December 20, 1999 |
Diversity, shmersity. The big talk in television, following pressure from the media, the NAACP and other lobbying groups, is about entertainment series needing to diversify. In other words, widen the palette to include prominent characters who reflect a rainbow of races and ethnicities. Although largely eluding network programmers, the logic is persuasive. Mainstream TV claims to mirror the United States. So it should mirror everyone, as the talk goes, not just the nation's white majority.
December 19, 1999 |
"Resurrection Boulevard," a new Showtime movie set in East L.A., is a complex story of boxing, family obligations and the pull of Mexican American culture and a wider world outside it. The rough cut of the film, which won't air until June, proved so powerful, and its themes so universal, that Showtime executives decided Wednesday to add it to their original series lineup as a weekly one-hour drama.
July 4, 1999 |
In the scruffy second-floor office of an abandoned government building, Gen. Manuel Noriega--well, at least it looks like Noriega--stared out the window, and his eyes went wide. In the yard below, on the rooftop across the way, in a truck and on two armored personnel carriers were 30 soldiers in Panamanian uniforms, their rifles trained squarely on the swarthy, scar-faced general. "Here he is! Look at the monster!"
March 8, 1999 |
The Internet is fast becoming an interactive--if not quite aerobic--diversion for legions of couch potatoes, according to research to be released today by Showtime Networks Inc. Nearly one in five U.S. households reports watching television and using the Internet simultaneously, according to the January study. That statistic, which equates to roughly 18 million "convergent" households, has risen 80% since December, 1997, according to Showtime.
March 3, 1999 |
There's a new player in feature films these days, a production company that is attracting big-name actors and directors, tackling difficult material and, with the three Oscar nominations nailed by "Gods and Monsters" earlier this month, even winning academy recognition. The new force in the movie business? An old stalwart in the television business: Showtime.
June 18, 1996 |
MTV Networks, the highly successful music television cable operation, announced it will move its expanding Western regional offices from Universal City to Santa Monica next year. Showtime Networks Inc., a sister company to MTV based in the same Universal City building, is also planning to move its West Coast operations, sources confirmed. When and where Showtime is moving has not yet been determined, they said. Showtime's West Coast office employs about 100 people.
April 11, 1990 |
Showtime Networks Inc. announced Tuesday that it has signed a deal to acquire the exclusive cable-TV rights to seven New Line Cinema films, including the record-shattering "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," which is close to becoming the highest grossing independently-released film in history.