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Daily Archives : Feb 9, 2018

NBC Exec Named Head of Amazon Studios

A high-ranking executive at NBC will be making the move to Amazon Studios to lead the studio. Variety reports that Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, has been named head of the studio. The report notes that the move follows…

Emmy-Winning Actor Seen on ‘The Wire’ and ‘House of Cards’ Dead at 59

An actor with a long list of credits both on television and on the big screen, who was seen in recent years in high-profile TV shows including “House of Cards,” “The Wire” and “Oz,” has died. TMZ reports that Reg…

New Series Examines One of the Most Compelling News Stories of the 1970s

A documentary series premiering this month examines a story that became one of the biggest media events of the 1970s: the kidnapping and apparent radicalization of heiress Patricia Hearst. TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin interviewed Jeffrey Toobin, who wrote…

Actor Known for ‘Spartacus’ and ‘Psycho’ Dies

A veteran actor who appeared in a number of major films in the 1960s before becoming President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to Mexico has died. The AP reports that John Gavin died Friday, Feb. 9. No cause of death was immediately…

Report: Amazon to Start Shipping Service to Compete With UPS and FedEx — First Market to Get the Service Is L.A.

“Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The so-called ‘Shipping with Amazon’ program will be an end-to-end shipping solution, with pickups from businesses and shipments made to consumers,…

Senior PBS Executive Jumps to ABC

A veteran television executive is headed to ABC News after a long stint at public broadcaster PBS. Adweek reports that Beth Hoppe is exiting her role as general manager of PBS to become senior VP of long-form at ABC News….

Fox News Deletes ‘Darker, Gayer, Different’ Olympics Column

“Fox News has removed a column from its website that said it appeared the U.S. Olympic Committee wanted to change the event’s motto to ‘darker, gayer, different.’” the AP reports. The report notes that the column, which was posted Wednesday…

Fastest-Growing New Cable Series of 2018 Picks Up Renewal — Before You Decide You Hate It, at Least Watch the Trailer

The fastest-growing new cable series of 2018 will return for season two. The series is WE tv’s “Love After Lockup,” which is currently airing its first season. The show received an order for a 10-episode second season, to roll out…

The Man Credited With Coining the Term ‘Hip-Hop’ Has Died

The music industry pioneer who is credited with coming up with the term “hip-hop” died Thursday afternoon at his home in Las Vegas. NPR reports that Lovebug Starski died after suffering a heart attack. He was 57. “In a genre…

NCC Media President and CEO to Retire

The president and chief executive of national advertising sales, marketing and tech firm NCC Media has announced plans to retire. Greg Schaefer will step down effective Dec. 31, 2018, the company announced this week. Schaefer has been president and CEO…