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January 18, 2012 | By Pat Benson
A new music and entertainment cable channel is launching. Business entertainment reporter Joe Flint says concert promoter AEG is teaming up with Ryan Seacrest, Mark Cuban and Creative Artists Agency to start AXS, a pop culture and music cable channel that is expected to debut in June. The channel will specialize in live programming, especially music and concert coverage. Los Angeles-based AEG's downtown L.A. Live complex will serve as the network's on-air home. Seacrest won't be an on-air personality, Joe Flint says in his story today , but his production company will be involved.
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April 10, 2014 | David Lazarus
Call it a curveball that nobody wants to swing at. After decades of forcing consumers to pay for channels they don't want, the pay-TV industry is strongly resisting Time Warner Cable's efforts to make subscribers of all its rivals pony up $4 to $5 a month for a Dodgers channel. All eyes are currently on satellite heavyweight DirecTV, whose 1.2 million Los Angeles customers give it a roughly 30% share of the local pay-TV market, slightly less than Time Warner's estimated one-third market share.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Meg James
Broadcasting giant CBS Corp. is taking a minority stake in AXS TV, the nascent music-oriented cable channel owned by billionaire Mark Cuban and Los Angeles entertainment giant AEG. CBS will receive an undisclosed interest in the high-definition television channel in exchange for providing programming and marketing to the joint venture. With rights to such prominent events as the Grammy Awards, Broadway's Tony Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS can give AXS a front row seat and backstage access that other channels lack.  Major programs will continue to air on the CBS broadcast network, but CBS plans to provide hours of additional coverage to its tentpole events with extras such as red carpet and backstage interviews.  CBS also agreed to promote the channel and its events on CBS' top-rated television network, TV stations, radio stations and even billboards.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Vince McMahon is on the way to pinning down online video. WWE's new online network has signed up about 667,287 subscribers and is projected to hit 1 million by the end of the year, which the company said was the magic number for the service to be break even. Launched 42 days ago on Feb. 24, the WWE Network costs subscribers $9.99 a month. Content includes access to all of WWE's pay-per-view events including Sunday's "Wrestlemania" event. There is also a library of vintage WWE programs available.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2012 | By Pat Benson
If you're over 50 and not finding much of interest on TV, there's a new cable channel you might want to check out. The channel, RLTV, is targeting the 99 million Americans who are older than 50 and spend $2.7 trillion a year on consumer goods, Times entertainment business reporter Joe Flint writes . RLTV has signed some big names, including  Florence Henderson , who has a talk show on the channel. News personalities Joan Lunden , Deborah Norville and Sam Donaldson also are on board.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
In the latest sign of how valuable the media industry considers sports programming, News Corp. on Tuesday unveiled plans for Fox Sports 1, a new national cable channel it hopes will eventually challenge Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN empire. Scheduled to launch in mid-August in almost 90 million homes, the channel's initial lineup is to include NASCAR, college football and basketball, ultimate fighting and soccer. Next year, Fox Sports 1 is to add regular-season and postseason Major League Baseball to its lineup.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2012 | By Meg James
Participant Media, the film company behind "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Charlie Wilson's War," has acquired two cable channels and plans to combine them to form a new network featuring programming with social themes. The channel, which does not yet have a name, is expected to launch next summer. It is being designed to target millennials, people under the age of 34, with scripted and unscripted programming that attempts to provide a catalyst for social change.  "Everybody wants to be inspired to do good works and to become engaged in the world around them -- and that's what this channel is all about," Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of Participant Media, said Monday in an interview.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Media companies try to go where the audience is, and that's what Disney's ABC News division and Univision are doing with a deal to create an English-language cable channel for U.S. Latinos. The channel is slated to be up and running by early next year, and the media companies say it will be "a 24/7 news, information and lifestyle network primarily in English that will serve the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the country. " It's no surprise the media heavyweights would target this crowd.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The trademark suspenders wooed Russia: Larry King has signed on to host a new TV show for a Russian cable news network. The former CNN talk kingpin will anchor “Politics with Larry King” on the RT America network, the English-language arm of Russia Today, beginning in June. The network will also telecast “Larry King Now,” which made its debut on Hulu and on Ora.tv last summer. If you were hoping this meant the Cher of TV would himself be heading to the land of snow and vodka, we're sorry to disappoint you.  “Politics with Larry King” will be shot at RT America's Washington studio, with “Larry King Now” continuing to be shot in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Kasten isn't worried about the distribution prospects for the team's new cable network. "These things always get worked out," Kasten told the Los Angeles Times when asked about potential resistance Time Warner Cable -- the team's business partner on the channel -- might face in selling it to other distributors such as DirecTV and Cox Communications. Time Warner Cable, which is handling distribution for the Dodgers and shelled out more than $8 billion for a 25-year deal, is expected to start pitching it to other area distributors in the coming weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jamie Coots, the Appalachian minister and "Snake Salvation" reality star who died Saturday after a rattlesnake he was handling in church bit him on the hand, will be remembered with a tribute special to air on National Geographic Channel. Coots, who was 42, was the star of NatGeo's "Snake Salvation," which aired for a single season on the cable channel last year. He handled snakes while ministering at his church in Middleboro, Ky. He was a practitioner of a 100-year-old tradition that involved the handling of live and deadly snakes in church.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my power steering fixed. The Skinny: Welcome back everyone who had a long weekend. Hope you got some rest. I watched the season premiere of Fox's "The Following. " Although it was well made I'm not sure if I can get on this ride again, but I will check out Episode 2 before making a final decision. Tuesday's headlines include the weekend box office recap. Also, is Netflix stock trading at an unrealistically high level? Daily Dose: If the NFL does move ahead with a new Thursday package of games, it may very well end up on a broadcast network.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
For a decade, the National Football League made getting its NFL Network up and running and fully distributed a top priority. Now that those goals have been pretty much achieved, the league is considering some moves that could be seen as reducing the channel's value, especially to the cable and satellite operators that carry it. The NFL is in the process of fielding offers for a one-year Thursday night package of games from its current TV...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Meg James
The management shake-up at Nickelodeon continued late Thursday, with the departures of two senior executives, Paula Kaplan and Sal Maniaci. Kaplan, who has served as executive vice president of current TV series, told her team Thursday that she would be leaving the children's network, according to people familiar with the matter. A network spokesman confirmed Kaplan's pending exit but would not elaborate. Kaplan's departure was reported earlier Thursday. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media Late Thursday, Nickelodeon said that Maniaci -- who re-joined the Viacom Inc.-owned cable channel, his longtime home, nearly two years ago after a stint at sister outlet TV Land -- also was resigning.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Kasten isn't worried about the distribution prospects for the team's new cable network. "These things always get worked out," Kasten told the Los Angeles Times when asked about potential resistance Time Warner Cable -- the team's business partner on the channel -- might face in selling it to other distributors such as DirecTV and Cox Communications. Time Warner Cable, which is handling distribution for the Dodgers and shelled out more than $8 billion for a 25-year deal, is expected to start pitching it to other area distributors in the coming weeks.
SPORTS
December 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
JERRY HAIRSTON , JR., 37, utility player Final 2013 stats: .211 batting average, two homers, 22 RBI, 17 runs and .265 on-base and .275 slugging percentages in 226 plate appearances. Contract status: Retired. The good: He hit .258 in the first half. Continued strong versatility, playing third, first, left, right and even a touch of second. Proved a natural with microphone in hand. Your browser does not support iframes. The bad: Went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring in May, came back to hit well for a month, and then it all went downhill.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2013 | By Meg James
News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey rattled cages last month by threatening to turn his company's Fox Broadcasting network -- home of "Family Guy," "American Idol" and NFL football -- into a cable channel. Carey threw down the gauntlet in early April at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention. News Corp., he said, would take the extraordinary step of turning Fox into a cable channel if Aereo, the start-up Internet TV service that captures and transmits over-the-air signals of the broadcast networks to consumers, were allowed to flourish.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Is Bart Simpson heading to cable? It could happen, warned Chase Carey, the president of News Corp., which owns Fox Broadcasting, home to such popular shows as "The Simpsons," "Glee" and "The Following" as well as National Football League games. Most consumers already pay to get Fox through their pay-TV provider. A cable or satellite company typically pays Fox a fee to carry its signals, and those costs get passed on to their customers. This so-called retransmission consent fee has become a key revenue stream for broadcast networks, which previously made most of their money from selling advertising.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Walt Disney Co. has hired a former Nickelodeon and Newsweek executive to run its ABC Family cable network. Tom Ascheim, who has ties to Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney, will become president of ABC Family. He and Sweeney worked together at Nickelodeon in the 1990s. Ascheim succeeds Michael Riley, who announced in September he would be leaving his position. "Whether in print, television, or the financial sector, Tom has gone from success to success," Sweeney said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Meg James
MSNBC has ended Alec Baldwin's short-lived interview program, two weeks after the actor's outburst at a photographer that included an anti-gay slur. The NBCUniversal-owned cable channel confirmed Tuesday that the network and Baldwin had mutually agreed to end "Up Late," which had also suffered low ratings since its October debut. “We are jointly confirming that 'Up Late' will not continue on MSNBC,'" Baldwin and MSNBC said in a joint statement. MSNBC added: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.” PHOTOS: Talk show hosts who didn't make the cut Earlier this month, the cable channel suspended the show for two weeks following Baldwin's caught-on-camera tirade in New York City.
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