It’s a good-looking, 52-year-old face, framed by prominent black eyebrows. When Calvin asked newly appointed Tribune Co. CEO Peter Liguori, formerly with FOX Broadcasting, Discovery Communications and OWN, “What changes can loyal KTLA viewers expect?”, he answered the best possible programming and some real risk-taking. Shortly thereafter, Calvin intoned: “So stay tuned as KTLA, Tribune and you continue making media history!”
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Oprah, Morgan Freeman and Mythbusters: Discovery Woos Advertisers and Media Buyers at Upfront Soiree
Yesterday evening Discovery Communications held its annual upfront presentation, wooing advertisers and media buyers, while previewing upcoming programming and networks.
With a suite of channels that includes Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, there was plenty of ground to cover.
Luckily, they had Oprah there to sell it.
Yes, talk show queen turned media mogul Oprah Winfrey herself was in attendance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and revealed the 2011/2012 OWN programming slate on stage.
She was joined by Rosie O’Donnell, who will be making her return to daytime with a talk show on OWN later this year. O’Donnell performed a song and dance routine with a troupe of male dancers.
Discovery had other big names in attendance, inducing actor Morgan Freeman, who hosts and produces the program “Through the Wormhole” on Science, and magicians Penn & Teller, who have a new show “Penn & teller’s Secrets of the Universe” on Discovery later this year. Billy Ray Cyrus also unveiled his new show for TLC, “Homecoming,” which reunites military men and women with their families, while SNL’s Andy Samberg told some jokes in advance of his gig as “Chief Shark Officer” during 2011′s Shark Week.
FishbowlNY also spotted:
Former Fox Broadcasting entertainment president Peter Liguori has been named chief operating officer of Discovery Communications, replacing Mark Hollinger, who was promoted to president and CEO of Discovery Networks International last week.
In addition to overseeing Discovery’s marketing, corporate communications, business affairs and media technology, production and operations, Liguori will also represent the company in its joint ventures, including its relationship with Oprah Winfrey‘s network OWN.
Liguori left Fox in March, after serving as president of entertainment since 2005. Prior to that, he had been president and CEO of News Corp.’s FX Networks for several years.
Most recently, Liguori was reportedly working as an adviser to Comcast as the company negotiated its deal for a majority stake in NBC Universal.
Full release after the jump…
TVGuide.com continues its TCA coverage with this funny — if improbable — story from Julianna Margulies:
What’s the secret to getting a big star to return to series television? Try a typo. At least that’s how Fox landed Julianna Margulies, after she inadvertently thought her new show, Canterbury’s Law, was for Fox’s cable network, FX. “I got the pilot and a cover letter, which said FX, because the ‘O’ was missing,” she told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour Monday. “I was incredibly excited to do cable.” Not only did it mean her character of a rebellious attorney could be dark and sexy, she said, but it also meant she would only have to shoot 12 or 13 episodes a season. Margulies balked when she learned the letter was a mistake, and that since it was for a broadcast network, she’d have to shoot 22 episodes a year. But after meeting with producer Jim Serpico and having “a few martinis” with Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori, she was persuaded to sign on. “It was too good to pass up,” she said.
More coverage here.