September 24, 2002 |
NBC Inc. is in advanced discussions with Cablevision Systems Corp. to buy the cable operator's Bravo entertainment channel, according to sources close to the companies. NBC, owned by General Electric Co., is willing to pay about $1 billion for the channel and sister network the Independent Film Channel, sources said. But that sum is about half that envisioned by Cablevision founder Charles Dolan, who has come close to selling his four cable channels several times only to back away.
August 23, 2002 |
NBC, planning for the Athens Summer Olympics of 2004, is gearing up to add to the already-mammoth programming schedule it presented from the Sydney Games two years ago. In Athens, the third installment of its $3.5-billion contract to televise the Games in the United States from 2000 through 2008, NBC and its cable arms, MSNBC and CNBC, figure to add slightly to the 441 1/2 hours broadcast from Sydney in 2000. The total has not been finalized, NBC spokesman Mike McCarley said. The Aug.
August 8, 2002 |
NBC on Wednesday announced a two-year deal with DreamWorks Television, with the network agreeing to finance new projects and getting dibs on any shows developed by the studio. DreamWorks and NBC already were collaborating on one new show, "Boomtown," about cops in Los Angeles that will air this fall on the top-rated network. The deal comes at a time when NBC is under pressure to produce a new crop of hits. Its No.
July 24, 2002 |
General Electric Co.'s NBC television network is speeding up plans to make a movie about the life of Martha Stewart, the homemaking celebrity whose stock trading is under investigation by Congress. "We had not intended to do this for the upcoming season, but in light of recent events, [we] decided it might be an opportune time to put it into quick production," said Jeff Zucker, NBC Entertainment's president. A House committee is looking into whether Stewart sold shares of ImClone Systems Inc.
July 24, 2002 |
Although NBC has dramatically cut back on its production of TV movies, the network announced Tuesday that it is rushing a biography of embattled lifestyle guru Martha Stewart into production, with plans to have the project ready for the May rating sweeps.
June 17, 2002 |
NBC has found a novel way to promote its fall lineup for the small screen--by previewing its new prime-time shows on the very, very small screen. The General Electric Co.-owned broadcaster has teamed up with San Francisco-based multimedia software company Mazingo Network Inc. to feed video clips of five new NBC shows directly to hand-held computer devices. NBC said it represents the first time that a major television network can easily deliver video directly to mobile users around the world.
June 17, 2002 |
If Tiger Woods wasn't going to be the big news at the U.S. Open on Sunday, then the chance that NBC wouldn't be able to show the finish probably gave him a good run for the headlines. In fact, NBC and the United States Golf Assn. barely avoided a messy incident in the midst of Woods' victory--it might not have been completed because of a late starting time dictated by NBC.
June 9, 2002 |
Talk about your desperate times.... Their exciting playoff run just smashed into a wall and they're running out of time to pick up the pieces. And, let's face it, who says they'll ever be back in this position? Say good night, NBC. Oh, and the New Jersey Nets are in trouble too. Not that you couldn't see this coming six months ago, but it's still rare that a mismatch lives down to its billing as these NBA Finals have.
December 5, 2001 |
Paxson Communications Corp. accused General Electric Co.'s NBC of breach of contract and is trying to block NBC's proposed $2.7-billion purchase of Telemundo Communications Group Inc. NBC owns 32% of Paxson, which operates the Pax TV network and station group, and has an option to raise its stake if TV station ownership rules change. Paxson claims that buying Telemundo would raise regulatory hurdles for NBC to acquire the rest of Paxson, violating the companies' 1999 purchase agreement.
October 11, 2001 |
NBC has sold about 90% of its available commercial time for its broadcasts of next year's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, network President Randy Falco said. The General Electric Co. unit is charging about $550,000 for a 30-second advertisement during the Olympics, Falco said. NBC hasn't cut rates in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, even though the tragedy and the slowdown in the U.S. economy have prompted some marketers to postpone buying network advertising.