TCA: Arsenio Hall’s late-night strategy? ‘I just have to be better than one cat that’s out there’

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By Jethro Nededog - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) Arsenio Hall doesn't seem overly worried about taking on late night's heavy hitters with the September 9 return of his own late night talk show, "The Arsenio Hall Show." Going against Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and Jay Leno as he hands off to Jimmy … [Read more...]

TCA: ‘Sharknado’ vs. ‘Under the Dome’ and the limits of Twitter


By Tim Molloy - NEW YORK (TheWrap) Are we worrying too much about social media? TV executives think maybe we are. It's fashionable to use Twitter, Facebook and GetGlue interactions to measure buzz about shows. But those interactions don't always pay off in terms of viewers. CBS Corp. chief … [Read more...]

In Spite of Digital Trends, Sony and Panasonic Plan 4K Optical Storage Discs


Ultra high definition standard to be Blu-ray follow-up By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Sony and Panasonic have signed a basic agreement to jointly develop the next generation optical disc standard which will replace Blu-ray and be driven by 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD) content. But with trends … [Read more...]

Fox targets $1 billion for The Simpsons sale to cable, stations

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(Reuters) Twentieth Television, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, plans to market reruns of the Fox network's long-running animated comedy "The Simpsons" and is targeting a package of up to $1 billion, a person with knowledge of the plans said on Monday. The studio first syndicated the … [Read more...]

Star Wars: Episode VII News – Less CGI, John Williams Returns; Star Wars Rebels

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Most Star Wars fans would rather just forget about the lazy and bloated prequel trilogy (1999-2005), which has inextricably damaged the franchise's reputation. Though many would argue the excellent Clone Wars series that followed helped right the wrongs, even though one … [Read more...]

Digital Domain Has New Owner and CEO

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Hong Kong Company Takes Charge with 70% Stake By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Hong Kong's Sun Innovations has purchased a majority stake in Digital Domain for over $50 million in a take over of DD's parent company Galloping Horse US.  Reliance MediaWorks maintains its remaining 30% interest.  … [Read more...]

Radio show personality Kidd Kraddick died of cardiac arrest: coroner

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By Francesca Trianni (Reuters) Popular radio and TV host David "Kidd" Kraddick, the host of the syndicated show "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning", died of cardiac disease, according to the deputy coroner of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. The Texas-based host whose program aired on dozens of radio … [Read more...]

CBS renews Stephen King sci-fi series ‘Under the Dome’

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) "Under the Dome," the television science-fiction series based on a Stephen King novel, has been renewed for a second season, U.S. broadcast network CBS said on Monday. The series, which chronicles the life of a small town that is cut off from the outside world by a giant … [Read more...]

Sinclair Broadcast to buy 8 TV stations for $985 million

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(Reuters) Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc said it will buy eight television stations from companies owned by the Allbritton family for about $985 million. The television stations consist of seven ABC Network affiliates, covering about 5 percent of U.S. TV households, and NewsChannel 8, which covers … [Read more...]

Can ‘Saturday Night Live’ survive its cast exodus?

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By Tony Maglio (TheWrap) Live! From New York! It's a casting crisis for Lorne Michaels! When Jason Sudeikis announced his departure this week, "Saturday Night Live" was suddenly bereft of any established crossover talent - its longest-tenured surviving castmember is now Kenan Thompson - and in … [Read more...]

Fox loses appeal over Dish “Hopper” feature

(Reuters) A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's effort to stop Dish Network Corp from selling its "Hopper" commercial-skipping device. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court judge did not abuse her discretion last November in refusing to … [Read more...]

Joss Whedon on how ‘Marvel’s agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ can co-exist with ‘Avengers’

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By Jethro Nededog (TheWrap) - Joss Whedon thinks it's high time we marvel at those who can't fly or break through walls unscathed. His new series for ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which premieres September 24 at 8/7c, shines a light on characters from "The Avengers" universe that don't … [Read more...]

CBS-Time Warner Cable blackout deadline extended

By Liana B. Baker - NEW YORK (Reuters) Millions of Time Warner Cable customers will get an extra day to watch CBS shows before the companies' programming agreement expires in large markets such as New York and Los Angeles, both companies confirmed on Tuesday. The deadline to hammer out a new … [Read more...]

Netflix shares slip as subscriber numbers lag investor dreams

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(Reuters) Netflix Inc stock is set to open around 4 percent lower after the online entertainment company reported less-than-expected quarterly subscriber growth, undermining investor hopes for a dream run from its own programs. The shares have almost tripled this year, making it the biggest … [Read more...]

Hollywood studios’ message to executives: embrace digital or die

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By Lucas Shaw - NEW YORK (TheWrap) When Paramount announced Monday that Amy Powell would run its new TV division, it sent a message to the rest of Hollywood: Embrace digital or die. The move resonates most in the context of another recent promotion - Kevin Tsujihara taking over as the head of … [Read more...]

Writers Guild of America Awards rule changes give new media its due

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By Todd Cunningham - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) The Writers Guild of America is changing the rules for its annual awards, giving new media shows more equal footing with broadcast and cable TV rivals, and adding a new Quiz & Audience Participation writing award. The union made the announcement … [Read more...]