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April 23, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
The desire of Netflix to acquire more original programming such as the political drama "House of Cards" could mean bad news for Hollywood, which has come to count on the company as a good customer and a steady source of revenue. Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings noted Monday that some of the company's big content deals didn't work out as planned. Many shows Netflix got rights to ended up having little appeal to its subscribers. "Many of our earliest deals were with networks and cable networks and included some shows that have not proven successful," Hastings said.
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April 15, 2013 | By Meg James
Another influential programmer at Nickelodeon -- Margie Cohn -- is leaving the children's network as the operation struggles to remain relevant with pint-sized viewers who are watching content on different platforms. Nickelodeon said Monday that Cohn, president of content development, as well as Alison Dexter, the Los Angeles-based executive vice president of production, were exiting the network immediately. The shuffles come at a sensitive time for Nickelodeon, which recently made its sales pitch to advertisers looking to buy commercial time for the upcoming season.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze, Nickelodeon stars Leon Thomas III and Cody Longo are among the acts that will headline Universal CityWalk's concert series, the entertainment complex announced earlier this week. CityWalk's “Music Spotlight Series” features a mix of street performers and emerging artists. The series happens every Friday and Saturday night from March 22 to April 20 at CityWalk's free outdoor venue, 5 Towers. PHOTOS: 'American Idol': Where are they now?
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February 7, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Let us consider Nick Cannon, who is never long out of sight but busy out of sight as well. He may currently be seen as a version of himself on Kevin Hart's BET reality-show parody, "The Real Husbands of Hollywood," and when it's in season, as the host of NBC's "America's Got Talent. " He co-hosted ABC's "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" special in December; a revival of his MTV improv-games series "Wild N Out" is currently in production; and simply by virtue of being married to Mariah Carey and the father of their twins, he remains more or less constantly in the public eye. Now Cannon has created "The Incredible Crew" - not for Nickelodeon this time but Cartoon Network - a single-camera sketch comedy already in progress.
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December 2, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As a child of the San Fernando Valley, I knew the yuletide as a time of frost-free mornings when I could not see my breath. Turning down my collar against the warm, I would trudge sludgeless streets past yards absent of snowmen, where green and even flowering hedges hid no foes waiting to pelt me with snowballs, on my way to school, where we would sing songs of sleigh rides and mistletoe and holly. Of Frosty. Rudolph. Santa. Later at home, the family would gather before the television set, our glowing hearth, to watch actors on hot Hollywood sound stages aspire not to perspire beneath their sweaters and scarves and overcoats as they shook the cornstarch from their boots as if entering stage left from a winter's day in Minneapolis or Cincinnati.
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November 30, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"iCarly" fans, dab those tears. A week after the hit Nickelodeon show wrapped its run, the network has announced the series pickup of "iCarly"/"Victorious" offshoot "Sam & Cat. " The spinoff comedy, which was given a 20-episode order, features Jennette McCurdy ("iCarly's" Sam Puckett) and Ariana Grande ("Victorious'" Cat Valentine). The two will reprise their roles from their respective shows -- only in this universe, they'll pair up as roommates and start their own babysitting business.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"A Fairly Odd Christmas," which premieres Thursday on Nickelodeon, is the second (mostly) live-action TV movie to be sprung from the network's long-running cartoon series "The Fairly OddParents" (ninth season coming! 2013!). Though its appeal will be primarily to fans of the show, and its details confusing to everybody else, it should be diverting enough to anyone wanting to consume a few holiday tropes prepared with a pinch of attitude. Written by "OddParents" creator Butch Hartman, and directed, as was last year's "A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!
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November 17, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Miranda Cosgrove, the sprightly star of Nickelodeon's "iCarly," is sitting on the floor of the show's fictional Ridgeway school set during a lull in production - practicing lines and adjusting the collar on her bright blue jacket. Try as she might, though, she can't ignore the inevitable. Looking up at her character's locker that towers above her - a veritable landmark among the tween-set - the brunet wunderkind summons a cornball glance at costar Jennette McCurdy sitting beside her. "Think of me fondlyyyy/ when we say goodbyeeee," the twosome mirthfully croon to each other, calling up a ballad from "The Phantom of the Opera.
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October 11, 2012 | By Meg James
The executive exodus continues at Nickelodeon. On Thursday, the embattled children's network witnessed two more departures of high-level executives: Paul Ward, a 22-year veteran of MTV Networks and head of prime-time acquisitions, and Pete Danielsen, executive vice president of programming. Danielsen, who has worked at Nickelodeon for 12 years, was in charge of scheduling. Both were based at Nickelodeon's New York headquarters. Six weeks ago, the network pushed out its head of animation, Brown Johnson, the Nickelodeon executive most responsible for creating the hit "Dora the Explorer.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The ratings woes at Viacom's kids cable network Nickelodeon have received lots of attention lately, but one media analyst warns that the picture is not that much brighter at MTV. Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Todd Juenger noted in a report that ratings at MTV declined 32% in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago. On top of that, the hit "Jersey Shore" is wrapping up, and finding other shows that can pick up the slack won't...
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