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TCA: TV Academy May Look At Primetime Emmy Categories Because Industry Has Evolved, CEO Bruce Rosenblum Says

TCA: TV Academy May Look At Primetime Emmy Categories Because Industry Has Evolved, CEO Bruce Rosenblum SaysThe TV Academy probably should take another look at the categories for its Primetime Emmy Awards, academy chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum told TV critics this morning at the TCAs summer press tour after TV critics began to flog him and the academy for not doing a better job “policing” which categories series and actors are competing.

Image (2) SHAMELESS-EMMY-BUS-AD__140521190126-575x119.jpg for post 734049TV critics nicked him for a number of this year’s nominees — one TV critic, for instance, noted,  “it’s nice Treme got nominated, but it’s in the miniseries category and it’s been on the air about five years.” Another expressed disbelief the academy would let Shameless submit itself for consideration as a comedy series for a season that included a storyline “in which a baby overdoses on cocaine.”  And harsh words were said about  “certain” actors who’d  submitted themselves as guest stars “even though they have regular series contracts.” Plenty more where that came from.

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EMMYS: Online Voting Raises Turnout, Possibly Altering Race – And What Do Matthew McConaughey And George C. Scott Have In Common?

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 8:22am PDT
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EMMYS: Online Voting Raises Turnout, Possibly Altering Race – And What Do Matthew McConaughey And George C. Scott Have In Common?History has a chance to repeat itself at the Emmy Awards on August 25th if Matthew McConaughey wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He would become the first – and only other male — to pull off an Oscar win and Emmy win in the same year since George C. Scott did it 43 years ago in 1971. Scott, who famously didn’t attend either ceremony, won the Best Actor Oscar for Patton on April 15th of that year and then less than a month later on May 9th pulled off the Emmy for Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the “The Price” episode of ITV Saturday Night Theatre. Of course, McConaughey won the Oscar in March for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers Club. Both also won Golden Globes in their respective years too.

66th Primetime Emmy Awards NominationsAs everyone knows, Scott actually refused the Oscar and called the ceremony a “meat parade.” Goldie Hawn announced him as the winner by saying “Oh my God, it’s George C. Scott!” As I recall, when presenter Suzanne Pleshette opened the Emmy envelope that year she parodied that moment by saying, “Oh my God, it’s George C. Scott!” It should be noted that, unlike his unwanted Academy Award,  Scott never turned down the Emmy. He just didn’t show up for it and it was accepted instead on his behalf by Jack Cassidy.

This promises to be one of the most exciting categories at the Emmys this year, with the list of nominees announced this morning not producing a ton of surprises but offering a rich group of nominees featuring the TRIED (Downton Abbey, Mad Men, etc)the TRUE (Detective) along with the NEW (Orange Is The New Black, Silicon Valley, etc)The most astounding thing to me was to see Netflix really break through big-time with 31 nominations and within shouting distance of the traditional three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) and ahead of Fox. Read More »

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R.I.P. Television Academy President & COO Lucy Hood

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 5:18pm PDT

Lucy HoodLucy Hood, President and COO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, has died following a battle with cancer. Hood was named to the Academy post after an extensive search last June, just 10 days after longtime COO Alan Perris announced his retirement. She joined the Academy from the University of Southern California, where she had served as Executive Director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management. At the TV Academy, she reported to Chairman Bruce Rosenblum and Foundation chairman Jerry Petry and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Academy and its Foundation, overseeing department heads and staff and acting as liaison to the executive committees and the boards of both organizations. Her oversight also included digital strategy, corporate sponsorships, marketing, financial planning and many other facets of the organization.

Related: TV Academy Names Lucy Hood President & COO

Hood’s illness was kept very quiet, and some Academy members are shocked by the news. Rosenblum released the following statement today on her passing: “It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of our dynamic and passionate President and Chief Operating Officer, Lucy Hood, after a courageous battle with cancer. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband, Rob, and her two children, Rachel and Benjamin. Lucy was an innovator and thought leader, always focused on how to best serve an industry she loved. In the all-too short time Lucy led the Television Academy, her extraordinary impact and contributions were deeply felt throughout the organization. Lucy will be greatly missed.”
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Television Academy Getting $40 Million Makeover

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 10:33am PDT

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Tonight at the the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, chairman Bruce Rosenblum will detail plans of a major makeover for the organization, including an expansion of its North Hollywood headquarters, a $40 million fundraising drive, a spiffing up of its Emmy statuette logo – the org is even changing its name to the more straightforward “Television Academy.”

