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Oxygen-which is starting to become one of my new favorite networks- has a few new originals, a handful of new projects in development along with several returning and new series.
Three new Oxygen original series with premiere dates:
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From the Oscars Publicity Department
The ABC Television Network’s contract to carry the annual Academy Awards presentations has been extended for six more years, though 2020, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ President Tom Sherak and Anne Sweeney, President of the Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today.
“This contract ensures that the Oscar show will be an ABC tradition for 45 consecutive years,” said Sherak. “ABC is absolutely the very best place for the Academy Awards, a television event that is beloved and watched by millions of movie lovers all over the world.”
“ABC has been home to the Oscars for many years, having aired a total of 46 of the annual telecasts, so we’re thrilled to announce that this tradition will continue,” said Sweeney. “During that time, we’ve enjoyed a tremendous partnership with the Academy, pairing the best in movies with the best in television, and look forward to a long and successful collaboration in the years to come.”
Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis added, “The Oscars remain the most-watched non-sports program in America, and we’re delighted that ABC will continue to be the setting for that jewel. The network has consistently demonstrated an understanding of what makes us unique, and has energetically supported those qualities.”
The new agreement for the domestic broadcasts of the Academy Awards adds six years to the existing contract, which was scheduled to expire in 2014. International rights are covered by a separate agreement with Walt Disney International which runs through 2014.
The 83rd Academy Awards, which will air live on Sunday, February 27, will be the 36th consecutive ceremony to air on ABC.
While trying to explain to my friends why the NBC and Comcast merger was bad for this country, they all thought that this would have not effect on anything from pricing to programming.
I was shocked, alarmed then frightened to learn that Keith Olbermann has left MSNBC. His final sign-off damn near brought me to tears. On a personal note, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow-and sometimes Chris Matthews kept me sane through the 2008 presidential election.
This is scary because now it seems like any voice that opposes the views of Comcast can easily be taken away from the general public. This could lead to biased, tainted and unfair/unbalanced reporting. While we don’t know for sure why Olbermann left MSNBC, it is suspiciously coincidental that he was let go immediately after the merger was approved by the FCC. Damn shame too because I didn’t think we would see any effects until at least after January 28th. Countdown with Keith Olbermann would have called that BS from a mile away, but now we have no one as vigilant as Olbermann to call out the BS, state the obvious when the obvious has been ignored.
I am worried about getting another viewpoint or perspective. At a time when conservative talk and punditry has the highest ratings ever, I am deeply concerned about having someone speak as strongly as Olbermann about liberal and progressive issues.
I have signed online petitions and will be on the look out for what’s next for Mr. Olbermann.
But for now, “Good Night and Good Luck.”
Watch Olbermann’s Final Sign-off from Countdown:
Study: Comcast-NBC Universal Merger Will Cost Consumers $2.4 Billion
The American Cable Association unveiled an economic study Monday that argues that consumers over the next nine years will pay at least $2.4 billion more for pay TV services if regulators don’t place conditions on the planned Comcast-NBC Universal deal to curb the combined entertainment giant’s pricing power.
The organization, which represents small cable operators and has opposed the proposed merger – at least without conditions, said Monday that $204 million in estimated financial benefits from the deal claimed by the merger partners will be outweighed by “consumer harm” of the transaction of $2.566 billion.
Comcast in a statement called the analysis flawed and said the issues raised in the report have been examined by the FCC in previous transactions. The commission “in each case rejected imposition of a condition on national cable networks,” it said. “There is no reason for the FCC to treat Comcast and NBCU worse than it treated Fox, DirecTV and Liberty [Media] in those recent deals.”
The ACA study, conducted by Dr. William Rogerson, professor of economics at Northwestern University, who served as the FCC’s chief economist 1998-1999, estimates vertical harm of the deal at $1.43 billion and the horizontal harm at $1.14 billion over the next nine years.
Vertical harm stems from the combination of programming assets and distribution, which will permit Comcast-NBC Uni to raise the fees it charges for programming to other distributors, including ACA members, such as RCN and WOW!
The horizontal effect stems from the merged firm’s control of key programming assets from both companies, which will allow it to negotiate prices for a broader portfolio, the group said.
“It is clear that the Comcast-NBCU deal will send monthly cable bills higher by billions of dollars over the next decade, underscoring ACA’s view that regulators must protect consumers and competition from a transaction whose benefits are vastly outweighed by its harms,” said ACA president and CEO Matthew Polka. “Without meaningful and cost effective conditions on the Comcast-NBCU transaction, regulators also run the risk of crippling effective competition in the pay-TV distribution market.”
Top 10 global brands based on media value
Which brands won the most valuable press in the third quarter?
Here are the top 10, according to General Sentiment.
(The list is based on mentions in traditional and new media outlets and the positive vs. negative sentiments of those mentions. Those mentions are assigned a dollar value, which are noted.)
1. Apple – $1,489,558
2. Google – $925,976
3. Microsoft – $625,672
4. Yahoo – $433,107
5. Hewlett-Packard – $260,723
6. Intel – $253,174
7. eBay – $156,819
8. Oracle – $155,113
9. Nokia – $137,630
10. Ford – $130,833