April 12, 2000 |
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.
June 12, 2012 |
The 66th Ojai Music Festival ended in high spirits Sunday. Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin put on clown's noses and played a hilarious - and spectacular - two-piano transcription of Stravinsky's "Circus Polka. " Andsnes, who is Norwegian, was this year's primarily serious and understated music director. But whatever it is in the Ojai atmosphere that causes the mountains to turn pink at sunset may also incite strange neurochemical uninhibitors in the brains of introspective Nordic music directors.
May 24, 2011 |
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.
April 15, 2013 |
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.
April 26, 2013 |
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.
December 7, 2013 |
You can now count live events and glossy musicals as a few of TV executives' favorite things. Thursday's three-hour spectacular "Sound of Music Live!" with country star Carrie Underwood as Maria sang for 18.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That was a number that exceeded all expectations and gave NBC its most-watched night of entertainment programming in nearly seven years. But Underwood and the singing Von Trapp kids also carried heavy symbolic freight for the TV industry.
January 5, 1990
Margaret Loesch has been named president of Fox Childrens Network, Los Angeles. She previously was president and chief executive of Marvel Productions. The Fox Childrens Network is a cooperative venture of Fox affiliates to supply childrens programming beginning in September.
January 12, 1987 |
Soviet state television, currently trying to expand its programming, started broadcasting news for the deaf Sunday.
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.
October 31, 1998
I was suspicious of the Fox Family Channel's announcement that it will be launching two companion networks, the Boyz Channel and the Girlz Channel, "slated to carry gender-specific programming for 2- to 14-year-olds" (Morning Report, Oct. 28). What, pray tell, is "gender-specific programming"? We'll wait and see, but I'm concerned that this approach only serves to reinforce to young people sex-role stereotypes that breed sexism and homophobia in adulthood. What exactly is "boys' programming"?