Posts Tagged ‘time’

How The Simpsons Saved FXX

November 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When FX Networks CEO John Landgraf sealed the deal last November to secure exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons for his fledgling cable network FXX, he was elated ("It's arguably one of the greatest shows ever made!")—but terrified. "I was really nervous about it. If it hadn't worked, it would have been a financial drain on the company's competitive abilities and resources for the better part of a decade…. There was a lot of sticker shock associated with the price we paid," said Landgraf, who shelled out an estimated $750 million for the long-term deal. Plus, given that The Simpsons was in its 25th season at the time, "there was no way to calculate how many times people had already watched. There was no way to calculate the nostalgia factor for people that might have fallen off the Simpsons train. And, by the way, we chose to put it on a channel that didn't exist, essentially." That would be FXX, the former Fox Soccer network, which relaunched Sept. 2, 2013 as FX's younger, edgier sibling. But early on, even Landgraf seemed unsure of what defined an FX series versus one that aired on FXX. By Nov. 13—almost exactly a year ago—things seemed bleak for FXX's future when the network canceled its late-night talk show, Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, which was drawing as few as 10,000 total viewers per night after relocating from FX.

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‘Homeland’ Shocker: New Episode Offers a Big Surprise

November 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sunday night’s episode of “Homeland” featured another shocking twist, this time it was a ghost of the Emmy-winning drama’s past. (SPOILER ALERT) Showtime had warned journalists on Friday that season four’s seventh installment, titled “Redux,” would not be available for viewing beforehand, usually a hint that something big was in the water. But the media... Read more

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Are DirecTV Customers Going to Lose AMC in the Middle of The Walking Dead?

November 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ah, November: The Christmas decorations are going up, flights home are getting expensive, and networks are going to war with cable providers. It's always an uphill battle with satellite and terrestrial system operators given how terribly they rate in customer service in the first place, so DirecTV is trying to ease into things by informing viewers that they're in danger of losing The Walking Dead in the middle of the season. The satellite operator picked a novel way to do this: by running ads during The Walking Dead on Sunday evening. This went over great with viewers, obviously: If @DIRECTV takes off @AMC_TV then I'm canceling my contract with them!!! Wtf, they can't take off my fav show! I need the walking dead! — America Garcia ⚽ (@americarbd) November 3, 2014 It probably won't help matters for DirecTV, either, that Walking Dead is now outdoing Sunday Night Football in Live+SD (same day) demo viewers, this time for a second week running. On Sunday night, it pulled in

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Time Slot Showdown of the Week: Monday, 8 p.m.

October 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After landing half of this fall's NFL's Thursday Night Football package, CBS wisely decided against leaving broadcast's top-rated series, The Big Bang Theory, on the sidelines until regular Thursday night programming resumed Oct. 30. Instead, it deployed Big Bang to Mondays, where it propped up a lineup that has been in flux since How I Met Your Mother signed off last spring. For the first five weeks of the TV season, Big Bang dominated its faceoff against two of the other highest-rated shows on TV, NBC's The Voice and ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Last Monday, Big Bang drew 16.02 million total viewers and a 4.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, far ahead of The Voice (11.9 million, 3.4 18-49) and older-skewing Dancing (12.58 million, 2.0 in 18-49). But with Big Bang returning to Thursdays this week, the Monday night cakewalk is over for CBS, starting tonight. Replacing the sitcom at 8 p.m. is the season premiere of 2 Broke Girls, which took over the time slot last April after How I Met Your Mother's finale and averaged 7.14 million viewers and a 2.2 in 18-49—less than half of what Big Bang pulled in this fall. And no, a guest appearance by Kim Kardashian won't do much to move the needle for 2 Broke Girls; this is going to be an ugly ratings drop for CBS. That will open the door for The Voice—boosted by the first appearance of "key adviser" Taylor Swift—to swoop in and take the time slot victory in both total viewers and 18-49. Dancing should end up a close second in total viewers, with 2 Broke Girls just edging out Fox's Gotham for third place. In 18-49, look for The Voice to win handily, with Gotham and 2 Broke Girls duking it out for second place and Dancing bring up the rear. The time slot: Monday 8 p.m.

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Taylor Kitsch on True Detective, Call of Duty, and Living Out of His Car in L.A.

