Posts Tagged ‘network’

ABC Re-Ups Paul Lee

April 15, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With just a month to go before it pitches its 2014-15 upfront slate, ABC has re-upped entertainment president Paul Lee. The genial Brit has signed a new multiyear deal with the network, and while terms were not disclosed, it is believed that the contract will keep Lee locked down through spring 2018. Lee took the helm of ABC and the network’s studio unit in July 2010, when he succeeded outgoing entertainment chief Steve McPherson . Previously, Lee had served as the head of the cable net ABC Family.

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Mad Men Drops in Season 7 Premiere

April 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

AMC may have been hoping that the so-called “Netflix Effect” would boost the ratings for the Season 7 premiere of Mad Men , but in a highly competitive Sunday 10 p.m. slot, Matt Weiner’s period piece put up its worst opening numbers since 2008. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the first installment of the bifurcated final season of Mad Men delivered 2.3 million viewers and a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo, marking a decline of 32 percent and 27 percent, respectively, versus last season’s two-hour opener. Not since Season 2, when Mad Men drew 2.06 million viewers, has the moody drama debuted to a smaller audience. (That episode also delivered a 0.8 in the dollar demo.) While never a ratings juggernaut—last season averaged just 2.42 million viewers and a 0.8 in the dollar demo—the year-over-year decline was unexpected. That said,

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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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CNN Bumps Up Original Programming

April 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Instead of focusing on the traditional newscast,

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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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Stephen Colbert Named Successor to David Letterman

April 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Stephen Colbert is moving three blocks east—and light-years from basic cable. The 49-year-old linchpin of Comedy Central’s long-running series The Colbert Report has been tapped to succeed

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Hub Network To Launch New App, Redesigned Web Site

April 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Kid-focused cable outlet The Hub Network is expected on Wednesday to launch a new app for both iPad and iPhone, as well as a redesigned website with a new name, HubNetwork.com. The app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes, has a “photo booth” that allows kids to insert the... Read more

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Oxygen Rebranding and Bravo Boosts Scripted at Dual Upfront Presentation

April 8, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Bravo has not one but two scripted series green-lit and ready to go this coming season, and Oxygen is going through a full-blown rebrand starting by the end of the year, with only reality series Preachers of L.A. on the list of returning series promoted at the event. That's not to say that others won't show up eventually—flagship show Bad Girls Club is slated to return in May—but Oxygen does appear to be starting from a relatively clean slate as it tries to shift into a more positive, upbeat mode. An Oxygen spokeswoman said that

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A&E Orders Third Season of ‘Bates Motel’

April 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A&E has picked up a third season of original series “Bates Motel,” A&E Network exec VP and general manager David McKillop announced Monday. Production will begin in the fall for the 10 episodes slated for season three of the series, a contemporary prequel to Hitchcock’s “Psycho” starring Freddie Highmore as a teenage Norman Bates. “The incredible... Read more

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Former TV News Stars Are Finding a Second Life Online

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Far from hearing crickets after streaming into the Internet abyss, former TV news talent are unearthing a flourishing market online. In mid-March, Katie Couric interviewed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the former CBS Evening News anchor’s first assignment as global news anchor for Yahoo . And Cenk Uygur’s The Young Turks Network last week introduced a 30-minute version of its live YouTube newscast and a weekly entertainment program called Pop Trigger on Hulu and Hulu Plus. It’s the first deal the liberal-leaning outfit inked since being canceled by Current TV after its sale to Al Jazeera last summer . Its new digital home is prime turf for TYT’s 18-34 demo. “Our flagship show is already bigger online,” Uygur said. “Why would I need to go back into the format where I would get less views?” Online news outlets know that longevity and shareability beat breaking news. That can include stretching a viral video into an entire segment. “It’s not just who watches that night—it’s have you created a show or a good segment that people are going to watch over time?” said Jon Housman, CEO of Ora.TV, the home of Larry King Now. An added benefit: It is ridiculously cheap to produce, as Forrester Research vp James McQuivey pointed out. While TV news operations sweat cash sending reporters to Afghanistan, Web news sites can do video chats with interviewees for a fraction of the cost. Their success online doesn’t mean that if given the chance, online news anchors wouldn’t come crawling back to television. Even as he promises to never abandon his online followers, even Uygur isn’t fully closing the book on cable

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