The trade group’s new president will focus on piloting independent broadband providers in a rapidly changing market climate.
AMC Networks is making some changes to its senior leadership team. The company has hired Len Fogge to be president of marketing, and is promoting streaming chief Miquel Penella, adding oversight of AMC Networks International in addition to his streaming responsibilities. Both men report to AMC Networks interim CEO Matt Blank.
Three huge matchups to kick off the college football season, a new Australian Open agreement and two new 30 for 30 documentaries will be announced Tuesday by ESPN as part of its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York.
Did you know that Ben Stiller auditioned to be an MTV VJ? Or that Cindy Crawford worked for free during the first season of House of Style? These are some of the stories shared by former cable TV executive Doug Herzog in his new podcast Basic, which makes its debut this week. It is about basic cable, a medium whose history Herzog was intimately involved in.
Months before the Warner Bros. Discovery deal was completed, execs at the now-merged company promised to find $3 billion in synergy savings over the next three years. In a new memo sent out to Warner Bros. Discovery staff and obtained by Variety, CEO David Zaslav began to elaborate on those plans. In a list of “near-term priorities,” Zaslav mentioned that the company would “focus on financial opportunities.”
E! reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were initially indicted in August 2019 and a new indictment was filed in February of this year. Prosecutors allege that the couple submitted fake documents to banks when applying for loans. The trial is getting underway just days after E! announced that it is moving forward with a new dating series, Love Limo, hosted by Todd Chrisley and weeks after the announcement that reality shows Chrisley Knows Best and Growing Up Chrisley have been renewed on USA Network and E!, respectively.
Warner Bros. Discovery’s U.S. Networks Group will be reorganized under Kathleen Finch, chairman and chief content officer, with long-time Discovery executive Nancy Daniels adding responsibility for TBS, TNT and truTV. Those former Turner networks had been overseen by Brett Weitz, who is leaving WBD, the company confirmed.
The venerable Washington cable network of respectful debate and government procedure has to slug it out for social media views. It’s complicated.
The exec had been with the so-called “TNets” for 14 years, with the linear networks now under the oversight of Discovery’s Kathleen Finch.
Roku Inc. has teamed with private-equity firm Apollo Global Management to bid for a minority stake in the pay TV and streaming service Starz, which is known for series like Outlander and Power, according to people familiar with the situation.
After 25 years, he says it’s time to embrace change. The search for a new president and CEO is near completion, and the trade group plans to announce the search committee’s selection during the ACA Connects Board meeting in mid-May.
SportsCenter co-anchor Sage Steele has sued ESPN and corporate parent The Walt Disney Co. for allegedly violating both her contract and her free speech rights, according to multiple reports. Steele is reportedly claiming that the network “sidelined” her last year after she made remarks about ESPN’s COVID policy and former President Barack Obama’s ethnic identity.
With Comcast expected to kick off the 1Q earnings season Thursday morning, analysts are expecting the broadband slowdown to continue throughout the year, with operators anticipated to report high-speed internet customer additions at about half the rate of last year.
ESPN, which already airs hundreds of college softball and women’s lacrosse games each spring, is set to become a destination for the pro versions of those sports as well. The Disney-owned sports brand set a two-year agreement with emerging pro circuit Athletes United that will see more than 160 games air and stream on various platforms. Of the full roster of games, 34 of them will be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2 and 56 will be on ESPNU. Others will stream on ESPN+, as will a four-part unscripted series, Going Pro: Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse.
“Nothing” is faster than fiber. Literally. Comcast said it’s proving the point with new “hollowcore fiber” technology that it said transmits data 150% faster than traditional fiber with a 33% improvement in latency. Hollowcore fiber is, well, hollow at the center and takes advantage of the fact that light travels 50% faster through air than glass.
Former Hallmark Channel head Bill Abbott has signed a deal with Candace Cameron Bure, who starred in numerous Hallmark projects, to produce and star in programming for his new family-friendly cable channels, GAC Family and GAC Living. She will also have an executive role at the company, helping to oversee and curate its content, GAC said.
Riding a hot sports market after a regular season in which ratings were up 19%, Disney Ad Sales and Turner Sports report high demand and near sellouts for the NBA playoffs, which started Tuesday night on TNT.
Effectv, the local advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, has struck a deal with Comscore, for its local TV measurement product, to be a “new form of currency” for Comcast’s local cable TV advertising deals. With the deal, Effectv will use Comscore’s audience impression-based measurement product for local advertising clients.
Co-creator Peter Gould unveiled the news at a Paleyfest event and AMC confirmed the news, noting “They’re coming back.” Cranston and Paul played Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in five seasons of the drug dealing drama as well as Netflix feature film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which was released in 2019. The sixth and final season of Better Call Saul is broken into two parts. It kicks off on April 18 and runs until late May, before picking up again in early July.
The Walking Dead is coming to an end this year, and so it seems is most of the long-standing legal action by Robert Kirkman and other executive producers of the zombie apocalypse series against AMC. In a final ruling Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley gutted most of the fight pitting Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and fellow TWD EPs Charles Eglee and Glen Mazzara against the cable network.
The Regency-era-inspired reality dating competition The Courtship has moved from NBC to USA Network, where it will air Wednesday nights at 11 p.m., after Temptation Island, NBC confirmed. The decision was made after the series’ lackluster debut in the 8 p.m. slot on March 6 and its even worse performance the following week, where it lost 37% of the premiere’s 990,000 viewers.
Following a 20-year run as an announcing team for Fox, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck have signed multiyear agreements to join ESPN as the new voices for Monday Night Football, as well as contribute content to ESPN+. Aikman and Buck will make their regular-season MNF debut on Sept. 12.
The spring conference season is upon us, a time of new beginnings, when the CEOs of major media companies appear in a series of presentations and fireside chats with the investment community to prove that that their businesses aren’t going to die this year.
HGTV’s Flip Or Flop has come to the end of the road. The popular home renovation series will conclude after the current tenth season, Deadline has confirmed. The series finale is set for Thursday, March 17, at 8 p.m. ET. Hosts Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack revealed the news in separate Instagram posts and HGTV confirmed.