networks

 

Thursday, April 5, 2001

News Shorts
ABC's 'My Wife and Kids' holds in households
CBS and Infinity ditch NAB over ownership caps
Ted Turner to the rescue of Russian TV station
'Survivor's' Jerri says she'll strip for Playboy
Fox News Channel overtakes CNN in 4th Q
Letterman guest in Gore's J-school class
Online newspaper ad buying made easy

Web Shorts
TheStreet.com fires 20 percent of staff
Yahoo pairs with SAP in biz-portal deal
Burst.com slims down, picks new head
Airline sites gaining on travel sites
Sex.com domain nets big bucks in court
Now, a net-friendly Boston Marathon


People

Charles Courtier promoted to CEO of WPP Group's The Media Edge
Sherland Forde, Scott Neslund and Terry Sheehy named to executive committee of Starcom MediaVest Group Canada
John Litvack to EVP of current programming and primetime scheduling of the WB
Carolyn Gray named VP of advertising and on-line entertainment at Fox Television
Daniel Barnathan joins Medscape as EVP of portal sales

 

Friday, April 6, 2001

News Shorts
'Survivor' beats up NBC reruns
Suit: 'Sopranos' maligns Italian-Americans
'Millionaire' to hand out $2 million jackpot
Wife fatally shoots hubby over remote control
Nat'l Geo channel picks up 4M new homes

Web Shorts
Yahoo will offer subscription music service 
Amazon pulls NASCAR autopsy links
MTV takes to peddling music files over the web
Hackers hit government networks
Financial Times will chop 10% from FT.com
Prez Dubya swears off using email

People

Arthur Minson promoted to SVP for finance at Rainbow Media Holdings Inc.
Andrew Bein appointed VP and GM of new media at the Reader’s Digest Association Inc.
Director Curtis Hanson to direct episode of upcoming Fox sitcom 'Greg the Bunny'
Michael Barr, Steve Futterman and Cheri Preston join ABC News Radio

 

Monday, April 9, 2001

News Shorts
'Apollo 13' boosts ABC to Saturday win
Bush ups two Repubs and a Dem for FCC seats
Leno on hot seat for calling NYC mayor a 'fascist'
PETA pranksters set to ambush Vogue's Anna
$#!@ hits the fan as soiled teens sue MTV
Court gives Viacom more time to shed stations
TiVo axes 25% of staff in bid to save $60M

Web Shorts
Egghead.com cans a third of its staff
On this web site, Pig Brother is watching
At last, a site for the lonely hearted
Webcaster sues to broadcast McVeigh execution
New.net will promote new domain name suffixes

People

Doug Jeffries promoted to EVP and COO of Red Herring; Tracy Martin moves up to VP and CFO
Longtime New York Times editor John B. Oakes dies at age 87
Paul DeBraccio launches Interactive Revenue Company with Patricia Clark

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2001 News Shorts
CBS rides 'Raymond' and 'Family Law' to Monday win
Rodale will launch Organic Style
Disney moves Bornstein back to TV side
FCC: Enough of this #%^& language on TV
'Survivor's' Jenna sells her expertise online
Viacom's Sumner's got a new young squeeze
Hollywood writers resume contract talks

Web Shorts
NBCi, a flop, will be reabsorbed by NBC
Hacker dishes out spam at Warner Bros. 
American Airlines slaps a fee on paper tickets
RealNetworks will webcast live video of NBA games 
Naked News hires a buff male newscaster

People

Scott Kerr becomes the VP and director of media services at Stein Rogan + Partners
Jeane MacIntosh signs on for gossip column for Women's Wear Daily's web site
Debbie Kane appointed New England advertising director of Entrepreneur Media Inc.
Beth-Ann Eason named SVP of business development at Ziff Davis Media’s Business Media Group
Ann Urquhart named WGN-TV director of research

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

News Shorts
'Boot Camp' tracks cleat marks over 'Joan'
Dobbs rejoins CNN and 'Moneyline' May 14
Industry Standard shutters European edition
Supreme Court is setting for new dramas
Word has it, Time Inc. ogling Biz 2.0 on the cheap
NY Times Moscow chief gets a nasty faceful

Web Shorts
Amazon taking over Borders.com
IAB name change from Internet to Interactive
Presumed dead, Icebox springs back to life
Ask Jeeves introduces an ad network
TheGlobe boots one third of its staff
Recruiter Vault.com pink slips a third of staff

People

Michael J. Fox to executive produce comedy series for Lifetime
Jill Juedes promoted to VP of marketing at Entrepreneur Media 
Arthur Naylor named chief information architect at CondéNet

 

Thursday, April 12, 2001

News Shorts
ABC shows its youth power with 'My Wife'
Nielsen glitch screws up Sunday TV numbers
News Corp./Chris-Craft merger gets OK'd
Stalking case closed against dead Ohio b'caster 
MPA slams latest hike effort by Postal Service
Ashcroft OKs TV access to McVeigh execution
RD relaunches U.S. Spanish-language title

Web Shorts
Yahoo: We've got the porn to bring in the bucks
Final curtain for online delivery service Kozmo
About.com sacks 12 percent of web guides
Autobytel is buying rival Autoweb
Online hoax takes aim at Citigroup

People

Carolyn Bivens named president and COO at Initiative Media
Terence F. McGuirk adds CEO of Turner Sports Teams to his duties as TBS vice chairman
Rochelle Carrington promoted to associate publisher of Teen Magazine
Paul McGuire joins the WB Network as SVP of network communications
Founding team member Gail Evans leaves CNN
Rick Sanchez joins MSNBC as an anchor

 

Monday, April 16, 2001

News Shorts
FCC expected to let Viacom keep UPN
NBC cues up three nights of 'Weakest Link'
'Survivor' outcome a secret, even to the players
Stabbing victim sues The Learning Channel
'Diff'rent Strokes' star rescues drowning woman
Layoffs at the NY Times and WSJ
Abercrombie magalog deemed too hot for Utah

Web Shorts
Yahoo: Fine, we'll stop selling smut
24/7 cans workers and may close offices
Chinese nationalists seek revenge online
Email environmental protest swamps White House
AOL vows to clarify ad privacy policy
Study: Journalists are indeed web-savvy

People

Ivan Purdie appointed EVP of global broadcast services at Medialink Worldwide; Victor L. Lee joins as SVP of strategic planning
Ellen Carucci to advertising director at GQ magazine
Donna Harrison named SVP of unscripted and reality programming at Tribune Entertainment

Tuesday, April 17, 2001 News Shorts
'Weakest Link' in killer debut
Double Pulitzers to NY Times, WSJ and Chi Trib
'West Wing' creator nailed for 'shrooms
More than you need to know about Ted Turner
Fox: We got Aikman in the broadcast booth
Rupe's News Corp. eyes Speedvision and OLN

Web Shorts
Once hot Third Voice seems about to fizzle
NOW is launching its own ISP
Electronics retailer Outpost.com cuts staff in reorg
EarthWeb is changing its name to Dice Inc.
Yahoo: We're now big on public service ads
Ellis Island posts immigration lists on web site

People

Craig Pavia appointed senior account manager at T&L Golf
Rob Lowe named as one of two leads in new TV movie 'Framed' on TNT
Mario Lopez joins cast of NBC’s new talk show 'The Other Half'

Wednesday, April 18, 2001

News Shorts
'Millionaire' and 'Link' bring home the bacon
'Survivor' castaways jump ship to 'Link'
Barbra: World needs a liberal cable news network
Jews for Jesus: Networks are shutting us out
'GMA' ratings plummet with Diane on leave
'Weakest Link's' Anne is, like, really mean
Other 'Survivor' news: Gervase attacked by cabbie

Web Shorts
Excite@Home: We're getting out of the portal biz
Black-outs at CNN.com and MSNBC.com
Snowball slashes staff as it faces delisting
Major airlines get fed OK to run travel site
Last-minute filers rush to tax sites
Pornsters snap up Idaho town’s web site. Oops.

People

Terry S. Semel named chief executive and chairman of Yahoo
Dianna Babb Coleman named VP of the NAB membership division; David Gunzerath to VP of research and planning; Joanie Heavy to VP of personnel and benefits
Former 'Party of Five' star Scott Wolf guest stars on ABC's 'Spin City' during May sweeps
Shari Cohen joins Mindshare U.S. as senior partner and managing director of national broadcast department
Paul A. DeBenedittis promoted to SVP of program planning and scheduling for MTV
Scott Drake promoted to VP of information technology at CNBC
Dennis Wiesnoski heads new Midwest office sales team at Gear magazine; Ali Boneval to sales manager of New York office

Thursday, April 19, 2001

News Shorts
'Weakest Link' host spars with Post critic
'Millionaire' and 'Link' bring home the bacon
VH1 adds four new series to its playlist
'Weakest Link' host a Welsh-hater?
Interesting if true: Rhea replacing Rosie
Japanese tabs offer $1M for nude ballplayer pix
Fox sends 'Phantom Menace' into the future 

Web Shorts
More layoffs for New York Times Digital 
Rudeness closes Jerry, Maury and Sally boards
Internet.com changes its name
Study: Auto sites inflate prices
Half.com uses cookies. The kind you eat.
Study: Dial-up access will dominate for years

People

Richard Siklos to join revamped Inside Content magazine as co-editor
Scott Collins named editorial director at Cable World
Jane Fonda files for divorce from Ted Turner
Lorne Manly to editorial director of Folio magazine and fax newsletter Folio: First Day
Elizabeth Betts jumps ship to art director at Us Weekly
Kimberly Anderson appointed advertising director at Mademoiselle
Pamela Morrison, Bonnie Moffet and Missy Alpern to VPs at publicity and talent relations dept. of the WB
Martin Leamy appointed president and chief operating officer of OpenTV
Dan Hudson named national director of sales at Business2.com
Jenny Rosenstrach named senior editor of Real Simple magazine

 

Friday, April 20, 2001

News Shorts
Ever-tight race for Thursday nights
The word: NBC about to ax XFL. But what of UPN?
Primedia: Yup, we got our eyes on Emap too
Smokin' Joe gets a cool reception in H'wood
Newsday publisher: Layoffs are imminent
Union and advertisers in spat over webcast fees
Elle and Naomi will host Miss Universe contest

Web Shorts
Ad bigs launching online buying exchange
SportsLine eliminates 92 positions
Ellis Island site is overwhelmed by traffic
Judge nixes McVeigh execution webcast
Study: E-tailers clutter their web sites
Easter and taxes boost web traffic


People

Tom Burchill named executive chairman of Petry Media Corporation; Arnold Sheiffer to chairman; Tim McAuliff to president and CEO
Kevin Patrick Smith appointed SVP of cable services and PPM development at Arbitron Inc.
Aaron Hicklin named executive editor at Gear magazine
Michael Duffy, Jan Simpson and Joshua Cooper Ramo promoted to assistant managing editors at Time magazine
Roberta Bernstein hired as deputy editor for Working Mother magazine; Sharman Stein promoted to articles editor
CNN anchor Bill Hemmer signs multi-year deal
Darcy Hettrich promoted to VP of talent for TNT specials and live events and VP of talent for TCM

 

Monday, April 23, 2001

News Shorts
'Godzilla' a monster flop for NBC
Hot gossip: 'Millionaire' vs. 'Weakest Link'?
'Buffy' packs her bags for move to UPN
Former Times Mirror head departs Time Inc.
Danish network tries to stifle 'Big Bro' contestants
Republicans push for laxer media ownership laws
Vegas bookies pick Colby to win 'Survivor'

Web Shorts
Harper's Bazaar to get a web site, finally
Disney offs MrShowBiz and WallofSound
Coming soon: Your doctor's latest botch
Radio stations halt streaming broadcasts 
EBay bidders get pix rather than the real thing
Wanna be a Jedi? Say it’s your religion

People

Sharon Stone to narrate HBO Family channel's 'Harold and the Purple Crayon'
Thomas Walsh named president of ACTV Inc. subsidiary AdVision Systems; Robert Crawford to SVP of new business development for ACTV's Bottle Rocket Digital
Broadcast newsman Jim Snyder died Thursday at age 76
John M. Sadler promoted to SVP and GM of western division sales for ABC; Mary Ellen Holahan upped to SVP and GM of Detroit sales division

Tuesday, April 24, 2001

News Shorts
'Weakest Link' gaining even more momentum
Aussie gets the top editing job at the NY Post
Pssst! A deal to have CNN reporting CBS's news?
The word: 'Men are from Mars' being nixed
News teams flood Rome for Pope's deathwatch
Yet more reality shows are in the wings. Really.
Ex-Insiders told: Don't speak ill of us

Web Shorts
CNBC and MSN Money Central in online merger
Game site TheGlobe gets the boot from Nasdaq
Yahoo is rolling out a broadcast multimedia site
Media General: You'll pay to read our papers online
Ford sues hackers journal over prank
Avenue A launches a unit to sell its technology

People

Patti S. Hart named chairman and CEO of Excite@Home
Jeff Green to editor in chief for Computer Gaming World
Dan Hsu named editor in chief of Electronic Gaming Monthly
Jeff Greif hired as Jungle Interactive Media's new ad director
Amie Deutch promoted to advertising director at FHM magazine
David Guarascio and Moses Port sign four-year deal with NBC studios
Elisabeth Rohm cast in NBC's 'Law & Order'

Wednesday, April 25, 2001 News Shorts
ABC wins Tuesday night over repeats
Robert Downey Jr.: Busted again
'Weakest Link' re-ups for another round
'Survivor 2' special added after the finale
Columbine suit targets violent sites and games
Two more 'Jackass' imitators
Oprah magazine ups its rate base
Showtime slates two originals for summer viewers

Web Shorts
Causey, ex of Post, leaving faltering dot.com
Court TV and AOL will swap and cross-promote
Poll: Almost half of Americans shop online
Banned 'GWTW' sequel appears on web
Study: Music downloading population surging
T-wolves fans bombarded with emails

People

Merri Lee Kingsly named Eastern advertising director at Expedia Travels magazine; Denise Miller to promotions director
José Chao appointed publisher of Punto.com magazine
Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Gena Rowlands, Justin Chambers and Ben Gazzara to star in HBO Films' 'Hysterical Blindness'
Former 'NYPD Blue' star Andrea Thompson to anchor of CNN Headline News
American Heritage founder James Parton died Friday at age 88
David Downs promoted to president of sports at Univision Communications Inc.
'Survivor 2's' Jerri Manthey to appear on 'The Young and the Restless'

Thursday, April 26, 2001

News Shorts
NBC wins with repeats of 'West Wing' and 'L&O'
Schwarzenegger quits race over sex exposé
Downey's officially booted from 'Ally'
CNN skunked by fake CIA agent
Forbes links with WWP in custom publishing deal
Rupe's ambitions for a piece of UPN
A&E and History Channel in new series

Web Shorts
Salon unveils fee-based premium service
Terra Lycos starts a financial news service
Ask Jeeves lays off 15 percent of staff
Yahoo: No journalists at our shareholder meeting
Sports announcer tossed over porn site promo
Virginia weekly goes entirely online

People

Jennifer Lay promoted to SVP and group media director at GRP Media
Beth Press named VP and publisher of four teen Emap USA titles
Mary Bennett to be honored with Genii Award for Radio from the SoCal Chapter of American Women in Radio & Television
Kathi Love promoted to CEO at Mediamark Research Inc.; Ian Jack moved up to COO
Charlie Kammerer to Time magazine New York advertising director; Nathan Stamos to NY sales division manager

 

Friday, April 27, 2001

News Shorts
NBC wins with repeats of 'West Wing' and 'L&O' 
Nude shots of new CNN anchor on the web
Kathie Lee: I might be the next Rosie
Hollywood: Smokin' Joe out to kill ratings system
Fox News Channel and Forbes team for new show
PAX picks up 'Weakest Link' reruns
USA and Sci-Fi unveil new season shows

Web Shorts
Here they are: The Webby Award nominees 
KB Toys picks up eToys inventory
BMW sponsoring big-name online movies
Web-enabled watches from AOL TW and Swatch
Oops, Microsoft anti-bug site may spread a virus
'Hitchhiker's Guide' finds a home online

People

Therese Gamba appointed VP of marketing at TNN
Diane Keaton and Jennifer Jason Leigh to star in CBS TV-movie 'Crossed Over'
Mark Reisman signs two-year development deal with Paramount Television

Monday, April 30, 2001

News Shorts
Fox takes Sunday evening in 18-49s
Report: Red Herring is also on the block
Hollywood writers contract expires tonight
'Survivor' interest dips going into finale
Knight Ridder, citing ad slumps, dumps staff
Rupe: I'll dump the Post for a NY TV station
'Today' slips as Matt chills

Web Shorts
Disgruntled ex-CNNers now griping online
Knight Ridder chops free email service
About.com: We're spinning off our sexier side
eVineyard buys Wine.com remains
Study: Most newspapers make pennies on archives
Man wins $90 in court for MSN woes

People

Patricia Crocker France named VP of marketing for BusinessWeek
Greg Meidel makes a return to Paramount Domestic Television as head of programming
Alfre Woodard, Kate Nelligan and Alison Elliott lead the cast of ABC’s miniseries 'A Wrinkle in Time'
Gene F. Jankowski elected to the TV Azteca board of directors

Tuesday, May 1, 2001

News Shorts
Fox extends its run on 18-49s
Top editor huffs out of Hollywood Reporter
Economist under attack from Italian pol
Leno: Here, this drink will loosen you up
Kathie Lee: I'm not going back to daytime talk
'Runner' sets records in product placement
Real Kramer wins Libertarian nod for NY mayor


Web Shorts
Excite@Home shows more workers the door
Monster.com to ex: Sorry, we were wrong to sue
Chinese hackers hit the warpath against U.S.
AOL Time Warner launches online publisher
LocalBusiness.com goes out of business
Study: Global broadband access up 350% by 2004

People

Alec Gerster named CEO of MediaCom Worldwide; Alexander Schmidt-Vogel to COO
Diane M. Silberstein named publisher for Yahoo Internet Life magazine
Bonnie Hammer promoted to president of the Sci-Fi Channel
Kevin Kay upped to EVP of production at Nickelodeon and TNN
Jim Crutchfield promoted to president and publisher at Akron Beacon Journal
Shannen Doherty pleads no contest to charges of drunken driving

Wednesday, May 2, 2001

News Shorts
Yet another Fox win in 18-49s
Hollywood talks show late-hour promise
Claim: News Corp. jiggled #s on the NY Post
'West Wing' creator facing felony drug charges
Company-wide layoffs at Mort's NY Daily News
Metro launching free commuter daily in Boston
National Magazine Awards announced today
'Survivor 1' players: We hated Stacey, honest


Web Shorts
Salon is the latest to receive delisting warning 
Inside: So tell us how much you're willing to pay
Saudi Arabia blocks 200,000 more web sites
Yahoo: No, we are not for sale
Webcaster drops bid for McVeigh execution
Study: 379 million people worldwide are online
Coming to a screen near you, two dot.com sagas

People

Craig Kilborn to guest edit Gear magazine’s third anniversary issue
Kim Becker named VP public relations at Bravo
Wayne Powers named president of Media Networks Inc.; Brendan Condon to EVP
Joe A. Campanella III to West coast regional sales manager at Maxim Online; David Wade to Eastern sales manager

Thursday, May 3, 2001

News Shorts
NBC in 18-49 win with 'West Wing' and 'L&O'
Union: Don't believe press on talks progressing
'Survivor 2' finale won't match last summer's
Three more stars departing 'Ally McBeal'?
First Lady on People's 50 Most Beautiful list
Study: Wrestling brings out the bad in teens
Radio ad sales down 10 percent in March

Web Shorts
Future Network pulls the plug on web sites
Online ad agency Hook Media files for bankruptcy
Napster downloads fall 36 percent
This year place your Derby bets online
WB online launches Looney Tunes cartoon site
NYTimes.com dabbles in subscription-based content

People

Stephen D. Twombly appointed publishing director at Natural Health magazine
Rich Cronin named president of the Game Show Network
Laura Linney, Steve Buscemi and Christina Ricci added to cast of HBO film 'The Laramie Project'
Barry Thurston teams with Nick Evans, Jack West and Steve Castellaw to form Associated Media Partners Llc.
Michael Cascio named EVP and general manager of the Animal Planet network
Dewy Ip named SVP and managing director of Asian operations at Columbia TriStar International Television
Terry Keenan named new host of Fox News' 'Cashin' In'
Tim O'Brien hired as reporter on 'Moneyline' on CNN; Rhonda Schaffler to weekend host of 'Moneyline'

Friday, May 4, 2001

News Shorts
'Survivor' finale well off from first
Tina wins, the last remaining 'Survivor'
Hollywood Reporter publisher: I did the right thing
Ziff Davis sends 50 staffers packing
Hollywood talks go on in search of a contract
WB: 'Buffy?' Who's 'Buffy?' She slays what?
Alternatives to traditional cable on the upswing

Web Shorts
EBay now forbids online sale of hate items
Immigration records site a smash hit
Disney: We're going to further consolidate sites
Study: Consumers shun buying their cars online
E-tailer Jungle.com taken in by old virus hoax 

