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ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Television presented a tale of two Mafia dramas over the last week, as CBS sweated out the verdict from Nielsen families on "Falcone" while "The Sopranos" finished its second season with a definite bang, mowing down eye-popping ratings by Home Box Office's less stringent standards. Yet, despite mixed reviews and at best tepid results, CBS officials insist they are undeterred by the "Falcone" experiment, which entailed running the show in a concentrated eight-night window.
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BUSINESS
May 24, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
David Rone, a former agent at Creative Artists Agency and senior executive at Fox Sports and Walt Disney Co., is joining Time Warner Cable as president of sports. The move further signifies Time Warner Cable's desire to become a force in sports programming. This year, Time Warner Cable snagged the television rights to the Los Angeles Lakers away from Fox Sports and is using the team as the foundation to launch a regional sports network in Southern California. But Rone's background and stature in the media industry is too big for one channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Meg James
Filipinos living in Los Angeles and San Diego can now tune in to a primarily English-language channel called the Lifestyle Network, which launched this month on local Time Warner Cable systems. The new channel is owned by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of the largest broadcasting company in the Philippines. Based in Redwood City, Calif., ABS-CBN International has operated in the U.S. for two decades and runs the Filipino Channel. The Lifestyle Network will be a blend of programming from the Philippines, the U.S. and other countries.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
September 8, 1985 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
With the sale of this city's cable television franchise looming, Councilman Warren Harwood and a conservative Christian group have raised concerns that the firm trying to buy the outlet might begin broadcasting sexually explicit programs. But officials at Simmons Communications Inc., the Connecticut-based cable firm that wants to buy the Long Beach franchise, maintain that the company has no plans to offer the Playboy Channel or similar programming.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Sen. Jay D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee, is introducing a bill aimed at giving a boost to new digital video services that are trying to compete against established pay-television distributors. The Consumer Choice in Online Video Act looks to do for online video services -- known in the media industry as over the top, or OTT -- what the 1992 Cable Act did for the satellite television industry by making sure it has access to programming. "Evidence is growing that some traditional media and broadband companies are attempting to discourage the growth of online video platforms through various anti-competitive practices," said an announcement detailing Rockefeller's bill.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Meg James
CBS executives are not wasting any time after buying 50% of the TV Guide Network, announcing plans to heat up the cable channel's evening schedule with the No. 1 daytime drama, "The Young and the Restless. " Beginning this summer, encore episodes of the popular soap will run on the TV Guide Network, also known as TVGN, at 7 p.m. on the same day as their telecast on the top-rated CBS network. The fan-favorite drama, which is owned by Sony Pictures Television, has been enjoying a second run in cable for many years on SOAPnet, a cable property of Walt Disney Co.  However, Disney has said it eventually wants to turn SOAPnet into a channel called Disney Jr. with programming aimed at tots.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Repeats of "The Young and the Restless" will remain on SOAPnet until this summer, when they will shift to TVGN.
NEWS
January 12, 1987 | From Reuters
Soviet state television, currently trying to expand its programming, started broadcasting news for the deaf Sunday.
BUSINESS
November 3, 1986
Dayna Kalins has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president-drama development and current drama programming for the television production division of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. In addition, Michael Klein has been named senior vice president-comedy development and current comedy programming for the division.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
"Being Mary Jane" is much more than just the latest entry on BET's prime-time lineup. It's a milestone. Debuting six months after its movie-length pilot attracted more than 4 million viewers, "Being Mary Jane," which premieres Tuesday starring Gabrielle Union as the popular host on a national cable news network, is the first original scripted drama developed for BET. Executives are calling "Being Mary Jane" a game changer for the network, which...
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