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Josh Ackerman Mulls Over Possible Reality TV Show Settings

We couldn’t resist. At the end of our Mediabistro “Hey, How’d You Do That?” conversation with Bodega Pictures co-founder Josh Ackerman, we wondered what the busy producer thought about the potential of a couple of reality TV show settings.

TischSchoolLogoAckerman, once a teenage co-star of Disney Channel’s The All New Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera, currently has two shows on the air (Tru TV’s South Beach Tow, Food Network’s On the Rocks) and several other reality programs in active development. He agreed that the setting of a print media company trying to make the successful transition to digital was fertile. He was also intrigued by the idea of shooting a show at his NYU Alma Mater:

Could the Tisch School be a reality show?

Wow. I’m sure it’s evolved a lot since I was there, but yes. I think that the students are fascinating. I would have to go and see what’s going on there, and embed myself a little bit. You need comedy, conflict, characters. There are so many different things that the networks are now looking for, that you kind of go crazy trying to really think about whether you checked off everything. You just have really trust yourself and trust the story that you’re trying to convey.

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Rothstein Joins FishbowlDC|Newspaper Publishers To Charge Sunday Prices For Thanksgiving Papers|Disney Names Lightcap Prez|Ruth Reichl|Reporters Among Slain In Phillipine Massacre

FishbowlDC: Meet the new FishbowlDC editor, former gossip columnist at The Hill, Betsy Rothstein.

Bloomberg: Some newspaper publishers, including Tribune Co., E.W. Scripps Co. and MediaNews Group, plan to charge Sunday prices for their Thanksgiving papers.

Variety: Disney Channel Latin America executive Carolina Lightcap has been named president of Disney Channels Worldwide, replacing Rich Ross, who became chairman of Walt Disney Studios last month.

New York Observer: Will former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl continue to host her Gourmet-branded PBS show after the first season ends soon?

New York Times: At least 20 journalists we among the almost 50 people slain in the Phillipines massacre earlier this week, the largest number of reporters killed in one day.

USA Network Retains Crown: Most Watched Cable Network

monk.jpgUSA Network, bolstered by the success of Tony Shalhoub‘s detective series “Monk” and other shows like “Burn Notice” and “Psych,” has claimed the most-watched cable programming crown again, averaging about 2.8 million viewers in prime-time, the Hollywood Reporter said.

This had to be good news for NBC Universal, which has not had a stellar year at the box office.

NBC executives were jazzed that USA’s average was 463,000 viewers than the Disney Channel. But it also knocked Fox News, ESPN and CNN for a loop.

Hooray for Hollywood, indeed!

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 25, 2007

bear.jpegDiscovery Channel Back Into ‘Wild’
Bear Grylls is back on the air! THR reports on the comeback of his unscripted show Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel, which put the series back on the tube on Monday, re-edited of course.

The network added a disclaimer, THR says, to four episodes from the first season which featured not-so-natural actions by Grylls while “living in the wild.” Those acts included checking into a motel and assistance while building rafts or bridges. Read the full report here.

Gordon Finds 4-year Home at ABC
Producer Mark Gordon, known for his big-screen work on Saving Private Ryan and The Day After Tomorrow, continues his winning streak on the small-screen by signing a deal with ABC Studios. The man behind Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Army Wives and Reaper, will be ABC-based for another four years, reports THR.

Disney Jumps on Jonas Bros. Bandwagon
Speaking of the small-screen, the Disney Channel has set its sights on crowning another set of tween royalty by inking the Jonas Brothers, reports THR. The trio, Kevin, Joe and Nick, will star in the spy comedy series J.O.N.A.S. and the telefilm Camp Rock.

- CHRIS GARDNER