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What Is Winning an Emmy Worth?

19 September 2017 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The rough cost of a top-tier Emmy campaign — the kind mounted this year for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” — is $1 million. But the value of winning an Emmy is harder to quantify. The payoff comes via intangibles, such as seeing one’s brand burnished on an industry-wide stage. But some see little value in the awards besides ego boost.

Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit this month, TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly asserted that while “it’s been long held that really in terms of perception,” an Emmy win is a positive, “from a bottom-line business point of view, no,” it has no value.

But in the Peak TV era, it can’t hurt. With more than 500 scripted shows projected across broadcast, cable, and streaming this year, according to FX Networks research, programmers on every platform struggle to market successfully.

“Winning »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Wrecked’, ‘People Of Earth’ & ‘The Guest Book’ Renewed At TBS

13 September 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TBS has renewed its hit comedies Wrecked, People of Earth and The Guest Book for new seasons. TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly told Deadline during the July TCA press tour that Wrecked was “looking good” for a renewal, but had not yet gotten a green light for Season 3. The plane crash-survivor comedy was a sleeper hit when it launched last summer above expectations. It started its second season down year over year but began creeping up. Its cast includes Asif Ali, Zach… »

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NBC’s Don Ohlmeyer Remembered as a ‘Complicated, Fascinating, Brilliant Man’

12 September 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Don Ohlmeyer was a skilled producer, a savvy programmer, a demanding boss and a commanding presence.

The former NBC West Coast president, who died Sept. 10 at age 72, came to the Peacock in 1993, tasked with righting the ship that had run off course after the Brandon Tartikoff era.

During his tenure, which ran through 1999, Ohlmeyer galvanized a team of future star executives who have since fanned out across the industry.

Don was a complicated, fascinating and brilliant man who taught me an enormous amount about how television really works on its audience and how to be a leader,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks.

Nevins’ colleagues from the Ohlmeyer years include John Landgraf, president-ceo of FX Networks; Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS; Jamie Tarses, former ABC Entertainment president; and Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development at Freeform.

Ohlmeyer was a natural leader, thanks to his years as a producer of live »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Don Ohlmeyer, Producer and Executive Who Helped Revive NBC in 1990s, Dies at 72

10 September 2017 8:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Don Ohlmeyer, a longtime producer and executive who helped lead NBC’s “Must-See TV” revival in the 1990s, died Sunday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 72.

Ohlmeyer’s death was announced by his longtime friend Al Michaels during the “Sunday Night Football” telecast on NBC. “He was truly special and one of a kind,” said Michaels. Ohlmeyer had a long run as a sports producer at ABC and NBC in the 1970s and ’80s before he moved to NBC as West Coast president in 1993.

Ohlmeyer was a famously tough boss but he brought a spirit of competitiveness to NBC in the early 1990s when the network was in the ratings basement. On his watch, NBC thrived with a fresh slate of hits that included “Friends,” “ER,” “Frasier,” “Mad About You,” “Seinfeld,” “Law & Order,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Will & Grace.”

Warren Littlefield, who served as entertainment president under Ohlmeyer, recalled »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Cable, Digital Execs Talk Rising Costs of Television Production, Marketing

7 September 2017 6:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has shifted the balance of power in the television universe, pouring money into original programming and handing out generous straight-to-series orders. But Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS, believes that there is an upside to Netflix’s tactics for linear and digital competitors.

“I’m finding for the first time in a while, people are kind of going, wait a minute — it’s great if you’re ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and you won the trophy, but [not] when you’re one of the many, many other pieces of content where it dropped one day and you called and said, ‘How are we doing?’ and they, say, ‘You’re doing well,'” Reilly said Thursday. “But nobody was talking about it. There was no premiere party. There was no marketing around it. People say, ‘My mother didn’t even know it was on.’ There’s a variety of things that come into play [when competing for talent], including what »

- Daniel Holloway

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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them

7 September 2017 2:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Watch your back, Hulu. IndieWire surveyed 15 network toppers this summer on a range of questions, including the show they’d most like to steal from a rival. The top show they coveted was easily Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the timely story of a totalitarian dystopia that is on track to potentially win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy this month.

Execs also raved about a variety of other recent series, including the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” about the relationship between billionaire music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. And the network honchos were given a chance to single out an upcoming (or recently aired) show that they believe is destined to become a surprise hit. As the industry prepares for another fall season, here’s some insight into what TV’s top executives are thinking, and what’s concerning them most.

Read More:All of IndieWire’s Fall TV Coverage Dana Walden, »

- Michael Schneider

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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them

7 September 2017 2:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Watch your back, Hulu. IndieWire surveyed 15 network toppers this summer on a range of questions, including the show they’d most like to steal from a rival. The top show they coveted was easily Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the timely story of a totalitarian dystopia that is on track to potentially win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy this month.

