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Maura McGowan

HuffPost Live Picked Up by Mark Cuban Cabler

Interactive talk show will run for 6 hours a day on AXS TV

AOL's Internet talk show HuffPost Live has been picked up by a cable network, the company announced Sunday. The program will carry a six-hour block on the Mark Cuban-backed AXS…

21st Century Laugh Track: ABC News Unveils Social TV App

Viewers will share instant reactions to programming on Facebook

ABC News announced a new app called Social Soundtracker that will allow users to tap emoticons to instantly convey their feelings about a television program—clap, boo, laugh, gasp and aww—with a…

Amazon Preps Kindle TV Set-Top Box

Streaming device to join an already crowded market

After expanding into hardware creation with the Kindle, the Kindle Fire tablet and a rumored smart phone, Amazon is developing a proprietary TV set-top box.  According to unnamed sources cited by…

CNN Wants Newt for Crossfire Refresh

Gingrich on Jeff Zucker’s wish list

CNN has begun casting its net for pundits to appear in the revival of its debate show Crossfire. According to Politico, the news network has approached former Speaker of the…

Screenvision to Use TV Ad Model in Movie Theaters

Company looks to woo buyers with demo guarantees at first upfront

When TV viewing is at its lowest—such as during the summer and on weekends—people are at the movies. This puts cinema advertising company Screenvision in a unique position to woo…

Original Series Help Netflix Turn a Tidy Profit

Proliferation of homegrown content is moving the needle for streaming services

Following its first foray into original programming, Netflix put up first-quarter numbers that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. Thanks in part to the success of its $100 million David Fincher potboiler,…

CBS Invests in Syncbak

Aereo competitor presents TV Everywhere opportunity for broadcasters

CBS has made an investment in TV streaming firm Syncbak, according to The Wall Street Journal. The network, the Journal speculates, could use Syncbak technology to power a TV Everywhere…

Comedy Central Launches Twitter-Based #ComedyFest

Microblogging service continues push for media dominance

Next week, Comedy Central will hold a five-day comedy festival that will take place almost entirely on Twitter, according to The New York Times. The partnership between Twitter and Viacom-owned…

Aereo Takes Offensive in Copyright Battle

Company takes out full-page ad in New York Times as broadcasters threaten to convert to cable

Aereo has launched a public relations offensive in its protracted legal war against furious New York broadcasters who claim copyright violation. The Barry Diller-backed startup took out a full-page ad in…

Smash Creators Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Rehired to Produce 2014 Oscars

Duo pulled in viewers for awards, but not for their own show

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rehired Smash creators Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce the 2014 Oscars, The L.A. Times reported, after this year's show, produced…

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