January 9, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before the first of many trips to Pasadena. The Skinny: The winter version of the Television Critics Assn. press tour kicks off today in Pasadena. Are you as excited as I am? Actually, it's not so bad (good schmoozing and free food) and I love racing up and down the 110 Freeway (hope no traffic cops are reading this). Today's roundup includes Vince McMahon's plans for a WWE network. Also, Viacom and CBS chief talks business and pleasure and a review of IFC's miniseries parody "The Spoils of Babylon.
January 8, 2014 |
Wrestling impresario Vince McMahon is going over the top. No, that's not a new move he's going to display on WWE's TV shows "Friday Night Smackdown" or "Monday Night Raw. " It's the technological platform that the WWE Corp. is using to launch its long-in-the-works network. Rather than create a traditional channel that would be distributed to potential viewers via cable and satellite operators, the WWE Network will be streamed over the Internet, a method that is known in the entertainment industry as over the top, or OTT. The network, which will launch Feb. 24, will cost $9.99 a month.
December 21, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. A communications executive for media mogul Barry Diller went from relative obscurity to global pariah after an insensitive tweet about AIDS and Africa went viral. Justine Sacco, a director of communications at Diller's IAC, whose holdings include television production company Electus, dating sites Match.com and OKCupid as well as the video site Vimeo, tweeted “Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!
April 9, 2013
When John Cena beat The Rock in Wrestlemania 29 on Sunday night, it was big news for WWE fans. But just where should those fans go when trying to read about that news -- the sports pages or the entertainment section? Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss which newspaper section should cover Wrestlemania. Feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times In a perfect world, Wrestlemania would be covered in the entertainment section, but this is far from a perfect world, so let's put it in the sports section.
June 12, 2012 |
So there I am, excited by the Kings finally winning the Stanley Cup, when I change channels to watch "Monday Night Raw. " And my night got even better, as the chairman of the board, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, opened the show. You see, one of the things that made the WWE great back in the old Attitude days was its unpredictable nature. The show was (and still is) live, and with characters like the Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind and DX, you never really knew what was going to happen next.
June 18, 2011 |
Shane McMahon has never been afraid to knock on doors. When he was just 5, his dad — wrestling impresario and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon — put him to work going from barbershop to barbershop asking if he could hang up fliers and posters for upcoming matches. Years later, McMahon was still selling for his father. Only this time around, the doors he was knocking on were in Eastern Europe and China. As the WWE's executive vice president of global media, the younger McMahon was instrumental in getting WWE content and events in almost 150 countries.