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BROADCAST/CABLE by Marauder
May 7, 2009, 11:14 PM
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BROADCAST/CABLE

On April 29, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes "officially announced the death of Big Media" by revealing plans to spin off AOL. And now, Time Warner magazine unit Time Inc. "has a funereal atmosphere about it." Synergy has "proved to be the most overhyped concept" in business. (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://www.newsweek.com/id/195961  5/5)

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Tribune Broadcasting acquired the sitcoms Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm from HBO with both scheduled to air on each of its 23 stations beginning fall 2010. Both series will air as strips, five days a week in late fringe with each running once on the weekend. Tribune’s all-barter deal covers three years, with a three-minute national and four-minute local advertising split in each show. (Cynopsis 5/7)

HBO approved a new drama series called Treme set in modern-day New Orleans, cites Variety. The number of episodes is still undecided with production beginning this fall, though HBO picked up the pilot and nine scripts so far. The action follows the main characters, musicians and a restaurateur who live in the Treme district in New Orleans, as they try to rebuild their lives post-Hurricane Katrina. (Cynopsis 5/7)

NBC signed The Office’s Mindy Kaling to a two-year, seven-figure overall deal, per Variety. The agreement allows Kaling to still write and appear in The Office for next season while developing a new series where she will star. (Cynopsis 5/7)

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CBS may recycle two classic game show concepts as the network is considering ordering pilots for Let’s Make a Deal and The Dating Game. (Cynopsis 5/7)

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