Showbiz Sandbox 172: The TV Industry Has Its Head Up Its Ass

December 3, 2012


Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, realizes the ways people watch TV have radically and irrevocably changed. He believes the industry has not even remotely caught up to that fact yet. Or, as he puts it, “We have our head up our ass.” We’ll discuss the checklist Reilly provided at recent industry event which touched on every facet of the business.

As the year draws to a close the awards season has begun to heat up as both the Gotham Awards and European Film Awards were handed out last week. We’ll give you a rundown of who the big winners were and which movies are topping the first few year-end critics polls.

In theater news one can make it big with an Off-Broadway production, they just can’t make big money. A few recent hit shows are closing after barely breaking even or never turning a profit.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including a list of top earning musicians, Jeff Zucker lands at CNN and why China may surpass the United States as the biggest movie market in the world.


MoMA Adds Video Games to Its Collection

‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ Sets New Franchise Foreign Record, Drawing Nearly $450 Million

Daniel Day-Lewis, Rachel Weisz Win at NY Film Critics Circle Awards

Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Wins Big at European Film Awards

Moonrise Kingdom Wins Best Feature at the Gotham Awards

Seth MacFarlane Announces College Search for Oscar Presenters

Fox Chief on the TV Industry: ‘We Have Our Head Up Our Ass’

CBS Orders Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’ Straight to Series for Summer 2013

A Struggling CNN Worldwide Is Said to Be Drawn to Jeffrey Zucker

What Jeff Zucker Actually Said About Running CNN Today

Broadway Audience Continues Growth Trend, Boosting Record Year

‘King Kong’ Producer Eyeing Spider-Man’s Broadway Lair

Tribes Recoups Investment; Plays Through January 6

‘Silence! The Musical’ to Close

Adele’s ’21’ Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

Carrie Underwood to Star in NBC’s Live Broadcast of The Sound of Music

Publishers Brace For Authors To Reclaim Book Rights In 2013

Angus T. Jones Bashes ‘Two and a Half Men,’ Calls It ‘Filth’,0,5071222.story

Angus T. Jones Apologizes for ‘Two and a Half Men’ Slam

Charlie Sheen Breaks Silence on Angus T. Jones ‘Meltdown,’ Says ‘Two and a Half Men’ Is ‘Cursed’

Angus T. Jones’ Religious Mentor: Anti-Gay, Anti-Masturbation, Anti-Obama and Anti-Jay-Z

The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2012

Rolling Stones At 50: The Verdict

Coming In 2013 – Targeted TV Ads

News Corp. Announces Its Corporate Split, and the Closing of The Daily

China To Be World’s Largest Movie Market By 2020, Study Predicts,0,4904380.story

Charles Barr on Alfred Hitchcock’s Early Work 


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