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BKS launches Playground

BKS Entertainment is launching for next fall Playground Earth, a new
weekly half-hour focused on extreme sports.

BKS will have 26 original episodes available for stations Oct. 1,
with a 50-50 barter split and eight minutes of advertising time per episode.

The show will feature sports stars such as skateboard legend Tony Hawk, BMX
rider Dave Mira, pro-beach-volleyball star Albert Hanneman, Chicago Cubs
favorite Sammy Sosa and pro surfer Josh Mohr.

An early pilot of the show first aired on Fox Sports Net in April 2001, but
new producers have revamped the show and given it a new host.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.