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WHOLESALE CHANGES AT CNN

January 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Zucker is wasting no time overhauling CNN’s programming. On the heels of the cable news network’s announcement on Tuesday that Chris Cuomo will be coming to CNN from ABC to co-host a morning show that will take on the likes of NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America, came word that political commentators James […]

AMAZON SAYS USE OF PRIME INSTANT VIDEO SOARING

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Amazon appears to be giving Netflix a hard run for the money as it adds subscribers to its Amazon Prime Instant Video service. In a conference call with reporters and analysts on Tuesday, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak said that the number of customers who are using their Amazon Prime subscription service to view movies and […]

WHO WOULD WANT THE JOB OF HULU CHIEF?

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With its owners, Disney, News Corp, and Comcast, still unsure whether Hulu is cannibalizing their other businesses or whether it represents the wave of the future, top media executives may be loath to consider an offer to replace outgoing CEO Jason Kilar, according to Advertising Age‘s Michael Learmonth. In an article that appeared on Tuesday, […]

BAN ON INDIAN FILM LIFTED, THEN REIMPOSED AFTER VIOLENCE FLARES

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An Indian judge in Madras has reimposed a ban on the $20-million feature Vishwaroopam, after it was lifted by a lower court a day earlier. Muslim groups have alleged that it portrays Muslims negatively and could result in communal divisions. The ban on the film, produced by actor Kamal Hassan, who also stars in it, […]

ARMSTRONG’S ENDORSEMENT DAYS APPEAR OVER

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Nielsen, best known for its TV ratings research, also assigns an “N-Score” to public personalities, which helps advertisers make selections for the stars of their TV ads and for media endorsements. On Monday it noted that disgraced bicycle champ Lance Armstrong’s N-Score had dropped from 137 (during Nielsen’s last survey in November 2012) to 29 […]

SURPRISE CHOICE FOR NEW WARNER BROS. CHIEF

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In a surprise announcement, Time Warner has named Kevin Tsujihara, who has headed its home entertainment business, to head Warner Bros. Entertainment. He will succeed Barry Meyer as CEO at the end of this year. Tsujihara was not on most analysts’ radar screens for the job. Most had predicted that Mayer would be replaced by […]

MOST PEOPLE NOW WATCH TV AND ACCESS THE WEB SIMULTANEOUSLY

January 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

When it comes to watching television these days, multitasking is the name of the game. According to market researchers KPMG, 42 percent of consumers say they watch TV while at the same time accessing the Internet with a laptop or desktop personal computer. Another 17 percent watch TV while online via a smartphone or tablet. […]

SAG AWARDS LATEST AWARDS SHOW TO RECEIVE RATINGS BOOST

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Like other recent awards telecasts, such as the Grammys and the Golden Globes, Sunday night’s telecast of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT and TBS saw a ratings increase over last year. The telecast drew a total of 5.2 million viewers, 2.1 million of whom were in the 18-49 age group, a […]

CHRIS CUOMO LIKELY TO CO-HOST NEW MORNING SHOW FOR CNN

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Moving quickly to renovate what many analysts have characterized as a rusty CNN, Jeff Zucker has reportedly snatched Chris Cuomo away from ABC. According to gossip site TMZ, Cuomo, a co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 news magazine, will be paired with Erin Burnett to host a new morning show on the cable news network. Such a […]

AS USUAL, BOX OFFICE PLUMMETS IN LAST WEEK OF JANUARY

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Paramount’s retelling of the Hansel and Gretel tale, tricked out as an R-rated horror flick titled Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, took the lead at the box office over the weekend. But with only $19.7 million in the till, it will have to struggle to recoup the $50 million that it cost to produce. In […]

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