TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘A&E’

Morning Media Newsfeed: Roberts Comes Out | A&E Ends Duck Suspension | Time Faces Challenges

Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email.

In Year-End Message of Gratitude, Robin Roberts Thanks Longtime Girlfriend (TVNewser)
Robin Roberts surprised her Facebook followers Sunday afternoon in an end-of-year post. She came out publicly for the first time, mentioning her longtime girlfriend Amber Laign. Roberts has been out to her family, friends and co-workers for years, but this is the first time she’s publicly acknowledged her sexuality. People “I am grateful for my entire family, my longtime girlfriend, Amber and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” she wrote. Laign, a San Francisco Bay-area native, is a licensed massage therapist and has a private practice specializing in patients recovering from injuries. They have been together for 10 years after meeting through mutual friends. Variety Roberts isn’t the first Good Morning America personality to come out. Before leaving the show, weatherman Sam Champion led the way in October 2012, and the GMA anchors, Roberts included, attended his wedding in December of that year. BuzzFeed / Entertainment ABC News issued a statement of support: “We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time. We were so touched by Robin’s Facebook message and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life.”

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Get a Literary Agent

Get a Literary AgentStarting August 6, learn how to find the right agent for your book and write a query that will get the deal done! Taught by Barbara Clark, a book agent and publishing consultant, you will learn the best methods for finding a literary agent, the proper protocol and etiquette for seeking literary representation, how to send queries and more. Register now!

Morning Media Newsfeed: A&E Suspends Duck Star | CNN Courts Leno | WaPo Hacked

Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email.

Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks (THR / The Live Feed)
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said in a statement. GLAAD / GLAAD Blog The Robertsons, the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, are breakout stars featured in A&E’s Duck Dynasty. GQ’s profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication. His quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” FishbowlNY The headline for Drew Magary‘s GQ Louisiana visit (“What The Duck?”) now seems especially appropriate. Comments are coming in fast and so far are about evenly for-against Robertson’s outspoken views. Ad Age / Media News The question is how the comments will impact the show. Food Network dropped Paula Deen from the channel earlier in the year after she admitted in a deposition that she had used racial slurs. In 2007, A&E halted production of Dog The Bounty Hunter after star Duane Chapman made racial slurs. The show returned to the network less than a year later. NYT The announcement has no immediate effect on the series because it is not currently in production. Robertson already filmed episodes for the next season of Duck Dynasty and a network spokesman said he would appear in many of those. Business Insider Looks like Robertson can kiss that $200,000 an episode paycheck goodbye “indefinitely.”

Read more

Storage Wars Regular Commits Suicide

Storage Wars regular Mark Balelo committed suicide on Monday by way of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to TMZ. The Southern California resident was reportedly arrested over the weekend for a drug-related offense.

That’s where the story took a tragic turn. From TMZ:

We’re told when Balelo got out of jail he was distraught, and asked his fiancée to come over because he was afraid he might hurt himself.

We’re told they met at his office on Sunday, they talked for a few hours, he took a 4 hour nap — and when he woke up seemed better.

The fiancée left Balelo at the office Sunday evening. We’re told one of Balelo’s employees found his body Monday morning.

Read more

Spot.Us Funded Garbage Patch Story Published|Self‘s January Issue Shows Ad Promise|Letterman Extorter Appears In Court|Layoffs At A&E, Lifetime|Director Speaks Out Against Times Critic

BayNewser: The first Spot.Us funded article published in The New York Times — about the Pacific garbage patch — ran this week.

WWD: It has been a tough year for Conde Nast health magazine Self, but things are looking up for 2010: the January issue will carry more than 70 ad pages, the most for a January issue in 20 years.

New York Times: In court today, alleged David Letterman extorter Robert Joel Halderman claims he was only trying to sell Letterman the rights to his story before he sold a book or screenplay proposal to the highest bidder.

Variety: Over 100 people have been laid off at A&E and Lifetime, stemming from the nets’ consolidation.

Huffington Post: Director Barry Levinson blasts New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley.

FishbowlNY Editor Amanda Ernst Joins This Morning’s Menu

mmm_2-3.gif

It was an all-blog morning as GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Amanda spoke about the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s semi-annual report due out on Monday and what it might mean for the magazine industry. She also discussed one magazine that is expected to post positive numbers in the upcoming report, Saveur and her recent interview with the epicurean magazine’s publisher Merri Lee Kingsly. Saveur is leaving its competitors in the dust by approaching ad sales in a new and different way, motivated by Kingsly’s unconventional approach, Amanda explained.

