Oct 13, 2015
9:51 am

Nation’s Largest TV Station Operator Reorganizes Programming Division (TVNewsCheck)

In a reorganization of its programming operations, the largest operator of television stations in the U.S., Sinclair Broadcast Group, has named Arthur Hasson chief operating officer, Sinclair Programming, TVNewsCheck reports.

Hasson, who joined Sinclair in 2012, will be in charge of all programming for the station group. He most recently was COO of Sinclair Original Programming, overseeing new program development for the company’s stations.

“Bill Butler, VP of programming and promotion, becomes SVP of promotion and corporate marketing in the reorganization,” the story reports. “Hasson will report to the Co-COOs of Sinclair Television Group, with Tammy Dupuy and David Howitt, VPs of programming, reporting to Hasson.”

Butler will report to David Amy, EVP-COO of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Said Amy: “Bill will expand our efforts to focus and amplify the marketing of Sinclair Broadcast Group to the industry, expanding news efforts and our public agency constituencies.”

Hasson commented: “I am excited by the possibilities our rapid growth has given us. Our significant scale and reach on all screens is a major advantage in program development and planning; one that yields real benefits to our audience and shareholders.”

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Oct 13, 2015
9:37 am

Report: If You Want to Sign Up for a Streaming TV Service — or More Than One — What Are Your Options? (AP)

A good piece this morning from the Associated Press about streaming TV services. It’s basically a guide that tells you which ones you might like, given what type of programming you most want to watch.

Evaluated in the piece are Amazon, CBS All Access, HBO Now, Hulu, iTunes, MLB.TV, Netflix, Noggin and Sling TV.

To read this AP guide, please click here.

Oct 13, 2015
9:21 am

National Edward R. Murrow Awards Handed Out, With a Sweep for One Network (TVWeek)

One network swept the National Edward R. Murrow Awards, winning the Overall Excellence Award for News in both network television and network radio. The network is ABC, which pulled off the sweep for the second consecutive year.

Additionally, ABC affiliate KETV, the Hearst-owned station in Omaha, Neb., was awarded the prize for Overall Excellence among small-market stations.

KING-TV, the Tegna-owned NBC affiliate in Seattle, won Overall Excellence among large-market stations.

The national awards were presented Monday by the Radio Television Digital News Association, which held its annual gala presentation in New York City. The Murrow Awards “recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world,” the organization said in announcing the winners.

“This year, RTDNA awarded 104 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories including Feature Reporting, Hard News, Overall Excellence and more. RTDNA received more than 4,200 entries during the 2015 awards season, setting an all-time record for the third year in a row,” the organization announced.

Here’s a list of the Overall Excellence winners for 2015:

ABC News, New York (Network Television)

ABC News Radio, New York (Network Radio)

The Denver Post, Denver (Large Online News Organization)

Free Press Media, Burlington, VT (Small Online News Organization)

KING-TV, Seattle (Large Market Television)

KETV, Omaha, NE (Small Market Television)

WCBS, New York (Large Market Radio)

New Hampshire Public Radio, Concord, NH (Small Market Radio)

For the full list of winners in each category among network television and radio operations, please click here.

Click here to see the list of station winners by category in the small market television and large market television divisions.

For the full list of winners among online news organizations, click here.

Please click here to see the full list of National Murrow Award winners in small market radio and large market radio.

Regional winners can be found on the RTDNA website by clicking here.

The organization posted a video profile of the man for whom the awards are named, TV news pioneer and longtime CBS correspondent Edward R. Murrow, on YouTube about a year ago. It’s well worth watching — here it is:

Oct 13, 2015
9:07 am

Snapchat Rethinks Move Into Original Programming, Shuts Down Snap Channel (Deadline)

In a move that Nellie Andreeva, writing on Deadline.com, says underscores “the complicated relationship between the tech world and traditional entertainment,” the video messaging firm Snapchat appears to have decided not to move into original content after all.

The company has decided to “shut down its Snap Channel permanently, leading to the departure of a number of employees, including Marcus Wiley, Head of Program Planning and Development,” Andreeva writes.

Snap Channel, which got rolling back in January, was the umbrella for Snapchat’s move into original programming.

“The fast-growing social network made a statement about its ambitions in the arena with the May hire of former Fox SVP Comedy Wiley as programming head,” the story notes. “A team of about 15 people was assembled with the goal to develop and produce content for Snap Channel on the Discovery platform, primarily shortform narrative/musical series — some of them experimental.”

The company pulled Snap Channel off the Discover platform a couple of weeks ago, but at the time it was expected to be relaunched.

“Wiley and his team had been tasked with creating the backbone of programming for Snap Channel 2.0, which they had been doing with the company’s blessing,” Andreeva notes. “But upon careful examination of what that would entail money-wise, that plan has been scrapped, with Snapchat hitting pause on its original programming efforts via Snap Channel and re-examining its overall original content strategy.”

In a statement provided to Deadline, Snapchat said of Wiley: “Given that we are winding down the Snap Channel, it’s natural that Marcus would want to explore other opportunities. He is a tremendous talent, and we wish him well.”


