Charles Barkley Says ‘Morale Sucks’ As ‘Inside The NBA’ Remains In Limbo For TNT

Charles Barkley is displeased with the situation he and his Inside the NBA teammates find themselves in: sweating whether or not the NBA will keep Warner Bros. Discover, the parent company of TNT, as a partner in its down-to-the-wire media rights negotiations. Barkley took aim at WBD CEO David Zaslav for saying the company didn’t need the NBA at an investing conference two years ago.

TNT Strikes Deal With ESPN To Share Rights To College Football Playoff

The deal could help TNT parent Warner Bros. Discovery shore up its position in sports as it faces the possibility of losing NBA rights.

Don’t Count Out TNT For NBA Rights Just Yet

Sources with direct knowledge of the talks say Warner Bros. Discovery is still very much alive at the negotiating table to try to retain its NBA rights. TNT won’t get the league’s “A” package; that’s likely going to ESPN, along with the marquee rights to the NBA Finals. But WBD’s still in play for the “B” package, which comes with a conference final every other year, or a “C” package, which includes the new midseason tournament, play-in games, and early-round playoff series.

NBC Prepares $2.5-Billion-a-Year Bid To Pluck NBA Rights From TNT

The league is in advanced stages of a new round of media-rights deals; Disney’s payments would increase under the proposed deal.

NASCAR To Include Streaming In New 7-Year Media Rights Deal That Welcomes Amazon, TNT & Max

The new media rights deal is worth $7.7 billion when the previously announced $1.1 billion agreement with The CW is included. NASCAR did not reveal monetary figures at the news conference held at the Music City Center one day before its season-ending awards ceremony.

Weekly Cable Ratings: TNT, ESPN Dunk Competition

TNT and ESPN dominated the primetime ratings chart for the second straight week on the strength of its NBA and NHL Playoffs coverage.

US Men’s Soccer Debut Game On TNT Draws 416,000 Viewers

NEW YORK (AP) — The first English-language television broadcast of the U.S. men’s soccer team in its new media contract was seen by 416,000 viewers on TNT. Last Saturday’s 0-0 […]

US Men’s Soccer Debut Game On TNT Draws 416,000 Viewers

The first English-language television broadcast of the U.S. men’s soccer team in its new media contract was seen by 416,000 viewers on TNT. Last Saturday’s 0-0 exhibition draw against Colombia, which started at 7:37 p.m. EST, was seen by 540,000 in its Spanish-language broadcast on Telemundo for a combined audience of 956,000, according to Nielsen.

As James Nears Record, Tuesday’s Lakers Game Moved To TNT

LeBron James is on pace to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record next Tuesday at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That game will now be shown on TNT, a change that forced a reworking of that night’s entire schedule on the network. TNT was supposed to show Atlanta at New Orleans, followed by Minnesota at Denver. Instead, it’ll show Phoenix at Brooklyn first, followed by the Thunder-Lakers game.

Charles Barkley’s New TNT Deal Worth Well Over $100M

Charles Barkley has agreed to a 10-year deal with TNT that is expected to be worth well north of nine figures. The exact amount Barkley will make is not yet known if he fulfills the entire contract, but it will be well in excess of $100 million and could approach $200 million. Barkley could decide to retire from TV before the deal ends.

Adrienne O’Riain Exits As SVP Original Programming For TNT, TBS & truTV

Adrienne O’Riain is leaving the Turner networks after 11 years, most recently as SVP, original programming for TNT, TBS and truTV, serving as co-head of scripted development for the TNets. O’Riain is the latest senior programming executive to leave the TNets following the Discovery-WarnerMedia merger as WarnerMedia’s ad-supported entertainment linear networks became one of the first cost-saving targets for the new regime.

Nancy Daniels To Run Turner Nets As Brett Weitz Leaves Warner Bros. Discovery

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.

Brett Weitz’s Role As GM Of TNT, TBS And TruTV Eliminated

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.

SAG Awards Dropped By TNT And TBS

After 25 years, the TNets are consciously uncoupling from the Screen Actors Guild. TNT and TBS will no longer air the SAG Awards. (The kudoscast had aired on TNT since 1998, while sister network TBS began simulcasting the event in 2007.)

Warner Bros. Discovery Cuts Scripted Programming Development At TBS, TNT

TNT and TBS are moving out of the scripted game under new parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, which CEO David Zaslav has promised will find $3 billion in cost savings across the new company in the post-merger era. The WarnerMedia-run cable channels will no longer develop new scripted content, three sources close to the matter tell Variety. It is unclear what will happen to TBS and TNT’s current slate of scripted programming.

NBA Playoff Ads Nearly Sold Out As Post Season Launches On ESPN, TNT

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.

TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’ Changes Showrunners Again

HBO Max Getting Into Live Sports With $200M US Soccer Deal

HBO Max, TNT and TBS will air U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Team matches beginning in 2023 in an eight-year deal. About half of the matches will stream on HBO Max and air on TV, with the rest exclusive to the streaming platform.

NBA All-Star Game To Get Multicast Treatment On TNT, TBS

Turner Sports is embracing the multicast for its coverage of the NBA All-Star Game. Sunday’s game will feature two separate feeds — the traditional telecast on TNT, and an alternate one on TBS that Turner is calling Inside the All-Star Game, anchored by its Inside the NBA crew of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who signed a unique deal with Turner Sports in January, will also contribute to the TBS telecast.

‘A Christmas Story’ Marathon On TBS-TNT Starts Dec. 24

‘Snowpiercer’ Nabs Early Season 4 Renewal At TNT

NBA Finals Lose Ground Over 2 Years, While Streaming Rises

Although NBA Finals viewing was up from a year ago, it was down big time from 2019 — registering the fourth-least-watched NBA Finals ever, according to Nielsen data. The silver lining is that streaming data showed continued growth.

ESPN And TNT Set NHL Schedules

ESPN will retake the ice for the first time since 2004 when it airs an NHL opening-night doubleheader in the fall. And the league’s other new TV partner, Turner Sports, also revealed its inaugural games on TNT. The league unveiled its 82-game 2021-22 regular-season schedule today

Marv Albert Signs Off After 55-Year Career

National Basketball Association broadcasting legend Marv Albert signed off for the final time on July 4, his final words a simple “good night” to his legion of fans. Albert, whose 55-year-career was punctuated by his trademark “Yes!” call when someone made a crucial jump shot, finished his career with TNT, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

TNT Nets Wayne Gretzky For Upcoming NHL Coverage

NBA Play-In Doubleheader On TNT Jumps By 60% Over Regular-Season Ratings

Chris Webber Exits TNT Ahead Of NBA Playoffs

Taped SAG Awards Go For Spirit Of Live Ceremonies Past

Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony airing at 9 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS will be taped, bowing to the pandemic that has upended the entertainment industry’s awards season. For the SAG honors, the challenge became how to evoke the tradition of ceremonies past.

‘Snowpiercer’ Renewed For Season 3 At TNT

Animal Kingdom’ Renewed For Sixth And Final Season At TNT

‘Claws’ Suspends Production For 2 Weeks

TNT dramedy Claws has paused filming its fourth and final season for the next 14 days due to a team member testing positive for COVID-19. According to sources, the asymptomatic diagnosis was confirmed as a result of required and ongoing testing for all employees on productions of Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind Claws.

WarnerMedia Plans Thousands Of Job Cuts

The AT&T-owned company is seeking to reduce costs by as much as 20% as the pandemic drains income from movie tickets, cable subscriptions and TV ads, according to people familiar with the matter.

Kenny Smith Walks Off ‘Inside The NBA’ Set

Kenny Smith, one of the hosts of TNT’s Inside the NBA, walked off the set of the show on Wednesday night. Smith did so to show solidarity with the Milwaukee Bucks and other NBA players who are boycotting their playoff games following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Kristy Chan Hired As VP Publicity At TNT, TBS, TruTV

Marv Albert To Sit Out NBA’s Restarted Season In Orlando

Ad-Free 4th Quarter Set For NBA All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game on TNT will include a commercial-free fourth quarter as part of a new format aimed at honoring the late Kobe Bryant. The sportscast will air on WarnerMedia’s TNT at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 16.

NBA All-Star Game Sells Out Early

Although early-season NBA TV ratings have been mediocre at best, Turner’s TNT network has seen strong advertising results in terms of revenue, new advertisers, and pricing — for regular-season games so far, and for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. TNT has earned low double-digit percentage hikes for the cost-per-thousand viewers for the regular-season games — and for the All-Star Game — according to media-buying executives.

TNT, TBS To Boost Unscripted Volume

The march to the launch of HBO Max in May is driving changes across WarnerMedia. John Stankey, AT&T chief operating officer and WarnerMedia chairman, told investors on Wednesday that cable powerhouses TNT and TBS will lean into more unscripted programming as WarnerMedia steers its investment in high-end scripted programming to the nascent subscription streaming platform.

Why NBA Ratings Have Air-Balled This Year

The NBA is throwing up bricks in national TV ratings over the first quarter of the regular season. A combination of big stars being absent from national telecasts, a marquee team mostly missing from the league’s two biggest broadcast partners and the fall of a recent dynasty have all factored into the drop. But there’s still time for the league to find its touch.

All Elite Wrestling’ Debut Tops WWE

The upstart promotion’s Dynamite premiere pulled in solid numbers Wednesday, beating USA’s NXT head to head.