January 15, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before getting ready for American Idol's return. The Skinny: Got caught up in "Gross Pointe Blank" last night. An underrated film! I love the shrink scenes with John Cusack and Alan Arkin. Anyway, Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable situation. Also, why Hollywood should pay attention to the net-neutrality ruling, plus Viacom's new Nickelodeon channel. Daily Dose: Discovery Communications has tapped JB Perrette as its new president of Discovery Networks International.
December 12, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before second-guessing the Golden Globe nominations. The Skinny: I'm playing beat the clock today as I try to get this done in time to watch the FCC get grilled on Capitol Hill. Oh the exciting life I lead. Today's Fix includes a look at the Golden Globe nominations and the fight between the Weinstein brothers and Warner Bros. Also, a look at ABC's disappointing fall season. Daily Dose: Broadcasters and pay-TV distributors continue to squabble over distribution fees.
October 28, 2013 |
AMC Networks Inc., parent of cable channels AMC, WE and IFC, has struck a deal to acquire Liberty Global's Chellomedia for $1.035 billion. For New York-based AMC Networks, the acquisition will vastly increase its international presence. Chellomedia has some 70 channels in about 140 countries that are available in almost 400 million homes that AMC can place its product in. Most of Chellomedia's outlets are in Europe and Latin America. "This acquisition allows us to secure a large, global platform on which to distribute our increasingly successful original programming through a collection of strong, well-established and well-managed assets worldwide,” said Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Networks.
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 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if Fox's "Dads" overcame bad reviews. The Skinny: I'll be curious to see how Fox's "Dads" did after all the nasty reviews from critics. I watched two episodes of "Dads," which is from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, and my problem was that it just wasn't funny enough for me. It also proved the point that jokes that work in animation don't always work as well in non-animated shows. Wednesday's headlines include the ongoing search for a film czar here in Los Angeles and a backlash against AMC for dragging out the end of "Mad Men. " Daily Dose: Mark Hollinger, who has spent more than two decades at cable programming giant Discovery Communications, will exit the company next June when his contract expires.
July 18, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before avoiding the onslaught of Comic-Con tweets. The Skinny: Really hard getting motivated this morning. I keep getting distracted by all the Emmy coverage and being amused by reporters trying to top each other with arcane tweets and alleged snubs. Anyway, Thursday's stories include early Emmy coverage and analysis, a shake-up at Turner Broadcasting and a preview of Comic-Con. Daily Dose: While ESPN and Fox prepare to duke it out for sports supremacy in the U.S., Discovery Communications is looking to become a player overseas.