In a signal a new cable-news outlet backed by overseas interests intends to vie for viewers and, possibly, advertisers with U.S. rivals, Al Jazeera America said Thursday it had lured CNN on-air personality Ali Velshi to develop and host a nightly prime time business news program.
Velshi, who had been with Time Warner’s CNN since 2001, said in a prepared statement that he was “thrilled” to join the fledgling outlet, expected to launch in 2013.
Al Jazeera America is being built out of the remains of Current, the now defunct cable perch backed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Gore and the network’s other backers sold Current in January. Al Jazeera has been trying for years to establish a U.S. foothold but has not had much success in securing full commitments from major cable and satellite distributors.
Velshi’s new program will initially launch in a weekly format but is expected to move to a five-days-a-week schedule by the end of 2013. It will be 30 minutes in length.
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Rakuten TV has garnered 10 million views on its free on-demand service since its launch in October. The streamer’s CEO, Jacinto Roca, told Variety that, buoyed by the early AVOD success, it will launch a suite of new channels and original shows on the ad-supported service in 2020. He added that he hopes the free [...]
K Madhavan has been promoted to country manager of all of Disney’s conventional TV businesses in the key Indian market. Madhavan was previously head of Disney’s regional language TV businesses in South India since 2016. Madhavan’s promotion was announced internally within Disney in India on Friday. He takes over from Sanjay Gupta, who has resigned [...]
In the content space race currently being fought out in the entertainment industry, shows getting picked up by one platform after being dumped by another is becoming a more frequent phenomenon. Some moves feel more like a marriage of convenience, while others feel like a more obvious fit. Take “The Expanse” moving to Amazon Prime [...]
Steve Burke is expected to step down as CEO of NBCUniversal next year and is likely to hand the reins to Jeff Shell, who is now chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, multiple sources tell Variety. Burke’s NBCUniversal contract formally expires in August 2020, but sources say he could depart earlier in the year. Shell, [...]
“The Farewell” writer and director Lulu Wang is teaming up with Nicole Kidman for the drama series “The Expatriates” at Amazon. The show had received a straight-to-series order at the streamer back in July. Wang is joining the series as a writer and executive producer and will also direct multiple episodes. Wang and Kidman had [...]
Merrill Markoe, longtime head writer at “Late Night With David Letterman,” will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. She will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “Merrill Markoe’s pioneering work created what was then a new language [...]