Sunday, October 18, 2009

News Round-up: Nielsen, Tunie, Parrish, Franco, Tikaram

Nielsen Hears From Clients on TV Everywhere Future
TV industry researchers and digital distribution executives are pressing Nielsen to roll out internet meters as part of the national panel as quickly as possible. Nielsen convened a meeting on October 16 at New York’s Harvard Club to hear what the majority of clients’ priorities are as online viewing gets set for take-off.

“We’re hearing from the clients that the timing is right to begin a broad roll out of internet meters,” said Sara Ericson, president of media client services at Nielsen who added that clients are also wary of affecting the quality of the TV panel. The fear is the more demands put on the existing panelists – such as tracking their Internet use – the greater the likelihood of them dropping out of the TV panel altogether.

Can Off-Cable Get Stations On Track?
As cash-strapped stations continue to struggle with ever-present programming needs, syndicators have stepped up their first-time off-cable reality show offerings to the broadcast syndication market. But buyers and sellers alike are taking a thoughtful approach to these new acquisitions and their longer-term implications.

Putting the REAL HOUSEWIVES franchise on NBCU startions is a calculated risk, Sean O'Boyle, NBC Universal Domestic TV's executive VP and general manager, says: “We think this franchise has the ability to attract new broadcast viewers on top of loyal viewers. And we think it's compatible with daytime soaps, talk shows and court shows.”

Actor and director John Linwood “Jack” Parrish Jr. dies
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University's drama program in the early 1970s, Mr. Parrish moved to New York, where he did regional theater and television roles including Brad Garrick on ANOTHER WORLD and Brian Collier on ALL MY CHILDREN.

Tamara Tunie loves her Steelers
"I’m a rabid Steelers fan: I’m originally from Pittsburgh. So if the Giants or Pittsburgh are playing, the rest of Sunday is all about food and football. We have a TV in the kitchen. Around 7, we adjourn to the den on the third floor, maybe do a little 60 MINUTES, and then we’re into night football. With some nachos or sticky wings and a salad."

James Franco & Frida Giannini Cover i-D Magazine
James Franco and Freida Giannini, head designer of Gucci, take the Fall 2009 cover of British contemporary style guide, i-D Magazine.

Ramon Tikaram joins EASTENDERS
THIS LIFE star Ramon Tikaram has joined the cast of BBC One soap EASTENDERS, it has been announced. The 42-year-old, who played Ferdy Garcia in the 1990s drama, will play Amira Shah's father, Qadim Shah.

"It's great to be joining a program that represents a Muslim family in a positive light," the actor said.

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