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E! Green-Lights The Royals Starring Elizabeth Hurley Upfront slate includes plastic surgery reality show, resort competition

It's finally happening: E!'s scripted series, The Royals, will grace its viewers with its presence in 2015. A one-hour drama by Mark Schwahn about the British royal family and starring…

March 26, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

Disney Acquires Maker Studios $450 million earn-out possible on top of $500 million base

Disney has acquired Maker Studios, the digital video network that distributes such strange hits as PewDiePie and Shay Carl (the work of co-founder Shay Carl Butler), as well as a series…

March 24, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

A&E Pulls Another Show From Its Lineup: Breaking Boston Southie reality series on the shelf next to Those Who Kill

That needle scratch you hear is A&E pulling new reality show Breaking Boston off its prime-time lineup after just one airing—the show debuted to an anemic 313,000 total viewers (suggesting…

March 20, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

Viacom, Tumblr Team Up to Offer Co-Branded Campaigns Partnership starts with MTV Movie Awards

Viacom has been making good use of popular blogging platform Tumblr in the recent past and now it looks like the partnership is official: the two organizations will offer “co-branded…

March 20, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

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Killing Jesus Will Be 4 Hours Long With a Teleplay by the Writer of the Wild Bunch NatGeo upfront features lots of renewals

Yes, the Bill O'Reilly book-based special to end all Bill O'Reilly book-based specials is too large for just one evening: the National Geographic Channel will air Killing Jesus (to be…

March 19, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

ABC Family Upfront Is a Table Read and Screening of Pretty Little Liars Alice in Arabia pilot scrapped after CAIR backlash

ABC Family isn’t messing with success. This evening’s upfront took place in the form of a table read (followed by a screening) of the season finale for Pretty Little Liars,…

March 19, 2014, 12:25 AM EDT

Google and Viacom Finally Bury the Hatchet Lengthy appeals process ends

After years of in-court bickering and appeals overturning appeals, Google and Viacom have finally decided to end their lengthy legal squabble over more than 150,000 clips on YouTube of everything…

March 18, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

It’s Getting Harder to Separate Advertising From Entertainment And that’s exactly how marketers would have it

The world of branded content has changed. Suddenly branded movies and TV shows are competing for the same marketing dollar and chunk of free time as everything else in the…

March 17, 2014, 6:17 AM EDT

Yep, Sarah Palin Is Getting Her Own Digital Network Jon Klein and Jeff Gaspin's Tapp will feature the Alaskan pundit

If the WWE can do it, why can't Sarah Palin? The Fox News contributor and not-quite-one-term former governor of Alaska has been tapped for a channel called Rogue TV on…

March 14, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

Nickelodeon's Jim Perry Is Courting More Adult Advertisers Upfront slate features studio partnerships

Nickelodeon revealed its slate to advertisers yesterday, and while it's all squeaky-clean kids' fare (well, relatively speaking: "As you can see from the reel, bathroom humor still works," observed Nickelodeon…

March 14, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

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