CBS to Aid America Net


Fledgling reality network The America Channel has struck a production accord with CBS News Productions.

Doron Gorshein, CEO and president of The America Channel, which plans a second-quarter 2004 debut with content telling homespun tales of the everyman and everywoman, said the network will have "a close working relationship" with CBS News Productions in three main ways. He said the unit of CBS News, which has the "right sensibilities for what we're trying to do," will produce commissioned segments and also "develop concepts that we could be a platform for." In addition, The America Channel will "access their national footprint. We'll be able to drill down into the country and find interesting personal stories."

Marjorie Baker, vice president of CBS News Productions, said shows about people The America Channel wants to present are in keeping with "our experiences, and the quality of programming we do."

CBS News Productions also produces content for such non-fiction cable networks as Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, The History Channel, A&E Network, National Geographic Channel, as well as sister service TV Land.