April 3, 2013 |
After weeks of speculation, NBC confirmed today that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” in the spring of 2014. As part of the switch from Leno to Fallon, “The Tonight Show” will move from Burbank to New York City. Leno has served as host of “The Tonight Show” for more than two decades and has been in first place in the ratings during much of that run. Fallon, who hosts the show that currently follows Leno, recently signed a new deal with NBC. No replacement for Fallon has been named but there is talk that Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” is the leading candidate.
June 20, 2013 |
Selling the online video site Hulu to satellite broadcaster DirecTV or another pay-TV distributor would be a big mistake, said analyst and provocateur Rich Greenfield of BTIG. Owned by media giants News Corp. , Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. , Hulu has been fielding offers from suitors including DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Yahoo and the Chernin Group. Private equity firms Silver Lake Management and KKR & Co. have also placed bids. Greenfield warns that it would be a mistake for the owners to focus solely on how much they can get for Hulu without considering who is buying and the long-term implications.
June 13, 2012 |
A wide-ranging government probe into the pay-television industry could ultimately lead to dramatic changes in the way consumers receive video content on their television sets as well as on tablets and mobile phones. The Department of Justice has started looking into business practices of Comcast Corp. and other pay-TV operators to determine whether they are engaging in practices that could derail or hold back emerging competition from such broadband distributors as Netflix Inc. "The future of online competition for cable is being decided right now, and it is crucial that government agencies responsible for protecting the public interest" investigate, said Harold Feld, legal director of consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge.
October 3, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if "Super Fun Night" did super good. The Skinny: I think 10 p.m. Wednesday is available for me if anyone has any suggestions on what to watch. I'm throwing in the towel on "Nashville. " Maybe I'll finally finish "Orange is the New Black. " Thursday's headlines include a restructuring at Focus Features. Also, Comcast buys the Black Tower and AEG is cleared of any wrongdoing in Michael Jackson's death. Daily Dose: It looks like the ABC drama "Lucky 7" about how winning the lottery changes the lives of seven people will have the dubious distinction of being the first show canceled this season.
September 30, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before over-analyzing the end of "Breaking Bad. " The Skinny: I was all set to see "Don Jon" on Sunday but the ArcLight in Hollywood had other plans and canceled the early afternoon screening in the dome. A text or an email might have been nice! At least the Redskins won. Monday's Morning Fix includes the box office recap, a review of the "Breaking Bad" finale and a regional sports network filing for bankruptcy protection. Daily Dose: Seems that for once most critics and viewers agree that the finale of "Breaking Bad" delivered.
October 10, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before rooting for the Tigers to beat the A's. The Skinny: How do the St. Louis Cardinals do it? Every year they are in the running. That is some smart management and the Dodgers will have their work cut out for them. Thursday's headlines include a deal between Comcast and Twitter, clouds over Katie Couric's daytime show and CBS overhauls its struggling Monday night lineup. Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish Communications is in another spat with a broadcaster.
July 12, 2013 |
Hulu, the popular online video site, is no longer on the auction block. Owners 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and Walt Disney Co. said Friday they would hold on to Hulu and provide a cash infusion of $750 million in order to propel future growth. This is the second time Hulu's parents have started a sales process only to later pull the plug. Launched in 2008, Hulu carries episodes of popular TV shows and has both a free and a subscription service. "Hulu has emerged as one of the most consumer friendly, technologically innovative viewing platforms in the digital era," Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Robert A. Iger said in a statement.
July 14, 2011 |
NBC has looked west for its next entertainment president - all the way west to Century City. The Comcast Corp.-owned network, in the midst of a top-to-bottom overhaul, has tapped longtime 20th Century Fox Television executive Jennifer Salke as president of NBC Entertainment. As a studio executive, Salke helped develop the hits "Modern Family" and "Glee. " Salke is close friends with Bob Greenblatt, who took over the network this year as chairman after cable giant Comcast purchased NBCUniversal from General Electric Co. Greenblatt is charged with reversing years of market-share losses and restoring the fabled network's programming luster.
July 12, 2013 |
In terms of the swath it cut through social media, "Sharknado" was an epic F5, even if the ratings barely kicked up a cloud of dust. Syfy's latest schlocky made-for-TV guilty pleasure struck Twitter on Thursday like, well, a swirling cyclone of bloodthirsty fish. In fact, the network said that at its peak the corny B-movie about a shark-laden tornado that devastates Los Angeles was hurling nearly 5,000 tweets a minute. Bosses announced plans for an encore next week and mulled a possible sequel.
June 11, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before preparing to moderate a panel of sports execs. The Skinny: Among the things I have to do today is moderate a panel of regional sports executives from Fox, Time Warner Cable and NBCUniversal. Send your questions my way. And yes, I'll ask about rising rights fees. Tuesday's headlines include a look at "Man of Steel," the big summer movie from Warner Bros. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live, please send me a note . Daily Dose: Al Jazeera America, the U.S. version of Al Jazeera which launches this summer (see item below)