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CNBC And FOX NOW Added To Apple TV Lineup

By | Tuesday July 29, 2014 @ 9:43am PDT

CNBC And FOX NOW Added To Apple TV LineupYou need a pay TV subscription to see the CNBC and FOX NOW programming  – and not all providers have deals to offer the business news and entertainment services online to their customers. Still, these are big additions to Apple’s streaming platform, which the tech giant is eager to promote after initially characterizing it as a mere hobby.

Apple TV becomes the first TV-connected streaming platform to offer a “full-featured CNBC TV Everywhere experience,” says NBCUniversal TV Everywhere GM Alison Moore. Users can watch the channel live, and see shows or clips on demand.  CNBC President Mark Hoffman says that makes it possible for viewers “to be in control of their experience.” Pay TV providers authenticating the service include AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DirecTV, Dish Network, RCN, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and Wide Open West.

Those accessing FOX NOW will be able to see full episodes of shows including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sleepy Hollow, The Simpsons, Family Guy, New Girl and Glee beginning the day after they first air. FOX NOW will offer bonus interviews and clips from its music shows including So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol. The Apple-based service can tap user preferences to recommend programming. Its Post-Play feature can facilitate binge viewing by automatically showing the next episode in a series. FOX Now is also available on iPhones and iPads as well as Android devices, Xbox, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and Windows 8. All of the major pay TV providers, except DirecTV, authenticate FOX NOW on Apple TV.

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UPDATE: CNBC Orders More ‘The Profit’, Beefs Up Reality Slate; ‘Restaurant Kickstart’ Looks “Under The Hood”

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 11:40am PDT

cnbclogoUPDATE, 11:40 AM: One of CNBC‘s new series Restaurant Kickstart adds to the business network’s roster of reality-competition fare. Debuting in July, it follows wannabe restaurateurs launching pop-up establishments with $7,500 in seed money, on Melrose Avenue. Start-ups, chef and co-star Tim Love said today at the network’s NBC Press Day panel, are getting to be “more and more focused,” he said, citing The Meatball Shops that have opened up around New York, and one of this show’s would-be restaurateurs who wanted to serve all her meals in waffle cones — “she thinks that’s the next big thing,” he said. In this new program, competitors must create and open a pop-up restaurant almost overnight. Love and show host Joe Bastianich then decide, based on the results, whether to invest more heavily in the entrepreneur. Unlike the pantheon of food competition series on TV these days, “it’s not a restaurant show — it’s an investment show,” Love insisted. “It really looks under the hood,” chimed in exec producer Eden Gaha.

PREVIOUS, 8:51 AM: Coming off its best quarter among adults 25-54 in more than a decade, CNBC today announced an extended order of episodes for Season 2 of The Profit. The series, which airs Tuesdays at 10 PM, follows serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis who saves struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process. Last Tuesday’s episode of The Profit was the most-watched original series telecast ever for the network among P25-54 and total viewers. And among P25-54, season two is up +115% from last year’s first season. CNBC added eight additional episodes to season two for a total of 16 one-hour episodes. The additional episodes, which have yet to be shot, will air in October. The Profit is produced by Machete Productions with Amber Mazzola as executive producer. The network also greenlit two new primetime summer series, Restaurant Kickstart with restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and celebrity chef, Tim Love set for July; and Filthy Rich Guide to debut in August. In addition, CNBC unveiled three series in development: Restaurant Confidential: New York (working title), Hard Money (working title) and More Money More Problems (working title). The announcements were made today by Jim Ackerman, SVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC. Here are descriptions of the new greenlit series and projects in development: Read More »

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CNBC To End ‘The Kudlow Report’

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 1:00pm PST

Larry Kudlow‘s 7 PM ET CNBC program, The Kudlow Report will end its run at the end of this month, with Kudlow staying on as a senior contributor to the business network’s business-day programs. No word yet as to a replacement program. Kudlow, who  has been a part of CNBC for its 25-year larry-kudlow-perfectly-explains-why-conservatives-should-support-the-budget-dealhistory, had headlined The Kudlow Report since January of ’09,  after hosting Kudlow & Company from ’05 to 0’8., and partnering with Jim Cramer in Kudlow & Cramer before that. “In my career, I have encountered few television hosts with Larry’s range,” CNBC president Mark Hoffman said in a memo to staff, a copy of which was obtained by TVNewser. “As an interviewer, he is unfailingly polite and energetic, skillfully grilling guests but always ending a segment graciously. Larry has always brought great enthusiasm to every program and appearance.”

