A top executive for the WB says that he’s willing to do what it takes to keep “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” at the network, short of letting its producers suck the blood out of him.
The drama series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, is up for grabs at the end of this season, and word is that Fox and ABC are interested in taking the show, The Associated Press reports.
Jamie Kellner, the WB’s top exec, said Saturday that he’s willing to hand over every penny the show makes to its producers, a deal that he’s never offered before.
"We will take all the revenue we can generate with 'Buffy' and we'll give it to you in a giant wheelbarrow," Kellner said. "And if that's not enough, then take it to somebody else. You've demonstrated you're not the kind of partner we should be doing business with."
Traditionally, networks pay producers a licensing fee to air the shows they make. Revenue generated from advertisers goes to the network. Both parties are still in negotiations.
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR: TV uberproducer Dick Clark uncorked a hit with his New Year’s Eve show.
His ball-dropping coverage from Times Square drew more viewers than anything else that aired in primetime that same week last month, Variety reports.
According to national ratings, the 2000 edition of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" averaged 23.2 million viewers -- its largest gathering ever. It also delivered the program's largest adults 25-54 audience ever (12.3 million viewers) as well as its largest adults 18-49 showing (11.7 million) since 1990.
The show’s musical guests included Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees and Third Eye Blind.