Posted by Barry Silverstein on February 24, 2012 11:34 AM
It's withdrawal time for millions of viewers of the wildly popular Downton Abbey, the British series that just concluded its second season on PBS. The period costumes, the two-track intrigue of the nobility and working class, the witty dialogue delivered in delicious British accents — all contribute to a success on American television not seen at this level since British classics such as Upstairs Downstairs and All Creatures Great and Small had their lengthy runs on PBS.
As fans anxiously await Season Three of Downton Abbey, however, another Anglophile-wooing TV channel is trying to take advantage of the the hiatus and the halo effect of the show: BBC America.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 21, 2010 06:00 PM
Amazon exceeds Kindle sales estimates.
American Airlines allowed to exit Orbitz partnership.
Burberry CEO rewarded for bumper year.
Cisco eschews cloud services.
Comcast, Verizon and other US cable/telco broadband operators must abide by new net neutrality rules.
Deutsche Bank settles tax shelter case.
FDA powers broaden in new US food safety bill.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 23, 2010 09:00 AM
Apple announces Black Friday sale.
BP's $2 billion Gulf compensation fund fails to quell critics.
Citi launches "financial capability" site to educate consumers.
Coty is buying Philosophy, one of of Oprah's "Ultimate Favorite Things" brands.
Disney's video games chief steps down.
Gawker forced to remove Sarah Palin book excerpts.
GM plans 100-dealer network for Baojun in China.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 13, 2010 09:00 AM
* AOL is introducing a bigger, splashier ad format.
* Bell Canada owner BCE Inc. is retaking control of the CTV network for $1.3 billion and re-entering the TV business.
* BP is back in the news as its landmark legal battle looms, an executive shuffle clears way for Tony Hayward's next role, more oil from the spill is found by researchers, and the smarta$$ behind @BPGlobalPR Twitter account steps forward.
* Chrysler dealers will get the chance to meet CEO Sergio Marchionne this week, while more than 450 execs including ex-chairman Lee Iacocca sued Daimler AG and Cerberus, claiming they lost 100 million dollars in pensions in the automaker's bankruptcy.
* Disney's ABC is pushing its TV brand anew after the arrival of Paul Lee at the helm.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 11, 2010 06:00 PM
• American Idol's former owner, Robert F.X. Sillerman, wants it back.
• Apple is renaming Apple TV to iTV (adding apps, losing 1080 HD video playback) and patches "gaping" security hole.
• BBC's iconic Top Gear faces a tough audience when an American version launches on the History Channel this fall.
• Cisco profit soars 79%, but revenue falls short of Wall Street expectations.
• GM may file its IPO by Friday, says the New York Times.
• JetBlue listens, finally addresses Steven Slater incident with a blog post.
• John Madden is still big in video games, but misses TV.
• NHL franchise lets fans name their own ticket prices.
• Old Spice actor Isaiah Mustafa lands two movie roles.Continue reading...