Posts Tagged ‘cable’

Kourtney Kardashian Loves Instagram for Fashion Inspiration

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Kourtney Kardashian Age 34 Accomplishments Star of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians (Sundays at 9 p.m.); co-designer of The Kardashian Kollection at Sears and Kardashian Kids at Babies”R”Us Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I usually look at my phone and just kind of check my emails and text messages first to see if anything’s been happening overnight. And then I go to my Instagram . Do you get all the Google Alerts for yourself and your family? I used to. I actually just cancelled them because I’m trying to simplify my life. My sisters were so surprised that it took me this long to finally cancel them. It felt so good. What are your go-to social media platforms? I do Twitter and Instagram, but that’s probably it. I follow all my friends, but I feel bad because sometimes when I’m at a friend’s birthday breakfast or something and I Instagram a picture and I tag them, they get so many follower requests. They have to make their accounts public or go back and change their name. But I also think that Instagram is a great tool for inspiration—I follow different fashion and interior decor and design accounts. And the fan accounts are fun, too; they get photos of us from so long ago. I’m like, “How did you get these from our childhood?” Do you have to be selective about what you share on social media in order to maintain some element of surprise for the show? I don’t really think of it in that way. We kind of just share whatever we’re feeling. But I do notice that, most of the time, when you’re having the most fun, you’re too busy to take a photo. How do you get your news? I don’t [laughs].

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Still Fighting, Charter Urges TW Cable Shareholders to Nix Comcast Deal

March 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s not over ’til it’s over: Charter Communications, after being outbid by Comcast’s $45 billion offer for Time Warner Cable, is encouraging TW Cable stockholders to vote against the planned union for multiple reasons. Charter had made several offers to Time Warner Cable in conjunction with John Malone’s Liberty Media, which owns 27% of Charter. In... Read more

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E! Green-Lights The Royals Starring Elizabeth Hurley

March 26, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's finally happening: E!'s scripted series, The Royals, will grace its viewers with its presence in 2015. A one-hour drama by Mark Schwahn about the British royal family and starring Elizabeth Hurley, the show has been ordered to series by E!, though the network did not say how many episodes it would have. Also on the docket for the women's cable network: Botched, a reality series about correcting horrific plastic surgery mistakes, ordered for eight hour-long episodes and set for September; and Escape Club, a competition show in which twentysomething competitors are sent off to a tropical resort where they compete for the privilege to stay in the sun (think of it as the opposite of Survivor). E!'s development slate has a deepening bench scripted shows, too, including Songbyrd, by Gray's Anatomy writer Krista Vernoff and "featuring the experiences of" songwriter Diane Warren, who is a consulting producer (presumably Songbyrd uses details from Warren's life—the show is about an unlucky-in-love songwriter). And there's also a miniseries about drama among scions of the Gucci clan.

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Oprah Winfrey To Tackle Inspirational Tour Backed By WME

March 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After years of using her talk show and recently-launched cable network to provide inspiration and guidance to fans, Oprah Winfrey will come out from behind the camera. Winfrey is marshaling her entire portfolio of media outlets - her magazine, her cable network and her Harpo production company – and jointing with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment  to... Read more

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Yanked A&E Series Those Who Kill Resurfaces on LMN

March 26, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The shelved A&E drama series Those Who Kill is getting a new lease on life, although one that has all the markings of a burnoff. Beginning Sunday, March 30, the

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Apple and Comcast in Talks for Streaming Partnership?

March 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Could Comcast users say goodbye to fuzzy, buffering videos and hello to fast, HD-quality content thanks to a rumored deal with Apple?

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A&E Pulls Another Show From Its Lineup: Breaking Boston

March 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

That needle scratch you hear is A&E pulling new reality show Breaking Boston off its prime-time lineup after just one airing—the show debuted to an anemic 313,000 total viewers (suggesting a very low demo viewership) on March 13, and it's no longer on the schedule. This is the second time in as many weeks that A&E rejiggered its prime-time schedule around a prominent property during the show's run: the same day Breaking Boston aired, news broke that pricey Chloe Sevigny-starring series

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Viacom, Tumblr Team Up to Offer Co-Branded Campaigns

March 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Viacom has been making good use of popular blogging platform Tumblr in the recent past and now it looks like the partnership is official: the two organizations will offer “co-branded campaigns for top shows and events” starting with the MTV movie awards. “They’ve been unbelievably collaborative with us,” said Dario Spina, evp, integrated marketing for Viacom. Spina is working on the integrated marketing side of the company’s Echo Social Media Network, which extends ad buys across social, and the partnership will bolster that initiative as Viacom heads into upfront season. Tumblr and Viacom (which includes Comedy Central, MTV, VH1 and other laser-targeted cable networks) have worked closely on recent campaigns for Paramount’s remake of Endless Love, blanketing the blogging network in hashtagged pictures, gifs and videos. Then there was Teen Wolf, which, as part of an aggressive social campaign , featured Valentine ’ s Day cards from its characters. Campaigns sold throughout the upfront under the partnership will bear both Tumblr and Viacom imprimaturs. Overall, a good Tumblr account has become a vital part of any sound social marketing strategy and with Viacom pushing hard on its event programming this year, it makes a lot of sense for the organization to adopt a formal partnership. It's also the first company to do so, though Viacom and many others have formal agreements in place with Twitter. Facebook is currently causing a stir among advertisers by throttling traffic to branded pages in order to generate paid advertising; Twitter moves so quickly and works so simply that more sophisticated content (like locally hosted gifs, a Tumblr staple) aren’t possible.

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IFC Has a New Documentary Parody Show From SNL Alums

March 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

IFC announced its upfront slate just shy of this evening's presentation in Manhattan. The agenda for the 2014-15 season (or the cable equivalent thereof) includes American Documentary, a new series created by Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader; as well as a scripted half-hour called American Storage, created by Children's Hospital showrunner Rob Huebel. SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels will produce American Documentary, which the network says will be shot "on location" with a first season of six half-hour episodes as it explores the lives of fictional people in presumably real places.

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IFC Has a New Documentary Parody Show From SNL Alums

March 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

IFC announced its upfront slate just shy of this evening's presentation in Manhattan. The agenda for the 2014-15 season (or the cable equivalent thereof) includes American Documentary, a new series created by Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader; as well as a scripted half-hour called American Storage, created by Children's Hospital showrunner Rob Huebel. SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels will produce American Documentary, which the network says will be shot "on location" with a first season of six half-hour episodes as it explores the lives of fictional people in presumably real places.

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