Execs also raved about a variety of other recent series, including the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” about the relationship between billionaire music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. And the network honchos were given a chance to single out an upcoming (or recently aired) show that they believe is destined to become a surprise hit. As the industry prepares for another fall season, here’s some insight into what TV’s top executives are thinking, and what’s concerning them most.

Read More:All of IndieWire’s Fall TV Coverage Dana Walden, »

- Michael Schneider

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Greg Berlanti, Jane Fonda, Kevin Reilly, Tom Selleck Among Natpe's 2018 Brandon Tartikoff Honorees

7 September 2017 12:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Natpe on Thursday announced the five recipients of its 2018 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards.

Prolific executive producer Greg Berlanti, Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda and Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS and chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment, are among those who will be honored at the Jan. 17 ceremony, taking place at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

Emmy winner Tom Selleck and Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and a member of NBCUniversal's Executive Committee, also will be presented with the award.

"Each of the Tartikoff honorees is a leader in their field and a legend »

- Kimberly Nordyke

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Greg Berlanti, Jane Fonda, Tom Selleck to Receive Natpe’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award

7 September 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Greg Berlanti, Jane Fonda and Tom Selleck are among the honorees set to receive the 15th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at Natpe next January. Kevin Reilly and Cesar Conde will also receive the accolade at the industry group’s annual event in Miami.

The award acknowledges television’s top talent and executives. This year’s honorees included Fox Television Group chairmen-CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, and AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan, as well as actress Eva Longoria.

“In choosing to honor those with careers defined by the same zeal and dedication that Brandon held dear, this event continues to be one that he would have found so meaningful,” said Lilly Tartikoff.

Berlanti executive produces “Arrow” and “The Flash”; Selleck, who shot to fame in “Magnum, P.I.,” is in CBS cop series “Blue Bloods”; and double Academy Award-winner Fonda stars in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” From the executive ranks, Reilly »

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Discovery/Scripps Merger Is Good For Business, but (Probably) Bad for Producers

31 July 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Discovery Communications’ $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks makes a lot of sense — for Discovery and Scripps. A combined Discovery/Scripps will likely shed a few networks in the process, which means less choice for viewers, and fewer buyers for content creators.

Discovery hasn’t yet announced its strategic plans for its new oversized stable of channels, but the company did say that merging the cable groups could provide a cost savings of $350 million.

Discovery and Scripps will create a bigger conglomerate as, ironically, distribution pipes get smaller. Cable groups have already started to shed channels, as the coming age of “skinny bundles” means there won’t be room for smaller networks in a streamlined age.

Read MoreNBCUniversal Shuts Down Crime Drama Channel ‘Cloo’ After 10 Years

“I think you’re going to see additional consolidation,” TBS/TNT president Kevin Reilly told reporters last week at the Television Critics Association press tour. »

- Michael Schneider

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Discovery/Scripps Merger Is Good For Business, but (Probably) Bad for Producers

31 July 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Discovery Communications’ $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks makes a lot of sense — for Discovery and Scripps. A combined Discovery/Scripps will likely shed a few networks in the process, which means less choice for viewers, and fewer buyers for content creators.

Discovery hasn’t yet announced its strategic plans for its new oversized stable of channels, but the company did say that merging the cable groups could provide a cost savings of $350 million.

Discovery and Scripps will create a bigger conglomerate as, ironically, distribution pipes get smaller. Cable groups have already started to shed channels, as the coming age of “skinny bundles” means there won’t be room for smaller networks in a streamlined age.

Read MoreNBCUniversal Shuts Down Crime Drama Channel ‘Cloo’ After 10 Years

“I think you’re going to see additional consolidation,” TBS/TNT president Kevin Reilly told reporters last week at the Television Critics Association press tour. »

- Michael Schneider

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TNT could revisit Tales from the Crypt if and when the rights issues are sorted

31 July 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in 2016, TNT announced that it was teaming up with M. Night Shyamalan for a new horror-themed program block, with a reboot of the classic anthology series Tales from the Crypt as its centrepiece.

Unfortunately, the network hadn’t counted on a rather complex scenario with regards to the rights, leading to several delays before it was announced this June that plans had been abandoned.