People

Karen Jacobs appointed SVP and director of print investment at Starcom USA
Michael R. Robinson assumes leadership of international operations at Next Generation Network
Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane to host 55th Annual Tony Awards on June 3
Catherine Mackay promoted to CEO of Pearson Television International and Enterprises
Former 'Survivor' castaway Gervase Peterson to make a guest appearance on 'As the World Turns'

 

Monday, May 7, 2001

News Shorts
CBS takes Sunday on power of 'Follow the Stars'
Time Inc. chucks Hotdots web shopping mag
Lithgow: NBC scheduled '3rd Rock' to death
Rumor: U.S. News editor's job is on the line
Magazine for HIV community faces cutbacks
Celebrity 'Survivor' in the works at CBS?
Bugs Bunny 'toons yanked for ethnic slurs

Web Shorts
White House web site is hacked
EBay classified ads heading to print
AOL users get first shot at Madonna tix
Southwest Airlines sues travel site Orbitz
ESPN.com is backing kiddie sports highlights
Brazilian hackers deface Microsoft sites

People

Michael Elliott named an editor at large for Time magazine
Julie Kantrowitz steps down as EVP of media sales at Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Jeffrey A. Dachis and Craig Kanarick resign from management positions at Razorfish

Letters

CAB: TVB is, like, very full of it

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2001 News Shorts
'Weakest Link' shows its staying power
U.S. News is a-roil, and Drasner's stirring the pot
Top 'Survivor's' other struggle: rheumatoid arthritis
'Real World' star in 'Jackass'-worthy stunt
Dobbs: Come Monday, let the butt-kicking begin 
Boston Globe cuts cover price as Metro arrives
'Survivor's' Colby: I didn't want to look like Richard
Kentucky Derby clocks near-record viewers

Web Shorts
Yahoo: You'll be paying for internet phone calls
ABC.com hawking clothes from 'The View'
MusicMatch launches a subscription service
Internet.com launches CyberAtlas division
Study: Online shoppers still ditching their carts
Oxford plans an institute to study the internet

People

Mark Green named SVP and associate managing director of Media Planning’s Research and Insight Center; Louis W. Jones to SVP and associate managing director of West Coast
Longtime ABC News Radio producer and reporter Charles W. Taylor died Sunday at age 58
James Keplesky promoted to VP of advertising sales at Walt Disney Internet Group
Peggy O’Brien named executive director of Cable in the Classroom

Wednesday, May 9, 2001

News Shorts
ABC takes households and 18-49s with 'Millionaire'
NBC news head Lack named network chief
Hollywood writers vote 'yes' for new contract
Post Office whacks magazines with another hike
Rosie nails Gumbel over 'Survivor' fat crack
Booze lobby pushing for TV liquor ads
Poll: Americans support public TV and radio

Web Shorts
Winter Olympics web site host pulls out
AtomShockwave moves to fee-based content
Napster will use ‘fingerprinting’ to filter songs
WebMD will provide content for AOL
Terra Lycos announces layoffs
Study: As free ISPs die, wired homes decline 


People

Susan Zevon promoted to executive editor at Home magazine; Heather Leahy to art director
Fred Graver named head of programming at VH1
SNL's Darrel Hammond and Will Ferrell to be honored at the International Radio & Television Society’s annual Foundation Awards luncheon
Lew Schneider, Tucker Cawley, Steve Skrovan and Jennifer Crittenden promoted to executive producers of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
Deirdre O'Grady to VP of pricing and planning/traffic at Court TV

Thursday, May 10, 2001

News Shorts
NBC lineup bests CBS country music special
CNBC plumps 'Biz Center' as Dobbs returns
Congresswoman: Enough already with 'Sopranos'
E! Entertainment adding eight new shows
'Survivor's' Burnett: Fakery was harmless
Jackass: Pleeeze, don't do what I do
Senate torpedoes Pearl Harbor 'Millionaire'

Web Shorts
Chinese hackers back off U.S. attacks
Songwriters sue MP3.com over copyrights
Porn ad virus scoots across the web
Study: Net beats print as information source
Man ordered to erase URL from gravestone

People

John Gaffney to managing partner at Arnold Worldwide
Louis D. Boccardi elected chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board
Jamie Foxx signs development deal with Nickelodeon to co-write, executive produce and star in family comedy
Thomas Garry and Jerry McKenna named presidents of the Midwest and Far West regions of the Citadel Communications Corporation
Seth Skolnik promoted to SVP of business development at Paramount Digital Entertainment

Friday, May 11, 2001

News Shorts
NBC edges out CBS in 'Survivor' duke out
Real skinny behind the UPN 'Buffy' deal?
Talk: 'Weakest Link' will be on two nights
Fox to CBS: You can't have your reality both ways
Another top editor departs the Brill camp
Wall Street Journal pondering color on front page?
Bakula signs to captain new 'Star Trek'
 

Web Shorts
Terra Lycos to buy Earthlink or CNET?
Furniture category big web gainer for the week
Disney unveils a fee-based game site
PlanetOut gets funding from AOL and IDG 
IRS to staff: Stop goofing off on the web

People

Mickey Marks upped to president and CEO at Creative Media; Anthony Brescia to chief marketing officer
Robert V. Cahill to to vice chairman of Univision
John A. Dimling named chairman and CEO of Nielsen Media Research; Susan D. Whiting to president and COO
Donald Kummerfeld named president of the International Federation of the Periodical Press
Neal Shapiro to president of NBC News
Michael Parsons joins Red Herring magazine as international editor and European bureau chief
Kristen Jones Connell named director of public relations at Real Simple magazine
Jerry Gulley named editor of Health.com

 

Monday, May 14, 2001

News Shorts
ABC takes households with 'Shirley Temple'
WB's fall lineup, though 'Buffy-less,' has 'Angel'
So long to Perry Como, cool early TV crooner
Bad girl Doherty gets 'Charmed' heave-ho
Warrant out for on-the-lam pornmeister
Wrassling Gov Jesse: Media killed XFL, those rats
Aging media baron Rupe: Call me pop


Web Shorts
EBay bans outside URLs
Survey: Ads will be able to fund webcasts
‘The Sims’ game goes online, for a fee
Study: Web shoppers prefer customization
Fox puts ‘Malcolm’ outtakes online
Prehistoric fish ready for its web debut

People

Eric Gruseke promoted to U.S. publisher of Reader's Digest
Marlene Greenfield named director of research for G + J USA
Bruno Cohen promoted to EVP at CNBC Business News
Dick Ross upped to SVP for operations and production at USA Cable
Kiss drummer Peter Criss to appear on the HBO prison series 'Oz'
Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti sign on to star in Showtime pic 'Oooph!'

Letters

Audit Bureau: You guys blew it

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2001 News Shorts
Downey's 'Ally' exit wins 18-49s for Fox
NY Post: Mort softening News dirty stores probe
'Big Mission' contestants will vie for space trip
Behind Shannen's 'Charmed' exit: Her or me...
Face-off: 'Millionaire' against 'Weakest Link'
Hollywood actors' contract talks open today
French cops break up protests over reality show

Web Shorts
Correction: CNN Europe isn’t shutting down
Terra Lycos: We too are going to charge
Iran shutters more than 400 internet cafés
Agency.com lays off 350 as founders sell out 
Study: Shoppers are ready but e-tailers aren't
Now online: Those partying teens from Norway

People

Bob Davidowitz named group publisher of the American Baby Group at Primedia
Bob Salazar promoted to VP of network image at Lifetime Entertainment Services
Patrick McNamee named SVP and CIO of NBC information technology
Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark to join 'Power of Attorney'; Judge Lynn Toler to take over courtroom next season

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2001 News Shorts
ABC takes households and 18-49s
Big ratings for 'Moneyline' as Dobbs rides again
Women's Wear prez jumps to head InStyle
Rupe: How I pity Ted Turner
Tina's Talk snags a No. 2 from New York mag
WB shows to get second run on TNT
Pols hold hearing on postal hikes for magazines

Web Shorts
FTC may scrutinize AOL Time Warner
Yahoo cracks down further on adult content
MVP.com is back in the game 
Coming to a URL near you: dot.biz
PlayStation2 will soon include AOL
On eBay: Your great-great grandpa’s Levi's

People

Keith Olbermann leaves Fox Sports as host and executive producer of 'Keith Olbermann Evening News'
William E. Kennard joins the board of The New York Times
Jonathan Wald named executive producer of 'Today' at NBC; Steve Capus to executive producer of 'NBC Nightly News'
Patrick Mitchell named VP and creative director at G+J USA’s business information group
Bruce Thomas appointed VP of integrated marketing at A&E
Tom Cavanaugh and Janel Moloney to star in Showtime original pic 'Bang, Bang You’re Dead'
James Cameron and Jean-Michel Cousteau to team up for series of ocean exploration specials for ABC

 

Thursday, May 17, 2001

News Shorts
NBC in easy win with 'West Wing' and 'L&O'
New titles aplenty at Time Inc.'s People Group
'Moneyline' slides on Lou's second day back
'Roswell' follows 'Buffy' from WB to UPN
'20/20's' Babs to ABC: I may just walk
Advance snaps up Golf for Women from Meredith
ABC also in talks with CNN about news pact

Web Shorts
Britannica reabsorbs its internet spinoff
Ex-Webvan chief's pension is quite a burden
AOL TW to workers: You'll be using AOL email
Hong Kong nabs 14-year-old for online piracy
Embittered Peruvians take revenge online
Ad network L90 buys off-line marketer Novus

People

Neville Meijers named managing director of Discovery Networks in Asia; Tom Keaveny upped to SVP of sales and revenue
Tim Murray joins National Cable Communications as sales manager
Anchor Lynne Russell to leave CNN Headline News
Gary Effren to replace Jean H. Mordo as CFO at Knight Ridder
Noah Wyle signs new two-year deal with NBC for 'ER'
Will Ferrell signs on for another season on 'Saturday Night Live'

Friday, May 18, 2001

News Shorts
'Friends' finale sweeps the field
More hurting: Red Herring and Forbes ASAP
Shatner will host U.S. edition of 'Iron Chef' on UPN
'Survivor' vets handed setbacks by L.A. judge
Dave apologizes to Miss Colombia for drug joke
French force rule change on 'Loft Story'
'Jackass' model breaks her back in stunt
WWF in new reality show on MTV

Web Shorts
Amazon launches movie info service
Real Networks will stream into Playstation 2
Earthlink founder probed for Ponzi scheme
Hachette enlists Alloy for new ElleGirl site
Highbrow e-tailer Luxlook.com will close
Anti-porn congressman receives porn virus

People

Edward J. Menicheschi named president of WWD MediaWorldwide; Lynette Harrison to VP and group publisher
Peter Jurew named associate publisher in charge of marketing of The New Yorker
Gary Pruitt to chairman of McClatchy Co.
Andrew Christy joins Moroch Partners as director of promotions and event marketing; Hector Perez to director of Hispanic unit LA Embajada
Jeri Ryan joins cast of 'Boston Public'

 

Monday, May 21, 2001

News Shorts
CBS 'Mom' flick beats ABC's 'Anne Frank'
CNN defends Dobbs in Ford speaking gig flap
AOL TW sets its sights on Cablevision
Chicanery at Tina's Talk: Dialing for dollars
'Spin Room' duo to square off on 'Crossfire'
P&G reality series: Camera in every room
Greens blast mag industry for paper waste


Web Shorts
Vivendi is acquiring MP3.com
Olympics tickets are for sale in online auction
Web reality show: Cold turkey chronicle
Report: The next Napster will come with gates
Digital divide is finally narrowing
User: Juno tricked me into paying

People

Candice Carpenter splits from board of iVillage
Tu named EVP and general counsel of NBC
Perry Schneider promoted to president of HBO Enterprises
Whitney Houston chosen as recipient of BET’s first Lifetime Achievement Award
Christian Clavier, John Malkovich, Isabella Rossellini and Gérard Depardieu to star in A&E miniseries 'Napoleon'

Letters

Please, Vince, don't blame the media
Buyers need to master ABC mag audits

Tuesday, May 22, 2001 News Shorts
ABC's 'Anne Frank' rises but still underwhelms
Howell Raines to top editor of New York Times
NBC and CBS: We've got sweeps nailed shut
Babs on air: if ABC doesn't want me, others do
Supremes: Okay to air stolen tapes on radio
Black: Lord, yes, I'll dump my Can. citizenship
Mob hitman on HBO: I whacked a few, indeed

Web Shorts
ETrade is buying smaller rival Web Street
Harvard Biz Review will sell digitized version online
Web hackings swamp site that tracks them
DoubleClick and iBEAM will stream ads
Software piracy jumped in 2000
Supreme Court agrees to revisit porn law

People

Bruce Thomas appointed VP of integrated marketing at A&E Networks
Reid Ashe to president and chief operating officer at Media General; Marshall N. Morton becomes vice chairman
Lee Slattery named associate publisher of advertising at Glamour; Geoff Maresca joins as national sales manager
Shari Linker hired as Eastern regional VP of sales at Premier Retail Networks
Narda Zacchino named a senior editor at the San Francisco Chronicle; Andrew Ross to associate editor of content
Sue Jaffe named fashion and luxury goods sales manager at Playboy; Mike Triunfo to entertainment sales manager
'Homicide' star Clark Johnson to direct pilot for FX network

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

News Shorts
Networks split spoils in tight Tuesday race
Rumor: Fuller finally out at Glamour?
BusinessWeek and Golf Digest in supplement deal
New controversy: Dobbs was a Bush donor
Poll: More Americans trust Tom Brokaw
Rosie peers out from behind the closet door
'Sopranos' scores 2nd best ever ratings for finale

Web Shorts
America Online raises its access rate
Amazon will run Babies 'R' Us web site
AskJeeves acquires online marketer eTour
Medschool.com sheds its 'dot.com' name
Survey: Online religion is on the rise
Email boast costs young Ivy recruit his job

People

Bruce Haynes joins Doner as VP and media manager of national broadcast
Jami Opinsky named advertising director for Vanity Fair
David Corvo upped to executive producer of 'Dateline NBC'; Marc Rosenwasser to executive editor
Producers Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown close deal to develop 'Earthsea' miniseries for the Sci Fi Channel
Cybill Shepherd, Robert Forster, Kate Capshaw and Clara Bryant to star in Showtime original drama 'Due East'
Al Roker to pen advice column for Parents magazine
Ellen DeGeneres to serve as host of Primetime Emmy Awards on September 16
Steve Stark named executive VP of development at Columbia TriStar Television

 

Thursday, May 24, 2001

News Shorts
'Ed' and 'L&O' finales win NBC Wednesday night
It's official: Fuller's out and Leive is in at Glamour
And now a reality show about supermodels
Might the end be near for MTV's 'Jackass'?
'Sopranos' is a hit, so to speak, in Italy, too
April was no rosy month for newspaper advertising


Web Shorts
Feds cuff 88 in web fraud crackdown
Kmart reabsorbing its Bluelight.com spinoff
Avenue A lays off 20 percent of staff
Hackers disrupt anti-vandalism web site
Voice-activated email gets a boost

People

David Geithner upped to GM of The People Group
Decker Anstrom moves up to president and COO of Landmark Communications
Judith Zaylor promoted to EVP of production at Warner Bros. Television
Sarah Whitesell tapped to become associate chief of the Cable Services Bureau
Tom Kapinos to executive produce 'Dawson's Creek' and develop series for Columbia TriStar Television
Steve Duffett promoted to VP of advertising sales at Captivate Network Inc.
Naomi Judd to host a daytime block of movies and rerun series for the Women's Entertainment cable network

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

News Shorts
NBC shines on Monday, in a land of repeats
Stacey's 'Survivor' tribemates: Very wrong, babe
The word: Biz 2.0 sale to Time Inc. is close
ABC News lops heads, hoping to trim 10%
Ethnic coalition blasts TV's Big 4 yet again
Canadian show pokes fun at American ignorance
Chicago's woe: TV news show sinks after Marin

Web Shorts
Microsoft likely to renew AOL browser contract 
The net's biggest e-tailer? Uncle Sam
Now, online toys for the cat in your life
Web site seeks Korean War vets’ DNA
Playboy gets rights to Hughhefner.com
Baby’s first email address, assigned at birth

People

Longtime Parade magazine columnist Lloyd Shearer dies at age 86
Nancy Tamayo promoted to VP of West Coast sales at Phase2Media; Katie Hayes to general sales manager of San Francisco office
Portia de Rossi and Dean Cain to star in Fox TV movie 'The Glow'
HBO to broadcast Madonna concert live August 26
Bret Marcus named executive producer of MSNBC's 'The News With Brian Williams'
Stephen Doerr named SVP of news, programming and creative development for NBC-owned TV-stations division
David Donovan appointed president of the Association for Maximum Service Television

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

News Shorts
'Millionaire' repeat wins night for ABC
'Rescue 911' creator snore-proofs 'Big Brother'
Yet more layoffs at The Industry Standard
Emap CEO, blamed for U.S. blunder, resigns
New Jersey DJ breaks world record in air-athon
WWF wins Round 1 against parents group


Web Shorts
Donaldson will host Webbys online for ABC
Primedia takes gURL.com off Delia’s hands
Microsoft seeks to lure away AOL users
Could it be? Dot.com layoffs are slowing down.
Rock manager sues over ad of '70s do


People

Mike Smith announces retirement from DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics
Charles Whittingham named SVP of advertising sales at Primedia's integrated sales & marketing group; Patrick Hagerty to SVP for advertising sales
Charles Stanford promoted to EVP of legal and business affairs and general counsel of Crown Media Holdings
Paul Van Slambrouck upped to editor of The Christian Science Monitor
Kathleen Abernathy, Michael Copps and Kevin Martin cleared to become commissioners at the FCC; Michael Powell’s term as chairman extended
Farley Day named advertising director of Boating at Hachette Filipacchi Magazines
Michael Pirrone appointed executive director of media at Net Insight Inc.

 

Thursday, May 31, 2001

News Shorts
'Backstreet Boys' hit a sour note
Real Media founder exits for new web venture
CNN picks ABC's Brown as new top talking head
Star offers Blake $100K for polygraph test
EU regulators try for another tobacco ban
'20/20' Wednesday move now set for July

Web Shorts
Bertelsmann buying another music site 
Marketwatch.com slashes 15 percent
Helpful hacker comes to Excite@Home’s aid
FTC raps Amazon’s Alexa unit over privacy
Monster.com acquires rival job site FlipDog
Hormel: Spam’s other meaning is OK with us

People

Carolyn Wall out as marketing director at Newsweek
Brian J. Flaherty joins Grey Ink as SVP and managing director
Alice Dale appointed director of program research for A&E Television Networks; Thomas Moody named director of program research for The History Channel
Tom Russo promoted to SVP of current programs at Paramount Network Television
Risa Aronson promoted to advertising manager of W magazine
Paul Mastronardi named CFO of Vibe/Spin Ventures

Friday, June 1, 2001

News Shorts
'Backstreet Boys' hit a sour note
'GMA' yanks nude fashion segment
Schroder: I'm bugging out of 'NYPD Blue'
Get-out-of-jail deal in works for Robert Downey Jr.
WB adding two midseason shows

Web Shorts
Might it be? Yahoo TV?
Study: The world is not ready for e-books
Hackers invade SETI@Home and spam away
Battered Priceline.com offers a new service 
Sex.com launches manhunt for cybersquatter
'June 1' virus hoax targets the gullible

People

Tavis Smiley signs deals with ABC News, Disney and CNN
Washington correspondent Phil Jones retires after 32 years with CBS
Jonathan Barzilay to SVP and GM of Toon Disney
Renee Tulenko promoted to Eastern advertising director at Shape magazine; Trudy Robinson Foley to Midwestern advertising director
Tiger Woods extends relationship with SportsLine.com through 2002
Jerry Bruckheimer signs two-year production pact with Warner Bros. Television

 

Monday, June 4, 2001

News Shorts
Fox cues up two new reality shows for summer
Time Inc. shuts research center and FYI
Brit 'Big Bro' teacher may be out of a job 
Feds peer into H'wood Reporter scribe's doings
Out at BET, Smiley finds work on TV and radio
TV critics: 'Sopranos' is the berries

Web Shorts
Walmart.com will offer low-cost net access
Yahoo and Consumer Reports team for pay
AtomShockwave axes most of staff
IVillage stock rebounds and won't be delisted
DoubleClick acquires MessageMedia
J. Lo is now a worm on the rampage

People

'50s TV star Arlene Francis dies at age 92
Marcia Shulman appointed EVP of casting at Fox Broadcasting 

Tuesday, June 5, 2001 News Shorts
NHL cup game cuts little ice
Big night for 'Producers,' but not for Tonys
The Sciences magazine closes after 30 years
Sony Pictures red-faced after fake film critic flap
Big casting changes for 'Ally McBeal'
Another radio station fined for playing Eminem
Report: Inside.com subscribers only 1,200

Web Shorts
United Airlines is buying MyPoints.com
IBM hosting a virtual employee meeting
TV sites’ e-commerce partner goes under
Airlines' travel site Orbitz officially opens for biz
Feel like confessing? Not online, you won't.
The name's Robb, as in robbery 

