Vol. 16, No. 814, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Dick Wien, Editor / [email protected] / 212-975-5607
MAY 20, 2015
CBS is currently providing
viewers with a first-ever mix
of “Animagic” animation and
star-studded live-action
footage in an on-air promoELEMENTARY star
Lucy Liu with
tional campaign celebrating
the holidays and the 50th
anniversary of RUDOLPH
THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. These spots, which
launched on Thanksgiving and will run through the end of
December, feature Rudolph, Sam the Snowman and an
array of CBS stars congratulating their four-legged
Network peer on his impressive milestone. CBS affiliates
David Letterman, the longest tenured late night talk
show host at more than 32 years and one of the most
influential, acclaimed and honored personalities in television history, will host his final broadcast of the LATE
SHOW on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (11:35 PM-12:37
AM, ET/PT). As previously reported, Letterman, who has
hosted CBS’s LATE SHOW for 22 years, announced his
retirement on the April 3 broadcast.
Letterman, who is widely credited with redefining the talk
show genre, debuted on the late night scene Feb. 1,
1982 with the premiere of his groundbreaking “Late Night
have the opportunity to broadcast customized versions of
the holiday promotional spots by inserting their own on-air
talent. To view the 30 second Rudolph spot featuring CBS
stars, go to http://tinyurl.com/ot9g2nv
with David Letterman,” which ran for 11½ years and
was honored with five Emmy Awards. Since its CBS
premiere on August 30, 1993, LATE SHOW has won
nine Emmy Awards and 73 Emmy nominations. As of
May 20, 2015, Letterman will have hosted 6,028 total
episodes of both “Late Night” and the LATE SHOW.
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On Dec. 9, Showtime Networks announced the launch of
SHOWTIME ANYTIME on Microsoft’s Xbox One game
console. With its Xbox One app, SHOWTIME is
introducing a new user interface for SHOWTIME
Bill Murray with David Letterman on the LATE
August 30, 1993.
ANYTIME on the television, making it easy for subscribers
to marathon view series or resume programs where they
left off. Additionally, Xbox One users can select their
In December 2012 Letterman was an honoree at the
“35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” which recognizes
recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television. In 1992, he
received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award
for taking “one of TV’s most conventional and least
inventive forms – the talk show – and infusing it with
freshness and imagination.” In March 2011, he was
awarded the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic
Excellence at Comedy Central’s first annual “The
Comedy Awards.” Letterman has also won two American
Comedy Awards as “Funniest Male Performer in a
Television Series,” and in 2012, he received the Career
Achievement Award from the Television Critics
On April 10, CBS announced that Stephen Colbert, the
host, writer and Executive Producer of the Emmy and
Peabody Award winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed Letterman as LATE SHOW host. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1scVkbv
CBS Sports’ national coverage of the SEC ON CBS
for the 2014 season was the highest rated regular
season college football package on any network for the
favorite SHOWTIME series, movies or boxing matches
and “pin” them to their Xbox One Home screen. Access is
available for free to all Xbox Live® members in the U.S.
who subscribe to SHOWTIME through participating television providers, giving them unlimited on demand access to
hundreds of hours of programming, as well as the live
broadcast of the network's east and west coast feeds.
This announcement comes after the launch of
SHOWTIME ANYTIME on Xbox 360® earlier this year.
SHOWTIME ANYTIME is available nationwide to subscribers of AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks,
Cablevision's Optimum TV, Charter, Comcast Xfinity,
Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable
and Verizon FiOS, among others.
sixth consecutive season, averaging a
national HH rating/share of 4.0/9. CBS
Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS was
highlighted by five of the Top 10 mostwatched college football telecasts of the
2014 regular season. (Source NTI)
l On Sunday, Dec. 7, 60 MINUTES finished in the Top
10 in viewers for the seventh straight week – its longest
in-season streak on the weekly list since January 2009.
Through 12/7, the CBS newsmagazine has finished
among the most-watched primetime broadcasts
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Recently, the Advertising, Entertainment,
Media and Sports (AEMS) Supplier
Diversity Industry Group held their networking reception in Orlando, FL. The
event was conducted as part of the 2014
National Minority Supplier Development
Council (NMSDC) conference. Natalie
Robinson, Director of Strategic Sourcing
and Supplier Diversity (3rd from right),
holds the position of Secretary on the
AEMS Industry Group and played a key role
in planning the networking event. Keynote
speakers for the event included Earvin
“Magic” Johnson (back, center).
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in all but three of the weeks of the 2014-2015 season,
making Nielsen’s Top 10 List eight out of the past 11
weeks. (Source NTI)
CBS Corporation garnered 16 Hollywood
Foreign Press Association Golden Globe
Award nominations across five divisions –
SHOWTIME, CBS Television Studios, CBS
Television Network, The CW and CBS Films
– including triple crown recognition for the third
year in a row for best series/film nominations across broadcast television (CBS’s THE GOOD WIFE and The CW’s
JANE THE VIRGIN), cable television (SHOWTIME’s THE
AFFAIR) and film (CBS FILM’s PRIDE). Of the 16 nominations, five were attributed to CBS Television Studios,
which produces the THE GOOD WIFE and JANE THE VIRGIN. Among the highlights, SHOWTIME was honored with
nine nominations, the most ever in the Network’s history.
