October 4, 2013 |
Isaac Lee, the president of Univision Communications Inc.'s Univision News, has been named chief executive officer of Fusion, the soon-to-be-launched cable channel that is a partnership between the Spanish broadcaster and ABC News. Beau Ferrari, Univision's executive vice president of operations, had been serving as acting president for Fusion. A veteran journalist and Colombia native, Lee has been overseeing the development of Fusion, which is expected to launch at the end of the month and targets the growing population of English-speaking Latinos.
September 20, 2013 |
Want to punch out a co-worker? The Esquire Network, a new cable channel from NBCUniversal, will give you that chance. Launching on Monday, Esquire Network is looking to woo upscale men with lifestyle programs about cooking, drinking and travel. But the network also knows that even the most hoity-toity of men will on occasion dream of lacing up the gloves and slugging a colleague. Esquire Network is developing a show to fulfill that fantasy. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Called "White Collar Brawlers" and set to premiere in early 2014, Esquire Network General Manager Adam Stotsky said the show will "tap into something quite primal.
September 18, 2013 |
Veteran television executive Albie Hecht has been tapped to be the new executive vice president and general manager of the cable channel HLN. Part of the CNN empire, HLN has gone over a few makeovers over the last couple of years. Formerly known as Headline News, the channel, with its focus on crime, trials, and pop culture, is something of a hybrid of CNN and E! Its most well-known personalities are lawyer Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Hecht's background is primarily in entertainment including long stints at Viacom's Nickelodeon and Spike TV. His hiring will likely be seen as a further sign that HLN will continue to distance itself from its hard-news roots.
September 3, 2013 |
The settlement of the bitter contract negotiations between Time Warner Cable and CBS cost cable subscribers in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas a month of darkness on CBS-owned channels. Viewers were denied "Under the Dome," "Ray Donovan" and, in L.A., nine Dodgers games. Outlets affected included the CBS-owned KCBS and KCAL TV stations as well as the cable channel Showtime. Not surprisingly, the two giant corporations settled less than a week before the kickoff of the National Football League season, much of which airs on CBS. A football blackout would have been bad news for both Time Warner, which might have lost subscribers, and CBS, which might have lost ratings and advertisers.
August 20, 2013 |
Fox News Executive Vice President Brian Lewis, the communications chief and a top strategist for the cable channel, was terminated after an internal investigation raised questions about his conduct. “After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis' conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract," a spokesman for Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox said. Fox News and 21st Century Fox declined to elaborate on Lewis' transgressions.
August 12, 2013 |
Yes, you read that right. Time Warner Cable's planned refund to Los Angeles customers for the first eight days of its blackout of CBS, Showtime and other affiliated channels will be four dollars and change. How do I know this? I was told so by a Time Warner billing representative over the weekend. She didn't give up the information willingly, but only after I applied techniques I learned from a dentist's handbook, specifically the chapter on pulling teeth. Before I persuaded her to make the calculation, she fed me the standard Time Warner line: because no one knows how long the blackout will last, the cable company doesn't want to give subscribers an estimate of their rebate.