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Eric Avram Promoted at Disney/ABC TV Group

EricAvramDisney Media Networks co-chairman Anne Sweeney and Disney-ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood announced the promotion of longtime ABC Newser Eric Avram to the new role of VP for Talent, Booking and ABC News Specialized Units within the Disney/ABC TV Group. A 20-year ABC veteran, Avram is currently the Senior Executive Producer of Division-wide Interviews, overseeing all ABC News booking teams as well as the Investigative, Medical, Business and Law & Justice teams.

Avram will oversee and coordinate major bookings and special projects for DATG’s global television properties, owned TV stations and radio while continuing to manage the ABC News Specialized Units.

“He is a dynamic leader, consummate teammate and proven force in the highly competitive booking arena,” writes Sherwood in a note to staffers. “Over the years he and the relentless bookers of ABC News have chased and locked up some of the most memorable interviews and moments on our programs and platforms.”

Avram most recently worked on a project with Taylor Swift, coinciding with the launch of her new album, and leveraging the resources of ABC-Yahoo!, Good Morning America, Nightline and Fusion.

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’60 Minutes’ makes the Top 10

For the second straight week, “60 Minutes” lands on the list of Nielsen’s Top 10 most-watched primetime shows. With a lift from an overrun of the Tennessee Titans – Atlanta Falcons game, the show drew 14.47 million Total Viewers, making it #9 for the week. Sunday’s show featured Steve Kroft’s report on conservative anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist; a Lara Logan‘s profile of International Monetary Fund chief  Christine Lagarde; and Lesley Stahl‘s profile of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic’s Global HQ

In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog is based out of two conjoined buildings in Manhattan’s SoHo district. The space includes Scholastic’s flagship bookstore, a huge rooftop terrace, one-of-a-kind Harry Potter memorabilia, and a 4,000-square-foot auditorium that recently hosted a performance from Taylor Swift.

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Bill Belichick's Entire 2009 Season Miked Up For NFL Films Series

Bill Belichick is a complicated man, perceived as the ultimate winner by some, and by others as the type who’d sell their own mother to win. He’s been the mastermind behind three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots, and before that was the defensive coordinator for two Giants title runs. He was also the villain in SpyGate, and the man who unabashedly wears hoodies for all occasions. David Halberstam‘s wonderful book, The Education of a Coach, peeled back some of the layers on the multifaceted Belichick, and a new NFL Films series promises to do the same. The two-part series, which airs Thursday Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. ET and Thursday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET, is the product of a yearlong project set in 2009, when Belichick agreed to let NFL Films put a microphone on him around the clock. We get a full portrait of the coach as he fishes off Nantucket in the preseason, goes through training camp, returns to Giant Stadium before it gets demolished, and handles coaching decisions including the infamous LateGate, when Randy Moss and others showed up late to practice during a storm storm.

“Bill Belichick doesn’t only make history – he studies it; he understands his place in it; and he appreciates our desire to capture it,” said NFL Films President Steve Sabol. “Like Vince Lombardi‘s Packers in 1967, Belichick and the Patriots gave us access to his football life and what we created is a portrait of the coach, the father, the taskmaster – and most importantly – the man.”

Here’s the trailer on NFL.com.

For those who say Belichick is a bloodless automaton, he does get choked up when discussing the destruction of Giants Stadium. So never let it be said he doesn’t have feelings towards public buildings.

Justin Bieber Fever on the ‘Today’ show Plaza

30 Rockefeller Plaza is back to business this afternoon after Bieber fever struck early this morning. More than 12,000 people packed the plaza for Justin Bieber‘s performance. This could go down as the biggest in the 15 years of the “Today” show summer concert series.

“Today” show EP Jim Bell tells TVNewser this morning’s concert reminded him of the 1999 Ricky Martin concert during the “Livin La Vida Loca” days. “It virtually brought midtown Manhattan to a halt,” says Bell who was working for NBC Sports at the time. “It was virtually impossible to get through Rockefeller Plaza to the office.” (After the jump, Bell’s top concerts in his six years at the helm of “Today.”) Bell is anticipating another big crowd next month when Lady Gaga performs July 9th. “We’ve already gotten a huge response,” he says. “We expect a massive crowd that morning.”

