December 24, 2014 |
TALK ABOUT blurring the lines between real life and reel life. Sony Pictures, which is having a Month From Hell for the ages, has enlisted the help of the spin-mistress who was the inspiration for the ABC prime-time soaper "Scandal. " The company that produced (and won't release) "The Interview" has asked Judy Smith to help with damage control in the wake of the cyberattack it suffered (apparently at the hands of North Korea), and its subsequent decision to keep the Seth Rogen - James Franco comedy about killing North Korean Big Cheese Kim Jong Un from public display.
December 7, 2014 |
'Peter Pan' flies through flak So, how did Peter Pan Live! do? As you'll recall, NBC's hallowed stage show, made famous in live-on-TV performances by Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, was resurrected Thursday, with Allison Williams ( Girls ) beltin' it out as Peter, Christopher Walken as a tottering, apparently Xanax'ed Captain, and Minnie Driver as the adult Wendy. There was a lot of pressure. NBC presented this show thrice live, in 1955, 1956, and 1960.
September 12, 2013 |
Jeff Shell, a former Comcast Corp. programming executive in Philadelphia, will head the Universal film studio as Steve Burke and Comcast Corp. tighten their grip on Hollywood. Shell is the latest top executive installed by Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal and a confidant of Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts. Shell headed entertainment programming at Comcast before the cable giant acquired NBCUniversal. He trotted the globe developing deals for NBCUniversal over the last two years, a position many inside Comcast viewed as tailored to give him exposure and retain him for a more glamorous job. He had been based in London.
April 8, 2013 |
Only minutes after signing off his new CNN show, The Lead With Jake Tapper , the host is in his Washington office - talking Philly, circa 1987. "When I left, it was before the Blue Route, before the Vine Street corridor," Tapper, 44, is saying. "William Penn's hat was still the tallest thing in the city. " Tapper grew up in Queen Village, in the house where his mother, Anne Tapper, still lives. "That Philly wasn't as fancy as today's Philly is," he says. His parents "split when I was 8. " His father, Ted Tapper, is a retired pediatrician living in Lower Merion; Anne is a retired psychiatric nurse.
April 24, 2011 |
When Comcast put up $13.8 billion to take control of NBCUniversal in January, it got theme parks that are tons of fun, studios that can produce hit movies, cable networks like USA and Bravo that spew money out the bottom line. And a big, heavy ball and chain that weighs the deal down: the worst prime-time lineup on network television, the perennial loser that is NBC. Comcast is intent on turning that weight into a helium balloon. Three weeks from Monday, it will make its first major move, with the presentation to potential advertisers of its fall schedule.
September 25, 2010 |
The meeting was amicable and cordial, but Comcast Corp. executive Stephen Burke got his point across: "Steve made it clear that they wanted me to go at close," said Jeff Zucker of NBC Universal Inc. So it's official. NBC Universal's top executive, Jeffrey Zucker, and Comcast will part ways when Comcast acquires control of NBCU late this year or early next year. Zucker, 45, a former executive producer of NBC's Today who climbed the corporate ladder to head NBC Universal, told his employees of his decision Friday morning in an e-mail.
September 24, 2010 |
The meeting was amicable and cordial, but Comcast Corp. executive Stephen Burke got his point across: "Steve made it clear that they wanted me to go at close," said Jeff Zucker of NBC Universal Inc. So it's official. NBC Universal's top executive, Jeffrey Zucker, and Comcast will part ways when Comcast acquires control of NBCU late this year or early next year. Zucker, 45, a former executive producer of NBC's Today who started working at the network in 1986 and climbed the corporate ladder to head NBC Universal, told his employees of his decision today morning in an e-mail.
August 27, 2010 |
IF CONAN O'BRIEN wins an Emmy Sunday night - a definite possibility, says TV writer Ellen Gray - someone at host network NBC may have his finger poised near the censor button. No one's really concerned that the former "Tonight" show host will turn into Conan the Vulgarian, there are simply limits to what Conan can say about his old bosses at the peacock network. The Hollywood Reporter says that Conan's settlement deal contains strict rules against making "disparaging" comments about NBC or NBC Studios, Jay Leno and NBC executives Jeff Zucker , Dick Ebersol , Jeff Gaspin and Marc Graboff . Those limitations end Sept.
August 8, 2010 |
BEVERLY HILLS - From one angle, the new fall network dramas appear about as numb as they come: Four cop shows, three lawyer shows, one cop-and-lawyer show, and a medical examiner all muscle for space amid the 16 new series. But a deeper look reveals quite a bit more originality, as fall 2010 takes an escapist feel on TV. Many of the standard genres are turned in a catchy direction. ABC's Detroit 1-8-7 is filmed entirely on location. CBS is remaking Hawaii Five-O . And among the seven shows outside the TV-drama mainstream, two are about glamorous spies, one (The CW's Nikita )
December 10, 2008 |
NBC officially announced yesterday that Jay Leno will be hosting a comedy/talk show five nights a week at 10 p.m. beginning next fall. Is this a sharp programming strategy or a further step into mediocrity for NBC, mired in last place among the four major networks? Leno, host of The Tonight Show since 1992, is scheduled to leave that post at the end of May, to be replaced by Conan O'Brien. Since that transition was first announced in 2004, NBC has been seeking an appropriate vehicle to keep the comedian in its lineup.