D.M. Levine

Oprah Takes Over as CEO of OWN

Source says title will be more than honorific

Oprah Winfrey is cementing her control over her struggling cable network. Earlier this morning, OWN announced that Winfrey will be taking over as chief executive officer and chief creative officer…

Netflix Raising Prices

Cable providers likely to be pleased with announcement

The cable world must be rejoicing: Netflix is raising its prices. In a post to the company blog earlier today, the video rental service announced plans to rearrange its billing scheme.…

E!'s New President Has Her Eye on Scripted Programming

Suzanne Kolb wants more than the Kardashians

For a network that has built a name on reality television, branching into scripted programming can be a complicated venture. But E! Entertainment's newly appointed president, Suzanne Kolb, says she…

Current CEO Not Worried By Olbermann's Ratings Drop

'It's a marathon' says Mark Rosenthal

Current TV's CEO, Mark Rosenthal, says he isn't too worried about the ratings drop-off in the second week of Keith Olbermann's new show. As Deadline reported, and Adweek has confirmed, Countdown saw an…

Spitzer Canceled, Leaving CNN Prime Time Thin

Cooper moved into time slot, no replacement added

CNN has canceled Eliot Spitzer's primetime political talk show In The Arena, bumping Anderson Cooper 360 into the 8 p.m. slot.  Under the new lineup announced today, Piers Morgan Tonight will air…

Comedy Central Says Sheen Roast Schedule Deliberate

Will capitalize on Kutcher debut with 'Two and a Half Men'

Comedy Central knew exactly what it was doing when it scheduled its roast of Charlie Sheen to air on September 19.  According to sources at the network, the fact that Ashton…

Spike Lee on the Spike Lee Brand

Filmmaker receives lifetime achievement award for marketing work

Spike Lee started building his brand with a call from Wieden + Kennedy. After wrapping his first feature film, the 1986 cult classic She’s Gotta Have It, Lee remembers how…

Why TV's Not on Your Tablet Yet

Cable execs sound off at Promax conference

The day’s discussion was listed under the heading "Designing for TV Everywhere," but a more accurate billing might have read "Top Reasons We're Not There Yet." At a panel discussion…

Facebook Pitches Social TV

Creating program guides based on what friends watch

Facebook has a message for the television world: social TV is coming. Andy Mitchell, SVP of Strategic Partner Development at Facebook, pitched a crowd of media and branding honchos at…

Anderson Cooper Talks About New Daytime Talk Show

Says he can interview reality stars and keep news cred

In a conversation before a crowd of designers, programmers, and advertisers here at the PromaxBDA conference in Manhattan, Anderson Cooper touched on a variety of topics—from his love of seltzer…