Posts Tagged ‘cable’

Marjorie Kaplan Is Juggling 2 Discovery Networks Through the Upfront and Beyond

April 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Marjorie Kaplan New gig Group president, TLC and Animal Planet Old gig Group president, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity Age 52 So TLC is a huge business. What’s it like handling that network and Animal Planet? I’m like a crazy person now. We’re heading into the upfront, so I’m doing two upfronts, and I’m really trying to put a stamp on what we’re doing on TLC with no time to spare. One of the things that recharges your creative cells is exposure to new things and new people. I was describing it to somebody as like being in love: You have that unbelievable amount of energy, and you suddenly don’t need any sleep. Is it possible to sustain that for long? Well, I’ve got to make sure my husband still knows he’s married to me. I don’t think it’s appropriate to expect to maintain this level of engagement on both businesses, but you do have to dive into the deep end at first. I’ve been on Animal Planet a long time, and I can trust that team to move the ball forward. What do you want to accomplish at TLC? We need to remind the TLC audience of who we are. What we see happening right now with The Little Couple is a great moment for TLC. It gives us everything everyone loves about the brand. [Jen Arnold’s battle with cancer] has a happy ending—we’re not raking the audience over the coals with the experience. It’s about seeing the love and the humor. These are not painful emotional experiences, they’re life-affirming, playful shows

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Fox Cable Networks Group Exec Fired Over Malaysia Airlines Fundraising Email

April 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox Cable Networks Group exec Darlene Lieblich Tipton was fired earlier this month after using her company email address to help raise money for relatives of passengers on the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Tipton’s dismissal came after she sent an email seeking support for a fundraising campaign to aid families of the 239 passengers... Read more

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Mad Men Star Vincent Kartheiser Stays Away From Social Media

April 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Vincent Kartheiser Age 34 Accomplishments Stars as Pete Campbell on AMC’s Mad Men (Season 7 airs Sundays at 10/9c); voices Marsh Merriweather on the Fox animated series High School USA! Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Email. My computer is usually close at hand. If I’m going to work, the first media I probably consume is music in my car. How do you listen to music? I do Spotify. Every once in a while I’ll do satellite radio comedy channels, too. There’s a bunch of them—Comedy Central, Raw Dog, and Jamie Foxx has one. How do you get your news?

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Howard Owens Steps Down as Nat Geo Channels President

April 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After a two-and-a-half-year stint as president of National Geographic Channels U.S., Howard Owens is striking out on his own. The former William Morris agent and Reveille co-founder on Monday revealed his decision to leave Nat Geo , saying that while his tenure as programming chief was “an incredible experience…both personally and professionally,” it was time for him to embark on his “next adventure.” Owens was instrumental in launching the Nat Geo original series Brain Games and Wicked Tuna, as well as the scripted programs Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and the upcoming Killing Jesus. (All three specials were based on best-selling books by Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly.) He joined Nat Geo in late 2011, replacing longtime network boss Steve Schiffman. In a note to staffers, NGC U.S. CEO David Lyle announced that Owens would be moving on, or as he characterized it, “flying out the window of National Geographic and into the free world of independent production.” Lyle was effusive in his praise for Owens. “As a senior TV executive, I’m supposed to say everybody is replaceable, but in Howard’s case I say without a shadow of a doubt, we couldn’t have done it without him.” A replacement has not been identified. While high-profile undertakings like the Killing series and SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden gave Nat Geo a temporary ratings boost, the network’s biggest growth came in 2012. Per Nielsen, Nat Geo finished out the year before last up 22 percent in its target demo (adults 25-54), only to dip 2 percent in 2013. “National Geographic Channels have some of the brightest minds in the television business, and I’m proud of the work we have accomplished together—specifically in defining the National Geographic Channels as a destination for innovative, original and brand-defining creativity,” Owens said, by way of signing off.

