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“The Walking Dead” will extend its Season 6 finale timeslot to 90 minutes, according to EW. Much like last year’s finale and the Season 6 premiere, the extended episode will run for an hour and a half on AMC, presumably to maximize the zombie mayhem in an episode that star Andrew Lincoln says made him “physically sick” after reading the script.
For the second year running, CBS’ “The Talk” will exclusively reveal the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominations live on Thursday, March 24 from 2-3 p.m. Et; 1-2 p.m. Pt/Ct. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will then release the full list online following the live announcement.
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TV carriage brawls between programmers and distributors have long produced heated rhetoric when battles go public. But in recent months, some disputes have moved to a new level of conflict with allegations that institutionalized racism at large media companies is driving discriminatory business decisions.
This month, Univision accused At&T, parent company of DirecTV and U-Verse, of conducting a form of “redlining” in the TV business by refusing, in Univision’s view, to pay the company’s Spanish-language stations retransmission fees on a par with its English-language network counterparts in a new contract with U-Verse. At&T blasted Univision in response for what it described as having “stooped to despicable allegations in an effort to extort an outrageous price increase.” (After a four-day blackout of Univision channels on U-Verse,
DirecTV began carriage of Entertainment Studios’ Comedy.TV and Justice Central.TV on Monday. U-verse has added Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, Es.TV, MyDestination.TV, Cars TV and Pets TV; U-verse already carried Justice Central.TV.
Of the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, reps for Entertainment Studios and At&T would only say: “The matter has been resolved.”
The At&T deal greatly enhances the distribution base and value of the lifestyle and entertainment channels, which are wholly owned by Allen, a comedian turned entrepreneur. DirecTV and U-verse together reach nearly 26 million domestic subscribers, with U-verse accounting for about 6 million subscribers..
Allen has a similar racial discrimination lawsuit pending against Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
In the complaint against At&T,
Freestyle, co-founded by Mark Borde and the late Susan Jackson, scored its biggest success last year with “God’s Not Dead,” with a domestic box office gross of over $60 million. Its most recent theatrical release is the faith-based high school football film “Woodlawn.”
“We could not be more excited to have Byron Allen add Freestyle Releasing to his ever-growing media empire,” said Borde. “We’ve had numerous offers over the years, but now we’ve finally found the perfect buyer who shares our vision for distribution expansion on all platforms: theatrical motion pictures, broadcast syndication, cable television, VOD, and digital content. Our future just got much brighter.”
Allen indicated that the current management team would remain in place: “Freestyle has a great management team, and with their unique output deal with Netflix, the company
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