Showbiz Sandbox 118: Mr. Television Rates This Year’s New Shows

September 12, 2011


There’s a good reason Marc Berman is known as Mr. Television. As the man behind MediaWeek’s daily television newsletter The Programming Insider his commentary on the medium reached more than 50,000 readers per day. Berman recently launched TV Media Insights, a new online destination for television and media with its own newsletter, forum and podcast. Berman handicaps this year’s Emmy Awards and also tells us which new shows are worth watching in the upcoming season.

We also continue our discussion on the publishing industry, which due to the dramatic changes in how they do business, is becoming one of the more fascinating parts of the entertainment industry. As e-book sales increase, popular authors are beginning to announce plans to release new work directly to readers and Amazon plans on creating a Netflix fof books.

Meanwhile, a The Hollywood Reporter served a cease and desist order on which sparked a war of words between the two trade outlets. Is the Reporter in financial trouble, and if so, should Deadline staff be spreading the word to potential advertisers?

We also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the controversy over Mel Gibson’s next directorial effort, P.J. Harvey’s second Mercury Prize and Ryan Seacrest’s bid for his very own cable network.


Marc Berman’s TV Media Insights

Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake, Boardwalk Empire Win Creative Arts Emmys….

P.J. Harvey Wins 2011 Mercury Prize….

Omar Tyree Self-Pubs New Serialized E-Novel….

E-book Sales Jump In June, Print Plunges….

Amazon In Talks To Launch Digital Book Library….

NFL Sunday Night Football Ratings Best Season Opening In 15 Years….

NBC Nabs Record $35 Million In Super Bowl Spots….

ESPN Re-Ups Monday Night Football Pact Through 2021….

Mel Gibson To Direct Film About Jewish Folk Hero Judah Maccabee!

Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond and Yo-Yo Ma Among Kennedy Center Honorees….

Russell Crowe In Negotiations To Star In ‘Les Miserables’

U.S. Government Has Been Secretly Driving Sweden’s Intellectual Property Policies

India’s Railways Minister Limits James Bond’s License To Thrill

HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin Series About Cable TV News

Ryan Seacrest In Talks To Take Over VH1 Soul

Spotify and Ford Team Together To Showcase Music Services First In-Car Integration

Nikki Finke To THR Lawyers: SCOLDJA!