ESPN will see 23 conference championships decided on its channels this year as part of Men’s Championship Week running through March 15. Overall, ESPN channels will carry a record 135 games over the 13 day period across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and ESPN3 including every game from nine conference tournaments: ACC (13), American (10), Atlantic Sun (8), Big 12 (9), Horizon (7), MEAC (11), SEC (13), Southern (9) and Sun Belt (7). The first year of SEC Network’s schedule will include exclusive coverage of the first 10 games of the Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament while ESPN will televise the semifinals and championship. ESPN3 offers five special “ESPN3 Surround” applications for an alternative viewing experience to the traditional telecast with different camera angles and audio as part of the ACC, American, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC title games.
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 […]