A beneficiary of the TV Academy's new short-form categories, the late-night cabler
's dearly departed "Childrens Hospital" landed four noms (including three acting bids).
was courted by Gump's last summer to become merchandise director of linens and fragrance and launch a dream department that became really only last month.
At USA's April 7 media upfront presentation in New York, president Chris McCumber will outline a plan to battle back by arming the cabler
with more live sports programming--starting with NHL Stanley Cup playoff games this month, and more WWE wrestling--as well as a greater number of original scripted series.
MTV is going far out of its comfort zone in greenlighting the fantasy drama series "Shannara," based on a well-known book series, which the cabler
hopes will become its "Game of Thrones."
Revolt CEO Keith Clinkseales says that while Napster brought "the cold winds of forever-change" to the music biz at the turn of the millennium, those winds have brought with them a new way to program a music cabler
The WGN America cabler
has undergone a big makeover, but has struggled to achieve meaningful coin in carriage fees from cable, satellite and telco distribs.
For sure, the pay cabler
has been fortified by hits in the past, from "Dexter" to "Weeds" to "Californication." But "Homeland" was unusual in that it's subject matter and storytelling style was more broadly accessible than past series.
The final quarter of 2011 was a winner for domestic telcos and satellite companies seeking to displace cablers
as TV providers to the American public.
TruTV's growth in primetime (the cabler
's 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
is firing on all cylinders this fall with the strong ratings growth for motorcycleclub drama "Sons of Anarchy" in its second season, while outre laffer "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is pulling its best numbers to date in its fifth season.
The overhaul includes a campaign to brand the Wednesday and Saturday blocks as "CN Real," to get around the inherent contradiction of the cabler
running nontoon programs.
And its sister series "Monday Night Raw" also has helped boost viewership, especially among young males, for basic cabler
USA since 2005.
broadcast war will escalate again this week, as TNT and TBS boldly go where no cabler
has gone before--mounting an upfront presentation for Madison Avenue the same week as the Big Four networks.
picked up a 15% stake in the paybox platform from regional cabler
Unitymedia for 287[euro] million ($422.4 million).
Martin wants to allow cabler
providers to pick and choose what channels they want to carry--just as he'd like individual subscribers to pick from cablers
only the channels they want.