Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A MESSAGE FROM THE SVP/GM: STEVE SIMPSON


The Los Angeles Angels have a 16-game lead in the American League Western Division. The Angels' march towards post-season dominance seems promising, and the recent addition of first baseman Mark Teixeira combined with John Lackey’s solid pitching make every Angels game now through September on FSN WEST destination viewing.

As the Los Angeles Dodgers 50th Anniversary season rounds third base and heads home, the team continues to keep True Blue fans on the edge of their seats. The Dodgers are 3.0 games behind the NL West division leading Arizona Diamondbacks as they return home for a six-game, seven-day homestand with San Diego and Arizona. Tune in to FSN PRIME TICKET and don’t miss a second of the nail-biting action of these series on FSN PRIME TICKET.

Local sports fans continue to have Olympic fever. On Monday, “Lexus Gauntlet Live” debuted on FSN PRIME TICKET and began its coverage of 2008 USC and UCLA athletics with a discussion of the current and past-Olympians who trained at both schools. Tomorrow, the Los Angeles Sparks resume the WNBA season tomorrow, hosting the Sacramento Monarchs at 7:30 PM on FSN PRIME TICKET. Tune-in to witness the homecoming of Olympic gold medalists and teammates Lisa Leslie, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Candace Parker.

Last but not least, Fall is upon us. And that means football! College Football Saturday gets underway on FSN WEST on August 30 at 12 PM. Oklahoma State vs. Washington State kicks-off at 12:30 and “Trojans Live” pre-game coverage of USC at Virginia begins at 4 PM.

This is an exciting time for local sports and we hope you’ll join us for every minute!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"LEXUS GAUNTLET LIVE" IS IN SESSION

Kicking off the college football season, FSN PRIME TICKET delivered "Lexus Gauntlet Live" on Monday night from the campus of USC. Offering LIVE analysis and insight from the steps of Heritage Hall, the FSN PRIME TICKET team reviewed preseason workouts, Olympics medalists and first non-conference games for both USC and UCLA.



Tune-in next Monday, September 1 at approximately 9:00 PM when "Lexus Gauntlet Live" comes to you live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena following the Bruins' first test versus #18 Tennessee.

Monday, August 25, 2008


MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION: CENTRO in TORRANCE


FSN WEST and FSN PRIME TICKET are dedicated to excellence in sports television production. For over 20 years, the regional sports networks have developed and nurtured the next generation of students through internships and on-the-job training.

The networks have added a mentorship program with CENTRO, the Center for Education in TV and Radio, to their community outreach program. FSN WEST and FSN PRIME TICKET is committed to being on campus regularly, conducting seminars and guest lectures, to provide industry insight from professionals currently in the field.
Steve Simpson, senior vice president and general manager for FSN WEST and FSN PRIME TICKET, addressed CENTRO’s first graduating class on Thursday, August 21, in Torrance, Calif.

“TROJANS LIVE” IS EXPERT INSIGHT AND TEAM ACCESS ALL SEASON LONG

As the destination for comprehensive, local coverage of USC Trojans football, FSN PRIME TICKET provides extensive coverage of the potential BCS Title contender throughout the 2008 season with two nationally scheduled game telecasts and select “Trojans Live” pre and post-game shows. “Trojans Live” debuts with coverage of USC at Virginia at 4 PM on August 30 on FSN WEST.

The USC vs. Ohio State match-up is heralded as one of the most anticipated games of the 2008 season. FSN PRIME TICKET brings its signature USC football access and analysis, “Trojans Live”, to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13 for live pre- and post-game coverage. Hosted by Lindsay Soto, former Trojans Jeremy Hogue and Petros Papadakis provide analysis while reporter John Jackson gathers player and coach interviews. “Trojans Live” airs at 5 PM and again at 8:30 PM on Saturday, September 13.

Two nationally televised USC football games are available in HD on FSN PRIME TICKET this fall. USC travels to Washington State on October 18 and visits Arizona the following weekend. Game telecasts begin at 12:00 PM and 7:15 PM respectively. Play-by-play announcer Barry Tompkins and Papadakis team up in the booth while John Jackson handles sideline duties versus the Wildcats and Jim Watson provides reporting versus the Cougars.