Emmyslogo_newThe Academy says it will break ground on a dramatic expansion of its NoHo Arts District campus the day after this year’s Emmycast on August 25. This state-of-the-art facility will enable the Academy to host “even more events with television’s game-changers,” Rosenblum said in this morning’s announcement (see his letter to members bel0w). In addition to the construction, the fundraising will be put to use boosting educational work and scholarship program.

Beyond simplifying its name, the TV Academy also retained brand-strategy firm Siegel+Gale to revise its logo. The Emmy trophy itself will not change, but its graphic depiction will. The new look is “a symbolic representation of where we’re headed,” Rosenblum told Deadline. ”If you look at the new image –  it’s cleaner, a bit tighter and more contemporary. It was in alignment with an evaluation of our name. We looked at the name Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and it was a bit dated, a bit old fashioned.” The Academy even mulled dropping “television” from its name. “After a lot of thought and discussion what became clear to all of us that while the word ‘television’ means something different than it did 70 years ago when our academy was founded, the word continues to haves significant resonance and importance among people who enjoy what television is – it’s a reference to the content itself,” Rosenblum said. “When you talk about ‘watching television’ you’re talking about watching Breaking Bad or Walking Dead or The Big Bang Theory – you’re not talking about the box you used to watch in your living room.”

Here’s Rosenblum’s letter to members today: Read More »

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EMMYS: TV Academy To Transition To Online Voting

The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences are taking the plunge into online voting, setting up a two-year plan in which members can vote on digitally beginning with the upcoming 66th Primetime Emmy Awards season. The decision comes a year after the Oscars’ voting body the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began offering online voting — to mixed results.

The Emmy plan calls for a two-year rollout of online voting for the Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2014, online voting will be employed only for the first round of Emmy voting to determine the nominees across all categories. In 2015, online voting will be extended to all rounds of of the voting process, determining nominees and winners in all categories. The TV Academy has contracted with San Diego-based Everyone Counts — also the company contracted by the Oscars — to oversee the transition. We’re hearing that as part of the run-up to the decision that the TV Academy and Movie Academy met to discuss the online process, and the Oscar org cooperated fully. Read More »

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TV Academy Leadership To Stay Put As Chair Bruce Rosenblum & Fellow Board Of Governors Officers Run Unopposed

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last Thursday was the deadline for candidates seeking Television Academy‘s Board of Governors Officers positions for the 2014 – 2015 term to file paperwork. The results are in, and the list of officers will remain virtually unchanged, with the Secretary position the only one contested as current Secretary Marcelino Ford has termed out. All other incumbents, led by chairman Bruce Rosenblum, are getting another term as they are running unopposed. The repeat indicates that the board is happy with the TV Academy’s direction under Rosenblum and the cultural change he has installed. As for Rosenblum, as we reported, his motivation to run again was prompted by a desire to finish initiatives he had put in motion. Remaining on his To Do list for the second term are a rebranding of the TV Academy,embracing all forms of content from iconic creative talent to broadband/digital distributors and looking for ways to further engage the membership through increased live as well as digital/live stream events. 

Related: Bruce Rosenblum To Run For Re-Election As TV Academy Chairman; Will Anyone Oppose Him?

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Bruce Rosenblum To Run For Re-Election As TV Academy Chairman; Will Anyone Oppose Him?

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 3:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Two years ago, Bruce Rosenblum rocked the establishment at the TV Academy with his surprising decision to run for chairman. He won over veteran TV Academy officer Nancy Bradley Wiard to become the first Hollywood heavyweight to lead the organization in almost two decades. Back then, Rosenblum was president of Warner Bros Television Group and in the running to take over Warner Bros Entertainment. Things are different this time around, with Rosenblum out of Warner Bros and leading the TV and digital divisions of Legendary Entertainment. The major career change raised the question whether Rosenblum, whose TV Academy stint was considered by some as a move in support of his candidacy for the top Warner Bros Entertainment job, would go again. Well, it looks like it was more that a strategic move. I’ve learned that Rosenblum will be running for a second term. Nobody would comment as no information about candidates for the various TV Academy elected-officer positions will be disclosed until after the deadline for submitting paperwork October 31. Read More »

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Thomas Lesinski Named President Of Content & Distribution At Legendary Digital Media

