Monday, February 28, 2011

Live-Blogging Charlie Sheen's LIVE Interview With Piers Morgan

Charlie Sheen

Unexpectedly, Charlie Sheen showed up on Piers Morgan LIVE tonight.

You can watch video clips from the interview here.

Below is our liveblog of the show.


Piers wonders what the problem is, considering how good the ratings have been.

Sheen: "I can understand why they had to intervene when they did."

He did miss a couple days of practice, but never any "money days."

When Piers suggests he's a smart businessman, Charlie suggests he hasn't saved any.

Sheen doesn't know of any advertisers who pulled the plug, but that if there were any, that'd be a legitimate reason for him to change his behavior.

Before his suspension, he had a meeting with Les Moonves at his house in which he was urged to switch gears.

On the air Sheen is calling on Les Moonves or Chuck Lorre to give him a call.

Piers asks Sheen if he's on any drugs, and Sheen shows him a clean drug test.

9:22: This is Glynnis now. 

Piers says Charlie sounds "alarmingly normal" and he definitely sounds MORE normal than he did this morning on Today.

Charlie says he's a happy guy.  Suffice to say, based solely on his appearance he doesn't look so happy.

A number of media folk on Twitter are reacting strongly right now to the idea that Piers think Charlie seems normal or not addicted.  David Folkenflik (NPR): Sorry, @piersmorgan, the idea that Sheen doesn't sound crazy or addicted is either pandering or itself untethered.

James Poniewozik (TIME): TMZ kissed up but gave Sheen enough rope. So far Piers is just kissing up & letting him do damage control.

Charlie remarking that it's okay for him to be a drinker and womanizer on the show but not in real life (except not sure this is true).

Katie Rosman (WSJ): This is Network. [Charlie Sheen is Howard Sheen]

Charlie now talking about 'the goddesses.'  He has two's the wedge.  'Formation that controls the guy carrying the ball.' 

Piers says he's a family guy and aware people out there want him to be tougher. 

Charlie says he doesn't do pills.  He used to take cocaine.  USED TO. 

Piers asks about how Charlie's kids deal with the negative attention.  Charlie says he has never had drugs in the house around his kids 'that's just common sense and courtesy.'  Indeed.

Charlie: I feel more alive now.  More focused.  More intense.  (Because he is 'sober')

Sean Penn was over the other night.  He met the goddesses.  Also, Mel Gibson called to voice his support (unclear how this bolsters Charlie's side of things considering both treatment of women and Jewish ref).

Okay. The media people on my twitter feed are starting to depart (or at least make noises about departing).  Lots of talk about Charlie's mania.

Is it hard being the highest paid star in American television?  Charlie: I'm sure that's one of the elements...but that's not it entirely.

Ok.  Piers FINALLY asks Charlie about girlfriend abuse.  Charlie says he's 'never hit a woman...woman are to be hugged.'

Now asking about Sheen's PR guy who quit today.  Charlie:  'What's to control, enjoy the ride!...we're winning, look at the progress I've made in the last few days.'

About father Martin Sheen:  Relax!  I think people think I am worse off than I am...I'm here to win across the board.

Piers: "You keep using that word [winning]. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Ah ha!  And cut to the Dr. Drew clip from the other night.  Charlie: "Come on man, that;s ridiculous.  To have a prognosis about a man you haven't been in the same room with."  Good point!

Charlie Sheen, who has done non stop interviews all day, thinks it's bizarre he's the center of media attention compared to Libya.   "Bizarre nature of the business I'm in."

Sheen: "Chuck Lorre calls me by my real name Carlos Esteves a lot.  I saw [his Jewish name] in a vanity card, used it, and all of the sudden the world is burning around me."

Sheen hasn't spoken to cast members.  'Don't feel like there's a lot of one has issued a statement.  But that's how a movement starts sometimes...with one man."

Piers: "You are like the Che Guevera of Hollywood at the moment.  Ooof.  And: I kind of feel like TV needs you.  Oof again.

And that's that. 


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Friday, February 25, 2011

Virgin Media's sale of UKTV stake delayed by ad sales hitch

Talks with US broadcaster EW Scripps slow to crawl over issues including state of ad sales contract, held by Channel 4

A dispute over a critical advertising sales contract is understood to have contributed to a hold-up in the sale of Virgin Media's 50% stake in UKTV to US broadcaster EW Scripps.

Scripps has been the frontrunner in the drawn-out process to buy the UKTV stake since late last year, but two sources said that negotiations have slowed to a crawl over a number of issues including the state of the UKTV ad sales contract, which is held by Channel 4.

The complication has not derailed the deal but one insider said that Scripps executives were "no longer camped in a hotel in London" after the US broadcaster and newspaper group emerged as the preferred buyer in November.

Although UKTV is a pay broadcaster, advertising still makes up close to 50% of UKTV's total revenues so the disagreement has thrown uncertainty into the negotiations between Scripps and Virgin Media over the correct value to place on the stake. The other 50% of UK TV is owned by BBC Worldwide.

"Channel 4 were unable to monetise the contract as planned in the deal season and an argument has broken out over the exact interpretation of the contract as they want to share the pain with UKTV," said a source with knowledge of the situation.

