Though Disney brought you Lion King, Cinderella and Bambi, a group of New York protesters today labeled the company as a “serial killer.”
“Do not kill my family!” read Debra Davidson’s sign, as she stood with a small group of enraged members of Fans United against ABC (cleverly named with the acronym F. U. ABC) Read More
NBC played a snippet of the Friends theme song during the video preamble to their “upfront” presentation to advertisers on Monday, and one could imagine that the network missed the good old days. Robert Greenblatt, NBC’s newly installed chairman of Entertainment, said during his opening speech: “In the past, nobody did it better than NBC. Read More
So much happens each day in this town! How to keep it all straight? Time to test your memory!
–How is the apocryphal John Gotti movie getting press for the Gotti family? (Hint: it’s not by writing and filming a movie that you can pay money to go see!)
–What New York Read More
The producers of the 83rd Academy Awards broke from tradition when they chose two fresh-faced actors as hosts, breaking the tradition of hiring over-the-hill comedians.
So how will James Franco and Anne Hathaway fare? ABC gives us the first glimpse in a TV spot that shows the duo “rigorously preparing for every possible Oscar Read More
Future of the Screen
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Big Three TV networks have decided not to allow their progams, which already stream online, to be available through Google TV, which puts the web onto consumers’ televisions.
According to the The Journal’s Sam Schechner and Amir Efrati, “The move marks an escalation in ongoing Read More
According to Reuters Hulu is hoping to raise $200-300 million in an IPO led by Morgan Stanley that would value the company at $2 billion.
Hulu is backed by GE (NBC), Disney (ABC) and News Corp. (Fox), so it’s future will have a big impact on New York’s media market.
The company claims Read More
According to Dan Patterson, head of digital platforms for ABC News Radio, the old-school broadcaster just has to finish its “lawerly dance” before announcing a partnership with open source microblogging service StatusNet.
Why would ABC partner with the less-well-known StatusNet in place of the rapidly growing Twitter? Patterson explains his principled Read More
After more than 13 years leading the division, ABC News president David Westin announced his resignation in a memo to his staff Monday night.
Mr. Westin wrote that he was leaving to pursue other professional opportunities. “I’ve always admired those few who know when it’s time to move on. This is the right time for Read More
Barbara Walters and Bill Geddis, the executive producers and creators of The View, are planning a unisex version of the show. Frank DiGiacomo has a nice way of framing this in Gatecrasher: “Think of it as ‘The View’ — with balls.”
Ms. Walters and Mr. Geddis would like to produce the show, which Read More
Martin Bashir is leaving ABC’s Nightline to join NBC News, where he will anchor an afternoon show on MSNBC and contribute to Dateline, according to Lisa de Moraes.
Mr. Bashir has big accomplishments, not to mention big ratings, under his belt. Mr. Bashir was responsible for the only televised interview with Princess Diana Read More