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 4:13pm PDT

Legendary Television and Digital Media boss Bruce Rosenblum has made a key executive hire, tapping former Paramount digital chief Thomas Lesinski as President, Digital Content and Distribution, Legendary Digital Media. Lesinski will oversee digital content development, production and distribution, and contribute to designing, evaluating and implementing Legendary’s digital strategy. He reports to Rosenblum, who joined Legendary Entertainment to run the newly created division in June — one month after his exit as President of the Warner Bros Television Group. “Tom has a strong track-record of building innovative and entrepreneurial digital business models and brings significant experience in both traditional and new media. I look forward to his contributions as we build out Legendary’s digital strategy and platform,” Rosenblum said in announcing the hire this afternoon. Read More »

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Richard Frankie Joins Legendary TV As EVP Business Management

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 2:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Rosenblum continues to build up his senior management team at Legendary Television. Rosenblum has brought in Gaumont International Television COO Richard Frankie as EVP Business Management. Additionally, former president of McG‘s Wonderland Sounds And Vision, Peter Johnson, has closed a deal to join the company as EVP Scripted Series Development. Former Warner Bros TV Group president Rosenblum, who was named President of Legendary Television and Digital Media in June, has been taking his time with the executive search, looking for the right fit. That includes bringing in a top-level creative executive, which is still in the works. Veteran TV business executive Frankie will be in charge of business affairs and help with the overall operation of Legendary TV, something he recently did for another start-up independent TV production studio, GIT. Frankie joined GIT at its launch in 2011, helping CEO Katie O’Connell build up the company, which has two series heading into second season, Hannibal and Hemlock Grove, and a pilot at USA. GIT is expected to name a replacement soon. Before joining GIT, Frankie was EVP Business Operations at Sony Pictures TV.

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Bruce Rosenblum Joins Legendary As President Of Television & Digital Media

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 7:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A month after his exit as President of the Warner Bros Television Group, Bruce Rosenblum has joined Legendary Entertainment as President of newly launched Legendary Television and Digital Media. In his role, Rosenblum will help set up a business model for Legendary’s expansion into television and digital as it plans to produce programming across linear and non-linear “on-demand” platforms globally and pursue global digital distribution of its content for broadband, mobile and emerging technologies. The division will function autonomously, without the backing of a studio as Legendary, a well-capitalized company valued at $3 billion, mulls its next move as its partnership with Warner Bros on the feature side is up at the end of the year.

This represents a much bigger and more ambitious foray into television than Legendary’s first entry into the space in 2011, when the company launched a TV division in conjunction with a development/production deal at Warner Bros Television, the TV studio which was under Rosenblum’s purview. A year and a half later, Legendary opted to proactively end the deal and dissolve the TV division headed by Jeremy Elice, with sources citing Legendary management’s reservations towards the traditional TV development model, which they felt was not for the company, which tends to produce content in non-traditional ways. At the time, Legendary did not shut the door completely and … Read More »

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Bruce Rosenblum Bids Classy Goodbye

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This was sent to Warner Bros Television Group employees today:

Dear Warner Bros. Television Group Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that, following several months of uncertainty, my 26-year run at Warner Bros. has come to an end.

I have had the pleasure of working alongside the most talented, creative and innovative people in our business … from our executives and staff to the amazing group of creative talent both in front of and behind the cameras. Each of your contributions helped Warner Bros. set the standard for excellence in the television industry. The magnitude of what you have accomplished has been and continues to be a truly meaningful contribution to Warner Bros.’ overall success and a matter of great pride to myself.

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TOLDJA! Warner Bros Confirms Bruce Rosenblum Exit

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT

Deadline’s Nikki Finke broke the story over the weekend that Bruce Rosenblum was leaving his post as head of Warner Bros Television. Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed Saturday night and made it official today with a release and a memo to staff from he and Warners chairman Barry Meyer. The restructuring (see below) at the TV division, as expected, includes expanded duties for Peter Roth who is now president and COO. Here’s the memo that went around:

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to let you know that our valued colleague Bruce Rosenblum, President of the Warner Bros. Television Group, has decided to leave the Studio.

In his 25 years at Warner Bros., as all of you know, Bruce helped build one of the world’s most successful global television production and distribution operations. With his great energy, skill, creativity and vision, Bruce – and the strong team he has built around him – was responsible for some of the most popular and successful television series of all time, including “Friends,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Two Broke Girls,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Bachelor.”

