Maker Studios, the online production unit Walt Disney bought in May, is developing a Halloween special for Disney Channel and a "prank" show for Disney XD. Both specials will incorporate YouTube clips and be hosted by Disney TV personalities.
CNN's "New Day" morning show, which is to debut June 17, is being sold to marketers as having the camaraderie of "Good Morning America" but with a stronger focus on hard news. The show will be three hours in length and begin at 6 a.m. "I want the day to start with a strong offering that sets the tone and agenda for the day for the entire network," CNN President Jeff Zucker said.
Outdoor Channel Holdings, which is in the process of being acquired by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, in Q1 tallied an 18% rise in revenues to $17 million, compared with the same period last year. Ad sales went up 20% to almost $9 million, but the company also reported a $9.6 million operating loss. The latter included a $6.5 million fee to InterMedia Partners after its agreement to acquire Outdoor Channel wasn't finalized.
Boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather, for his May 4 win over Robert Guerrero, attracted at least 1 million pay-per-view customers for the fifth time in a row. The match, which had a suggested retail fee of $59.99, marked the first event under Mayweather's six-fight deal with Showtime.
Cable TV providers are "more highly optimized" to deliver high-quality, reliable and efficient video content than Netflix and other over-the-top services, Michael Powell, president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, plans to tell a Senate panel on Tuesday. "The cable model is critically important for monetizing and delivering the highest premium content to consumers -- including sports, live news, and premium series," Powell says in prepared testimony.