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UPN’s Name in 2001: Paramount Network

From Associated Press

The UPN television network plans to change its name to the Paramount Network.

The new moniker will provide a closer association with the Paramount entertainment brand, network officials said. The change goes into effect Jan. 1, 2001.

UPN--United Paramount Network--started in 1995 as a venture between Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Television Group and Chris-Craft Industries Inc.'s TV station unit.

In March, Chris-Craft agreed to sell its half interest in the network to Viacom for $5 million.

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The UPN name had represented Chris-Craft subsidiary United Stations and Paramount, said Dean Valentine, UPN president and chief executive.


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