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ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez
FX, the basic cable network that is home to three distinguished and controversial dramas, is giving reality television a second chance with an unscripted series by the writer and director of "Super Size Me," the documentary that chronicled his fast-food odyssey. "30 Days," which will premiere next summer, will place an individual in an environment that is antithetical to his or her beliefs, upbringing, religion or profession for one month.
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BUSINESS
February 8, 2002 | Bloomberg News
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.'
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
FX Networks has brewed up a big deal with MillerCoors. The cable unit of 21st Century Fox has struck a three-year deal with MillerCoors that will make the brewer the official beer sponsor for the FX, FXX and FXM networks. The agreement is non-exclusive, meaning FX Networks will still be able to sell commercial time to other beer makers. However, MillerCoors will have exclusivity on any product-placement in FX Networks' programs and a first-look deal for future shows. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV MillerCoors already has a visible presence on FX Networks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2001 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL and ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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."
BUSINESS
February 22, 1996 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Showtime's terrorism thriller "Homeland" has nearly everything: big-name stars, glossy production values and a surprising triple Emmy sweep last week. The one thing it lacks? A giant audience. But under TV's new economics, big ratings don't necessarily matter anymore. "Homeland" is a tense drama about an emotionally troubled CIA agent played by Claire Danes, who's plagued by doubts about a U.S. Marine (Damian Lewis) held captive by Al Qaeda. It costs about $3 million an episode to make but averaged fewer than 2 million viewers in its initial airings - less than one-tenth of what a broadcast hit such as CBS' "NCIS" gets.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
It's the question on the minds of many in Los Angeles' film community: Does Gov. Jerry Brown get how badly the state's film and TV industry has been squeezed by runaway production? Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development, offered some reassuring words to film commissioners and industry executives who gathered in Hollywood on Thursday for an annual breakfast hosted by the California Film Commission. Rajan stopped short of saying whether Brown would rally behind a bill winding through the Assembly that would significantly expand California's film and TV tax credit program, which allocates $100 million annually but is due to run out of funds next year.
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