September 7, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before deciding if I need the new Kindle. The Skinny: In yet another sign that I'm getting old (as if I needed it), last night was the first time in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards that I didn't tune in for one second. What I won't do is now write a story saying the show is passe because I'm no longer the target audience. Friday's headlines include a grim look at the weekend box office, new contract talks for Fox News chief Roger Ailes, and Christopher Nolan being caught up in a fight between two big Hollywood talent agencies.
August 9, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting too excited about preseason football. The Skinny: The Redskins won their first preseason game Thursday night but I won't read too much into that. Still, it beats losing! Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office and the latest (which isn't much) on the Time Warner Cable-CBS fight. Have a good weekend and stay out of trouble. If you are getting into trouble, call me because I get pretty bored these days and could use the excitement.
June 21, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before sending Tim Duncan a note to feel better. The Skinny: I felt so bad for Tim Duncan missing that shot Thursday night and not just because I was rooting for the Spurs. He's a class act. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office and more drama at Warner Bros., this time on the movie side. Daily Dose: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has tapped as its new president an executive familiar with mobile and digital platforms.
September 20, 2012 |
Despite a reputation tarnished by his handling of an extended phone hacking scandal in Britain, James Murdoch is preparing to step into a prominent U.S. role running much of News Corp.'s vast and profitable American based television operations, according to people familiar with the plans. James Murdoch, the 39-year-old son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is expected to take charge of the Fox broadcast network, FX cable channel, regional sports networks, Fox International channels and National Geographic channels - some of the most profitable assets in the $34 billion-a-year media conglomerate.
August 25, 1998 |
Sure, Fox News is going to cop an attitude. Could it be Fox without one? From its outspoken chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes, and so-called citizen reporter Matt Drudge, to news veterans Brit Hume and Catherine Crier, Fox News is raising its profile. And it's doing it with a mix of moxie, talent and challenges to conventional wisdom. "I think we're doing well," says Ailes, political consultant, Emmy-winning producer and president of CNBC before joining Fox two years ago.
December 21, 1991 |
Are Hollywood liberals, riding high with such television series as "Murphy Brown" and "Designing Women," ready for a counterattack? It could come soon if "The Rush Limbaugh Show," starring the conservative radio host, goes into TV syndication as planned in 1992. Multimedia Entertainment expects initial support from more than 100 stations to make the series a reality.
September 30, 1989 |
ABC is developing a television movie about President Bush's World War II exploits and has hired Roger Ailes, the President's campaign strategist, to co-produce it. "Why should a total stranger do it?" asked Ailes, who produced "The Mike Douglas Show" and other TV programs before becoming media mastermind of the Bush 1988 presidential campaign. ABC declined to discuss any details about the movie, citing "competitive reasons."
August 6, 1995 |
It figures that Roger Ailes would create and run a talk-TV network. Ailes is quite the talker. Tough talk, persuasive talk, even sweet talk--it all comes naturally for this former TV producer, media consultant and political strategist for such candidates as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. In August, 1993, Ailes was named president of CNBC, the NBC-owned business news and talk-show cable hybrid. Then he set about to start a sister channel, this one from scratch.
November 19, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before drinking more coffee because I'm on no sleep! The Skinny: Last Monday, I was up late breaking news about New York Times reporter Brian Stelter going to CNN. Last night, I was up even later breaking news about the latest in the Nikki Finke-Jay Penske battle (see below). Hope I get to go back to breaking news about media instead of about media reporters I compete against! In today's roundup, ABC had high hopes for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " but after a strong start, the show has lost some luster.
September 29, 2010 |
Silly, silly Tim Pawlenty. The governor of Minnesota visits the flood disaster in the southern end of his state and calls a special session of the Legislature to discuss bringing relief to 35 counties. He takes trade missions to China, checks on National Guard troops in Iraq and fights Democrats over how to balance his state's budget. All that fuss and muss get the Naif of the North some passing attention. But on Fox News, the sun and moon for any Republican climbing the ladder, that work got Pawlenty nothing like the multiple, personalized appearances of other GOP politicians who, like Pawlenty, have pondered the idea of running for president in 2012.