2008 UCLA BRUINS FOOTBALL ON FSN PRIME TICKET

Blue and gold reigns once again on FSN PRIME TICKET beginning September 1. Then, the local destination for the most comprehensive Bruins coverage begins its 2008 fall football programming, including “Bruins Live.”

“Bruins Live” is live at the Rose Bowl on September 1 to kick off the 2008 campaign. Post-game coverage of the Tennessee vs. UCLA game begins at 8:30 PM. Hosted by Bill Macdonald, “Bruins Live” offers expert analysis by former Bruin safety James Washington. Reporters Dain Blanton and Jackie Pickering provide player and coach interviews.

The UCLA vs. Arizona match-up on September 20 airs on FSN PRIME TICKET and is available in HD. The national game telecast begins at 12:00 PM. Analyst Petros Papadakis and play-by-play announcer Barry Tompkins are in the booth, while reporters Jim Watson and Michael Eaves share sideline duties. On October 18, FSN WEST provides the UCLA vs. Stanford game telecast. Local coverage - featuring Macdonald and Washington in the booth – begins at 1 PM on FSN WEST.

'FSN PLAYBOOK' ENTERS THE HUDDLE

FSN PRIME TICKET, the destination for the most extensive, local coverage of USC and UCLA football introduces the “FSN Playbook”. A three-hour original programming block, the “FSN Playbook” debuts Monday, August 25 at 9PM. “FSN Playbook” airs Mondays on FSN PRIME TICKET throughout the fall football season.

At 9 PM, an hour-long edition of “Lexus Gauntlet Live” airs live from the USC and UCLA campuses. Host Bill Macdonald will moderate a panel of gridiron experts including James Washington, Petros Papadakis, Jeremy Hogue and Heisman Trophy winner Anthony Davis. Sean Farnham and John Jackson anchor the Olympic sports coverage.

At 10 PM, FSN PRIME TICKET features a two-hour encore presentation of a classic USC-UCLA rivalry game. The schedule, which offers head-to-head rivalry games as well as memorable match-ups against other opponents, is as follows:

DATE/LOCATION USC/UCLA CLASSICS
Aug. 25 at USC ---USC at UCLA from Nov. 19, 1988
Sept. 1 at ROSE BOWL ---UCLA at USC from Nov. 20, 1993
Sept. 8 at USC (D-10:30 PM) ---USC at UCLA from Nov. 17, 1990
Sept. 15 at UCLA ---USC at UCLA from Nov. 23, 1996
Sept. 22 at USC ---Fresno St. at USC from Nov. 19, 2006
Sept. 29 at UCLA ---UCLA at Wash. St. from Oct. 15, 2005
Oct. 6 at USC ---Oregon at UCLA from Oct. 17, 1998
Oct. 13 at UCLA ---UCLA at USC from Nov. 17, 2001
Oct. 20 at USC ---UCLA at USC from Nov. 20, 1993
Oct. 27 at UCLA ---UCLA at USC from Nov. 20, 1999
Nov. 3 at USC ---UCLA at Oreg. St. from Nov. 17, 1998
Nov. 10 at UCLA ---Stanford at USC from Nov. 4, 1995
Nov. 17 at USC ---USC at UCLA from Nov. 23, 1996
Nov. 24 at UCLA ---Notre Dame at USC from Nov. 30, 1996
Dec. 1 at USC ---USC at UCLA from Nov. 18, 2000
Dec. 8 at UCLA ---UCLA at USC from Nov. 17, 1992
* Schedule as of Monday, August 25, 2008. Subject to change

FSN WEST AND FSN PRIME TICKET "SPLIT" FOR THE DAY

After conquering another year together and producing great results, FSN WEST and FSN PRIME TICKET hosted the third annual employee bowling day on Monday, August 18. Everyone followed Team 13’s lead (pictured from left to right: Quinesha Stephens, coordinator, affiliate relations – west; Lya Vallet, producer; Marlissa Henderson, finance manager; and, Melissa Dlin, general sales manager) and had a great time. Speaking of leads, FSN WEST and FSN PRIME TICKET director Matt Lipp took home the top prize.

