Betty Ellen Berlamino will be responsible for all network distribution and affiliate relations at The CW as well as serve as the network’s primary liaison with its station groups and MVPDs. Affiliate marketing activities will be jointly managed by both Berlamino and Rick Haskins, president, streaming and chief brand officer.
Jean Dietze, the retiring head of affiliate relations at NBC, has witnessed major changes in the network-affiliate relationship over the past 40-plus years. And she’s a big part of why that relationship continues to distinguish broadcasting, has survived rocky times and might just save the business.
The Sony Pictures Television executive is chosen to succeed Jean Dietze, who ends her 46-year career at NBCU in January.
Former Fox and ABC network executive Preston Padden calls on the agency and Congress to pressure NBC to cancel plans to dump Ed Ansin’s WHDH as its Boston affiliate so that it can launch its own O&O there at the end of this year. “If this ‘experiment’ is successful, it almost certainly will be repeated in other cities,” Padden says.
The new agreement extends affiliations of all of Tribune’s CW outlets except WGN Chicago, which moves to Fox-owned WPWR. The deal covers 28 million television households across 25% of the U.S.
He is said to be taking a voluntary buyout and will leave his position of EVP, broadcast distribution, Fox Networks Group in late May.
Kurt Davis, the CBS News executive in charge of Newspath, is promoted to oversee day-to-day operations of CBS Affiliate Relations. He will work with Ray Hopkins, who oversees business affairs and affiliation agreements.
Differences over reverse comp will for the most part be set aside next week during meetings of the Big Three networks affiliate boards at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, according to the chairmen of the boards. Rather than money, the meetings will concentrate on primetime programming and cooperative plans for distributing local broadcast signals on digital platforms, they say. Fox is the only one of the Big Four networks to schedule a full-affiliates meeting at NAB.
In addition, it promotes Rhonda Brockmann and Scot Chastain to EVPs in the department..
Former CW network distribution exec Elizabeth Tumulty will be the West Coast point person on affiliate issues including negotiating new affiliation contracts and coordinating with the CBS Affiliate Board.
David Wisnia, the former Star TV executive, will work on negotiating new affiliation contracts while helping to oversee the department’s operations and personnel.
Jean Dietze has been promoted to EVP, affiliate relations, NBC, it was announced by Ted Harbert, Chairman, NBC Broadcasting, to whom she reports. Jean is based in New York. In her new role she will continue to oversee all aspects of affiliate relations, and serve as the network’s chief liaison to the affiliate body. “Jean […]
Fox’s 10-year-old behemoth is trying to rediscover its voice, but it’s still a lesson in how a network and its affiliates can sing in unison.