Last July Channel 4 struck a deal with UKTV, owner of channels including Dave and Gold, to handle its TV and online ad sales for the next decade.

Channel 4's enlarged sales operation would therefore have greater leverage with advertisers, and UKTV would secure better revenues than it could achieve by bargaining alone.

Channel 4 had been battling to meet sales targets amid some initial "teething troubles" ? and the Hollyoaks broadcaster came under further pressure at the end of last year when some media agencies balked at signing up the annual TV sales deals at the rates it wanted.

However, Channel 4 insiders indicated that any problems had now been resolved and that the broadcaster had successfully completed all its annual negotiations for 2011 with ad sales agencies. Channel 4 also said it was on track to meet David Abraham's target of generating �1bn in sales revenue in 2011 for both Channel 4 and UKTV combined.

Neverthless, Channel 4 is underperforming the advertising market in the first quarter of 2011. Total TV advertising is expected to be ahead by about 6%, and while it is understood to have increased ad revenues, its performance is not up by as much. That would indicate Channel 4 has given up some market share.

The protracted negotiations over Virgin Media's UKTV stake have also tackled numerous issues thus far including video-on-demand rights for UKTV programmes and how to work within a joint-venture partnership with BBC Worldwide, which will retain editorial control of the channels. BBC Worldwide can effectively exercise control over who buys the stake.

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Scripps Networks focuses on lifestyle media and owns US TV brands including the Cooking Channel and the DIY Network. The company has been on a major expansion drive internationally, taking stakes in numerous channels.

"The deal is still inching along but there are definitely still problems," said one source with knowledge of the negotiations.

Last year, Scripps launched the Food Network in the UK and Europe, home to shows including Nigella Express and Great British Menu, in partnership with Chello Zone.

Virgin Media and UKTV declined to comment.

In a statement Channel 4 said: "Channel 4 and UKTV are both delighted with the performance of the 10 Year Adsales Contract agreed last year and integration has gone very smoothly. Day-to-day trading is going well and both parties are looking forward to a long and successful partnership."

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STV sees TV revenues rise 16%

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Scottish ITV licensee STV has reported a strong set of results for 2010 with TV revenues up 16% to �104.8m thanks to a resurgent ad market.

STV, which said that it expects the total TV ad market to remain strong in the first quarter up 10% year on year, reported revenue from its broadcasting division grew 16% to �90.3m.

While underlying results were "exceptionally strong" overall the company reported a fall in pre-tax profits from �6.1m to �3.9m. STV took a �7.2m hit from exceptional charges which included �3.5m in litigation costs in its ongoing battle with ITV, while non-cash items included a �2.7m writedown in film stock inventory value. Excluding exceptional items STV's pre-tax profit was �12.5m.

Total group revenue rose only slightly from �110m to �111.7m, although STV prefers to point to a 16% rise from �90m to �105 after stripping out the impact of the sale of the loss-making Pearl & Dean cinema ad business last May as a "discontinued" business.

Within total group revenue STV's content business was up 21% to �9.8m and digital revenues increased 50% year on year to �4.2m.

STV has forecast that the total UK TV advertising market will be up 18% this month, 3% in March for a total of 10% across the first quarter. STV's total airtime revenue is forecast to be up 6% for the first quarter with national advertising up 9% but regional advertising down 3%.

STV said the dramatically improved trading conditions would normally mean that the company would seek to re-instate a dividend this year but the board has decided that while the "intention is to resume dividend payments" this will only occur when the outcome of a raft of legal disputes with ITV is known.

The company has three legal actions pending against ITV, relating to opt-out programming, advertising and new media rights, which could amount to a �14.2m cash loss if all the cases went against the broadcaster.

Net debt rose slightly from �49m to �52m.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

MLB's At Bat 11 Launches, Shoots Up The App Store Charts (AAPL)

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Major League Baseball's excellent "At Bat" app for iOS launched today, and it's quickly been shooting up the App Store sales charts.

The app will feature a free MLB.TV live streaming preview with 150 Spring Training games. After that, you must be a paid MLB.TV member to stream all the live games. (Some free "game of the day" streams may be available as in previous years.)

This year, At Bat also lets you pick your favorite team to act as your app homepage, a nice new feature.

The app is already successful.

The iPhone version is currently the no. 6 top paid app overall -- very impressive for a $15 app! -- and it is the no. 1 top-grossing iPhone app.

The iPad version (another $15 if you want both; that's how MLB gets you) is the no. 5 paid app overall, and is also the no. 1 top-grossing iPad app.

(Though a second ago, "The Daily" was the top grossing iPad app. It's now no. 2. Didn't everyone say that no one would buy "The Daily"?)

Either way, another hit for MLB.

Now the question is whether MLB.TV streaming will become available on the Apple TV this year.

You can already stream Netflix movies to Apple TV. And MLB has long been one of Apple's preferred partners, so it makes sense that they'd work together. This could either be done through a special software update from Apple, or if Apple creates an Apple TV App Store and MLB makes another version of At Bat. We'll see.

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