TV buyers bask in H’w’d

Studios open lots for parties

HOLLYWOOD — A bevy of Hollywood studios wined, dined and entertained 1,500 TV station program buyers from around the world during last week’s annual LA Screenings marathon.

NBC Universal feted the Latin buyers — the first to hit town — with a Western-themed barbecue on May 22.

Disney kicked off with its fifth annual “International Upfronts” presentation at the El Capitan, bringing out everyone from Jim Belushi to those desperate housewives to help introduce the debut shows it’s fielding for the fall. Thesps from a variety of its new shows, including Geena Davis and Kyle MacLachlan, mingled with buyers at the Highlands after-party.

Paramount opened up its lot to the foreign contingent May 24 and turned its New York Street into three separate venues — an Asian-themed section, an intimate nightclub area and a modern dance floor complete with scantily clad dancers in cages. Sony obliged with its own party on the lot May 25 featuring James Bond memorabilia and a “Lords of Dogtown” skateboard demonstration, while Fox on May 25 uncorked the bottles to celebrate its 70th anni along with the foreign TV contingent.