Oct 13, 2015
8:44 am

Esquire Names Its Sexiest Woman Alive — You May Know Her From a Popular TV Show (Esquire)

Esquire magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive for 2015 is also a star on a wildly popular television show. The publication just took the wraps off its November issue showcasing Emilia Clarke, the 28-year-old London native who plays Daenerys Targaryen — Mother of Dragons — on the HBO drama series “Game of Thrones.”

Clarke, who has received two Emmy nominations for “Thrones,” was also recently named Woman of the Year by GQ. She recently starred as Sarah Connor in “Terminator Genisys.”

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Oct 13, 2015
8:31 am

ABC Developing Felicity Huffman Dark Comedy (Deadline)

ABC is moving forward with a one-hour project from “Desperate Housewives” and “American Crime” star Felicity Huffman. Set in the world of fashion, “House of Moore” has received a put pilot commitment from the network, Deadline.com reports.

Huffman will executive produce, and while she is not locked in to star in the show, the report notes that the project is being designed as a star vehicle for her.

Created by Daniel and Ben Barnz, the project comes from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Daniel Barnz is set to write and direct.

“‘House of Moore’ is said to be similar in tone to ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and to explore plus-size fashion,” the story reports. “It centers on the sexy, twisted lives of an iconic fashion family, looking at our beauty-obsessed culture through a darkly comedic lens.”

The report notes that Huffman is fully committed to “American Crime,” the John Ridley anthology series that began airing on ABC in March.

“If ‘House of Moore’ goes to series and ‘American Crime’ is renewed for a third season, Huffman will topline ‘Moore’ only if she could also do ‘American Crime,'” the story reports. “That is not inconceivable as ‘American Crime’ is done as a limited series, producing around 10 episodes a year. Additionally, both ‘House of Moore’ and ‘American Crime’ are on the same network, ABC, and hail from the same studio, ABC Studios, making coordination easier.”

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Oct 13, 2015
8:17 am

Football Legend Retires (NBC Sports)

A man who achieved legendary status in football at the college and pro levels, building a reputation both as a player and as a coach, has announced his retirement. NBC Sports reports that Steve Spurrier retired from coaching, with multiple media outlets reporting that the move is effective immediately.

Spurrier, 70, is a former quarterback who played college ball at Florida in the 1960s before a long run in the NFL, mostly with the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to a celebrated career as a college coach, including returning to his alma mater for a stint as Florida head coach from 1990-2001 — which included winning the National Championship in 1996.

He spent two seasons as an NFL head coach with the Washington Redskins from 2002-2003, compiling a disappointing 12-20 overall record before returning to the college ranks.

He has been head coach at South Carolina since 2005.

Spurrier, the 1966 winner of the Heisman Trophy, has been named SEC Coach of the Year seven times and ACC Coach of the Year twice.

Oct 13, 2015
8:01 am

Republican Front-Runner Donald Trump Says He Will Live-Tweet the Democratic Presidential Debate Tonight (CNN)

Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, “whose colorful tweets have made almost as much news as the real estate mogul has made in person, is planning to make sure his voice heard during tonight’s debate,” reports CNN.

Trump tweeted this morning, “At the request of many, and even though I expect it to be a very boring two hours, I will be covering the Democrat Debate live on twitter!”

Tonight the first debate among Democratic candidates for president will be carried live on CNN and CNNgo at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time, which is 8:30 p.m. on the East Coast and 7:30 in the Midwest.

Expected to participate in the debate are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont), former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virginia) and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

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Oct 13, 2015
7:44 am

With the Sale of the Venerable Merchant Ivory Film Library, the Lush, Oscar-Winning ‘Howards End’ Returns to Movie Theaters. Plus, More Movies Like It to Be Made (NY Times)

“Some of the best-known Merchant Ivory films — including ‘Howards End,’ ‘Maurice’ and ‘Heat and Dust’ — will be headed back to theaters under a deal in which the indie distributor and financier Charles S. Cohen acquired a 30-film library of movies directed and produced by the James Ivory-Ismail Merchant filmmaking team,” writes Michael Cieply in The New York Times.

The article adds, “In a statement, Mr. Ivory, 87, said he was ‘gratified — and relieved’ to have placed the films with Mr. Cohen’s company. Mr. Merchant died in 2005. Merchant Ivory was known for lush, romantic period pieces of a sort that Mr. Cohen said he hoped to produce again under that company’s name.” Merchant was a producer, Ivory is a director.

“Howards End” won three Academy Awards at the 1993 ceremony, including Best Actress (Emma Thompson), Best Screenplay (Adapted) (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Luciana Arrighi, Ian Whittaker). The movie was nominated for 6 other Oscars, including Best Picture. (“Unforgiven” won the Best Picture award that year.)


Oct 13, 2015
7:09 am

Twitter to Lay Off Up to 336 People (USA Today)

Twitter has announced it will be cutting up to 336 jobs — about 8% of its total work force, reports USA Today.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says the layoffs “will place the social media company ‘on a stronger path to grow,’” the story says.

The report quotes a memo from Dorsey in which he says: “Product and engineering are going to make the most significant structural changes to reflect our plan ahead. We feel strongly that engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce. And the rest of the organization will be streamlined in parallel.”

The story notes that analyst reaction to the job cuts was mixed.

The article adds, “Twitter’s expenses through the first half of the year rose 44% to $1.2 billion. Revenue totaled $938 million in the same period.”


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