In his keynote address at the group’s annual trade show, National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith boasted about broadcasters dedication to “the public interest.” But there are plenty of ways the networks aren’t meeting their obligations.Read more →
A fundamental tenet of business is first, find out what it is that people want or need; then set about to fill that demand. For years — decades, even — there has been data pointing to a massive, under-served market for family entertainment. The demand was unquestionably...Read more →
On this, the ten year anniversary of the infamous Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show, defenders of Hollywood are already, predictably, working hard to downplay the concerns exhibited by millions of Americans in the immediate aftermath, and the cultural significance of the spontaneous public backlash the event triggered.Read more →
The two main things you pay attention to during the Super Bowl are of course the game, and second, the commercials. Companies spend millions of dollars for a shot at pitching their product or service to the year’s biggest television audience.
Just over a year ago, Intuit, the company behind Quicken and Turbo Tax, was listed by the PTC as among the worst TV sponsors, with its ads appearing to support sexually graphic and extremely violent content. The PTC went before Intuit’s shareholders, board of directors, and corporate officers last January at its annual shareholder...Read more →
Parents Television Council President Tim Winter commended Intuit at its annual shareholders meeting for dramatically changing its TV sponsorship practices over the past year.Read more →
If you grew up in the ‘80s, there’s a good chance you watched The Cosby Show. It was a cultural phenomenon and a ratings juggernaut for NBC for most of its eight-year run. The Cosby Show made for Must-See-TV for millions of households for the better...Read more →
David Janollari, the former MTV boss who pushed dramas about minors engaging in drug use and graphic sex at teenage audiences, is now producing a new prime-time series for NBC – about a Christian church.Read more →
Recently NBC announced its production slate for the upcoming television season. In the works is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s fanciful children’s books about the fairyland of Oz. Predictably, however, rather than remaining true to the source material and creating a...Read more →
The genius of Bill Cosby, Tim Conway, Carol Burnett and a handful of other comedians is not that their comedy is particularly revolutionary, but in their ability to find the humor in everyday situations and relay it in a way that is instantly recognizable to the...Read more →
Just a couple of weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly described NBC’s Thursday night ratings as “an apocalyptic wasteland; some smoldering ruinous city, once glamorous, where a devastating bomb has crumbled the skyline into gray ash.”Read more →
This past weekend, millions of households participated in a time-honored tradition of kicking-off the Christmas season by sitting down to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas together as a family.
A Charlie Brown Christmas continues to delight generations of children and adults while serving as a reminder, year...Read more →