CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 |
On Aug. 16, the front page of the Carmel Pine Cone, a serious but cheeky paper that covers the Monterey Peninsula, featured its usual lively mix of news: a photo package about the annual car extravaganza known as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, plus stories about Carmel's mounting municipal legal bills, the region's eternal struggle over water and a stymied airport runway construction project. But it was the headline over a photo of a huge Monterey pine tree that had fallen onto a Toyota Prius during morning rush hour that caused a tempest: "Tree Smashes Prius on Highway 68 -- but at least it wasn't a Bentley.
September 3, 2013 |
There isn't even a finished script yet, but NBC has already run into trouble with its planned biopic about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Executives in July announced plans for a miniseries starring Diane Lane that would look at the life and career of the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of State. What angle the miniseries will take is far from clear, but Clinton's political opponents, expecting her to run for president in 2016, aren't taking any chances. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus called "Hillary" a "political ad masquerading as an unbiased production," and the RNC said it would nix NBC from its primary debates if the network went ahead with plans.
August 30, 2013 |
College football is upon us. Think of it as four months of tailgate parties and ESPN making bank deposits. It will end in January at the Rose Bowl with Alabama playing somebody for the national title. Pat Haden sits at his temporary desk in his temporary office in a shopping mall near the USC campus and declares, rather bravely, "I'm not the football director, I'm the athletic director. " A few minutes later, he shrugs and comes to his senses. "I get it," he says. "I know.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Even before Facebook begins displaying splashy video ads, it's preparing for a backlash from users like Amy Pittel. The 44-year-old writer and stay-at-home mother from Livermore, Calif., says she's weary of being bombarded by ads on Facebook and the rest of the Internet, most of which she ignores. "I shall continue to do as I always have when an unwanted video ad or commercial comes on: check my email or another Web page until the ad is finished," Pittel said.
August 24, 2013 |
ESPN has severed ties with a hard-hitting PBS "Frontline" documentary about the National Football League's management of player head injuries - a two-hour show that was a collaboration between the sports giant and the public television network. The decision raises questions about whether the sports network yielded to pressure from the NFL, and highlights the delicate balance it must maintain with its billion-dollar partner. ESPN asked Thursday to have its logos and credit removed from the "Frontline" episode, which includes interviews with former NFL players and is not expected to portray the league in a flattering light.
August 20, 2013 |
Groupon Inc. is borrowing an online marketing strategy from Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and others — it's going to pay bloggers a commission for bringing consumers to its deals. The Groupon Partner Network announced Monday gives a restaurant blogger, for example, access to ads for Groupon offers that feature local eateries. The ads have a tracking link so that Groupon can monitor how many consumers click on it and ultimately buy that deal. The blogger then receives a commission for each successful transaction.
August 12, 2013 |
Damaris Phillips is Food Network's newest star and its newest Southern star and perhaps the star who can help fill the gap left in Paula Deen's wake. Damaris, a culinary instructor from Louisville, Ky., said Monday morning that winning was overwhelming, and audiences saw her struggling to process the reality of how her life was about to change. "I was really in shock... I was trying not to cry and trying not to lose it. I think I was a little like a possum there. " The exact scope of her new show is still being worked out, Damaris told The Times on Monday morning, but this much is clear: "You'll see me cooking modern Southern food.
August 10, 2013 |
When Kyle Martino was growing up in Westport, Conn., it was easier to find tractor pulls and Australian rules football on TV than it was to find the world's most popular sport. If you wanted to watch soccer, you needed access to European broadcasters. "When I was a kid and I fell in love with this game, I was watching games in Italian on Sunday mornings," says Martino, whose understanding of the language remains no deeper than the menu at Olive Garden. "That was my soccer. " But if soccer was once the unwanted stepchild of the television sports family, it's now one of TV's most desirable properties - so much so that NBC is wagering hundreds of millions of dollars and an unprecedented number of broadcast hours on the English Premier League, coverage Martino, a former Major League Soccer All-Star, will help anchor as a studio analyst.
August 7, 2013 |
CBS executives and publicists huddled in the back of the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton with anticipation. The network, one of more than a dozen participating over a two-week period, was hosting a marathon day previewing its new fall shows at the Television Critics Assn. press tour, a semi-annual gathering of more than 200 TV journalists and bloggers from around the country. Network honchos were naturally hoping their slate of comedies and dramas would get a positive response from the room.
August 7, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing what I can get for my autographs. The Skinny: I'm up extra early today to listen to a Time Warner earnings call (it was a good quarter). That's Time Warner, not Time Warner Cable, so don't get your hopes up about new news regarding the cable company's fight with CBS (see below). Wednesday's headlines include Disney confirming a big loss for "The Lone Ranger. " Also, tension is brewing between snarky critics and the TV networks over how the former uses Twitter during media sessions sponsored by the latter. Daily Dose: There isn't a lot new on the CBS-Time Warner Cable standoff.