Orlando, Fla. -- Cutting 20 percent of its work force, The Health Network recently
handed pink slips to 40 production employees at its Universal Studios Florida facility,
senior vice president of programming Marc Krigsman said.
The cuts came after THN wrapped production on Baby Steps and two other new shows
that were produced here.
Krigsman said about 60 employees will remain here, but the company will produce most of
its shows in its New York and Los Angeles facilities to accommodate the increased amount
of celebrities it is signing to work on health shows.
Also last week, America's Voice officials confirmed that the network filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-law protection and laid off about 14 people.
New York -- Charter Communications Inc. vice chairman Marc Nathanson will be the
honoree at this year's Cable Positive benefit dinner.
Nathanson -- whose prior MSO, Falcon Communications Inc., sold out to Charter last year
-- has served on the board of governors of AIDS Project Los Angeles since 1991. He and his
wife, Jane, are major contributors to AmFAR (the American Foundation for AIDS Research)
and other AIDS organizations. Falcon actively supported Cable Positive AIDS-education
The Weather Channel CEO Decker Anstrom will chair the dinner, to be held April 5 at the
Marriott Marquis here. Insight Communications Co. Inc. chairman Michael Willner will serve
as dinner co-chairman.
Last year's dinner raised $1.1 million for the nonprofit organization.
Fort Lee, N.J. -- NBC Cable kicked off its Summer Olympic Games local ad-sales
upfront presentations last week in Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles.
NBC Cable -- which said last summer that it was putting together such a road show to
help cable affiliates sell Summer Olympics local inventory (available for the first time)
-- added that its 18th and final upfront will be held March 9 in Dallas.
CNBC and MSNBC will carry a combined 270 hours of Olympics coverage from Sydney,
Australia, Sept. 15 through Oct. 1.
New York -- Dan Lawlor, who left National Cable Communications just over a year
ago to join Odyssey, A Henson & Hallmark Entertainment Network, rejoined the
spot-cable rep firm last week as vice president and general manager for spot-market
interconnects, reporting to NCC executive vice president of technology and operations Ken
Lawlor was general manager of NCC's Chicago Cable Interconnect until joining
Odyssey in January 1999 as vice president of Midwest ad sales.
As Odyssey's executive vice president of ad sales, John Barbera, a former Turner
Broadcasting Sales Inc. president, had lured Lawlor, another TBSI alumnus, to the network.
New York -- ESPN last week assigned media placement on its account to Wieden
& Kennedy, based here. The ad agency already handles the creative on ESPN's
advertising campaigns. Bozell Worldwide had previously handled ESPN's media buying.