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Scripps Selling TV Movies Unit

December 5, 1997

CINCINNATI (AP) _ The E.W. Scripps Co. said Friday it will seek a buyer for Scripps Howard Productions, which creates made-for-TV movies and miniseries, to focus its TV production business on nonfiction programs.

The media company’s Cinetel Productions, which produces documentaries and other nonfiction cable programming, is expanding into broadcast television. E.W. Scripps said the Knoxville, Tenn.-based division will adopt the Scripps Howard Productions name once a sale is completed.

Scripps Howard Productions, headed by former CBS executive David Percelay, began operating in late 1993. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company has produced original movies for television and miniseries for the three major networks.

Scripps Howard Productions also has produced prime time network news and documentary specials. The company currently is in production on ``The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax″ for CBS in association with Angela Lansbury’s Corymore Productions.

E.W. Scripps’ other TV operations include nine network-affiliate broadcast stations and two cable networks, Home & Garden Television and the Food Network. The company also owns 20 daily newspapers and United Media, which syndicates and licenses news features and comics.

William R. Burleigh, E.W. Scripps’ president and chief executive, is vice chairman of the board of directors of The Associated Press.

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