Bieber was interviewed by Matt Lauer in the 8am half hour, the teenager even doing his own Lauer impression.

Then, at the start of the 8:30 half hour, watch as Jonah Hill and Elizabeth Moss try to promote their new movie “Get him to the Greek” amid screaming tweens.

Bieber then came on stage to perform three songs in the 8:30 half hour and more in the 9am.

The show’s anchors got in on the act a bit too. (But nothing like this from 2005).

Al Roker took some pictures (but no Tweets). And you may continue to see a familiar behind-the-scenes “Today” show face. Senior broadcast Don Nash makes it a point to leave the control room to catch the concerts in person, and the show’s director makes it a point of making sure Nash is put on camera — which, we hear, he hates. Spot him in the clip below:

• Much more on the concert, including clips of Bieber performing, on TodayShow.com.

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The Ticker: Super Ratings, Oscar Nominees, Grammy Special…

> NBC’s broadcast of the Super Bowl averaged a 42.1 household rating and 65 share last night, down 6% from last year’s 44.7/66. Last year’s Giants/Patriots game was the highest rated Super Bowl in 20 years. Last night’s game was on par with the Colts/Bears 2007 Super Bowl. The Cardinals/Steelers game peaked with a 48.0 rating at 10pmET in the final, exciting moments of the Steelers’ win.

> Over the next few weeks, “Nightline” anchors sit down with some of this year’s Oscar nominees. Tonight, Cynthia McFadden interviews Meryl Streep who is nominated for best actress for her performance as Sister Aloysius in “Doubt.” Upcoming interviews include Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, and Penelope Cruz.

> “Put a grown man in a leotard and that’s just already funny,” says Justin Timberlake to Katie Couric about a recent SNL skit (which has been pulled from YouTube and here’s why). The interview is part of Couric’s All-Access Grammy special this Wednesday on CBS. Couric also talks with Lil’ Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

Katie Couric to Host Grammy Special

Couric_1.24.jpgCBS News has announced that Katie Couric will host a entertainment special featuring several Grammy award nominees.

The special is being produced by the news division with 48 Hours Mystery EP Susan Zirinsky in charge. “Couric has an innate ability for getting people to reveal themselves in a uniquely intimate way,” says Zirinsky. “This broadcast highlights her talent and showcases a new side of these celebrated artists like Justin Timberlake.”

“Katie Couric’s ‘All Access’ Grammy Special” airs Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 10pmET/PT. In addition to Timberlake, guests include Lil’ Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

The Couric special leads up to CBS’ broadcast of the Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, immediately following “60 Minutes” which will feature Couric’s interview with flight 1549 hero pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and his crew.

Earlier on TVNewser: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric Goes Prime Time

CNN Heroes: “In a Time of Uncertainty, It’s Reassuring to See Good People at Work in the World”

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper with mother-daughter actors Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.

They love LA.

In its second year, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute moved to Hollywood from its inaugural location at New York’s Museum of Natural History. With performances from Alicia Keys and John Legend and a surprise performance by Christina Aguilera, Saturday’s show at the Kodak Theatre provided a star-studded location in which to honor everyday heroes. The event will air Thanksgiving night on CNN.

Host Anderson Cooper joked that he was going to hologram-in Larry King for a special appearance. (He didn’t). Medical Marvel hero David Puckett got a kiss from presenter Salma Hayak, then forgot his acceptance speech.

Liz McCartney was named Hero of the Year. She’ll receive $100,000 for her work helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes.

Also spotted, Robert Duvall, Meg Ryan and Cameron Diaz, singer Taylor Swift and CSI New York star and Obama BFF Hill Harper.

Insiders tell us plans are already in the works for 2009 Heroes. The ability to draw on celebrity guests will most likely make Los Angeles the choice for location next year, too. After the jump, the memo sent this morning to the CNN staff from CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton.

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