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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…

The Voice Soars With Unilever Sponsorship

NBC in the ‘Clear’ with shampoo brand deal

CeeLo Green may be flaking on The Voice, but a new sponsorship deal ensures that fans of NBC’s musical competition series won’t be left scratching their heads. As it prepares to…

This Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Is Convinced Social Media Is Ruining Our Lives

But Brandi Glanville can’t stop tweeting

Specs Who Brandi Glanville Age 41 Accomplishments Star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; author (her new book, Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance, will be released Feb.…

Fox Cancels The X Factor

Simon Cowell series never really caught on

Simon Cowell’s latest attempt to salvage The X Factor has come to naught, as Fox on Friday said it has pulled the plug on the series.  Acknowledging the end of his…

American Idol Is Ramping Up Its Football Presence

Campaign extends well beyond Fox’s broadcast signal reach

As Fox’s American Idol suits up for its 13th season, football fans should brace themselves for a full-on charm offensive. While a rash of promos featuring Idol hopefuls and a kinder,…

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