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‘Shark Tank’ Marathon Snags CNBC’s Biggest Numbers In Six Years

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 12:52pm PST

CNBC announced today its New Year’s Day marathon of off-net Shark Tank repeats drew its shark tanklargest average audience in the news demo in six years — something you’d think CNBC would scarcely admit unless it knew it could be provided against it. And yet, there CNBC was, boasting its New Year’s Day marathon had drawn more than 4.2 million unique viewers, averaging more than 540,000 total viewers and 240,000 adults 25-54 from 8PM-2AM ET. During its peak hours, CNBC said with pride, it averaged nearly 700,000 total viewers and 300,000 adults 25-54, ranking No. 1 during the 10 PM hour among all cable news networks in 18-49, 25-54 and 35-64 demos. The 10 PM telecast was CNBC’s most-watched program in three years, while the 9 PM telecast was CNBC’s highest-rated among adults 25-54 in three years, the network bragged. Read More »

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Maria Bartiromo, Wall Street’s Money Honey, Leaving CNBC For Fox Business Network

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 2:45pm PST

Maria Bartiromo, whose contract with CNBC expires this month, is jumping to Fox Business Network.

“After twenty great years of having a front row seat to some of the most important economic stories in the world, it’s hard to sum up the gratitude and appreciation I have for the team that helped make it happen,” Bartiromo said in a statement confirming her exit from CNBC. “I am incredibly proud of what we have been able to accomplish.  I want to thank all the people at CNBC who have been with me on this journey, and of course the viewers and investors everywhere for making me love every minute of it.”

In May, word got out she’d signed with Creative Artists Agency and had begun exploring her options in earnest, as her latest five-year deal with CNBC wound to a close; in July, the New York Post reported the anchor, who has embraced the Money Honey nickname, was looking at Fox Business Network and CNN. At Fox Business Network, she’s expected to anchor a daily market-hours program; she’s also going to have some role at Fox News Channel, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. CNBC, in confirming this afternoon that Bartiromo was ending her two decade tenure there, noted her contract expires on November 24.

The move, first reported this afternoon by Matt Drudge, reunites Bartiromo with Roger Ailes, who was running CNBC when she joined; she’s been … Read More »

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Liberty Media Unveils Deals With Sirius XM and Comcast Ahead Of Investor Meeting

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 5:02am PDT

UPDATED: John Malone’s company will give Wall Street a lot to talk about today. Shares in Liberty-controlled Sirius XM are already up about 2% in pre-market trading after it said that it will add $2B to its share repurchase program, which will include a buy-back of $500M worth of Liberty’s stake. That will leave the media holding company with 52% of the satellite radio service. In addition to that deal, Liberty says it recently completed a transaction to recover 6.3M of its shares that Comcast held. In return for its stock, the cable giant picked up Leisure Arts Inc, $417M in cash, and Liberty’s rights to a revenue-sharing deal with CNBC. Liberty also says that it will sell $500M in debt to help it pay off what it calls “privately negotiated cash convertible note hedge and warrant transactions.” It warns that the process of unwinding those deals “could have the effect of decreasing the trading price” of Liberty’s stock. In addition to all that, Liberty Interactive — a separate company that Malone controls — said that it will create a tracking stock for QVC (along with its 38% interest in HSN), and spin off its 57% voting stake in TripAdvisor. The new company will be called — what else? — Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings. The transactions are complicated and expected to be tax-free — characteristics of most Malone deals. Investors will hear more about … Read More »

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CNBC Snags Obama Interview On Second Day Of Government Shutdown

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT

CNBC’s Washington correspondent John Harwood has scored a sit-down today with President Obama to discuss the government shutdown. The NBCU cable net has scheduled the interview for today at 4 PM on Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo. Congress pushed the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday over the GOP’s dispute with Obama’s health care law. The shutdown forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspended many nonessential federal programs and services, including the Environmental Protection Agency, national parks, etc. Continuing to work are staffers classified as essential government employees, including air traffic controllers, border patrol agents, etc. — and the government will continue to pay Social Security benefits and Medicare and Medicaid fees to doctors. Here’s Harwood on CNBC when the shutdown officially began:

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‘Shark Tank’ Swims Over To CNBC

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 11:42am PDT

CNBC has licensed off-network cable rights to ABC’s primetime series Shark Tank. CNBC will begin telecasting the reality series repeats in January of ’14 with an expanded schedule in fall of ’14. Also under the deal, CNBC will add a selection of Shark Tank episodes to its TV Everywhere campaign, including on demand via TV, online and mobile to authenticated subscribers. “The ‘Sharks’ are self-made mega successes and the contestants seek their money and counsel as they plot their own paths to the American dream,” Mark Hoffman, President and CEO of CNBC, said in today’s announcement. “That practical knowledge and aspirational theme is pitch perfect for CNBC at night.” Now in its fifth season on ABC, the series dominates its Friday competition in all key demos and is consistently No. 1-ranked in its time period in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. On its fifth season premiere, this past September 20, Shark Tank opened as the night’s No. 1 show, with the series’ most-watched season premiere ever, and was up double-digits in all key demos.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Amelia Pulsford Joins Sharp UK; CNBC’s ‘The Edge’ Looks For Tech’s Next Big Thing; More

