Good news for folks working on original programming that’s aired on TBS and TNT.
"In a call with analysts Wednesday morning [Feb. 6, 2013] to discuss the media giant’s fourth quarter and year-end results, Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said TBS and TNT would increase the number of episodes for its original shows by more than 40%," reports our good friend Joe Flint on the website of the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
Flint adds, "The move comes as Time Warner prepares to ask pay-TV distributors for hefty increases in license fees to continue carrying the two channels. Bewkes has said he expects double-digit growth in subscription fees from the Turner channels, which also include CNN.
"TNT has struggled lately. On Monday, its new medical drama ‘Monday Mornings’ premiered to very disappointing ratings.’We have more work to do,’ Bewkes said of TNT."
The article also said that "Bewkes ducked a question about whether there will be more executive changes at Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. unit in the wake of home entertainment head Kevin Tsujihara being tapped as the successor for Barry Meyer as chief executive of the Burbank movie and televisionstudio.
"Also in the running for the job at Warner Bros. was TV executive Bruce Rosenblum and movie chief Jeff Robinov. There has been speculation that one or both may bolt because they were passed over in favor of Tsujihara.
" ‘Kevin will be a great leader,’ Bewkes said. He added praise for Rosenblum and Robinov, but also noted there is a solid bench of executives under both of them. ‘We’ve got a really strong next generation.’ Bewkes has been criticized in some circles for his handling of the Meyer transition, which played out over two years and created a lot of tension at Warner Bros."