Bruce has been a vital member of the Warner Bros. family and a good friend to so many of us, and he will be missed.

Please join us in congratulating Bruce for his remarkable tenure at the Studio and wishing him great success as he embarks on the next chapter of his career and life.

Sincerely,

Barry Meyer
Kevin Tsujihara

Here are the details of the restructuring from today’s release: Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros TV Shake-Up – Top Exec Bruce Rosenblum Settled Out And Peter Roth Signed To Big Long-Term Deal; All The Behind-The-Scenes Drama & Detail

UPDATE SUNDAY 2 PM: Warner Bros Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara is finally confirming internally my news that Warner Bros Television Group Bruce Rosenblum is exiting. This, after Tsujihara for months and even in recent weeks has told almost everyone there that Rosenblum was staying.

BREAKING … SATURDAY 10 PM… EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood always fires people in success, or so the saying goes. I’ve learned that Warner Bros TV Bruce Rosenblum Outthe announcement by Warner Bros Entertainment CEO (and soon-to-be-chairman) Kevin Tsujihara is planned for 7 to 14 days after next week’s TV upfront presentations. Despite Tsujihara’s claims for months that he hadn’t made up his mind what to do about the brilliant but sharp-elbowed Bruce Rosenblum, I can tell you Tsujihara declared from Day Bruce Rosenblum Warner Bros TVOne of his new job that “Bruce is an unnecessary layer of management”. This, even though Rosenblum’s Warner Bros Television Group consistently contributes half of Warner Bros Entertainment’s profits year after year. I’m told that Rosenblum won’t be replaced as President of the Warner Bros Television Group now that he’s quietly settled out his contract which expires in August. (Tsujihara never made a move to negotiate a new one for him.) Some already expect Rosenblum not to turn up at next week’s upfronts. Instead Bruce is sitting on a fat severance package in recognition of his more than two outstanding decades at Warner Bros and for keeping his mouth shut during the humiliation of losing the WB CEO job and then getting kicked to the curb on top of that. Many in Hollywood thought Tsujihara might keep Rosenblum in place rather than bust up what is so obviously a winning formula atop the TV group. Instead Tsujihara proved that, just like his Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes, he is more obsessed by politics and personality than profit. (“It would have been pretty awkward, quite frankly,” Tsujihara told the TV community about keeping Rosenblum on.)

Warner Bros Television President Peter Roth has just been signed to a new long-term deal and will report to Tsujihara for the first time. Roth reps the increasing power of content and the executives directly responsible for its creation. ”As I look at the key people that exist, Peter comes at the top of the list. He’s at the top of the game right now creatively,” Tsujihara enthused privately on Day One of his new job. But Rosenblum’s roles will be assumed by a new WBTV leadership mix including Warner Bros TV Group EVP Craig Hunegs, Warner Bros International Distribution President Jeffrey Schlesinger, and Warner Bros Television EVP Brett Paul. (“Peter is the big teddy bear but Brent was sent in to beat you up,” notes one exec.) These guys are some of what Bewkes was referring to back on January 28th when he talked about the “very strong benches of people beneath”. All will become the TV group’s new sharp-elbowed negotiators who won’t rub people the wrong way like Rosenblum did.

It’s been a professional and emotional roller-coaster for Rosenblum ever since he expected the top job and didn’t get it. Read More »

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TV Academy Reverses Consolidation Of TV Movie & Miniseries Acting Categories

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 10:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This year’s 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were supposed to introduce a smaller longform field after the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences last year voted to consolidate the Best Lead and Supporting actor and actress categories for miniseries and TV movies, reducing the total number of longform acting categories from four to two starting with the 2013 Emmys. But tonight, the TV Academy Board voted to reverse the consolidation, reinstating the longform lead and supporting categories in this year’s competition. The TV Academy cited “the unanticipated resurgence of television miniseries and movies” for its decision to keep the existing number of longform categories. The backtracking is surprising since reducing the those categories was the first major Emmy rule change under TV Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum.