Also discussed: Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s upcoming memoir and how it will fare against Dan Brown‘s much-hyped new release and A&E‘s acquisition yesterday of Lifetime.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

A&E Television Net Acquires Lifetime Entertainment

aetn.jpgA&E Television Networks, which is a joint venture between the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corp. and NBC Universalhas entered into an agreement to acquire Lifetime Entertainment Services, which will put several cable channels under one management team.

The new parent company, which will be called A&E Television Networks, will now encompass many channels including A&E Network, History, Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Bio, History International, Lifetime Real Women, History en Español, Military History and Crime & Investigation Network.

Under the terms of the deal, NBCU can “elect or be required to exit the company over a period of up to 15 years,” reported Broadcasting and Cable. If NBCU exits, Hearst and Disney would become 50/50 partners.

Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E, will serve as head of the newly combined company. Lifetime’s CEO Andrea Wong, Nancy Dubuc at the History Channel and Robert DiBitetto at A&E will be keeping their positions, and they will all report to Raven, B&C reported.

via B&C and ABC News

Watch the Box: They’re Baaaaack!

poltergeist.gif

Show Biz is back:

ABC: pickups of nine primetime shows: Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who? and Ugly Betty. How many of these are keepers?

CW: new episodes for five series: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Reaper and Smallville. One of these is not like the others.

A&E: new scripted drama series–Cleaner starring Benjamin Bratt as a guy who makes a deal with God to control his addictions and dedicate his life to help others. Remember when Bratt was sexy?

FX: season two of The Riches, starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver? Remember when she was everywhere?

E!: new reality show with Denise Richards, from Ryan Seacrest Prods. There’s a match made in heaven.

Watch the Box: It’s So Real

box.jpg

Hard to believe, but Celebrity Apprentice was greenlit before the WGA strike. And the “celebrities”? Trace Adkins, Carol Alt, Stephen Baldwin, Nadia Comaneci, Tiffany Fallon, Jennie Finch, Nely Galan, Marilu Henner, Lennox Lewis, Piers Morgan, Omarosa, Tito Ortiz, Vincent Pastore and Gene Simmons.

Omarosa to win in a final bout with Lennox Lewis. He’s too pretty to want to get beat up by her.

MTV gets Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew from Warner Horizon Television. The live weekly show is slated to premiere in first quarter 2008. Shot in Los Angeles, top hip-hop dance crews with face off each week.

A&E shot a pilot for Celebrity Garage Sales. Host Illeana Douglas helps her buddy celebs put on a garage sale, with all proceeds going to charity. Tom Arnold was the celeb in the pilot. Cuz who doesn’t want a piece of the magic?

New TV Offerings: Taboos, Victims, Aliens and Dateless on Camera

TVset.jpg

New shows are popping up like toadstools after a downpour. Some are retreads, such as National Geo.’s Taboo, which promises to show various customs, practices and rituals from around the world that shock, pain, confuse or sometimes delight us. (If they delight us, why are they taboo?)
Seen this a zillion times before.

Mike Fleiss, the schlock-meister of schlock-meisters, has a deal at ABC, and offers up Dream Vote–6 people tell the audience why they deserve to have their dream–new house, breast implants, plasma TV–and the audience and eventually the viewers vote. It’s either Queen for a Day or a college admissions interview.

Read more

Pilot Season, and All the World is Young: Nets Throw Stuff at Wall, Pray Something Sticks

happy_tv_1.gif

Pilot season is that magical period when networks and basic cable alike feel a renewed sense of hope. Let’s take a peek:

CBS

Skip Tracer
Stephen Dorff as a charming finder of people in LA’s darker corners. If they were in the bright, sunny spots, they wouldn’t be lost.

Viva Laughlin
A guy opens a casino in Laughlin, Nevada, gets involved in a murder. A US version of the BBC musical series Viva Blackpool. Hugh Jackman is supposed to guest in the pilot. Cast bursts into song at frequent intervals.

ABC

Cashmere Mafia
Four New York career gals try to have it all.
Gail Katz is EP, Kevin Wade writes.

Women’s Murder Club
Based on the James Patterson novels, four women, a medical examiner, a reporter, a detective and a lawyer, track down murderers. Brett Ratner is EP/Director. And we all kow what that means.

Oddly enough, these two pilots aren’t about the same four women, but they could be.

Read more