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C-SPAN Celebrates 35 Years With Its Greatest Moments

@johnsolit

March 18, 2014

We live in a hyper-connected, social media driven, 24-hour news networked world. For better or worse, it’s hard to imagine a time when coverage from Washington was anything other than live and total. But what today passes for news can’t compare to the real, unedited authenticity of what’s happening at any moment on the floor…

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SXSW Asks TV or Not TV, Panelists Answer TV

@johnsolit

March 10, 2014

In front of a packed ballroom at the Driskill Hotel, with another 30 people outside hoping for seats to open up (they didn’t), three TV heavyweights wrestled with the herculean question, “Who am I?”  ESPN President John Skipper, Univision President Kevin Conroy and PBS President Paula Kreger along with CNN reporter Brian Stelter attempted to…

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Are Americans Addicted To TV?

@johnsolit

February 21, 2014

In 2011, American households watched an average of eight and a half hours of television every day. That’s more TV than any other nation tracked by the OECD. And we didn’t sneak into the lead with a few extra tenths of a point – we watch nearly double the TV consumed by second-place Hungary. So…

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The Olympics of Television

@juliannetwin

February 20, 2014

Americans didn’t  just watch the Sochi Olympics on TV – they consumed it across all devices. As NBCUniversal research president Alan Wurtzel put it, “I think what you’re seeing are people who are watching it on digital and consuming it there, but they are circling back to television and TV leads us back to digital,…

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It's the Little Things that Make Breaking Bad Big

@johnsolit

August 15, 2013

I waited patiently. I desperately avoided Internet theories, show-runner interviews, and reddit AMAs.  When I found out the first five minutes of the first episode were screened at Comic Con 2013, I immediately stopped reading anything that even referenced the city of San Diego. I cloistered myself. Thanks to months of diligence and in spite…

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Breaking Bad, Shark Week, The White Queen Premieres Still to Come

@juliannetwin

July 30, 2013

With the new season launches of cable hits like “Dexter”, “True Blood”, “Top Chef Masters” and “Newsroom” plus the beginning of new series “Ray Donovan” already behind us this summer, does this mean that August will be a slow month? Fear not cable fans – there is plenty more to come! The late summer/early fall…

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Comic-Con? More Like Cable-Con!

@johnsolit

July 23, 2013

Some have called it a convening of the greatest creative minds in pop-culture today. Others have called it a nerdy meeting for nerdy nerds. But most call it Comic-Con, the international pop-culture convention held annually in San Diego, California featuring the latest in popular film, television, sci-fi, games, toys, and yes – even comic books….