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June 9, 1999 | PAULA SPAN, WASHINGTON POST
The task at hand, here at Lucky Duck Productions, is choosing a properly stirring musical conclusion for a Lifetime "Intimate Portrait," this one recounting the many trials and triumphs of newswoman Connie Chung. Perhaps flute arpeggios? "Schlocky," decrees editor Lisa Shreve. Swelling strings? Producer Lori Savitch feigns snoring.
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July 9, 2005 | Geoff Boucher
MTV and VH1 will take turns today airing five-hour blocks of performances from "Live 8: A Concert to Make Poverty History." The unusual, commercial-free replay comes one week after MTV took heat from fans and critics for missing too many key music moments in its live broadcast of the shows on 10 stages in nine countries. The 10-hour revisit begins at 10 a.m. on VH1 and then shifts to sister-station MTV at 3 p.m.
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November 21, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Sykes' reign as president of cable channel VH1 has a certain fairy tale quality. When he took control of the music-oriented outlet a year and a half ago after a stint at flashy, splashy MTV, the picture was pretty grim. "VH1 over the years was always the ugly stepsister of MTV," the outgoing, 40-year-old executive says. Both channels are owned by Viacom, but MTV had not merely found a niche with its flashy, youth-oriented programming--it had defined a generation.
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December 18, 2002 | From Reuters
Upset that cable music channel VH1 canceled their planned reality series before it even aired, singer Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, filed suit in New York against VH1 and MTV Networks, units of Viacom Inc., as well as Viacom itself. The high-profile couple said that VH1 breached their contract to do "Liza & David" and that an anonymous Viacom employee defamed Gest in a newspaper interview, calling him a "control freak."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1998 | SUE FOX
The sound of music just got a little sweeter for the orchestras and bands of Agoura High School, the recipients of a $40,000 trove of new musical instruments donated by a cable music channel and a local cable provider. The gift of oboes, trombones, violins and other instruments will revitalize a music program that depends heavily on donations from corporations and booster groups, said Donald Zimring, the deputy superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1998
Helping to bolster music programs in Los Angeles schools, a music education campaign donated $150,000 worth of instruments to seven elementary schools. Executives from the "VH1 Save the Music" program presented an average of 30 instruments, including cellos, flutes and trumpets, to each of the seven schools, said Bob Morrison, spokesman for VH1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS
Orange County's No Doubt will appear on VH1's "Storytellers" series in an episode scheduled to premiere Sept. 24. The session, filmed Thursday in Carson in front of about 300 fans, included the first performance with the group in five years of its former leader and chief songwriter Eric Stefani, singer Gwen Stefani's older brother.
NEWS
October 27, 1998 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES FASHION WRITER
When the VH-1 Fashion Awards were inaugurated four years ago, they aimed to marry style and music. Not much of a stretch pairing those two. But the surprise of this year's fitfully entertaining awards show, taped in New York on Oct. 23 and scheduled to air tonight at 9, is that fashion and comedy have turned out to be more natural soul mates. The laughs began with wickedly funny promos for the '98 awards, starring Ellen DeGeneres, the show's host.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2002 | From Reuters
Upset that cable music channel VH1 canceled their planned reality series before it even aired, singer Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, filed suit in New York against VH1 and MTV Networks, units of Viacom Inc., as well as Viacom itself. The high-profile couple said that VH1 breached their contract to do "Liza & David" and that an anonymous Viacom employee defamed Gest in a newspaper interview, calling him a "control freak."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2005 | Geoff Boucher
MTV and VH1 will take turns today airing five-hour blocks of performances from "Live 8: A Concert to Make Poverty History." The unusual, commercial-free replay comes one week after MTV took heat from fans and critics for missing too many key music moments in its live broadcast of the shows on 10 stages in nine countries. The 10-hour revisit begins at 10 a.m. on VH1 and then shifts to sister-station MTV at 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS
Orange County's No Doubt will appear on VH1's "Storytellers" series in an episode scheduled to premiere Sept. 24. The session, filmed Thursday in Carson in front of about 300 fans, included the first performance with the group in five years of its former leader and chief songwriter Eric Stefani, singer Gwen Stefani's older brother.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 1999 | PAULA SPAN, WASHINGTON POST
The task at hand, here at Lucky Duck Productions, is choosing a properly stirring musical conclusion for a Lifetime "Intimate Portrait," this one recounting the many trials and triumphs of newswoman Connie Chung. Perhaps flute arpeggios? "Schlocky," decrees editor Lisa Shreve. Swelling strings? Producer Lori Savitch feigns snoring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1998 | SUE FOX
The sound of music just got a little sweeter for the orchestras and bands of Agoura High School, the recipients of a $40,000 trove of new musical instruments donated by a cable music channel and a local cable provider. The gift of oboes, trombones, violins and other instruments will revitalize a music program that depends heavily on donations from corporations and booster groups, said Donald Zimring, the deputy superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
NEWS
October 27, 1998 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES FASHION WRITER
When the VH-1 Fashion Awards were inaugurated four years ago, they aimed to marry style and music. Not much of a stretch pairing those two. But the surprise of this year's fitfully entertaining awards show, taped in New York on Oct. 23 and scheduled to air tonight at 9, is that fashion and comedy have turned out to be more natural soul mates. The laughs began with wickedly funny promos for the '98 awards, starring Ellen DeGeneres, the show's host.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1998
Helping to bolster music programs in Los Angeles schools, a music education campaign donated $150,000 worth of instruments to seven elementary schools. Executives from the "VH1 Save the Music" program presented an average of 30 instruments, including cellos, flutes and trumpets, to each of the seven schools, said Bob Morrison, spokesman for VH1.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1998 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Viewers won't take long to sense something unusual about NBC's "NewsRadio" rerun on Wednesday. A bubble reading "Empty" pops into the opening scene and points to a coffee cup in front of egomaniacal reporter Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman). When a mental patient (guest star Jon Lovitz) lights a cigarette and talks to it, a bubble will bounce up with a familiar-sounding bloop to reveal that 95% of schizophrenics are smokers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1998 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Viewers won't take long to sense something unusual about NBC's "NewsRadio" rerun on Wednesday. A bubble reading "Empty" pops into the opening scene and points to a coffee cup in front of egomaniacal reporter Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman). When a mental patient (guest star Jon Lovitz) lights a cigarette and talks to it, a bubble will bounce up with a familiar-sounding bloop to reveal that 95% of schizophrenics are smokers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Sykes' reign as president of cable channel VH1 has a certain fairy tale quality. When he took control of the music-oriented outlet a year and a half ago after a stint at flashy, splashy MTV, the picture was pretty grim. "VH1 over the years was always the ugly stepsister of MTV," the outgoing, 40-year-old executive says. Both channels are owned by Viacom, but MTV had not merely found a niche with its flashy, youth-oriented programming--it had defined a generation.
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