"DODGERS LIVE" GETS AMERICAN TEENS

Mitch Reinholt and Colin Clemens – two of the teens featured in Paramount Vantage’s “American Teen” documentary – concluded their summer in Los Angeles on FSN PRIME TICKET. The teens are featured in the current documentary film “American Teen”. Paramount Vantage hosted all five documentary subjects in Los Angeles this summer for a nearly two-month promotional campaign, during which they all enjoyed industry internships. “Dodgers Live” reporter Jim Watson spoke with Mitch and Colin about their Dodgers internship experience on the “Dodgers Live” pre-game on Wednesday, August 13, 2008.

Monday, August 4, 2008

HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK

The sales department at FSN WEST and FSN PRIME TICKET aims to hit one out of the park for every partner, every time. This summer, several promotional campaigns brought the ballpark to the amusement park, and back around:

D’OH!
Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers and FSN PRIME TICKET for the “Hit A Homer” promotion. Tied to the launch of the new action-packed Simpsons theme park attraction, when a Dodger hit a “Homer” during the 5th inning of a home game in July, kids aged 15 and under in attendance get into Universal Studios Hollywood free with each adult paid admission.

THE RIDE THAT’S A GAME AND GAME THAT’S A RIDE
“Dodgers Live” reporter Steve Lyons, along with Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Biemel and Blake DeWitt, had a blast at the newest attraction at Disneyland Resort in June. The three battled it out on “Toy Story Mania”, the ride that’s a game and a game that’s a ride. It was announced on Friday, June 27 on “Dodgers Live” that DeWitt was the top spring-action shooter, and a family four-pack Disneyland vacation package was awarded to the grand prize winner who correctly identified the winner via email.

FIELD OF DREAMS, TIMES TWO
For the “Ballpark Big Shots” sweepstakes, FSN WEST/PRIME TICKET viewers are directed to participating Southern California AMPM locations for a chance to win memorable baseball experiences and great prizes. Fans can enter online at www.ampm.com/baseball , too. “Ballpark Big Shots” ends August 13, gives fans a chance to win tickets and merchandise, and

Meanwhile, Subway collaborated with the Angels and FSN WEST to create the ultimate sweepstakes for all die-hard Angels fans. “One ANGELic Night” offered one lucky grand prize winner the complete VIP treatment at a 2008 Angels game.

SAVING LIVES
FSN WEST, FSN PRIME TICKET and the American Red Cross, along with the Angels and Dodgers, teamed up for the 10th annual Freeway Series Blood Drive. Red Cross collected 600 pints of blood during the event, which is equal to saving nearly 1,800 lives.

Friday, August 1, 2008

FSN Celebrates with Kia Motors America


Here, Soto stands at the podium while executives including Mr. B.M. Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and Mr. E.S. Chung, President of Kia Motors Corporation, cut the red ribbon. In the second photo, Soto holds the time capsule nameplate, explaining what it will reveal to Kia Design Center America employees in 50 years.



FSN WEST and FSN PRIME TICKET put its proud Southern California roots on display on June 24, 2008, being among the first to congratulate Kia Motors America on the opening of its new corporate campus in Irvine, Calif. Reporter and Orange County native Lindsay Soto represented FSN as the master of ceremonies for an event that combined local civic and business leaders, as well as top Kia brass.

SUMMER FUN!

This summer FSN PRIME TICKET invites sports fans to relive some of Southern California's biggest moments and events through eight weeks of classic programming.

The retrospective includes events from the 1970’s through today. FSN PRIME TICKET revisits classic high school football games between rivals as well as memorable moments from professional teams.

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OH, EIGHT-EIGHT-EIGHT!!!

It has been 24 years since the Olympics were in Los Angeles, but Angelenos have Olympic fever just the same. All year long, FSN WEST and FSN PRIME TICKET compliment coverage of traditional team sports with Olympic sports coverage. 2008 was no different. From the CIF State Track and Field Championships to “In My Own Words: Jeannette Bolden,” FSN PRIME TICKET was the place to prep for watching the world compete at National Stadium in Beijing.

