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Fox Sports extends TV contract with Anaheim Ducks

Fox Sports' regional cable networks scored an important goal -- renewing a long-term TV rights deal with the Anaheim Ducks hockey team.

Under the agreement, announced Monday, Fox Sports' Prime Ticket will remain the television home for Ducks regular season hockey games for an additional 10 years. The channel will televise about 70 Ducks games a season. 

Financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed.

The new contract is expected to generate about $13 million a year for the team in the early years of the agreement, according to a knowledgeable person who asked not to be identified. That is roughly in line with other local television contracts for National Hockey League teams. 

Two years ago, Fox Sports negotiated a somewhat larger, 12-year, $250-million agreement with the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. Kings games run on Fox Sports West, the sister channel to Prime Ticket.

Fox Sports now has stitched up long-term TV deals to broadcast the Kings, the Los Angeles Angels of...

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Private equity firm TPG ups stake in CAA, becomes majority owner

Private equity firm TPG Capital has increased its investment in talent agency Creative Artists Agency, making it the majority owner of the firm that represents such movie stars as Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence.

Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. In a statement, the Century City-based agency said the deal would give it "additional capital and resources for continued growth."

TPG, based in Fort Worth, acquired a 35% stake in CAA in October 2010. The new investment gives TPG approximately a 53% stake in CAA, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who was not authorized to comment publicly.

In a statement, CAA said its management team will "extend long-term contracts" with the agency. Among the agency's managing partners are Hollywood power players Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, Kevin Huvane and David O'Connor.


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ABC stations pick up Tyra Banks-led daytime talk show for 2015

Disney-ABC announced Monday that its station group has signed on as the initial launch partner for the upcoming syndicated lifestyle show "The F.A.B." for fall 2015.

As previously announced in May, the talker (whose working title is intended as an acronym for Fun and Beautiful), will take on topics such as food, beauty and design.

The show will feature Tyra Banks, who makes her return to daytime four years after her Warner Bros.-produced syndicated talk show went off the air, as the panel's moderator. She'll be joined by Yahoo! Fashion and Entertainment editor-in-chief Joe Zee, model Chrissy Teigen, interior designer Lauren Makk and YouTube star Leah Ashley.

The syndicated talk show will be produced by Disney-ABC’s Summerdale Productions and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

The ABC-owned station group currently secured consists of eight stations and represents 23% of the nation's TV households, and six of the top 10 markets, including Los Angeles' KABC-TV. More non...

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TV ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' dominates; 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' up

"Sunday Night Football" dominated the night in TV ratings.

The New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game on Fox was the No. 1 most watched program of the night with about 22 million viewers and a rating of 7.4 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, according to early Nielsen ratings.

Due to live NFL coverage, ratings for Fox (from 7 to 8 p.m.), CBS (from 7 to 7:30 p.m.) and NBC(for the night) are approximate.

The San Francisco 49ers-Denver Broncos game on NBC earned a rating of 7.0 in the key demographic, making it the second most watched program of the night. It averaged about 20.5 million viewers. 

In metered markets, the telecast averaged a 14.8 rating, the best "Sunday Night Football" overnight rating since the Sunday season premiere on Sept. 7.

With a football-dominated night, NBC topped the night with about 17.4 million viewers and a rating of 5.9 in the key demographic.

Fox came in second with a rating of 3.6. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was up 14% from last week with a rating of 2.5 in...

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Google, Lionsgate team up to market 'Mockingjay' with video series

Lionsgate and Google announced they will bring the "Hunger Games" fictional world of Panem to fans with new original content.

Leading up to the Nov. 21 release of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," fans of the franchise can tune in to original programming on Capitol TV, a website that is based on the government-sanctioned TV network of "The Hunger Games."

The website will feature one new video per day, beginning Monday, from its five-episode "District Voices" series. The series stars popular creators, who have a combined fanbase of more than 4.9 million subscribers and more than 550 million video views.

All the videos were created and developed with the team from the YouTube Space LA and filmed on location there and around Los Angeles. The promotional campaign was overseen by Google’s Art, Copy & Code marketing group.

"Our mission has always been to engage our 'Hunger Games' fans in the most innovative and authentic ways possible," said Danielle De Palma, Lionsgate's executive...

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Lionsgate and Tribeca team up for new video streaming service

The list of upcoming Internet subscription video sites keeps getting longer.

Film studio Lionsgate and entertainment firm Tribeca Enterprises have teamed up to create an online streaming video service, the companies said on Monday.

The on-demand service, which is expected to launch in the first half of next year, will include movies from Lionsgate and Tribeca, as well as titles from other companies. Lionsgate and Tribeca did not say what they will charge subscribers.

This is the latest in a flurry of announcements in the Internet video landscape. Last week, Time Warner Inc.'s pay-TV network HBO said it will launch a streaming service for people who don't pay for a cable or satellite TV package.

CBS has said it will launch an Internet video offering that will cost $5.99 a month.

Lionsgate, the company behind the "Hunger Games" movies, and Tribeca, which runs the Tribeca Film Festival, plan to call their service Tribeca Short List. The new offering will be run from New York.


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