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December 26, 2012News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • ITV buys stake in "Duck Dynasty" maker Gurney Productions
    U.K. television network ITV is buying a controlling interest in Gurney Productions, maker of the A&E series "Duck Dynasty." The move is part of a concerted effort by ITV to increase its international content ownership. ITV spent $40 million for 61.5% of the company, with an option to buy it out entirely after three years. The Guardian (London) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Programming News 
  • Hallmark executive eyes more original scripted series
    Hallmark Channel may be moving toward more original scripted series, according to Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming for Crown Media Family Networks, which owns the channel. "Cedar Cove" and "When Calls the Heart," already greenlit earlier in the year, may be joined by other original series by 2014, with original movies potentially serving as pilots for series, Vicary says. Broadcasting & Cable (subscription required) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Video 
  Marketing Trends 
  • Digital billboards power iconic New Year's Eve spot in N.Y.
    The One Times Square building that hosts the annual New Year's Eve ball drop has almost no tenants -- but it earns more than $23 million a year in ad revenue. Dunkin' Donuts, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Sony and News Corp. are among the brands that spend millions each year advertising to the people milling in Times Square. Part of the success lies in the digital billboards that replaced standard versions and permit faster message turnaround and moving graphics. The Wall Street Journal (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Competitive Watch 
  • LG Electronics will show 2 Google TV models at CES
    LG Electronics is putting out two Google-enabled television sets next year. The manufacturer will show the new models, which will use Google software and voice-enabled search for Internet-connected viewing, at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show. Sony and Logitech have already partnered with Google on devices, but sales for have been weak. LG's vice president of marketing and sales, James Fishler, points to "unique features within the Google technology that helps pair your smartphone more seamlessly to your television." Bloomberg (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • CTAM study reveals Chatter does Matter
    Today, social TV has a whole new meaning. Viewers can now use a variety of devices and platforms to chat about programming as it airs. So, how do social interactions and chatter affect and augment TV viewing, brand loyalty and engagement? Get the answers in CTAM's study How Chatter Matters in TV Viewing, available for purchase now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • CTAM's Marketplace organizes suppliers in one location
    The Cable Industry Marketplace offers users a convenient alphabetized category and heading search for simply and quickly finding suppliers. The Marketplace also offers a Request for Information to quickly contact participating suppliers to obtain more detailed information for specific projects. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Former cable industry leader James Mooney dies at 69
    James Mooney, who served as president and CEO of the National Cable Television Association from 1984 to 1993, has died at the age of 69. The organization, now known as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, was at the center of efforts to deregulate the industry. "During his tenure, cable saw a dramatic rise in the number of households subscribing to multichannel video as well as the appearance of precursors to many of today's consumer-friendly and highly interactive services and technologies," said NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell. Multichannel News (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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