Before airing a documentary about the Park Avenue building where Koch and a lot of other rich people live, the president of WNET gave the mogul a call and offered to water things down. It didn't help: Koch still resigned from the station's board.
A little taste of Scranton (and Dunder Mifflin) on Saticoy Street.
CBS 2 sifts the data for the most notorious places for LAPD traffic cops to nab speeders, while Joel Grover and NBC 4 turn their hidden cameras back on Jiffy Lube. May is always a busy month for local TV's investigative teams.
Hader is the next "Saturday Night Live" cast member to leave. He wants to do movies and TV in Los Angeles. We'll say this — he knows his way around the city (video.)
The head writer of “Saturday Night Live” and host of the show's “Weekend Update” segment will be the fourth host of NBC’s “Late Night,” following David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon.
Mario Machado was a familiar presence on Los Angeles TV and radio for a few decades starting in 1967, when he joined Channel 9 (then KHJ-TV) as the city's first Chinese-American TV news reporter. He was a soccer booster in LA before the sport was cool and a founder of AYSO. Girls play soccer today because of Mario Machado, a friend posted on Facebook.
Anyone using the Netflix or Amazon streaming services knows that movies will come and go - it's largely a function of intricate licensing deals.
C'mon, admit it: Before DreamWorks Animation snapped up the YouTube channel this week in a $33-million deal, most of you hadn't a clue. It's time to catch up.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings seems to have a knack for identifying what viewers want (or don't want), and he's out with an 11-page essay on where he believes TV is headed. One of the big takeaways: Apps will replace channels.
KTLA reporter Lu Parker is doing some time on skates with the Derby Dolls for a piece on Thursday night's 10 p.m. news on Channel 5. "I try to conquer the track," she tweets.
Marcus was KCET’s chief content officer and executive producer of "SoCal Connected" until last week's layoffs. He hints that the award-winning 'Connected' team hopes to stay together somewhere else.
Last month, Marcus was the main voice at KCET insisting that "SoCal Connected" was just between seasons and might be back. It looked remote then, given the station's financial mess, and looks even more remote now.
The merger last fall of Los Angeles public television station KCET with Link Media became more real on Friday. CEO Al Jerome, who took KCET out of PBS a few years ago, appears to remain.
So call me nutty, but I've always been a little suspicious when "the human condition," "pushing boundaries," "unconventional structure," and references to "My Dinner With André" all wind up in the same press release.
We're talking about a revolution in the way people are consuming content. That's the real story behind Dish Network's unsolicited bid for Sprint Nextel.
Jonathan Winters had one of those long, varied entertainment industry careers after working New York comedy clubs and moving to early television in the 1950s. "One of the great comedians of the 20th century," the LA Times says.
The increases are so sizable - and across so many categories - that you'd have to conclude that the entertainment industry is off to a strong year.
It's the media giant's saber-rattling response to the startup Aereo, which pulls over-the-air signals from local stations (including the Fox network lineup) and then streams them to its subscribers for a fraction of what cable or satellite services cost.
That's quite a discount from the $2 billion that Hulu's owners were asking for two years ago. Then again, the digital world has gotten more complicated and competitive.
"I got a call from my mom today," he says on tonight's show. "She says, 'Well, David, I see you didn't get the Tonight Show again.' "
The late-night host signed off on NBC's plan to have Jimmy Fallon take over early next year, right after the Winter Olympics. The network also announced that the show will be moving to NY from Burbank. "This time it feels right," said Leno.
KCET says that while it doesn't look good for a sixth season of "SoCal Connected," it still might happen. "SoCal Connected depends on public funding and we don't know at this time what that funding will be."
KTLA 5 Morning News co-host Michaela Pereira is leaving the station at the end of May, after nine years, to join CNN in New York, the station announced. No replacement has been named.
It sounds as if Thursday night's episode of "SoCal Connected" on financially strapped KCET might be more than the final show of the fifth season. Co-host Madeleine Brand posted on Facebook that Wednesday's taping day was the show's last one. "A loss for good journalism in L.A.," she writes. We agree.
What is it with those guys? Can't they handle internal issues internally? Latest hoo-ha is over an NBC executive reaching out to CNN's Anderson Cooper about replacing Matt Lauer before the end of the year.
More broadly, you have to wonder how many people really care where these shows are produced. Carson did have a different vibe in NY and L.A., but only because both cities had distinctive personalities in the 60s and 70s.
Rob and Laura, 1963Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in front of a studio audience doing "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in 1963. Jerry Paris can be seen directing. Photograph by Earl Thiesen for Look magazine. Bigger | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive
Upside of sending crews to Rome
Bryan Frank, the veteran photographer for CBS 2 and KCAL 9, has been sharing behind-the-scenes still images from the Vatican media swarm. Check it out.
KTLA news meetingKTLA News Director Jason Ball posted this TwitPic of the afternoon editorial meeting at Channel 5. It's nice to see inside the walls and have a mental picture of how they do things. Bigger
Downton Abbey does LARahoul Ghose/PBS
The Downton Abbey roadshow came to town to promote the show's third season. More than 300 fans got to meet the Earl of Grantham, take photos with Mrs. Patmore and receive "Free Bates" t-shirts. Read and see more
KCET studiosInside the station's new Burbank home
Inside new 'SoCal Connected'
LAO visited KCET's studios for rehearsal of the newly expanded "So Cal Connected" show. Post and photos
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