Fuse Media’s Be Change Initiative Launches “Be Heard. Be Change.” Campaign

Fuse Media, a cross-platform entertainment media brand serving a multicultural Millennial and Gen Z audience, is today kicking off “Be Heard. Be Change.” — the latest iteration of its call-to-action initiative that launched earlier this year. The campaign will feature Stacey Abrams, a member of the board of advisors for Climate Power 2020, founder of Fair Fight and the Southern Economic Advancement […]

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Draws Record 4.3M Viewers In 2Q Amid All-Time Highs For Fox News Channel

HBO Reups ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ For Season 11

The show stars Seinfeld co-creator Larry David as a heightened version of himself. Season 10 also starred Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis, J.B. Smoove, and Ted Danson. The series is famously shot without a script and cast members are given scene outlines and improvise lines as they go.

MTV Holding 2020 VMAs In New York

This year’s ceremony will be held at New York City’s Barclays Center on Saturday, Aug. 30, and promises “epic performances from various iconic locations” in all five boroughs — Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Manhattan. “The 2020 MTV VMAs will be the first Barclays Center event since the COVID-19 pandemic reached New York,” said Oliver Weisberg, CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets.

BET Awards Highlight Black Voices

Sunday’s show, a virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, featured a number of highly produced, well-crafted and taped performances. The BET Awards kicked off with Black artists rapping and singing anthems about the Black experience and fighting for equal rights. Among them, DaBaby, with his face pressed against the ground as an officer’s knee crippled his neck — replicating the last moments of George Floyd’s life — rapped a verse from the Black Lives Matter remix of his hit song Rockstar.

Chicago Cubs Close To Getting Marquee Sports Network On Comcast

Atlanta Reality TV Star Charged With Misusing Relief Funds

ATLANTA (AP) — A reality television star who appeared on the show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” was indicted Wednesday for allegedly using coronavirus relief funds intended to help small businesses survive to pay for luxuries such as a Rolls-Royce and custom jewelry, federal officials said. In a news release, the Department of Justice said […]

Mike Rowe To Host ‘Dirty Jobs’ Sequel Series On Discovery Channel

Frank Tanki Named GM Of AXS TV And HDNET Movies

Behind The Fall Of Reality TV Police Shows

After ordering 160 new episodes of its flagship series Cops in May, A&E execs pulled the plug as protests over police violence lead to criticisms of the genre as a “PR arm” of law enforcement.

‘Siesta Key’ Star Dropped Over Alleged Racist Posts

MLB, Turner Sports Close To Rights Renewal

Major League Baseball has agreed to broad terms on a new rights deal with Turner Sports at around a 40% average annual increase, sources said. Nothing has been signed formally, but this new deal will see Turner pay an average of around $470 million per year from 2022 through 2028 for a rough total of $3.29 billion. Its expiration will sync with a Fox deal signed in November 2018. Turner now pays an average of $325 million a year under an eight-year deal that expires after the 2021 season.

Virus Fallout Will Speed Linear TV’s Collapse

Traditional television has been on the decline for years, but the continued economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic will make cord cutting even more pronounced, according to new research from MoffettNathanson. Traditional cable subscribers are expected to decline by 27 million over the next five years.

‘Total Bellas’ Renewed For Season 6 By E!

‘Hightown’ Renewed For Season 2 By Starz

BET To Launch $25 Million Social Justice Campaign ‘Content For Change’

Discovery Networks Tops With Cord-Cutters

Networks owned by Discovery were among those that non-subscribers to cable and cord cutters were most interested in seeing, according to a new survey by Beta Research.

AMC Nets, MSOs Partner On Targeted Advertising

Cable networks and streaming company AMC Networks has partnered with the On Addressability initiative, which cable giants Comcast, Charter and Cox launched last summer, to pilot targeted advertising solutions on its linear TV and VOD services.

