April 15, 2013 |
Another influential programmer at Nickelodeon -- Margie Cohn -- is leaving the children's network as the operation struggles to remain relevant with pint-sized viewers who are watching content on different platforms. Nickelodeon said Monday that Cohn, president of content development, as well as Alison Dexter, the Los Angeles-based executive vice president of production, were exiting the network immediately. The shuffles come at a sensitive time for Nickelodeon, which recently made its sales pitch to advertisers looking to buy commercial time for the upcoming season.
March 19, 2013 |
Live from Hollywood: It's the 16 th season of “Dancing With the Stars!” In the grand ballroom tradition we've got our old favorites, some new pros and stars of varying wattages (as Tom said, “We get most of our cast when their judgment's impaired”) lighting up the glitterverse in all their fringed glory. The first performance program had each of the twelve couples dancing either the fox trot, the cha cha, or a newly introduced contemporary routine. It was also a non-elimination round, so each couple will have another chance to impress the judges and the viewers before the first elimination occurs next week.
January 11, 2013 |
Quvenzhané Wallis is excited to be an Oscar nominee, primarily because it gives her the chance to meet some movie actors. Yet, when pressed, the 9-year-old star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" says it's the stars of her favorite television shows "Jessie" and "Austin & Ally" that are most appealing to her. "I want to meet everybody on Disney Channel and Disney XD that are alive," she said in a phone interview Friday. Wallis and "Beasts" had been critical favorites since last year's Sundance Film Festival.
December 6, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 2 - 8 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Restless: A woman's placid existence is turned upside-down when her mother reveals that she was recruited as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II in the premiere of this new mini-series (9 p.m. Sundance). Hunted: Sam's (Melissa George) cover is blown, and her life is in danger, but she's unable to leave the Turner house.
November 27, 2012 |
"Cory & Topanga 4Ever" is no longer a silly scribble in a notebook. Disney Channel confirmed Tuesday that it's developing a spinoff of the '90s ABC comedy "Boy Meets World" -- and that the original show's central couple will be back. After weeks of rumors (that had twentysomethings squealing), the network acknowledged that it is working on a pilot called "Girl Meets World," a sequel to the popular sitcom that aired from 1993 through 2000. "I'm going to be a father! Well, on TV at least.
October 31, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing what Disney will pay for the Morning Fix. The Skinny: Time Warner Cable better get those deals done with DirecTV and Cox Cable for its new Lakers channel soon. A few more games like Tuesday night's and it will be a tough sell. Wednesday's headlines include Walt Disney Co.'s big deal for Lucas Films; Sony is cutting back on the number of movies it makes and former Disney executive Rich Ross has landed a new gig. Daily Dose: The ink isn't even dry on the Disney - Lucas Films deal (see below)
October 4, 2012 |
Programming giant Walt Disney Co. and pay-TV distributor Cablevision Systems Corp. have signed a wide-ranging agreement covering dozens of broadcast and cable channels including ABC, ESPN and Disney Channel. As part of the deal, Cablevision has also agreed to carry a news and lifestyle channel from ABC and Univision that is being launched next year. The channel is an English-language service aimed at Latinos. Cablevision will now also offer its subscribers the ability to watch ESPN, Disney Channel and other networks from tablet devices and phones both inside and outside the home.
September 27, 2012 |
New technology can sometimes make old ideas seem sexier than they really are. Take satellite broadcaster Dish Network. Earlier Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Dish wants to offer a no-frills package of programming to consumers via the Internet. In industry jargon, this is what's known as going over-the-top or OTT. It's one of those hot buzz words right now. But in reality, what Dish is proposing is nothing new. Time Warner Cable has had a low-budget offering of cable channels called "TV Essentials" for the last few years.
September 13, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co. will take a $50 million write-down in the current fiscal quarter for a stop-motion animation project it canceled in August. The untitled movie was to be directed by Henry Selick, the well respected filmmaker behind "Coraline" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas. " Previously set to be released in October 2013, the picture had been in production for about a year when new Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn halted work. News of the write-down came in a presentation that Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo made to investors at the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday.
September 12, 2012 |
Google is ready for some "Monday Night Football. " Walt Disney Co. has struck a distribution deal with Google Fiber to add its cable networks, including ESPN, ABC Family and Disney Channel, to the new broadband pay-TV service the search-engine giant is launching in the Midwest. For Google, getting the Disney properties will be key to competing against Time Warner Cable and satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish. Google Fiber is being unveiled in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. In both cities, Time Warner Cable is the major multichannel video program distributor.