People

Stephen Ste. Marie named president and COO of Intertainer
Steven Binder appointed SVP and publisher of Golf Digest magazine
Harold Meyerson to executive editor at The American Prospect magazine
Alan Sternfeld signs on as SVP of planning, scheduling and acquisitions for Lifetime Entertainment Services
Bill Grueskin named managing editor of the online version of The Wall Street Journal
Jason Priestley signs on to star in the pilot for 'Dope' on the FX network

Wednesday, June 6, 2001

News Shorts
NBC's debuting 'Kristin' crimped by 'Millionaire'
Hollywood writers thumbs-up new contract
New editor at Better Homes & Gardens
Cruise sues Bold mag over gay rumors
Court: '20/20's' Babs can't visit Dr. Death
Now, a word from our sponsors...just for you


Web Shorts
Amazon.com will peddle PCs and biz books
Napster strikes deal to sell big labels’ music
Nevada legalizes internet gambling, sort of
Guggenheim museum launching art dot.com
Survey: People beat up on their computers
Cops collar boys over kiss-and-tell site

People

Ann Siegel promoted to group media director at MediaVest in Los Angeles
Ronni M. Faust named VP of communications at the Magazine Publishers of America
Sherry Stringfield returns for three seasons on 'E.R.'
Michael J. Fox to return to ABC’s 'Spin City' this fall for a guest spot
Matt Jones named COO at Excite@Home
Donna Ironside to Los Angeles director of Allure magazine; Lauren Hulkower to executive beauty director
Diane Keating named SVP of worldwide distribution at Crown Media Holdings Inc.
Nancy Newman appointed VP of integrated marketing for Rainbow Sports

 

Thursday, June 7, 2001

News Shorts
Philly NBA upset a winner for NBC
Ex-Women's Sports editor to head up Self
NBA: Sixers upset Lakers in overtime thriller
Lalli out at Daily News, amid talk of friction
State AG peering into Sony's fake movie critic
Study: Gov't getting a better rap on network TV 

Web Shorts
EBay and Terra Lycos in auction partnership
And now, Napster: The movie
Excite@Home shutters European branches
Priceline founder sells off major stake
Yahoo users: Give us our porn!
Study: No letup in death of dot.coms 

People

Nadine Padawer brought on as EVP and director of executive management development at Initiative Media North America
Steven Sachs promoted to associate publisher of consumer marketing and development at Real Simple magazine; Trish Considine-Kirsch to Eastern advertising director
Don Mischer returns as executive producer of the Primetime Emmy Awards
Mandy Cohen promoted to coordinating producer at Fox Sports Net
Beau Bridges, Nia Long and Miguel Ferrer to star in Showtime original 'Sightings: Heartland Ghost'
Thomas P. Vitale promoted to SVP of acquisitions, scheduling and program planning for the Sci Fi channel
Bob Bain to produce telecast of the Miss America Pageant
David A. Palmer upped to SVP of marketing and promotions at Sony Pictures Family Entertainment

 

Friday, June 8, 2001

News Shorts
Hockey takes another licking for ABC
It's official: Time Inc.'s Fortune Group nets Biz 2.0
U.S. News closes foreign bureaus and cuts 45
Shamed Sony suspends inventors of fake critic
Access, Sunday supplement of the web, closes
Congress calls for a new study on TV violence
Reuters cuts 500 in major reorganization

Web Shorts
Major free ISPs merge into United Online
IVillage cuts jobs, all on the Women.com side
Radiohead and AOL debut 'smart' IM window
Orbitz takes off after a sputter
Auto sites are popular but don't drive sales
Turkey passes strict new content law

Letters
'Sopranos': Readers' reactions

People

Robert Cilia named EVP of sales & marketing at JCDecaux SkySites; Michael Snyder to VP of New York airports
Jayne Spittler to retire from Starcom MediaVest Group in August
Tim Russert and Stephen Collins recipients of the 2001 Fatherhood Awards
Joella West hired at Comedy Central as SVP of legal and business affairs
Bruce Rasmussen and Clay Graham return to 'The Drew Carey Show' as executive producers and showrunners
Bill Brand named SVP of reality programming at Lifetime Television
Bob Barker signs new multi-year contract as host of 'The Price is Right'
Richard Sheingold named president of CBS spot sales and EVP of sales at Viacom Television Stations
Longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Art Petacque dies at age 76
Glenn Dryfoos appointed SVP and general counsel for Telemundo

 

Monday, June 11, 2001

News Shorts
Lakers' second victory wins Sunday for NBC
More Disney layoffs: 1,000 this time
Consumer groups boycotting Channel One
Blood spattering in top edit ranks of NY Post
New name for Ziff PC title: Family Internet Life
Rosie: Next I think I'll host a reality show
Top editor out at Rodale's Organic Style
Big do hip-hop summit pulls Washington bigs

Web Shorts
AskJeeves home page will plug Hanks' DVD
Judge nixes ban on online tobacco sales
Did hackers worsen California power woes?
Saks reabsorbs its internet unit
ESPN plans broadband programming
For sale on eBay: Elvis’ Caddy, Lennon’s limo

Letters
'Sopranos': More readers' reactions

People

Christopher M. Byron joins Red Herring magazine as a monthly columnist
Jennifer Levin inks two-year development pact with Touchstone Television
Lisa Kraynak named VP of marketing at Viacom Plus
Maury Povich named president of the New York chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Tiger Woods, David Duval, Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb to compete in primetime golf special on ABC on July 30
Melissa Alcruz named VP of trade marketing at USA Networks; Todd Fedell appointed VP and creative director of the marketing division

Tuesday, June 12, 2001

News Shorts
WB's entertainment prez up and quits 
Lakers' second victory wins Sunday for NBC
Judge's copycat ruling a setback for Fox
Uncle Mel's got an eye for NBC and CNN and...
Doherty replacement for 'Charmed'
Technology: Cabs with area-sensitive ads

Web Shorts
Coming, an original Doctor Who radio pilot
Latest merger: DotComScoop and Netslaves
Earthlink hit with email outage
Sony's online bank opens, with hitches
Boeing: We're equipping planes with web access
Virus hoax prompts people to delete AOL


People

Michele Ganeless named EVP and GM at the USA Network
Rosa Alonso appointed Eastern advertising sales director at People en Español; Claudette Mendoza to ad sales manager
John Hopper appointed president and CEO at RealTime Media
Frankie Muniz to provide introductions and commentary for AMC’s showing of the 'Little Rascals' series
Alex Gansa becomes executive producer and showrunner of CBS's 'Wolf Lake'
Kelly McGillis to join cast of CBS's fall drama 'The Agency'

Wednesday, June 13, 2001

News Shorts
'Millionaire' still pulling for ABC
Gumby and Pokey will hawk ABC's reruns
WB cues up another Family Friendly show
Canadian DJ to Bush twins: Come drink up here!
S.F. Chronicle editor recovering from lizard bite
Salman Rushdie blasts reality TV phenomenon

Web Shorts
MP3 debuts a subscription service
China cracking down on anonymous surfing
Cox cable will test AOL and EarthLink  
Sub fee for Wall Street Journal site may go up
Arbitron launches webcast audience profiler
Akron Beacon Journal on CD-Rom

People

Sarah Timberman named president of programming at Studios USA
UPN president Tom Nunan is leaving the network
Jim Noonan named SVP and GM of Warner Bros. Online
Paul Reiser to star in Showtime original movie 'Strange Relations' with George Wendt, Julie Walters and Olympia Dukakis
CNN correspondent Charles Bierbauer to retire
Greta Gaines to host 'Freeride With Greta Gaines' on the Oxygen network; Isaac Mizrahi to host 'The Isaac Mizrahi Show'
Robin Green named president of television at 40 Acres & A Mule
Steven Weber to join the cast of 'Once and Again' as a series regular

 

Thursday, June 14, 2001

News Shorts
Sixers tumble but not NBC
Daily News makes nice-nice with grocers
Britney: I may sue over DJs' death hoax
'Survivor's' Amber trash-talks her show mates
ESPN enters reality with two fall shows
More 'Survivor' doings: Skupin gets the pepper
Ex agent Mulder: My end wasn't pretty

Web Shorts
ExpertSource spills the beans on reporters
Howard Stern, web’s hottest radio personality
Back to tennis, Boris: Sportgate.com craters
Fraud charges sting Stan Lee Media
EBay: No McVeigh memorabilia

People

David Morrow to become editor in chief of TheStreet.com
Kelly Kahl promoted to EVP of program planning and scheduling at CBS
Kris Osborn brought on as a general assignment anchor for CNN Headline News; Alisha Davis to cultural and entertainment anchor
Liz Allison joins the TNT Nascar team

Friday, June 15, 2001

News Shorts
ABC's 'Millionaire' and 'Primetime' take households
Celeb 'Millionaire' will face 'Link' on Mondays
CBS to turn McVeigh book into miniseries
Fox lines up two midseason comedies
Japanese torture show star a real survivor

Web Shorts
Clear Channel testing online-only ads
Cops: Ex-senator's wife in email dirty tricks
German webzine offer: Madonna ticket for sex 
Study: E-commerce sites are a mess
Online hookers' lineup draws a curious public

People

Bob Wehling retires from Procter & Gamble
Sarah Gray Miller named editor of Organic Style
Simon Spalding promoted to head of worldwide licensing at international and enterprises division at Pearson Television
Glenn Close to star in and executive produce the TNT original movie 'Rachel Carson's Silent Spring'
Michael Willner elected chairman of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association board
Marcy McGinnis, John Frazee and Betsy West promoted to SVPs of CBS News

 

Monday, June 18, 2001

News Shorts
NBC's golf, 'Link' and 'Fear' take 18-49s
Now hair this: Jane Pratt's mysterious illness
Ted Turner, out at AOL, starts a movie studio
Ugh, more shame for Sony Pictures
Scripps cable names executives for Fine Living 
Study: Kids who watch TV want more toys, duh

Web Shorts
AOL-Microsoft talks break down over online music
Women.com sued for copyright breach
Britannica will resume publication of print edition
Unisys: Sorry, so sorry for inventing the computer
Volkswagen rolls out wired wheels
Chinese tops Spanish as No. 2 webcast language

People

John Hayes to retire at end of month as president and CEO of Raycom Media; Paul McTear to take over
Betty Cohen out as president of Cartoon Network Worldwide but will stay with TBS
Steve Koren signs multiyear development deal with Studios USA
Sandra Bernhard to host a week of late night talk shows for A&E in the fall

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2001

News Shorts
Unscripted shows take the night
Knight Ridder layoffs will total 1,700
Sportswear company sues Nike over b-ball ads 
Viacom sizing up $4B Telemundo purchase
Imus rehires sports guy after racist joke flap
'Link' following 'Millionaire' into syndication

Web Shorts
Dow Jones and Engage in e-tear sheet deal
FTC charges four dot.coms in pyramid scheme
TRUSTe developing online privacy symbols
Coming soon: Foreign-language URLs and email
Chinese man jailed for online ‘insults’
Video games take to the streets in South Korea

People

Felicia Milewicz joins Glamour magazine as beauty director
Julie Kantrowitz to oversee the sale of cross-media packages to national advertisers at AOL Time Warner
Lorri Robbins to national ad director at Recommend magazine; Hadley Roth to West coast sales manager
Phillip Dixon named managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Wednesday, June 20, 2001

News Shorts
NBC's 'Go Fish' proves a sinker
'West Wing' creator Sorkin ordered into rehab
Is the end in sight for NBC's 'Friends'?
CBS stations snap up syndicated 'Link'
Tiger falls, but U.S. Open flies for NBC
'Cheers' actors settle case against robot twins
Study: Condom ads still scarce on TV

Web Shorts
Newspapers digitize century's worth of archives
Study: One in five teens gets propositioned online
Microsoft promoting McCartney tunes
MIT sues Time Inc. over Technology Review title
Winner in Madonna-ticket-for-sex contest

People

Colleen Wyse named publisher of Women's Wear Daily
Spencer Neuman appointed EVP at ABC Television
Rick Resnick upped to director of marketing and sales development at Mutual Funds magazine; Jay Howard to Northwest advertising director
Bill Keller named op-ed page columnist and senior writer for The New York Times Magazine
Tom Cosgrove named EVP for Fox Family Channel and Fox Kids Network
Editor in chief Richard Lambert to leave the Financial Times
Peter Stormare, Darren Boyd, Steven Carell and Don Lake join Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ midseason series on NBC

 

Thursday, June 21, 2001

News Shorts
Modest start for 'You Don't Know Jack'
Upfront gets rolling as NBC chops rates
CBS boss serious about celebrity 'Survivor'
AOL TW's Levin: The worst is behind us.
Lieberman pushes Bush to come down on H'wood
'Survivor' host Probst wins film festival honors

Web Shorts
New software to track web copyright piracy
Coming very soon: Dot.biz domain names
Va. gubernatorial candidate returns porn-site gifts
New Jersey sues online casinos
Panel: MichaelBloombergSucks.com is legit

People

Peter Schneider resigns from position of chairman of Walt Disney Studios
Julian Lowin named publisher of Red Herring magazine
Tina Potter appointed vice president of brand central creative group at TNN
President and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services Carole Black presented with 2001 Broadcasting & Cable Innovator Award
Ted Demme and Richard LaGravenese to write, direct and produce documentary for Independent Film Channel
John Schueler named publisher of the Daily News of Los Angeles
John H. Walker to publisher at the Thomasville Times of North Carolina

 

Friday, June 22, 2001

News Shorts
Strong debut for NBC's 'spy tv'
NBC orders first aid for 'Emeril' pilot
Disney launches Playhouse for young 'uns
'Millionaire' loser says wrong answer was right
'Survivor's' Jerri will take it off for Playboy
Media tycoons make Forbes richest list

Web Shorts
Russian competition for prez web site sputters
NetZero and Juno drop suits against one another
Microsoft and Telmex snap up Yupi
CIA: We can’t predict hacker activity
Kournikova virus writer faces prosecution
NBCi continues disassembly of its portal

People

'All in the Family' star Carroll O'Connor dead at the age of 76
Suzanne Gilbert appointed vice chairman and CFO of Initiative Media Worldwide
Gail Collins named editorial page editor at The New York Times
Karen Cease and Brett Paul upped to co-heads of business affairs at Warner Bros. Television
Jennifer Nicholson Salke named SVP of drama development at Columbia TriStar Television
Deborah Blackwell named GM at SoapNet
Ray Bradbury to write adaptation of his 'The Illustrated Man' for a two-hour movie on the Sci Fi Channel
Rick Bremkamp promoted to sales manager of National Cable Communications' Cleveland office
Jamie-Lynn Sigler of 'The Sopranos' to sing cover of Diana Ross tune 'I’m Coming Out' for Levis jeans commercial

 

Monday, June 25, 2001

News Shorts
CBS and Fox split Sunday primetime
Time Inc. shakeup boosts two
Slate: We was duped on 'Monkeyfishing' story
Court OKs 'carry all' rule for satellite providers
'Frasier' star becomes highest-paid TV actor ever
Regis: I got plenty of time for syndie 'Millionaire'

Web Shorts
Excite@Home crackdown on copyright breaches
DrKoop.com resurrects DrDrew.com
Agency.com sponsors dial-a-beer pub trivia
Datek Online starts charging for accounts
French group wants racist site blocked
Napster loosens up its song filter

People

Former CNN Headline News anchor Lynne Russell to star in cable telefilm 'The Ride'
Bob Igiel to retire from position as president of broadcast for WPP Group's Media Edge
Longtime CBS radio executive Maurie Webster dead at age 85
Marc Buckland signs two-year development deal with NBC
Mike Barnicle to end tenure as host of 'Barnicle' on MSNBC this Thursday

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2001

News Shorts
'Fear Factor' audience is building
NBC plants second 'Spy TV' on Tuesdays
Parents: ABC's Stossel brainwashed our kids 
Supremes: Writers own electronic rights to stories
BBC show will recreate life in WWI trenches

Web Shorts
Study: Online ads as memorable as TV ads
Iran getting tougher on net use
Yahoo adds video to instant messaging
Amazon's free shipping isn't really free
AOL: There are more than 30 million of us
Streaming-media ad verification debuts in 3Q

People

Matt Diebel named editor of People.com
Lynn Costa appointed VP of human resources at Lifetime Television
Lawrence O'Donnell leaves 'The West Wing' from role as head writer and co-producer
John Wells to not seek second term as president of the Writers Guild of America
'Mummy Returns' star Oded Fehr takes part in NBC's upcoming 'UC: Undercover'
David Reese promoted to CEO of ACTV Inc.
Alice McNeil and Robert Voltaggio upped to VPs of national sales planning at Fox Family Worldwide

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

News Shorts
'Spy TV' slides without 'Friends'
PCH settles with 26 states for $34 million 
Deadline near, actors' talks hit some snags
ABC agrees to pull Stossel's kid interviews
'Survivor's' Stacey escapes one countersuit
CBS loves Raymond, to the tune of $40M

Web Shorts
EarthLink raises rates for the first time
Singapore dabbles in wired taxis
Beta version of merged CNBC on MSN Money
Yahoo will charge for fantasy baseball leagues
Dylan's childhood duplex fetches $95K on eBay
Online Publishers Association formed

People

Alex Ferrari promoted to EVP and CFO for MTV Networks
Goran Visnjic puts his name to four more years on NBC’s 'ER'
John F. Cooke named CEO of the Screen Actors Guild
Gregg Siegel upped to VP of national sales for the Sinclair Broadcast Group
Senior White House correspondent John King signs three-year contract with CNN
Greer Shephard and Michael Robin sign two-year development deal with Warner Bros. Television

Thursday, June 28, 2001

News Shorts
Toothless 'Beast' for ABC
Redbook editor tapped for Marie Claire job
Former ABC boss heads to AOL-TW
Security is drum tight on 'Survivor 3' set in Kenya
Writer pitches tent at Gear for payment
Endemol chief on male fantasies and life at sea

Web Shorts
MSNBC.com hosting official Olympics site
BarnesandNoble.com pulls ebooks
Inside.com yanks its content off Yahoo
IWon.com adopts new rich-media ad format
Salon introduces syndication with SalonWire
European Union gets its own domain

People

Paul Nkuna upped to chairman of the board at Primedia
Amy Sherman-Palladino signs three-year production and development deal with Warner Bros. Television
Kate Rodler appointed strategic sales director for Business 2.0
Amy J. Molinero named East coast sales manager for Guideposts magazine

 

Friday, June 29, 2001

News Shorts
Supremes strike state tobacco ad ban
Top shoe Johnson out in latest CNN shakeup
Toothless 'Beast' for ABC
Kiddie remote offers TV minus the bad stuff
Two former NFL greats join Fox broadcast team
FCC's Tristani steamed over AM nudity complaint

Web Shorts
Yahoo will target ads locally
Jupiter: Health retail sites are tops for week
Bank One scraps WingspanBank.com
Napster’s strict filter turns away users
Study: 6 of 10 emailers missend messages


People

Ronald Kolessar promoted to VP of technology and worldwide portable People Meter development at Arbitron
Jay Nordlinger wins third annual Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Journalism
Jack Lemmon died Wednesday night at the age of 76
Ira Bernstein named president of Lions Gate Television Distribution
David Andelman upped to business editor at the New York Daily News
Forest Whitaker signs with CBS to develop and star in a primetime drama for the 2002-03 season

 

Monday, July 2, 2001

News Shorts
CBS takes households, Fox 18-49s
Primedia lands Emap with $515 M bid
Actors talks continue past deadline
Study: Fox News leans hard to the right
Brit men's title in big recall over randy drawing

Web Shorts
Yahoo snatches up Launch.com
Britney Spears’ web site gets hacked
Online bookstore in India offers sex tips
HotJobs and Monster.com merge
Inside.com: It will cost $3.95 a month to read us
Meditation music company sues Napster

People

Martin von Ruden promoted to EVP and GM of Women's Entertainment network
Tami Prins appointed New England & spirits manager at FHM magazine
Bryan Singer to direct pilot and executive produce new 'Battlestar Galactica' for Studios USA
Peter Johansen named producer of CBS’s 'The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn'
Benjamin Bratt to star as a Latino private detective in TNT's original movie 'Chico Cervantes'

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2001

News Shorts
Slipping #s for 'Fear' and 'Link'
New editor for Boston Globe
'X-files' star Anderson: I'm outta there
'Sex and the City's' Catrall knows the right moves
Playboy picks up hard-core channels
'Survivor 2's' Colby: I'm star material, really

Web Shorts
Brit John Wayne bio writer asked to give up site
ValueClick acquires Mediaplex
Wal-Mart enters the digital-photo biz
Tampa to bad guys: We got an eye out for you
Fifty-three dot.coms croakers in June
Napster suspends music-swapping

People

Sofia Escamilla promoted to associate media director at La Agenica de Orci & Asociados; Jorge Herrera to account supervisor
Bonnie Johnson promoted to EVP of media products and services for Intertainer
Jeff Lowell signs two-year development deal with NBC
Shirley Powell to head all entertainment publicity for Turner Broadcasting
Tom Zappala named SVP of programming at Viacom Television Stations Group

