More of a good thing: Based on early success of its new free AT&T U-Verse app, BabyFirst is planning a line of interactive apps optimized for use while the child is watching its linear channel. Sharon Rechter, BabyFirst EVP, business development, says the app, which enables kids to create images using an iPhone or iPad that can appear on-screen for U-Verse subscribers tuned to the BabyFirst network, takes the company’s passion for helping parents interact with their young children “to the next level… This is a new frontier, and we’re looking at developing a whole line of apps,” Rechter tells CynKids. “We have the ability to change TV viewing from a passive experience to an active experience, and to personalize it for each child.” Given that BabyFirst owns all of its IP, the possibilities are endless, she says. “The next app could be completely different.” Although the new interactive app is exclusive to AT&T U-Verse, Rechter says she’s already in discussions with “most of the big operators to create unique apps” for each of them. The BabyFirst TV network is available in U-Verse’s U-family and U300 packages and above.
Della Reese, the breakout jazz/gospel singer whose TV credits include talk show Della and Touched By an Angel, died last night at age 86. “I know heaven has a brand new angel this day,” said Reese’s Touched By an Angel co-star, Roma Downey.
Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show […]
George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire a full stake Otter Media, its joint digital video venture with the Chernin Group, according to a new report from Digiday. Otter Media – whose properties include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Hello Sunshine, and Gunpowder & Sky – was first formed in 2014. Since its inception, it’s been a purely […]
Dana Walden, the co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s board of directors. Two other Fox execs already were already serving on the board: Peter Rice, the President of 21st Century Fox, and Brian Sullivan, the President and COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group. 21st Century Fox currently owns a […]