Cablevision Unveils TV Everywhere Arrangement For Turner Programming

It may not sound like much at first, but Cablevision and Time Warner took an important step today to help make TV Everywhere a reality. The companies announced that Cablevision customers now can watch shows from TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and truTV on broadband-enabled devices outside the home — not just inside. The arrangement also provides for live streaming of news from CNN and HLN. Over the next year or so you can expect to hear a lot of announcements like this from pay TV distributors and programmers. Comcast, Dish Network, and Verizon are already a step ahead of Cablevision in offering out-of-home service. But this deal for a package called Turner TV Everywhere is the first time Cablevision has offered such popular entertainment and news programming so broadly to digital devices. Read More »

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MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath Resigns

By | Thursday May 5, 2011 @ 8:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s an end of an era at MTV – after what has been years of speculation, Viacom today announced that veteran Judy McGrath is resigning from her position as Chairman and CEO of its MTV Networks. McGrath, who had been at MTV almost from the beginning, starting as a copywriter at the music channel in 1981, and was named Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks in July 2004 by then-Viacom co-president and co-COO (and McGrath mentor) Tom Freston, to whom she reported. But after the abrupt firing of Freston in 2006, there was rampant speculation that she would leave too. She ultimately made peace with the new top management, but rumors about her leaving persisted. Three years ago, she was rumored to run Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, where Freston works as an adviser. And last year, NBCUniversal’s Lauren Zalaznick explored the possibility of taking McGrath’s position before re-upping with the newly merged Comcast-NBC Universal. There will be no replacement for McGrath as Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman reportedly wanted to have direct oversight of the company’s cable divisions. Following McGrath’s departure, Doug Herzog, President, MTVN Entertainment Group; Van Toffler, President, MTVN Music & Logo Group; and Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon & MTVN Kids & Family Group, who used to report to McGrath, will report directly to Dauman. Below are McGrath’s statement and Dauman’s memo on her exit: Read More »

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Eddie Murphy To Receive Comedy Icon Honor At Comedy Awards

By | Monday March 21, 2011 @ 1:21pm PDT

MTV Networks’ rookie awards show has announced it will give the actor-comedian the inaugural Comedy Icon Award, which goes “to a modern icon, an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the … Read More »

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Casey Patterson Upped To EVP At MTV Nets

By | Tuesday March 1, 2011 @ 8:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Casey Patterson has been promoted to EVP event production, talent development and studio relations for the MTV Networks Entertainment Group. Patterson, who reports to the group’s president Doug Herzog, was formerly SVP of Spike TV and TV Land. In her expanded role, Patterson has developed and will co-executive produce MTV … Read More »

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MTV Nets Launch Comedy Awards Show

By | Monday January 10, 2011 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Viacom’s MTV Networks, led by Comedy Central, is starting a new comedy awards franchise, The Comedy Awards. The first annual Comedy Awards show will be held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, March 26 and will air … Read More »

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Nickelodeon Renews ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ For Ninth Season

By | Monday January 3, 2011 @ 8:16am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Nickelodeon has picked up its flagship animated series SpongeBob SquarePants for a ninth season with a 26-episode order, which will push the veteran series over the 200th episode mark. Season 9 is slated to air in 2012. SpongeBobRead More »

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CMT Head Of Development Bob Kusbit Leaving To Focus On Producing

By | Wednesday December 15, 2010 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED:  CMT’s Bob Kusbit is leaving his post as head of development at the end of this year to return to producing full-time through his company, One Louder Prods.

Kusbit is a MTV Networks veteran who was an executive at … Read More »

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Viacom’s Spike TV, Comedy Central & MTV Pick Up NBC Universal Movie Package

Nellie Andreeva

MTV Networks has acquired the TV rights to a package of 2010 theatrical films from NBC Universal. Spike TV has attained the rights to Robin Hood, WolfmanGreen Zone and MacGruber. Comedy Central has procured the rights to … Read More »

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