 

Thursday, July 5, 2001

News Shorts
July 4 specials win for NBC and ABC
Teen Sopranos' star arrested on mugging rap
Big staff chop at new Gotham magazine
Egyptian Muslim cleric: 'Millionaire' is sinful
Radio stations fight fine for Eminem song
Suit: Puffy film critic quotes are false advertising

Web Shorts
Opel will wire cars with AOL
USA.net: No more free email
Hackers hit human rights group in Argentina
MySimon saga: What not to put in an email
Dot.com cross-dress hoax snookers London's Sun

People

David Forgione to publisher of Automobile magazine
Tom Fiedler named editor of the Miami Herald
Gary Scott Thompson signs on for drama series with Fox Broadcasting

 

Friday, July 6, 2001 

News Shorts
'Big Bro' stomped by 'Friends' rerun
New top editor for Financial Times
Teen 'Sopranos' star: I'm innocent in rob rap
Freelancers up their battle against the NY Times
ESPN cuts NCAA deal for women dunkers
Polish protest over reality TV shows

Web Shorts
Panel: Crappy and Canadian are not the same
Oops! Prozac poppers IDed in email snafu
'Big Bro' web peepers will have to pay
Report: UK web traffic numbers mostly wacko
Citysearch will fire up to 100 staffers
Online sneak preview of XM satellite radio

People

P.K. Simonds signs two-year development deal with Columbia Tri-Star Television; named co-executive producer on CBS's fall drama 'Citizen Baines'
Robert Urich joining cast of NBC’s troubled 'Emeril'
Robert Klein joins the cast of ABC's upcoming 'Bob Patterson'

 

Monday, July 9, 2001

News Shorts
CBS and Fox win Sunday on repeats
Time Inc.’s Isaacson off to head CNN
Comcast makes a play for AT&T broadband unit
Rumors of Brokaw's retirement from NBC
Fashion mag from National Enquirer's Pecker
St. Louis paper drops ombudsman

Web Shorts
MediaBistro.com's elite membership: $49
Saintly hacker sentenced to rehab and psych care
MSN Messenger blacks out for days
NFL in web pass to AOL Time Warner
‘Big Bro 2’ webcast; nudes galore

People

Dennis Hopper to star in action drama 'Flatland'
Kristin Malia named host and tour guide for E! Entertainment Television’s 'Celebrity Homes' series
John F. Cooke steps down from position as Screen Actors Guild’s CEO and national executive director

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2001 News Shorts
Ratings kick-up for 'Fear' and 'Link'
Individual Investor is shuttered at last
'Sopranos' star says he wasn't at the crime scene
Chihuahua creators win a round vs. Taco Bell
EU moving towards a ban on kid-aimed ads
Court hands last indie Russian TV station to state

Web Shorts
Online grocer Webvan bags it
Study: Third of workplace surfers monitored
France will offer high-speed net access for all
Cheap access to med research for poor nations
MarketWatch: We won’t provide click numbers
Talk-radio site eYada shuts down

People

James N. Dimonekas promoted to VP and publisher of Playboy magazine
Frank DeRose upped to VP of program scheduling at the USA Network
Nick Denton to chairman of Moreover.com; Susan Atherton to chief executive
Sarah Murphy named publisher of Beauty Biz magazine
Erik Storey appointed VP of programming for the Sci Fi channel
Carolyn Bernstein promoted to SVP of drama development at the WB; Tracey Pakosta and Mike Clements to co-SVPs of comedy development
Diane Ladd and Laura Dern to star in Showtime original film 'Damaged Care'
Lynne Koplitz named the new host of the syndicated 'Change of Heart'

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2001

News Shorts
Fox rules with all-star game
Huey named editorial director at Time Inc.
Malone out as AT&T board mulls Comcast offer
'Temp Island' couple's suit won't be heard 
For real this time: News Corp. to buy DirecTV

Web Shorts
Online movie piracy is rising
Survey: Give us boundaries online
EDiets and DietSmart merge
Arkansas will auction surplus goods online
MSN Messenger revives, worse for the wear

People

Draft's Paul Benjou heading client services at Mediaplex
Lynette Harrison to publisher of In Style magazine; Kevin M. Belden to associate publisher of marketing
Michelle Myers named associate publisher of Allure magazine
James Magrone appointed SVP of investor relations at Primedia
Mitchell Chun named SVP of business development for the Fox Cable Networks Group
Peter Glovin named VP of marketing at Jungle Interactive Media
Shirley Powell returns to Turner Broadcasting as SVP of network communications
Wesley Mallette appointed VP of corporate communications at MTV; Alison Olin to director of corporate communications
Mark Saks joins Columbia TriStar Television as SVP of casting
Princell Hair named news director for the Viacom Television Stations Group

 

Thursday, July 12, 2001

News Shorts
Fewer and and fewer know 'Jack'
'Big Bro' guy gets the boot for knife threat
Industry Standard's owners mull a sale
Dow Jones lays off 150 amid cost-cutting
Writer: HBO stole my 'Six Feet Under' script
USA slates new reality and game shows for fall

Web Shorts
Albuquerque paper charging for web site
AOL Time Warner axes online workers
Judge orders Napster to stay off-line
Yahoo: We're losing buckets in down ad market
Timex and Yahoo team up on web wristwatch
SF Giants stuck with 42,000 Webvan cupholders

People

Paul Caine named associate publisher of advertising sales at People magazine
Barbara LaPlaca promoted to executive director of corporate marketing and promotion at G+J USA Publishing
'ER' vet Gloria Reuben signs on for six episodes on CBS’s fall drama 'The Agency'
Patricia Foster promoted to advertising director of Allure magazine
John Lansing selected as SVP of TV station group at E.W. Scripps Co.
Ed Zuckerman inks multiyear development deal with Studios USA Programming
Steve McPherson upped to president at Touchstone Television through 2004
Sonja Piper Dosti named SVP of drama programming at Studios USA

 

Friday, July 13, 2001

News Shorts
'Big Bro' gets boost from bad buzz
CNN Headline News pretties up
Mega buying unit for Interpublic agencies
Wash. pols ease push for cheapo TV time
Cheapskate 'West Wing' skimps on actor salaries 
'Sopranos' leads Emmy noms with 22

Web Shorts
Salon faces hostile takeover from 24-year-old
Study: Pediatric health sites really are confusing
U.K. Safeway emails dirty nursery rhymes
Publishers lose battle over e-books
Napster resolves suits from Dr. Dre and Metallica
Internet grocer HomeRuns.com strikes out

People

Beth Roberts named SVP of business affairs at NBC Studios
Mark Sonnenberg appointed EVP of entertainment at E! Networks
Nicole Busby named client strategist at Sharpe Partners; Jamison Lowell Jones to art director
Blair Westlake hired on as corporate EVP at Gemstar-TV Guide International
Ron Livingston to join ABC’s 'The Practice'
Mireille Grangenois upped to VP of SunSpot
Dan Ragone joins Allure magazine as fashion director; Michelle Freidman and Jana Hollingshead to account managers
Lorne Michaels signs on to develop hour-long talk show for fall 2002 at syndicated dept. of NBC

 

Monday, July 16, 2001

News Shorts
CBS flick scores well with 18-49s
Wash. Post's Graham in critical condition after fall
Essence gets a new editor as Greenwood exits
No new 'Sopranos' episodes for at least a year
CBS ponders 'Big Brother' booze ban
Rupe dreams of his own biz news channel
CBS agrees to rename 'Adopted' sitcom


Web Shorts
High-tech jargon creeps into dictionary
Study: Majority of web users respond to online ads
Afghanistan's Taliban bans internet
Study: Email therapy to cure eating disorders
David Bowie launches kiddie radio webcast

People

Scott Kurnit elected to IAB's board of directors
Rochelle Carrington to New York advertising director at Glamour; Xanthipi Joannides to fashion director; Filecia Milewicz to beauty director
Brian C. Kennedy appointed Southwest ad director in the Irvine office of Entrepreneur Media Inc.
James B. Meigs named deputy editor of features of National Geographic Adventure magazine
Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Crenna and Holland Taylor set to star in Showtime telepic 'The Day Reagan Was Shot'
John Walsh promoted to SVP and executive editor at ESPN; Sean Bratches to EVP of sales and marketing

 

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

News Shorts
NBC realities sweep Monday night
'Sopranos' creator agrees to a fifth season
UPN boss: No more steamy reality for us, thanks
PGA signs four-year $850M rights deal
'West Wing' stars return but still want more $
Time Inc. close to $1.5B deal for Brit publisher
People will publish MTV anniversary special
Correction: Mistaken gender

Web Shorts
HBO debuts online-only kids series
Study: Web can make the world a better place
Nader group attacks search engine ad practices
USA Networks takes stake in Microsoft's Expedia
Guv'ment drops antitrust probe of Homestore.com
Study: E-businesses ignore loyal customers

People

Katharine Graham remains comatose in an intensive care unit
Erik Sorenson upped to president and GM of MSNBC
David Benveniste, Rishad Tobaccowala, Bill Gross, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Emma Gilding and Brown Williams named 'Marketing Innovators' by Time magazine
Lucy Liu to appear in only four episodes of 'Ally McBeal' next season
Dominic Mancuso promoted to WGN-TV director of sales
Robert McCray leaves GM and VP post at the San Francisco Examiner; Stephen Sparks quits circulation director position
'Survivor 2' winner Tina Wesson to host HGTV's 'Extreme Week' of programming in October

Wednesday, July 18, 2001 News Shorts
NBC realities sweep Monday night
Washington Post's Graham dies at 84
News Corp. looks to ditch year-old Max Golf
Booted 'Big Bro' contestant had assault record
Yet more layoffs at Ind. Standard and Ziff Davis 
Senators oppose media consolidation with bill

Web Shorts
Russians: Microsoft nuke software is flawed
Singapore cracks down on internet
NetZero founders move on
Univision.com: We have 7 million users
Kidney transplant is webcast
Sony and AOL TW in digital licensing pact

People

Lou Montesano appointed director of marketing and strategic planning at The New Yorker; Liz Samurovich to director of market research
Chris Carter to executive produce 'The X-Files' for its ninth season this fall
Trent Jones signs one-year overall development deal with Warner Bros. Television
Robert Downey Jr. sentenced to a year in a live-in rehabilitation program and three years of probation
Harvey Myman appointed SVP of comedy development at Columbia TriStar Television
Timothy Regler named co-executive producer of 'Judge Judy'

 

Thursday, July 19, 2001

News Shorts
Fox takes 18-49s with Wednesday lineup
Report: Caroline Rhea signed to replace Rosie
AT&T board says no to hostile Comcast bid
Fox to stagger season-openers over three months
Asian group demands apology from Conan guest

Web Shorts
Napster will test new service soon
CNN will shutter MyCNN.com
PlanetOut prunes its staff
Britannica.com carves out premium content
Microsoft pulls buggy Hotmail upgrade
Study: Internet voting isn’t the way to go

People

Paul Gigot appointed editorial page editor at The Wall Street Journal
Carla Loffredo has been named chairman of the board of the Advertising Club of New York
Lisa Hsia named VP at NBC News
Jacqueline H. Fallous named VP of integrated and interactive sales for Turner Broadcasting sales international; Thomas A. Stevens to VP at Turner entertainment sales

 

Friday, July 20, 2001

News Shorts
Fox takes 18-49s with Wednesday lineup
'Most Wanted' stars arrested on sex charges
Nasty Shannen disses Alyssa in Details
Fox hedges its bets on avant-garde '24'
'Survivor' pig killing breeds animal welfare law 
'Temp Island' creator: No gays for now, thanks

Web Shorts
White House site fends off worm attack
Inside.com launches pay as you read
Court: Napster, you're back online for now
Actresses vying for 'Most Downloaded Woman'
Baltimore fire disrupts internet connections
Microsoft builds next UltimateTV with News Corp.

People

John Griffin to president of magazine publishing and EVP of the National Geographic Society
George Russell appointed president of Time Canada; Marty White to VP and publisher; Joan Brehl to VP and director of marketing
Jim Schiekofer named group publisher for The Family Handyman and American Woodworker
Leo Ramos appointed VP and GM of Telemundo's WSNS-TV in Chicago; Félix Guillermo joins Channel 51’s news team
Priscilla Pesci named SVP of marketing at MGM Worldwide Television Group
Melinda Hage promoted to head of current programs at Warner Bros. Television
Michael Klausman appointed SVP of West Coast operations and engineering at CBS Television

 

Monday, July 23, 2001

News Shorts
'60 Minutes' wins over 'Fear' repeat
FCC votes to OK Fox-Chris Craft station deal
Rumor: Ziff-Davis shopping three consumer mags
Design title One folds after five issues
Homicidal husband uses 'Link' line on mail bomb

Web Shorts
Mickey D’s takes Hamburger U. online
Cross Media acquires LifeMinders
Cybersex is a quickie, study says
AOL: You have money, or not
Philippine government bans vulgar emails

People

Leonard P. Forman named CFO of The New York Times Company
Shelly Long and Bebe Neuwirth to appear on fall premiere of NBC's 'Frasier'
Marc Teren resigns from post as president and CEO of Cahners Publishing
Walter Cronkite to provide voice for animated PBS series 'Liberty Kids'

 

Tuesday, July 24, 2001 News Shorts
NBC takes Monday with reality lineup
Former O editor Kunes tapped for Redbook job
Fox News' Smith settles car battery case
Reuters revises layoff count to 1,100
New NBC prez: We're going shopping
MTV to kick off new 'Unplugged' shows with REM


Web Shorts
Yahoo selling financial research
AOL gets into online music
GreaterGood.com shuts down
Lifetime will provide MSN WomenCentral content
Napster users are fleeing

People

Michael Jackson comes aboard USA Entertainment as president and CEO
Grant J. Schneider appointed associate publisher of Real Simple magazine
Patricia S. Frohman promoted to SVP for Turner sports sales; Lorie Durnan to VP
Matthew Wilson resigns from associate publisher post at the San Francisco Chronicle
Stephanie Eno named manager of programming for cable network Fine Living
Minneapolis Star Tribune photographer Earl Seubert died Saturday at age 74
Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas brought on as an advisor at Condé Nast

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

News Shorts
NBC takes Monday with reality lineup
ABC to air grisly 'Private Ryan' unedited
Survey: V-chip little used in American homes
'Rugrats' special sets a record for Nickelodeon
Bad boy Benza booted from Stern show for slap

Web Shorts
AOL could take over Amazon
CNET axes 15 percent of staff
IVillage to take Women.com off-line
Annals of eBay: Shoeless Joe’s bat is for sale
Virulent SirCam virus still spreading

People

Jodie Rosenthal joins Palisades Media Group as SVP and broadcast director
Joanne Katsch named manager of integrated marketing services and custom publishing for Reader's Digest
John Cucci promoted to COO at Comedy Central

Dennis FitzSimons elected president and COO of The Tribune Co.
Konrad Hilbers named new chief executive of Napster
Pamela Thomas-Graham upped to CEO at CNBC

 

Thursday, July 26, 2001

News Shorts
AOL TW buys biggest UK publisher for $1.6B
FCC to Murdoch: Yeah, just keep it all
AT&T and AOL talking cable merger
Fox edges a Tuesday victory in 18-49s
Ziff Davis shutters money-losing Family PC
Advertisers testify against accountability bill
Yep, another arrest record for 'Big Bro' player

Web Shorts
Microsoft withdraws sexy Swiss ad
Congress contemplates ‘dot.kids’ domain
SirCam worm pinches official FBI documents
Study: Not all casino site visitors gamble
Posh Spice launches web site
Program allows surfers to pick ads

People

Jeff Davis named senior editor at Business 2.0; James Lardner and Eric Schurenberg to editors at large
Thomas Baxter steps down as CEO at Audible.com; Donald Katz to CEO; Robert Kramer to president
Christiaan Rizy to account manager at Scientific American magazine
Danny Glover to direct Showtime original movie 'Just a Dream'
David Bohrman returns to CNN as senior executive producer of evening newscast
Michael J. Fox to appear in three episodes of 'Spin City'
Michael Roberts named SVP of current programming at the WB
John Miller to continue as co-president of NBC's advertising and promotion department

 

Friday, July 27, 2001

News Shorts
NBC repeats take Thursday's 18-49s
NY Post blasted for 'Lizziemobile' giveaway
Biz Week joins the crowd with staff chop
What? Esquire classified as porn in Ohio?
Missouri AG goes after TV psychic for fraud 
Flap over Fox News phony gay activist

Web Shorts
Entrepreneur unloading domain names
Baby boomer portal bites the dust
RealNetworks lays off workers
Interep acquires Winstar Interactive Media
Studs Terkel speaks online
EBay pulls bloody ax Condit art

People

Gerald M. Boyd named managing editor at The New York Times
Rebecca Marks upped to SVP of publicity at NBC
Cynthia Park promoted to EVP of client services and managing partner at Kang & Lee Advertising; Saul Gitlin to EVP of strategic services and new business
Tim Doyle signs two-year development deal with NBC Studios to create a new comedy series
Alfred Molina inks deal with CBS to produce and star in a project for fall 2002
Michael Provus promoted to advertising director of Stuff magazine
Bill Britt appointed publisher and CEO of AlleyCat News
Robin Meade named a news anchor at CNN Headline News

 

Monday, July 30, 2001

News Shorts
Done deal: Caroline will replace Rosie
How bad is it? Reality repeats win.
Ziff-Davis fires 13, including editor, at PC Mag
News Corp. making major station trades
Downey missed his chance to be Mr. McBeal
CNN bigs get behind fired lawyer in 'Wind' flap

Web Shorts
Dot.com layoffs are abating, at last
MSN pairs with advice site Keen.com
Couple offers baby’s name to highest bidder
Tribune lets go of some online help
The taxman giveth traffic to IRS.gov
Fox threatens ISPs over movie piracy

People

David Neal and Gary Zenkel appointed EVPs of NBC Olympics
Maria Grasso named VP of drama development at the WB network
Jason Haikara promoted to SVP of on-air promotion and scheduling at Fox; Louise Carter to VP of on-air planning
Steve M. Weaver named president and publisher of the Tampa Tribune
Paula Marshall signs talent deal with NBC to star in a project for the network

 

Tuesday, July 31, 2001 News Shorts
G+J's Carey returning to The New Yorker
NBC in Monday night sweep
CEO departs troubled Working Woman
L.A. Times cuts 1,600 part-time jobs
'ER': Dammit, doctor, we've lost another one
Murdoch's wife: The Rupert I loved is dead
Vogue's Anna W. says no to 'Sex'

Web Shorts
Ad blocker: We're hot and getting hotter
Alloy will run CosmoGirl web site
K-Mart: No more free access for BlueLight
German newspaper turning blue for AOL
Today's virus alert: Watch out for Code Red 
EBay sues rival upstart BidBay

People

Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner to star in Showtime’s sci-fi series 'Jeremiah'
Bill Shaw named VP of sales at Tribune Television
Karen Coleman and Jack Sullivan elected SVPs of the Starcom North American management team
Lucy Lawless to appear in at least two episodes of 'The X-Files' next season
Gary Marsh upped to EVP of original programming and production at the Disney Channel; Andrea Taylor to SVP of marketing
Sara Viard named regional manager of affiliate sales and marketing at Fox Cable Networks Group for the Southwest region

Wednesday, August 1, 2001 News Shorts
Viewer leakage for new reality shows
X Games coming to ABC and ESPN
FCC strips child molester of radio licenses
Universal backs out of condom promo deal
Florida glutton tries out for Japanese eating show

Web Shorts
Medical web site clarifies lab test results
Sony and Yahoo in product pair-up
Would-be Venezuelan emigrants turn to web site
Study: Online life insurance quotes vary wildly
Kids pick new shows for Cartoon Network

People

Jeff Wachtel named EVP of series and long-form programming at the USA Network
Peter L. May to VP of entertainment for Primedia business magazines & media
Celeste Hayes appointed senior account manager for Guideposts magazine
Peter Zeuschner to national advertising sales manager of Discover magazine
Billy Zane to appear in at least three episodes of Fox's 'Boston Public' next season
Kellie Martin joins cast of ABC’s midseason drama 'The Court'
Eddie Kaye Thomas cast as other co-lead for the WB comedy 'Off Centre'
Mark Wolper to produce four-hour miniseries for TNT based on Stephen King’s 'Salem’s Lot'

 

Thursday, August 2, 2001

News Shorts
ABC and CBS split night with orignals
Anchors away! Who'll go first: Tom, Pete or Dan?
Brace yourselves: 'Jerry Springer, The Opera'
Study: TV sex talk is raunchier than ever
Judge to soap actress: You're no celebrity
'West Wing's' Sorkin smoked crack every day

Web Shorts
Football player indicted for eBay fraud
Code Red worm looks like a no-show
Believe it or not, Priceline's in the black
Survey: TV ads whup web ads for driving traffic
Professor to all E.T.s out there: Email me, please

