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February 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
Disney children's programs will disappear from the UPN television network this fall. Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. has decided not to renew its deal to provide shows such as "Digimon," "Legend of Tarzan" and "Recess" on UPN affiliates on weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings, Disney said. The decision reflects the poor ratings that programs for younger children draw on broadcast networks and the migration of viewers to cable channels such as Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, Disney said.
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January 13, 2006 | From Hollywood Reporter
UPN, riding high with its new Chris Rock sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," is working with Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys to develop a drama loosely based on her childhood, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The coming-of-age story will follow a girl from a biracial family. Keys, 24, was born to a white mother and a black father, who split up when she was 2.
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BUSINESS
August 25, 2001 | From Reuters
Some of the UPN television network's biggest advertisers will receive a package of "value-added promotions" in exchange for buying traditional air time at a premium for the upcoming season, a source said Friday. The promotions, which could run the range from product placements to show sponsorships, are part of a recent deal between UPN and the media-buying arm of ad agency Omnicom Group Inc., according to a source familiar with the situation.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2005 | Susan King
First, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey headlined MTV's reality series, "Newlyweds." Now the newly married Britney Spears and Kevin Federline plan to bring their lives to the small screen in a six-part series for UPN. Shot mainly by the couple with their own camera, the series will air later this season and will give viewers what UPN described as a "rare glimpse inside the couple's relationship and life together." The series will repeat on MTV and/or VH1, which, like UPN, are owned by Viacom.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2000 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barry Diller's USA Networks Inc. and Chris-Craft Industries Inc. are in discussions to become partners in the UPN television network, according to sources close to the companies. UPN could be Diller's best chance for reentering the network business after losing out on both CBS and NBC, which he tried to buy almost two years ago. Diller is credited with building the Fox Television Network for Rupert Murdoch.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Moesha" is experiencing growing pains. The UPN comedy, which stars Brandy, is in the midst of being revamped by the network and its producers, Big Ticket Television, as it moves through the remainder of its fifth season. The changes include more gritty and topical story lines involving children born out of wedlock, family deception and betrayal, gangs, sex, Internet relationships and drugs.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2001 | T.L. STANLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Of the six major broadcast networks, only UPN does not have a standards and practices executive, an in-house gatekeeper whose sole job is to monitor content, identify areas that could be objectionable and work to modify them before air date. While such positions are not mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the WB all have such executives on staff.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2001 | Paul Brownfield
The UPN and WB networks are undergoing management shifts at their entertainment divisions, with UPN President Tom Nunan and WB Co-President Susanne Daniels preparing to exit. Nunan will leave as entertainment president when his contract expires this month, according to sources close to the situation, marking the end of a term in which the Viacom Inc. network for the most part failed to generate new hits. UPN declined to comment. Nunan came to UPN in 1997 after a stint as head of NBC Studios.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY
Odds are you couldn't care less about my personal life, and I actually have no desire to share details with you. But in the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should take time to divulge one new development, however self-indulgent it may seem. My name is Brian Lowry, and I have a conflict of interest, and I thought it best to come clean so you can judge for yourself. My wife, Joanna, has just taken a job as head of publicity at the UPN network.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2005 | Susan King
First, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey headlined MTV's reality series, "Newlyweds." Now the newly married Britney Spears and Kevin Federline plan to bring their lives to the small screen in a six-part series for UPN. Shot mainly by the couple with their own camera, the series will air later this season and will give viewers what UPN described as a "rare glimpse inside the couple's relationship and life together." The series will repeat on MTV and/or VH1, which, like UPN, are owned by Viacom.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor
"Amish in the City" may have drawn some complaints before it aired, but Wednesday's debut of the unscripted series scored a huge success for UPN. "Amish," which puts a group of young Amish in a Los Angeles-area house with some more streetwise city kid, drew an audience of 5.2 million and gave UPN a rare second-place finish for the night in both total viewers and the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2004 | From a Times staff writer
An organization that advocates on behalf of rural Americans took out an ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer this week criticizing UPN's plans to air an unscripted series that follows five Amish young people who are sent to live with non-Amish peers in a Hollywood Hills home. "What kind of person could relish millions of viewers snickering as vulnerable Amish youth are set up by TV producers for a humiliating up-close and personal fall from grace?" asks the ad, purchased by the Whitesburg, Ky.
NEWS
February 26, 2004 | Scott Collins
UPN normally doesn't have much to brag about in the ratings. But an unscripted series about aspiring models has given the struggling network its first major hit since the wrestling extravaganza "WWE Smackdown!" broke through nearly five years ago. Tuesday's airing of "America's Next Top Model," a contest in which beautiful and often catty young women compete on the catwalk, delivered its highest ratings ever, with 7.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
UPN, seeking to increase the momentum established by its freshman comedies "All of Us" and "Eve," and its unscripted series "America's Next Top Model," is developing projects with several major stars including Mel Gibson, Queen Latifah, Kate Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson and Lisa Kudrow.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2003 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Fox is facing its rival's "Fear," resurrecting unscripted powerhouse "Joe Millionaire" this fall to do battle with NBC's gross-out "Fear Factor" in what will should be the "reality" showdown of the fall season.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
Disney children's programs will disappear from the UPN television network this fall. Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. has decided not to renew its deal to provide shows such as "Digimon," "Legend of Tarzan" and "Recess" on UPN affiliates on weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings, Disney said. The decision reflects the poor ratings that programs for younger children draw on broadcast networks and the migration of viewers to cable channels such as Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, Disney said.
NEWS
February 26, 2004 | Scott Collins
UPN normally doesn't have much to brag about in the ratings. But an unscripted series about aspiring models has given the struggling network its first major hit since the wrestling extravaganza "WWE Smackdown!" broke through nearly five years ago. Tuesday's airing of "America's Next Top Model," a contest in which beautiful and often catty young women compete on the catwalk, delivered its highest ratings ever, with 7.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor
"Amish in the City" may have drawn some complaints before it aired, but Wednesday's debut of the unscripted series scored a huge success for UPN. "Amish," which puts a group of young Amish in a Los Angeles-area house with some more streetwise city kid, drew an audience of 5.2 million and gave UPN a rare second-place finish for the night in both total viewers and the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2002 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The "Star Trek" franchise has long been a raft for the fledgling UPN network to Klingon to. But ratings for its latest "Star Trek" spinoff, "Enterprise," have fallen more than 60% since its debut last year, leaving executives at the Viacom Inc. unit to wonder whether the show is nearing its final TV frontier. Hoping to re-energize the program, Viacom executives are looking to "Star Trek: Nemesis," which opens in movie theaters today, to lure viewers to the small screen as well.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2001 | From Reuters
Some of the UPN television network's biggest advertisers will receive a package of "value-added promotions" in exchange for buying traditional air time at a premium for the upcoming season, a source said Friday. The promotions, which could run the range from product placements to show sponsorships, are part of a recent deal between UPN and the media-buying arm of ad agency Omnicom Group Inc., according to a source familiar with the situation.
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