May 11, 1999 |
USA Networks Inc., facing resistance from shareholders of Lycos Inc., is preparing to abandon its plan to purchase the nation's third-ranked Internet search service, executives close to the company confirmed Monday. The proposed $21.5-billion merger has been closely watched since it was announced in February because it is one of the first to challenge the highflying values of the Internet sector.
July 16, 1998 |
USA Networks Chairman Barry Diller held preliminary discussions in the last month with General Electric Corp. about merging NBC Inc. with his company in a stock swap that would be valued at between $15 billion and $20 billion, according to sources close to the talks. However, the discussions abruptly ended because Edgar Bronfman Jr., chief executive of Seagram Co., which owns 45% of USA, refused to go along with the idea, the sources said.
August 13, 1998 |
In a bid to vastly expand its Internet business and tap into the craze on Wall Street for Internet stocks, Barry Diller's USA Networks Inc. is expected to announce plans today to merge the online ticketing arm of its Ticketmaster Group with CitySearch, a Pasadena-based company that creates online city guides.
November 22, 2000 |
USA Networks said Tuesday that it will combine its Ticketmaster Corp. unit with its Internet cousin Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch in a deal that underscores the increasing overlap between online businesses and their real-world counterparts. Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster Online were split in August 1998, when investors were clamoring for "dot-com" stocks and companies were anxiously spinning off their Internet operations to cash in on the frenzy.
June 26, 2012 |
Matt Nix always thought he'd be a screenwriter. But after spending nearly a decade doing adaptations and rewrites for film projects that fell apart just before a studio gave them the greenlight, he found himself at a crossroads. "I realized I could waste my whole career writing things no one would ever make," he told me over lunch the other day. His agent encouraged him to try television. Nix lucked out with the first pilot he penned, "Burn Notice. "Now in its sixth year on the USA Network, the Miami-based adventure series about a former covert-ops agent trying to discover who blacklisted him is a powerhouse, routinely turning up as the top-rated Thursday night cable TV show.
June 23, 2011 |
USA Network has come a long way, slowly, from the days when its main contribution to the culture was "Night Flight," an omnibus of music videos, reruns and camp ephemera that kept insomniac kids company back in the 1990s. Now it is the network that "Monk" made, with a small but strong-for-its-size roster of comicdramas that play nice turns on the old big genres — cops and spies and lawyers and doctors: "In Plain Sight," "Burn Notice," "White Collar," "Psych," "Fairly Legal," "Royal Pains.
March 21, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co.'s Michael Eisner doesn't have one. Neither does Sumner Redstone, the chairman and chief executive of Viacom Inc. But Barry Diller does. And in naming a forceful executive with visionary tendencies as his No. 2 at USA Networks Inc., Diller is winning applause from management experts for taking an initiative that many other media moguls have not--leaving their entertainment companies vulnerable at the top.
October 23, 2009 |
Just when you thought bromance was dead, here comes "White Collar," a crime drama premiering on USA tonight that lifts the genre to a new and dazzling level. Sparkling, snappy, bursting with energy and good clean heist fun, the first episode of "White Collar" may, in fact, be the most perfect pilot to air in a long, long time. Sure, there are shameless echoes of "It Takes a Thief," the show that launched Robert Wagner's television career, but who cares? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and "White Collar's" creator, Jeff Easton, promises only improvement, and with a pitch-perfect cast that comes together to create that cinematic Holy Grail: chemistry.