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January 30, 2002 | CORIE BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USA Networks Inc., Barry Diller's media and electronic-retailing company, Tuesday reported a wider fourth-quarter loss as advertising sales declined at the company's cable television networks. The company lost $49.4 million, or 13 cents a share, compared with a $32.9-million loss, or 9 cents, a year earlier. Based largely on the success of USA's online retailing operations, revenue at the New York-based company was $1.35 billion.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA Network has its eye on summer, unveiling its summer slate of premieres -- including the launch of two new dramas. June is to be the month of returns, with "Royal Pains" making its sixth-season rollout on Tuesday, June 10. The following night will see the return of "Suits" and "Graceland. " "Covert Affairs" will be waiting a bit longer, getting its start on June 24. Once the veterans warm things up, USA plans to unveil a pair of new dramas on July 17. "Rush," a medical drama with a hard-partying, bad-boy doc (Tom Ellis)
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BUSINESS
February 5, 2000 | Bloomberg News
The National Basketball Assn. and USA Networks Inc. said they're teaming up to sell basketball merchandise on the Internet and through USA's Home Shopping Network cable channel. The multiyear agreement also involves the company's Ticketmaster unit. Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed. The move comes as the NBA prepares to relaunch its e-commerce division on its NBA.com Web site this spring.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA has picked up legal drama "Suits" for a fourth season -- and swanky suits and ties around the world breathed a sigh of relief. The fourth season of the drama, centered on a Manhattan corporate law firm led by a legendary slick lawyer (Gabriel Macht) and his brilliant (bootleg) associate (Patrick J. Adams), will consist of 16 episodes. "Suits" recently wrapped the first half of its third season -- and was among TV's top five scripted shows in the 18-49 demo during its summer run. The remaining six episodes will air in the first quarter of 2014 after the Olympics, and will feature Olympian Michael Phelps as a guest star.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2001 | Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc. Chief Executive Barry Diller said his media and electronic-commerce company plans to complete its $1.5-billion purchase of online travel service Expedia Inc. even though its bookings have declined. New York-based USA Networks, owner of the Home Shopping Network and USA cable network, agreed in July to buy a 75% stake in Expedia from Microsoft Corp. for stock and warrants.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2000 | Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc., the media and electronic commerce company run by Barry Diller, said it bought two cable television networks for about $100 million to increase the variety of its cable programming. USA acquired the Trio Network, an arts and entertainment channel, and News World International, a news channel, with the purchase of North American Television Inc., a joint venture of Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and closely held Power Broadcasting Inc.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2001 | Reuters
Barry Diller's USA Networks Inc. reported a narrower loss Wednesday, citing growth at its flagship USA Network cable station, television studio production and Ticketmaster and Home Shopping Network units. The company reported a loss of $7.5 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a loss of $26.9 million or 7 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1999 | Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc., the media and electronic-retailing company run by Barry Diller, created a new company to provide e-commerce services using existing divisions such as the Home Shopping Network. The new company, USA Electronic Commerce & Services, will use call centers, customer service operations and packing operations from USA's Home Shopping Network, Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch to provide these so-called back-office services to e-commerce companies.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1999 | Sallie Hofmeister
Barry Diller has recruited a television station entrepreneur to become president and chief operating officer of USA Networks Inc. in a move that could presage a greater emphasis within the company on the struggling broadcasting group. Barry Baker, who resigned earlier this month as the acting chief executive of Sinclair Communications, is Diller's highest-level appointment and would bring executive depth to USA after a period of fast expansion.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
"Graceland," an original crime drama premiering June 6 on USA Network, isn't set in Memphis. Instead, the location is sunny and sexy Manhattan Beach, where agents with the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement mastermind dangerous sting operations. When they're not surfing or partying, that is. Sound farfetched? Maybe, but "Graceland" is inspired by the true story of a beachfront mansion once owned by a drug kingpin - and huge Elvis Presley fan. Seized by the U.S. government in 1992, the mansion was used until 2001 as a secret operations base.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's past 11 p.m. on the set of USA Network's "Political Animals" in southwest Philadelphia and Sigourney Weaver has just wrapped an emotion-packed scene. She hustles to slip out of her Ann Roth-designed black evening dress and into morning attire for a breakfast scene. She probably won't finish until 3 a.m., but she's not tired. "This is possibly the best role I have ever played," says the veteran film actress who is taking on her first regular role in a TV series in USA Network's six-part "Political Animals," which premieres Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
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.
HEALTH
July 11, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
'Necessary Roughness' 10 p.m. June 29, USA Network Episode: "Pilot" The premise Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) is a Long Island psychotherapist who specializes in behavioral management, hypnotherapy, smoking cessation and weight loss programs. When she discovers that her husband is cheating on her, she kicks him out and starts looking for ways to augment her income to support her two children and pay for her divorce proceedings. After she meets Matthew Donnally (Marc Blucas)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2009 | Scott Collins
Tom Brokaw is hitting the road in search of Americans affected by the recession. In an unusual promotional tie-in with USA Networks, the NBC newsman will film a series of documentaries at various towns along U.S. Route 50, a fabled highway that spans the nation from Maryland to California. The segments will run on various NBC News platforms as well as USA, the cable network owned by NBC Universal, although the exact details are still being worked out. -- Scott Collins
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