Posts Tagged ‘people’

How the Reality TV King Created 11 Popular Shows and Counting

April 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As of a couple of weeks ago, Mark Burnett's schedule for the week of May 11 was still surprisingly unfilled. "It's funny, but I haven't been invited to an upfront yet," says the prolific producer, looking ahead to the culmination of upfront season when the broadcast networks finally unveil their fall schedules. "Maybe we'll just stay home!" Don't bet on it. The most powerful producer in television will be plenty busy all that week, wooing advertisers and media buyers in New York. After all, Burnett is responsible for an astounding 11 network programs, on CBS (Survivor and the People's Choice Awards), NBC (The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, The Sing-Off, A.D. The Bible Continues—the follow-up to The Bible, his massively successful 2013 History miniseries—and Angels Unveiled, his scripted pilot hoping for a series order), ABC (Shark Tank and spinoff Beyond the Tank, premiering May 1, plus new game show 500 Questions, which debuts May 20) and Fox (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which returns May 26 after a long hiatus).

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ABC Family Doubles Down on Original Programming to Reach Young Women

April 14, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As women between 14 and 29 enter new life phases, ABC Family wants to be the channel they flip to for programming that helps them navigate the next step. The cable network will announce at its upfront presentation in New York on Tuesday that it will double its original programming slate over the next four years. While the shows will vary from scripted dramas to reality series, they'll all be conscious of evolving technology and incorporate digital media and mobile viewing options. "This current market, there's a lot of pundits saying it's very weak," ABC Family evp of sales and marketing

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ABC Family Doubles Down on Original Programming to Reach Young Women

April 14, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As women between 14 and 29 enter new life phases, ABC Family wants to be the channel they flip to for programming that helps them navigate the next step. The cable network will announce at its upfront presentation in New York on Tuesday that it will double its original programming slate over the next four years. While the shows will vary from scripted dramas to reality series, they'll all be conscious of evolving technology and incorporate digital media and mobile viewing options. "This current market, there's a lot of pundits saying it's very weak," ABC Family evp of sales and marketing

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‘Queen of Instagram’ Gayle King Spills Her TV Guilty Pleasures

April 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Gayle King Age 60 Claim to fame Co-host of CBS This Morning (weekdays at 7 a.m.) and editor at large of O, The Oprah Magazine (currently celebrating its 15th anniversary) Base New York Twitter @GayleKing What's the first information you consume in the morning? I get up at 3:30, so I just start looking at everything. I check with CBS News, then CNN, MSNBC, local news. And there are these cool things called newspapers [laughs]. They're good, too. BuzzFeed called you the 'Queen of Instagram.' How did you go about achieving that? I don't know how I became the Queen of Instagram! There are a lot of people who use it a lot more than I do, but I find, especially when I'm traveling, it's a great way to tell a story. I don't mind making fun of myself or making fun of other people in a good-natured way, so everybody is always in on the joke. The other day, I split my dress when I was getting out of the car, so my butt was hanging out and I posted it on Instagram . People said, "Weren't you embarrassed when you put that up?" No, but my daughter was. You posted recently that you're a "sucker for infomercials." What's the last thing you bought off TV? There was something called the Personal Pedi. I think that having nice, soft feet is a good attribute, and it's something that is escaping me at the moment, so when I saw this infomercial, I ordered that little gadget! I am a sucker. I've ordered the most redonkulous things after getting caught up in an infomercial. What's your favorite app? I like Shazam. Just the other day, at the end of the new Fast & Furious movie, I went, "What is this song?" So I pulled out my handy-dandy Shazam app and held it up while the credits were going to find out

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Time Inc. and Telemundo Team Up For Weekly Home Improvement Show

April 7, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Time Inc. and Telemundo are joining forces for the launch of SOS: Salva Mi Casa (or SOS: Save My House). The weekly home improvement TV show, debuting Saturday, April 11 at noon E.T., is Time's first Spanish-language television program and first major collaboration with Telemundo. "Time Inc. is expanding in many ways, including the launch of new digital, video and television products, and we're thrilled to add our first Spanish-language TV venture to the mix," said Time Inc.

