Jon Weisman

Animal Planet


The network mourned the accidental death in September of iconic wildlife expert Steve Irwin. Wide audience passion for Irwin led to a number of specials celebrating his life and work, but Animal…



Kusbit came in as the new head of development in late January, with Paul Villadolid, VP of original programming and development, reporting to him. CMT has enjoyed a big primetime bump thanks to the…

Travel Channel


Travel Channel recently unveiled two new series: "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern" premiered Feb. 26, and "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" premiered March 29. In addition, after her success…



WE trumpeted record ratings for its original programming in the past year, particularly the fact that it attracted younger viewers to the female-skewing network, though it hovers around 50th in…



In the equivalent of giving Taylor Hicks his own musical-variety show, HGTV in March premiered "Color Splash," starring 2006 "HGTV Design Star" champion David Bromstad. This is one of more than a…

Oxygen Network


Since boosting its subscriber base to 65 million when it partnered with Dish Network in early 2006, Oxygen has added another 6 million potential viewers through deals with smaller operators and has…

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