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FremantleMedia Sued Over ‘Buzzr’ Game-Show TV Network Name

FremantleMedia Sued Over ‘Buzzr’ Game-Show TV Network Name
A New York Internet media company is crying foul over FremantleMedia North America’s use of the name “Buzzr” for its TV and digital game-show network.

Codename Enterprises, which operates Tumblr-like website Buzzr.com, filed a lawsuit against FremantleMedia North America alleging trademark infringement, false advertising, trademark dilution and unfair competition. Codename is seeking an injunction to force FremantleMedia to stop using “Buzzr,” as well as unspecified monetary damages.

A rep for FremantleMedia North America declined to comment.

“The significance of defendant’s ‘Buzzr’ television network to the destruction of plaintiff’s trademark rights and indeed potentially its entire business cannot be overstated because of the extraordinary programming attractiveness of defendant’s offerings,” Codename Enterprises said in the complaint, filed Feb. 18 in U.S. District Court in New York.

Codename Enterprises claims that it has done business since 2009 as “Buzzr.” More than 100,000 websites have been built using its publishing software and blogging tools,
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Jim Perry -- 'Card Sharks' Game Show Host ... Dead at 82

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Jim Perry, one of the most popular hosts during the heyday of TV game shows, has died. Perry hosted "Card Sharks," an iconic game show in the 70s and 80s. The show still runs on cable. He also hosted "Sale of the Century" for 6 years. Both shows attracted legions of devoted fans.   NBC loved Perry, who was a buttoned-up 6'4" dude with not a single hair out of place, and put him on the network for years.
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Jim Perry, Game Show Vet, Dead at 82

Jim Perry, Game Show Vet, Dead at 82
Jim Perry, a host of Card Sharks, $ale of the Century and other game shows, died on Friday after a long battle with cancer, CTV News reports. He was 82.

Perry more or less got his start as the host of the Miss Canada Pageant, a position he held from 1969 to 1980 — the equivalent of Miss USA’s Bob Barker. He then hosted Canada’s Hangman-style game show Definition, from 1974 to its end in 1989.

In 1978, NBC tapped Perry to host its new game show Card Sharks, from 1978 to 1981. He then moved on to host NBC’s revival of $ale of the Century,
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Jim Perry Dies: Game Show Host Was 82

Jim Perry, the quick-talking host of such game shows as Card Sharks and Sale of the Century, died today of cancer in Oregon, Wme said. He was 82. The native of Camden, NJ, worked on Armed Forces Radio during the Korean War and afterward teamed with Sid Caesar for a touring comedy act that played three years in Las Vegas. He later would host the Miss Canada Pageant for 23 years starting in 1967, was the announcer on Joan Rivers’ syndicated <em…
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Jim Perry, Host of Game Shows in ’70s and ’80s, Dead at 82

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Jim Perry, Host of Game Shows in ’70s and ’80s, Dead at 82
Jim Perry, who hosted the popular ’70s and ’80s NBC game shows “Card Sharks” and “Sale of the Century,” died Friday at age 82. He began as host of “Card Sharks” in 1978, and then took on the same duties for a reboot of “Sale of the Century” in 1982, which aired for six years on the network and also had a syndicated version. A native of Camden, New Jersey, he served in the Korean War before teaming with Sid Caesar on the comedy circuit. Also Read: Emmys Obit Segment Neglects 'Batman' Star Yvonne Craig, Christopher Lee and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper His other.
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Game Show Host Jim Perry Dies at 82

Game Show Host Jim Perry Dies at 82
Jim Perry, best known as the host of game shows “Card Sharks” and “$ale of the Century,” died Friday in Oregon following a five-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and children. He was 82.

The Camden, N.J., was a star basketball player while growing up and was nicknamed “Big Jim” at 6-foot-4. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and joined the Special Services, where he worked on Armed Forces Radio during the Korean War.

