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Pacquiao, Mayweather Closing In On Mega Fight

The much anticipated Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather mega boxing match may happen after all.


Pacquiao has agreed to terms for a mega May 2 pay-per-view boxing match against Mayweather, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the Examiner.com Tuesday.


Arum told the website that Mayweather’s representatives have also agreed to a May fight, but Mayweather has yet to sign off on the deal.

New Year Brings New Tweaks To Cable Model

The new year is barely a few weeks old, and the winds of change already seem to be blowing through the television industry. You know things are different when presentations from over-the-top service Netflix and cable’s TV everywhere platform opened last week’s annual Television Critics Association Winter Press tour, where TV writers gather to see the lineup of new shows from traditional cable and broadcast networks.


'The Interview' Could Hack The Theater Business

Many industry observers are speculating that the holiday-weekend digital distribution of Sony’s controversial movie The Interview will build momentum toward the release of big-ticket movies on digital video-on-demand platforms at the same time as the film’s theatrical release.


Tearful Good-byes, Welcome Hellos For Some Cable Shows In 2015

As we welcome in all the promise of the New Year, some viewers are preparing to bid farewell to their favorite series and stars.


Back To The Future For PPV Events

This past Saturday featured two pay-per-view events that could help set the stage for an interesting 2015 in the PPV event category.


A La Carte and Sticker Shock

A 20-something friend of mine who constantly complains about the high cost of cable was absolutely gloating about the recent over-the-top service announcements from CBS and HBO.


He proclaimed that the industry is finally moving toward a more consumer-friendly platform where viewers can choose to pay for the channels they want to see.


Online Programmers Setting LGBT Pace

The cable industry once again received strong grades for its LGBT-inclusive programming in the latest GLAAD “Where We Are on TV” report. Yet cable was somewhat overshadowed by its fast-rising over-the-top video competitors.


The GLAAD report, which looked at primetime programming from June 2013 to this May, said that primetime cable shows featured 64 regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters — up from 42 last season — compared to their broadcast brethren, with 32 LGBT characters.


Lisa Ling’s New ‘Life’

Veteran journalist Lisa Ling will launch her new series 'This Is Life' on CNN this Sunday (Sept. 28) at 10 p.m. (ET) Ling, who recently finished a five-season run with OWN for her Our America With Lisa Ling series, recently spoke to me about her new CNN series as well as her perceptions of 24-hour news network. Ling also shares her thoughts on the progress of female broadcast journalists on television. An edited version of the interview appears below.


Time To Open Up Director Ranks

As the cable industry devoted last week to diversity efforts, a new report from the Directors Guild of America has found that minorities and women are not regularly being hired to direct television



The percentage of episodes directed by white and minority females remained even year-to-year at a paltry 12% and 2%, respectively, according to the DGA report, which looked at more than 3,500

The Graying Of The TV Viewer

A new study on the rising age of television viewers, along with primetime ratings results from this summer’s top cable networks, should cause programmers some concern.



The median age of viewers during the 2013-14 TV season has risen by 2.5 years, to 44, since the 2009-10 TV season, according to MoffettNathanson Research. Further, the

research said, cable viewers have gotten 8% older in the past five years and are now a median age of 40.