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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 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
February 20, 2014 | By Meg James
CBS' entertainment chief, Nina Tassler, has earned a bigger title -- chairman of CBS Entertainment -- and a new employment contract that will keep her at the network through 2017. Tassler will continue to be responsible for all of CBS' entertainment programming, including prime-time, daytime and late-night hours. She also will head program development for all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, mini-series and other TV specials. Tassler will oversee scheduling, research, advertising, promotions, publicity and business affairs for entertainment programming matters, but those division chiefs will continue to report CBS Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder and Joe Flint
The storm between the Weather Channel and DirecTV has finally cleared.  The network will return to the satellite television provider on Wednesday, the companies said, following a carriage dispute that had left the channel blacked out for DirecTV's 20 million customers since January.  As part of the deal, the Weather Channel agreed to scale back on the amount of so-called reality programming it carries. One of the reasons DirecTV cited when dropping the channel was that it had moved too far away from its core mission of being a weather service.
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.
NEWS
January 12, 1987 | From Reuters
Soviet state television, currently trying to expand its programming, started broadcasting news for the deaf Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Cable pioneer John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media, hasn't been shy about advocating for more consolidation in the pay-TV space. Last week, at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Malone suggested that satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish Communications should merge. Malone isn't the first to advocate a Dish-DirecTV marriage. A decade ago the two companies tried to combine forces but were rebuffed by regulators.  Besides pushing for the nation's two satellite players to combine, Malone has said some of the biggest cable operators also should consider getting together.
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
June 19, 2013 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra were among the 18 classical-music ensembles honored this week at the annual awards presented by the League of American Orchestras and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). But neither orchestra received the top prizes, which went to the Albany Symphony Orchestra for its commitment to American music, and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for innovative programming. The prizes were handed out at the annual shindig of American orchestras, which is being held in St. Louis.
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