Liz Gateley, co-founder of ITV's DiGa production unit, has been named Lifetime's executive vice president and head of programming. Gateley, who served a stint at Lifetime more than a decade ago, will be in charge of developing movies, as well as scripted and nonscripted shows.
At the Television Critics Association press tour, ABC executives promised to breathe new life into the network by playing on its strengths in both unscripted and scripted programming. "The No. 1 goal we all have at this company is to restore the power of our broadcast network in primetime," said Disney-ABC Television president and Disney Media Networks co-chairman Anne Sweeney.
Barry Diller's appointment as co-CEO of Vivendi Universal marks a strategy shift for the conglomerate, which is still finding its way after the departure of former CEO Jean-Marie Messier. Media insiders say Vivendi could be considering a spinoff of its Universal entertainment assets.
The FCC yesterday cleared the way for Comcast to acquire AT&T Broadband, a deal which would create the country's largest cable operator. The Justice Department said it had no antitrust objections to the deal.