Fuse Names New Execs, Programming
New York — Interactive music-video service Fuse announced two key executive appointments and a new programming slate to debut in the first quarter.
Former TV Guide Television Group executive Bill Rosolie will take over a senior vice president of advertising sales, while Rainbow Media Holdings affiliate marketing executive Joe Glennon was promoted to senior vice president of distribution, handling affiliate sales and marketing.
The network will also roll out a mix of interactive, music video, sports and entertainment news-oriented programming, including Slave To The Metal, Steven’s Untitled Rock Show, Comp’d, Fusified, Fuse Action, F-List, Fuse Worldwide Sports and Ultimate Gig: The Fuse VJ Search.
A&E’s Show Slate: More Reality Fare
Los Angeles — A&E Network will continue to delve heavily into the unscripted genre in 2005 as the network is in various stages of production with a number of series, network officials told pundits at the Television Critics Association press tour Friday.
Inked, which looks at the staff and client base of the Hart & Huntington Co. in Las Vegas, and Criss Angel, centered around the illusionist, are currently in production. A&E Network senior vice president of programming Bob DeBitetto also said the service has about 20 original movies and miniseries in the works.
Ex-VH1 Chief Sykes Returns to MTVN
New York — Former VH1 president John Sykes is returning to MTV Networks, where he is expected to be involved with getting new channels off the ground.
Parent company Viacom Inc. said that Sykes will take a new role at MTVN, “overseeing the development and launch of new branded television networks.”
Sykes left VH1 in March 2002 to take over Infinity Broadcasting Corp. as chairman and CEO. Viacom promoted Joel Hollander to those positions last Thursday, effective immediately.