The consolidation decision had been driven mainly by the dwindling pool of longform programming on TV, especially miniseries, which led to the merging of the best TV movie and miniseries categories in 2011 following two consecutive years of only two best miniseries nominees. But miniseries/limited series have enjoyed a resurgence in the past couple of years, ranking as the most watched cable entertainment telecasts of 2012 (History’s Hatfields & McCoys) and ever  (2013 (History’s The Bible). The field also was joined by such hits as Downton Abbey, which started off in the longform category before moving to drama series, and FX’s anthology American Horror Story. And with Fox and FX making a major push in limited-event series, there will be even more contenders joining traditional longorm Emmy frontrunner HBO, which just saw its original movie Behind The Candelabra selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. While the consolidation of the longform acting categories is being nixed, the best longform category (movie/miniseries) remains combined. Read More »

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UPDATED SHOCKER! Kevin Tsujihara To Become Warner Bros CEO; Bruce Rosenblum And Jeff Robinov Didn’t Find Out Until Late Last Week; “I’m Disappointed; Who Wouldn’t Be?” Rosenblum States; “Excellent Choice,” Robinov Says

2ND UPDATE (includes Robinov statement): Hollywood is stunned. Time Warner Chairman/CEO Jeff Bewkes just destabilized Warner Bros in a big way with today’s shockingly Kevin Tsujihara Warner Bros CEOunexpected announcement that Kevin Tsujihara will take over Warner Bros on March 1st. I actually heard this two weeks ago from a source – and I didn’t believe it. That’s not a knock on Tsujihara’s ability. But no way Bewkes could ignore the fact that Bruce Rosenblum‘s Warner Bros Television Group accounts for 50% of overall Warner Bros revenues.* But Bewkes did. “Obviously, I’m disappointed; who wouldn’t be?” said Rosenblum, the TV president who was actively campaigning for the post, in a surprisingly candid statement. ”Warner Bros is a unique and special place and I know it will be in good hands with Kevin at the helm. I continue to be proud of our accomplishments and I have the most respect and admiration for our amazing team at the studio – a team that is thriving in an ever-transforming business.” Warner Bros Film Group topper Jeff Robinov at first remained silent and his office told Deadline it was “highly unlikely” he would have a statement. Now, one has been released – and it’s studiedly upbeat: “I am truly happy and proud of Kevin. We are both good friends and colleagues and I think he’s an excellent choice for the job. The Company will be in great shape under his leadership,” said Robinov. In fact, insiders tell me that Bewkes further humiliated Rosenblum and Robinov by not telling them about the choice of Tsujihara. I understand the duo had to hear about it at the last minute late last week from outgoing Barry Meyer.

[*Time Warner doesn't break out Warner Bros in its financial statements so that statistic may include Turner which doesn't report to Bruce. Warner Bros results are included in the 'Film And TV Entertainment' unit. It accounted for 40% of Time Warner revenues in the first 9 months of last year - $8.3B out of $20.6B - but just 17% of operating profit - $676M out of $3.9B. While Time Warner doesn't break out numbers for Warner Bros Television, it has revenues for "Theatrical Product" and "Television Product." Theatrical product accounted for $4B in the first 9 months ($1.4B from film rentals, $1.3B from home video and electronic delivery, $1.1B from TV licensing, and $127M from consumer products and other). Television product came to $3.4B ($2.6B from TV licensing, $617M from home video and electronic delivery, and $208M from consumer products and other).]

Here’s what Bewkes and Meyer said about their decision in a joint statement: “Given the talent, depth and strength of the Warner Bros’ leadership, selecting our next CEO was not a decision that could be made hastily or lightly. But we both agreed that Kevin is the right person to lead Warner Bros. and to build on its proud heritage as the world’s most storied content producer… In 2005, Kevin was appointed to head the then newly formed Home Entertainment Group, which he has skillfully led through a difficult transition and which remains number one in the industry by every measure. Just as importantly, he is a leading voice in creating and deploying new digital models to ensure that we remain market leaders. We’ve both been very impressed with Kevin’s strategic understanding and intuitive grasp of the evolution of the consumer’s interaction with our television shows, films and video games, and his ability to visualize how our products will be enjoyed in the future.” Warner Bros Home Entertainment’s division covers home video as well as the company’s wide ranging videogame properties and investments, digital distribution, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations

Few thought Robinov was seriously in the running for the top job since he’d only taken over as film studio president in Spring 2011 from outgoing Alan Horn (now heading up Walt Disney Studios after Bewkes unceremoniously kicked him to the curb). But conventional wisdom was that Rosenblum, who took over the TV group in 2005 the same year that Tsujihara took over Home Entertainment, had a near lock on the job – especially if Bewkes decided not to go outside. And an appointment of Rosenblum would have continued Meyer’s TV leadership at Warner Bros and therefore not been questioned. Sounds to me like Meyer betrayed Rosenblum. Of course, Rosenblum still has an alternative power platform as Chairman of the Board of the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences since November 2011. Robinov, meanwhile, has kept and is keeping his head down, immersed in developing powerhouse franchises like The Hobbit and perhaps Man Of Steel to replace Harry Potter and the most recent Batman trilogy.

