January 11, 2013 |
Broadcast “Berberian Sound Studio” OST (Warp Records) When Trish Keenan died of pneumonia in 2011, the duo Broadcast left a big catalog of fried-wire psychedelic music that's only grown in renown. Among their final projects was the score to the new British horror film “Berberian Sound Studio,” whose plot about a slasher-flick composer driven mad by his creations pairs perfectly with Broadcast's aesthetic. “Berberian's” score jams just fewer than 40 movements into its 40 minutes.
January 3, 2013 |
For openers, it is again the big, nasty, orange-and-back-clad San Francisco Giants. Also it should probably be mentioned, the World Series champion Giants. Major League Baseball announced the games and times for its opening week Thursday, with the Dodgers playing host to the Giants on April Fool's Day at 1 p.m. as part of a four-game package on ESPN. The official season opener comes the previous evening, MLB/ESPN selecting the Houston Astros' entrance into the American League at home on March 31 against state rival Texas Rangers at 5 p.m. The Dodgers-Giants game is the second of four games ESPN will broadcast on that Monday, the first being a 10 a.m. contest between the Red Sox and Yankees.
January 1, 2013 |
It's New Year's Day, a time for new beginnings. So here are some resolutions I'd like to offer on behalf of some of our friends in the business world. Cable and satellite companies should resolve to throw their lobbying clout behind urging lawmakers to forbid the bundling of channels by broadcasters. As it stands, companies like Disney and Fox can insist that a Time Warner Cable or a DirecTV satellite take most or all of their channels as part of any programming deal, regardless of whether subscribers want them.
December 19, 2012 |
LONDON - The BBC did not deliberately cover up sex abuse allegations against one of its most famous hosts in order to go ahead with tribute shows to him after his death, but its decision to drop a news investigation into the accusations was "seriously flawed," a highly anticipated report released Wednesday says. After the allegations of serial child sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile came to light on a rival broadcaster, the BBC's management mounted a confused, inept and completely inadequate response, the report says.
December 17, 2012 |
Bryant Gumbel puts a bow on his 18th season hosting HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" on Tuesday night, with the show's annual round-table review. Driven by Gumbel's eye for human-interest stories that examine the role of games and sports in society, "Real Sports" has won 23 Sports Emmy Awards, 15 of them for "Outstanding Sports Journalism. " One of this year's nominees could be Gumbel catching up with the unwanted son of former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth, a profile that revealed both the worst in human behavior (Carruth hired a hit man to shoot his pregnant girlfriend)
December 14, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before roaming around New York for the day. The Skinny: We're coming to you this morning from New York, where it's sunny but cold. The Fix needed a change of a scenery for a few days, so if you see someone walking down the street screaming, "I'm blogging here," that's just me. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a big deal from Discovery Communications and L.A. Reid quitting "The X Factor. " Daily Dose: In a recent interview at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey, "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart said that when he first took over the show in 1999, he almost quit because he thought the staff members were jerks.
December 13, 2012 |
CALM wasn't easy to achieve. CALM Act, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation law, which limits the volume of TV commercials, took effect Thursday. It requires broadcasters to ensure that TV commercials maintain the same volume as the entertainment programming in which they are contained. The legislative effort was begun more than four years ago by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), who was blasted by blaring ads on TV during a family holiday gathering. “This has been a top consumer complaint for decades,” Eshoo said during a news conference Thursday in Washington.
December 5, 2012 |
As the Houston Rockets defeated the Lakers on Tuesday night, broadcaster Craig Ackerman got caught up in the excitement of the moment as the home team emerged victorious. "The Lakers have just pooped their big-boy pants," screamed Ackerman, in reference to Kobe Bryant's recent advice to Pau Gasol. Bryant used the term "big-boy pants," urging Gasol to embrace and overcome adversity. The reality is the Lakers have been choking away games in the fourth quarter, often with Dwight Howard repeatedly getting fouled intentionally and the team unable to get stops in the half court.
December 3, 2012 |
Never mind those declines in viewers and key demographics this season, broadcast television is entering a "new golden era," according to David Poltrack, chief research officer of CBS Corp. Poltrack, who has been crunching numbers for CBS for decades, said new platforms such as digital streaming and video on demand are allowing the networks to increase their reach beyond the traditional television screen. The trick is getting accurate ratings for non-traditional viewers. "The reason that younger adults view less TV than older adults is because they spend less time in the home and Nielsen measures viewing in the home," Poltrack said.
December 3, 2012 |
Looking to tap the wealth of U.S. Latinos, CNN is planning to introduce a Spanish-language programming service tailored for broadcast TV stations next year. The service, CNN Latino, is being designed as an eight-hour programming block featuring news, documentaries, talk shows and lifestyle programming. It is expected to launch in late January in Los Angeles on independent station KBEH-DT Channel 63 and eventually be carried by TV stations in other cities. CNN Latino comes 15 years after the Atlanta-based news organization launched CNN en Español, a 24-hour Spanish-language news network available in about 30 million homes in Latin America and 7 million homes in the United States.