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How James Patterson Went From Adman to Bestselling Mystery Novelist

And now he's out to conquer TV thrillers with Zoo

"Nobody tells you when you pay six figures for a lion for a couple days that, to perform, they have to eat a lot of meat. The problem is they…

NBCU's Lifestyle Group Debuts Synchronized Joking With Complementary Comedy Shows

Living With Funny for Oxygen, Comedians of L.A. for Esquire

Just when you thought reality TV was totally out of ideas—like completely, entirely, woefully out of ideas—Oxygen and Esquire come along with a novel pitch: two shows with the same…

So Who Is Trevor Noah, the Guy Replacing Jon Stewart on The Daily Show?

South African comic prepares to take over one of the hottest seats on TV

Trevor Noah is not a household name, or at least he wasn't yesterday. The comedian has been a Daily Show contributor for all of three months, and now he's taking…

Google Fiber May Have Created a Game-Changer: Real Measurement of TV Ad Views

Kansas City test hints at advertising's Holy Grail

Want to know exactly how many people saw your ad on TV? Want dynamic insertion? The answer has long been "tough luck." But now it's possible ... in Kansas City. Adweek…

Web TV Players Are Finally Creating the Moment of Truth for Cable Providers

The new Apple TV and others put traditional subscriptions in jeopardy

Just over two months ago, Dish unveiled Sling TV at the Consumer Electronics Show. It was a big deal: the service offers premium cable channels like AMC, Adult Swim and…

Yes, Syfy Is Really Going to Call It 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No'

Viewers can't get enough of these movies

Sharknado 3, for serious, is going to be subtitled Oh Hell No, as though the entire film was a guest on the Jerry Springer Show that just found out its…

CBS Gets Into the Big Data Game

The Eye doubles down on broadcast

CBS may have launched a new streaming service (and announced a new one for daughter network Showtime on the heels of the Apple press conference where HBO Now was unveiled),…

Researchers Find Optimum Times to Run March Madness Ads

The sooner, the better

Selection Sunday just hit, but who's going to get paid? Turner and CBS, certainly. Ad sales for the 67 games are up a reported 10 percent, with digital sales accounting…

YouTube Is Changing Your Least Favorite Feature: Annotations

New 'cards' are mobile-ready for video makers

YouTube is finally retooling a troublesome feature, making it more useful for content producers and hopefully a bit less frustrating for users. Annotations, YouTube's clickable pop-ups (which, to be clear, are…

4 Warnings for Those Trying to Make the Next Jinx or Serial

It's a new golden age for true crime, but the old-school pulp won't cut it

This weekend, HBO won one of those queasy victories available only to true-crime documentarians and war-crime prosecutors at The Hague. The subject of the network's multi-part documentary series The Jinx: The…

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