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Time Inc. and Telemundo Team Up For Weekly Home Improvement Show

April 7, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Time Inc. and Telemundo are joining forces for the launch of SOS: Salva Mi Casa (or SOS: Save My House). The weekly home improvement TV show, debuting Saturday, April 11 at noon E.T., is Time's first Spanish-language television program and first major collaboration with Telemundo. "Time Inc. is expanding in many ways, including the launch of new digital, video and television products, and we're thrilled to add our first Spanish-language TV venture to the mix," said Time Inc. evp Evelyn Webster in a release. Each week, hosts Andrea Minski and general contractor Jose Perez come to the rescue of homeowners in need of extreme home makeovers. "We've built this series on the foundation of Time Inc.'s trusted and well-established properties in order to address the increasing number of Spanish speaking DIYers in need of solid home improvement advice," said Maria Lopez Alvarez, svp of reality programming for the NBCUniversal network. The media companies have signed GMC, State Farm and The Home Depot as launch partners for the first season, which will include TV spots, digital and on-air integrations, and print and online ads in People en Espa

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What Do 13 of the Strongest Women on TV Have in Common? They’re All Tatiana Maslany

April 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A few short years ago, Tatiana Maslany was an up-and-coming actress with improv comedy chops, some TV and small movie roles under her belt and a profile little known outside her native Canada. Those days are definitely behind her. Now she's regularly mobbed at fan gatherings like San Diego's Comic-Con and revered by TV critics for her work on BBC America's much-lauded, sci-fi-tinged thriller Orphan Black . In it, the 29-year-old juggles multiple roles—a dizzying number of sister clones,

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How It Feels to Become the Face of a Generation’s Shrugging Indifference

April 2, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Back around 2008, I posed for photographs for my friends who worked at a small animation company run out of a shack-like bungalow in East Atlanta. I stood in front of a white backdrop, like in a yearbook photo, and moved my face in 50 different ways in 10 different angles. It was fun, and then we all went out to lunch. Siobhan Price A few months later, one of my friends asked me to sign an agreement to use my likeness and told me he legally had to give me $1. It was a while after that when I learned my face had become the character Cheryl Tunt on Archer. It's a pretty cool claim to fame but hopefully not the only thing I'll ever be known for. What I would like to be remembered for is ... I don't know, actually. I used to know. I used to have a plan and drive and clarity, and then I turned 30 and it all fell apart. As I've gotten older and more experienced in my profession, I've begun to feel more unfulfilled and lost. I thought I'd have it all figured out now and I'd have my dream job and a family and a house and generally be on the road to happily ever after. At one point, I had most of those things, and I realized I was incredibly unhappy. Since then, I've quit my great job in television, moved across the country, got an even better job at the same company, got promoted, moved back across the country, quit and then moved across the country again.

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So Who Is Trevor Noah, the Guy Replacing Jon Stewart on The Daily Show?

March 30, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Trevor Noah is not a household name, or at least he wasn't yesterday. The comedian has been a Daily Show contributor for all of three months, and now he's taking over the whole thing when Jon Stewart departs "sometime later this year," in the words of Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. But the network is confident it has the right person for the job. "He's extraordinary," Ganeless said. "Do yourself a favor and watch some of his stand-up. He brings a truly layered take on the world both because of his upbringing, but also because he works everywhere and does stand-up everywhere." The South African comedian's mother is Xhosa ;

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Lena Dunham, Anti-Semite? That Dog Don’t Hunt

March 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

This coming week marks the beginning of Passover, a Jewish holiday commemorating my people’s enslavement at the hands of the ancient Egyptians. Many millennia later, sadly, the Jews aren’t doing that much better today. Anti-Semitism is raging everywhere from U.S. college campuses to the streets of France. And yet perhaps the greatest threat yet to... Read more

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