Posts Tagged ‘television’

The Upfront Will Be Down More Than 6%

July 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

No, all that money that didn't go to broadcast networks is not showing up on cable. New Jersey-based agency MDI says the upfront will be down 6.1 percent this year to $18.1 billion—the first time the market will have dipped since '09-10 when the TV industry pulled back sharply on ad spending, in part due to the longer-term effects of the 2008 financial crisis.

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‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Win at TCA Awards

July 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

For the second year in a row, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” was named program of the year by the Television Critics Assn. at the 30th annual TCA Awards, held on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton. Its main rival in the Emmy race for best drama, HBO’s “True Detective” took home the prize for outstanding miniseries (the... Read more

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Walter White Boldly Goes Where No Meth Dealer’s Gone Before

July 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When you have zero coding skills, how do you keep busy at your company's hackathon ? For the non-engineers at i.TV, the answer was to blast a meth dealer into space. "The hackathon leaves those of us without coding skills regretting the fact that we're not technical wizards," marketing director

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Chris Colfer Doesn’t Want to Know What the Internet Thinks of Him

July 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Chris Colfer Age 24 Accomplishments Star of Fox’s Glee; screenwriter; author of The Land of Stories book series (his latest, A Grimm Warning, was just released) Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I immediately turn to my cellphone and look to make sure that nothing awful has happened while I’ve been asleep [laughs]. If I’m lucky and I don’t find anything on my phone, I might sleep a little longer. Where do you get your news? I’m on the CNN app on my phone a lot. My fans keep me very much in the loop on anything regarding me, which I tend to try to not look at too much because that can get a little cuckoo. So you don’t have a Google alert set for your name

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ABC Reveals Fall Schedule

July 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC officially unveiled its fall schedule yesterday, including premiere dates for new and returning shows. The 19th season of Dancing With the Stars will kick off the new season with a two-hour premiere on Monday, Sept. 15. ABC will then air a preview of new series Forever on Sept. 22, with the show making its regular time slot debut the next day, following the return of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC's Wednesday night lineup starts up on Sept

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Time Warner Rebuffed Offer From Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox

July 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Rupert Murdoch's media empire 21st Century Fox made an $80 billion takeover bid last month for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed, The New York Times reports . "21st Century Fox can confirm that we made a formal proposal to Time Warner last month to combine the two companies," the company said in a statement released today. "The Time Warner Board of Directors declined to pursue our proposal. We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner." "As part of the proposal to buy Time Warner, people briefed on the proposal said, 21st Century Fox indicated that it would sell CNN to head off potential antitrust concerns since Fox News competes directly with CNN," reports The New York Times. CBS and ABC are viewed as suitors in this scenario, which could spark a bidding war. 21st Century Fox originally approached Time Warner in early June, in a private meeting between 21st Century Fox president Chase Carey and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, and delivered a formal takeover proposal later in the month, according to The New York Time's sources. According to the same sources, Time Warner's board "discuess the proposal at length" before deciding that Time Warner was better off remaining independent and delivered "a terse letter rejecting the offer" early this month. One of the main points of contention was that "the stock portion of 21st Century Fox's offer would be made with nonvoting shares." While 21st Century Fox claims to not be in discussions with Time Warner at the moment, "people involved in the discussions" told The New York Times "Mr. Murdoch is determined to buy Time Warner and is unlikely to walk away." That publication points out that Murdoch's empire was built largely by pursuing ambitious deals that were originally rebuffed. Together, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner would have a combined revenue of $65 billion. Its array of networks and channels would include HBO, Fox, Fox News, FX, TBS and TNT; movie studios 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers; and Time Warner's rights to NBA and NCAA basketball and MLB baseball. Time Warner shares were up 20 percent in premarket trading this morning following the news.

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Dana Walden, Gary Newman Named New Network Chiefs at Fox

July 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Dana Walden and Gary Newman were named network chiefs of Fox, replacing exiting Fox Broadcasting Chairman Kevin Reilly following his announced departure in late May , The Hollywood Reporter announced today . The pair will also retain oversight over the studio, keeping "titles as chairmen and CEO of a newly formed division of the Fox Networks Group entitled Fox Television Group," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Walden and Newman will begin their positions effective later this month, reporting to FNG Chairman Peter Rice.

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Analysis: Fox TV Restructuring Underscores Content Production as Profit Driver

July 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The 21st Century Fox restructuring that elevated Gary Newman and Dana Walden to uber posts overseeing Fox Broadcasting as well as the TV studio operation, as chairman-CEOs of Fox Television Group, underscores how much the network biz has become the tail that wags the dog of content production. The longtime 20th Century Fox TV titans... Read more

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Hulu Gains Exclusive Rights to Stream ‘South Park’

July 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creators of the long-running Comedy Central animated show South Park, have struck an exclusive deal with Hulu to host the series—including its 244-episode archive as well as new episodes—on the content streaming service, the New York Times reported . According to the terms of the three-year deal, which is worth more than $80 million, Hulu will make all 17 seasons’ worth of the show’s content available for free until Sept. 24, when the show’s 18th season begins. After that, the series’ archive will go behind a paywall, available only to subscribers of Hulu’s premium streaming service, Hulu Plus. New episodes will be available the day after they air on Viacom’s Comedy Central on both Hulu.com and Hulu Plus. In addition, Hulu.com will host a revolving selection of 30 episodes for free, Variety reported . As the Times noted, South Park has historically been available via a range of platforms — “on basic cable, syndicated on ad-supported television, on Netflix, on SouthParkStudios.com and on Hulu.” But with competition between content streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo, and Amazon heating up, exclusivity has become paramount. The deal, which was announced on Saturday as part of the Television Critics Association summer press tour, parallels others engineered by Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins over the last year. As the Hollywood Reporter wrote , the service also “inked an exclusive deal with NBCUniversal in April that included seasons of Fox’s The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Nashville and Elementary also stream exclusively on the platform.” The full archive of South Park episodes will be available for free on the website SouthParkStudios.com (now powered by Hulu) until the Sept. 24 season premiere, at which point the site will, like Hulu.com, offer only a revolving selection. Hulu’s content chief Craig Erwich said of the deal, “South Park has revolutionized TV and pushed boundaries with unparalleled topicality and daring humor. We’re thrilled to offer the series to fans in its entirety.”

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Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Season 1 to Debut Late September, ‘Bosch’ Premiering Early 2015

July 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon’s new original drama “Transparent” will debut on Amazon Prime in late September, creator Jill Soloway announced Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour. All ten episodes of the series will premiere at once through Amazon Prime Instant Video, in the so-called “binge” model popularized by Netflix. Decisions have not yet been made on... Read more

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