One year ago, A+E Networks’ carefully calibrated upfront plans were disrupted by the surprise exit of former CEO Nancy Dubuc, announced just three days ahead of its event. But it was smooth sailing for the company at Wednesday night’s upfront presentation, which allowed buyers to focus on who was actually in attendance—including Garth Brooks, President George W. Bush, Sylvester Stallone and Robin Roberts—rather than who was MIA. A+E Networks celebrated its 35th anniversary with an upfront event at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center that celebrated the power of its brand and its portfolio. Among the highlights: Bush discussed new History initiatives like traveling speaker series History Talks (launching this fall and focusing on newsworthy subjects and major historical events); podcast series History Speaks (debuting next year); and HistoryCon, a three-day convention for history fans set for next April in Pasadena, Calif. Brooks said A&E will air a … [Read more...] about Garth Brooks and President Bush Help A+E Networks Spotlight ‘Healthy’ Portfolio at Upfront
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Discovery Communications said it has formally closed its $14.6B acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, creating a powerhouse of unscripted programming that CEO David Zaslav says will dominate the space it calls “real-life entertainment.” Related Discovery CEO David Zaslav's Pay Triples To $129.4M After Scripps Deal The new company will be known as Discovery Inc. Under its umbrella are cable networks such as Discovery, Food Network, HGTV, ID and TLC, plus the sports network Eurosport and a stake in digital content generator Group Nine Media. “Today marks another critical milestone for Discovery, as we become a differentiated kind of media company with the most trusted portfolio of family-friendly brands around the globe,” said Zaslav in the official announcement. In an interview with Deadline, Zaslav stressed the cost advantages of the combined company — not only operational efficiencies, which he has estimated at $350 million, but also the … [Read more...] about Discovery Closes $14.6B Acquisition Of Scripps Networks Interactive
A grueling 18 months after AT&T first expressed its intent to acquire Time Warner in an $85 billion mega-merger, Judge Richard Leon today ruled that the deal could go through–with no conditions, which was surprising to most of those who’ve been following the drama. The government had sought to prevent the merger on antitrust grounds, saying that the combination of a wireless data giant with one of the world’ biggest producers of entertainment would be anti-competitive and hurt consumers. Judge Leon announced his decision at a hearing at the federal courthouse, the dramatic culmination to a day that had the media collectively holding their breath. What’s been dubbed “the trial of the century” has been closely watched not just because of what the outcome would mean for AT&T and Time Warner–the parent company of HBO, CNN, and the Warner Bros. film and TV studio–but for what it means for the rest of the entertainment industry. … [Read more...] about AT&T is acquiring Time Warner. Now what?
A new year means new beginnings, and that certainly holds true for Mark Tarbell, who will host a new television show launching soon on Arizona PBS. "Plate & Pour" debuts on Jan. 10 and will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Channel 8 (KAET). Tarbell, who has appeared on Food Network shows including "Iron Chef America," hosted the last two seasons of "Check, Please! Arizona" on Channel 8. Despite its popularity, the show was canceled this year after the eighth season. The decision came from a desire to improve the station's food programming to keep pace with the Valley's growing dining community, according to Joe Giordano, communications manager at Arizona PBS. "(Phoenix) really has evolved into a food hub, so when we were looking at the show, we wanted something that was fresh and new and really up with the food scene," he said. "Plate & Pour" was created to showcase the culture … [Read more...] about ‘Plate & Pour’ with Mark Tarbell: 5 things to know about AZ food show on Arizona PBS
Guy Fieri's newest Food Network show 'Triple D Nation' returns to Barrio Cafe and Haus Murphy this month. Both restaurants were already featured on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.' Two metro Phoenix restaurants will get a little love from Food Network's most famous spiky-haired host this month. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri returns to restaurants in Phoenix and Glendale for the latest episodes of his new show "Triple D Nation." On "Triple D Nation" Fieri revisits restaurants previously featured on his hit show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." The spin-off premiered in July 2018 as a way for Fieri to "walk down memory lane" and "catch up with his chef buddies" from Triple D, according to the network. Here's when to tune in: Friday, Jan. 11 Fieri heads back to Barrio Cafe in Phoenix to visit chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, described by the show as his "sister from another mister." The episode titled "Triple D Nation: From the Sea" also revisits an oyster restaurant … [Read more...] about Guy Fieri features Phoenix restaurants in January on Food Network’s ‘Triple D Nation’