Friday, July 18, 2008
  • NBC Universal Goes To Court With Designs On Keeping 'Project Runway'

    On January 15, 2007, three of the most powerful people in entertainment huddled at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Without lawyers (although in retrospect, that may have been a good idea) or anyone else, they sought to reach an agreement on the future of "Project Runway." ...Read the whole story

  • Basic Cable Makes Emmy History

    Cable TV continues to break new ground--at least when it comes to getting honors. This year. AMC's "Mad Men" received 16 Emmy nominations, including best drama, the most of all TV dramatic series. It was the first time a basic cable series got nominated in the best-series category. HBO's miniseries "John Adams" was the most nominated program with 23 mentions, including best miniseries and best lead actors nominations for Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. ...Read the whole story

  • Media General 2Q Revs Dismal

    TV station and newspaper publisher Media General continues to feel the pinch of weak national and local advertising revenues. For its second-quarter earnings, Media General's broadcasting profits fell 17% to $14.9 million. ...Read the whole story

  • Grim Reaper: Newspapers Cut 3,500+ Jobs in Two Months

    Call it the Midsummer Massacre. The last two months have seen a bloodbath at some of America's largest newspaper publishers, with substantial job cuts hitting a number of papers, including a high proportion of newsroom positions. The scythe has visited McClatchy, Media General, the Tribune Co., The Wall Street Journaland The Washington Post, among others. ...Read the whole story

  • Auto Focus: GM Slashes Marketing Spending

    General Motors unrolled a new tourniquet to stem the flow of red ink. The company is making across-the board cuts to shore up cash to weather a bad market. GM said it would now focus marketing spend on product launches and brand advertising and consolidate sales and marketing budgets. ...Read the whole story

  • Mag Bag: Time Inc.'s Home Portal Gives Away Dream House, the new home and garden portal launched by Time Inc.'s Southern Progress Corporation, is giving away an "Idea House" worth $1 million in northern Florida's WindMark Beach. The sweepstakes, which will run from August 1 to September 30, will help publicize the creation of the new online destination, which draws on the editorial expertise of the company's titles. < ...Read the whole story