October 24, 2013 |
Anyone who's watched "The Daily Show" long enough will have seen plenty of Fox News clips of the perpetually disapproving scowl of Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer. So his appearance as a guest on Wednesday's show had all the promise of one of Stewart's classic faceoffs. Remember Jim Cramer? However, the debate between Stewart and Krauthammer, though spirited, was reasonable and respectful above all things. And because of that, both were allowed to make good points for their cause, absent the sound and fury of the modern media circus.
October 9, 2013 |
Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications and Time Warner Cable have signed a new, multiyear distribution deal that includes carriage of several of Univision's new networks including the highly anticipated El Rey Network. The companies unveiled the agreement Wednesday afternoon. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the pact came well in advance of the expiration of the companies' current arrangement and was not contentious. The arrangement provides continued distribution for the main Univision broadcast network, its secondary network UniMás and cable entertainment channel Galavisión, plus a slate of new networks: Univision Deportes, telenovela network Univision tlNovelas, and FOROtv, a feed of the Mexico City-based news network owned by Grupo Televisa, which holds a minority stake in Univision.
October 4, 2013 |
Sony Pictures Entertainment is finalizing a new co-financing deal with Blue Anchor Entertainment, a venture from showbiz lawyer John LaViolette and "Doctor Dolittle" producer Joseph Singer, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The three-year equity financing arrangement would provide Sony Pictures with $300 million to $350 million, executives close to the talks who were not authorized to comment publicly said. The arrangement could also include a credit facility. Sony Pictures, a unit of Tokyo-based Sony Corp., declined to comment.
September 22, 2013 |
Forget all that stuff about Kobe Bryant returning from an Achilles' tendon injury this season. It'll happen at some point. The real question involves next season. He might not return at all to the Lakers. Bryant is entering the last nine months of his contract, a season worth $30.45 million before he can become a free agent in July. He has known only one team in his 17-year career and often says he'll be a Laker for life, but will that be the case? The Lakers haven't opened contract negotiations with Bryant, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, taking a wait-and-see approach as he recovers from his injury.
September 18, 2013 |
Veteran television executive Albie Hecht has been tapped to be the new executive vice president and general manager of the cable channel HLN. Part of the CNN empire, HLN has gone over a few makeovers over the last couple of years. Formerly known as Headline News, the channel, with its focus on crime, trials, and pop culture, is something of a hybrid of CNN and E! Its most well-known personalities are lawyer Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Hecht's background is primarily in entertainment including long stints at Viacom's Nickelodeon and Spike TV. His hiring will likely be seen as a further sign that HLN will continue to distance itself from its hard-news roots.
September 17, 2013 |
Fox News is shuffling its prime-time lineup to make room for Megyn Kelly, who is moving there from daytime. Kelly's new show "The Kelly File," is being given the plum 9 p.m. Eastern time slot. The current occupant of that hour, Sean Hannity, will move to 10 p.m. and Greta Van Susteren will go to 7 p.m. to replace Shep Smith's evening newscast. The only show staying in place is "The O'Reilly Factor," hosted by Bill O'Reilly. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers The new lineup will take effect Oct. 7, which happens to be the 17th annniversary of the launch of Fox News.