People

Julie Glucksman named head of comedy development at ABC
Susan Kaufman appointed fashion director at Mademoiselle magazine
Lee Barden upped to controller at Comedy Central; Christopher Pergola to SVP and CFO
Lilach Asofsky promoted to SVP of marketing and research at CNBC
Michael Heasley upped to director of new media at the National Geographic Channel; John Fletcher to director of program editing and operations
Tiffani Thiessen to guest star on three episodes of NBC’s 'Just Shoot Me' this fall

 

Friday, August 3, 2001

News Shorts
NBC takes Thursday 18-49s
Senators renew call for raunch-free TV hour
Comedy Central impeaches 'That's My Bush!'
CNN-er nabbed for seeking sex with minor
'Becker' actors fake sick in salary dispute

Web Shorts
NetZero slims down again
Web designer throws a funeral for the internet
Irked investors sue internet stock analyst
Survey: Viruses plague North America computers
Rupe snatches up rest of Indian web portal

People

Philip Taubman to deputy editor of The New York Times
Terry George signs on with Viacom Productions to write, produce and direct an ensemble drama pilot for CBS for fall 2002
Michael Rapaport to appear in 13 episodes of Fox’s 'Boston Public' this next season
Chris Rock signs new two-year deal with HBO
Cheryl Gould upped to VP at NBC News, CNBC nonbusiness primetime and weekend programming
The cast of 'The Brady Bunch' to appear on a special edition of 'Weakest Link' this fall

 

Monday, August 6, 2001

News Shorts
NBC's realities take Sunday in repeats
Time Inc. will relaunch Life as a bookazine
NY Times: Our crossword wasn't anti-gay
Vogue's Anna rethinks request for 'Sex'
'Becker' actors crumble under studio pressure
The skinny on the phony Beatle death story

Web Shorts
Spin.com and Vibe.com go into hibernation
House subcommittee: No net taxes
Instant messaging catching on at work
Annals of webcams: Meet Bertie the Beet
Only in Bavaria: Wired biergarten opens

People

Patrick O'Connor and Scott Neslund to SVPs of Starcom MediaVest Group
Stacie Seifrit named VP of marketing and media at UPN
Kristen Guertin Graham promoted to VP of talent relations at Fox Broadcasting
Farrah Fawcett to appear in at least two episodes of ABC's 'Spin City' this fall

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2001

News Shorts
Good #s for ABC pigskin romp
CNN's Isaacson asks GOP-ers for feedback
'Sopranos' star says bye-bye to his alibi 
Will networks choose to lose booze taboos?
'All My Children' jewelry for sale on HSN
At last, a Romanian take on 'Temptation Island'

Web Shorts
New, nastier worm on the loose
NFL nabs richest-ever internet sports rights deal
NY Times and FT swapping online content
Over 25,000 pay to see 'Big Brother 2' online
Newspapers downloadable via cell phone

People

Beverly Cogan named executive director of fashion & retail at GQ magazine; Jeffrey Greif to international advertising director
Kenneth Li becomes a senior reporter at Inside.com and Brill’s Content; John Cook joins Inside.com as a senior reporter
Barry Wallach named EVP of NBC Enterprises
Jon Andrade appointed advertising sales manager of Ser Padres magazine
'Mr. Belvedere' Christopher Hewett died Friday at the age of 80
Kitt Williams named SVP of sales for Milesource.com
Bob Reid appointed GM and EVP at the Discovery Health Channel
John Leguizamo signs seven-figure deal with CBS to help create and star in an action drama

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

News Shorts
Clear Channel slapped with antitrust suit
ABC ties NBC in 18-49s
CBS says Rather will pass on Condit interview
Tina's Talk gets shut out of the White House
'Moneyline' goes head-to-head with 'Biz Center'
CNN-ABC news partnership talks heat up

Web Shorts
Breakup blues: Bill G. courts the Supremes
Study: Chicago employs most techies
Fed flatfoots mum on mob-busting software
Annals of the web: Man chops off feet, for a fee
McDonald’s opens cybercafe in Israel

People

Erik Schear named account manager at T&L Golf magazine
Robert F. Brandt to leave post as VP and managing editor at Newsday; Robert Keane replaces him
Jamie Foxx to host the 18th annual 'MTV Video Music Awards'
Paul Haggis steps down as showrunner on CBS’s 'Family Law'
Gary Busey and Joe Piscopo to guest star on NBC’s 'Law & Order' this fall

 

Thursday, August 9, 2001

News Shorts
ABC wins 18-49s with 'Wayne Brady'
Gay group to GLAAD: We're real, so there
Splitsville? No, says Sumner, Mel's my main man
New, big-window studios for CNN
'90210' actress sued in fatal traffic accident

Web Shorts
Jupiter: Online ad market is imploding
Disney reassigns its TV web sites
Comedy Central relaunches e-commerce section
Gretzky’s jersey and stick are up for auction
Doctor's out: Praxis Post goes on hiatus

People

Mike Haggerty named SVP and managing director at Media Planning
Anne Heche signs one-year deal with Warner Bros. Television to star in her own TV series
Garfield voice Lorenzo Music dead at the age of 64
Phillippa Boyens to adapt first three novels of the 'Earthsea' saga for the Sci Fi channel
Stacey Luchs named executive director of media relations and publicity at David E. Kelley Productions
Tyne Daly signs long-term contract with CBS to continue her role on 'Judging Amy'
'The District' co-creator and supervising producer Jack Maple dead at the age of 48

 

Friday, August 10, 2001

News Shorts
Boost for 'Big Bro 2'
Time Inc. buys sub lists from two folded titles
'Sex's' Kim C. hawks cameras on cable news
Coming soon: Robot newspaper reporters
Census shows more HHs than ever with TVs
Woman sues MTV over bathroom stall footage

Web Shorts
Playboy lays off web staffers
Salon attracts new funding and lets go 14
Study: MSN and AOL irritate consumers
This e-book will self-destruct
Flooz.com goes dark
Yahoo plugs services via IM windows

People

Paul Carstensen named design director at Health magazine
J.P. Kyrillos promoted to associate publisher of Maxim magazine
Bryce Zabel to take over as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Chris Myers hired as studio host for the USA network’s 2001 U.S. Open Tennis Championship coverage
Oliver Platt signs one-year talent deal at CBS to star in a project targeted for fall 2002
Adam Lashinsky leaves TheStreet.com after more than two years as a columnist

 

Monday, August 13, 2001

News Shorts
CBS and Fox win in Sunday reruns
MTV gussies up site, adding cross-media ad deals
'Iyanla,' syndie's great hope, debuts today
'M*A*S*H' director Rafkin dies at 73
Everyone wants Katie Couric
In the works: Two Katherine Graham biopics
Judge: WWF.com is for wildlife, not wrestling

Web Shorts
TheGlobe.com shuts down
Bush’s adopted hometown opens web café
Web site follows Kursk salvage operation
Germans and French are biggest porn surfers

People

Giles Lundberg promoted to EVP of research and marketing at Fox
Former Glamour publisher Deborah Fine named president of Avon Products Inc.
Dan Greenblatt to retire from his post as EVP of sales at Warner Bros.
'That '70s Show' producers Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, Mark Brazill and Linda Wallem to develop a sitcom based on the early 1980s for Fox
Mary McDonnell and Michael Gross to appear on NBC’s 'ER' as the parents of Noah Wyle's Dr. Carter this fall

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2001

News Shorts
Repeating 'Raymond' wins night for CBS
Johnny Knoxville: I'm quitting 'Jackass'
Interesting if true: CNN courting Rush Limbaugh
Dunning booted from helm at Ziff Davis
Real Simple raising its rate base to 900,000

Web Shorts
AOL Time Warner cuts online staff
Coffee Cam finds a new home
Graphic designer may keep Armani.com
Mexican political party runs dating site
DSL growth hits brick wall

People

David Woodruff named Detroit sales manager at G+J USA
Tim Hanlon and Andrew Swinand elected VPs at Starcom North America
Cary Elwes joins the cast of Fox’s 'The X-Files'
Bob Boden named SVP of programming at the Game Show Network
Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave to headline HBO’s telefilm 'A Lonely War'

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2001

News Shorts
ABC wins households and splits 18-49s
Crystal takes job vacated by Carey at G+J
New top editor at Reader's Digest
Univision a takeover target? That's the buzz.
Fox gives '24' the big-screen treatment
Sony to Oregon: No more fake reviews
Final approval on actors' contract

Web Shorts
NewsStand’s first digital paper: The Australian
Web sites are packed with tracking bugs
AOL and eBay continue joint marketing
History museum sets up online exhibit
24/7 lops off European branch


People

Lisa Pols to VP and GM of media sales and marketing at Time Inc.
Joseph B. Earley promoted to SVP of publicity and corporate communications at Fox
Claire Lieberman appointed West Coast manager for HomeStyle magazine
Jim Liberatore named president of Speedvision Networks
Kevin MacLellan appointed SVP of international at E! Networks
Hank Azaria and Ja'Net DuBois win Emmys for voice-over performance
Ming-Na to stay on NBC's 'ER' through the 2002-03 season
Brad Pitt to host and narrate Animal Planet's documentary 'Growing Up Grizzly'

 

Thursday, August 16, 2001

News Shorts
Another win for ABC's 'Wayne Brady'
'Big Bro 2' finale pitted against 'Friends' premiere
'Miss America Pageant' adopting 'Survivor' tactics
MTV: Um, no, 'Jackass' is still on, really
NAACP revives network boycott threats

Web Shorts
Some 'dot.info' adopters may be cybersquatters
Egghead.com sells assets to Fry’s
AA.com launches TV ads on MarketWatch.com
Judge: Yahoo need not divulge IDs
Study: Investors rack up most time online

People

Kim Booth returns to Palisades Media Group as SVP and broadcast director
Chris Mitchell appointed head of sales at The New Yorker
Mike Hale promoted to EVP and chief marketing officer at Starz Encore Group
Douglas Friedman joins Lions Gate Television as SVP of worldwide television marketing
Erin Gough and Jeff Ingold promoted to VPs of current series programs at NBC
Former Chicago Daily News veteran Robert L. Rose passes away at age 77
Carson Daly named host of NBC’s 'Later'

 

Friday, August 17, 2001

News Shorts
'Big Bro 2' loses to 'Millionaire' and 'Will and Grace'
The WB: We're off to the land of 'Oz'
More charges of rigged reality: 'Manhunt'
CNN in talks with ABC and CBS to swap news
Big ad $ slide for newspapers: 8.4 percent

Web Shorts
Porn ads selling briskly in Germany
Beantown MDs dispense online advice, for a fee
UK launches its own ‘Pig Brother’
Panel of judges OKs web access to court records
As school starts, traffic to college sites soars
Film studios team in internet movie delivery venture

People

Allison Barnes and Natalie Conway elected VPs at Starcom North America
Steven Lewis named SVP of production at Diplomatic; Andrew Siegal to VP of production
Willow Bay to come back to CNN
Bill Brassine rejoins Right Place Media as a media supervisor; Joey Banks to media supervisor
M.P. Kelleher named sales manager of the Boston office of National Cable Communications
Snoop Dogg to guest-star on the season premiere of NBC's 'Just Shoot Me'
'Survivor' winner Richard Hatch to appear on 'Blind Date' during November sweeps
Sandra Bullock to team with producer Bruce Helford to produce a midseason series for ABC
'3rd Rock' vet French Stewart signs one-year development deal with Fox to develop and star in a comedy project

 

Monday, August 20, 2001

News Shorts
CBS ties for Sunday 18-49s with 'Tin Cup'
Variety editor suspended for bad behavior
U.S. News's 'Best Colleges' issue under fire
AOL TW creates new mega ad sales unit

Web Shorts
Jackie Chan generates buzz online
Beenz.com cashes out
Excite@Home lays off 200 staffers
Email is for flirting in UK offices
Hendrix house still a steal on eBay

People

Larry Blasius joins Magna Global USA as SVP and director of U.S. broadcast negotiations; Steven Sternberg to SVP and director of audience analysis
Forest Whitaker to star in CBS’s TV movie 'Fall from the Sky'
Kathleen Hays joins CNN’s 'Moneyline' team
Joe Collins named chairman of new interactive video division at AOL Time Warner Cable

 

Tuesday, August 21, 2001

News Shorts
ABC pigskin wins young'uns
'Manhunt' contestant tells FCC it was rigged
ABC's Chung scores the first Condit interview
UPN may turn over corner logo to sponsors
'Soul Train' to MTV: Quit hogging the stars

Web Shorts
CitySearch gets a makeover
Engage cuts staff and puts media biz up for sale
Excite@Home: We might not make it
Third world countries create web news service
Coming to your computer: TV
Peter Gabriel launches music download service 

People

Patricia Heaton to sign two-year deal to continue on CBS's 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
Gail Day named publisher of Forbes FYI
Anita Busch to co-write new column with Beth Laski for Premiere magazine
Daniel Lovinger named SVP of integrated sales of Primedia's Business-to-Business Group

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2001

News Shorts
ABC takes households, splitting 18-49s
Messy Gumbel divorce ends in settlement
'Survivor' champ Hatch arrested for assault
Burrows sues Warner Bros. over 'Friends' profits
Fetish publisher fights Hearst for 'O' name
Tech investors' revenge: Dot.com toilet paper

Web Shorts
Houston promises free web access for all
EBay tees up for Tiger Woods auction
Survey: Web's a great boon for high school kids
Penguin Books is launching online library
IAB: Sue Gator.com

People

Brett Weitz named director of drama development for Sony Pictures Entertainment
Ray Rodriguez promoted to president and COO at Univision
Cindy McConkey appointed VP of communications at Scripps Networks
'Speed' director Jan De Bont to sign with cable channel FX to produce the miniseries 'Eater'
Jack Cafferty to host new morning business and news show on CNN

 

Thursday, August 23, 2001

News Shorts
'Big Bro 2' kicks 'Brady' butt
Fairchild puts much-touted WWD.com on ice
CNN to provide content for car dealer network
Straight talk from Felix Dennis on 'Moneyline'
NBC switches off low-rated 'Downer Channel'
TNN adds new wrestling and reality shows

Web Shorts
Songwriters and music publishers sue MP3.com
Excite@Home fires pessimistic accounting firm
Hannibal Lecter items on eBay for charity
AtomShockwave primps and adds commercials
AOL Time Warner axes yet more internet staffers

People

Tim Farish and Deb Medsker elected VPs at Starcom North America
Jim Samples named EVP and GM at the Cartoon Network
Tony Danza to host this year’s 81st annual Miss America pageant
Brian Philips appointed SVP and GM of MTV's Country Music Television cable network
Lloyd Braun renews contract for five years as co-chairman of the ABC Entertainment Television Group

 

Friday, August 24, 2001

News Shorts
Connie doing Condit wows 23 million
O.J. will get off-da-hook (again) at rap concert
NAACP boss disavows talk show ambitions
The Source co-owner in police dust-up
Fox brings eating shows to the zaftig U.S.

Web Shorts
Croaked support Microsoft from beyond the grave
Yahoo battles Sex.com over link
NCAA sues domain usurper
Online shoppers spent $4 billion in July
James Bond fan site leaks detail of new movie


People

Valerie Muller resigns from MediaCom position of SVP and director of print services
Bill Tucker tapped as host and managing editor of the syndicated 'BusinessWeek'
Ann Blakey appointed VP of business development at the National Geographic Channel
Vanessa Marcil cast in ABC’s 'NYPD Blue'
TV’s 'Incredible Hulk' Lou Ferrigno signs on to be a 'Manhunter' on the still-in-development reality series 'Danger Island'
John Ritter to host Travel Channel's 'TV Road Trip'
Barbara Walters to interview singer Mariah Carey for the Sept. 12 edition of ABC’s '20/20'

 

Monday, August 27, 2001

News Shorts
Wee sluggers give households to ABC
So who controls the media? Here's a peek.
How Connie's Condit quiz stacks up, #s-wise
Early dope on next 'Survivor' series
Coming, perhaps, Spruce TV
Milosevic rings up Fox network from jail   

Web Shorts
Chicago paper's site deploys 15-sec. TV ads
ESPN.com snaps up SportsJones
Sony yanks R-rated web movie trailer
Tribune and Knight Ridder nab HeadHunter.net
Metalhead peddles web site for £666

People

Danny Comden signs a one-year mid-six-figure deal with ABC and Touchstone Television to topline detective comedy pilot
Singer Sisqó to guest star on the Sept. 14 season premiere of the WB’s 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch'
'Father of the Bride' director Charles Shyer to helm and produce 'Long Ago and Far Away' for Hyde Park Entertainment

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2001

News Shorts
ABC in pigskin sweep
Revamped 'Moneyline' foiled by blackout
Industry Standard files for bankruptcy
Tiger burns bright for CBS on Sunday night
Reality show sends husband-hunters to Alaska
Canada's Black eyes NY Post and Wash. Times

Web Shorts
Survey: Few trust either AOL or Microsoft
South Koreans are world's biggest surfers
Flooz.com closes and files for bankruptcy
Toyota launches new Camry on MSN and AOL
Yahoo and Pax TV team up in promotion

People

Jeremy Harris named SVP of consumer marketing for Starz Encore
Jon Favreau to host and produce IFC's 'Dinner for Five' Thanksgiving Day special

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

News Shorts
Unscripted shows take Tuesday night
Primedia employees sue for dot.com dollars
Aniston: Believe me, 'Friends' is so over
More knife threats in 'Big Brother' house
'Becker' actors take pay dispute to court
'Home Improvement' star sues his folks

Web Shorts
Andrew Lloyd Webber impostor on Amazon
Dot.com job cuts slow down
IAB condemns Gator.com and Gator bites back
CNN will launch Arabic site
Madonna home for sale on eBay

People

Jill Vannatta and Charlie Walter elected VPs of Starcom North America
Oren Lieber promoted to director of national accounts at Fox Cable Networks Group
Christine Oldenbrook named VP of audience marketing for Primedia business magazines & media
Steven Brookstein named SVP of sales, marketing, and corporate communications for Diva
Retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark signs on as an on-air military analyst for CNN

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2001

News Shorts
'Glimmer Man' gives night to ABC
Ziff Davis boots web chief in newest shakeup
The end draws nearer for $-challenged Detour
Suspended Variety editor goes back to work
CBS to kick off awards season with AFI special
'Becker' actors settle salary dispute
Ruling due next week on 'Sopranos' suit

Web Shorts
EBay and Columbia TriStar team up in TV series
MP3.com will offer videos and games
Hacker hits skinhead hate site
Comcast and Cox ditch Excite@Home
Voice of America jinxes Chinese web filters

People

Dylan McDermott to appear on ABC’s 'The Practice' through the 2003-04 season
Steve Simpson named VP and GM at Fox Sports Net West and Fox Sports Net West 2
Jack Essig promoted to national advertising director at Men’s Journal

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2001

News Shorts
Quiet death for Fox's 'Murder'
Vanity Fair unveils New Establishment power list
Britney Spears in PETA-cheetah flap
Man sets world records for TV viewing
'Jeopardy!' cranks up the cash flow
Indian birth control: Watch more television

Web Shorts
Yahoo, web's college sports broadcast king
Coming soon: Pay your taxes online
Madonna show pumps up HBO.com traffic
Dubya unveils new White House web site
Brazilian brothel puts its red light online

People

David C. Arpin joins the Magazine Publishers of America as senior vice president of research
Linda Platzner to president and group publisher of Teen Magazines at Primedia Inc.; Ellen Abramowitz to publisher of Teen magazine; Lauren Fisher to publisher of Youth Entertainment Group
Marty Wilke named local sales manager at WGN-TV in Chicago
Bob Cohen upped to president of Clear Channel Communications international division

 

Thursday, September 6, 2001

News Shorts
'20/20' tops 'Amazing Race' and 'Lost'
News Corp. sinks lads-in-plaids title Max Golf
Fox News fires CNN-bound Paula Zahn
Discovery snaps up rival health network
Lost remote brings death for Florida woman
Court TV sues to get inside NY courtrooms

Web Shorts
Disney and News Corp. in online video deal
French judge opens hearings on web censorship
AOL sued over chat room hate speech
Yahoo will sell e-books
Merrill Lynch cuts net ad forecast

People

Shane Ankeney named media director and senior partner at Carmichael Lynch
Forrester Research president William M. Bluestein dead at age 44 of a heart attack
Janna Zaidspiner appointed regional sales manager for the New York office of Entrepreneur
Jason Roth named communications director at Outside
Charles O. Glenn upped to VP of public relations at Univision Communications

 

Friday, September 7, 2001 

News Shorts
Fresh 'Whose Line' and 'Primetime' win for ABC
ABC adopts high-def format for most shows
UPN prez sues UPN for breach of contract
Hachette cuts 5% from business side
AOL TW, News Corp. in talks with Chinese gov't
The next programming craze: Psychics galore

Web Shorts
Justice Department drops Microsoft breakup
ESPN.com will furnish MSN sports news
WSJ launches RealEstateJournal.com
Disney relaunches ABC.com
Belo: We're putting the CueCat to sleep

People

Producer Laura Ziskin named producer of the 74th Annual Academy Awards telecast
Jay Linden promoted to EVP of the new NBC Connect division
David Moss named CEO of interactive TV company Canal+Technologies
Donald J. Holtz named CEO of Benchmarketing Analytics LLC; Andrea D. Shantz to president

 

Monday, September 10, 2001

News Shorts
Regular-season football win for Fox
Gossip: AOL TW in bid for AT&T Broadband
Back to monthly freq for humbled Red Herring
Porn godfather faces $45M harassment suit
Fox News to new CNN-er Zahn: Good riddance
Intrepid ABC in new reality-marriage show  

Web Shorts
Goto.com gets a new name: Overture Networks
Bid-athon: Meet the Pope, dine with Travolta
CNET ditches News.com TV
Brit lawyers nailed for intercepted smarmy emails
Sony scraps eMarker name-that-tune device

People

Chris Kattan to leave NBC’s 'Saturday Night Live' at the end of this season
Jack Rotherham named associate publisher of Teen People
Rick Rosen elected president of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

News Shorts
Regular-season football win for Fox
Yankees unveil plans for cable network
GE's Welch: Election Night meddler?
Group protests child-targeted advertising
FCC wants radio stations to tape themselves
CBS and Fox settle 'Boot Camp' copyright spat

Web Shorts
Goal! Yahoo will run World Cup site
The new Ocean's 11: Rat Pack hackers
Heavy traffic drives through auto sites
Wine.com’s remains are up for auction
Mystery chess champ may be Fischer

People

Andrew Rosenthal to assistant managing editor at The New York Times; Roger Cohen to acting foreign editor
Rochelle Udell and Stephen Dowdell out at WWD.com
Alec Baldwin to portray former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in HBO's original movie 'Path to War'
Frank Sesno leaving his position as SVP and Washington, D.C., bureau chief at CNN
Cindi Reding promoted to VP of technology for Primedia business magazines & media
A memorial to be held Thursday for former Tribune Media Services EVP of sales and marketing Seymour Kaplan

 

Thursday, September 13, 2001

People

'Frasier' co-creator David Angell and his wife, Lynn, died on the hijacked American Airlines Flight #11
Jeff Mladenik and Andrew Curry Green of Cahners died on American Airlines Flight #11
CNN legal correspondent, author and lawyer Barbara Olson died on American Airlines Flight #77
Media lawyer Karen A. Kincaid died on the American Airlines Flight #77 which collided into the Pentagon

 

Friday, September 14, 2001

People

'Frasier' co-creator David Angell and his wife, Lynn, died on the hijacked American Airlines Flight #11
Jeff Mladenik and Andrew Curry Green of Cahners died on American Airlines Flight #11
CNN legal correspondent, author and lawyer Barbara Olson died on American Airlines Flight #77
Media lawyer Karen A. Kincaid died on the American Airlines Flight #77 which collided into the Pentagon

Correction: Yesterday Media Life wrongly reported that an employee of The Media Edge lost his wife in one of the planes that was hijacked by terrorists. Media Life regrets the error.

