March 16, 2009 |
During the next month, the broadcast networks are rolling out at least 10 new midseason series. NBC unveiled its epic drama "Kings" last week. Two new ABC sitcoms are coming, "Better Off Ted" this week and "In the Motherhood" next. And Fox has a variety show with the Ozzy Osbourne clan, which, given its erratic history could result in either spontaneous brilliance or spontaneous combustion. Is there a hit somewhere in this bunch? The networks could sure use one.
February 24, 2014 |
Some small cable networks are worried that a combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable will make getting distribution more difficult. In a memo to his staff, Eric Sherman, chief executive of health and wellness channel Veria Living, said he is "not optimistic that this new development will be good for us or other independent networks. " Owned by Indian media giant Zee Group, Veria Living is a specialty channel that focuses on Eastern wellness practices. Its programs include "Got Zen?"
December 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Social networks have found a promising new source of advertising revenue: targeting users with ads for products they browsed online. The latest form of advertising, called "retargeting," is expected to not only get more pervasive but intensify worries over privacy. Tania Mulry, an entrepreneur from Santa Clarita, said she and other people are noticing and talking about the flood of retargeting ads. One of Mulry's students in a mobile app design class at USC was unnerved that a swimsuit she browsed on Nordstrom.com showed up as an ad on her Facebook page.
September 25, 2012 |
In the final scene of "The Godfather," Michael Corleone authoritatively tells his wife, "Don't ask me about my business, Kay. " It appears that the networks that carry National Football League games are playing the role of Kay to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's Michael Corleone. While on-air talent has not been shy about criticizing the replacement referees the NFL has hired while it tries to resolve a labor dispute with its regular officials, the top brass is staying quiet.
May 18, 2009 |
Television's cliffhanger this year isn't "Who shot J.R.?" but how many bullets the broadcast networks might take. ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC for decades have leveraged their dominance to hike ad rates despite shrinking audiences. Advertisers grudgingly wrote bigger checks because they recognized that, even with viewership on the decline, network prime-time shows were still the biggest game in town. Broadcasters no longer seem so invincible.
October 13, 2010
Social networking is a squishy place for healthcare professionals but when it comes to bringing in business, the appeal is obvious. In June, Dr. Katherine Chretien wrote an opinion piece in USA Today titled "Please don't 'friend' me" in which she talked about the ethical danger of having a patient want to communicate with her via Facebook. The assistant professor of medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., worried that any communication with a patient on a public platform like Facebook could pose a violation of HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Dr. Matthew Mintz, an associate professor of medicine (though he doesn't disclose where on his profile on Dr. Mintz' Blog )