During an appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour this past week, TNT boss Kevin Reilly spoke about the situation, and revealed that the reboot may not have had the final nail in its coffin just yet:

“Its been fun with lawyers, it’s been really fun. We did not know from the get-go or else we would not have announced it and made a big deal out of it. But in fact, there were rights. It is among the most — if not the »

- Gary Collinson

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TNT on Why New Tales From the Crypt Will Remain Untold

28 July 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We told you back in early June that TNT’s redux of “Tales From the Crypt” was on “indefinite hiatus,” and TNT chief creative officer Kevin Reilly has explained exactly what went wrong. “The underlying rights to the classic, vintage property… Continue Reading →

The post TNT on Why New Tales From the Crypt Will Remain Untold appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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Tales From The Crypt Handed Lifeline? TNT To Revisit TV Revival Once Rights Issues Are Done And Dusted

28 July 2017 9:50 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

TNT hasn’t given up on its Tales From the Crypt revival – and neither should we.

That’s according to Turner Entertainment’s chief creative officer Kevin Reilly, who touched on the beleaguered project during a recent interview with Deadline. Both Reilly and TNT’s top brass still have their eye on the IP, it seems, but are still waiting for the legal drama to blow over before making another approach to land the rights. Alas, a Tales From the Crypt reboot is still unlikely, as the EC Comics property has been sold to multiple producers and creators since its inception, and while providing a status report to Deadline, Kevin Reilly made no bones about his frustration.

It’s been fun with lawyers, it’s been really fun. We did not know from the get-go or else we would not have announced it and made a big deal out of it. »

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TNT Will Revisit Tales from the Crypt Once Rights Issues Are Settled

28 July 2017 5:39 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

TNT boss Kevin Reilly says that the network will revisit its Tales from the Crypt TV show revival, once some rights issues get settled. »

- Michael Kennedy

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5 Things We Learned From TCA: Day 3

27 July 2017 6:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There are always plenty of surprises, who-knew and they-said-what moments during the parade of TV show panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.

Day three of the summer tour that runs through Aug. 9 featured presentations from TruTV, TNT, TBS and Hulu.

Here are five things we learned from Wednesday’s sessions:

TBS is extremely proud of the unlike-ability of its sleeper hit comedy “Search Party.” “When (the script) was sent to (TBS’) Thom Hinkle, he brought it to my office, and the first thing I said was, ‘I hate all of these people and we have to do this show,’ “ said Brett Weitz, TBS’ exec VP of original programming. Tracy Morgan, star of TBS’ “The Last O.G.,” had the crowd in stitches for most of his session. But he got serious for a moment when asked if the show would tackle hot-button political issues for African-Americans. Morgan plays a man who returns to his Brooklyn neighborhood »

- Cynthia Littleton

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TCA Roundup: Hulu Acquires ABC’s ‘Tgif’ Series, Mindy Kaling Teases Her Show’s Final Season

27 July 2017 5:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Television Critics Association press tour arrived in Beverly Hills on July 25 and will continue through Aug. 9. Each day, Variety will publish a roundup of the most essential news items to come out of the day’s panels.

In today’s roundup, Hulu hopes to tap into nostalgia by licensing a series of 1980s-’90s Warner Bros. TV shows, and Mindy Kaling teased her series’ sixth and final season.

Hulu decided to license the shows — originally marketed by ABC as the “Tgif” block — as a group, including “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers,” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” as part of a bid to curate the library offerings in its vast archive of shows. By bringing viewers a mix of originals, newer off-network hits, and vintage favorites, Hulu hopes to out-compete Netflix as audiences’ preferred streaming service. This will be the first time the original “Full House” series has been available on any streaming »

- Erin Nyren

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‘Tales From The Crypt’: Turner Entertainment Boss On Reboot Rights Wrangling

27 July 2017 5:09 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A year and a half ago, TBS and TNT entertainment president and Turner chief creative officer Kevin Reilly announced a reboot of Tales From The Crypt with M. Night Shyamalan steering the ship. Based on the EC comic book, the popular original series ran for 93 episodes on HBO from 1989-1996. The reboot also was to be an anthology series with each episode focusing on a new story. But news surfaced in April that Tales had stalled due to complications over the rights with the… »

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Turner’s Kevin Reilly Foresees More Media Consolidation & Fewer TV Channels – TCA

27 July 2017 4:39 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Turner’s executive session started on a surreal note with TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly coming out on a bike to hold an impromptu Q&A with Snoop Dogg, host of TBS’ upcoming revival of the Joker’s Wild game show. “This is going to be my most memorable session,” Reilly said after quizzing Snoop Dogg on his TV influences, segueing into a discussion that focused largely on the future of the TV business and a likely contraction of the channel universe. “I think you’re… »

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Snowpiercer Season 1 Will Feature An ‘Ongoing Mystery’

27 July 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Speaking at the TCAs, TNT president Kevin Reilly says Snowpiercer TV series will feature an 'ongoing mystery' throughout its first season. »

- Mansoor Mithaiwala

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