 

Monday, September 17, 2001

News Shorts
Palestinian Authority blocks media access
TV newsman busted for lying to cops
Reality contestant, a fireman, feared dead at WTC
FCC votes to rethink ownership limits
'Baywatch' star arrested for drug possession
Emmys pushed back; Miss America will go on  

Web Shorts
'The Americans': 1973 Canadian editorial redux
Who's hot? Nostradamus, of course.
EBay bans sale of attack debris
FAA cracks down on e-ticket sales
FBI scanning the internet for disaster clues

People

Derek Leedy and Jim Stadelman return to Mediasmith as media account manager and manager of interactive buying, respectively
Jon Bon Jovi and Elton John to appear on Fox’s 'Ally McBeal' this coming season

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

News Shorts
ABC tops with news special
Fox follows Big Three in pushing back season
NYDN puts Express on hiatus, citing safety
Hollywood Reporter names a new top pencil
Humor on hold in late night and elsewhere
Clear Channel embarrassed by no-play list
Unwitting Fox News plugs Scientology hotline
Networks mull a telethon for disaster victims

Web Shorts
Microsoft offers patch for flight game
EBay: We'll raise $100 million for WTC victims
Trial begins for Kournikova virus creator
Red Cross banners dot the web
Amazon repairs glitch

People

Gina Felix joins National Cable Communications as an account executive in Dallas
Longtime 'Tonight Show' producer Fred de Cordova dead at the age of 90
TheStreet.com’s markets commentator Bill Meehan still unaccounted for in the wake of the WTC tragedy
William Day upped to CEO of About.com at Primedia

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

News Shorts
Newsmagazines still lure eyeballs
Stars aplenty sign on for pan-network telethon
Some advertisers irked over People WTC special
ABC decides to give WTC footage a rest
CNN reporter fights to stay in Afghanistan
OAA shows its support with 'United' billboards

Web Shorts
New email worm attacks week after WTC strike
Poynter Institute archives front pages online
Military site sees a big upswing in traffic
Omen? Wizards site lists Jordan as player.
Yahoo postpones online music awards

People

Donald Sutherland joins the cast of HBO's original movie 'Path to War'
Thomas F. Burchill named chairman and CEO of broadcast advertising software provider MITRA Technologies

 

Thursday, September 20, 2001

News Shorts
Chilly waters for 'Wolf Lake'
Sponsors yank ads from 'Politically Incorrect'
Judge tosses out 'Sopranos' lawsuit
Last CNN reporter forced to leave Afghanistan
Media companies take big financial hits

Web Shorts
CNN.com ranks as top news site in crisis
Freespeech.org is no longer free
Victoria’s Secret wins cybersquatting case
AskJeeves acquires search engine Teoma
Yahoo will charge for personal ad listings

People

Bernard Kalb to step down from role as panelist on CNN's 'Reliable Sources'
Geoff Lewis named editorial director for the financial services group at Primedia
John Driscoll named managing editor of AmericanStyle magazine
Rick McCabe and Sheryl Spain named associate directors of communications for Sports Illustrated
Gavyn Davies named chairman of the BBC
Patrick Swayze signs on to star in the military drama series 'C.I.D.'

 

Friday, September 21, 2001

News Shorts
Americans choose NBC for Bush address
Another Premiere editor gets the boot
Celebs will take calls at tonight's telethon
IOC head given power to cancel Winter Games
CBS pulls 'Agency' pilot with bin Laden references
NYT to re-reissue morning-after paper
Cheating investigation on Brit 'Millionaire'

Web Shorts
Attacks push ‘sex’ out of top searches
Hacker alters news story on Yahoo
Air travel slump fells Biztravel.com
Lawsuit over PC-proofed Charley Pride CD
Dow Jones starts Wall St. rebuilding newsletter

People

Ricardo Rodriguez promoted to EVP of international content for Discovery Networks International
Eric Lewald named SVP at DIC Entertainment
Brian Mulligan resigns from position of chairman of Fox Television
Merrick Musolf appointed West coast advertising manager at Technology Review
Sandie Milberg upped to director of marketing for Interep Interactive
Elizabeth Greenway Murphy named VP of sales for the American Town Network
Annemarie Iverson to editor in chief of Seventeen and editorial director of Primedia's teen magazine publishing unit

 

Monday, September 24, 2001

News Shorts
'Practice' debut sweeps for ABC
NFL ponders moving the Super Bowl
WTC attackers not 'terrorists' to Reuters
In the works: animated 'Millionaire' for kids
Football announcers stay away from war talk
'Politically Incorrect' dropped from 3 stations

Web Shorts
Government web sites swamped
Halt to some WTC-related domain names
E-commerce is weathering recession
Ranks of black web surfers increase dramatically
Voyeur Dorm may continue filming

People

Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson sign exclusive deal with HBO to develop series for HBO and other networks
Kristin Peace named VP of development at Paramount Domestic Television
James H. Beecher named VP and GM of Asset Alternatives

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

News Shorts
Pigskin prevails for ABC
Curvy-woman fashion title Mode closes up shop
Standard's assets fetch $1.4M in sale
CBS nixes plan to have 'Survivor 4' in Jordan
'West Wing' will address terrorism in premiere

Web Shorts
‘Dot.info’ web addresses go live
CNN Palestinian celebration email hoax lives on
UpsideToday goes dark
New virus spreading: ‘War vote’
Jacko swap-proofs his latest single

People

Bruce Brandfon appointed publisher of Scientific American magazine
Jerry Kent resigns from position of CEO and president of cable operator Charter CommunicationAnchorman Lou Waters to leave CNN
Jimmy Smits signs new seven-figure multi-year deal with ABC

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

News Shorts
Weak start for 'Emeril' on a crowded night
Michael Jordan returns to NBA as a Wizard
Ziff Davis picks ABC vet as new CEO
Emmy Awards toned down in revamp
WB and TNT will air Lennon tribute benefit
'Survivor's' Richard convicted of assault

Web Shorts
Layoffs and bankruptcy talk dog Excite@Home
Online media broker Mediapassage calls it quits
Showtime offering pay-per-view Kiss concert
Napster settles with songwriters and publishers
AskJeeves starts selling its search software

People

Jennifer Behre and Mary Murcko named associate publishers of W
Lana Corbi appointed president and CEO for Crown Media
John Filippelli appointed EVP of production and programming of the YES Network
George Carlin to perform his fourth live standup special for HBO on November 17
Elizabeth Berkley to co-star on Fox’s 'Titus'
Linda Thomas Brooks, Karen Edwards, Jack Griffin, Chan Su, Deborah Wahl, Tony Wright and Anne Kallin Zehren inducted into Advertising Hall of Achievement
Daniel Riley named Detroit advertising director at People magazine

 

Thursday, September 27, 2001

News Shorts
Reality shows bested by scripted fare
Creditors take control of Upside Media
'SNL' producer: No Bush impressions this week
Talk to publish Chelsea Clinton essay
News nets have new reporters in Afghanistan
Brit 'Millionaire' cheating suspect hits back

Web Shorts
Yahoo introduces webcast services
Chinese web censors lift controls on U.S. news sites
Salon introduces ads that are more intrusive still
NetZero-Juno merger is final
PSAs fight hacking

People

Robb Dalton named president of programming and production at Twentieth Television
Hayley Moss appointed VP of production at Fox World

 

Friday, September 28, 2001

News Shorts
NBC wins big with 'Friends' + 'ER' premieres
Paul McCartney and the Who in VH1 benefit gig
Primetime viewing hit all-time high last season
Rupe, Ted, Sumner reunite on Forbes 400 list
Study: Hispanics still shut out of network shows
ABC bumps 'The Job' premiere to November

Web Shorts
About.com fires workers and shifts focus
MLB.com stretches dollars with pay press pass
Motley Fool lays off staff
Archivists catalog net reaction to attacks
TV's 'Tribute to Heroes' site draws droves

People

John Rollins to step down as president of Spin magazine at the end of October
Chris Connelly to host ESPN’s interview show 'Unscripted'

 

Monday, October 1, 2001

News Shorts
Debuting 'Alias' bests 'L&O'
Curtain falls on Brill’s Contentville
Emmys in dual-coast broadcast over flying fears
Brit girl expires after viewing FHM spread
MPA switches magazine conference to New York

Web Shorts
Standard.com shutters site
Oops. Crosshairs snipped from airport web site.
Excite@Home officially files for Chapter 11
Pop band Simply Red sells virtual concert access
German dot.com takes on banner blockers

People

Christopher P. Wightman named publisher of Golf magazine
Beverly Weissman Cogan to associate publisher of DNR magazine
Marc Nathanson tapped as head of Charter Communications
Jeanne Tripplehorn signs one-year development deal with NBC

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

News Shorts
CBS pushes back Monday night football
Oprah and Martha among Fortune's power women
'Judging Amy' star sues to leave the show
'Schwartz' actress faces manslaughter charge
Fox News steals CNN's Afghanistan man
'Survivor 3': Hungrier and smellier than ever

Web Shorts
Salon: Pay up for our crisis coverage
FTC shuts down a major cybersquatter
Mattel launches Latina Barbie site 
Dot.com layoffs slacken further
Coke challenges post-attack ad spoofs

People

Tom Brennan named senior account executive in the New York office of Green Light Worldwide Media Inc.
Andrea Berry promoted to SVP of field operations for Fox Sports Television Group
Bill Hogan tapped as head of programming for the Hallmark Channel
Jerry Bruckheimer signs new pilot deal with CBS

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2001

News Shorts
Returning old favorites win eyeballs
Super Bowl will stay in New Orleans
News Corp. warns of lower-than-expected profits
Reality TV gets even more degrading
'Third Watch' to air 3 episodes on WTC disaster

Web Shorts
DoubleClick buying L90’s tech assets
Terrorism fears pull sensitive data off-line
Jupiter Media Metrix slashes jobs
Priceline founder sets up anti-terror site
Coming someday: Email-able phone numbers

People

Wally Buchleitner to head the advertising sales effort in the Southeast market for Mutual Funds magazine
Rupert Everett to star in new comedy for NBC as a British ambassador stationed in Washington, D.C.
Pat Croce, Jayson Williams and Mike Fratello join NBC’s 'NBA on NBC'
Jenny McCarthy signs seven-figure holding deal with ABC and Touchstone Television

Thursday, October 4, 2001

News Shorts
'West Wing' premiere pulls big numbers
Nasty Shannen sentenced to trash pick-up
NBC has sold 90 percent of Olympic ad time
More layoffs at tech publisher CMP
Darn, no Rivers gals at this year's Emmys
Terrorism bill lets cops inspect cable records

Web Shorts
NYTimes.com launches business e-newsletter
San Francisco bans library internet filters
IAB mounts an online privacy campaign
Alloy acquires Gen Y boys’ marketer
Salon pulls prison-boxing piece for plagiarism

People

Bill Walters named VP of advertising sales at the Burly Bear Network; Andrew Budkofsky to VP of sales and partnerships
Bryan Hackmyer joins Winstar Interactive Media as regional sales manager in New York; Rachel Jarvis to Midwest regional sales manager
Kevin Wolfson appointed account manager in the Southeast region at Arbitron; Martha Walton named an account manager
Janice Arouh to SVP of affiliate marketing for the Fox Cable Networks Group
Emily Dougherty joins Nylon magazine as deputy editor; Michael Carl to market director
Justin B. Smith brought on as GM for The Week
Scott Silverstein upped to SVP and general sales manager of advertising sales at USA Network
Mary Hart signs five-year deal to stay on as host of 'Entertainment Tonight'
Dan Futterman to exit CBS’s 'Judging Amy' next month

Friday, October 5, 2001

News Shorts
NBC shows its Thursday stuff
Host of syndicated 'Link' not quite so rabid
Island life makes a comeback in 'Survivor 4'
Larry King eyeing a move to Fox News?
'Mr. Show' co-creator in new Fox sketch show
Clear Channel denies strong-arming charge

Web Shorts
Brit PM Tony Blair’s web site is swamped
UK shutters alleged jihad-training site
Jingoist hackers on a defacing spree
Grandparents.com calls it quits
Monster.com trimming 10% of its staff

People

C. Patrick Garner steps down as CEO at Motley Fool
Roberta Thomas joins Wicks Business Information as VP and group publisher
Rick Flaste named features editor at the Los Angeles Times
Anita Rao Keech to Los Angeles sales director of Gourmet magazine
Vince Bielski joins the editorial staff of MBA Jungle as executive editor
Jennifer Cross named manager of sales at JD Jungle magazine
Anchor and reporter Shepard Smith signs three-year deal with Fox News
Andrew Amill named publisher of Footwear News; Rich Zeldes to associate publisher of housewares
Greg Phillips named director of media relations for Fox Sports Net North
Hannah McCaughey brought on as the new creative director at Outside magazine

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2001

News Shorts
Rookie 'Crossing Jordan' is three for three
Rush Limbaugh: I'm almost totally deaf
'Danny' becomes new season's first casualty
Telemundo cuts staff as NBC and Viacom circle
Anthrax scare in Enquirer publisher's office
Emmy planners may scrap live format
CNN resolves tiff over exclusive footage

Web Shorts
College rankings boost USNews.com visits
Travelocity cuts positions
Columbia names Online Journalism Award finalists
MSNBC.com pairs with Hispanic Broadcasting
FuckedCompany.com founder sets up porn shop

People

Marilyn Holstein named managing editor of Budget Travel magazine
Ivey Van Allen adds Fox Television stations to existing duties as VP of media relations at Twentieth Television
Kevin Rahm joins CBS's 'Judging Amy' as a regular
Matt Danilowicz to VP of business development at ParkerVision Inc.
Jamie Kennedy to host new hidden-camera reality/comedy series for the WB
Bob Baskerville promoted to SVP of production at Scripps Productions
Dan Bagan named publishing director of Supermarket News

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

News Shorts
CBS's emerging strength on Tuesday
Ten-hut! Emmy planners consider army base
Andersen departs shaky Primedia-Brill venture
Freed, Brit journo tells tale of Taliban captivity
WSJ and Barron's hike up their ad rates
Comedy Central renews three Sunday series

Web Shorts
Anti-terrorist hackers get out their messages
Photo site GatherRound.com goes under
Slate.com traffic soars
Visits to travel sites rebound
Netcentives declares bankruptcy
Correction: USNews.com was No. 10

People

Wenda Harris Millard named chief advertising sales officer at Yahoo
Rick Meril and Bill Marcus named SVPs of sales at Warner Bros. Domestic Television and Telepictures Distribution, respectively
Ray Rodriguez moves up to president and COO at Univision Networks
Carl Vogel selected as president and CEO of Charter Communications
Computer hacker Kevin Mitnick to guest star on ABC’s spy drama 'Alias' on Oct. 28
Shelley Cohn named retail director for GQ magazine
Francesca Goodwin joins Real Simple magazine as special events director; Joanne Kroeger to promotion director
'I Dream of Jeannie' star Barbara Eden to guest on WB's 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'

 

Thursday, October 11, 2001

News Shorts
Hurting #s for 'Jim' and 'Wolf'
Oxygen lays off 80 in online pullback
'Survivor' in outtakes deal with RealNetworks
'Most Wanted' joins fight against terrorists
Networks pledge caution with bin Laden videos
CBS to air 'Agency' episode with anthrax plot
WWII vet sues LA Times for calling him a liar

Web Shorts
Oops, CNN.com, Britney Spears is not dead
Another victory for freelance journalists
Yahoo: Our traffic is undercounted
Made-for-TV PSAs will hit email inboxes
Expired celebrity domain names are poached

People

Paul FitzPatrick named EVP and COO of Crown Media Holdings
Mistrella Egan becomes director of public relations for the business end at Glamour magazine
J.P. Perkins named advertising director at Parents magazine; Robert Leibowitz to national accounts director
Will Ferrell to impersonate host James Lipton on Bravo’s 'Inside the Actors Studio' for its 100th episode on Oct. 14

 

Friday, October 12, 2001

News Shorts
Hurting #s for 'Jim' and 'Wolf'
FBI: American Media anthrax attack was 'isolated'
Docs say Rush Limbaugh may hear again
Ted Turner critiques U.S. foreign policy
'Nightline' draws fire for airing doomsday scenario

Web Shorts
Office workers going for streaming media
Sesame Street’s Bert pops up in bin Laden photos
Fantasy gamer’s death is faked
Microsoft teams with the NHL to stream hockey
Playboy.com lays off members of web staff

People

Don Mischer steps down as executive producer of the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Nichele Hoskins named senior editor at Health magazine
Oprah Winfrey and GE chief Jack Welch confirmed as attendees at the American Magazine Conference 2001
Chris Noth will appear on a two-part episode of NBC’s 'Crossing Jordan' during November sweeps
Mimi Leder signs deal with the Fox network to direct and executive produce a pilot
Bill Cort named marketing director for the Reader's Digest Home Improvement Group

 

Monday, October 15, 2001

News Shorts
Most fickle Sunday viewers
ABC forges partnership with Arab news network
Congress OKs anti-terrorism cable laws
Newspapers warned not to be tools of bin Laden
WTC disaster worked into CBS sitcom premise

Web Shorts
Anti-anthrax marketers rushing to the web
'Survivor 3' excitement boosts traffic to EW.com
Explaining Bert's ties to bin Laden
Coming, solid numbers on Flash ad performance
Weak ad sales sink DoubleClick's bottom line

People

John Billock to vice chairman and COO of Time Warner Cable; Thomas Baxter to president
FX Networks president Peter Liguori adds CEO to his title as part of a new five-year contract
Gregory Hines to star in a drama he has co-created for NBC
Erin Brockovich tapped as host of an hour-long talk show
John Wells and Carol Flint to take over as producers for Sally Field's midseason ABC drama 'The Court'

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

News Shorts
Viewers pass on NBC's 'Third Watch'
ABC News producer's baby son gets anthrax
American Media worker develops infection
NBC and Madonna will play 'Truth or Dare'
Last days of reality TV? Not for the WB
Brokaw enraged after touching anthrax letter
Scripps in major carriage deal with AOL-TW

Web Shorts
Accused jihad webmaster pleads innocent
Dangerous SirCam virus could reactivate today
Take that, AOL: MSN revamps and adds broadband
DoubleClick’s DART takes on rich media
MSNBC streams broadcast, but only a little