After his time in the service, Perry teamed with comedian Sid Ceasar, touring as a pair for several years. He served as host of the Miss Canada Pageant, which he emceed from 1967 until 1990; he was the announcer on 1969’s syndicated program “That Show” starring Joan Rivers; and from 1969 to 1972, he was a weekend overnight DJ at Wabc radio in New York.

In 1974, Perry became the host of the CTV game show “Headline Hunters,” then
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Jim Perry, Top Game Show Host in the 1970s and '80s, Dies at 82

Jim Perry, Top Game Show Host in the 1970s and '80s, Dies at 82
Jim Perry, who hosted the popular NBC game shows Card Sharks and Sale of the Century in the 1970s and ’80s, has died. He was 82. Perry died Friday in Oregon after a five-year battle with cancer, Wme announced. In 1978, the dapper Perry started as host of Card Sharks, beginning his long-standing relationship with NBC. He hosted a version of the game show and the two pilots that preceded it from April 24, 1978, until Oct. 23, 1981. NBC then named the Perry as the host of a revamped edition of Sale of the Century in 1982.

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Rip Jim Perry, the fastest-talking game show host of all time

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Jim Perry, the host of many long-running game shows including two of the all-time greats -- "$ale of the Century" and "Card Sharks" -- has passed away at the age of 82. Perry was known to many viewers for his years of emceeing the Miss Canada pageant in the '70s and '80s, but let's be sure to remember him as one of the most primed, capable game show hosts of all time. Nowadays we take preexisting celebrities like Wayne Brady and Drew Carey and turn them into game show hosts; Perry was a consummate quizmaster whose explosive energy and auctioneer-like cadence made his various series thrilling. In this clip from "$ale of the Century," watch as Perry is literally brought to his knees in order to make a contestant consider taking a risky deal.  Did I mention he's one of the speediest, yet most articulate game show hosts of all time?
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Sony’s Ron Garfield to Head New FremantleMedia Digital Game Show Network Buzzr TV

Sony’s Ron Garfield to Head New FremantleMedia Digital Game Show Network Buzzr TV
Ron Garfield has been selected to head FremantleMedia’s forthcoming digital game show network Buzzr TV. Officially, his title will be Executive Vice President and General Manager for the channel coming this summer to all 17 Fox owned-and-operated markets. Buzzr boasts more than 40,000 hours of game shows, including “Family Feud,” “Let’s Make A Deal,” “To Tell The Truth,” “Password,” “Match Game,” “Beat the Clock,” “What’s My Line,” “Blockbusters” and “Card Sharks.” “I am thrilled to be joining Thom Beers and his team at FremantleMedia,” Garfield said. “Buzzr TV is a dynamic vehicle for Fmna to make its entry into the channels.
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CBS Ups Margot Wain To VP Daytime

Margot Wain has been bumped up to VP Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment, after serving as Director, Daytime. She reports to Angelica McDaniel, Svp Daytime, CBS Entertainment. In her new position, Wain will continue as the current executive on The Young And The Restless, The Bold And The Beautiful and The Price Is Right, working with writers and producers on all day-to-day creative and strategic elements. Wain has been associated with The Bold And The Beautiful since the daytime drama’s premiere in 1987. She also was involved in Daytime development, working on Press Your Luck and Capitol, and worked on The 25,000 Pyramid, Tattletales and Card Sharks.
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'Summer Camp': 'American Idol's' Matt Rogers just wants to be Ryan Seacrest

For the 16 male and female contestants on USA Network's Monday competitive reality show "Summer Camp," the experience is a chance to visit a lakeside retreat and relive the fun they had as kids -- and also have a chance to win a $250,000 prize.

For host Matt Rogers, a Season 3 finalist on Fox's singing competition "American Idol," it was also lots of fun.

"Typically in shows that I've hosted in the past," he tells Zap2it, "I'm a lot more facilitative, in terms that I get questions out of people, and I interview more and interact more. This was super easy for me.

