April 12, 1986
Gene Siskel has been asked to step down as film critic of the Chicago Tribune, Daily Variety has reported. Siskel and Roger Ebert, the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, recently announced they were not renewing their TV syndication contract with Tribune Entertainment and instead had signed with Walt Disney Domestic Television. Tribune editor Jim Squires told Variety that Siskel was being removed from the critic's slot because of the time demands that the Disney pact will make.
July 3, 1988
Is the name Bill Harris coming off the "At the Movies" marquee? Harris says "no comment." Ditto a rep for Tribune Entertainment, which produces. But a source close to the syndie review show tells us there's talk of replacing the upbeat counterpart to acerbic Rex Reed--possibly with a female sidekick--for budgetary reasons. "Both our contracts are now in renegotiation," Harris admitted. Harris also hosts three Showtime entertainment programs.
June 11, 1993
Talk shows, except for NBC's Tonight Show, David Letterman and Bob Costas, are all syndicated. Top 21 talk shows ranked by average audience percentage: Rank Name of Program Distributor Audience 1 Oprah Winfrey Show Kingworld 10.3 2 Donahue Multimedia 5.8 3 Sally Jessy Raphael Multimedia 5.5 4 Tonight Show: Jay Leno NBC 4.7 5 Geraldo Tribune Entertainment 4.5 6 Maury Povich Show Paramount/Premier 4.4 7 Regis & Kathie Lee Buena Vista TV 4.3 8 Lifestyles Rich & Famous Program Exchange 3.
March 30, 1986 |
Execs at Tribune Entertainment are scurrying to find two critics to replace Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert when the two depart "At the Movies" in August (when their contract is up) for bigger bucks with Disney Domestic TV. They'll be reconstituted at DDTV as "Siskel & Ebert & the Movies." Siskbert's lawyers negotiated with Tribune for several months but it all died last week when they were unable to reach a final settlement over "money and guarantees," said Joseph Antello, the show's exec producer.
August 22, 2003 |
Dick Askin has officially been named chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences -- the organization that presents the Emmy Awards -- after a vote by the board of governors Wednesday night. The election was largely a formality, since Askin was running unopposed to replace Bryce Zabel, the current chairman, who had announced in May that he wouldn't seek a second two-year term. Askin is the president of Tribune Entertainment, a part of the Tribune Co., as is the Los Angeles Times.
February 6, 2009 |
Tribune Co. established an "online entertainment news bureau" Thursday by merging its television and movie listings service, Zap2it.com, into the Los Angeles Times. The goal is to aggregate Tribune's entertainment coverage from its media properties and boost its presence on the Web with an array of blogs, video features, listings and news about movies and TV shows. Times editors will manage the operation, adding the seven Zap2it editorial employees to their staff.