People

Debra Annarumma to beauty director at Glamour; Carrie Lizotte to account manager
Carrie Fitzmaurice promoted to VP and associate publisher at Entrepreneur Media Inc.
Liam Sullivan joins the New York office of Entertainment Weekly as a sales representative
Jeff Goldberg appointed VP of program planning for TNN
Patty Newburger promoted to head of Comedy Central Films
Radio and syndication TV pioneer Frederic Willam Ziv dead at the age of 96

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

News Shorts
CBS's 'Guardian' upsets 'Frasier'
CNN invited to question Osama bin Laden
Cross your fingers: Emmys set for Nov. 4
Dow Jones will keep some workers in N.J.
Reuters cuts another 500, citing earnings goals
CNN tops among all cable channels last week
ABC pulls 'The Mole' until midseason

Web Shorts
MSNBC launches Arabic-language site
Online shopping endures in wake of attacks
Novel will be serialized through email
Yahoo sells WebRing and starts secondhand site
Dot.com casino clads dealers in lingerie

People

Barbara Stein joins the Palisades Media Group as EVP and media director
Kathleen Letterie named EVP of talent and casting at the WB
David Shall promoted to EVP of business and legal affairs and new business development at Twentieth Television
Director Antoine Fuqua to team with Icon Productions to develop a show on the Coast Guard for ABC
Janeane Garofalo to develop a comedy series with writers Michael Showalter and David Wain for HBO

 

Thursday, October 18, 2001

News Shorts
'Criminal Intent' whups 'Survivor 3' repeat
NY and Florida anthrax strains look like a match
Cox combines A.M. and P.M. Atlanta papers
Lingua Franca folds after backer backs out
MPA gives advice on handling the anthrax scare
Sony mulls ditching the programming biz
NYT and Knight Ridder report earnings drops

Web Shorts
China lifts internet controls, maybe temporarily
Feds are cracking down on bogus Cipro sites
Pakistani hackers nail NOAA site
Salon says it now has 25,000 paid subscribers
Security experts: Web anthrax virus is weak

People

Larry Strumwasser has been appointed president of MMT Sales Inc.
Jeremy Irons and Neve Campbell sign on for Showtime's 'The F. Scott Fitzgerald Project'
Greg Malins to write and executive produce the comedy 'Romeo Fire' for NBC
Joseph Gibbs to resign from post as president and CEO of The Golf Channel
Jeremy Sisto to topline TNT’s miniseries 'Julius Caesar'
Sally Jessy Raphael signs new multiyear deal at Studios USA

 

Friday, October 19, 2001

News Shorts
'Friends' tops 'Survivor' as 'Schwartz' sinks
Anthrax turns up at CBS News
'Seinfeld' star Louis-Dreyfus in new NBC sitcom
Rodale slashes 13 percent of its workforce
McCartney, Bowie and more at VH1 telethon
Group protests Harry Potter-Coke marketing pact

Web Shorts
Half of Americans turn to web for news
Study: Cable modems preferred over DSL
‘Jackass’-style web site Alltrue.com goes under
Arizona Daily Star: Email only, no printed letters
Trapped U.K. man saved, thanks to net tip

People

Ed Vick to exit on Nov. 1 from position as chairman and chief executive of Young & Rubicam Advertising
Brad Brinegar to resign as chief executive of Bcom3 Group’s Leo Burnett USA
James Fallon named editor of Women’s Wear Daily
Joanne K. Bradford joins the MSN network as VP and chief media revenue officer
Ben Zurier named SVP of programming strategy at VH1
Chuck Rosenzweig promoted to VP of legal affairs at Scripps Networks
Bob Newman to creative director at Real Simple magazine; Peggy Northrop to deputy editor; Jacklyn Monk to assistant managing editor
Marc Rosenweig tapped as SVP of programming at the Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network
Sue Binford to leave her position as EVP of public relations of CNN News Group

 

Monday, October 22, 2001

News Shorts
Fox in weekend sports sweep
ABC ditches much-hyped 'The Runner'
Oprah, Tina and Jack at NY magazine conference
After cow killing, it's PETA vs. 'Survivor,' again
CNN office in Afghanistan damaged by US attack
NY Post worker treated for skin anthrax

Web Shorts
Pop's Spears shilling for AOL Time Warner
Romanian journalist captures American spirit
Works of late romance writer posted online
Anthrax scare bumps up traffic to CDC.gov
Sony will hawk its movies across Yahoo
NetRadio ceases operations

People

John Steinbeck’s son Thomas to pen script for telefilm of his father’s 'Travels with Charley' for HBO
Jack Wakshlag upped to EVP of research at the WB
Reed Manville promoted to EVP of international channels for Paramount Television Group
Gregory Langston named president of Dielectric Communications

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

News Shorts
CBS in Monday night sweep
Pay cuts, layoffs and more at U.S. News
AOL-TW scores cable rights in China
Bill Gates plans a visit to 'Frasier'
EPA steps in to help with AMI cleanup
FCC's Powell: I'd consider anything, merger-wise

Web Shorts
Shysters exploit Sept. 11 philanthropy for own ends
Online shopping should be hot during holidays
AOL, Yahoo and MSN implement rating scheme
Yahoo adds bells and whistles to IM service
Saddam Hussein sends email to American man

People

Gil Beyda to leave Real Media after co-founding the company and serving as its CTO
Beth Wagner named VP and director of sales with Continental Television Sales in Chicago
'Con Air' director Simon West signs multiyear deal with Paramount Television to create and develop a series
Peter Gaffney named VP of program planning at American Movie Classics
Brian J. Kelly to GM of Henninger Productions
Steve Suter and Sam Ashenofsky appointed marketing managers for National Cable Communications
Neil Patrick Harris to guest star on NBC’s 'Ed' in Nov.

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

News Shorts
'Guardian' takes households for CBS
Advertiser walks after NY Post anthrax cartoon
FHM and Stuff will boost circulation in 2002
ABC to celebrate West Point in $25M deal
Full season pickups for seven rookie shows
Study: TV news creates excess fear in kids
Disney gets a break on Fox Family

Web Shorts
ABC.com axes big chunk of its staff
Knight Ridder in online obit deal
Canadian Encyclopedia is now online
Chinese resume web censorship
AltaVista stops updating its database
Gamer Electronic Arts axes online staffers

People

Paul Claeys appointed VP and sales manager of Continental Television Sales in Seattle
Jon Marcus upped to editor of Boston magazine
Alan McGlade named the chief executive of MusicNet
Will Tacy named editor of MotherJones.com
Peter Chelsom brought on as the director for HBO’s original biopic 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers'
Lawrence Meli tapped as president and COO at the Good Life TV network
David K. Gibson promoted to editor of Chile Pepper magazine

 

Thursday, October 25, 2001

News Shorts
NBC wins night but with 8 p.m. gap
More anthrax cases in NY and DC media
'Crossing Over' to contact WTC dead for sweeps
ABC's Simpson benched for anthrax disclosures
Snubbed, Oprah disinvites book club author
Financial news ratings soar for CNN and FNC

Web Shorts
Napster initiates first-ever mass firing
Computer virus preys on interest in bin Laden
Sega: Pay to play games on our site
Beauty e-commerce site Gloss.com is resurrected
Register launches online fee-based TV-style series

People

Rino Scanzoni to president of broadcast North America for WPP Group's Media Edge
John Perriss named chief executive of Zenith Optimedia Group
Mary Duffy appointed VP of production and development for the East Coast at King World Productions
Jim Jinkins and David Campbell sign two-year deal with Sesame Workshop

 

Friday, October 26, 2001

News Shorts
'Survivor' takes a hit in 18-49s
More anthrax at NBC; NYT letter tests negative
WB gives full-year pickup to 'Smallville'
Primedia to freeze salaries, cut staff
News execs ask White House to lift chopper ban
Miss America dropped from Macy's parade

Web Shorts
Nielsen//NetRatings acquires Jupiter Media Metrix
Warning: Internet is wide open for massive attack
Webzine Slate treats itself to a makeover
Al Jazeera mulls launching English news site
Ex-education site now displays smut
CNET starts cross-media marketing strategy

People

Kathy Kayse named publisher of Money magazine
Lorne Michaels to develop a half-hour late night series for the USA Network
Jacqueline Obradors joins the cast of ABC's 'NYPD Blue'

 

Monday, October 29, 2001

News Shorts
No surprise, 'Backs' win wows
EchoStar agrees to buy DirecTV for $25.8B
Examiner publisher axed by dear old mom
NBC benches 'Emeril' and 'Schwartz' for sweeps
Questions raised over ABC's bin Laden interview
We're shocked: 'Spin City' plans lesbian kiss

Web Shorts
Visitors are flocking to greeting card sites
Web surfers are driving to automotive sites
Historic Rosa Parks bus is sold online
Jacko releases his new album online
Boo! Internet graveyard is now open to the public.

People

Patrick Connolly appointed VP of Fox Kids
Jan de Bont and John Pogue to develop the action drama 'Darwin's Blade' for ABC
Joe Cacaci takes over as showrunner for CBS’s 'The Education of Max Bickford'
Longtime Chicago newspaper writer M.W. Newman dies of lung cancer at the age of 84
Mark-Paul Gosselaar to guest star on the Nov. 9 episode of NBC's 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
David Hasselhoff, Donny Osmond, Coolio and Kelly Preston to appear on a celebrity edition of NBC’s 'Fear Factor'

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

News Shorts
Strong debut for 'Boston Public'
MTV lays off 450 in reorg; cutbacks at MSNBC
WB cancels primetime dating show
FX adds a second hour of 'Practice' in primetime
'Seinfeld' poison envelope episode pulled
Comcast to roll out HDTV service in Northeast

Web Shorts
Yahoo expands streaming video offerings
AOL prez: Anthrax scare a boon for the web
Jupiter Media Metrix layoffs expected
NBC farms out local O&O TV sites

People

Thomas Heymann named to the newly created position of SVP and GM for the Biography Channel
Steve Mosko selected to run the newly combined Columbia TriStar Domestic Television division
Gayle Champagne comes aboard In Style’s Detroit sales team as sales director
Elizabeth Barnes to join the expanded client services office at Wilkins Media as its account supervisor
Liz Nice named editor in chief of Twist magazine
Gary Morgenstern to executive director of ESPN Outdoors
Eileen Rivkin Sherman named West Coast advertising director at American Profile magazine
Jeremy Piven tapped as the lead and executive producer on FX's upcoming 'Bad News, Mr. Swanson'
Erik Estrada brought on for an extended guest stint on CBS’s 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2001

News Shorts
World Series sweep for Fox
NY Times hit with denial-of-service attack
Media giants go after Replay TV in court
Condé Nast boss in Italy after Armani-Vogue tiff
Turner Learning may fall to AOL-TW cost cuts
Reality wades ashore on 'Fantasy Island'

Web Shorts
24/7 Media acquires rival Real Media
Napster pushes its launch back, again
MTV lets listeners in on music, if they buy
Dot.com deaths accelerated this month
NYT Digital launches fee-based baseball site
Lambshop.com, so very cute

People

Barbara Wilck to marketing director at Real Simple magazine; Kristiana Helmick upped to associate director
David Karnes promoted to SVP and general counsel for the USA Television Production Group
H. Mason Sizemore retires from his position as president and COO for The Seattle Times

 

Thursday, November 1, 2001

News Shorts
Yankees win a Fox blessing
USA says Arrivederci to Chao
'Bickford' and 'Agency' get pickups from CBS
Rodale pulls the plug on Men's Health spinoff
Disgraced, Christy ankles the H'wood Reporter
CNBC and MSNBC contemplate cutbacks

Web Shorts
Snoozin’ Hotmail users will lose accounts
Seers see holiday online spending hitting $11.9B
EarthLink will sell kid-safe browser
Amazon.com and NBC team to peddle goods
Bogus web site ticks off WTO

People

Richard Kinsler appointed president of Stephen L. Geller Inc.
Jack Hanrahan named CMO of Prime Point Media
Terry Wood promoted to SVP of programming at Paramount Domestic Television
Sonya McNair named VP of publicity and corporate communications for Fox Broadcasting
Andrea Vaughan upped to director of the integrated marketing solutions group at National Geographic
Eric Schurenberg promoted to deputy managing editor at Business 2.0 magazine

 

Friday, November 2, 2001

News Shorts
NBC tops World Series
Geraldo ditches CNBC to cover war for Fox
Last-chance Emmys may face Game 7
TV elite gather to kvetch about the networks
ABC's 'The Court' positioned for cable play
Study: Kids who watch too much TV don't grow

Web Shorts
Major League Baseball wants to stream games
Astronomers launching online observatory
Study: Congressional web sites are crummy
Nuke agency will restore its web site
Google to test ‘thumbnails’ of web pages

People

Wayne Pace to CFO at AOL Time Warner; Michael Kelly to COO at AOL
Tim Richardson joins Alcott Routon as director of strategic planning
Scott Kirby tapped as Southeast Regional account executive at Wilkins Media Co.
Grant Getz promoted to VP and Midwest sales director for BusinessWeek
Fashion models Kim Alexis, Carol Alt, Bridget Hall, Eva Herzigova, Heidi Klum, Molly Sims, Frederique van der Wal and Veronica Webb to appear on ABC’s 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'
Rex Adams elected PBS’s chairman of the board; Susan Howarth to professional vice chairman
William Abrams named president of NYT Television; Jane Bornemeier to editorial director
'TalkBack Live' host Bobbie Battista to leave CNN

 

Monday, November 5, 2001

News Shorts
Last Series game a real doozy
Say good-bye to ABC's 'Bob Patterson.' Axe falls.
This must be sweeps: Brad Pitt doing 'Friends'
Bush flack barks: Prez not rooting against Yanks
Hollywood sign up for red, white & blue makeover

Web Shorts
Powerpuff Girls DVD spreads virus
Microsoft catches flack in MSN.com browser flap
Webcam fixates on depths of Loch Ness
Holidays, health and games dominate the web
NY Times blames ‘attack’ on resurgent virus

People

Kary McHoul and Jeff Shore to head new program development division at E! Networks
Danny DeVito to direct an ABC comedy pilot

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2001

News Shorts
ABC pigskin romp takes the night
Booted Ziff CEO sues owners for $300M
PBS cuts 10% in second round of layoffs
Old mail suspected in new NY Post anthrax case
New TV trend: The supersized hour
Pakistani paper gets anthrax letter

Web Shorts
Burger King and AOL partner up
Jagger seeks satisfaction in web campaign
Microsoft fixes flaw in its Passport tool
Porno sites fined $30 million for fraud
Traffic to Xbox.com increases

People

Melissa Gilbert elected president of the Screen Actors Guild
Tom Hanks signs on for an American Revolution miniseries about John Adams for HBO

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

News Shorts
'24' loses to 'NYPD Blue' opener
Baseball owners vote to eliminate two teams
George Clooney feuds with FNC's O'Reilly
Cigarette maker asks FCC to block dog pee spot
Garth Brooks to do three sweeps specials for CBS
Philly dailies settle their suit against Metro

Web Shorts
Defunct LocalBusiness.com finds new owner
Simon & Schuster opens its own e-book store
40 percent of Brits ‘accidentally’ see web smut
Disney shutters Mr. Showbiz, paring staff
Yahoo names new global marketing chief

People

Katherine Milner Anderson and Ritajean Hartung Butterworth elected chair and vice chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s board of directors
Cristina Perez brought on as training specialist for the Western region at Arbitron
John Massoni named president of DornaUSA, LLC
Robert J. Rosenthal resigns from role as executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer
Correction: Paulette McLeod is general manager and editor in chief of Biography magazine

 

Thursday, November 8, 2001

News Shorts
'Temp Island 2' rings few bells
BusinessWeek cuts 39 and shutters Small Biz
Hachette splits up into editorial fiefdoms
Victoria's Secret gals in ABC gig
Us Weekly creates new segment for ABC affiliates
White House invites media moguls to powwow

Web Shorts
CondéNet pink-slips a quarter of its workforce
Study: Few get into online gift registries
The Pope likes the idea of cyber-evangelism
Cox Interactive’s LAInsider.com goes kaput
U.N.: We’re sick of forwarded e-petitions

People

John M. Lagana named CFO of Dennis Publishing
Peter Fisher named associate publisher of National Geographic Adventure magazine
Seth Kurland leaves NBC's 'The Hank Azaria Show' from his position as executive producer
Wes O’Dell joins Entertainment Weekly as San Francisco sales manager

 

Friday, November 9, 2001

News Shorts
Bush speech gives ABC a boost
ABC only network to air Bush's speech
AT&T cable will begin selling TiVo recorders
E! lays off 75 people, or 9 percent of staff
WB orders up nine new episodes of 'Off Centre'
Maxim editor pens an episode of 'Drew Carey'
Bill Maher: Future not bright at ABC

Web Shorts
Internet audience growth flattens out
1st Amendment victory for Yahoo
Pottermania shifts into high gear online
BBC consolidates its web properties
DoubleClick shrugs off 24/7 ad give-away

People

Tom Harty to SVP and GM of Advance Publications' Golf Digest Cos.
Sharlene Breakey joins Redbook magazine as deputy editor
Liz Janneman to leave her post as EVP of Turner Entertainment sales on Nov. 9
Hally Birnbaum to head pharmaceutical advertising sales as a regional advertising director in the New York sales office of American Profile magazine
Ken Ober named the host of the USA Network’s late-night game show 'Smush'
'Will & Grace' creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan receive 13-episode order from NBC for their new relationship comedy
Filmmaker Rod Lurie to develop 'The Beltway' for ABC
Wayne Brady drops out of hosting duties for the 'My VH1 Music Awards'

 

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

News Shorts
Little thunder for 'Monday Night Football'
Feminist mag Ms. gets new owners
EPA breaks promise to help in AMI cleanup
WWF president booted amid layoffs
Sassa re-ups as NBC West Coast chief
Curtains for Bust? Looks that way

Web Shorts
IWon and InfoSpace taking over Excite portal
Internet behavior returns to normal 
State Department takes its anti-terror fight to web
Storms, Star Wars and baseball rule the web
Random House folds e-book imprint

People

Lawrence Novenstern named SVP and director of national buying at Deutsch Inc.
David Evans tapped as president of Business Innovator Group Resources at G+J USA
Kevin P. O'Brien named president of Meredith Broadcasting Group
Rick Leonard brought on as VP at public relations corporation David X. Manners Company Inc.
Angela Matusik appointed features editor at InStyle magazine; Lisa Gabor to editor of InStyle.com
Poppy Montgomery cast as the female lead in the midseason drama 'Glory Days' for the WB
Dan Riley named Detroit advertising sales director for People magazine
'The Simpsons' executive producer Mike Scully and wife Julie Thacker to develop live-action comedy for Fox

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

News Shorts
Jacko look-back sweeps the night
CBS gives full-year pickup to 'Ellen Show'
Esquire and GQ go at it over caviar pic
End looms for Howard Stern TV show
ABC eighty-sixes 'America.01'
Al-Jazeera office destroyed by U.S. bombs

Web Shorts
NetRatings: Internet use rose in October
NYC plane crash boosts traffic to news sites
ABC takes flak over ad in Jennings email
Europe looks to ban internet hate talk
Yahoo adding radio stations to its dial

People

Ahmed Yearwood, formerly of the FT, launches Y Interact web design firm
Ana Marie Cox named senior editor at American Prospect magazine; Lisa Hisel to managing editor
David E. Kelley to executive produce the drama project 'The Understudy' for Fox Broadcasting
Brian Dennehy to play college basketball coach Bob Knight in a TV movie for ESPN
Mimi Leder to executive produce a one-hour ensemble drama based on the Centers for Disease Control for Fox

 

Thursday, November 15, 2001

News Shorts
Strong 'Bernie' bow, but NBC wins night
McGwire exit brings viewers to 'SportsCenter'
NBA and AOL-TW mull new b-ball network
Russian president agrees to NPR call-in show
Tribune Co. adopts pay cuts and salary freeze

Web Shorts
Fake copies of ‘Harry Potter’ movie are online
AOL won’t warn gay chatters of STD risk
Though hard-hit, Yahoo rolls out more services
Instant messaging surges in popularity
Napster falls off Lycos 50 list

People

Joan Sheridan LaBarge named publisher of Rosie; Sharon Summer to president of G+J USA’s Parents Family Network
Albert Beedie appointed SVP and director of financial planning and analysis at Initiative Media Worldwide
Ed Brolin named senior client strategist at Sharpe Partners; Sarah Storey to project manager
Diane Papazian appointed Eastern advertising director of Sports Illustrated Women
Longtime daytime TV director Alan Pultz dead at the age of 64
David Snapp tapped as the new VP of video design, worldwide marketing and brand strategy at the Hallmark Channel

 

Friday, November 16, 2001

News Shorts
ABC's 'Secret' victorious over 'Temp 2'
ABC and CBS mull expanded news cooperation
M. Shanken shelves Hamptons Country in 2002
Emmis employees get a 10% pay cut
Harried al-Jazeera reporters flee Afghanistan
NBC gives couples '24 Hour Pass'

Web Shorts
Online holiday shopping is already underway
Brazilian court OKs ‘anti-American’ ads
Famed dot.com analyst leaves Merrill Lynch
‘Dot.museum’ domain names go live
More layoffs at iVillage

People

Mark Lazarus upped to president of Turner Entertainment group sales and marketing
Joe Uva to president and CEO of Optimum Media Direction
David Westin appointed to the board of directors of the Associated Press
R. Anthony Benten promoted to treasurer at The New York Times Company; James C. Lessersohn to VP for finance and corporate development
Ron Balasco to health category manager at Ladies Home Journal
'Law & Order' creator Dick Wolf signs new three-year deal with Studios USA
Elizabeth Tumulty moves up to VP of affiliate relations and communications at the WB network
Jim Tomlinson tapped as executive director of production and operations for ABC newsmagazines and long form productions
Janet Jackson to perform in a live concert special on HBO in February

 

Monday, November 19, 2001

News Shorts
Fox dominates 18-49s with regular lineup
Bad boy Brit joins NY Post in No. 2 job
Martha Stewart to workers: Have a party or else
Gasp! Hard news comes to morning shows
Red Herring pink slips 27% of staff

Web Shorts
EBay and Burger King in a promotional pact
Oops: Ohio attorney general links to bestiality site
Muslim council: Someone's doing us dirty
Prozac donation: WebMD offers free antidepressant
Nerve.com spins off online personals

People

Susan D. Whiting named president and CEO of Nielsen Media Research
Larry Miller named EVP of operations and CFO of Gannett; Gracia Martore to SVP of finance and treasurer
Jon Lovitz and Norm MacDonald to return to network TV in an untitled pilot being developed for NBC
Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis to topline the feature film adaptation of the 'American Splendor' comic book series for HBO

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2001

News Shorts
ABC and CBS split with 'Football' and sitcoms
Four journalists killed in ambush on road to Kabul
Pilots group blasts ABC for airing cockpit tape
Showtime axes two shows, gives life to three more
O'Reilly vs. Rush in a high-noon showdown?