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DirecTV Turns to Fans for Cable Effects Ad

April 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fed up with cable? DirecTV wants to hear your frustration. The satellite TV provider is asking fans for suggestions for its new

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H2, History’s Sister Network, Is Doubling Down on New Shows

April 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In his midtown office last week at A+E Networks, Paul Cabana managed to sound both completely reasonable and incredibly enthusiastic, as though he were simply describing a happy accident that had led to quarter after quarter of uninterrupted growth at H2 , History’s sister network. H2 of late has been on a tear; in Q1 2014, the net improved 11 percent in prime time among adults 25-54, topping the likes of CNN and Hallmark Channel. But it’s no accident. “Everyone’s moving into scripted … and we’ve had a lot of success in counterprogramming,” said Cabana, svp, head of programming for H2. “Everyone’s moving into scripted, no one’s doing great documentary.” Among those new shows: Brad Meltzer’s Secret History (hosted by the mystery novelist behind History’s Decoded); an event series titled The Civil War , set to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox; and most promisingly, The Shift, an ancient-history/far-future special about what the planet looked like millions of years ago and how it’ll look millions of years from now. Cabana said H2’s programming strategy exists partly to protect the History brand, which saw some of its brainier fare “being outpaced by these big rockets” like Vikings , Swamp People and Pawn Stars. The shows weren’t anti-historical, exactly, but the network wanted to have all that ratings cake and eat its educational cake (educake?) too. Hence H2

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CNN Bumps Up Original Programming

April 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Instead of focusing on the traditional newscast,

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Tell Everyone What You’re Doing This Sunday Night With Mad Men Out of Office

April 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If you can't wait for Mad Men to return for part one of its seventh and final season this Sunday, and you're itching to declare your intention to watch it to all your social media friends, AMC would like to offer you a special opportunity to advertise on its behalf by customizing a picture of Don Draper so your name appears next to his face. You can choose one of seven other characters, too. It's a fun tool for die-hards, and a smart way to drive the natural symbiosis between TV and social media. Dubbing it "Mad Men Out of Office" seems a bit of a misnomer (as much as posting to Facebook may feel like clocking in to some). If you were going to be in the office on a Sunday night, you should obviously quit and watch Mad Men.

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CNNx Promises It’s a New Way to Watch News

April 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

CNN embraced the digital component of its news service on Thursday when it announced CNNx, a new way to watch the network's programming. The app allows users to scroll through a rundown of the past 24 hours of programing on the network, and select what they want to watch with a tap of their fingertips. Viewers will be able to catch up on what they missed or see what’s up next on the docket. “CNNx is a really revolutionary advancement, and allows the consumer to be the producer. It allows the consumer to be able to enhance what they are watching and decide when they want to watch, when they want to watch it,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker told Adweek. Each news topic will contain the original newscast and additional digital content created just for CNNx consumers.

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FX Will Renew The Americans

April 9, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fans of the FX Cold War spy drama The Americans can rest easy about the show’s prospects, as the network is very close to announcing a formal third-season renewal. Speaking at an upfront breakfast event in New York this morning, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said he was encouraged by The Americans’ creative direction and ratings performance. “We look forward to it being on our schedule for quite some time,” Landgraf said, adding that time-shifted viewing now accounts for nearly half of the show’s deliveries. In a February interview with Adweek, Landgraf said FX was essentially rushed to get Season 1 of The Americans on the air last winter, so that it could run all 13 episodes without preemptions while also avoiding the GRP suck that is the NBA Playoffs. “In the 10 years we’ve worked together there have been a few occasions when we picked up a show and then we had a date we had to back into,” Landgraf said. “The Americans is an example, between the scheduling and the fact that they had fairly short prep time in the writing and then Hurricane Sandy just wiped out the [Brooklyn] production offices. It was a really brutal first season … and I think we were very fortunate to come out of it. “And you just look at Season 2 … just that extra few weeks in the writers’ room, going into production—that amount of time has made a huge difference in everything: In the writing, in the production design, everything.” Through the first six episodes of Season 2, The Americans is averaging 1.43 million viewers and a 0.5 in the adults 18-49 demo, and while the live-plus-same-day deliveries are hardly robust, the show does a brisk business in playback. Per Nielsen, the season premiere jumped 81 percent in the demo upon application of live-plus-three-day data, and because so many of those views were delivered via on-demand platforms, the commercial content went largely unskipped. As FX and its spinoff net, FXX, have so much new comedy in the pipeline—recently picked-up series include The Tracy Morgan Project, The Comedians, You’re the Worst and Married, and a handful of other pilots are under consideration—Landgraf said a final decision on the sophomore series Legit and the new animated show Chozen will be made in due time. This season’s development slate marks the most robust in FX’s history , and it will boost the network’s roster of originals from 11 to 20. Particularly noteworthy newcomers include the

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