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ABC Re-Ups Paul Lee Disney gives entertainment chief a vote of confidence

With just a month to go before it pitches its 2014-15 upfront slate, ABC has re-upped entertainment president Paul Lee. The genial Brit has signed a new multiyear deal with the…

April 15, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

Ben Sherwood Named Top Dog at Disney/ABC Television Group News chief to succeed Anne Sweeney in 2015

The Walt Disney Co. announced today that it has named ABC News president Ben Sherwood the successor to Anne Sweeney. Effective Feb. 1, 2015, Sherwood will assume the title of…

March 24, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

Anne Sweeney Is Leaving Disney 18-year vet says she wants to direct

The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that Anne Sweeney is leaving the company, effective January 2015, so that she may pursue her dream of directing television. An 18-year Disney veteran,…

March 11, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

Disney Adds Twitter's Jack Dorsey to Its Board Brings tech perspective to mouse's house

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has been appointed to Disney’s board of directors. The Walt Disney Co. announced the move today, and Dorsey follows the footsteps of Steve Jobs, who sat on…

December 23, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

Disney, Time Warner Confident About NBA Prospects CEOs predict renewals for ESPN, TNT

While rival networks may be licking their chops in anticipation of trying to wrest away the media rights to the NBA, both legacy partners said they are confident that they’ll…

August 7, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

ABC Wraps Its Upfront Business, With Volume Down Slightly CPMs were up 7-8 percent, but net had fewer ratings points to sell

ABC has closed out the last of its upfront negotiations, concluding an arduous process that began 10 weeks ago. The network stuck to its guns throughout the summer bazaar, securing CPM…

August 1, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

Hulu Off the Market, Will Get $750 Million Cash Infusion Worried brands can breathe a sigh of relief

Brands and agencies fearful that Hulu might be mismanaged by a new owner can breathe easier, as the video site is no longer for sale. Joint owners 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal…

July 12, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

ABC Strikes Gold With the Oscars Network sells out broadcast, fetching $1.7 million per :30

With just under three weeks to go before the film world descends on Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, ABC has sold the last available inventory in its broadcast of the 84th annual…

February 6, 2013, 11:57 AM EST

C-3POh No! Broadcasters Agitate for Better Ratings Currency Push to adopt C7 metric heats up as live ratings falter

Troubled by historically weak prime-time deliveries, broadcast executives have begun making a case for adopting a more expansive ratings currency, one that would wring more favorable results from time-shifting viewers. Speaking…

November 14, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

Iger: Lack of Blockbusters Is Putting the Hurt on TV Ratings Disney exec also cites time-shifting, Olympics disruption for ad market woes

While broadcasters have blamed everything from the DVR to the Olympics for a soft ad sales marketplace, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger on Thursday allowed that unspectacular…

November 8, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

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