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Former CW Head Dawn Ostroff to Launch Conde Nast Entertainment

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 10th 2011 6:15AM
Dawn OstroffMagazine publisher Condé Nast has signalled its intention to move into TV programming for the first time with the appointment of heavy hitter Dawn Ostroff as President of the newly created Condé Nast Entertainment.

In a statement, Robert A. Sauerberg Jr., President of Condé Nast, announced that Ostroff will be responsible for the development, creation, production and distribution of original television, film and digital initiatives based on Condé Nast brands.

"There is an enormous, untapped opportunity at Condé Nast to develop unique and engaging programming," said Sauerberg.

"Dawn's extensive experience in cable and digital entertainment, coupled with her strategic expertise, makes her the perfect choice to oversee the launch of this new venture."

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CW Boss Dawn Ostroff to Step Down, 'Young Justice' Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 22nd 2010 2:40PM
Dawn Ostroff, entertainment president of The CW, will step down at the end of the season.

Ostroff, the former head of UPN, has been with The CW since its inception and is the longest-running sitting broadcast president.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Ostroff will remain active with the network as her contract winds down in June. She'll oversee the midseason launch and order pilots for the fall 2011 season.

In other TV news ...

Damian Lewis has joined the cast of Showtime's 'Homeland.' The 'Life' veteran will play the male lead, Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who returns home after spending eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad. Claire Danes also stars as Carrie Anderson, a CIA agent who suspects Brody may be plotting an attack on America. [Deadline Hollywood]

Cartoon Network's 'Young Justice' will premiere on Jan. 7. The show about DC Comics sidekicks launched with a movie event in November. Look for new episodes to air Fridays at 7PM. [Kryptonsite]

Disney was denied its appeal of a $319 million 'Millionaire' verdict. A federal judge ruled that Disney/ABC and Buena Vista cheated producer Celador International out of millions of dollars by cutting sweetheart deals to bring 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' to America. [Hollywood Reporter]

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CW Executive Session: 'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries' and More - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 29th 2010 7:20PM
Dawn OstroffCW president of entertainment Dawn Ostroff was on hand to answer questions about the network's fall schedule Thursday afternoon and gave a few interesting tidbits regarding the future of 'Supernatural,' the success of 'The Vampire Diaries' and their strategies for online streaming.

As we previously reported at Comic-Con, season six of 'Supernatural' will be seen as a throwback to season 1. Show creator Eric Kripke will still be involved in the day-to-day running of the show along with new showrunner Sera Gamble and executive producer Bob Singer. The CW is "very excited" about the creative direction of the show this season, and Ostroff suggested that season 6 might be even stronger creatively than last year's ratings-boosting run.

• The groundbreaking success of 'The Vampire Diaries' will help provide a strong lead-in for 'Nikita', though Ostroff hopes 'Nikita' will attract a different audience to help boost the ratings of both shows.

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Will There be a Sixth Season for 'Supernatural?'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 16th 2010 11:07AM
SupernaturalJane believes in the power of 'Supernatural,' and Dawn Ostroff, President of The CW does too. She sounds open to a sixth season of the show, according to Zap2it.com. In fact, the exact words that Ostroff is using when describing how the network feels about the show are "rooting for." There's no word yet on whether or not creator Eric Kripke wants to do another season, or if the show could/would continue without him.

I can't imagine that 'Supernatural' wouldn't come back, especially if Kripke wants to do another season. It's a good show, it has a rabid following, it has already hit 100 episodes, and it's a show that The CW really needs in its lineup. Beyond 'Gossip Girl,' it really seems that people don't talk too much about most of the other shows on the network. 'Supernatural' has quality and buzz, and you don't want to lose too many of those type of shows.

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Is Smallville season ten on the way?

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 11th 2010 8:35AM
smallville absolute justiceThe path is clearing for Smallville to return for a tenth season. CW president Dawn Ostroff recently dropped some positive comments about the show's creative direction and hinted at a renewal.

Speaking to IGN, Ostroff seemed pleased with the show's ratings and optimistic about its chances for another season, but the final decision won't be made until May.

Ostroff also told EW that Smallville producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders have yet to pitch the final episode to the network.

"... We haven't even gotten to how we're going to deal with the last episode and whether it's a season finale or series finale. But right now, I think it's just a season finale," she said.

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Will Lex Luthor rise from the grave for Smallville's season nine?

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 6th 2009 9:10PM
michael rosenbaum smallville season nineMichael Rosenbaum's departure from Smallville in season seven should have been a heavy blow to a series already suffering from flagging ratings and a bad batch of still-born stories. But the following season turned out to be one of Smallville's best, introducing a fine female successor to Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor and edging us closer into Superman territory.

With season nine on the horizon, and the show getting its best reviews and ratings in years, the big question is coming up again: Will Rosenbaum return to Smallville?

Last season we watched a disfigured Lex, played by a different actor whose face was hidden, apparently die in an explosion. Of course, fans knew instantly that Superman's nemesis was still kicking somewhere (as confirmed by exec producer Brian Peterson at Comic-Con).

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CW exec hopes Smallville and Supernatural have long futures. Really - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 4th 2009 4:16PM
SupernaturalIt's CW day at the TCAs, and network honcho Dawn Ostroff presented her executive session in the middle of the day, after a parade of panels that included one pretty face after another, including Ashton Kutcher, Elle Macpherson, the cast of Vampire Diaries and a few alumni from the original Melrose Place. Ostroff fully admitted that the network is courting 35-and-under women with their shows, trying to build on the "one tweet per minute" success of shows like One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and 90210.

