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Elmer Alley

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Nov 28, 2000, 3:00:00 AM11/28/00
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The following TNN press information was released today over the wire.


TNN ACQUIRES THE TOPS IN 'POP' FROM PARAMOUNT:
 THREE 'STAR TREK' SERIES AND FIVE 'STAR TREK' MOVIES


November 28, 2000 - New York, NY - In its quest for all that is pop, TNN:
THE NATIONAL NETWORK has acquired from Paramount Domestic
Television the cable rights to three of the hugely successful STAR TREK
series of the '80s and '90s: STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; STAR
TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, and STAR TREK: VOYAGER plus five STAR
TREK movies starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, it was
announced today by Diane Robina, General Manager, TNN.

In total, the STAR TREK series and movies represent more than 500
hours of quality television programming.

"Our commitment to re-brand TNN as a top-rated network includes
significant investment in programming, including acquisition of hotly
bidded properties like STAR TREK," says Robina.  "Over the years, the
STAR TREK franchise has been a nationwide popular favorite.  It comes
up all the time in calls from our viewers.  According to our audience,
there are few pop franchises that are bigger than STAR TREK.  It's a
perfect fit for TNN as we re-brand the network.  It will be a marquee
property that will bring viewers to TNN's original programming slated to
premiere in 2001."

According to the terms of the deal, TNN has acquired 179 episodes of
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, to be telecast on TNN beginning
Fall 2001; 176 episodes of DEEP SPACE NINE, beginning Fall 2004 and
172 episodes of VOYAGER, premiering on TNN in late 2006.  STAR
TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, which first premiered in syndication in
September 1987 and won 16 Emmys during seven seasons, stars
Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the leader of the Starship
Enterprise on a mission of galactic exploration and discovery during the
turbulent 24th century.  STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE premiered in
January 1993 as the highest-rated series debut in syndication history,
and during its seven-year run, earned four Emmy Awards and retained
its dominance as the No. 1 first-run drama series in national syndication
among adults 18-49. The Emmy Award-winning STAR TREK: VOYAGER,
which premiered in January 1995, is currently in its seventh and final
season, having ranked as UPN's No. 1 drama series since the Network's
debut.  The series will conclude its run in syndication with a special
two-hour episode airing in May 2001.

The five Paramount feature films include STAR TREK: THE MOTION
PICTURE (1979), STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN (1982); STAR
TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984), STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE
HOME (1986), and STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER (1989).  TNN will
telecast the movies beginning in 2001.

TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK is the first network of the people.  Coast
to coast, TNN is connecting adults 18-49 to the tops in pop culture such
as WWF RAW IS WAR, cable's top-rated series.  And it's connecting
viewers to network decision-makers 24 hours a day through its toll-free
number, 1-888-POP-1090.

Under the banner of "We've Got Pop," TNN invites its viewers to call and
talk about what's pop on television, on movie screens and in their
hometowns.  Viewers voices and faces show up on the network, talking
about whatever's on their minds.  Since TNN started 1-888-POP-1090,
calls have come in from all over the country about WWF and other TNN
shows, including PBR (Professional Bull Riding, the first extreme sport
and the "most dangerous eight seconds in television"), motorsports
coverage, TNN outdoors programs (more than any other network) and
dramatic series such as the TNN original 18 WHEELS OF JUSTICE.   The
newly acquired series and movie titles announced today are among the
first steps in revamping the schedule with new programming. TNN's
program schedule will include 50% original programming by the year
2005.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B),
owns and operates the following television programming services --
MTV:  MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VHI, NICKELODEON/NICK at NITE, TV
LAND, TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK, CMT and the THE DIGITAL SUITE
FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of nine digital services, all of which
are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing
agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its
programming services can be seen worldwide.  In addition, MTV
Networks operates the MTVi Group and Nickelodeon Online, a portfolio of
leading Internet properties built to address every interest of today's
music fan and Internet-savvy kid.

Press Contacts:   Jeanine Smartt   (MTV Networks)  212/846-7437
Cheryl Daly (TNN/N.Y.)   212/846-4070
    John Wentworth (Paramount/L.A.)  323/956-5394
The following TNN press information was released today over the wire.


TNN ACQUIRES THE TOPS IN 'POP' FROM PARAMOUNT:
 THREE 'STAR TREK' SERIES AND FIVE 'STAR TREK' MOVIES


November 28, 2000 - New York, NY - In its quest for all that is pop, TNN:
THE NATIONAL NETWORK has acquired from Paramount Domestic
Television the cable rights to three of the hugely successful STAR TREK
series of the '80s and '90s: STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; STAR
TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, and STAR TREK: VOYAGER plus five STAR
TREK movies starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, it was
announced today by Diane Robina, General Manager, TNN.

