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MTV Wants to Make Millennials Scream

Upfront unveils 8 new series and 85 more in development

If MTV wanted to make it clear that it was the network for millennials, it did so with aplomb during its 2015 upfront presentation at New York's Beacon Theater Tuesday…

How the Reality TV King Created 11 Popular Shows and Counting

Mark Burnett on The Voice, The Bible and that epic beard

As of a couple of weeks ago, Mark Burnett's schedule for the week of May 11 was still surprisingly unfilled. "It's funny, but I haven't been invited to an upfront…

A Filmmaker Gets an Opportunity of a Lifetime

How an agency and a network made her TV dream a reality

In 2005, Wieden + Kennedy provided a fresh start for Sarah Gertrude Shapiro after she literally fled her reality TV job on The Bachelor—and Hollywood. A decade later, the agency…

Real Housewife Yolanda Foster Gets Social Media Schooling From her Insta-Famous Kids

But she'd rather be using AOL

Specs Who Yolanda Foster Age 50 Claim to fame Star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo) Base Los Angeles Twitter @YolandaHFoster What's the first information you consume in the…

Viacom’s Downturns Have Gotten So Predictable They’re an Easy Buck for Investors

Conglom is trying to figure out the multiplatform game

As usual, Viacom is doomed. People have been preaching the End of Days for the company since Tom Freston left and was replaced by Philippe Dauman in 2006, and yet it…

Sweeping Changes in Store at Fox

Tuesday comedy block busted; Animation Domination gets ‘lively’

When the Knights of the Laptop begin to examine the fall broadcast schedule in earnest, expect a deluge of think pieces on how, after a seemingly robust return to form…

Marjorie Kaplan Is Juggling 2 Discovery Networks Through the Upfront and Beyond

Her plans for TLC and Animal Planet

Specs Who Marjorie Kaplan New gig Group president, TLC and Animal Planet Old gig Group president, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity Age 52 So TLC is a huge business. What’s it like handling that…

Howard Owens Steps Down as Nat Geo Channels President

Exec will hang up a shingle as an independent producer

After a two-and-a-half-year stint as president of National Geographic Channels U.S., Howard Owens is striking out on his own. The former William Morris agent and Reveille co-founder on Monday revealed his…

What Women Watch on TV

Their viewing habits may surprise you

In last season’s premiere of FX’s American Horror Story, two teenagers are lying on the bed, nervously making out. “I don’t want to hurt you,” says the boy, moments before…

Pharrell Williams Joins NBC’s The Voice

Musical multi-threat replaces Cee Lo Green in Cycle 7

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams is bringing his talents to NBC’s The Voice. The 40-year-old Neptunes linchpin and recent Daft Punk collaborator (“Get Lucky”) will join the popular musical competition series before the…

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