July 31, 2009 |
The economy is pounding entertainment companies left and right, but Time Warner Inc.'s pay cable channel HBO so far has been immune to the turmoil, its top executives said Thursday. Speaking at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, HBO Co-President Richard Plepler said the company's strong DVD sales, along with little evidence of subscribers' dropping the service to save a few bucks, had the network feeling "cautiously optimistic" that it could weather the storm.
June 17, 2009 |
HBO's sultry vampire drama "True Blood" has become a surprise hit for the pay cable network and has almost single-handedly taken the network back to the top of the cultural zeitgeist. The show, whose second season premiered Sunday to numbers the network hasn't seen since the last days of its mob drama "The Sopranos," is also on track to become HBO's next cash cow. For Time Warner Inc.'s HBO, it couldn't come at a more opportune time.
March 28, 2009 |
The last time HBO built a series around primarily female characters, the show was "Sex and the City" and it revolved around four white women exploring the mysteries of love in the wilds of New York City. Now the premium cable network is launching another female-centric show, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," and it's about two black women investigating the mysteries within the wilds of Africa.
November 9, 2008 |
When Alan Taylor is directing your HBO television pilot, it's usually a sign the program is a lock to get on the air. The Emmy-award winning director has put his imprint on nearly every one of the network's major series, including "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "Six Feet Under," "Big Love" and "Deadwood." But Taylor's latest HBO project, "Bored to Death," is up against stiffer competition than usual.
October 15, 2008 |
HBO Films President Colin Callender, the executive most responsible for the premium channel's ambitious, sophisticated and sometimes hugely expensive movies and miniseries, said Tuesday that he was leaving his corporate home of the last 20 years to launch his own entertainment company. "This was solely my decision to leave and return to my entrepreneurial roots," the British-born former independent producer said in a conference call.
August 1, 2008 |
Yes, the Dodgers still pack Dodger Stadium most nights, more than 3.5 million fans expected to turn out by season's end. True, they drew 115,000 for their nostalgic return to the Coliseum this spring for an exhibition. The fans come for the memories, they come for the experience, they come because Vin Scully tells them to come. But they don't come for the buzz. This is a town built on star power, the home of Showtime.