Posts Tagged ‘network’

FX Networks, MillerCoors in 3-Year Partnership Deal

April 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The next time the Soviet spies Elizabeth and Philip Jennings tuck into a tin of caviar on the FX drama The Americans , the comely commies will likely wash down the delicacy with the Champagne of Beers.

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HBO Shows Including The Sopranos Coming to Amazon Prime

April 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Amazon has declared once again that it isn't kidding when it comes to fighting the streaming service wars: the company has signed an exclusive deal with HBO to distribute library content including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Deadwood, Enlightened and Treme, as well as early seasons of currently-running series Boardwalk Empire and True Blood (both scheduled to end this year). It's a more conservative move than it might appear for HBO—the company still reserves season-to-date content for its own streaming service, HBO Go, which has set the standard for friendly user interfaces among streaming apps, and with content on Go airing day-and-date with the network's linear iteration, the app remains very popular. In fact, it's been somewhat too popular in recent months—the network's servers

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Fizzy, Busy Finale for ABC’s Scandal

April 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With no fewer than four broadcast series calling it a day, Thursday night was a time for cliffhangers and farewells. But has been the case all season long, only one of these shows delivered a blockbuster audience. The season finale of ABC’s sudsy Beltway drama Scandal went off with an all-too literal bang, as a terrorist bombing changed the stakes, and the ontological status of more than one key character was thrown into question. According to Nielsen fast national data, the Season 3 closer averaged 10.5 million viewers and a 3.4 in the adults 18-49 demo, making it the second highest-rated episode in Scandal’s history. Season-to-date, Scandal is one of just a handful of network series that managed to improve its ratings versus the year-ago period.

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Channel 5 Sale Falters as Discovery Withdraws From Bidding: Report

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — An attempt by the owner of U.K. broadcaster Channel 5, Northern & Shell, to sell the network appears to have faltered as reports circulated Thursday that one of the leading contenders to acquire the TV group, Discovery Communications, had withdrawn from the bidding process. Discovery was reported to have tabled a joint bid... Read more

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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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