Bill Carter, who has covered the television industry at The New York Times for more than 25 years and remains one of the best known writers in the industry, is taking a voluntary buyout. Carter said today that leaving the paper was a “really wrenching and agonizing decision.”
Facing stiff competition from cable, broadcast television executives have been marketing the fall TV lineup in some pretty interesting ways, like having a Headless Horseman stalk a Manhattan street to sell the new Fox series Sleepy Hollow. “It’s harder than ever,” says George Schweitzer, president of the CBS Marketing Group.
Through exhaustive research and interviews with the major players, Bill Carter’s book The War for Late Night tells the story of the Conan O’Brien-Jay Leno battle. Through exhaustive research and interviews with the major players in this battle Carter demonstrates that, while the usual oversize Hollywood egos were forming secret alliances and stockpiling armaments, it was NBC that fired the shots that sank the Lusitania.