September 21, 2004 |
A former top television publicist pleaded no contest Monday to one count of criminal wiretapping for eavesdropping on more than 100 executive conference calls at cable network FX after he was fired. Steve Webster, 38, the network's former vice president of publicity, entered an "open plea," leaving it up to a judge to give him a sentence that could range from probation to three years in state prison.
February 8, 2002 |
News Corp.'s FX Networks and Artisan Entertainment are making a television movie on the collapse of Enron Corp., the first TV drama announced about the failed energy company. Former "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman will be a consultant, FX spokesman John Solberg said. The movie, expected to be carried on the FX cable network, doesn't have a cast or director yet, he said. Robert Cooper will be executive producer. As head of original movies at AOL Time Warner Inc.'
June 6, 2013 |
News Corp.'s cable unit FX Networks has restructured its executive ranks in advance of the launch a new entertainment channel -- FXX -- and a corresponding increase in original programming production to service it. Under the new structure, three senior FX executives -- Nick Grad, Eric Schrier and Chuck Saftler -- have all been elevated. Grad and Schrier will share the title of president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, while Saftler becomes president of program strategy and chief operating officer of FX Networks.
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September 1, 2001 |
The scandal gushing from the LAPD's Rampart station house has generated a torrent of lawsuits, overturned convictions, investigations of police officers and a nasty stain on the image of an already reeling department. Now it's Hollywood's turn. FX, the flagship general entertainment cable network from Fox, announced production Friday of a new series focusing on the "morally ambiguous world" of some fictitious Los Angeles officers. The title? "Rampart."
February 22, 1996 |
Anne Sweeney has resigned as chairman and chief executive of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s fX Networks to become president of Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Channel, filling a position vacated a year ago by John Cooke, who now heads corporate affairs in the company's executive suite. Sweeney becomes the first major hire by Geraldine Laybourne, the builder of Viacom Inc.'s successful Nickelodeon network, who joined Capital Cities/ABC Inc. earlier this month as president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks.
October 29, 2011 |
With three days to go before their current agreement expires, DirecTV and News Corp. are still far apart on a deal to keep more than 25 networks on the satellite broadcaster's programming service. Among the News Corp.-owned channels DirecTV is prepared to drop Tuesday are the popular FX network and 19 regional sports channels, including Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West in Los Angeles. Not part of the dispute are Fox's broadcast television stations and Fox News. DirecTV said News Corp.'s Fox Cable unit was demanding a 40% fee increase to keep carrying the channels.
January 23, 2005
In several stories about our client Steven Webster, who recently received a probationary sentence related to charges of eavesdropping on executive meetings at Fox's FX Network, The Times failed to give the full picture ("Ex-Publicist at Fox's FX Gets Probation for Eavesdropping," Jan. 5). Although the deputy district attorney handling the matter described Webster's conduct "almost as industrial espionage," the court record makes clear that this allegation was totally unfounded. "There's nothing here ... where I can put my finger on a point where Steven caused his former company to suffer a loss -- in other words, somebody got ahold of a show idea, Fox lost out on this ... anything of that nature," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Norman J. Shapiro said during the sentencing hearing.
May 14, 2013 |
News Corp.'s Fox Sports will launch not one, but two new national sports cable channels in August, according to people familiar with the plan. In March, Fox Sports said it would debut Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 17. At the time, the company downplayed talk that it had plans for a second national service -- Fox Sports 2 -- as well. But now insiders say Fox Sports 2 will launch around the same time and perhaps even the same day as Fox Sports 1. The new channel will take the place of Fuel TV, a News Corp.-owned network that currently carries a heavy load of Ultimate Fighting Championship programming.
December 10, 2005 |
A black family learns what it's like to be white while a white family becomes black in the six-part documentary series "Black. White," scheduled for broadcast on the FX cable network in March. Makeup temporarily transforms the two families for the series developed by filmmaker R.J. Cutler and actor-rapper Ice Cube. "The loud message of the show is that we are a divided nation," said Cutler, who won an Emmy for outstanding reality program for "American High."
May 7, 1996 |
The competition among the proposed all-news channels is so intense that News Corp. is offering to pay cable systems $10 per subscriber, and in some cases $11, for carrying its new network, according to cable executives. While it is not unusual for new programming services to give cable operators an incentive for coverage, the price News Corp. is paying far exceeds those offered in the past, when there were fewer channels vying for space. QVC Inc.