"The 40-Year-Old Virgin" is pocketing about $13 million in license fees from the USA Network in an exclusive four-year deal. USA is a sibling of NBC Universal Domestic, distributor of "Virgin," but…
NBC has picked up a full season of sea-creature thriller "Surface." "Surface" has been gaining ground (so to speak) on Monday nights, as its adults 18-49 rating has grown 17% between its Sept. 26…
Marvel Entertainment has pacted with Indian animation company First Serve Toonz to produce an animated "X-Men" skein centered on the character of Wolverine.
On the heels of devoting an entire show to U2, Conan O'Brien has booked Neil Young as his musical guest for almost an entire week of shows. Young will perform on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien"…
A virgin couldn't help NBC U get lucky this summer. Despite big B.O. from "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and other summer pics, the unit saw revenue plummet 26% in the third quarter.
When Variety No. 1 appeared, proclaiming it would cover vaudeville, burlesque, parks, minstrels, circus and fairs, the symbol for entertainment was the spotlight, drawing an audience's eyes to an act…
The following is a series of emails, written in the fall of 2001, between one time wunderkind writer Peter Baynes-Schnider and his agent, Ari Gold. At the age of 26, Schnider created the NBC hit "My…
What happens when the worlds of Bill O'Reilly and Bart Simpson collide? Fox viewers around the country are about to find out.
Scripted fare is making a comeback across Europe. Firstrun domestic drama on terrestrial TV in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. was up 2.5% in 2004, according to the European Audiovisual…
Network Ten and Southern Star launched a new medical skein last week that they hope will revive Oz drama.
If public opinion as reflected in the U.K. press is any guide, Oct. 11 may go down as the day the BBC overplayed its hand and revealed the extent of unease at the government's digital switchover…