January 25, 2010 |
Want to buy a commercial to welcome Jay Leno back as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show"? It'll run you only about $35,000. If that sounds like a lot, a few years ago that ad time would have gone for $50,000. For all the hype about the futures of Leno and Conan O'Brien, the era when a comedian could be crowned the undisputed "king of late night" is, like the price of a 30-second spot in one of their shows, on the ebb -- and with it, the economics underpinning late-night TV. The world that O'Brien entered when he began his first late-night show 16 years ago is radically different from the one that will greet him when he returns to the air. Those changes are likely to shape everything from where O'Brien lands to how much he will be paid and the format of the show -- band or no band?
August 5, 1987 |
"Late Night With David Letterman" segment producer Robert Morton was named Tuesday to replace Barry Sand as the NBC show's producer, the network announced. Sand resigned last week to become producer of Fox Broadcasting's "Late Show." Morton, 34, has been with "Late Night" since Letterman began his late-night high jinks in 1982. He was previously creative director for MTV and an asssociate producer for ABC's "Good Morning America."
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July 21, 2003 |
Gordon Kibbee, 89, a pipe organist who recorded for motion pictures, radio and television, died Wednesday of natural causes at his Encino home. Renowned among his peers, Kibbee was among the 31 people who gathered in Toluca Lake on Feb. 8, 1955, to found the American Assn. of Theatre Organ Enthusiasts. He remained active in the group, now known as the American Theatre Organ Society, and was a popular organist for meetings across the country.
January 15, 1988 |
Theater organist Dennis James is fond of quoting Mary Pickford's observation: "When sound came to silent films, it was a big step backwards." James is also quick to point out that the "silent" motion pictures from the first part of the 20th Century were anything but silent when shown in theaters.
October 18, 2002 |
If those mysterious TV king-makers ever tried to assemble the perfect talk-show host in their laboratory high in the Hollywood Hills, the resulting entity might come out looking an awful lot like Wayne Brady. At the tender age of 30, the Florida native is already a veteran of the stand-up comedy circuit, his improv skills have earned him a pair of Emmy nominations as a member of the "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" troupe, and he can sing better than 99% of the popified poseurs on today's Top 40 list.
November 1, 1999 |
The quincentennial of the death of Johannes Ockeghem came and went two years ago with little local notice. But the anniversary was much marked by early music vocal groups, and ripples of their efforts have finally washed up here, thanks to UCLA's Center for the Performing Arts.