Norman Lear, Aaron Spelling, Stephen J. Cannell, Steven Bochco and David Milch are just some of the A-list producers who have tried and failed to craft successful TV series set in Washington.
Until now, local television in Italy has meant low-budget tele-shopping, endless reruns of old American TV serials or, at best, "Colpo Grosso," the infamous latenight strip-poker gameshow on Italia 7.
For all the hyperbole about superhighways and megamergers, Time Warner Inc. provided a reminder last week that much of the future rides on a bunch of techies wearing white lab coats.
Italy was one of the first European countries to allow private broadcasters to break up the state's monopoly on the airwaves in the late 1970s, but it has been one of the last to regulate the results.
In light of such recent infopike obstacles as Time Warner's announcement of technological glitches in its Full Service Network, many have been sounding the death knell of the info superhighway.
Taipei held fast to its position against allowing foreign investment in Taiwan's thriving cable industry during negotiations with U.S. trade officials last week.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled programs ... With the Winter Olympics finally over, the network schedule returned to seminormal, though some sweeps stunts remained.
French pay TV giant Canal Plus strengthened its alliance with Germany's powerful Bertelsmann group by announcing plans to develop joint pay TV technology in Europe.
A federal court has ordered the FCC to respond by March 23 on whether it intends to act on a longstanding petition calling for repeal of the primetime access rule.
Capital Cities/ABC has named Barry Firmin VP of ABC cable and international broadcast/European operations, involved in CapCities/ABC's production and TV programming services in Europe.
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