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AT&T Has to Pay $105 Million for Overcharging Customers A settlement, not a fine

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler held a press conference alongside colleagues from the Federal Trade Commission and the states attorneys general today to publicly reprimand AT&T for "cramming"—adding fees…

October 8, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

For New Promos, Disney XD Turns to Street Artists and Art Toy Designers Tristan Eaton, The Brothers McLeod among creators tapped

Disney's ad-supported kids' network, Disney XD, is doing something particularly interesting this fall: putting up promos designed by some fairly cutting-edge artists from several different walks of life, including Tristan…

October 6, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

5 Other Times Twin Peaks Came Back Showtime brings back the iconic mystery series in 2016

Your Monday afternoon comes with some good news ... and some damn good cherry pie. David Lynch's seminal television series Twin Peaks is returning to television in early 2016 on…

October 6, 2014, 2:06 PM EDT

How Will the FCC’s Tom Wheeler Get Past His Image Problem? His detractors think he’s conflict of interest incarnate

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has an image problem. The New Yorker’s article about him on the occasion of his confirmation last year was called “Obama’s Bad Pick.” In the piece,…

October 6, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT

Prime-time Broadcast Ratings Tumble, Even During Premiere Week But one network gets a rare bump in viewers

Broadcast networks should start putting up a sign: "Watch for falling ratings." Fragmentation—the process of viewers diffusing across cable channels that cater to specific interests, as opposed to being forced to…

October 2, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

The 5 Artiest Simpsons Couch Gags Banksy, Don Hertzfeldt and more

All hail the dark lord of the twin moons! How quickly we forget what an art school nerd Matt Groening is. Every so often, producers of The Simpsons get one of…

September 29, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

As Genre Shows Go Mainstream, TV Execs Look to Novelists for the Next Hit Seeking another Game of Thrones

TV network options on books have exploded. Publishers Lunch, a trade that tracks book industry deals, lists an ever-increasing number of television options over the last few years, with 2013…

September 29, 2014, 12:44 AM EDT

Dana White Has Built the UFC Into the Largest Pay-Per-View Event on the Planet 2014 Brand Genius winner for sports

Asked what it’s like to run the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the ruling franchise of the mixed martial arts world, Dana White doesn’t mince words. “This job is insanity,” he says.…

September 29, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

Outlander's Ron Moore on Time Travel, Pern and Everything Scottish 'It's just a big adventure story'

Does anybody remember when we stopped thinking of the typical sci-fi and fantasy fan as a basement-dwelling male virgin and started admitting that women comprise a huge chunk—frequently the majority—of…

September 26, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

Here Are the 5 TV Tropes You'll Get Tired of Seeing This Year Meet the doppelgängers

Every year, broadcast spends millions upon millions turning scripts into pilots and pilots into series. And frequently, it picks scripts with quite a few commonalities. Of course, if you have…

September 25, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

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