In June, FSN PRIME TICKET revisited Olympic gold, sitting down with Karch Kiraly, Sinjin Smith and Carl Henkel to relive the final men’s match in 1996, tabbed as the “Battle of the Ages.” With two women’s basketball Olympians in our midst, we couldn’t resist profiling them before they went for gold. On “In My Own Words: Candace Parker,” the WNBA rookie and first time Olympian discussed her career, while teammate on two fronts Lisa Leslie shared her Olympic hopes on “In My Own Words: Lisa Leslie.” Even baseball got in the action, with the Dodgers-Padres pre-season game at Wukesong stadium, previewing an Olympic facility in Beijing.

FSN WEST CAPTURES GOLD

The Dodgers/Angels “Rivalry” spot won 2008 PROMAX Gold in the Live Event – single spot category. The spot, written and produced by James Freeman and Steve Guerrero, beat out network powerhouses NBC and ABC even besting big Fox’s NASCAR promo! When you consider FSN WEST was the only regional network in the category – it’s an especially fantastic feat.

REPORTING LIVE FROM HOME DEPOT

David Beckham has proven himself a team player rather than a flash-in-the-pan. Galaxy ratings on FSN WEST have risen nearly 50% since last season, and more than doubled since 2006. Meanwhile the 2007 regular season Western Conference Champions Chivas USA are neck in neck with the Galaxy, giving “Becks” a run for his money.

HALFWAY HOME

Its mid-July, the All-Star break is over, and the heat is on. What will the second half of the season mean for the Dodgers and Angels, both at the head of their divisions, but for decidedly different reasons?

For each of the 100 Angels games this season, FSN WEST has either an original program dedicated to the Angels, or an episode of “Angels Live,” to enhance the fan viewing experience. This year fans have also had the chance to see Torii Hunter up close and personal in the two episodes of “Hangin’ with Mr. Hunter” which aired during “Angels Live.” The first half of the season, FSN WEST and PRIME TICKET gave fans a visual journey through John Garland’s career in “Before the Bigs” and a chance to hear the words of Justin Speier, Garret Anderson and Scot Sheilds as they told their story on “In My Own Words.” Additionally, Angels original shows debuting soon or in development include: “Before the Bigs: Howie Kendrick”, “In My Own Words: Frankie Rodriguez”, “In My Own Words: Torii Hunter”, “Angels Insider: Tony Reagins”, “Angels Insider: Angels Farm System” and “Angels Insider: Mike Scioscia”.

FSN PRIME TICKET has 43 Dodgers games to go after the All-Star break. In addition to 60 hours of “Dodgers Live” this season, FSN PRIME TICKET has over three hours of original programming dedicated to the Dodgers. From the island of Curacao fans traced the career of the newest Dodger in “Before the Bigs: Andruw Jones,” and journeyed from suburban Houston to Los Angeles in “Before the Bigs: James Loney.” Nomar Garciaparra got the chance to tell his story on “In My Own Words, “and Andre Ethier will outline his career path later this season in his episode of “Before the Bigs.”

In the second half of the season, as the tension rises, FSN WEST and PRIME TICKET will be there to document how these teams struggle to hang on to their dominant positions.

FSN WEST WAS THERE, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

The Los Angeles Lakers began the season as a gathering of individuals and ended the year a team unit with has every reason to be proud. The Lakers’ rebound earned the team a chance to re-live one of the greatest rivalries in NBA history, meeting the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals.

FSN WEST followed the team throughout the entire post-season, televising select games during the first round and providing in-depth coverage via “Lakers Live” pre-and post-game shows.

Lakers 2008 NBA Finals performance coverage on FSN WEST continued through the final round. For every game, Michael Eaves hosted post-game “Lakers Live” shows with analyst Norm Nixon and reporter Patrick O’Neal. In the final round, Rick Fox joined the FSN WEST team to add his unique perspective as a former player for both the Lakers and the Celtics to the effort.

FOR THE KIDS

On Friday, June 13, 2008, Los Angeles sports fans experienced a never-before-seen gathering of two legends: Vin Scully and John Wooden. FSN PRIME TICKET captured this historic event, with a live telecast documenting the meeting of two of the greatest minds in sports. All proceeds from “SCULLY & WOODEN…For the Kids” were split between the Pediatric Cancer Programs at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and pediatric cancer research at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope through ThinkCure, the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers.