The audience fragmentation that will follow cable systems' expansion to hundreds of channels could spell disaster for expensive new TV series, broadcast exex said yesterday.
CEL Communications Inc., the producer/distributor of documentaries, has signed Phil Howort to the new post of president, international.
Ownership of the Lifetime cable network is almost certain to change before year's end in the face of buyout negotiations among its three corporate parents: Viacom, Capital Cities/ABC and Hearst.
A sizable percentage of the 1.1-million New York-area subscribers of Cablevision Systems Corp. will soon be able to buy cable networks such as USA, ESPN, CNN and Discovery individually, for $ 1.95…
HBO Independent Prods. has quietly gone outside its parent Time Warner family to enter into a two-year syndie output deal with Columbia Pictures Television Distribution.
Lured by the initial success of both Paramount and Warner Bros. with their firstrun action series, MCA TV and Columbia Pictures TV Distribution are both reportedly planning major syndicated offerings…
New strip series are facing one of the tightest marketplaces in years, according to a number of signs that surfaced at the National Assn. of Television Program Executives (NATPE) convention.
Bruce Paisner, chairman and CEO of Hearst Entertainment, told the audience at a NATPE panel yesterday that if the Federal Communications Commission abolishes the financial interest and syndication…
In the face of a glutted marketplace for once-a-week series, Buena Vista TV has pulled off a coup by signing 40 stations for its new hourlong investigative-magazine series "The Crusaders."
The advent of high-concept first-run action hours in syndication such as "Deep Space 9,""The Untouchables" and "Time Trax," all of which kick off this month, could spell trouble for distributors of…