Sr TV Ed. @Variety Writes media TV & advertising. Talks music & comics. Don't the sun look angry through the trees? Email me: brian.steinberg@variety.com

Senior TV Editor at Variety who has covered media and advertising topics since 1998 - everything from the Time Warner-AOL merger to the effect of DVRs on the TV business. Previous stops at Advertising Age, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, with freelance work for The Boston Globe and others. Oh, and I blog about the funnies page for kicks at http://www.examiner.com/comics-in-national/brian-steinberg

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Madison Avenue Bets Big On Fox’s ‘Star’ To Lead Freshman TV Shows

variety.com — What does it take to get a consumer to open his or her wallet? Madison Avenue is wagering that a TV show with what is likely to be a memorable soundtrack will do the trick.

NBCU Hopes to Keep Willie Geist from Defecting to Rivals (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com — Willie Geist, who maintains one of the more demanding schedules in modern TV news, acknowledged Monday what a lot of folks at NBC News already know: "I've been wearing a lot of hats lately," he said, while announcing he would step down from his role as co-host of the 9 a.m.

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros files sexual harassment lawsuit

wday.com — LOS ANGELES-Andrea Tantaros, a former host of Fox News Channel program like "The Five" and "Outnumbered," is the latest female staffer at the popular cable-news outlet to levy sexual-harassment charges at the 21st Century Fox-owned property.

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros files sexual harassment lawsuit

grandforksherald.com — LOS ANGELES-Andrea Tantaros, a former host of Fox News Channel program like "The Five" and "Outnumbered," is the latest female staffer at the popular cable-news outlet to levy sexual-harassment charges at the 21st Century Fox-owned property.

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros files sexual harassment lawsuit

inforum.com — LOS ANGELES-Andrea Tantaros, a former host of Fox News Channel program like "The Five" and "Outnumbered," is the latest female staffer at the popular cable-news outlet to levy sexual-harassment charges at the 21st Century Fox-owned property.

Viacom-CBS Merger the Best Option After Philippe Dauman’s Exit?

variety.com — When Viacom chief Sumner Redstone unveiled a nearly $37 billion bid for CBS Corp. in 1999, it seemed like the most natural combination in the world. "We will be global leaders in every facet of the media and entertainment industry," Redstone crowed as he scooped up the company that broadcast TV favorites like "60 Minutes" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

In New CNN Documentary, Gloria Borger Talks to the Men Who Didn’t Win The Presidency

variety.com — Cable-news networks spend hours of their schedule analyzing the latest moves and actions of the President of the United States. CNN, for at least a little while, will devote time to the people who ran for the office, but lost. CNN will debut "Almost President: The Agony of Defeat" on Wednesday, August 31 at 9 p.m.

PBS Kids Series ‘Odd Squad’ Will Mount National Theater Tour

variety.com — Something very odd may be happening at a local theater near you in the very near future: " Odd Squad" is extending from its regular roost on PBS Kids to a national tour that will put the show in more than 60 cities across North America.

Andrea Tantaros, Formerly of Fox News, Files Suit Alleging Sexual Harassment

variety.com — Andrea Tantaros, a former host of Fox News Channel program like "The Five" and "Outnumbered," is the latest female staffer at the popular cable-news outlet to levy sexual-harassment charges at the 21st Century Fox-owned property.

NBC Moves To Trump CBS’ Ad Prices for ‘Thursday Night Football’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com — NBC thinks it deserves a holiday bonus for running " Thursday Night Football." The Peacock is making the case to advertisers that it should get a premium over what CBS is charging for its own Thursday-night package of NFL games, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Aug 25, 2016

Donald Trump branches out from @FoxNews interviews, will speak tonight to @andersoncooper on @cnn

Aug 25, 2016

NBCU, Willie Geist have entered final-stage talks to renew his contract, which expires at end of 2016  http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/willie-geist-today-morning-joe-nbc-news-1201844492 

Aug 24, 2016

"Beverly Hills Buntz" into "Chicago Story" is genius, but could you also do a limited run of "Bay City Blues"?  https://twitter.com/APKeatonLunchbx/status/768535757971533824 


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