But what about two of the network's more veteran and male-oriented shows, Smallville and Supernatural? Does the network still believe in them? Ostroff tried to give a definitive "yes," but the rest of her panel, and the promos shown before she appeared, say otherwise.

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The CW wrap-up: executive session and two new shows - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 19th 2008 7:36PM
Dawn OstroffAs I said in my post about the 90210 panel, CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff doesn't like to give us definitive answers. For some reason, she doesn't feel she has to. Problem is, that doesn't make the critics very happy. We don't like it when someone isn't being forthright with us, and we can sense it.

In her executive session, Ostroff avoided saying anything definitive on two major topics: the lack of "urban" shows on the schedule and the mechanics of the network's deal with Media Rights Capital to produce the network's entire Sunday block of shows.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted May 31st 2008 9:15AM

Dawn OstroffWhat's happening on other blogs via the interweb.

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CW - executive session, fall season preview - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 21st 2007 7:00PM

The CWThe CW's got some funny sitcoms both old (Everybody Hates Chris) and new (Aliens in America -- more on that later), but the network's funniest asset is Paul McGuire, executive vice president, network communications.

Before introducing Dawn Ostroff, president entertainment, The CW, McGuire fires off some zingers to get the reporters up and running.

Of the recycled tote bags that The CW gave to the press (perfect for hauling all our cable swag home), McGuire quips, "They're made entirely from recycled billboards, including some from Hidden Palms -- or as some dirt bag reporter called it -- 'Hidden Ratings.'"

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The CW press tour preview - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 20th 2007 10:59PM
The CWYou know you've moved on in the TV critics press tour from CBS to its sister network The CW by the pages -- those helpful young men and women who direct members of the press to where lunch is being served. They also bring handheld microphones to the reporters during the sessions so their questions can be heard.

I'm betting that the CBS pages are wearing the same polyester red jackets that I did way back when Murphy Brown was on the air.

The CW pages wear green coats, and the pages themselves all look like models. Many of them are hotter than the actors on the CW shows themselves. (And the stars on CW shows are pretty hot!) I wonder how many of the pages (actors, too, I'm betting) are thinking, "I should be on a show," as they're running a microphone over to a reporter.

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Veronica Mars may return -- in print

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 13th 2007 10:01AM

Veronica Mars -- Possibly coming to a comic book near youThose of you who have been diligently sending Mars candy bars to Dawn Ostroff, head of CW programming to save Veronica Mars from permanent cancellation may want to hold off on the next shipment when you hear what creator Rob Thomas has to say. In a recent newspaper interview Thomas pretty much said that VM is over for good as a television series.

Oh, he's not upset with the fans for trying. In fact, according to the interview, he loves that the fans have been making this all-out effort to renew the show. It's just that the CW's Ostroff doesn't get to make the final call if the show stays or not. That call is made by sister company CBS. Thomas believes that head honcho Les Moonves doesn't want to continue the show.

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Mars Bars and marshmallows for Veronica Mars

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 10th 2007 10:54AM
veronica marsBy now I'm sure you've heard of how the amazingly successful "Nuts for Jericho" campaign went over the past few weeks. I could practically hear television network execs country-wide brace themselves for truckloads of other odd foods and trinkets from die-hard fans of shows they'd taken a hatchet to in the past year. First up: Dawn Ostroff of The CW for putting Veronica Mars on the chopping block. I sure hope for her sake that she has a sweet tooth.

A rather large band of Veronica Mars fans, who won't take the news of the show's death lying down, have started a campaign to ship as many Mars Bars to the person in charge of CW programming, Dawn Ostroff, in hopes that the gesture will force her hand not to sign the final cancellation papers for the show. How many have they sent so far? Put it this way: they've located every last remaining Mars Bar in the country and have moved onto whatever the heck left they can find that's even remotely related to the show.

In case you didn't know, the drop-dead date for any show cancellation decisions at The CW is June 15th, just five days away. Read the organizing party's website for more info on how to help.

[Thanks to the multitude of people who sent in this tip!]

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CW president on merger results: still too early to tell - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 19th 2007 3:16PM
CW logoThe CW decided to go for the funny in its TCA press tour executive session this morning. They played a video clip of an over-eager Adult Swim-style Chyron screen (instead of white on black, though, it was yellow on the ubiquitous CW green), apologizing for technical difficulties and making some interesting jokes. They even name checked Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle, who in an ironic twist, wasn't there to see it.

The message of all this? "We're The CW! Watch us! We're doing something different!" And that was also the theme of the presentation from the network's president of entertainment, Dawn Ostroff.

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Kristen Bell isn't worried about renewal

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 30th 2006 10:30PM
Veronica MarsFrom the many e-mails and comments we've gotten here at TV Squad, we know that you really want to see Veronica Mars be one of the shows that survives the merger of UPN and the WB into the CW. Many are worried, the show won't be renewed, but not star Kristen Bell:

"We've gotten phone calls and optimism from the people that we need to get it from [CW President of Enertainment] Dawn Ostroff and Les Moonves have been very involved, saying 'don't worry.' They have never hidden their support."

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