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Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen said he’s still “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a long-term deal with Disney for ABC stations and Espn and other cable channels, saying the satcaster is looking for a way to deliver ads to Hopper DVR customers that would make more money for the programmer.
At the same time, Ergen reiterated that if the two companies can’t reach a satisfactory deal, he’s willing to walk away.
“We’re prepared to go either way,” he said on Dish’s third-quarter earnings call. While it would be a “short-term problem” to lose Espn and other Disney channels, “long term it could make a lot of sense.”
The companies have been in talks for months on an agreement that would cover carriage of cable networks including Espn, Disney Channel and ABC Family, as well as ABC-owned stations in eight markets. The previous agreement, reached in 2005, expired Sept. »
- Todd Spangler
Who's that man posing with the Beatles? He's the Hollywood producer who signed the Fab Four to star in A Hard Day's Night before they touched down in America for the first time. He's also the guy who launched the James Bond movie franchise by giving the green light to make Dr. No, then saved it by luring Sean Connery back for one more movie. He also discovered the likes of Steve Martin and Woody Allen on the stand-up circuit and started their movie careers. Many movers and shakers in the entertainment industry are hidden in the fine print and not seen in the spotlight, and now legendary producer David Picker is stepping out with a new memoir – Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies – and sharing some Hollywood tales with ETonline.
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"I've been a very lucky guy," says Picker. "I wound up in a situation where I was able »
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