January 23, 1999 |
With DirecTV's pact Friday to buy PrimeStar, the satellite television industry is on the verge of shrinking to only two players from five just three months ago. Federal regulators have largely driven the consolidation, aiming to strengthen the satellite industry as a challenger to the long-standing monopoly of cable operators. But some consumer advocates and analysts question whether consumers will benefit.
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May 23, 1998 |
Master animator and puppeteer Bob Baker this week helped launch a new series at the North Hollywood Library celebrating the television industry. As part of the library's "50th Anniversary of the Emmy Awards Celebration," Baker, who has been a puppeteer and worked on numerous animation projects for more than 60 years, lectured Thursday night on creating animated productions. "Basically, anything that can be moved by man is animation of some sort," Baker said.
June 10, 1996 |
In Greg Braxton's article "NBC's Loss of Minority Roles a Gain to Independents" (Calendar, May 16), Doug Alligood, senior vice president for BBDO Worldwide Inc. (advertising), discusses the move of minority programs to independent networks and says, "Many of the black-oriented shows do not do well with the general population." What "general population" is he talking about and what does he base it on?
August 6, 1994 |
Despite self-proclaimed efforts by the television industry to lessen violence amid threats by federal legislators, TV violence actually increased by 41% over the past two years, according to a study released Friday by a nonprofit research organization. The findings were immediately attacked by network officials, who called the study "irresponsible" and inconclusive.
May 14, 2001 |
Imagine an America where Native American women do not exist and Latinos are a mere 2% of the population, where there is only one woman for every two men, and where mostly persons of color occupy lower-rung occupations. If you tuned in to prime-time network television during the 2000-01 season, that was the America you saw, according to Children Now, a child policy and advocacy organization ("Diverse Casts on Television Are Still Over the Rainbow," by Greg Braxton, May 1).
June 18, 1997 |
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned the television industry Tuesday that, if it does not announce satisfactory voluntary changes in its current program-rating guidelines by early next week, he will push for Senate action on measures that could require a content-based system. "We need closure on this issue," McCain, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said after meeting with representatives from the four major broadcast networks.
June 18, 2000 |
The guest star on medical drama "City of Angels" is playing the part of Mike, a sweet-tempered 7-year-old who is rushed to the hospital with a fractured femur. Splayed out on a gurney with his leg wrapped in bloody gauze, he cringes in pain and moans with each labored breath. Then, with his eyes fixed soulfully in the distance, Mike arches his head forward and gives an attending nurse a long, wet lick.
October 17, 1991 |
Fries Entertainment, a major supplier of TV movies and one of the last publicly traded independent TV production companies in Hollywood, filed for bankruptcy reorganization Wednesday after years of mounting financial losses. Fries had missed a bond payment earlier this month, leading to acceleration of $29.5 million in bank debt and other possible defaults.
February 7, 2001 |
What is broadly defined as "sexual content" has become more prevalent on television without any appreciable increase in discussion of potential consequences, though programs tend to be more responsible when teenagers are involved. Those are the central findings of a study presented Tuesday in Beverly Hills by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, Calif., which seeks to prod the media into disseminating safer-sex messages.
April 6, 1990 |
Ousted CBS sportscaster Brent Musburger told a national television audience Thursday night that the network's decision not to renew his contract was the result of a vendetta against him by CBS Sports President Neal Pilson and executive producer Ted Shaker. Musburger claimed they are "spreading venom" and out to "defame" him. "They conspired to get me out of CBS," Musburger told ABC's Sam Donaldson in an interview broadcast on "PrimeTime Live."