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Obituary Cliff Robertson, 88 Oscar and Emmy-winning actor By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2011 Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F. Kennedy in a 1963 World War II drama and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the movie "Charly," died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday. Robertson, who also played a real-life role as the whistle-blower in the check-forging scandal of...
TV Notes 'Love affair' with 3D-TVs ends By Sean Daly, NYPost, September 6, 2011 The next big thing in TV -- 3-D -- is proving such a bomb with consumers, the first victim may be ESPN's sports-in-3-D channel. "At one point last year they were actually openly questioning whether they were going to go ahead into year two," tech analyst Phillip Swann told The Post. The problem is plain, he says. Most of the advertisers on ESPN 3D are the set...
TV Notes Regis Philbin announces date for his last 'Live' episode by Aly Semigran, ew.com, Sept. 6, 2011 So long, Reege. At least, that's what fans of Live! With Regis and Kelly will be saying when the 80-year-old co-host tapes his last episode of the syndicated talk show on Friday, Nov. 18. Philbin made the announcement during today's show. “Friday, Nov. 18 is my last day,” Philbin said, adding, “But don't worry, the show goes on.” Back in...
Nielsen Notes For cable, a stronger summer in the ratings Up 3 percent in adults 18-49, after dipping last summer By Toni Fitzgerald, MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer, Aug 31, 2011 Last year marked a rare summer when ad-supported cable did not grow. In fact, ratings among adults 18-49 actually fell for the first time in at least a decade. But this summer cable is back on the growth path. Ratings are up 3 percent through Aug. 21, according to data...
TV Sports NFL shops new 8-game package By John Ourand & Daniel Kaplan, Sports Business Journal Staff Writers, June 27, 2011 The NFL is negotiating with TV networks about a new early-season eight-game package that would start as soon as next season, according to several sources. The potential Thursday night package could be worth as much as $700 million per year, the sources said. Such a windfall, providing a sudden increase in overall league revenue, could...
Latest, per Mortensen on ESPN, is the new Thursday package won't start until 2014.
Wednesday’s fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings – along with AdWeek Analyst Marc Berman’s view of what they mean -- have been posted in Marc’s Programming Insider blog: http://pifeedback.com/eve/forums/a/t...51/m/980109773
TV Notes Greenblatt shares plan to rebuild NBC By Kim Masters and Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter When Robert Greenblatt took over as NBC's chairman of entertainment in late January, many in Hollywood had high hopes for the executive who had previously transformed Showtime from an also-ran into a serious destination with shows like Dexter, Weeds and Nurse Jackie. Greenblatt, known for both his taste and his skilled handling of talent, has since settled...
TV Notes Cable operators to Netflix: Bring it on By Marguerite Reardon, CNET.com CHICAGO--Cable operators say they are happy to compete with Netflix. But they think the high cost of sports and live programming will ultimately keep Netflix out of the game. During a panel discussion Tuesday at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Cable Show, Robert Marcus, COO of Time Warner Cable, and Michael Wilner, CEO of Insight Communications,...
Tuesday’s fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings – along with AdWeek Analyst Marc Berman’s view of what they mean -- have been posted in Marc’s Programming Insider blog: http://pifeedback.com/eve/forums/a/t...51/m/179105773
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