Turner And HBO Secure Distribution Deals With Dish Network
The deals were a long time coming considering that Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting ended a month-long blackout of the programmer’s channels in November. Following temporary extensions of the carriage pacts that expired last year, the companies said today that Dish will continue to offer Time Warner’s Turner channels and HBO via “separate distribution agreements” that involve “multiple platforms.”
The wording of the brief statement suggests that Dish and HBO have… Read
ABC Family Orders Three More Reality Series
Days after ordering scripted series Shadowhunters and Kevin From Work, ABC Family continued its push into unscripted genre. The cable net has ordered Startup U, Next Step Realty: NYC and Monica The Medium, which join recently greenlighted reality programs Becoming Us and Job Or No Job. All will premiere in the summer. ABC Family hired ex-Fox and E! executive Kary McHoul in February to run its unscripted unit.
The hourlong Startup U follows a group of entrepreneurial… Read
E! Orders Another Kardashian Series, Renews ‘#Rich Kids’ & 2 More
E! today unveiled plans for three new original unscripted series — Stewarts & Hamiltons, WAGS and the Kardashian-based series Dash Dolls (working title), the latter of which is set for this fall and will focus on the employees of the family’s clothing boutiques.
All three have been ordered for eight one-hour episodes. Stewarts & Hamilton, centering on the families of Kimberly Stewart (daughter of author Alana Stewart and musician Rod Stewart) and George Hamilton (Alana… Read
‘Weird Loners’ & ‘The Dovekeepers’ Off To Soft Ratings Start
This midseason has produced more that the average number of solid new broadcast series launches: blockbuster Empire, which has been joined by several other hopefuls including new Fox comedy Last Man On Earth, ABC’s Fresh off The Boat and Secrets And Lies, and CBS’ CSI: Cyber and The Odd Couple. (NBC’s best hope for a midseason breakout is this Sunday, with the premiere of A.D. and American Odyssey.)
Another straight-to-series Fox comedy, Weird Loners, won’t be joining… Read
AOL, Fox Sports Partner For Online-Video Coproduction, Distribution
AOL will begin distributing Fox Sports video content, including game highlights and material from @TheBuzzer, Garbage Time and Fox Sports Digital Originals, the companies announced in an AOL blog post this morning.
Fox covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, college football, NASCAR, soccer and more, and AOL said the deal is part of a plan to beef up its sports programming and distribution this year. The companies also will jointly develop “content experiences” tied to big… Read
IFC Joins Growing List Of TV Networks Waiting For Live + 3 Ratings Stats
IFC today joined the pack of TV networks announcing it will wait for time shifted viewing numbers before reporting its show ratings because the metric a provides a more accurate reflection of audience size these days than the immediacy of Live+Same Day results.
But, because IFC bills itself as “the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies” it annnounced it would lead the industry in a shift to a slightly off version of the current Live+3 ratings reporting metric: Live+2.9999… Read
UTA Brings In Two More CAA Agents — 10 Total Now
UTA has closed deals with CAA agents Mackenzie Condon and Chelsea McKinnies, who will be joining their 8 colleagues who made the jump yesterday. Condon is a talent and literary agent working in film and television and will be based in UTA's New York offices. McKinnies is motion picture talent agent working in UTA's Beverly Hills offices.
This marks the third wave of CAA agent signings by rival UTA in the past 24 hours. Following the bombshell hire of CAA comedy… Read
USA Network To Air NHL Playoff Games For First Time In 30 Years
Raise your hand if you remember watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs on USA Network. OK, you four can put your hands down. The NBCUniversal-owned cable net will share this year’s postseason wealth with NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, bringing Cup games to the USA for the first time since 1985, when Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers won their second consecutive title.
Starting on April 15, nets in the NBC Sports Group will cover every Cup game for the fourth consecutive year. NBC will air… Read
‘Midnight Rider’ Producer Film Allman Contests Safety Citation In Court – UPDATE
UPDATE, 9:44 AM: Film Allman LLC lawyers continued this morning in federal court in Savannah, GA arguing against the OSHA citations and $74,900 in fines. This has really become a mini-trial about whether Midnight Rider filmmakers intentionally put their crew in jeopardy on February 20, 2014 when they criminally trespassed on a Doctortown train trestle to place a metal hospital bed perpendicular on the tracks and shot a scene.
That action resulted in the death of… Read
Monica Lewinsky Invited To ‘The View’ As Search For Rosie Replacement Continues
ABC News has invited Monica Lewinsky to The View as a guest, to talk about her “anti-bullying campaign,” naturally leading to speculation she might replace Rosie O’Donnell as one of the show panelists, or at least that show creator Barbara Walters is trying to talk ABC News brass into the merits of the hire.
Lewinsky would pose certain challenges, given that The View these days is produced by ABC News which presumably would want access to expected Democratic presidential… Read
UTA Signs ‘The Office’ And ‘Hangover’ Star Ed Helms
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has just signed Ed Helms, one of the strong names on the client lists of Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, who were chief among the five comedy department brain trust agents who left CAA yesterday and joined UTA.
Helms, star of The Office, The Hangover and We’re The Millers, next stars in the rebooted Vacation film. He comes with Mike Falbo, his producing partner at Pacific Electric Picture Co. production shingle, which will also be represented by UTA. The duo… Read
David Duchovny Talks ‘The X-Files’ On Letterman: Guess Who’s Coming Back
David Duchovny was on Late Show With David Letterman last night to plug his new alt-rock album — yes, Hell Or Highwater is available now at your local record store or illegal download site. But, as you might have heard, he also has a couple of TV projects in the works. With his seven-year run on Showtime’s Californication in the rearview mirror, Duchovny is set to star in Aquarius, NBC’s gritty drama about a cop who goes undercover to track Charles Manson. But the crowd… Read