Sister RandyWill Cross Over to Cable

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BBC America last week signed a second deal to bring content from the Web to its cable channel as TV programming, closing a deal with Dotcomix for the character "Sister Randy."

BBC America, the British Broadcasting Corp.'s U.S. cable network, will migrate Sister Randy from her online home to television.

Created by Dotcomix-an Internet animation site that produces and distributes fresh cartoons daily-Sister Randy is a chain-smoking nun who misinforms her audience with her art lessons. She is a wicked parody of Sister Wendy, who appears on PBS and BBC America.

Sister Randy debuts on BBC America this summer as part of the primetime "Britcom" block. It will also be syndicated to BBC America's Web site. The cable network ordered 26 Sister Randy "episodes"-shorts ranging from four to six minutes-from Dotcomix.

BBC America's first convergence deal, in May, was to bring Mondo Media's Thugs on Film-two soccer hooligans who review movies-to the channel and the Web site.

BBC America chief operating officer Paul Lee said in a prepared statement: "Sister Randy's fantastically irreverent approach is perfectly in tune with BBC America's wicked sense of fun, and we look forward to her debut on the channel and on BBCAmerica.com."

BBC America Online director Peter Stonier said the BBC in general has been aggressive in pursuing new-media opportunities. "We want to experiment in the United States," he added. "It's an emerging channel. It should."

BBC America needs short program segments to fill in gaps when it airs shows that don't fit into traditional 30- to 60-minute slots, he said.

In another convergence-type deal last week, Kaleidoscope Network Inc.-which switched from a traditional 24-hour cable network to a broadband-multimedia company one year ago-unveiled two new health series it will produce for Pax TV.

Original series Dr. Art Ulene's Challenge will air weekdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Pax TV, starting Sept. 25. Ulene is the former Today health anchor, and his series is structured as an interactive program with ties to kALIVE.com, Kaleidoscope's Web site.

The second new Kaleidoscope show for Pax TV is Women's Health Guide. Joyce Brothers will contribute on-camera to each episode, offering insight on psychological and social issues. Former Miss USA Kim Tomes will host.

Also starting Sept. 25, National Health Report on Pax TV-which currently airs Thursdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m.-expands to five days per week at noon.

Kaleidoscope has a seven-year agreement to provide branded health and wellness programming to Pax TV, slated to air 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

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