December 5, 2012
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, mother of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, has died at her home in Australia at the age of 103. Murdoch was well known for her philanthropy and remained active late into her life. "Throughout her life, our mother demonstrated the very best qualities of true public service," Rupert Murdoch said in a statement published in the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal. "Her energy and personal commitment made our country a more hopeful place and she will be missed by many.
December 11, 2012 |
The three public television stations that serve the New York-New Jersey region got the greenlight from the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast Wednesday's "12-12-12," which is the concert that Cablevision President Jim Dolan, the Weinstein Co. chief Harvey Weinstein and Clear Channel executive John Sykes are putting together to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Because this is a fundraising event, the noncommercial stations needed permission from the government to telecast it as public TV stations are prohibited from raising funds for organizations other than themselves.
November 27, 2012 |
Discovery Communciations has developed a taste for Middle Eastern food. The cable programming giant whose holdings include Discovery Channel and TLC has struck a deal to acquire Dubai-based Takhayal Entertainment, the parent company of Fatafeat, a popular food network in the region. "The acquisition of Takhayal, the premier company for cuisine and culinary programming in the Middle East, significantly strengthens our portfolio in this important region and adds content in a genre that has proved popular with our viewers around the globe," said Mark Hollinger, chief executive of Discovery Networks International. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but people with knowledge of the transaction put the price at less than $10 million.
November 1, 2012 |
James Murdoch won an endorsement from shareholders to serve another year on the board of satellite television service British Sky Broadcasting. Murdoch received 95% of the vote cast Thursday in London during the annual vote of shareholders. Murdoch did, however, receive the third-lowest vote total of any of the directors up for reelection. Two others with long-term ties to Murdoch's father, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, received fewer votes. However, despite the mild protest, both David DeVoe, chief financial officer of News Corp., and Arthur M. Siskind, a News Corp.
November 5, 2012 |
Hollywood's largest guilds and unions are calling on their members to vote against Proposition 32, a ballot measure they maintain will sharply limit their political freedoms. The Directors Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Professional Musicians Local 47, Teamsters Local 399 and IBEW Local 40 said they are actively working to defeat the proposition, which would eliminate deductions from members' paychecks for political fundraising. Republican donors, anti-tax activists and business executives have invested tens of millions of dollars in television and radio ads to boost support for the measure, but unions in Hollywood and elsewhere have mounted a campaign to fight the proposition.
September 18, 2012 |
When people think about the big stars that turned the National Football League into America's No. 1 sport, the names that are usually mentioned include legendary quarterbacks Joe Namath, John Elway and Tom Brady. Steve Sabol also belongs on that list. The longtime president of NFL Films who died Tuesday at the age of 69 after a battle with brain cancer , was with his father Ed a chronicler of the league's history for four decades. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Sabol a "creative genius whose legacy will be part of the NFL forever.