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morjana
August 17th, 2004, 02:16 PM
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Entertainment - Reuters TV


NBC Universal Plotting Scary Cable Move
by Andrew Wallenstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC Universal is considering creating
a cable outlet devoted to horror-themed programing, drawing from a
library of creepy film classics including marquee heavies Dracula,
Frankenstein's monster and Wolfman.

It would mark the company's first in-house launch since it was formed
in May by the merger of General Electric's NBC with most of French
firm Vivendi Universal's showbiz assets, including Universal
Pictures, USA Network and Sci Fi Channel.

The channel also would nicely complement Sci Fi, which has abandoned
the horror genre in recent years for a more mainstream focus but
could serve as the ideal venue for cross-promotion. NBC Universal
declined comment.

The channel is said to be one of several ideas NBC Universal is
tossing around; another natural application of the Universal library
might come in the detective genre to capitalize on the likes of
venerable Universal gumshoe dramas a la "The Rockford
Files," "Columbo," "Magnum, P.I.," "Kojak" and, more
recently, "Monk." Universal operates such a crime-centric channel in
Latin America.

Meanwhile, the Trio network twists in the wind as NBC Universal
devises a strategy to boost the niche outlet's distribution. Without
a long-term plan in place, Trio could lose its slot to a new channel
concept as early as next month, sources said.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter



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