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Vol. 17, No. 816, Jan. 28, 2015
Dick Wien, Editor / [email protected]s.com / 212-975-5607
MORE “THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
“THE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL” HITS 7K
NFL AND CBS CONTINUE THURSDAY NIGHT
FOOTBALL PACKAGE PARTNERSHIP
On Jan. 18 the National Football League and CBS announced
they will continue their partnership to produce and televise THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL for the 2015 season. Under the deal, CBS
will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games, which
also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also
exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The
mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday. The full slate of 16 regular season games
will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcast and production
team on all Thursday night games. The pregame, halftime and
postgame shows will continue to feature NFL Network and CBS
Sports hosts and analysts. The agreement is for the 2015 season
with an additional year at the NFL’s option. (Cont. on page 2)
CBS CELEBRATES 7,000 EPISODES
OF “THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL”
On Wednesday, Jan. 14, CBS Daytime celebrated the 7,000th episode of THE BOLD AND THE
BEAUTIFUL with a special cake cutting and the
dedication of the CBS Television City Studio 31
stage to eight-time Daytime Emmy Award
winner and executive producer/head writer
Bradley P. Bell. Pictured above (l-r) : Laura Lee
Bell, daughter of creators William J. Bell and
Lee Phillip Bell; creator Lee Phillip Bell;
executive producer and head writer Bradley P.
Bell; producer Colleen Bell; Chasen Bell, son of
Bradley P. Bell and Colleen Bell.
On Friday, Jan. 23, the three time Emmy Awardwinning CBS daytime drama THE BOLD AND
THE BEAUTIFUL celebrated its 7,000th episode.
For this special milestone episode the broadcast
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CBSN DRIVING STRONG LIVE VIDEO
VIEWERSHIP ACROSS PLATFORMS
CBSN – the first live anchored
news network across all leading
digital platforms -- is driving
strong live video viewership
across all platforms since its
launch in November, drawing
the most engaged users and
majority of streams on
Connected TV devices. On the
Roku platform, CBS News ranked #1 among news channels
in hours streamed and viewer engagement in both
November and December. Across platforms, viewers are
coming to CBSN for live coverage, and especially for major
breaking news stories, showing consumers want live news
on digital platforms. (Source: CBS News & CBS Interactive)
CBSN is currently available on CBSNews.com and its
mobile website, Connected TV devices such as Roku
players and Roku TV models, and the CBS News apps for
(THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, Cont. from page 2)
“The benefits of Thursday
Night Football are evident
across our Corporation,
including a strengthened
primetime lineup that has
built on its number one position. The NFL continues to be
the best premium content in
the business, and we look
forward to another year of
our expanded partnership in
2015/16, a season that will
culminate with Super Bowl
50 on CBS.”
-- Leslie Moonves, CBS
President and CEO
The programming rela-
“I could not be more proud of
the job the CBS Sports team
did in conjunction with our
partners at the NFL in producing, branding and positioning Thursday night football as a television destination for viewers. The awareness and viewership for
Thursday Night Football grew
dramatically in 2014, and we
look forward to continuing
this trend.”
-- Sean McManus, Chairman,
CBS Sports
2015, CBS will conclude
tionship between the
NFL and CBS will
expand to include,
among other elements,
the development of new
programming initiatives
across the various CBS
and NFL platforms. In
addition to THURSDAY
NIGHT FOOTBALL in
its 56th year broadcasting the NFL with its
exclusive presentation
of SUPER BOWL 50
from Levi's Stadium in
Santa Clara, CA, on
Feb. 7, 2016.
iOS and Windows 8.1. The network will be rolled out on
More information:
additional devices throughout 2015.
http://bit.ly/1yczWUp
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, continued from page 1)
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL cast
broke format and featured a retrospective documentary
showcasing the most iconic moments and the history of
the show’s creation. Included were commentary from the
cast, fashion throughout the decades, unforgettable
guest stars, original screen test footage and more.
Noted Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President,
Daytime, CBS Entertainment: “7,000 episodes of television is an incredible achievement, and one we are
tremendously proud of. This milestone is a testament to
the impact of Bill and Lee Bell on the genre, the passion and creativity of Brad Bell, his staff and crew and
the unwavering support of our loyal fans.”THE BOLD
AND THE BEAUTIFUL celebrated its 7,000th with a live
Twitter chat including cast members and others during
the East Coast broadcast of the special episode. In
addition, on Jan. 14 CBS Television City dedicated
Studio 31 to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL executive producer and head writer Bradley P. Bell.