In total, the STAR TREK series and movies represent more than 500
hours of quality television programming.

"Our commitment to re-brand TNN as a top-rated network includes
significant investment in programming, including acquisition of hotly
bidded properties like STAR TREK," says Robina.  "Over the years, the
STAR TREK franchise has been a nationwide popular favorite.  It comes
up all the time in calls from our viewers.  According to our audience,
there are few pop franchises that are bigger than STAR TREK.  It's a
perfect fit for TNN as we re-brand the network.  It will be a marquee
property that will bring viewers to TNN's original programming slated to
premiere in 2001."

According to the terms of the deal, TNN has acquired 179 episodes of
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, to be telecast on TNN beginning
Fall 2001; 176 episodes of DEEP SPACE NINE, beginning Fall 2004 and
172 episodes of VOYAGER, premiering on TNN in late 2006.  STAR
TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, which first premiered in syndication in
September 1987 and won 16 Emmys during seven seasons, stars
Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the leader of the Starship
Enterprise on a mission of galactic exploration and discovery during the
turbulent 24th century.  STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE premiered in
January 1993 as the highest-rated series debut in syndication history,
and during its seven-year run, earned four Emmy Awards and retained
its dominance as the No. 1 first-run drama series in national syndication
among adults 18-49. The Emmy Award-winning STAR TREK: VOYAGER,
which premiered in January 1995, is currently in its seventh and final
season, having ranked as UPN's No. 1 drama series since the Network's
debut.  The series will conclude its run in syndication with a special
two-hour episode airing in May 2001.

The five Paramount feature films include STAR TREK: THE MOTION
PICTURE (1979), STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN (1982); STAR
TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984), STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE
HOME (1986), and STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER (1989).  TNN will
telecast the movies beginning in 2001.

TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK is the first network of the people.  Coast
to coast, TNN is connecting adults 18-49 to the tops in pop culture such
as WWF RAW IS WAR, cable's top-rated series.  And it's connecting
viewers to network decision-makers 24 hours a day through its toll-free
number, 1-888-POP-1090.

Under the banner of "We've Got Pop," TNN invites its viewers to call and
talk about what's pop on television, on movie screens and in their
hometowns.  Viewers voices and faces show up on the network, talking
about whatever's on their minds.  Since TNN started 1-888-POP-1090,
calls have come in from all over the country about WWF and other TNN
shows, including PBR (Professional Bull Riding, the first extreme sport
and the "most dangerous eight seconds in television"), motorsports
coverage, TNN outdoors programs (more than any other network) and
dramatic series such as the TNN original 18 WHEELS OF JUSTICE.   The
newly acquired series and movie titles announced today are among the
first steps in revamping the schedule with new programming. TNN's
program schedule will include 50% original programming by the year
2005.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B),
owns and operates the following television programming services --
MTV:  MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VHI, NICKELODEON/NICK at NITE, TV
LAND, TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK, CMT and the THE DIGITAL SUITE
FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of nine digital services, all of which
are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing
agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its
programming services can be seen worldwide.  In addition, MTV
Networks operates the MTVi Group and Nickelodeon Online, a portfolio of
leading Internet properties built to address every interest of today's
music fan and Internet-savvy kid.

Press Contacts:   Jeanine Smartt   (MTV Networks)  212/846-7437
Cheryl Daly (TNN/N.Y.)   212/846-4070
    John Wentworth (Paramount/L.A.)  323/956-5394

Country Boy

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Nov 28, 2000, 3:00:00 AM11/28/00
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I love press releases.  The best parts are what they don't say.  Funny how they didn't seem to mention that Viacom, which owns TNN, also happens to own Paramount, which sold TNN these movies.
 
So it's simply moving money from one pocket to another pocket of the very same suit.
 

Bradley Olson

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Nov 29, 2000, 3:00:00 AM11/29/00
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I called the Pop 1090 line and complained that they should have more country music as I don't like the change of format at all.  A lot of people on Country Weekly's website agree with me.
 
Bradley  (I'm back)

Country Boy

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Nov 30, 2000, 1:16:58 AM11/30/00
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Since TNN became The National Network, it has achieved higher ratings than it ever did as a country channel.  In fact, for the first time ever, it had the #1 rated program on cable TV.
 
Complain all you want, but they're doing very well with what they've got.  And since they also own CMT, they'll simply tell you that if you want country, complain to your local cable company that you want CMT.
 
 
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