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Frances Berwick To Lead NBCU Lifestyle Networks, Adding Oversight Of E! & Esquire; Adam Stotsky Named E! GM

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment is bringing its lifestyle brands Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Esquire together in a new division, Lifestyle Networks, to be overseen by president Frances Berwick. She is adding E! and Esquire Network to her existing portfolio of Bravo and Oxygen Media and will be in charge of E!'s original programming. Show More Summary

For First Time Ever, Fox News is Most-Watched Cable Network in Primetime For Full Quarter

Fox News Channel reached a historic milestone in the just-finished third quarter. Not only is the network once again the most-watched news channel, but for the first time ever FNC was No. 1 in primetime (8-11pmET) Total Viewers (Mon-Fri) in all of basic cable – topping ESPN, USA and TNT. Show More Summary

Alcatel-Lucent reinforces plan to take submarine network division public

Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed that it will launch an initial public offering for its submarine cable network unit in the first half or 2015, but the exact timing will be driven by market conditions.

Advertising Turns to Tech to Engage Consumers

Premium cable network Showtime recently launched a tactile, mobile ad to hype the return of its award-winning spy thriller, Homeland. The technology — never before used as a TV promotion — makes an Android phone vibrate 60 times during the preview’s most dramatic moments. Marriott Hotels has given people a peek at Hawaii and the U.K. Show More Summary

AMC close to $200M deal for stake in BBC America

AMC Networks Inc., the cable television programmer, is nearing a deal to acquire almost 50% of BBC America for about $200 million, according to people with knowledge of the matter. An accord would... To view the full story, click the title link.

IATSE Hits Bravo With Unfair Labor Practices Charges Over ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Firings

Three days after the NBCUniversal-owned cable network took over control of Season 4 of Shahs of Sunset and canned the striking postproduction staff, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has made a big move of its own. Show More Summary

MSNBC: Best Demo Night In Two Weeks Is 'Lockup' Marathon

One of the great untold stories in cable news these days is the ratings free fall over at MSNBC. The Lean Forward network seems to only exist in order to make CNN's abysmal ratings look like something less than catastrophic. Two weeks ago Variety's Peter Bart tried to sound the alarm with an open letter to MSNBC chief Phil Griffin. Show More Summary

MSNBC Parts Ways with Goldie Taylor

yesterdayNews : Mediaite

MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor took to Twitter earlier today to announce she is parting ways with the cable news network.

Watch The First Two Episodes Of LeBron James' Survivor's Remorse For Free

Networks and subscription cable stations alike have begun to allow potential viewers to watch episodes of new shows early. Staying on trend, Starz has released not one but two brand new episodes of its new series Survivor?s Remorse. Watch them, here. Click To Continue Reading

As UK Broadcasters Angle For £200M In Retransmission Fees, Showdown Looms for BSkyB, Virgin Media

Last year, the U.S. broadcast networks collected over $3 billion in retransmission fees from cable providers. Their UK counterparts are taking notice. In recent weeks, the chief executives of Britain's top commercial broadcasters, ITV...Show More Summary

Freedom to Marry Launches National Ad Highlighting Anti-Gay Marriage Discrimination: VIDEO

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A new national ad from Freedom to Marry will air during Sunday morning network news in D.C. and on cable news next week. The ad, called "It's Time" highlights the states which still discriminate against gay couples and is timed...

Careful What You Click For

A call to steward our page views well. My grandmother spends most of her days watching the cable news network that represents the point of view most directly opposed to her own. “Wait,” I said to my dad, “she watches which channel all day?” “You heard me right,” he said. Show More Summary

Disney's Deal With Dish Network Reveals Why Cable Companies Are Terrified Of Online Streaming Services

The Information’s Martin Peers wrote an interesting column on Thursday arguing traditional media companies are simply denying how online streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon, are disrupting the $100 billion-plus TV network industry. Show More Summary

TNT Orders Fantasy Action Pilot Lumen From Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV

As Falling Skies prepares to end its run next year, TNT is turning again to Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Television shingle for another epic action/adventure project. The cable network has ordered the Amblin pilot Lumen, which centers...Show More Summary

Syfy Renews 'Dominion' and 'Defiance'

Both originals will return to the cable network in 2015 read more

Anthony Bourdain, the future of cable news

5 days agoOdd : Kottke.org

When Anthony Bourdain's hour-long food and travel show first launched on CNN, it marked the network's step away from 24 hours news and towards more entertainment programming. But maybe Bourdain is just the reporter we need these days when most of what we see of other cultures is satellite images or shots of rubble. Show More Summary

CNN President Jeff Zucker Envisions More Series—Says Cable News Is Not a “Very Healthy” Medium

After nearly 21 months as the president of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker has determined that the cable news business, which the network created more than 34 years ago, is not a “very healthy” medium. As a result, he has turned his attention to developing non-fiction series instead of news programs, in an effort to reverse the network’s […]

Concha: Latest Suspension Shows Bill Simmons, ESPN Need a Divorce

5 days agoNews : Mediaite

ESPN is the most successful network in the history of broadcasting. More than CBS. More than NBC. More than ABC. What? A cable network worth more than any of the Big Three? Yup. And it isn't even close.

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