D.M. Levine

After Reshuffling Schedule, CNN Sees Ratings Lift

Numbers an improvement from disastrous 2010

After a bleak 2010, CNN has seen an improvement in its ratings. For the year (as of mid-December), prime-time viewership is up 18 percent (with an average total viewership of…

Christiane Amanpour Departs 'This Week'

Will host a new weekday public affairs program on CNN International

Christiane Amanpour has left her position as host of the ABC News Sunday morning program This Week. She will become global affairs anchor and host prime-time specials at ABC. Amanpour…

Reporting From Baghdad, I'm Ryan Seacrest

Rumors swirl as NBC tries to find Lauer replacement

The rumors last week about NBC considering Ryan Seacrest as a replacement for Matt Lauer on The Today Show raised some eyebrows in the blogosphere. Isn’t The Today Show still…

Executives at Struggling OWN Consider Changing Course

Shift could put network at odds with Oprah's image

Executives at OWN think they may have found a way to salvage Oprah Winfrey's struggling network: by catering more to an African-American audience. That may help ratings, but it would…

IFC Bets the House on Hipsters

The indie film network is remaking itself with original programming

You may never watch IFC again. Any other network might be concerned about that, but IFC is cool with it. The AMC-owned cable channel is pursuing a novel strategy as it…

Vimeo Goes Its Own Way

While big video content sites vie for premium material, an early contender is sticking to its indie roots—for good or for bad

As the online video space grows ever more cutthroat, companies like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu are all looking for a competitive edge in roughly the same way: through big-budget investments…

Beyond Cat Videos

Is YouTube on the brink of becoming a programming star?

Robert Kyncl and Tom Pickett are not your traditional media moguls. Neither acts like a conventional Old Hollywood power player—the fist-pounding Ari Emanuel, the super-tanned Robert Evans. But if the…

Four Years In, Fox Business Network Still Treading Water

Latest ratings show channel struggling to find viewers

It was an abysmal month for Fox News' young sibling channel. Fox Business Network saw an average daily viewership of around 65,000 for October, according to Nielsen, which also happened…

'Vice' Reporter Roughed Up After Trying to Talk to Carrie Fisher

Video shows reporter accosted by volunteers at conference

The perils of covering a comic convention are not as apparent as, say, the perils of sending a reporter to the battlefields of Afghanistan. And yet there are perils indeed—especially when…

MSNBC Shakes Up Prime-Time Lineup

Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell get new slots

MSNBC is reshuffling its prime-time slate. Earlier today, the network announced that Ed Schultz would be taking over the 8 p.m. slot, with Lawrence O’Donnell—whose show The Last Word currently…