As FX Networks prepares to launch a new standalone comedy channel, CEO John Landgraf has elevated three of his lieutenants to the rank of president.
News Corp. reported today that its fiscal year first-quarter earnings tripled from a year ago, reflecting a one-time gain from the sale of its NDS holdings and a strong showing from its cable TV networks. The media conglomerate posted net income of $2.23 billion, or 94 cents per share, up from $738 million, or 28 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
Used to be, television viewing was a passive experience. Today, the vast majority of smartphone and tablet owners are tapping away on their devices as they watch TV—creating more opportunities for the shows to drive engagement and for their advertisers to get consumers’ attention.
In what can be characterized as one hell of a bargain, FX has landed the off-network rights to the Warner Bros. Domestic Television comedy Mike & Molly for about half the market rate.
Just three episodes into its premiere run, TNT’s Dallas reboot has earned a second season order. The Turner network has ordered 15 episodes from Warner Horizon Television, with plans to bow them sometime in 2013.
John Landgraf, president and general manager at FX Networks, sat with his team in the glass-walled conference room of the network’s Los Angeles offices last October to hear a pitch for a new series from Bruce Helford, veteran TV writer, producer and co-creator of The Drew Carey Show, and his newest creative partner, Charlie Sheen.