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MSG Networks Vanish From TW Cable

By | Sunday January 1, 2012 @ 12:49pm PST

SUNDAY 12:49 PM, 4TH UPDATE: No progress. The war of words continues with Time Warner saying that the cable system had reached an agreement “last year” to pay MSG the 6.5% price hike it requested at the time. TWC says MSG without warning reneged on that agreement and came back with a new demand for a 53% increase and has refused to budge. Read More »

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Awesome, Baby: Dick Vitale Extends ESPN Contract

By | Wednesday January 12, 2011 @ 8:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, who 32 years ago took a gig at then-fledging ESPN as a temp job in-between basketball coaching assignments, has signed a new extension with the sports cable channel that will keep him at ESPN through the 2014-2015 season.

Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever major NCAA basketball game – Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979. He has been at the cable channel ever since, calling more than a thousand games. “Simply put, Dick Vitale is college basketball,” ESPN’s EVP Norby Williamson said. During his tenure, Vitale has introduced such “Vitale-isms” as “Awesome, Baby!,” “Get a TO, Baby!” and “PTP’er.”

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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