‘Live PD’ Host Dan Abrams Says Show Is ‘Coming Back’ After Being Pulled

Dee Nguyen Fired From MTV’s ‘Challenge’ Over Offensive Tweets

Four ‘Vanderpump’ Regulars Ousted Over Alurs, Racial Profiling

NEW YORK (AP) — Four cast members are not returning for another season of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” — two over their racist social media posts, and the others after they racially profiled a coworker. Bravo released a statement Tuesday confirming that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni would not return to the […]

‘Cops’ Canceled By Paramount Network

Cops‘ 33-year run has come to an end. Pulled earlier this month by Paramount Network in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the series will not be coming back. It ran on the Fox network for 25 years until 2013, when Viacom-owned Spike TV picked it up. The show remained on the air after Spike was re-branded as Paramount Network in 2018.

Mayim Bialik To Host Remote Celebrity Talent Show For TBS

NBA OKs Plan To Restart Season

NBA owners on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the league’s plan to restart the season with 22 teams at Walt Disney World in Florida in July, according to a person familiar with the voting results. The plan will next be reviewed by the National Basketball Players Association, which has scheduled a virtual meeting with its membership Friday afternoon.

Law&Crime Network Adds Basic Cable Carriage

Comcast Beefs Up Cloud DVR Storage

Fox News Dominates May Cable Network Ratings

Viamedia Hires Piccone As Head Of QTT Division

Weather Channel Joins OpenAP

The Weather Channel is the latest media outlet to join OpenAP, the consortium of media companies working to help advertisers buy TV with some of the new methodologies they say they crave.

Sinclair RSNs President Jeff Krolik To Retire

Krolik, 63, managed the RSNs for nearly 15 years, and led the group during the sale from Fox to Disney and the subsequent sale from Disney to Sinclair.

Comcast, Charter, ViacomCBS Join Forces

Three of the nation’s largest pay-TV companies are taking joint ownership of Blockgraph, a platform designed to make it easier for brands to harness data to serve targeted ads to people watching cable TV, a move that comes as cost-pressured ad buyers are increasingly turning to targeted advertising.

Tara Duncan Named Freeform President

Following the news last month that Tom Ascheim would depart as head of Freeform to lead Warner Bros.’ kids and young adults division, the young adult cabler has named producer and former Netflix exec Tara Duncan as its new president. She will step into the role on June 8, overseeing strategic planning, brand development, content strategy, original programming, production, scheduling, finance, research, marketing and communications.

Fox News’ Harris Faulkner Scores First May Sweeps Viewer Victory Over ABC

‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Renewed For Record-Breaking Season 15 By FX

PGA, NFL Stars Attract Nearly 6M Viewers

Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of The Match: Champions for Charity attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.

ESPN, Tom Brady In Deal For Bio Series

After a towering rating success on the Michael Jordan 10-part documentary The Last Dance, ESPN is working with Tom Brady and Religion of Sports on Man In The Arena, a nine-episode multi-platform series coming in 2021. It will be Brady’s first-hand account of the most iconic moments of his NFL career.

Kristin Cavallari Ends ‘Very Cavallari’ After Three Seasons On E!

Law&Crime Network Launches On Verizon FiOS

Law&Crime, a 24/7 true crime and live trial network, just launched on one of the largest cable providers in the United States — it’s now available on Verizon FiOS’s most popular channel packages nationwide. Law&Crime, which is already available on most major OTT platforms including Sling, fuboTV, Philo, Vidgo, Comcast Xfinity, XUMO and TV Plus, […]

Michael Jordan Produced A Winner For ESPN

ESPN shot up a documentary that it believed would score big with audiences. How did it work out? In the words of ESPN NBA announcer Mike Breen: “Bang!” The Last Dance — ESPN’s 10-part documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls — was a smashing success for the network. It was critically acclaimed, generally adored by sports fans if Twitter is the judge and a ratings success. The original airings of all 10 episodes averaged 5.6 million viewers, making The Last Dance the most-watched documentary ever on ESPN.

‘Breeders’ Renewed For Season 2 On FX