Discovery: OWN’s Falling Short Of Its Business Plan, But Oprah Calls The Shots

Discovery CEO David Zaslav was as optimistic as he could be yesterday when he spoke to analysts about his OWN joint venture with Oprah Winfrey. But his company’s annual report filed this morning at the SEC tells a … Read More »

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Meg Lowe Moves From Discovery To Distribution And Strategy Gig At OWN

By | Monday August 15, 2011 @ 1:32pm PDT

Los Angeles, CA – Meg Lowe has been named senior vice president of distribution and strategy for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, it was announced today by Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, presidents of OWN. Lowe has been elevated to the position having most recently served as senior vice president of distribution for Discovery Communications. In her new role, she will lead sales and affiliate marketing and all carriage negotiations for OWN.

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TCA: Oprah Faces Critics And Reporters

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 6:43pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

“It’s like being thrown to the wolves,” Oprah said frettingly while getting seated onstage for a Q&A session about her new OWN cable network.  She didn’t have to worry. Within a few minutes, she had complete control … Read More »

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ANALYSIS: Lessons Of The Fall & What Lies Ahead For The Big 4 Broadcast Networks

Nellie Andreeva

As broadcast network executives were leaving for their holiday destinations last week, most of them were certainly glad to get away, and not only because of  the dreary wet Los Angeles weather. The broadcast networks had little to cheer about this fall, which failed to produce breakout hits of the size of Modern Family or Glee a year ago. This year, the breakout hits were all on cable: The Walking Dead on AMC and Rizzoli & Isles on TNT, which ranked as the top basic cable series of 2010 among adults 18-49 and total viewers, respectively. The biggest new reality hit was also on cable, MTV’s Jersey Shore, which launched at the very end of 2009. Here are some notes on the fall season, evaluation of the performance of the individual networks and a look ahead at midseason.

- The biggest thing on TV this season has been football, which set ratings records for NBC and ESPN. It dwarfed the entertainment competition not only in live viewing but also in Live+7 where scripted series gain a significant chunk of their viewership.

- It’s nearly impossible to launch a new series at 8 PM. Two of the 3 new 8 PM series, NBC’s Undercovers and ABC’s My Generation, are history, while ABC’s No Ordinary Family was on a ratings decline until moving to 9 PM where its numbers stabilized. NBC’s new reality series School Pride barely registered in the Friday 8 PM slot, raising concern over CBS’ plan to launch new drama Chaos in the slot in midseason.

- Big-name producers don’t guarantee success unless the name is Chuck Lorre. While the Lorre-produced new CBS sitcom Mike & Molly is the highest-rated new series this fall in the 18-49 demo, J.J. Abrams’ Undercovers went bust as did the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced ABC legal drama The Whole Truth, while another Bruckheimer series, Chase, is fading. The jury is still out on Dick Wolf’s Law & Order spinoff Law & Order: Los Angeles, which has had so-so ratings so far. Next up are Shonda Rhimes with ABC’s Off the Map and David E. Kelley with NBC’s Harry’s Law.

- Texas proved the unluckiest setting for new series. Of the four freshman series set and filmed in the Lone Star state, My Generation, Lone Star, The Good Guys and Chase, 3 have been already been canceled and one, Chase, is struggling. Read More »

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TV TEASER: Oprah’s OWN

By | Friday December 10, 2010 @ 11:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network today released a new 70-second promo for the January 1 launch of the cable channel. While the first one that has been running in movie theaters was all about Oprah (and balloons), this one features more of the stars from OWN’s inaugural slate of series.

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