Web Shorts
CNET will furnish broadband news
Nuke plans in Afghanistan may be net hoax
Mediapassage software finds owner
Masses gather at Ellis Island site
Ay caramba: Trouble at StarMedia

People

Joe Stella named VP and GM of Initiative Media Las Vegas
Wright Ferguson Jr. promoted to SVP of sales of the Adweek Magazines group; Ami Brophy to VP and publisher of Adweek
Richard E. Goldberg appointed EVP of affiliate relations at Univision Communications
Ellen Siminoff to leave her post as SVP of entertainment and small business at Yahoo
Christine M. Pisterzi joins the In Style Chicago sales team as account manager
Former 'Melrose Place' actor Jack Wagner will host the showbiz golf show 'Off Course' for ESPN

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

News Shorts
ABC and CBS split with 'Football' and sitcoms
More guff for ABC over Lingerie special
It's a girl! Rupe, 70, is a papa again
Hustler founder sues to get battlefield access
'Invisible Man' disappears from Sci Fi Channel

Web Shorts
Yet another file-swapping lawsuit
Gov'ment warns sites hawking fake anthrax cures
Hacker whacks Playboy site for credit card data
Curtains drawn on spook-funded surfing service
FTC: E-tailers better deliver on Xmas orders

People

Tony Optican promoted to VP of current programming at Fox Broadcasting
Michelle Laverty named VP and associate director of research with Continental Television Sales in New York
Peter Arnett joins Broadcast News Networks as chief correspondent, reporting from Afghanistan
D.V. DeVincentis and Steve Pink creating two comedies for ABC's fall 2002 schedule
Kelli Williams from ABC's 'The Practice' to play a medical intern on an upcoming episode of NBC's 'Scrubs'

 

Monday, November 26, 2001

News Shorts
Fox wins Sunday with 'Star Wars' movie
'GMA' catching up to 'Today' in ratings race
End of the road for Hearst-Talk partnership?
Weird: O'Reilly files harassment suit against JFK
'American High' student sentenced in sex crime
Racy Russian reality show out-Wests the West

Web Shorts
Nobel laureates: We’re bullish on the web
Florida palms off voting machines online
Pope apologizes for church’s sins online
Terra Lycos: take time off for Xmas or else
China shuts down internet cafes

People

Oveda Brown promoted to national accounts manager for advertising marketing services at Arbitron Inc.
Tom Green to executive produce and guest star in a skateboarding variety series for the WB

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

News Shorts
Burnett burns 'Monday Night Football'
ABC drops 'Thieves,' orders more 'Philly'
Miramax boss fires back at New York mag
Jackson used digital makeup in CBS special
Video games: The next big spectator sport?

Web Shorts
Oops: Porn link on AOL kids’ site
Top search engines unearth credit card info
EBay publishes print catalog
Book peddler BN.com turns to windshield fliers
AOL: We have 32 million subscribers now

People

Tim W. Ferguson named editor of Forbes Global
Amy Affeld promoted to director of programming and marketing for Fox Sports Net
Michelle Sie Whitten upped to CEO of Encore International
Angela Bassett to play Rosa Parks in CBS’s 'The Rosa Parks Story'

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

News Shorts
Celeb 'Fear Factor' needles CBS
Coming soon: The New York Sun, a new daily
Cops search Pee-wee's house in kiddie-porn raid
Canadian gov't warns reporters of kidnap plot
Post's Kelly plays spy game with Hearst
SF Chronicle to eliminate 220 jobs

Web Shorts
Federal judge OKs class action suit against AOL
Victoria’s Secret show doubles web traffic
U.K. web surfers are friendlier
Vicious virus records passwords
FuckedCompany pressed to name names
Correction: Barnesandnoble.com fliers were fake

People

Lori Berger named West Coast bureau chief at Teen People; Jen Smith to senior associate editor
'Everybody Loves Raymond' executive producers Phil Rosenthal and Jennifer Crittenden to develop a new comedy for CBS
Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly to host four hour-long specials on the U.S. military
David Faber signs a new, four-year contract to stay on as CNBC's Wall Street correspondent

 

Thursday, November 29, 2001

News Shorts
ABC sitcoms score with 18-49s
Time Inc. pulls plug on Family Life, On, Asiaweek
Ted Turner: Jerry Levin ruined my life
Fox hands pick-ups to '24' and 'Bernie Mac'
Winter Olympics ad inventory moving fast
'CSI' will take on 'ER' in December

Web Shorts
Playboy wins cybersquatting battle with Flynt
It’s official: InfoSpace gets Excite’s assets
Take that, @Home: Cox builds high-speed network
Alloy buys college/high-school marketer 360Youth
Nothing stays dead on the web

People

Joseph Clayton named chief executive of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.
Kim Williams named SVP and CFO of NBC West Coast
Vince Bielski to editor in chief at MBA Jungle; Kendall Hamilton to editor
'Just Shoot Me' creator Steven Levitan developing comedy for ABC with 'King of the Hill' writer-producers Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland
Ashleigh Banfield named new anchor for 'A Region in Conflict' on MSNBC

 

Friday, November 30, 2001

News Shorts
Post-sweeps, reruns have it
Is there life after Regis for 'Millionaire'?
Report: New Republic sale is imminent
Osama's in the running for Time's Man of the Year
Brill is born again as a Newsweek columnist
IBM cleans up its mess from San Fran's sidewalks

Web Shorts
Soldiers will be able to receive video email
DoubleClick and Liberate Tech team for interactive TV
IAB and Gator.com bury the hatchet
Holiday e-commerce is thriving
Online ad budgets get plumped up in U.K.

People

Quiet Beatle George Harrison dies at the age of 58
Caren Kabak joins the Douglas/Jones Group as research director; Maggie Zak to marketing associate in the research services division
Former 'Simpsons' executive producer Rich Appel to develop a comedy about young prosecutors for NBC
Bridget Fonda to star in the Hallmark Channel’s four-hour miniseries 'The Snow Queen'
Vicky Miller promoted to CFO and EVP of Turner Broadcasting System
'Law & Order' executive producer Barry Schindel signs a multiyear drama development deal at Studios USA

 

Monday, December 3, 2001

News Shorts
'Brian's Song' a boost for ABC
NY Times: Weinstein's had enough of Talk
Walters will chat up First Couple on '20/20'
Taliban offers bounty for killing Western reporters
Disney buys 'Harry Potter' rights in record deal
'Millionaire' goes to court over capitals question

Web Shorts
Anti-U.S. hackers hit government web sites
Dot.com layoffs are drying up
Orbitz will use ‘cursor’ comparison-shopping ads
Excite@Home cuts service for AT&T customers
Another round of free speech vs. copyright protection

People

Andy Rainey promoted to SVP of research at the Radio Advertising Bureau
Michael Frantino named business manager of the Reader's Digest Home Improvement Group
Rob Nelson to host a syndicated talk show for Twentieth Television
Jack Cafferty officially joins the evolving Paula Zahn CNN morning show

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2001

News Shorts
ABC wins Monday night on 'Millionaire'
Enquirer publisher threatens to leave Florida
Supremes won't reconsider cable caps
Watch out, Taliban: Geraldo's packing heat
'Talk' and 'Power' head off to syndie heaven
Tom Cruise drops suit against Bold publisher

Web Shorts
Layoffs hit MSNBC.com
MIT students spoof puff research
Red Herring pulls plug on e-newsletters
NYU scraps e-learning venture
Surfers gather ‘round at greeting card sites
Macromedia releasing software for disabled

People

Kevin White to national sales director at Real Simple magazine
Janine Cavallo Marks appointed pharmaceutical manager at Time Inc.'s health magazine
Todd Lituchy promoted to SVP of scheduling and acquisitions at UPN
Kathleen B. Yates named president and COO at MarketWatch.com

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2001

News Shorts
Breaking news: Levin leaving AOL Time Warner
Fox sweeps with Billboard awards
Paxson: NBC jilted us for Telemundo
'Azaria' and 'Fear Factor 2' coming in January
NBA talks to Disney about TV rights
ABC mulls weekend version of 'GMA'
'Naked News' comes to pay-per-view

Web Shorts
AT&T says no to Excite@Home’s broadband assets
Virulent ‘Goner’ worm strikes computers
RealNetworks launches internet music venture
Plastic.com goes dark amid ‘upgrade’
Internet research company Webnoize craters

People

Tim Jones to president of Zenith USA; Peggy Green to president of national broadcast
Janet Siroto named executive editor at Redbook magazine; Sharlene Breakey appointed deputy editor
Danielle Green upped to VP of comedy and alternative development at UPN
Ona Karasa named EVP and GM of MSNBC.com; Uli Haller promoted to VP of business operations
Luke Wilson to guest star on three episodes of Fox’s 'That '70s Show' in February

 

Thursday, December 6, 2001

News Shorts
Repeat 'L&O' beats Bush interview
Hearst CEO Bennack will retire in May
FTC: Hollywood has partly mended its ways
Former TheStreet.com editor returns to WSJ
Discovery bid wins NBC Saturday morning slot
Brit newspaper fined for outing toddler killers

Web Shorts
Amazon acquires Egghead.com
Vivendi lays off web-side staff
Top papers form online recruiting ad team
AOL Time Warner to shut down e-book division
NYC rescue workers’ records made available online

People

Jessica Pell and Marina Krobisch Roark to heads of new media agency FIVE Communications
Lori Majewski named executive editor for YM; Abby Gardner to beauty director
Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen named executive producers on NBC’s 'Friends'
Beau Bridges joins the cast of CBS’s 'The Agency'

 

Friday, December 7, 2001

News Shorts
'Agency' slips in 18-49s and households
Baseball's Selig defends team chop to Congress
Bronfman steps down at Vivendi Universal
Brill inks a deal to write about life post-9/11
Pax, so through with NBC, entertains new suitors
Support for the Blue Ball Three at USA Today

Web Shorts
Fewer dot.coms than usual died in November
E-card sites start charging subscription fees
Online shopping levels almost as healthy as 2000
Microsoft's Gates: We need broadband
No more online personal records from California

People

Robert S. Sauerberg named COO of Fairchild Publications
'Drew Carey' alums Bruce Helford and Les Firestein team up with Wanda Sykes to develop a sitcom for Fox
David Shaughnessy to executive producer of CBS's 'The Young and the Restless'
Candia Herman named advertising director at Nylon magazine
Heather Laub joins the advertising sales team as an account executive at Fox Sports Net Florida

 

Monday, December 10, 2001

News Shorts
CBS wins Saturday with college football
Court upholds 'carry one, carry all' rule
Slate's Kinsley: I have Parkinson's disease
CNN un-'Burdens' itself, axing four shows
Report: Bad blood between Levin and Case
Syndicated 'Card Sharks' goes under

Web Shorts
Anti-Castro activists start Cuba-based site
Poll: CEOs remain bullish about the internet
Long and bumpy transition for Excite@Home users
DoubleClick sells research biz to Dynamic Logic
White House shows off Xmas décor on the web

People

Hugh Hefner and Rick Smith to be honored at the Magazine Publishers of America’s annual Henry Johnson Fisher Awards dinner on January 30
Sydney Pollack to develop two drama series projects for HBO and Showtime
Pete Sampras to host an instructional show and act as a spokesperson for the upcoming Tennis Channel
Talk-show host Montel Williams to guest star on ABC's soap opera 'All My Children' in January
Michael Michele to leave NBC’s 'ER' at end of this season

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

News Shorts
Fox wins with 'Boston' and 'Ally'
UPN boss packs as CBS takes over
AOL-TW's Parsons: I still love you, Ted
January looks like a 'Scream' on WB
'Temp Island' star has porn on his résumé
NBC drops 'Lost' into midseason void
Fox clamps down on Duff beer maker

Web Shorts
Makers of ‘Goner’ virus are arrested
Pittsburgh hockey team wins over cybersquatter
Judge: Can't publish NJ sex offender addresses
American Taliban member left an online trail
Oracle wins out with 'Unbreakable' pledge

People

Jim Surmanek to chief executive of MediaAnalysisPlus
Paul Newman to star in and executive produce the adaptation of the novel 'Empire Falls' for HBO
Peter Hering named VP of Eastern advertising sales at College Television Network
Bill Lyons to regional VP of affiliate sales and marketing for the Northeast region of the Fox Cable Networks Group
'Frasier' brother David Hyde Pierce signs new contract with show producer Paramount
'Pulp Fiction' director Quentin Tarantino to guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC's 'Alias'

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

News Shorts
Networks split Tuesday night
NBC signs Tim till 2012; still working on Katie
NY Times slapped with lawsuit over new HQ
Diller expected to merge USA with Vivendi
Another reality show for would-be space shots
Composer sues Martha Stewart for musical theft

Web Shorts
AOL initiates trial of MusicNet service
About.com eliminates free email and web hosting
Toyota will sell new model via the internet
Fake coupon for Coach items spreads on the web
Coca-Cola archives its entire ad history

People

Laura Masse tapped as SVP of marketing for Crown Media U.S.
Robert H. Levi to step down from his role as Turner Entertainment Group president of worldwide planning and acquisitions
Kevin Smith to editor in chief of Motor Trend magazine
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani picked as 'Biography of the Year'
Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling named Sportsmen of the Year by Sports Ilustrated
Linda Wertheimer to leave her hosting duties at NPR’s 'All Things Considered'

 

Thursday, December 13, 2001

News Shorts
NBC originals sweep Wednesday night
Fox Television names new president
Tabloid publisher mulling a move to New York
McGraw-Hill axes 5 percent of workforce
Media companies say 'Bah, humbug' to Xmas
Clash of the Viacom titans over UPN reshuffle?
Coming soon: 'American Fighter Pilots'

Web Shorts
Yahoo hotly ogles Hotjobs
Our everyday heroes: Battlers of spam
Report: Web will spur third of car sales by 2006
Judge tosses libel suit against NarcoNews.com
Toy-seller eToys.com comes back to life, sort of

People

Jonathan Katz appointed SVP and head of Turner Entertainment Network’s program planning and acquisitions group
Richard Beaven joins MediaVest USA as director of product development; Renee Milliaressis to COO
Gig Barton resigns as EVP of advertising sales at Court TV
Terri Bunofsky joins Green Light Worldwide Media as VP of marketing; Sean Portley to Southwest Regional account executive
Dave Clark to producer of CNN's morning show 'The Paula Zahn Show'
Scott Ellich, Sabrina Hazzard, Jennifer Kashiwa, Joe McMahon, and Linda Weaver named account executives for National Cable Communications
Adam Arkin returns to CBS as the father in the network’s midseason entry 'Baby Bob'
Mariah Carey and U2 to perform at Super Bowl XXXVI
Julia Roberts to host A&E Network’s documentary special 'Old Friends'

 

Friday, December 14, 2001

News Shorts
NBC takes Thursday night
Bottoms up: NBC drops liquor ad ban
ABC fast-forwards to juicy parts of Osama tape
New Republic changes hands, amid layoffs
Chevy Chase starring in new NBC sitcom
EchoStar chief has his own rules for merger

Web Shorts
Online holiday shopping traffic soars
HealthCare Commission approves health sites
Online publisher MightyWords.com will shut down
Surfers seeking bin Laden footage swamp sites
Nudie pics pop up on Mandela charity site

People

Tom Beusse to SVP and managing director of the new Men’s Health and Sports and Fitness group at Rodale
Debbie Lieberman-Martucci named SVP and director of local broadcast at Deutsch Inc.
Ronald Schneier to leave his position as EVP of sales and marketing at A&E Television
Michael Sakin joins the Game Show network as SVP of the ad sales group
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president Jim Chabin will not have his contract renewed

 

Monday, December 17, 2001

News Shorts
'Angel' rules over households
Vivendi buys USA's TV assets for $10.3B
Disney outbids NBC for hoops rights
O'Reilly: I'd consider taking on Hillary in '06
D'oh! College to offer course in Simpsonology

Web Shorts
Univision and AOL in content alliance
Poll: Americans are afraid of online crime
NORAD to let kids ‘trace’ Santa’s travels online
Last, last, last rites for DrKoop.com health site
Surfers flocking to ‘Lord of the Rings’ web site

People

Bill Burke tapped as president of The Weather Channel
Jennifer Krauss named features editor at Allure; Cara Birnbaum to senior editor
Rachel Sweet to write and executive produce ABC's comedy 'Legally Blonde'
Julianne Nicholson and James Marsden to leave Fox’s 'Ally McBeal'; Dame Edna Everage to return
Eric Mink released as a television critic at the New York Daily News
Susan Sarandon, Tom Green, Magic Johnson, Heidi Klum, and Christina Ricci to appear on Fox’s 'Malcolm in the Middle' on Feb. 3

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

News Shorts
Hot pigskin night on ABC
Primedia looks to dump Modern Bride
NBC pits Playmates against Super halftime show
PSAs urge Americans to report terrorists for cash
Be still, your heart: the challenge of 'The Chair'
'Real World' vets join forces for mo' money
Clarification: Religion joke was a 'Simpsons' line

Web Shorts
Excite’s UK portal is shutting down
Yahoo relaunches Launch.com music site
Top search terms of 2001: All things Sept. 11
The Force was with ‘Star Wars’ eBay auction
Priceline.com and AOL form partnership

People

Bruce Hallett to president of Sports Illustrated; Eileen Naughton to president of Time magazine
Lynn Fantom appointed chairwoman and chief executive at ID Media
Sarah Schupbach appointed the new advertiser training specialist for advertiser marketing services at Arbitron Inc.
Barbara Alvarez and Marta Quiñones-McCarthy named advertising sales managers at People en Español
Jeffrey Stevenson to co-chief executive and name partner at Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Brian Swette steps down from his position as COO at eBay
Rock band Kiss to make a guest appearance on the Christmas episode of Fox’s 'Family Guy'

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2001

News Shorts
CBS and Fox split Tuesday
Talk talks to Conrad Black about investing
Report: Geraldo wasn't where he said he was
Cartoonist accuses ex-lover of cyberstalking
Broadcast viewership down, cable up in 2001
MTV's Daly to host late-night 'Last Call'

Web Shorts
PhotoPoint.com goes down, annoying its users
Search engine Google adds mail-order images
Clear Channel breaks into online music biz
Brit surfers shop online for sexy items
Push scooter sales plunge along with dot.coms

People

Bob Sieber to retire from his post as SVP of audience and market research for CNN News Group
James Caan to star in the USA Network film 'Hearts of Men'

 

Thursday, December 20, 2001

News Shorts
CBS and Fox split Tuesday
It's official: Katie Couric re-ups at NBC for $65M
Dick Clark: Grammys play dirty talent pool
Noose swings closer for NBC chefcom 'Emeril'
WB shakes up schedule with double 'Angel'

Web Shorts
Worm posing as Xmas greeting delivers ill wishes
Music searches are tops for 2001 at Ask Jeeves
Heavy traffic kills AdCritic.com
Playboy Playmate pics on your mobile

People

Tom Richardson appointed VP and GM of AOL Time Warner’s upcoming NBA channel, AOL Sports
Cheryl Idell upped to president of Intermedia Advertising Group; Steven F. Walsh to VP of sales
Frank Chirkinian named president and executive producer at Gaylord Event Television
Dave Foley to guest star on NBC's 'Just Shoot Me' early next year