Posts Tagged ‘network’

Nickelodeon Says It’s Growing Audience by Adding Sports to the Mix

January 14, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's been four months since kid-focused cable network Nickelodeon took the leap of dedicating a 2-hour prime-time block to sports programming. So how is it working out? Pretty well, say the numbers. Since its September debut, NickSports has grown the Wednesday block by 15 percent with boys ages 6 to 11 and 19 percent with kids (girls and boys combined) in the same age group. "We are hitting all the touch points everyone wants to be involved in," says Keith Dawkins, svp and general manager for Nicktoons, TeenNick and NickJr. Michael Strahan hosted 2014's Kids' Choice Sports Awards, drawing 2.7 million viewers. The idea for the programming block, airing from 9 to 11 p.m. ET,

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TV Guide Network Relaunches as Pop, With Original Shows and No Annoying Scroll

January 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On Wednesday, free of scrolling listings, the TV Guide Network is relaunching as Pop, a network catering to "enthusiastic fandom" in pop culture. Pop is targeting a 35-45 audience that grew up in the late '80s and early '90s, a group that network president Brad Schwartz is calling the "modern grown-up" (Pop has copyrighted the term, which is the network's version of Bravo's "Affluencer" and Syfy's " Igniter ."). Instead of emulating E! or Bravo, Schwartz said the channel is patterning itself more after the pop culture-worshipping sensibilities of Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres. As Pop launches, all of TVGN's license agreements with its distributors remain intact, since the network—which will debut in more than 80 million homes—is still considered a general entertainment channel. "We're putting a different logo on it and a new energy and new programming, but we're still certainly exactly what we're defined to be," says Schwartz (who oversaw the rebranding of Fuse, as well). "We couldn't have turned this thing into a military channel or a sports channel or a kids channel, but what we're doing is exactly what our definitions are." Pop's "great channel position" also hasn't been affected by the rebranding, aside from the "more analog distributors, where TV Guide was still channel 5," who have relocated next to channels like E! Even better, all market agreements for TVGN's much-maligned TV listing scroll—which had been the network's initial reason for existing—finally lapsed six months ago

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CBS Insists It’s Changing With the Times

January 12, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS might be the oldest-skewing and fustiest of the broadcasters, but its entertainment chief, Nina Tassler, insisted it’s changing with the times during her network’s portion of the TV Critics Assn. tour Monday. At the same time, the network continues to be reliant on a brand of programming — the procedural crime drama — that... Read more

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From Stage to Superhero: The Flash’s Grant Gustin Has Always Been on the Fast Track

January 12, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's the biggest show on the CW and on track to become the network's most-watched series ever. The Flash, it appears, really can outrun everything. As with any prime-time property, especially one on the vanguard of a comics-driven movement reshaping the television landscape, it is essential to get the right guy to play the lead. The network found an unlikely—but ideal—superhero in Grant Gustin, whose most recent major role had him playing a conniving villain, the backstabbing Sebastian Smythe, on Fox's Glee. In The Flash, the six-foot-plus, 24-year-old theater veteran plays a crime-fighter who hasn't quite grown into his mask yet. It agrees with him. You started out dancing before you played a superhero who runs, right? Yeah, kind of from an early age I just did what I loved to do, which, at 8 years old, became tap dancing. Why was that? Because of Gene Kelly and Singin' in the Rain, specifically, and Donald O'Connor

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History Channel Heads West With New Texas Series, Shot in Classic CinemaScope

January 10, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Following the success of Hatfields & McCoys, History has another Western miniseries premiering on Memorial Day, this time focusing on

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SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Network Code Contract

January 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Members of SAG-AFTRA have ratified a three-years-plus successor deal to its master contract covering non-primetime TV work. The vote in favor of the deal was 96.5% of ballots cast and follows the SAG-AFTRA national board’s recommendation in December that members vote for the deal with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Ballots were mailed to approximately... Read more

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Can Dead People Resurrect A&E’s Ratings?

January 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Things unraveled quickly for A&E in 2014: Its top-rated show, Duck Dynasty, plummeted to a 1.0 18-49 rating in November, and it canceled its second-most popular show, Longmire, which skewed too old for its advertisers. ( Netflix picked it up for Season 4. ) As A&E tries to right the ship in 2015, the network is focusing on its loyal audience for Bates Motel (which averaged 4.1 million viewers each week during Season 2) with its new drama, The Returned. At the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Friday, A&E revealed that The Returned

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is About to Get Yet Another Job Title: Late-Night TV Host

January 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The National Geographic Channel is boldly going where it's never gone before: into late-night TV. Author, astrophysicist, Cosmos host and Cannes presenter Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will host Star Talk, the network's first late-night series, debuting in April. Based on Tyson's popular podcast and radio show, Star Talk "will bridge the intersection between pop culture and science as it brings together celebrities, comedians and scientists to discuss the latest developments in our vast universe," said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Channels. The new program, announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, adds to Tyson's lengthy list of TV credentials, including PBS' Nova, Fox's hit revival of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, a six-part lecture series available on Netflix called The Impossible Universe and many appearances on popular talk shows like The Daily Show.

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Fox News, Fox Business Removed From Dish In Carriage-Rights Spat

December 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are not currently available on satellite-broadcaster Dish Network, the result of an impasse in carriage talks between the two companies. Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned... Read more

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As Coke Exits American Idol After 13 Seasons, an Iconic Show’s Future Looks Grim

December 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If American Idol was in rough shape before (which it was), it's looking at an even bleaker future now that Coca-Cola has publicly said it won't be running ads in the reality show's 14th season. Yes, that means no more red-and-white cups in front of the judges on what was once the biggest competition series on television. American Idol returns to Fox on Jan. 7. "After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point," the beverage company told Variety , and the statement's existence in itself is saying something: it's very rare for advertisers to publicly cut ties to a show that hasn't offended somebody. Fox quickly followed up Adweek's request for comment with a statement signed by both companies:"Coca-Cola and Fox have mutually decided to end their 13-year American Idol partnership. We look forward to working together on new collaborations in the future." For their part, viewers are more or less boycotting American Idol out of boredom these days; the show's Wednesday ratings were down 31.6 percent among 18-49 year-olds last season. On Thursdays, it was off by more than a third.

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