March 25, 2014 |
Ben Sherwood has the kind of resume that could make even a high achiever jealous. A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar, Sherwood has been a reporter, producer, author and executive. On Monday, Sherwood added the title chairman to his curriculum vitae when Walt Disney Co. elevated him from president of ABC News to co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. He will succeed Anne Sweeney, who is stepping down to try her hand at directing television.
March 25, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before buying another power cord for my laptop. The Skinny: My cat Skinny, for whom the Skinny is named, chewed through yet another power cord for my Mac. It's what he does best. He doesn't try to chew the lamp cords or even my phone charger, just the Mac power cords. Then he hides because he knows he's done something wrong. Today's recap includes stories on Ben Sherwood's big promotion at Disney. Also, Disney buys Maker Studios and our TV Critic Mary McNamara wonders if "The Good Wife" made a bad move by offing a major character.
March 13, 2014 |
Help Wanted: Walt Disney Co. seeks executive with experience in both broadcast and cable television. Must embrace new technologies, display keen programming instincts and be deft at corporate politics. Internal candidates welcome. The impending departure of Anne Sweeney from her role as president of the Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks will leave a large hole at the media giant. Besides overseeing the ABC broadcast network and its local stations, Sweeney is responsible for key cable properties including the Disney Channel and ABC Family both in the U.S. and abroad.
March 11, 2014 |
President Barack Obama's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die Web series "Between Two Ferns" is the viral video of the day, but while your friends on Facebook may be laughing, not everyone is into the joke. Especially those on the White House press beat. During the daily briefing with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News' Jim Avila questioned whether the appearance had damaged the "dignity" of the office of the president. According to the political website Talking Points Memo , Avila asked, "How much discussion was there in the White House about the dignity of the office and whether or not, in order to reach these people who don't watch us at 6:30, or who don't watch this briefing.
February 21, 2014 |
Garrick Utley, the longtime TV newsman who worked for NBC News, ABC News and CNN in his 50-year career, has died at age 74. Utley died after a long battle with cancer, according to the Associated Press, which first reported his death on Friday. He worked for NBC News for three decades, beginning as a researcher for "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" and then correspondent reporting on the Vietnam War. Later, he anchored the Sunday edition of the "NBC Nightly News," the Saturday edition of "Today" and moderated "Meet the Press" from 1989 to 1991.
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February 21, 2014
Garrick Utley, 74, a veteran TV journalist whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, died of cancer Thursday in New York. NBC announced his death Friday morning. Utley began at NBC News in 1963, and for three decades handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated "Meet the Press. " In between, Utley anchored "Weekend Today" and the Sunday "Nightly News," as well as two newsmagazines in different decades, under four titles.