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A+E Networks Looks to Its Future by Turning to the Past

Reboots of Roots, War and Peace and The Omen fuel its upcoming slate

Let's get the disappointing news out of the way first: A+E Networks' upfront presentation Thursday night lacked the big announcement many were hoping for—confirmation of reports earlier this week that…

Viacom Looks for an Advertising Upper Hand With Vantage

New product aims to discover where messages 'work best'

After a year in beta, Viacom today launched Viacom Vantage, a data-driven ad product that will allow advertisers to reach custom targets across Viacom Media Networks including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1,…

Cablevision Will Offer Hulu Plus to Optimum Customers

First cable provider to distribute the subscription service

Cablevision has reached an agreement with Hulu to offer the company's streaming subscription service, Hulu Plus, to Optimum customers, making it the first cable or satellite provider to distribute the…

Former DISH Executive Takes the Reins at The Weather Channel

Tasked with overseeing a new, 'fully integrated' TV group

The Weather Company is shaking up its management ranks and bringing in former DISH Network executive Dave Shull to operate a "newly formed, fully integrated division" called The Weather Channel…

In an Unusual Upfront Pitch, IFC Says Its Viewers 'Don’t Stink'

Network caters to 'responsible rebels,' not hipsters

For a network that prides itself on comedy with a twist, it's not surprising that IFC also has been shaking up the standard upfront meetings this year. As Vanessa Benfield, svp…

ESPN Sues Verizon Over FiOS' New Custom TV bundle

'Consumers have spoken... they want choice,' Verizon argues

ESPN isn't wasting any time in challenging Verizon's new, slimmer cable bundles as part of its FiOS service. The sports network behemoth filed suit Monday in New York Supreme Court,…

Why Showtime’s Happyish Defiled the Keebler Elves

And which brands it's targeting next

For close to five decades, the Keebler Elves have been a genial, wholesome presence in Keebler advertising as they sang the praises of the brand's cookies and crackers. But Sunday's…

Your Favorite Adult Swim Cartoons Are Coming To Hulu

Turner Broadcasting agrees to multi-year deal with video platform

Clear your calendars, and get your binge watching attire ready: Hulu is getting a slew of programming from Turner's Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT and TBS networks exclusively.  Starting on May…

Mick Rock and Isabella Rossellini Highlight Ovation's New Slate of Shows

3 new series should complement network's arts-oriented programming

Ovation announced three new series Thursday at a press event at New York's CORE Club.  The network, which evp of network strategy Liz Janneman and evp of programing and production Scott…

How Mike Rowe Went From the Opera to Dirty Jobs

The CNN host never wanted a 9 to 5 gig

Mike Rowe got his first big break in TV because of a bar bet and a pencil. Rowe, the longtime host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, who now presides over…

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