The eight-time Daytime Emmy Award winner of the
most-watched daily dramatic serial in the world has
been with the show since it was co-created by his parents, William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell in 1987. THE
BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which will celebrate its
28th anniversary on March 23, 2015, is now in its 27th
season on CBS. For more information:
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http://bit.ly/14WCkUh
NOTED S&S AUTHOR WALTER ISSACSON SPEAKS ON INNOVATION
On Thursday, Jan. 15,
the CBS Speaker
Series welcomed
Simon & Schuster
author Walter Issacson
(STEVE JOBS) for a
talk about his new book,
THE INNOVATORS. In
the book, which details
the history of the digital
revolution and serves as
a guide to how innovation really works,
Isaacson discusses how
most of the innovations
of the digital age were
done collaboratively. Spanning over the course of more than 160 years, Isaacson explores the personalities that created our
current digital revolution, such as Alan Turing, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and others, exploring how their minds
worked and what made them so inventive. The book is also a narrative of how their collaboration and art of teamwork made
these visionaries even more creative. To access the replay once it's posted, employees can use the following link: HTTP://webcast.cbs.com They will need their network ID and password to access it. Once in the site, they should click on the Speaker
Series link at the top of the page. The replays can be found there.
MORE TELEVISION NEWS
l On Jan. 18, CBS SUNDAY
MORNING WITH CHARLES
OSGOOD delivered its largest
audience since 1994 and
remained the #1 Sunday morning
news program with viewers and A 25-54. (Source: NTI)
On The Cable Front....
l WE NEED TO
TALK, CBS Sports’
first nationally
televised all-female,
weekly hour-long
sports show, made
its 2015 debut on
CBS Sports
Network Monday,
Jan. 26 (10:00 PM, ET). The show, which features Dana
Jacobson, Tracy Wolfson, Amy Trask, Andrea
Kremer and Lisa Leslie, returns on Sunday, April 5 with
WELCOME WTTV TO CBS AFFILIATE FAMILY
WTTV Indianapolis joined the CBS
Affiliate family on Jan 1. With the CBS
affiliation, WTTV becomes part of
America’s #1 broadcast network and the
new home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
a special from Indianapolis, the site of the 2015 Final
Four®. The spring season of the program begins
Tuesday, April 28 and the show returns for its Fall
season on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
l Customers of
Suddenlink, the seventh
largest cable operator in the
United States, who
subscribe to SHOWTIME
can now access the
Network’s programming anywhere in the U.S. via
Showtime Networks’ authentication service, SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
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(TELEVISION, continued from page 3)
l On Jan. 20, Showtime
Networks and the newly
launched film, television and multimedia studio STX
Entertainment, announced a
multi-year output agreement to bring motion pictures
distributed theatrically by STX exclusively to Showtime
Networks during the premium television window. The
deal will begin in 2015 and covers the studio’s theatrical releases through 2019, which will be shown exclusively on Showtime Networks and its multiplex channels including SHOWTIME, The Movie Channel and
Flix. STX Entertainment’s first four features include
projects from Oscar winner Mark Johnson (“Rain
Man,” “Breaking Bad”) and Academy Award nominees
Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games,” “Seabiscuit”), Billy
Ray (“Captain Phillips”, “The Hunger Games”) and
Jason Blum (“Whiplash”). The announced projects will
star Academy Award winners Matthew
McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman,
among many others.
l SHOWTIME has picked up the fourth season of its
critically-acclaimed documentary series
INSIDE COMEDY, from comedy forces David
Steinberg and Steve Carell, for a fourth season. The
series, slated to premiere later this year, features oneof-a-kind interviews with some of the biggest names in
pop culture.
PUBLISHING
l New online video courses produced
by Simon & Schuster and hosted at
the company’s recently launched
SimonSays.com portal went live to
consumers on Jan. 12. The initiative
provides greater access to favorite authors and learning tools that expand upon and complement each
author’s published work.
SimonSays online course offerings will be primarily in the
mind-body-spirit, health and fitness, and wealth and personal
finance categories. Three
courses are available for immediate purchase at launch: “A Short Guide to a Long
Life” with David B. Agus, MD, the #1 bestselling
author of THE END OF ILLNESS and A SHORT
GUIDE TO A LONG LIFE; FINDING YOUR PURPOSE AND LIVING IT with Zhena Muzyka, the
social entrepreneur and award-winning businesswoman founder of Zhena’s Gypsy; and
OUTRAGEOUS OPENNESS: LETTING THE DIVINE
TAKE THE LEAD with spiritual counselor and author
Tosha Silver.
l On Jan. 15,
Simon & Schuster
introduced two new
boutique shops to 11
Main (www.11main.
com), a new online
shopping destination for specialty shops and boutiques. One of the boutiques will feature a selection
of books in categories including bestselling fiction,
nonfiction and history, children’s books, illustrated
books, cookbooks and box sets. The second boutique will be dedicated to products from S&S’s
acclaimed Pimsleur Language Program
(http://tinyurl.com/qf5v5pr).
UPDATE is published by CBS Communications Group.
Gil Schwartz, Senior Executive Vice President
Richard Wien, Editor, x5607 (NY)
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