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KCET Episode Lists Phantom Crew Members

Ouch. Although KCET board chairman Channing D. Johnson tells LA Times media columnist James Rainey that financial problems at Eyetronics Media & Studios are immaterial as long as the Encino company delivers programming, an installment of the station’s  Saturday-night-at-the-movies series appears destined for infamy.

Sam Schoemann, a former vp for visual effects sales at Eyetronics, tells Rainey that he was forced out of Dominique Bigle’s firm in April after trying to collect unpaid salary. He also alleges that at least one installment of Classic Cool Theater – a two-hour show featuring a cartoon, newsreel, musical short and main attraction – added some fabricated manpower:

Credits on a recent episode - anchored by Fred Astaire’s Royal Wedding – include “Music Supervisor John Funke” and “Sound Mixer Artie Moeller.” Those names were made up and added to the credits by an Eyetronics employee to make the production look more substantial than it was, said Schoemann and two others.

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Disney-Loving Frenchman Looks to Reinvigorate KCET

LA Times TV reporter Scott Collins shared an intriguing look over the weekend at Dominique Bigle, the 60-year-old Gallic media investor who is hoping to fill the PBS void at KCET. The newly independent outlet definitely needs him; according to figures quoted by Collins, the station averaged just 10,000 viewers last month at any given time of the day, a 52% drop from the same period a year ago. (Prime time ratings were down 41%.)

The intriguing genealogy here is that Disney courses through Bigle’s veins. His father, journalist Armand Bigle, switched after World War II to a career overseeing the company’s European expansion, and son later followed suit, after initially studying law:

Bigle joined Disney in 1973. At first he was helping the company find and develop European musical acts, but he branched out into TV and home video, including the launch of Le Disney Channel across Europe. Meanwhile, he said, he cultivated ties with the company’s executives back in Burbank, including then-Chief Executive Michael Eisner

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Investor Partnership Bringing Original Programming to KCET

The future of public television station KCET has been in doubt since they split from PBS at the beginning of the year, leaving a gap in their programming schedule. But today the station announced a partnership with Eyetronics Media and Studios to produce original programming over the next five years.

The Encino-based Eyetronics will provide $50 million in financing to produce and acquire content. Variety reports:

To kick off the arrangement, KCET plans to launch production on five new series before year’s end designed to air on the station. Eyetronics, headed by CEO Dominique Bigle, will package and distribute these and ensuing programs domestically and internationally.

Southern California people, places, culture, innovation and history — both celebrated and little-known — will be featured.

According to KCET CEO Al Jerome, the deal will bring new hires to the TV station.