March 26, 1989 |
Two years ago, Aaron Spelling had an idea for a dramatic and, he thought, different television series about a divorced family as told through the eyes of a little boy. Besides voiceovers (later used by "The Wonder Years"), its main innovation was its format--two back-to-back half-hour shows, one about the boy's weekdays with his mother, the other about his weekends with his father. "I got to tell you," Spelling confided, "I was convinced we were going to sell it."
December 30, 1990 |
On a spring day in 1977, Jeff Sagansky was eating lunch at Chadney's restaurant in Burbank with Michael Klein, a young programming executive at NBC. Sagansky was there to interview for a coveted slot in NBC's "associate" program, which picked young hotshots with no television background and put them on the fast track.
December 2, 1989 |
The title was nice, but when Kim LeMasters was named president of CBS Entertainment two years ago, he was, in effect, being sent on a kamikaze mission. His assignment was clear: Save CBS' prime-time schedule, which in turn would pull up the rest of the network, restore its once-proud reputation and assure its future. No small task.
August 1, 2013 |
Former 20th Century Fox executive Tom Rothman and Sony Pictures Entertainment are launching a new joint venture to bring back TriStar, the company said Thursday. The new venture, called TriStar Productions, will develop, finance and produce films and television programming, starting in September. Rothman will serve as the entity's chairman and Sony Pictures will provide financing and keep distribution rights. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Rothman will report to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The new entity will produce up to four films a year under the TriStar Pictures brand and will develop TV programming for Sony Pictures Television. This move will revive the TriStar label, which has been mostly dormant for years. TriStar Pictures, originally launched in 1984, had a mixed cinema record.
January 15, 1992 |
VideoCipher and some of the nation's leading television programming services said Tuesday that they have joined forces to pull the plug on more than 600,000 satellite-dish "pirates." The San Diego-based division of General Instrument Corp. of Chicago announced the development of a new generation of television signal descramblers, the boxes satellite-dish owners must use to tune in to such pay TV services as HBO and Showtime and free basic cable channels as well.
March 17, 1990 |
NBC may have Jane Curtin, KLOS-FM deejays Mark and Brian, talking dogs and characters from the "Archie" comics on its fall schedule. CBS is developing a batch of series featuring new stand-up comics and others based on the popular feature films as "Big," "Uncle Buck" and "Steel Magnolias." And ABC is frantically trying to create a compatible program to pair with its top-rated Sunday 8 p.m.
July 5, 1990 |
Disney's movie "Dick Tracy" is big at the box office, but some local Asian and Latino groups are unhappy with Disney-owned KCAL Channel 9 for reviving a 29-year-old "Dick Tracy" cartoon series that they say contains ethnic and racial stereotypes. "When you exaggerate racial and ethnic mannerisms and characteristics, that is racism, no matter how you slice it," said Raul Ruiz, Chicano studies professor at Cal State Northridge.
September 25, 2007 |
The Smithsonian's controversial cable television programming will debut Wednesday, but right now only those with a specific satellite dish will be able to see it. Subscribers to DirecTV, one of two main satellite TV carriers, will have access to the 75 hours of programming from the Smithsonian Channel, produced in cooperation with Showtime Networks, the network announced Monday. Several groups objected to the contract because the Smithsonian signed over to Showtime semiexclusive rights.