New television network announced

Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. announced Tuesday they were forming a new television network that will replace the The WB and UPN networks.

The CW will launch in the fall of 2006 and program 30 hours a week for seven days for its affiliated stations.

The full distribution of the new network is expected to exceed 95% of the country.

Dawn Ostroff, currently president of UPN, will become president of entertainment; and John Maatta, currently chief operating officer of The WB, will become chief operating officer of the CW.

Warner Bros. Entertainment is a division of Time Warner, and operates the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

The Tribune, parent company of The Burbank Leader and Times Community News, has ownership stake in The WB, but will not with The CW. The Tribune will operate 16 CW affiliates.

Blood drive at restaurant

The Outback Steakhouse restaurant and the Providence Blood Donor Center are joining together to host a blood drive Thursday and Friday.

Blood donations will be taken from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the restaurant, 1761 N. Victory Place.

The blood donor center, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, provides donor service, blood drives and education throughout the San Fernando Valley.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the donor center at (800) 469-9555.

Building named for ex-chief Eisner

The Walt Disney Co. has named its corporate headquarters in Burbank as Team Disney -- The Michael D. Eisner Building.

Eisner was honored with the building name for his 21 years at the helm of the entertainment company.

He stepped down as chief executive officer of Disney in September.

The building was designed by renowned architect Michael Graves with a post-modern, neo-classical facade, featuring gigantic pillars in the shape of the Seven Dwarves -- Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, Grumpy and Dopey.

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