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 10:00pm PDT

Amelia Pulsford Tapped As Director Of Content at Sharp UK
Amelia Pulsford has been named director of content for the newly formed London branch of Core Media‘s Sharp Entertainment. Reality producer Sharp, whose credits include Man V. Food, Extreme Couponing, Bad Ink and Doomsday Preppers, is launching Sharp UK to expand into the competitive European space. Pulsford previously worked for Sharp Entertainment in the U.S. as a producer on Fortune Diggers and Punkin Chunkin, among others. She has also been a producer on Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell and Car Vs. Wild for Discovery International. She will work closely with American Idol parent CORE Media’s UK-based international team.

CNBC’s ‘The Edge’ Focuses On Long-Term Tech Investments
CNBC is launching a new half-hour series looking at long-term investment opportunities created by today’s technological innovations. The Edge will be fronted by network reporters including Ross Westgate, Martin Song, Karen Tso and Carolin Roth, who will travel to various locales to find “the next big thing”. The monthly show debuts September 25 across CNBC in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the U.S. It will be produced and edited from CNBC’s London regional HQ and be complemented by special reports on Read More »

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Ashton Kutcher: George Clooney And Dan Loeb Are Naive About Hollywood: Video

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 3:46pm PDT

The actor spoke to CNBC as part of the run-up to the opening of Jobs, where he plays late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Ashton Kutcher discussed his philosophy as an investor, with $100M in tech start-ups. But the interesting part comes about 4:20 in, where he says that neither hedge fund manager Dan Loeb, who has vigorously criticized Sony Entertainment, nor actor George Clooney, who called Loeb a “carpetbagger,” understand how the business works. “Some of these companies are extremely bloated and spend money on relationships,” Kutcher says.

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CNBC Suffers PR Blow After Ordering YouTube To Take Down Embarrassing Clip

By | Sunday July 21, 2013 @ 6:22am PDT

CNBC looked like a sore loser this week when it told YouTube to take down on “copyright grounds” videos from a Squawk Box interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She was on to defend the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, which would tighten regulations on banks, that she’s co-sponsoring with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others. She forcefully, and gleefully, swatted away challenges from CNBC’s Brian Sullivan, Joe Kernan, and Amanda Drury. A clip went viral — with more than 700,000 views — after it was posted by video aggregator Upworthy as well as on Warren’s YouTube site. “It’s maybe the best example of the sort of matter-anti-matter reaction that happens when someone who actually knows some history and policy makes first contact with a gaggle of ignorant CNBC yakkers,” Talking Point Memo‘s Josh Marshall wrote. Columbia Journalism Review‘s Ryan Chittum called it “a TKO for Warren.” No wonder NBCUniversal’s copyright order smelled fishy. Read More »

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CAA Signs CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 5:39pm PDT

The first woman to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is now with Creative Artists Agency. CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo will be represented by the agency in all areas. Presently the anchor of CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo as well as host and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, the journalist’s latest deal with the business news network is set to expire at the end of this year. Bartiromo has been on-air with CNBC since 1993, after several years as behind the camera at CNN. As well as reporting on the Street, Bartiromo has had a side career playing herself on the big screen. She has appeared in features Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Inside Job and Arbitrage among others. A frequent talk show guest and pundit , news footage of Bartiromo also appeared in a 2003 episode of The Sopranos.

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CNBC’s ‘Crowd Rules’ Sparked By Crowd Funding Phenomenon: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 3:37pm PDT

Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.

The new CNBC competition show Crowd Rules was inspired by crowd funding and a desire to bring that Internet phenomenon to reality television, said the show’s executive producer Michael Davies and CNBC’s VP Alternative Programming Jim Ackerman at today’s NBC Press Day panel. Crowd Rules, which premieres May 14 at 9 PM with eight episodes, pits three small businesses against each other for a $50,000 prize. A studio audience of 100 will vote the winner. Appearing onstage with show panelists Pat Kiernan and Kendra Scott, producer Davies said he was inspired by recent statistics that show the importance of small and family-owned businesses in the American economy. Read More »

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CNBC To Revive ‘Nightly Business Report’ For Public Television

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 1:49pm PST

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ & MIAMI, FL, February 21, 2013– CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, announced today its intention to purchase the rights to Nightly Business Report (NBR), a leading evening business news program, from national investment firm Atalaya Capital Management. CNBC will begin producing the series exclusively for public television from its Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on Monday, March 4.

