February 20, 2014 |
CBS' entertainment chief, Nina Tassler, has earned a bigger title -- chairman of CBS Entertainment -- and a new employment contract that will keep her at the network through 2017. Tassler will continue to be responsible for all of CBS' entertainment programming, including prime-time, daytime and late-night hours. She also will head program development for all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, mini-series and other TV specials. Tassler will oversee scheduling, research, advertising, promotions, publicity and business affairs for entertainment programming matters, but those division chiefs will continue to report CBS Corp.
February 19, 2014 |
The new distribution contract CBS Corp. signed with Time Warner Cable Inc. last summer after a bitter fight could be a casualty of Comcast Corp.'s proposed acquisition of the pay-TV operator. According to people familiar with the deal, it does not include provisions protecting all the terms of the pact should Time Warner Cable be acquired by a distributor with a sweeter arrangement. These people requested anonymity because the agreement is confidential. Terms of the CBS-Time Warner Cable pact were never publicly disclosed, but Comcast, which signed a 10-year distribution agreement with CBS in 2010, is believed to be paying a lower fee to carry the network's TV stations.
February 6, 2014 |
CBS is ready for some more football. Already home to a popular Sunday afternoon package of National Football League games, the network will add seven or eight Thursday night games to its strong prime-time lineup this fall. Those games had previously been telecast exclusively by the league's NFL Network. For fans, this means that more NFL football will be on broadcast television at a time when most sports have migrated to cable. The NFL Network is in about 72 million of the country's 115.6 million television homes - while just about everyone gets CBS. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The agreement between the NFL and CBS is for just one year, with the league having an option to extend it to a second year.
January 24, 2014 |
Although he rarely makes it into the office these days, Sumner Redstone continues to collect a handsome executive compensation package. The 90-year-old controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc. received a package valued at $36.2 million in 2013 in his role as executive chairman of the New York cable television and movie company, according to a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That represented a 50% increase over Redstone's 2012 Viacom compensation of $24.2 million.
January 11, 2014 |
The U.S. Supreme Court could settle the fate of a new technology company that television broadcasters fear would destroy their business. On Friday, the high court said it would hear arguments that Aereo Inc., a start-up firm, violates copyright law by enabling its customers to stream local television stations over the Internet and that it should be shut down. The major media companies seeking the court's review include CBS Corp., 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media Launched in 2012 and backed by media mogul Barry Diller, Aereo is currently available in 10 cities, including New York, where it is based.
January 8, 2014 |
Episodes of "Extant," the CBS drama series starring Halle Berry and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, will be available on Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Instant video streaming service four days after they first air. The content licensing deal between CBS and the online retailer mirrors the agreement for 2013's summer hit "Under the Dome," based on the Stephen King book. Episodes of "Under the Dome" were also available four days after their original broadcast date for Amazon Prime subscribers. The "Under the Dome was the most-watched TV season on the Amazon streaming service in the last year.