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Nickelodeon house cleaning! Guggenheim eyes Dick Clark Productions

August 30, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Nickelodeon, home of "Dora the Explorer," is making executive changes.
Nickelodeon, home of "Dora the Explorer," is making executive… (Nickelodeon )

After the coffee. Before figuring out whether if I act like Charlie Sheen I can get his job security.

The Skinny: FX gave an order for 90 more episodes of Charlie Sheen's new sitcom "Anger Management." That's not a typo. Thursday's headlines include some big executive changes at Nickelodeon and Fox, and Dick Clark Productions may have a buyer. Otherwise, it is pretty slow as most of Hollywood is on vacation this week.

Daily Dose: Over the last few months, ABC, NBCand Fox have all gotten new program planning chiefs. But the musical chairs among schedulers isn't over yet. NBC, which wooed ABC's longtime scheduling chief Jeff Bader, is now looking for a No. 2 who will handle day-to-day management of the schedule while Bader focuses on long-term strategy. ABC, meanwhile, filled Bader's position with Andy Kubitz, the No. 2 at CBS, which promptly promoted Noriko Gee, its No. 3 scheduling executive, to No. 2.

'Toon trauma.With its ratings falling, heads are starting to roll at kids network Nickelodeon. Exiting is Brown Johnson, the veteran head of animation for Nickelodeon who also created "Dora the Explorer." Margie Cohn, who had overseen live-action programming, is taking on new duties at the channel. Russel Hicks, Nickelodeon's chief creative officer, will take on Johnson and Cohn's responsibilities. Details on the changes from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times

And then there was one. Private equity firm Guggenheim Partners is looking like the leading candidate to acquire Dick Clark Productions. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Guggenheim is now in exclusive negotiations with Red Zone Capital, the private equity firm headed by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder that is the majority owner of Dick Clark Productions. Others that were circling the company included CBS, Core Media Group and Ryan Seacrest.

Earley to rise.Fox Broadcasting has promoted its longtime marketing and public relations chief Joe Earley to chief operating officer, which is a new position for the network. In essence, Earley will be the No. 2to Fox's entertainment chief Kevin Reilly. Earley has been with Fox for almost 20 years, starting as publicist on "The Simpsons."  More on Earley from Variety.

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