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Mike Pavone Out After Two Years At WWE Studios

WWE Studios executive vice president Mike Pavone resigned last week to “pursue other interests,” according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Pavone was named EVP of WWE Studios in June 2009, overseeing theatrical releases and reality programming. Prior to that, Pavone was a strategic consultant to the WWE’s creative writing department.

Under Pavone’s leadership, the WWE released such films as Legendary, Knucklehead, and The Chaperone.

According to the Los Angeles Times, WWE Studios made just $400,000 profit last year.

 

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ESPN Films New MNF Opening at Florida University

Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, served as the host location for the production of this year’s Monday Night Football opening montage featuring Hank Williams Jr., as ESPN decided to use the creation of its well-known segment as a teaching opportunity. Production took place at Full Sail University’s “Full Sail Live” performance venue – a 22,000 square foot, high-definition facility – and 56 students from Full Sail’s entertainment industry focused curricula assisted ESPN over the course of the multi-day shoot.

“Over the years we have produced the show open for Monday Night Football at various locations,” said Bob Toms, vice president of TV production enhancements and interactive at ESPN. “While creating this year’s opening, we found Full Sail’s facilities to be beyond our initial expectations and we were truly impressed by both the enthusiasm and capabilities of the Full Sail students who volunteered and were selected to work on the project.”

Full details of the new production will not be revealed until MNF airs during the upcoming NFL season.

“When we launched our relationship with ESPN, we knew our students would have the opportunity to take part in large and small scale projects that would impact national and global audiences,” said Erik Noteboom, Full Sail’s vice president of education operations. “Hosting the production for ESPN’s Monday Night Football allows our students to participate in sports television history. We are humbled to play a part in such an iconic production.”

Rob Dibble Claims Stephen Strasburg's Father Was Responsible For His Removal From MASN

Do you remember last summer when Rob Dibble was fired from MASN because of some off-the-cuff comments he made about Stephen Strasburg?

Well, seven months later, Dibble is coming clean on the reason why he’s not with the network.

“Listen, it’s their team, they acted in their own interests,” Dibble told FoxSports.com columnist Mark Kriegel. “And I’m gonna tell you something that I’ve never told anybody before. It was basically Strasburg’s father [who] e-mailed the owner and basically was offended by what I said. Now remember, I said that on my own radio show on another network, and his father e-mailed the owner and the owner wanted me out of there. so that’s the bottom line. So that should end it. I want Stephen to go on, never have my name brought up and have a great career. I had a great career, I had fun, had a great seven years, and it’s sad for me that people still associate me with him. There should be no association with him.” Read more

ESPN In The Process Of Hiring New Ombudsman

The Don Ohlmeyer era as ESPN ombudsman is coming to an end.

According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Ohlmeyer will write his final column in the next couple of weeks and the network is in the process of hiring his replacement.

The television producer legend was hired by ESPN in July 2009 for an 18-month term. He’s penned 13 columns during his tenure but only three since July 21.

All eyes will be on ESPN to see who they replace Ohlmeyer with. Read more

Bill Simmons Inadvertently Breaks Moss-Vikings Deal

Rule #1 of Twitter is learn how to direct message correctly.

ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons inadvertently sent out a tweet Tuesday evening that said, “Moss vikings,” which started a firestorm of rumors regarding the future of New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss.

“Sorry that last tweet was supposed to be a DM,” Simmons said shortly after. “Rumors swirling about a Pats-Minny trade for Randy Moss.”

Those rumors were confirmed by Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, who reported the Patriots were close to a deal that would send Moss to the Minnesota Vikings. The deal was contingent on Moss working out a new deal with the Vikings.

“As far as DM accidents go, that was a 3 on the Ray Allen Scale,” tweeted Simmons. “Sorry. Hate passing along rumors, that’s why I was DM-ing for info.”

No need to apologize for accidentally breaking news, Bill.

Peter King Asks ESPN Columnist for Help

Peter King‘s Monday Morning Quarterback column is the reason we always start the week 20 to 30 minutes behind schedule. It’s a must-read, filled with nuggets that only King – one of the best sourced (and most liked) men in the business – can deliver.

This week’s column is no exception. King tackles the Michael Vick-Donovan McNabb battle with intelligence and aplomb, offers some tidbits on LaDainian Tomlinson‘s off-season training regiemn, and gives Roddy White deserved props. Then, however, things get a bit weird. Read more