Monday, July 23, 2007
  • The Ups And Downs Of Office Media: Journal Banks On Elevators

    The place-based video market is expanding at a feverish clip. The latest new product comes from The Wall Street Journal's Office Network, which announced it will begin installing video displays in the elevators of large office buildings. The planned expansion brings the WSJ Office Network into direct competition with Gannett's Captivate Network, the country's largest elevator-based video network. ...Read the whole story

  • Telemundo Gets 7 Marketers For Telenovela, Brand Integration Key

    Telemundo plans to conclude agreements with seven marketers in which each would use various brand integrations in a telenovela the network will air essentially commercial-free. The Spanish-language net expects to do deals with five marketers as it wraps its upfront, and sell the remaining two packages in the scatter market leading up to the debut of "Idolos de Juventud" next spring. ...Read the whole story

  • CW Purrs With 'Pussycats,' Will Build On It

    BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. -- Did CW miss an opportunity in its premiere year? Responding to criticism that the CW didn't do enough to launch original programming, Dawn Ostroff, president of entertainment for the net, told the Television Critics Association that starting new shows from scratch would have been too much for the network to handle. And waiting paid off: "Pussycat Dolls" is doing well--and similar reality shows are in the mix for fall. ...Read the whole story

  • Fox's Reilly: No Major Changes Needed Yet

    BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. -- Don't expect Kevin Reilly, the new president of entertainment at Fox, to make major changes soon. "It's a little awkward," says Reilly, the former president of NBC Entertainment, hired last month by Fox. "I'm going to be pretty low impact [right now]. It's not like I'm saying, 'everyone back up. I'm here to fix things.'" ...Read the whole story

  • Hold Your Tongue: Senate OK's Indecency Bill

    Hold that fleeting obscenity--that might deserve a fine levied against broadcasters after all. A Senate Commerce Committee voted on a bill on Friday that would reinstate the FCC's authority in fining broadcasters for "fleeting" foul language. The courts tossed out the FCC regulation last month. A reinstatement is sure to bring on new legal challenges. ...Read the whole story

  • 'America's Got Talent' Cast For Third Season

    As NBC announced it would place its new reality entry "The Singing Bee" on its fall schedule, the network also said it was casting a third season of the show's lead-in, "America's Got Talent," for summer 2008. With host Jerry Springer, it's doing even better than last year. ...Read the whole story

  • BOA: XM-Sirius Merger Chances May Improve

    Bank of America analyst Jonathan Jacoby is guardedly optimistic about the proposed merger of the nation's two satellite radio broadcasters, Sirius and XM. Specifically, Jacoby thinks lobbying efforts have paid off, making it more likely the deal will be approved by regulatory authorities--the main obstacle faced by the merger. However, he still pegs the overall likelihood of a deal at worse than even odds. ...Read the whole story

  • Despite Scandals, Versus' Tour de France Ratings Steady

    Halfway through the world's most popular cycling race and cable network Versus' Tour de France ratings are surprisingly stable--if not up a bit--against last season's numbers. ...Read the whole story