R.I.P. Hollywood Columnist Joseph Finnigan

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

Longtime TV Guide columnist Joe Finnigan died January 22 in Sun Valley, CA after a long illness. He was 88. Finnegan began writing about Hollywood after landing in UPI’s Los Angeles bureau in the late 1950s, writing one of UPI’s two daily Hollywood columns. In 1965, Finnigan segued to TV Guide’s … Read More »

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CBS Interactive And TV Guide Magazine Make Cross-Promotion Deal

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 6:33am PST

CBS Interactive will feature some of the magazine’s content on TV.com and TVGuide.com, and help sell subscriptions on those sites plus Metacritic, CNET, CHOW and GameSpot.CBS Interactive logo In return, TV Guide will  promote CBS Interactive, as the companies … Read More »

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TV Guide Magazine Owner OpenGate Capital Forms Media Acquisition Unit With Jack Kliger And David Fishman

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 7:58am PDT

A lot of moving pieces here: In conjunction with the announcement about the new venture, OpenGate Capital named Jack Kliger CEO of TV Guide Magazine — he had been “acting CEO” since 2009 — with David Fishman becoming COO. The execs know their way around the business. Kliger was a long-time honcho at Advance Publications where he helped launch Conde Net, and was publisher of Glamour and GQ. And Fishman had been CEO of Hachette Filipacci Media’s television subsidiary RTM Productions. OpenGate says that the new collaboration will create “an efficient platform for the pursuit of media assets in need of significant rejuvenation or strategic repositioning.” Partner Robert Lezec adds that TV Guide Magazine “has been profitable for the past three years while the magazine industry continues to experience significant upheaval. We will take the same prudent strategy that is applied to OpenGate’s other portfolio companies and apply it to the new media assets we will either acquire or manage.” Here’s OpenGate’s release: Read More »

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‘Sopranos’ Named #1 By WGA-TV Guide: Hammond On What Series Were Snubbed

By | Sunday June 2, 2013 @ 9:37pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Here’s the full list of the 101 Best Written TV Shows Of All Time revealed tonight by the Writers Guild of America and their sponsor TV Guide in an event at the WGA theatre in Beverly Hills. This one seems tailored to some very Read More »

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CBS Corp In Talks To Take Full Control Of TVGuide.com, Acquiring Lionsgate’s 50%

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 4:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A month after CBS Corp acquired 50% of TV Guide, the company that encompasses TVGN (formerly TV Guide Network) and TVGuide.com, I hear CBS is in the process of taking full ownership of TVGuide.com. … Read More »

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It’s Official: CBS Acquires Half Of TV Guide, Partners With Lionsgate

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 1:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS Corp. just announced that it is acquiring 50% of of TV Guide, the company that encompasses TVGN (formerly TV Guide Network) and TVGuide.com. The deal adds a basic cable network to its TV portfolio, which includes broadcast networks (CBS and the CW), a pay cable network (Showtime), international TV channels, a TV studio and syndication unit. As we first reported on Friday, CBS is taking over the TV Guide stake held by One Equity Partners, the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase, which owned 49% of the company, with an option to buy another 1%. CBS is said to be paying about $100 million, less than the $122 million OEP spent in June 2009. CBS joins TVGN co-owner Lionsgate Entertainment. Here is the release:

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Report: Lionsgate To Sell TV Guide Assets

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 6:53pm PST

Lionsgate-Summit Deal Done

Following its agreement last week to acquire Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate Entertainment is looking to sell the TV Guide cable channel and website, Bloomberg reports. Lionsgate hopes to secure “a substantial … Read More »

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Circulation Stabilizes For Entertainment And Business Magazines In 1H

Magazines pretty much held on to customers in the first half of 2011 according to a report today from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Subscriptions and single-copy sales at 418 of the most popular titles only fell 1.4% … Read More »

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HBO Pulls ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ And ‘Entourage’ From Station Syndication; Warner Bros Made Calls On Thursday

Both Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage went into syndication this fall on terrestrial broadcast stations for their first season. They were sold to Tribune Co stations as a major launch for the group in late night. But they have performed poorly in … Read More »

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TV Guide Picks Up Docu Soap From Sally Ann Salsano

By | Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 7:19am PST
Nellie Andreeva

TV Guide Network has greenlit its first original reality docu-soap, The Nail Files, created and executive produced by Jersey Shore co-creator/executive producer Sally Ann Salsano through her 495 Prods. The Nail Files stars Katie Cazorla, a 32-year-old budding … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Debra Birnbaum Tops TV Guide

By | Tuesday May 6, 2008 @ 1:22pm PDT

TV Guide announced today it promoted two executives to top editorial roles. Debra Birnbaum (whom I tipped last week) was indeed named editor-in-chief, replacing Ian Birch who was forced to exit. Birnbaum had overseen the magazine’s efforts to combine … Read More »

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UPDATE: “TV Guide Getting Gutted Today”

By | Wednesday April 30, 2008 @ 2:17pm PDT

(I’ve woven in more info…) Add TV Guide to the long list of publications undergoing massive downsizing. It’s yet another sign of the shifting fortunes of TV in general along with the downsizing in network pilots and upfronts etc. An insider tells me … Read More »

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