Friday, August 1, 2014



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DILLER WRITES OFF, THEN WRITES DOWN AEREO

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Aereo last month, Barry Diller, whose IAC company was its chief backer, indicated that he would not fight the battle to keep it alive any further. "It’s not a big [financial] loss for us," he remarked at the time. In its latest quarterly filing with the SEC, the company did not indicate precisely... Read more of this article


REPORT: MURDOCH TO LAUNCH ANOTHER DIGITAL NEWS SERVICE

Rupert Murdoch has apparently not given up hope that completely digital news publications can prove to be profitable. Two years after shutting down The Daily, the digital newspaper developed for the iPad, after it failed to generate enough subscriptions, Murdoch is now planning to launch an app-based daily news service that would include original reporting... Read more of this article


MEREDITH VIEIRA WEIGHS IN ON ANN CURRY’S 2O12 OUSTER

Two years after Ann Curry was ousted as co-host of NBC’s Today show, Meredith Vieira, whom Curry replaced, has spoken out about the turmoil that ensued. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Vieira, who is about to launch her own talk show, remarked, "That was such a bad time. … It turned so nasty, really nasty. Every day you’re... Read more of this article


STANDOFF IN BIG BANG CONTRACT TALKS

Warner Bros. TV, which produces CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, confirmed today (Wednesday) that production for the fall season has been postponed due to an impasse in contract negotiations with the show’s five stars, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. In a statement, the studio said, "Due... Read more of this article


NBC’S AMERICA’S GOT TALENT RETURNS TO TOP OF RATINGS

NBC’s summertime hit America’s Got Talent returned to the top of the weekly Nielsen ratings list after being bumped the previous week by CBS’s new summer drama Extant, which wound up in a four-way tie for eighth place. The Wednesday edition of AGT attracted 6.99 million viewers, while the Tuesday edition attracted 6.89 million. The... Read more of this article


GAZA COVERAGE BOOSTS AL-JAZEERA AMERICA

Despite recent criticism by Israeli officials of its coverage of the current Israel/Palestine conflict and a shelling of its offices in Gaza by Israeli forces, Al-Jazeera America has seen a 30 percent rise in its overall ratings since the conflict began and a 40 percent rise during primetime, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Tuesday). The newspaper... Read more of this article


REPORT: AMID TURMOIL E! ENTERTAINMENT TV PRESIDENT TO DEPART

After numerous failed new series and complaints from employees about her management style, E! Entertainment Television President Suzanne Kolb is being kicked out, industry blogger Nikki Finke reported on Monday. Finke, who called Kolb "an unmitigated disaster atop the pop culture channel," noted that the channel’s ratings are down 20... Read more of this article


DVR VIEWERS BOOST RATINGS FOR CBS’S NEW SUMMER SERIES

After seeing ratings for its summer series Extant sink by a third for its second episode — to 6.5 million viewers from 9.6 million viewers in its debut — CBS is moving the sci-fi drama to a later timeslot in hopes of boosting its audience. The network said that it will air the drama at 10:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, replacing repeats... Read more of this article


THE VIEW BEGINS SEARCH FOR REPLACEMENTS

ABC’s syndicated morning show The View will begin doing on-air auditions today (Monday) to find replacements for Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The show’s producers have already added Rosie O’Donnell. But, reports indicate, now comes the hard part: finding someone who can work effectively with O’Donnell.... Read more of this article


STUDY REVEALS HOW MUCH REVENUE MOVIES PRODUCE FOR TV ABROAD

Shedding some light onto the value of movies to overseas broadcasters, a study by data research company Attentional for the British Film Institute has revealed that that 59,542 broadcasts of movies in the U.K. in 2013 brought in an estimated $2.7 billion. The study, reported in today’s (Monday) edition of the British trade publication Screen Daily,... Read more of this article


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