October 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Taylor Kitsch is someone you'll be seeing a lot of, and soon. From his first role—a minor part in Samuel L. Jackson surprise hit Snakes on a Plane—to his breakout part on NBC's high school football drama Friday Night Lights as running back Tim Riggins, Kitsch has taken some huge and unusual risks (and look, even if John Carter didn't pan out the way Disney hoped it would, it's still a pretty good movie). He's been rumored around a major role in the next season of HBO's True Detective for months, and he's starring in a cool new trailer for 72andSunny's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare campaign directed by none other than Berg himself. Adweek: How are you doing? I’m really good. I mean—just to come here and hang out, I love it. I see a lot of old buddies from when I was studying and all that stuff. So, saw the Rangers game on Sunday. I love New York City, so any time I can come and hang out. You’ve got True Detective coming up? [Nodding] Mm-hmm. (For the record from sources involved in the negotiations: the deal is close, but not complete.) It’s a great show. Yeah, I’m really excited. I’ve just been prepping

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When Not Whacking Zombies, This TV Star Is Lurking on Reddit

October 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Steven Yeun Age 30 Claim to fame Stars as Glenn Rhee on AMC’s The Walking Dead (Sundays, 9 p.m.) Base Los Angeles Twitter @steveyeun What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I turn on the computer and I’m probably on Reddit straight away. I’m a lurker. That’s what they call them, right? People that don’t post but they just read stuff? I really like the science subreddits, but typically I just go to the front page and let it tell me what the day is about. What are your go-to social media platforms? I use Instagram and Twitter. A long time ago, when I first started, I used to tweet a lot of “this is what I’m into” or “this is what I just watched” or stuff like that. I’ll still do that on occasion, but I’ve gotten better at not boring people who are following me. So I just periodically post some information or something that I’m interested in. It’s still not very well-curated, I guess [laughs]. Who do you follow? My favorite people to follow on Twitter are probably Howard Stern, Sarah Silverman, Steve Carell—he rarely tweets but when he does, it’s very potent—Hannibal Buress, Jimmy Fallon. Any comedy dudes. Do you listen to any comedy podcasts?

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Hollywood Classics Plans ‘Zabriskie Point’ Re-bow

October 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International film licensing outfit Hollywood Classics will re-release the 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni drama “Zabriskie Point” in the U.K. starting Oct. 24, in anticipation of the first new album in 20 years from the band Pink Floyd, whose music is featured in the film. A commercial and critical bomb at the time of its release, the... Read more

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You’ll Be Able to Get HBO Go Without a Cable Subscription Next Year

October 15, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

HBO Go has finally done what subscribers have been begging for since the announcement of the streaming service: it's going cable-sub-free. The over-the-top streaming network will be available without a cable package starting next year, HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced at Time Warner's investor day on Wednesday morning. This has been in the air for a while—HBO Go has been available on progressively smaller and smaller cable pacakges over recent months, but never totally subscription-free. But there's a fairly large burden of proof on Time Warner today, as it fends off angry stakeholders still sore over the company's rejection of 21st Century Fox's $85-a-share offer for the company (the stock sits at $71.85 at the time of this writing, down from a high of $87 and change just before the Fox deal collapsed). The goal today is to give investors a sense that the company has strong growth prospects without consolidation; HBO remains the companys most lucrative single asset outside its movie studio division and is a point of focus during the proceedings; also at issue (though less pleasant for Time Warner) is the problem of declining ratings at Turner. The subdivision is in the midst of a major round of layoffs during which 10 percent of its workforce is expected to leave. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO, " Plepler told investors. "So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners, and we will explore models with new partners. All in all, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.” Much of this territory has been colonized by Netflix and it remains to be seen whether people will want another streaming service on top of their current offerings; but HBO Go has been very popular and is frequently spread across users without cable subs through password sharing. This gives HBO a chance to monetize some of that spread, and to clamp down on pirates while providing an alternative

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US TV Networks Seek to Grow By Expanding Internationally

October 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On the eve of network TV executives’ annual pilgrimage this week to Cannes, France, for the global programming bazaar known as Mipcom , Viacom announced last Wednesday it will launch men’s channel Spike in the U.K. this spring—with plans for a wider international rollout. Viacom already has a global foothold for a number of its brands. The group, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is distributed to 200 countries in 37 languages and has grown steadily. Overseas operations have experienced revenue percentage growth in the mid to high teens annually over the last five years, reports Bob Bakish, president, CEO of Viacom International Media Networks. That growth looks even more impressive, given that Viacom overall will experience a 0.4 percent revenue dip in fiscal 2014, to about $13.7 billion, reports S&P Capital IQ. “The growth opportunities are greater in other parts of the world because the U.S. market is more mature,” explained John Sanders, a principal of the media valuation and consulting firm Bond & Pecaro. “Anyone who would ignore that would do so at their own peril.” And Mipcom is where content buying and selling achieves critical mass. Of course, deals are struck year-round.

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We Interviewed the Guy Who Made the Creepy Credits Sequence for ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

October 9, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Who loves clowns? Anyone? Anyone? Well, the guys at American Horror Story: Freak Show, which premiered last night, are super into them, as evidenced by the amazing mostly-stop-motion opening sequence from last night's show. And Kyle Cooper, director of the Los Angeles company Prologue, told us where the clowns came from, who inspired the three-legged woman and why the deformed balloon animals didn't make the final cut. Prologue has done all four opening sequences for the show (see the videos below), and he knows quite a bit about hooking the viewer in a minute with suggestive surrealism. He doesn't know what's giggling under your bed, though.

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