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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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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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 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."
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.
BUSINESS
July 25, 1994 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paramount Pictures and Chris-Craft Industries, after weeks of tense negotiations, have concluded their joint-venture agreement to launch a fifth broadcast network by next January, sources close to the venture said Sunday. The 120-page agreement, reached just before a deadline for notifying affiliates was to expire last week, seems for the time being to quell industry speculation that the proposed network was on shaky ground.
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May 8, 1997 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lucie Salhany will step down as president and chief executive of United Paramount Network when her contract expires in September, ending more than a year of on-and-off speculation fueled by the fledgling network's rocky start and her ongoing disputes with one of its owners. Salhany said Wednesday night that she would not renew her contract, but would continue to have a role in the network as a consultant to its 50% owner, BHC Communications Inc.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1997 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a three-month search, UPN today will name Dean Valentine, formerly head of television at Walt Disney Co., to replace Lucie Salhany as its president and chief executive. Industry sources say Valentine's creative background could help UPN shore up its weakness in programming and may well signal a new emphasis at the network.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1997 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Talk about stumbling from the blocks. The 1997-98 television season opens this week with three new UPN comedies that are prime time at its flat-out dumbest and unfunniest. For example, tonight's "Good News" isn't. And Tuesday's back-to-back "Hitz" and "Head Over Heels" boldly serve immediate notice that they are serious contenders--no others need apply--for worst comedy of the season. "Good News" would be, too, if not for its music.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 1997 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the show's vernacular, the sitcom "Clueless" is getting, like, totally Shawshanked. The UPN network will televise the teen comedy during the coming season, after its first year ran on ABC. And though ABC opted not to renew "Clueless," the network is still playing hardball as to its timetable in releasing the series.
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