August 27, 2009 |
The Oprah Winfrey Network seems to have everything needed to succeed: some of the best creative minds in the business, strong financial backing, a loyal audience and enthusiastic advertisers eager to buy commercial time. But more than 20 months after the announcement that Winfrey was teaming with Discovery Communications Inc. to create a cable channel that celebrates her ethos, "Living your best life," not much has happened -- except for a revolving door of executives. Three top programmers abruptly left the Los Angeles-based network in recent months, and development spending has been cut. OWN was supposed to have launched by now, but its debut has been pushed back to mid-2010.
June 18, 2013 |
The family of a Colorado woman who was killed during filming of a reality TV pilot for Discovery Channel has sued the producers and Discovery Communications for negligence. Plaintiff Mel Bernstein and his daughter have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado alleging that Discovery and Anthropic Productions failed to take adequate precautions to prevent the death of Terry Flanell, Bernstein's wife. Flanell died at a shooting range in Colorado Springs last June during filming of a pilot for a proposed show called "Brothers in Arms.
May 28, 2013 |
Television's latest animated superhero sports a purple skirt and cape, pink gloves and white go-go boots. She is also a he. Meet SheZow, the star of a cartoon debuting Saturday on the Hub, a kids' cable channel co-owned by cable programming giant Discovery Communications and toy manufacturer Hasbro Inc. In "SheZow," a 12-year-old boy - named Guy - uses a magic ring to transform himself into a legendary crime fighter. When evil lurks, Guy says, "You go girl!" and becomes SheZow.
July 27, 2005 |
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said that it signed with cable company Discovery Communications to rebroadcast Stewart's upcoming daytime TV show and air a new home-improvement reality series.
April 2, 2013 |
Honey Boo Boo should be getting a nice box of chocolates in the mail. David Zaslav, the chief executive of cable programming giant Discovery Communications, had a 2012 compensation package worth $49.9 million, according to the company's proxy statement. Besides Discovery Channel, Discovery Communications also owns TLC, home to the reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. " Other Discovery Channels include Animal Planet and Discovery ID. It also is partners with Oprah Winfrey on the OWN Network and with Hasbro on the Hub, a cable channel aimed at kids and families. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll While a pay package worth $49.9 million is nothing to sneeze at, it is actually a reduction from 2011, when Zaslav's compensation was valued at $52.4 million.
April 5, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts might run the nation's largest entertainment and cable TV company, but he ranks in the middle of the media pack in terms of salary and perks. Roberts received $29 million in compensation last year, an increase of 8% over 2011, according to a regulatory filing by the company Friday. One of Roberts' ranking lieutenants, Steve Burke, who is chief executive of NBCUniversal, got a double-digit bump. Burke received $26.3 million in compensation in 2012, an 11.3% increase over the previous year, primarily because of increases in the value of his pension.