“We are proud to take the reins of television’s longest running business program,” said Mark Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer and President, CNBC. “Our goal is to utilize our global editorial resources to both preserve and strengthen Nightly Business Report, exposing its highly educated audience across 180 broadcast markets to CNBC’s already diverse multi-media offerings which include cable programming, a full suite of digital products, radio and our international networks and local language affiliates.”

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Mel Karmazin Says He’s Looking For His “Third Retirement”: Video

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 8:30am PST

Now that he has resigned as CEO of Sirius XM, Mel Karmazin says he’d like a new gig — either running an entrepreneurial company with an independent board, or helping New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s efforts to rebuild areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. “I would be the czar…or the pope of the Jersey shore,” Karmazin tells CNBC‘s David Faber. That might make for an interesting reality show. But Karmazin, who had a famous falling out with Sumner Redstone, says “I probably wouldn’t take it to Viacom.” Meanwhile he’s upbeat about the satellite radio company’s prospects, even after cars connect with Internet radio.

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CNBC Greenlights Two More Reality Series As Part Of Primetime Rebrand: TCA

By | Monday January 7, 2013 @ 5:56pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

CNBC announced today that it has greenlighted two new reality series that will be part of its primetime rebrand, CNBC Prime. The series, announced today at TCA by president and CEO Michael Hoffman and SVP Primetime Alternative Programming Jim Ackerman, are the untitled Family Business Project and The Big Fix (working title). Both series will premiere in the spring. Hoffman said CNBC is moving into reality TV to beef up CNBC’s primetime lineup. “Not too long ago, CNBC’s primetime was the land of misfit toys, it really bore no connection to the core brand, which was a daytime brand,” he said. “That has all changed.” Read More »

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CNBC Greenlights 2 Reality Series For Primetime Block, Adds More To Development Slate

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 1:20pm PST

Treasure Detectives and The Car Chasers will premiere March 5 at 9 PM and 10 PM, respectively, when the new programming block CNBC Prime kicks off. They will be the first reality series on CNBC, which recently said it was developing a primetime slate featuring reality programming, existing series including American Greed and Crime Inc, and in-house documentaries. “The conflict between fear and greed and buy and sell plays out on our air everyday so there is great opportunity to extend those themes into primetime,” CNBC president and CEO Mark Hoffman said. “Reality is ever-expanding and with our unique content focused on money, CNBC is well-positioned to influence the genre.”

Treasure Detectives is a one-hour series featuring fakes and forgeries detective Curtis Dowling, whose team will meet collectors and verify the authenticity of collectibles, artwork and antiquities using innovative technology and street smarts. The Car Chasers, from ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment, follows classic car dealers Jeff Allen and Perry Barndt as they travel the country playing the high-stakes game of buying and selling exotic cars — including dealing with Allen’s father Tom Souter, who runs a competing dealership.

The business network also has added four unscripted projects to its development slate. Here are their descriptions: Read More »

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CNBC Unveils Its First Reality Shows

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 2:40pm PDT

CNBC Reality ShowsENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., July 23, 2012— CNBC is expanding its portfolio with the announcement of seven unscripted projects in development including FAKES AND FORGERIES (working title) from Endemol USA, FRANCHISED (working title) from Eyeworks USA and AT YOUR SERVICE (working title) from Zodiak USA. CNBC’s slate includes projects that run the gamut from an antiques detective who works the high-end world of art forgeries using crime lab technology to a life-changing competition that each week gives one person a chance to win his or her own franchise to a concierge service that makes the impossible possible for their extravagant clients. The announcement was made today by Mark Hoffman, CNBC President and CEO, and Jim Ackerman, CNBC’s SVP of Primetime Alternative Programming.

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Viacom Chief Says Paramount’s Doing “Extraordinarily Well”: Video

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 7:39am PDT

The folks at CNBC’s Squawk Box didn’t even try to challenge Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s talking points in his appearance on the show this morning. He acknowledged that the company has “a few ratings issues” — a euphemism for the situation at Nickelodeon where the audience is down 28.5% so far this quarter vs the same period last year and MTV which is -9.4%. He repeated his view that “it’s all about the programming” which he’s overhauling, and problems with Nielsen’s measurements. He also talked up Paramount and says the current pay TV arrangement — where subscribers have to pay for channels that they don’t watch — is a “great economic model.”

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