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December 1, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
New Paramount Network Adds Affiliates: Eleven primary affiliates and 11 secondary affiliates have been added to the new United Paramount Network, bringing to 94 the number of markets where the new network's programs will air. United Paramount is a joint venture between Chris-Craft Industries and Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Television Group. In addition, Viacom announced it plans to buy Boston television station WSBK for about $100 million.
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October 24, 2003 | Greg Braxton
UPN has yanked a low-rated freshman comedy, "The Mullets," from its schedule during the November ratings sweeps, and although the series remains in production, its future is uncertain. In the most recent report from Nielsen Media Research, "The Mullets" was the lowest-rated show for the week of Oct. 13-19, coming it at No. 114. Meanwhile, CBS said it too was indefinitely benching an under-performing first-year series, the Wednesday drama "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire." Greg Braxton
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July 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
The UPN television network plans to change its name to the Paramount Network. The new moniker will provide a closer association with the Paramount entertainment brand, network officials said. The change goes into effect Jan. 1, 2001. UPN--United Paramount Network--started in 1995 as a venture between Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Television Group and Chris-Craft Industries Inc.'s TV station unit. In March, Chris-Craft agreed to sell its half interest in the network to Viacom for $5 million.
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July 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
The UPN television network plans to change its name to the Paramount Network. The new moniker will provide a closer association with the Paramount entertainment brand, network officials said. The change goes into effect Jan. 1, 2001. UPN--United Paramount Network--started in 1995 as a venture between Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Television Group and Chris-Craft Industries Inc.'s TV station unit. In March, Chris-Craft agreed to sell its half interest in the network to Viacom for $5 million.
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April 17, 1998 | MARLA MATZER
In a kids-TV deal that Buena Vista Television, a unit of Walt Disney Co., and United Paramount Network expect to be mutually beneficial, the two companies on Thursday said they have reached a long-term agreement to broadcast two hours of Disney animated programs Sunday through Friday on UPN. The two-hour Disney block will usually air from 3 to 5 p.m., beginning in the fall of 1999. The agreement gives UPN 52 new episodes of programming per year.
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August 14, 1997 | BRIAN LOWRY
Walt Disney Television President Dean Valentine is in negotiations to become chief executive at United Paramount Network, according to sources. Valentine, who also oversees Disney's television animation unit, is said to be near to concluding an agreement with the fledgling network that could be announced within the next few days. Valentine, 43, has three years remaining on his contract at Disney. But the studio, which has yet to give its official blessing, is not expected to block the move.
BUSINESS
August 22, 1994 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lucie Salhany, who resigned as chairman of the Fox Broadcasting Co. network last month, is in discussions on becoming the head of United Paramount Network--Chris-Craft's and Paramount's joint venture to start a fifth TV network, industry sources said. Salhany, who left Fox after clashing with studio Chairman Rupert Murdoch, previously worked at Paramount, helping to develop hits such as "The Arsenio Hall Show."
BUSINESS
June 11, 1997 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a fiery address to affiliates, United Paramount Network President Lucie Salhany accused rival Warner Bros. Network of lying in trying to get an edge over UPN. She said UPN has outdistanced its rival creatively and in viewer popularity since the two networks started three years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1995 | Daniel Howard Cerone
Here are the premiere schedules of WB Network and United Paramount Network. Spot any Top 10 contenders? WB Network (KTLA-TV Channel 5, KTTY-TV Channel 69 in San Diego, cable superstation WGN) * "The Wayans Bros": The Wayans brothers just keep on coming. This time it's Shawn and Marlon starring as brothers in a high-energy sitcom with loads of camera mugging and physical gags--in the vein of "I Love Lucy," promises the WB Network press kit. So, which one's Lucy? (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
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December 26, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer
Born within days of each other, the WB and UPN networks have at times behaved like squabbling children--name-calling and roughhousing, trying to claim the best affiliated stations or largest share of the viewing pie. Yet while each network will celebrate its fifth birthday in the middle of January, the milestone marks a more significant signpost for the television industry, a business shifted on its axis during the 1990s and whose prospects often appear as precarious as a toddler's whims.
BUSINESS
September 8, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Viacom Inc.'s stake in struggling United Paramount Network looms as the biggest potential legal roadblock facing Viacom's proposed merger with CBS Corp., federal officials said Tuesday. The 1996 Telecommunications Act explicitly bars any of the big four broadcast networks, including CBS, from merging with one another or with an emerging network such as UPN. Viacom co-owns UPN in a 50-50 deal with television station operator Chris-Craft Industries.
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September 19, 1998 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even with the flood of 36 new television series premiering over the next few weeks in the kickoff of the fall season, one UPN comedy, "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer," has always stood apart from the pack.
BUSINESS
April 17, 1998 | MARLA MATZER
In a kids-TV deal that Buena Vista Television, a unit of Walt Disney Co., and United Paramount Network expect to be mutually beneficial, the two companies on Thursday said they have reached a long-term agreement to broadcast two hours of Disney animated programs Sunday through Friday on UPN. The two-hour Disney block will usually air from 3 to 5 p.m., beginning in the fall of 1999. The agreement gives UPN 52 new episodes of programming per year.
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February 20, 1998 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fred Goldman, brought to prominence by his media exposure during the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials, has agreed to host a prime-time special that could provide the basis for a weekly television series. The program, "Search for Justice With Fred Goldman," will air on the UPN network and will seek to spotlight wrongs perpetrated by the criminal and civil justice systems as well as efforts to effect change.
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January 10, 1998 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angry sparks have been ignited at "Sparks," the UPN comedy about a family-run urban law firm. The creator and the star of the series are upset that UPN has cut four episodes off the 22 shows that were planned for production this season. Although "Sparks" is still officially on the UPN schedule, those on the show say the cutback is a clear sign to them that the series, now in its second season, has been unceremoniously canceled. Series creator Ed.
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December 10, 1997 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There goes the network 'hood. That's the buzz among some TV insiders with regard to United Paramount Network, the 4-year-old service that has featured programs starring and targeted to African Americans in its bid to become a profitable broadcast network. Industry observers say that UPN, under new President and Chief Executive Dean Valentine, is changing direction and moving away from its menu of predominantly African American, urban comedies.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1997 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER
A week after UPN named Dean Valentine as its chief executive, the network's second-in-command, Mike Sullivan, said he would not renew his contract as president of entertainment. Sullivan, who joined the network in October 1994, just months before its launch, had told his bosses this summer of his plans to resign. Sources said Valentine is talking with Tom Nunan, senior vice president of NBC Studios and a former development executive at Fox Broadcasting Co.
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