or


[05/06/08 - 11:50 AM]
ABC Studios Wins the Banff World Television Festival's 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award
ABC Studios was cited for "the enormous impact of its innovative programming" with breakthrough series like "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Criminal Minds" and "Grey's Anatomy."

[via press release from ABC]

ABC STUDIOS WINS THE BANFF WORLD TELEVISION FESTIVAL'S 2008 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mark Pedowitz to Accept the Honor at the Festival on June 9, 2008

ABC Studios will be presented the Banff World Television Festival's 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award for its high-quality programming and overall contribution to the television industry. Mark Pedowitz, president, ABC Studios, will accept the award on June 9 at the 29th annual festival in Alberta, Canada, and host a keynote session Q&A the following day. This is the first time a U.S. studio has received the prestigious award, and only the ninth acknowledgment for an American entity since the award's inception in 1985.

Chosen by the Banff Television Board of Governor's, ABC Studios was cited for the enormous impact of its innovative programming with breakthrough series like "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Criminal Minds" and "Grey's Anatomy."

"It's an honor for the studio to receive this award," said Mr. Pedowitz, "made even more special by the fact that we're the only American studio ever to be recognized this way. It is incredibly rewarding to be acknowledged for our programming that transcends borders and resonates with audiences worldwide. ABC Studios programming reflects a lot of hard work by a lot of great people, and I'm delighted to accept the award on their behalf."

"The Banff World Television Festival salutes the many outstanding achievements of ABC Studios," says Jennifer Harkness, executive director, BANFF. "They continue to create milestones in their programming and are one of the cornerstones of the industry. It will be a highlight of the event to salute them in front of their many peers at the Festival."

ABC Studios has emerged as a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content across broadcast and cable television and emerging digital platforms. The studio's focused balance of creativity, management and technology yielded 25 diverse productions in the 2007/08 TV season for eight U.S. networks and distributed to broadcasters worldwide. The studio's roster of multi-season network series includes "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "Grey's Anatomy," "Ugly Betty," "Brothers & Sisters," "According to Jim," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Private Practice," "Samantha Who?," "Scrubs," "Criminal Minds" and "Ghost Whisperer." The studio continues to make great strides in cable with Lifetime's highest rated series, "Army Wives," ABC Family's hit drama series, "Kyle XY," and the new Steven Bochco drama "Raising the Bar" on TNT. In the fall, the studio will launch its first series in first-run syndication with "Wizard's First Rule," based on Terry Goodkind's bestselling epic fantasy. In addition to its scripted programming, the studio produces ABC's late-night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Since being named president, ABC Studios, in April 2004 (then Touchstone Television), Mark Pedowitz has overseen the creative and business operations for the studio's most successful seasons, shepherding an impressive slate of programming for network, cable, mobile and broadband outlets. He was instrumental in expanding the studio's brand identity as a haven for filmmakers for both broadcast and cable networks. Mr. Pedowitz's role also includes oversight of music for the Disney-ABC Television Group and of the experimental digital media studio, Stage 9.

"We are thrilled that Mark will be attending both to accept the award and to speak to his expertise in his field," says Ms. Harkness. "His range of experience will provide incredible content for our delegates."

The Banff World Television Festival is a not-for-profit event produced by Achilles Media Ltd., an international events management company serving the television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd. events include: History Makers: International Summit of History & Current Affairs Producers, nextMEDIA events, Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) and NATPE Mobile++. For more information, visit http://www.achillesmedia.com. The Banff World Television Festival takes place June 8-11 amid the spectacular Canadian Rockies at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada. To register, please visit www.banff2008.com





  [may 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· ACCORDING TO JIM (ABC)
· ARMY WIVES (LIFETIME)
· BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC)
· GHOST WHISPERER (CBS)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· KYLE XY (ABC FAMILY)
· LEGEND OF THE SEEKER (SYNDICATION)
· LOST (ABC)
· PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
· RAISING THE BAR (TNT)
· SAMANTHA WHO? (ABC)
· SCRUBS (ABC)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)











[01/29/15 - 10:13 AM]
"Nightline" Is #1 for the Week - Ranks #1 in Total Viewers 13 of Last 14 Weeks
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of January 19-23.

[01/29/15 - 10:12 AM]
Five Greenlights, Two Renewals, And a Premiere! Comedy Central(R) Announces CC:Studios Development Slate
Available now on cc.com is "Roustabout," a comedic travelogue that follows Kurt Braunohler as he jet skis from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money for charity.

[01/29/15 - 10:00 AM]
A Disney Princess Inspired by Latin Cultures, "Elena of Avalor," Will Be Introduced in 2016 on Disney Junior Channels and Programming Blocks Around the World
The role of 16-year-old Princess Elena, the bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor, will be voiced by Aimee Carrero.

[01/29/15 - 09:50 AM]
Debut Episode of Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect Mobile Game Premieres Today on the App Store
Said Kurt Sutter, "It's finally fucking here. It's awesome. Play it. Live it. Be the prospect."

[01/29/15 - 08:47 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Continues Its Reign for FOX
The network's newcomer equals last week's series high among adults 18-49.

[01/29/15 - 08:47 AM]
"Chicago P.D." Captures Its Biggest Overall Audience for a Rebroadcast Since April 16, Its Second-Biggest to Date
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 28.

[01/29/15 - 08:15 AM]
"Shark Week" Returns to Discovery Channel on July 5
A summer long celebration of all things shark, this year's edition will deliver more hours of all new, visually-stunning and informative shark-filled specials than ever before.

[01/29/15 - 08:03 AM]
The Band Perry, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and John Legend to Perform on "Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy(R) Salute," Monday, Feb. 16 on CBS
They join previously announced performers Janelle MonĂ¡e, Ed Sheeran and Usher.

[01/29/15 - 07:17 AM]
Bravo Media Picks Up "Top Chef" for Season 13 and Embarks on Nationwide Casting Call
The network announced open casting calls in cities across the country for chefs interested in competing in the high-stakes culinary competition series starting on February 3.

[01/29/15 - 06:48 AM]
Original Programming on The Weather Channel Registers Double Digit Increases
Upcoming original primetime premieres include "Coast Guard Alaska" (February 23), "Weather of Biblical Proportions" (March 15), and "Brainstormers" (March 22).

[01/29/15 - 06:46 AM]
Country Superstar Tim McGraw to Perform for Glen Campbell at the Oscars(R)
"I'm honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry," said McGraw.

[01/29/15 - 06:07 AM]
Crown Media Family Networks, Home Of Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Announces Its Adoption of "Happy" the Dog as the Company's First-Ever Canine Goodwill Ambassador
"Happy, the Dog" will also appear in the highly-anticipated 2015 Hero Dog Awards, a celebration of courageous canines who have performed extraordinary good deeds, premiering this Fall.

[01/29/15 - 05:01 AM]
Bell Media and CBS Corporation Announce Long-Term Content Licensing and Trademark Agreement for Showtime(R) in Canada
The exclusive, landmark deal will bring the Showtime brand to Canada for the first time, with hundreds of hours of past, present and future Showtime programming being made available across Bell Media platforms.

[01/29/15 - 05:00 AM]
NBC's "The Blacklist" Launches "Red Is on the Run to Thursdays" Scavenger Hunt in 25 Cities
The first three fans in each city to catch the Red decoy, wearing his signature suit and fedora hat, will be rewarded with cash prizes.

[01/28/15 - 05:48 PM]
Breaking News: Supergirl Casts James Olsen
Mehcad Brooks is set as James Olsen, a photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara (series star Melissa Benoist) works.