Coleman Breland Named President Of Turner Network Sales

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 7:17am PST

Coleman Breland has been named president of Turner Network Sales (TNS) it was announced today by David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Breland is based in Atlanta and reports to Levy. Turner Broadcasting logoAdditionally, Richard Warren has been promoted to executive vice president of negotiations & strategy and associate general counsel, and Jennifer Mirgorod has been elevated to executive vice president of brand distribution, both reporting to Breland.

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Turner Broadcasting To Push Product Placements For Starcom Clients

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 10:18am PDT

It’s been a long time since product placements were seen as an embarrassment, a practice that regretfully blurred the line between a program and its ads. Now companies brag about these deals — as Turner Broadcasting and … Read More »

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UPDATED: CableOne And Turner Broadcasting Settle Contract Dispute

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 8:05pm PDT

UPDATED, 8:05 PM: CableOne and Turner Broadcasting have made nice after a dark October for the latter’s channels on The Washington Post’s cable operation. CableOne said in a release that “the process of restoring the Turner channels will begin immediately and may take several days to complete.” Here is Turner’s statement on tonight’s agreement: “Turner Broadcasting has come to an agreement with Cable One for the continued carriage of our leading entertainment, news, kids and young adult networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), CNN en Español and Boomerang. We value the relationships with our viewers and thank them for their understanding. We’re grateful for their continued loyalty and support for Turner’s programming and brands.”

PREVIOUSLY: CableOne reaches 730,000 customers in 19 states, including about 500,000 video subscribers. And beginning this morning they’ve been without Turner channels including CNN, HLN, truTV, TCM and Boomerang. The cable company says it has a right to hang on to TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network but Turner disputes that, saying CableOne can’t distribute the channels under terms of the master agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative. Turner “has demanded an increase of nearly 50% for channels with steadily declining ratings,” CableOne CEO Tom Might says. Read More »

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Turner Inks Long-Term Deal With Verizon FiOS

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 8:15am PDT

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Verizon today announced a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement that will deliver content from Turner’s leading portfolio of networks to FiOS TV customers, across a variety of screens, including television, PC, tablet and handheld devices.

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Former Turner Vice Chairman Andrew Heller Joins Starz Board

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 7:58am PDT

Andrew Heller was former vice chairman of Turner Broadcasting System before retiring this spring after 27-plus years at Time Warner. As president of Turner Networks Sales, he ran the distribution of 10 domestic networks to the cable, … Read More »

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John Martin To Succeed Phil Kent As CEO Of Turner Broadcasting

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 7:49am PDT

John Martin sure looks like Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes’ heir apparent with this move, which will put him in charge of Turner Broadcasting System on January 1. Currently Time Warner’s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, he’ll replace TBS chief Phil Kent who has run the operation Phil Kent Leaving Turnersince 2003 and now will become the unit’s chairman “for a transition period,” according to today’s release. Bewkes says that Kent initiated the change. They decided that “now is the right time to announce the next generation of leadership.” There’s no mention, though, about how the change might affect David Levy, who’s TBS’ president of sales, distribution and sports — and was widely seen as Kent’s likely successor. Bewkes says that Martin “is one of the most capable and strategically minded executives I know” adding that he’s also “a broad and thoughtful business thinker whose inclusive management style and focus on driving the business forward will fit well with the Turner tradition.” The company says that it will name Martin’s successor “in the coming weeks.” Although Martin has extensive experience handling financial matters, this will be the first time he’ll run such a large creative enterprise. TBS also is at the center of Time Warner’s growth plans, especially after the company spins off its Time Inc magazines. The Turner networks — which include TBS, TNT, and CNN — are worth about $54.6B, or 60% of Time Warner’s current value with publishing, Sterne Agee analyst Vasilly Karasyov estimated last month. Read More »

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Turner To Slash International Staff

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 7:05am PST

Time Warner subsidiary Turner Broadcasting is expected to lay off 30% of its staff in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to reports. The news follows a review of the company’s businesses in the regions that was … Read More »

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UPDATE: Major League Baseball Will Double Annual Rights Fees Following New Deals With Turner And Fox

UPDATE, 12:56 PM: The eight-year agreement with Fox Sports Media Group is the second shoe to drop today in Major League Baseball’s renewal deals, following the one we reported earlier with Turner. When you add these agreements with the one that MLB previously struck with ESPN, the league says that it will see a 100% increase in its annual rights fees compared with its current deals. That jibes with earlier leaks about the terms. In the new arrangement, which begins in 2014, Fox will keep the World Series and All-Star Game and share the League Championship Series and Division series with TBS and MLB Network. Fox will be able to broadcast 52 regular season games nationally on Saturdays, up from 26, and Fox can air 12 of them exclusively. The network also agreed to air a weekly 30-minute show created by Major League Baseball Productions. The pacts include TV Everywhere rights. They also end blackouts that prevented subscribers of MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv from watching Saturday out-of-market games. Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig says that “the unprecedented and historic commitment these networks have made to televising Major League Baseball for years to come is truly amazing.”

The big question now is whether the networks will be able to pass some of the new costs off to pay TV distributors — and, by extension, consumers who might have to pay higher monthly bills. The deals with Fox and Turner will cost $6.8B over the eight years, Sports Business Daily reports.  That comes to an average of $525M a year for Fox, and $325M a year for Turner. “The plain truth is that these MLB deals will send monthly pay-TV bills streaking skyward,” says American Cable Association Matthew Polka. “They will make life hard for families whose incomes, hammered by the recession, can’t keep pace with the greed of broadcasters, cable networks and sports leagues. And these MLB deals follow the announcement of equally harmful deals between the National Football League and CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN worth more than $42 billion.”

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Turner Broadcasting Buys Online Sports Site ‘Bleacher Report’

By | Monday August 6, 2012 @ 4:04pm PDT

Time Warner’s cable network unit is said to have paid about $175M for the San Francisco-based digital publication that features user-generated articles for sports fans. The Bleacher Report (also known as B/R) is “a strategic acquisition” that “reflects our … Read More »

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David Eilenberg Named SVP Unscripted Development At TBS And TNT

By | Tuesday July 10, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT

David Eilenberg had been head of development and current programming at Mark Burnett Productions, where he worked on such series as The Voice, The Apprentice and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? At TBS and … Read More »

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Conan O’Brien Jabs Oprah Winfrey And Ted Turner At Turner Broadcasting Upfront

Conan O'Brien Upfront 2012The late-night comic didn’t bring his best material this year. Conan O’Brien told advertisers that if the upfront event were held on Skype, then “we wouldn’t have to wear pants.” He also zinged Turner Broadcasting … Read More »

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Turner Hires Gerhard Zeiler To Run International Unit After He Exits RTL Group

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 12:48pm PST

Turner Broadcasting System has landed one of Europe’s top TV executives, Gerhard Zeiler, and is making him president of its international division. The announcement today comes hours after Zeiler stepped down as CEO of RTL Group, Europe’s largest TV production and broadcast company. As president of Turner Broadcasting System International, he will report to TBS Inc chairman and CEO Phil Kent and lead a 3,800-person division across Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Zeiler will have executive oversight for all entertainment and kids networks and media services offered outside of North America; the distribution and commercial operations of CNN’s international services; all of Turner’s international joint ventures; and all licensing and merchandising. Turner operates more than 130 channels in more than 30 languages in about 200 countries and operates versions of CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses. Read More »

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Turner’s Phil Kent Keynote To Open NATPE

By | Tuesday November 15, 2011 @ 3:56pm PST

Turner Broadcasting System chairman and CEO Phil Kent has been tapped to give the keynote address on the first day of NATPE|Content First, the annual global content market for buyers and sellers that is set to run January 23-25 in … Read More »

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Turner Inks Shaquille O’Neal As NBA Analyst And More

By | Thursday July 14, 2011 @ 1:05pm PDT

Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal can dunk, but can he make TV audiences laugh? We may soon find out. The contract he just signed with Turner Broadcasting to be an analyst for TNT’s basketball games also includes an entertainment and animation development deal. “O’Neal is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, with entertainment credits including a number of roles and executive producer credits in both television and film,” the company says. Here’s the release: Read More »

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‘Inception,’ ‘Titans’ Headed To TNT

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inception posterTNT has landed the TV rights to Chris Nolan’s blockbuster Inception in a deal between parent company Turner and corporate sibling Warner Bros. that includes several other WB titles: romantic comedies Sex And the City 2 and Valentine’s Day, … Read More »

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Turner Broadcasting Inc Ups Two Publicists

By | Thursday June 24, 2010 @ 12:00pm PDT

Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting System, Inc, announced today that, effective immediately, Jeff Matteson assumes strategic and operating oversight of the TBS, Inc communications team, directing and coordinating messaging across the Turner portfolio of networks and businesses in the newly created role of senior vice president and strategic communications officer. … Read More »

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