Undoubtedly, Tsujihara’s new appointment will spark debate inside and outside Hollywood over whether Home Entertainment is most important to the future of Big Media. And whether content or platform/delivery should dominate. Of course, Bewkes could have (and in my opinion, should have) done nothing for several more years, and simply allowed his Warner Bros troika to coexist as equals. Now Bewkes, especially given the harshly crude way he handled this announcement, is risking the loss of two superlative executives. Keep tuned. Read More »

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EMMYS: Bruce Rosenblum On His Plans For TV Academy

By | Sunday August 19, 2012 @ 2:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Warner Bros Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum is in the midst of his first Emmy campaign as chairman of the TV Academy, a post he took over in January that makes him the first top Hollywood player in two decades to lead the organization. His first major TV appearance as TV Academy chief was at the Emmy nominations announcement last month where he shared the stage with pajama-clad Primetime Emmy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel’s stint was a departure from tradition (forced by an unexpected travel complications for Nick Offerman), just like Rosenblum is looking to change things up at the TV Academy.

AwardsLine: What are the major changes you have made since becoming chairman?

Bruce Rosenblum: We are in the early stages of reinventing the Academy. We were successful in attracting high-level executives to the executive committee, we have some new governors, and the old faces at the Academy have worked extremely well with the new faces. We thought about adding voices from places like Hulu (CEO Jason Kilar) and producers who have experience with different ways of storytelling (Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun). On the other hand, you have one of the premiere writers in Ryan Murphy, and both (Sony TV’s) Steve Mosko and (20th TV’s) Dana Walden have been critical in adding a voice to ways we can implement things at the Academy.

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Jimmy Kimmel Steps Up For Emmy Noms

Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, is stepping in for Nick Offerman at tomorrow morning’s nominations announcement with Kerry Washington and TV Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum. Offerman was unable to make it because of weather-related travel delays on the East Coast.

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Warner Bros TV’s Bruce Rosenblum Boasts

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 5:46pm PDT

Time Warner doesn’t detail its Warner Bros Television financials — never has, probably never will. So it’s always interesting when any exec there gives some facts and figures while boasting. With a series of slides illustrating his 30-minute speech, Warner Bros TV chief Bruce Rosenblum today told Barclay’s Global Technology, Media and Communication Conference in NYC that the TV group is responsible for over half of the overall operating income at Warner Bros. One slide noted that television, including Turner and HBO, brought in $4.4 billion of Time Warner’s 2011 adjusted operating income of $5.9 billion. Rosenblum also noted that “from a profitability standpoint the most lucrative part of our business is success with broadcast network series.” Rosenblum added, “For the past season that just ended, we covered 73% of our production costs from the license fees paid to us by the domestic networks. Our international revenue was another 50% of the total production cost.” He noted that this came before any “lucrative syndication, home entertainment or SVOD revenues on successful series”.

Rosenblum said about the recent upfronts, “Our television group is once again the leading supplier to the broadcast networks. We sold at least one new show to each of the 5 broadcast networks, we have at 2 shows on each network, and we are the only studio that can say either of those things.” WBTV has 9 new series ordered for … Read More »

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Ryan Murphy Joins TV Academy’s Executive Committee, Hall Of Fame Committee Set

By | Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 9:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Murphy TV AcademyNew Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum has named writer-producer Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) as his sixth and final Executive Committee appointee, completing a group of industry heavy-hitters from different areas of TV. Murphy, who will serve a one-year term, joins previously appointed Gail Berman, Jason Kilar, Steven Lafferty, Steve Mosko and Dana Walden. Additionally, Rosenblum’s Warner Bros cohort, WBTV president Peter Roth, has been tapped to chair the Hall of Fame Committee for 2012 after serving on the committee last year. He has appointed to the committee Hall of Fame inductees Marcy Carsey and Fred Silverman as well as Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCU Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios; Rick Rosen, Head of Television at WME; and Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.

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