February 20, 2009 |
This year, Oscar is a little less golden. The ABC network, in a move that reverses years of escalating prices and underscores the worsening economy, has shaved the cost of a commercial for Sunday's annual Academy Awards show, one of TV's most-watched programs. Once considered invincible to downturns, big events such as the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl, which attract tens of millions of viewers, can no longer command automatic rate hikes.
April 6, 1990 |
Someone had to ask The Question. Russ Tamblyn and Richard Beymer are sitting around a set for the ABC series "Twin Peaks," discussing their current work on the David Lynch/Mark Frost production and looking back at their co-starring roles as Riff and Tony in the 1961 film classic "West Side Story." "So, Russ," says Beymer, deadpan, "what was it like to work with Natalie Wood?"
December 11, 2003 |
Walt Disney Co. expects profit from continuing operations to rise at least 30% in the current fiscal year and the ABC television network to return to profitability in fiscal 2005, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Staggs said Wednesday. Analysts on average expect the Burbank-based company to report fiscal 2004 profit of 87 cents a share, according to Thomson First Call. That's up 34% from the 65 cents a share that Disney earned in the fiscal year ended in September.
July 16, 2005 |
A parent group has accused the ABC television network of violating broadcast decency standards when it failed to censor all profanity uttered during the recent Live 8 concert, an event held to draw attention to poverty in poor countries.
June 11, 2003 |
Walt Disney Co. tapped longtime entertainment publicist Susan E. Binford to head corporate communications for the ABC television and radio networks. Binford, most recently public relations chief for AOL Time Warner Inc.'s CNN News Group, will step into a position that has been vacant for more than a year. She will report to ABC Television Network President Alex Wallau.
June 24, 1997
Reed Elsevier, a British-Dutch media company, said it is buying a trade magazine publisher and two other Walt Disney Co. units for $447 million. Reed Elsevier said it will pay cash for the three main units of Chilton Business Group, which was owned by Disney's ABC television network. The purchase of the Chilton companies will add to earnings from the start and provide significant tax benefits, Reed Elsevier said. Last year, Chilton posted a pretax profit of $28 million on sales of $203 million.
April 11, 2001 |
Walt Disney Co., the second-largest media company, named Steven Bornstein, the former head of its Internet division, as president of ABC Television, replacing Robert Callahan. Callahan is leaving Burbank-based Disney for personal reasons that require him to be based on the East Coast, company spokesman John Dreyer said. He declined to comment further. Callahan will remain with ABC through September.
June 27, 2000 |
ABC has a new top executive familiar with uppercuts--and not just in the office. Alex Wallau, appointed president of Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network Monday, is also ABC's on-air boxing analyst. Besides programming the top-rated network, Wallau will continue to call the shots on boxing. Wallau has been interim chief at the network since Patricia Fili-Krushel resigned in March to become head of consumer products at Healtheon/WebMD Corp., an Internet site.
December 18, 1990 |
Stephen A. Weiswasser, senior vice president and general counsel for Capital Cities/ABC Inc., has been named executive vice president of the ABC Television Network Group, one of the most senior positions at the network. He will report to John B. Sias, president of the ABC TV Network Group. The appointment thrusts Weiswasser, 50, into an operating post from the senior staff job he has held since 1986 and gives him a clear shot at running the Network Group when Sias retires next year.