July 15, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - More than 24 hours after arriving in town for Comic-Con International, movie producer Daniel Alter had an admission: He hadn't actually been to the Con. "The truth is that for industry people, there are so many great parties that you don't have to go to the convention center anymore," said Alter, chatting at an exclusive rooftop bar with a drink in his hand and a VIP pass around his neck. Most know Comic-Con as the jampacked geekfest where 130,000 fans wait in long lines to see movie, TV, video game and comic book presentations at the San Diego Convention Center and listen as their favorite stars repeatedly say things like "Without you guys, the show would not exist," as "The Walking Dead's" Andrew Lincoln told the enthusiastic crowd during the panel for the hit AMC television series.
March 20, 2012 |
It was a tense negotiation. Fox Sports and ESPN were paying about $54 million a year for the TV rights to Pac-12 Conference games. The Pac-12 guys wanted five times that. And a 12-year commitment. The networks were so taken aback that a top executive sarcastically asked if the Pac-12 was smoking something, according to people who witnessed the exchange but spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the deal. But in the end, the two sides agreed to the biggest TV rights contract in college sports history — a 12-year, $3-billion deal, which works out to a per-year average of $250 million.
January 19, 2012 |
Concert giant AEG is teaming up with Ryan Seacrest, Mark Cuban and Hollywood powerhouse talent firm Creative Artists Agency to launch a pop culture and music cable channel that is expected to debut in June. Called AXS, the cable network primarily will carry live programming aimed at entertainment aficionados. It will include a heavy diet of music and concert coverage as well as lifestyle programming. Los Angeles-based AEG's downtown L.A. Live complex will serve as the network's on-air home.
June 8, 2011 |
On a recent breezy Saturday, the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is, like most days, packed with tourists meandering and snapping pictures as the sounds of street acts — claps and chants from an army of break dancers popping and locking, traditional Middle Eastern music with belly dancer accompaniment, and the giggles of pedestrians clamoring to get a handshake from a tiny monkey — compete for attention. Surrounded by it all is singer John West. He is perched on a stool and focused on his guitar.
May 24, 2011 |
David Rone, a former agent at Creative Artists Agency and senior executive at Fox Sports and Walt Disney Co., is joining Time Warner Cable as president of sports. The move further signifies Time Warner Cable's desire to become a force in sports programming. This year, Time Warner Cable snagged the television rights to the Los Angeles Lakers away from Fox Sports and is using the team as the foundation to launch a regional sports network in Southern California. But Rone's background and stature in the media industry is too big for one channel.
December 27, 2010 |
Good thing the Pacific 10 Conference hired Creative Artists Agency as part of its image makeover, because it could take some imagination to put a positive spin on the state of the conference's basketball teams. Among the possible slogans heading into the start of conference play Wednesday: The Pac-10: We're no longer behind the Colonial Athletic Assn. in RPI The Pac-10: We may be 0-2 against Montana, but we own Montana State The Pac-10: No need to waste part of your Mondays checking for us in the rankings No Pac-10 team appears in the Associated Press rankings for a third consecutive week, raising the possibility that the conference could be left out of the final rankings for a second consecutive season.