THE AFFAIR received nods in such major categories as
Best Television Series, Drama, plus lead actors Ruth
The HOT BENCH judges (l-r) Tanya Acker, Patricia
DiMango and Larry Bakman.
CBS Television Distribution has announced that
the new syndicated court program, HOT BENCH,
created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, has been renewed
for a second season. HOT BENCH has also been
upgraded in five of the top 10 markets for the remainderof the season and will be moved to CBS-owned stationsin seven markets on Monday, March 30, 2015,
through the 2015 - 2016 season. HOT BENCH will
move to the following CBS-owned stations: WCBS New
York at 9:00 AM; KCBS Los Angeles at 2:00 PM;
Wilson and Dominic West. An additional six SHOWTIME
actors were nominated (the most series actor nominations
of any cable or broadcast network), including HOMELAND's
Claire Danes, RAY DONOVAN’s Liev Schreiber and Jon
Don Cheadle and SHAMELESS’ William H. Macy. SHOWTIME had the most series nominations of any network. ... In
addition to best Drama series, THE GOOD WIFE stars were
recognized for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
(Julianna Margulies) and Best Supporting Actor in a
Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie (Alan Cumming). Plus,
MOM’s Allison Janney received a nod for Best Supporting
Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie. ... For the first
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time The CW was recognized with nods: JANE THE VIRGIN (Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress
Golden Globe winners will be announced on Jan. 11, 2015.
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WBBM Chicago at 2:00 PM; KTVT, Dallas at 2:00 PM;
WBZ Boston at 9:00 AM; WFOR, Miami at 9:00 AM
and KCNC Denver at 3:00 PM.
Marty Messinger (at left),
who in September celebrated 36 years of exem-
CBS Studios
International recently
concluded an annual
International Press
Junket over four days
in Los Angeles, which
included print press
conferences, publicity
photo shoots, red car- (l-r) MADAM SECRETARY’s Téa
Leoni and Tim Daly sat down
pet press lines and
for an on-camera interview at
the International Press Junket.
electronic on-camera
interviews. Over the course of the junket, 41 actors
and 12 executive producers from 15 different series
met with more than 60 journalists from 37 foreign territories.
plary service with CBS and
Westinghouse, has
Marty Messinger (l)
Andrew Siegel (r)
announced his retirement,
effective Dec. 31.
Messinger, who has
served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General
Counsel for CBS since 1996 and chief legal officer for the
CBS Television Stations group since the division was
formed in 2000, will continue with the CBS Law
Department as a consultant until April 2015. In addition to
leading the TV stations' legal team, Messinger also
served as CBS Corporation's first Chief Compliance
Officer for four years after the company's separation from
Viacom in December 2005. Following Messinger's retirement, Andrew Siegel will assume leadership of the CBS
Television Stations' legal team as Senior Vice President
and Associate General Counsel. Siegel joined CBS in
1988, having previously worked at the law firms Shea &
Gould and Fly, Shuebruk, Ganguine, Boros & Braun.
CBS RADIO announced on Dec.
15 that it has signed Carson Daly to
a multi-year contract extension.
Under the new agreement, Carson
will remain as host of his highly rated
Los Angeles morning show,
“Mornings with Carson Daly,” broadCarson Daly
cast on 97.1 AMP Radio weekdays
from 6:00-10:00 AM, PT, and “The Daly Download with
Carson Daly,” a weekly countdown show that is nationally syndicated to more than 110 radio stations in the
United States and Canada. Daly has been with 97.1
AMP Radio since January 2010, increasing his weekly
audience each year since his debut. His show currently is among the Top 3 most-listened-to programs in the
time period with listeners 6+. “Mornings with Carson
Daly” can be heard on-air, online at ampradio.com or
by downloading the Radio.com app for mobile devices.
"Through station acquisitions and divestitures, adaptation
to new management teams and FCC policies, and the
review of countless news stories and station contracts,
the counseling and representation our stations have
received under Marty’s leadership has been the best in
the business. Marty has been a great friend and mentor
to many people within CBS and he will be leaving us with
our heartfelt thanks and warmest wishes," said Jonathan
Anschell, Executive Vice President and General
Counsel, CBS Television. Echoed Peter Dunn, President,
CBS Television Stations: "Marty has long been the epitome of a trusted adviser and great friend. He has always
been steadfastly committed to doing the right thing on
behalf of our stations. We will always consider him a
beloved member of the CBS Television Stations family
and we are grateful for everything he has done to brilliantly mentor so many of his colleagues, including his worthy
successor, Andy Siegel."
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Gil Schwartz, Senior Executive Vice President
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