October 1, 2008 |
A year ago, Turner Sports dived into postseason baseball without so much as warming up in the bullpen. "It was like trying to start a car in winter," said TBS producer Tim Kiely. It wasn't as if the company didn't know its way around a diamond. TBS, after all, had been doing Atlanta Braves games for 30 years. But still, for a general public used to dealing with the broadcast networks and ESPN in the postseason, it was disconcerting.
January 18, 2008 |
The NBA on Thursday detailed plans to dramatically expand its digital business deal with Turner Broadcasting System by turning over operation of its league website, a 24/7 digital television channel and a cable and satellite television package that lets avid fans watch out-of-town games. NBA Commissioner David Stern's decision to partner with a media company on digital rights runs counter to the go-it-alone strategies adopted by the NFL and MLB.
December 29, 2007 |
In its 11th year, TBS' annual marathon of "A Christmas Story" is still a big draw. The cable channel showed the 1983 film for 24 hours straight, starting at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For that period, TBS said Friday, it was the top-rated outlet on basic cable, averaging 2.8 million viewers. The first showing on Christmas Eve drew the largest audience, more than 4.3 million. Based on a story by Jean Shepherd, the film stars Peter Billingsley as a boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas.
April 24, 2007 |
Four years ago, Tyler Perry pitched an idea for a sitcom about a firefighter with two kids who moves in with his parents after his crack-addicted wife burns their house down. The network executives loved it. Except they didn't want the hero to be a firefighter. And they didn't want veteran stage actors Cassi Davis and Lavan Davis to play the leads. And they didn't want the matriarch to make so many references to Jesus and the Bible.
February 6, 2007 |
Turner Broadcasting Systems and an advertising agency agreed to pay $2 million in compensation for planting blinking electronic devices around the Boston area in a publicity stunt that set off a terrorism scare. The agreement between Turner, Interference Inc., and several state and local agencies resolves any potential civil or criminal claims against the two companies, Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley said.
February 3, 2007 |
Turner Broadcasting has agreed to pay all costs of a security scare triggered by a marketing campaign that disrupted travel in Boston, a spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas Menino said. Travel on major roadways and rail lines was suspended as police responded in large numbers Wednesday after discovering the battery-powered devices, which were intended to promote a cartoon on a Turner cable network, in Boston and surrounding cities. Authorities blew up one of them.