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ABC close to selling out Oscar telecast at $1.9M an ad

bostonherald.com — Madison Avenue continues to rush to the Oscars. ABC is nearing sell-out of its advertising inventory for its 2015 broadcast of the annual awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, according to two media-buying executives and other people familiar with the situation, even though it is seeking what may be some of the highest prices ever charged for the event.

Live, From New York: Sprout’s Morning Show For Kids Wants Celebrities In Mix

variety.com — Some talk shows lure guests with the promise of hyping a new project. Others deliver instant fame. And then there's one that hopes to hook visitors with the sounds of an anthropomorphic chicken whose voice is reminiscent of a kazoo.

Sports Rights Fees: Could They Drive Viewers Away?

variety.com — Big media is paying hefty sums to run games from the NFL, the NBA and more - all in the hopes of keeping large masses tuning in to their TV screens. But could the gambit instead drive crowds away?

CBS to launch SVOD 'all access' service with current and classic programs

bostonherald.com — HBO isn't the only big TV outlet preparing to take its TV series straight to the masses. CBS Corp. is launching its own subscription service for on-demand consumption of its flagship network's TV programs, as well as older series to which it owns the rights.

CNN cancels 'Crossfire,' other shows in wake of Turner cuts

bostonherald.com — CNN has quietly cancelled "Crossfire," "Unguarded with Rachel Nichols," " Sanjay Gupta, M.D." and "CNN Money" in the wake of cost-cutting by parent company Turner Broadcasting, according to people familiar with the situation. Turner announced last week that it would eliminate approximately 10% of its 14,000-employee workforce, a number expected to total around 1,475 positions.

CBS to Launch SVOD ‘All Access’ Service with Current and Classic Programs

variety.com — HBO isn't the only big TV outlet preparing to take its TV series straight to the masses. CBS Corp. is launching its own subscription service for on-demand consumption of its flagship network's TV programs, as well as older series to which it owns the rights.

CNN Shutters Select Shows In Wake of Turner Cost Cuts

variety.com — CNN has quietly cancelled "Crossfire," "Unguarded with Rachel Nichols," "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." and "CNN Money" in the wake of cost-cutting by parent company Turner Broadcasting, according to people familiar with the situation. Turner announced last week that it would eliminate approximately 10% of its 14,000-employee workforce, a number expected to total around 1,475 positions.

Robin Thede Named Head Writer of Comedy Central’s ‘The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore’

variety.com — Robin Thede has been named head writer of Comedy Central's much-anticipated " The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore," the network's new hope to stand with its long running "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and continue what has become a cultural institution in latenight.

Turner To Push Programming At TNT, TBS, Mobile At CNN, and Kids' Content

chicagotribune.com — LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Time Warner 's Turner programming unit intends to invest heavily in original programming at TNT and TBS , mobile distribution at CNN and put new efforts behind its kids' content in an effort to derive more fees from distributors and push growth in overseas markets including Latin America, the division's chief executive told investors Wednesday.

Turner To Push Programming At TNT, TBS, Mobile At CNN, and Kids’ Content

variety.com — Time Warner's Turner programming unit intends to invest heavily in original programming at TNT and TBS, mobile distribution at CNN and put new efforts behind its kids' content in an effort to derive more fees from distributors and push growth in overseas markets including Latin America, the division's chief executive told investors Wednesday.
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Oct 20, 2014

@JohnKeilman one time i found out the Baltimore Sun was inaccurate and came up with a new story for Das Cap

Oct 20, 2014

I remember a time when if a news outlet broke some information and one felt compelled to match it, we'd give them credit

Oct 20, 2014

RT @craigzadan: #OSCAR HISTORY IS MADE AGAIN! Ad sales for telecast: Over $1.9m per 30 sec spot for record breaking sales! Read link: variety.com/2014/tv/news/a…

Oct 20, 2014

@andrewjb44 @Variety It's a great question given the 'Samsung selfie' in this year's broadcast. Placement deals typically not straighforward

Oct 20, 2014

RT @timkubart: .@SproutChannel in @Variety! I love the people I make children's tv with. I love the chicken. We're live from 30 Rock.variety.com/2014/tv/news/l…

Oct 20, 2014

The cost of a 30-second ad in ABC's 2015 Oscars telecast? A whopping $1.9M variety.com/2014/tv/news/a… via @Variety

Oct 20, 2014

ABC is nearing sellout of its 2015 Oscars telecast even tho it's seeking one of the highest prices ever for the event variety.com/2014/tv/news/a…

Oct 20, 2014

BREAKING: ABC Close to Selling Out Oscar Telecast at $1.9 Mil an Ad variety.com/2014/tv/news/a… via @Variety

Oct 20, 2014

Live, From New York: Sprout’s Morning Show For Kids Wants Celebrities In Mix variety.com/2014/tv/news/l… via @Variety

Oct 20, 2014

In world o kids' animation, NBCU's @SproutChannel bets on shows w live hosts, evoking 'Capt. Kangaroo' 'Magic Garden' variety.com/2014/tv/news/l…



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