July 31, 2010 |
Top NBC executives said they have learned their lesson and are trying to build a high-quality prime-time schedule to finally dig themselves out of their programming hole. Their appearance Friday at the Television Critics Assn. gathering in Beverly Hills stood in stark contrast to the last time, in early January, that NBC met the media amid the upheaval surrounding the network's bungled attempt to shuffle out "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien to make room for the return of Jay Leno.
July 5, 2009 |
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" had all the makings of a hit, even without Arnold. But after just two shortened seasons, Fox pulled the plug on the blockbuster franchise's move to TV. Ratings had fallen to a series low by May, and it seemed the show was doomed to be unfavorably -- and maybe unfairly -- compared to its iconic source material. This year, the networks are trying something more subtle. More movie reboots are on the way, but rather than plucking from mega properties, the networks have chosen less obvious films to help launch, but not overshadow, new series.
January 15, 2007 |
TV insiders like to say that one hit can turn around a whole network. That may be overstating the case, but NBC executives seem to be walking around their Burbank and Universal City pods these days with more spring in their heels and fewer frozen, tense smiles compared with the last few years. And it's not hard to guess why. "Heroes" was the prize at the bottom of NBC's Crackerjack box this past fall.
April 9, 2009 |
Angela Bromstad is NBC's survivor. Two years ago, Bromstad, then president of NBC's television production studio, made what was seen as a suicidal career move. After losing a power struggle over control of the network's programming, she walked away from her job. Fast-forward to last November.
January 13, 2006 |
Marc Graboff was named Thursday as West Coast president of NBC Universal Television. The elevation of the veteran business affairs executive reinforces a trend among media companies to promote attorneys turned business executives ahead of creative executives as contract negotiations and deals become more complex. Other former attorneys in top executive posts include Bruce Rosenblum, Warner Bros. Television Group president; Mark Pedowitz, president of Walt Disney Co.'
June 4, 2007 |
NBC Universal said Sunday that it had tapped fast-rising programming executive Katherine Pope to be president of its TV production studio. The move follows last week's management shake-up in which NBC Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly was booted to make room for producer Ben Silverman, who will oversee NBC's programming as well as NBC Universal Television Studio. Angela Bromstad, the previous studio president, will be reassigned, the company said.