"I'm the camp director, so I show up, I give them the rules, I tell them what they can do and what they can't do, and then I just direct them in the right way. They take the whole show over. It's definitely about the cast and enjoying summer camp.
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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Director Mark Corwin Dies at 65

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Director Mark Corwin Dies at 65
Mark Corwin, who directed more than 2,000 episodes of “Wheel of Fortune,” died of cancer Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 65.

Corwin won a Daytime Emmy in 2011 for his work on the syndicated game show during the past 14 years.

“Wheel” exec producer Harry Friedman remember Corwin for his professionalism, devotedness and sense of humor.

“Mark made directing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ look easy and it’s no simple task,” Friedman said. “He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a special bond with ‘Wheel,’ which he never took for granted.”

A native of Los Angeles, Corwin began his career as a stage manager before moving into the position of associate director on several NBC network shows, including “Hollywood Squares.” Other credits include “Password Plus,” “The New High Rollers,” “Card Sharks” and “Jeopardy!”.

Corwin is survived by his wife Robin, who he met while they were both working on “Wheel,” and two children.
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R.I.P. Mark Corwin

Mark Corwin, Emmy Award-winning director of Wheel Of Fortune, died this morning in Los Angeles. He was 65. Corwin directed more than 2,000 episodes of the top-rated game show, and was beloved by staff and crew. “Mark made directing Wheel of Fortune look easy, and it’s no simple task,” Executive Producer Harry Friedman said. “He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a special bond with Wheel, which he never took for granted.” Corwin began his career as a stage manager, then worked his way up to associate director on various NBC network shows, including Hollywood Squares. His other credits include Password Plus, The New High Rollers, Card Sharks and Jeopardy! Photo Credit: Carol Kaelson
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The Greatest Movie Heroes Of The Coming Apocalypse

Usually we go to the movies to escape or relax, but sometimes — in emergency situations — we go to the movies to learn how to survive the apocalypse. And then relax afterwards, maybe.

The new apocalyptic adventure World War Z which opens this Friday gives us a fearless leader in Brad Pitt, whose stoic confidence has wowed us (and sometimes shocked us) in everything from Fight Club to The Tree of Life. It takes a lot to convince an audience that it’s in good hands, and Brad Pitt wins us over time and again in even the direst of situations. And frankly, World War Z‘s world-ending drama is the direst by far. Thanks for the command, Mr. Durden!

Join us for a gallery of The Greatest Movie Heroes Of The Coming Apocalypse. It’s my “Apocalypse Dream Team,” if you will. Some heroes are picked for their towering Pitt-esque command,
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Telltale's 'Poker Night at the Inventory 2' Goes All-In This Week

Telltale Games recently took to Twitter to firm up console and PC release dates for "Poker Night at the Inventory 2." The downloadable poker game, starring a handful of popular video game characters, will land first on Xbox Live, followed shortly by Steam (PC and Mac) and finally PlayStation Network.

Card sharks looking for time away from Xbox 360's "Full House Poker" will be able to snag a seat in the Inventory tomorrow, April 24th. Steam will toss in some chips on Friday, April 25th, while PlayStation Network starts shuffling on April 30th in North America. Telltale is hoping Europe's Psn will see the game on May 1st, but has yet to set that date in stone.

Poker Night at the Inventory 2 introduces a new roster of characters, including Claptrap from "Borderlands," Sam from the "Sam and Max" games and graphic novels, Brock Samson from Adult Swim's "The Venture Bros.,
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Survey Says: 10 Hottest Game Show Hosts Ever!

We rarely associate hotness with game show hosting, but why is that? It takes bravado, rigidity, and charisma to run a good game show, and I'd say the same rubric applies to male strippers and So You Think You Can Dance contestants. In honor of the late Richard Dawson, the original host of Family Feud and an unforgettable Match Game panelist, I'll be tallying the hottest men of televised gaming. Please remember to phrase your cat-calls in the form of question.

