July 12, 1997 |
Los Angeles-based E! Entertainment Television said it purchased C/NET Inc.'s 50% stake in their E! Online entertainment news venture for about $10 million. C/NET also agreed to license certain technology and provide consulting services for the service, which provides entertainment news, interviews, games, chat rooms, databases and reviews on the World Wide Web. E! Entertainment Television, an entertainment network, is a venture of five media companies, with Comcast Corp. and Walt Disney Co.
June 2, 1997 |
The E! Entertainment Television channel will add an extensive slate of regular series and specials starting this summer in its move to become a cable network that will be composed almost entirely of original programming. Among the series E! will launch are a weekly one-hour celebrity biography and a program examining real-life mysteries surrounding movie and television stars. Daily series being planned include a game show and a talk show. E!
February 1, 1997 |
The rumors of Howard Stern's imminent demise from E! Entertainment Television because of Disney's financial investment in the cable channel have been greatly exaggerated--at least for the time being. Even though shock-jock Stern has been saying on his nationally syndicated radio show this week that the teaming of the Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. to purchase the majority stake in E! Entertainment might mean the end of his risque TV show, executives insist that Stern may be spared.
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.