Melissa Grego is Editor-in-Chief of Broadcasting & Cable.
NBCU Reorg: The Playbook's The ThingI understand the excitement over finding out who’s in, who’s out at the new NBCU following the reorg unveiled on Nov. 18 . But the most interesting reveal to me is the playbook Steve Burke just shared with the industry for how to create a content business of the future. By the looks of that structure — all jokes about numerous chairmanships aside — he intends to... More
ABC Family Search Is onThe search is on for Paul Lee’s successor as President of ABC Family. Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, is expected to start interviews next week with a handful of candidates, both internal and external, according to a network insider.Lee on July 30 was named President of ABC Entertainment Group, vacating the president post at ABC... More
TCA: ‘ER's' Innes Takes on A Man's Role in ‘The Event' -- LiterallyActress-director Laura Innes, best known for her Emmy-nominated work as the abrasive Dr. Kerry Weaver on ER , is returning to NBC in a role originally written as a man, she tells B&C . Given the roles she typically sees available to women in primetime today, perhaps it’s no surprise her mysterious character Sophia Maguire on NBC’s upcoming conspiracy drama The Event was... More
WBTV’s Roth: ‘Nikita’ Big Part of The CW’s FutureWith 26 Warner Bros. TV-produced series now slated to air on the broadcast networks next season, WBTV President Peter Roth says it is “another satisfying year” for the studio. WBTV is in business with all of the networks–with five new series on NBC’s schedule alone after being shut out of the network’s 10 p.m. hour last year by The Jay Leno Show .... More
Odds On Lottery Winner Staying in Station Biz Not So LongThe odds of matching all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery in which an L.A. TV station employee won some $266 million are mind boggling: 1 in 175,711,536, according to the AP. So what are the chances the winner will keep working in the station biz? I submit they’re not nearly as long as you might think. As of Friday morning, Jacki Wells Cisneros, who was working... More
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