10. Jeff Probst, Rock & Roll Jeopardy

Though he only hosted VH1's Jeopardy! spinoff from 1998 to 2001, Jeff Probst's dimpled cuteness and conversational hosting style were enough to substantiate him as a great emcee. Naturally he's better remembered for hosting Survivor for all of its 5,700 cycles, but he looked mighty fine standing behind Trebek's podium.

9. Richard Dawson, Family Feud

Richard Dawson was most known for smooching contestants and calling out "Survey says!
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"Mad Men" Fabulous Quotient: Is Joan Don's New Partner in Crime?

It's Christmas in the hellish, whiskey-drowned snoglobe of Mad Men, and you know what that means: A not-particularly-festive malaise! Awwww. Don, thank you, but I'm still using the one you got me last year.

The post-Thanksgiving season is sinister: Lane Pryce, who is Rango, decided to embezzle a little Scdp money. That rascal-y, owl-y dude! Joan was served divorced papers by her Very Manly, Thank You husband Greg, who is doing a great job over at the Vietnam Macho War Camp War he loves so much. And Harry Crane meets up with onetime Freedom Rider Paul Kinsey, who, since being cut from Scdp, has taken up a new life with some Hare Krishnas. And can you believe this: Paul's still a douchebag. "Remember how anxious, how insecure, how terrified I was of living life?" he asks Harry. "It's gone. Can you imagine living that way?" He may as well have
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The 8 Best Game Show Hosts of the 1980s

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8. Chuck Woolery ("Wheel of Fortune," "Love Connection," "Scrabble"): Chuck Woolery was the original host of "Wheel of Fortune," but lost the gig to the smarmy wet blanket, Pat Sajack, after a salary dispute. Almost all of Woolery's episodes have been permanently lost, as NBC had a habit of wiping tapes to save money.

Where Is He Now? The man is over 70, so he's not doing much. His most recent show was "Lingo" on Gsn, which ran from 2002-2007. I don't know where it aired, but in 2003, there was also a reality show that tracked Woolery's daily life.

7. Ray Combs: ("Family Feud"): Combs started out as a warm-up act for sitcoms, including "Amen." He had very little experience when he was selected, but Combs was behind the revitalization of the show, after replacing Richard Dawson. However, after six years, Richard Dawson replaced Combs again. Combs last words on "Family Feud,
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Stop the presses! Carnie Wilson leaves 'The Newlywed Game'...and I'm the only one who cares.

Stop the presses! Carnie Wilson leaves 'The Newlywed Game'...and I'm the only one who cares.
I love the Game Show Network. I realize this is a bold statement coming from someone (way) under the age of 50. But in the two weeks after I graduated college, I literally sat on the couch all day every day watching Gsn. I can’t help it! I’m obsessed with reruns of the classics ($25,000 Pyramid, Password, Card Sharks etc.), and I’m even a fan of some of the new shows (just try and give me a Lingo puzzle I can’t solve). So when the news broke that Carnie Wilson would be leaving her post as host of Gsn’s The Newlywed Game,
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Jerry Springer to Host New Game Show on Gsn

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Jerry Springer to Host New Game Show on Gsn
Jerry Springer has signed to do a new game show on Gsn called 'Baggage.' It's described as "an non-dating dating show for non-single singles," which I think means it's about married couples who engage in orgies. Ok, maybe I'm wrong about that, but I have no idea what the set-up of the show will be.

I'm happy that this show doesn't involve people throwing chairs each other or women sleeping with their grandfathers, but couldn't Springer have just done a normal, regular, traditional game show? Why does it have to have this dating/reality show vibe, this..."ick" factor? (Hey, there's a title for a game show.)

The best part of the BuzzerBlog story above is that it says that Gsn is bringing back both 'Card Sharks' and 'Million Dollar Password' to the network next month.

 

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