January 28, 1997 |
Walt Disney Co. is joining with Comcast Corp. to acquire control of cable's E! Entertainment Television, the celebrity news network behind "Talk Soup," for $320 million, according to a report in Daily Variety. The trade newspaper reported Monday that the deal could be announced this week. Comcast, the nation's fourth-largest cable operator, disclosed on Jan. 10 it had won the right to buy Time Warner's controlling stake in E! for about $320 million.
January 11, 1997 |
Comcast Corp. has won the right to buy Time Warner Inc.'s controlling stake in cable's E! Entertainment Television, the celebrity news network, for $321 million. Comcast, the nation's fourth-largest cable company, said it should decide by early next month whether to proceed. Philadelphia-based Comcast is one of five cable operators that are partners in the network. Late last year, they kicked off the process for a change in ownership. E!, which is 58.
November 11, 1996 |
If ever an event symbolized the congealing of news and entertainment, it's the civil trial of O.J. Simpson. If disoriented, you have cause: The trial is getting sober daily coverage from E! Entertainment Television, a cable network "dedicated to the world of entertainment," while mainstream TV news coverage is as theatrical as ever.
November 9, 1996 |
"O.J. Simpson" dutifully looked solemn as he sat next to his "attorney, Robert C. Baker," listening to testimony against him in the double murder trial. When "court" adjourned, "Simpson" grabbed his shirt bag and rushed off. He had to get to an acting audition, plus prepare for a jazz singing gig later that night. In a Mid-Wilshire high-rise, miles away from where former actor O.J.
November 5, 1996 |
The minority owners of E Entertainment Television have triggered a legal clause that would allow them to buy the successful channel from majority owner Time Warner early next year. The four minority owners of E last month triggered a so-called Texas shotgun provision in the 1990 partnership agreement, forcing Time Warner, which owns 58% of the cable channel, to place a value on the network by early December.
October 24, 1996 |
Move over, "Murder One" and "Law & Order." There's another courtroom drama coming to television. E! Entertainment Television today will start featuring reenactments from the O.J. Simpson civil trial, with actors portraying Simpson, his friend Al "A.C." Cowlings and other figures in the murder case. E!
September 30, 1996 |
E! Entertainment Television is expanding its original programming, rolling out pilots for five new series and planning more than 100 specials over the next year. This programming will join the cable network's signature series, all of which have been renewed for another season: "E! News Daily/Weekend," "Talk Soup," "The Gossip Show" and "Howard Stern." Upcoming E! specials will include coverage of international film festivals, film premieres and fashion specials hosted by Joan Rivers.
July 26, 1996 |
Successful cable channels often have turning points, lucky breaks or news events that shift the tide in the network's favor. MTV, in the early 1980s, had Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. CNN received a big boost from the Gulf War. E! Entertainment Television had "Dances With Wolves." Promoting his 1990 directorial debut, Kevin Costner granted an interview with the network, which was then struggling for recognition. Although it may have been just another media minuet for Costner, for E!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1995 |
I stayed home Thursday to watch the Simpson murder trial on television, not for the pictures and words as much as to check out something called interactive TV. It's a dialogue between the viewers and the anchor, the hottest thing on the amorphous road called the information superhighway where people communicate, share opinions and even fall in love. The superhighway and its various side roads are the linchpin of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's conservative new world.
March 25, 1994 |
Brandon Tartikoff to Produce Series for Cable Channel: The former NBC programming whiz and Paramount Pictures Chairman will produce a weekly half-hour series for cable TV network E! Entertainment Television. The series, titled "Q and E!," will feature celebrities in a "round-robin question-and-answer" format. The show will be produced by Tartikoff's Moving Target Productions, a company started last year to develop and produce TV shows and feature films.