Turner Promotes Angela Santone

Turner Promotes Angela Santone

Turner has promoted Angela Santone to executive vice president and global chief human resources officer.

Santone, who is based in Atlanta and reports to Turner chairman and CEO John Martin, will continue to have executive oversight of all HR functions for the company’s domestic and international networks and businesses, a role she has been carrying out since being named SVP and and chief human resources officer in June 2013. Last year, Santone’s duties expanded to include corporate responsibility, and was named to Turner’s executive committee.

“Angela is a highly skilled executive who has touched nearly every corner of our business and helped drive the company’s momentum in many ways,” Martin said in a statement. “Her strategic guidance and swift expertise have been invaluable to me and the company’s leadership team, and her innate passion for growing and developing our talent is pivotal to our continued success and as we transform our company and culture.”

Santone joined Turner from S2 Systems in 2001.

She has served as a mentor for the Southeast Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and its Agnes Scott mentoring program, as well as the internal Turner Women Today organization. She also serves on the board of directors for the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests, as well as the national WICT organization. Santone earned an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in counseling from Troy University.

Cablevision Taps Into CBS’s Live TV Stream

Cablevision Taps Into CBS’s Live TV Stream

Cablevision Systems said it is the first MVPD to provide authenticated access to CBS’s live streaming feed, so long as they’re accessing it in a market that is served by a CBS owned and operated station.

Cablevision subs can use their TVE credentials to view a live stream of CBS when in a market served by a CBS O&O, which today includes New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Cablevision’s authenticated access to the CBS live stream comes on the heels of a multi-year content carriage deal announced last August that covered retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations, continued carriage of Showtime, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. It also made Cablevision the first pay TV provider to announce plans to distribute CBS All Access and Showtime streaming services to broadband (Optimum Online) customers.

CBS noted on its Web site that it expects to add more providers to the streaming mix soon.

Prior to the Cablevision agreement, CBS had limited access to those live streams to subscribers of the broadcaster’s subscription service, CBS All Access.

“We are pleased to expand on our already robust relationship with CBS by becoming the first provider to launch the network’s new live streaming feature,” said Tom Montemagno, executive vice president, programming, Cablevision, in a statement. “Cablevision now holds distribution rights for all of CBS’s streaming platforms, demonstrating our commitment to providing customers with the ability to watch the high-quality content they desire on their own terms.”

“We applaud Cablevision in recognizing the value of delivering CBS programming to its subscribers outside the home, so they can watch CBS whenever they want on whichever device they choose,” added Ray Hopkins, president, television networks distribution at CBS Corp.

Hulu Does Windows 10

Hulu Does Windows 10

Hulu is broadening its digital reach with the launch of an app optimized for Windows 10-powered PCs, smartphones and tablets.

The new app for Windows 10 is integrated with Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-capable “personal assistant,” and works with the platform’s Live Tiles feature, which keeps users updated on which shows are being featured on the Hulu app home page, Ben Smith, Hulu’s SVP, experience, announced Monday.

“With Cortana, you can use your voice to search for a TV show or movie making it effortless to find what you want to watch. You can also direct Cortana to start a show or begin playing where you left off, so you never miss a scene,” Smith noted in the announcement.

Hulu, which has about 9 million subs and recently launched an ad-free option and a Showtime bundle, said it built the new app on top of the Universal Windows Platform, enabling it use one code for the full array of Windows 10-powered devices.

Hulu’s other supported platforms include Roku players and Roku TVs, the PlayStation 4 and PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Google Nexus Player, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Windows 8 devices, Amazon Kindle Fire, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, Wii, Wii U, Amazon Fire TV, TiVo, and connected TVs from Samsung, Vizio, LG and Sony.

Members of Parliament Slam ‘Redskins’ Name

Members of Parliament Slam 'Redskins' Name

A pair of Members of Parliament have joined the United Nations, President Obama, various U.S. legislators and a number of FCC commissioners on the list of people and organizations urging Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the National Football League team’s name, according to the Change the Mascot campaign.

The letter was sent earlier this month from two members of the House of Commons to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a copy of the letter supplied by the campaign.

Washington is scheduled to play at London’s Wembley Stadium next season as the NFL works toward adding a UK franchise in the next few years.

The MPs, Ian Austin of Dudley North and Ruth Smeeth of Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove, said they either wanted the NFL to consider the name change or alternately send another team, “one that does not promote a racial slur.”

Snyder has insisted the name honors a proud heritage and has shown no signs of changing it.

“A team’s name is a club decision,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. “We recognize there are strong views on both sides of this.”

NBCU Tags ‘Halcyon’ for Linear, Web, VR

NBCU Tags ‘Halcyon’ for Linear, Web, VRThe Oculus Rift will start shipping on March 28

NBCUniversal International Networks said it has tapped Secret Location to produce 15 episodes of Halcyon, a new short-form scripted series that will be offered on Syfy’s linear channels around the world, on Syfy’s Web sites, and, partially, via the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) platform.

The programmer said Halcyon’s 15 episodes will alternate between 10 episodes that will be available to view on Syfy linear channels and the Web, and five VR episodes to be distributed through Oculus Rift, “with additional premium and mobile platforms to be announced.”

Viewers who watch only the linear episodes of the series, will have access to “short recaps” of the five VR episodes. Preorders for the Oculus Rift started last month; shipments are expected to start on March 28, with additional distribution at “select retailers” to follow in April.

Production of Halcyon began in Toronto in February 2016, but Syfy has not announced a premiere date.

Directed by Benjamin Arfmann (Random Stop) Halcyon is a police procedural series set in 2058 set in a future in which “virtual reality is as ubiquitous as smart phones are today.” The series’ main character, Julie Dover is a detective in the Virtual Reality Crimes Unit who is investigating “the first real-life murder to take place within virtual reality.”

“Syfy is the perfect home for launching this innovative, hybrid linear and virtual reality series,” Steve Patscheck, EVP global programming, NBCU International Networks, said in a statement. “We look forward to partnering with Secret Location on Halcyon, as Syfy international channels break new ground with the launch of the brand’s first scripted virtual reality series.”

“VR is being exposed to more and more people and with projects like Halcyon, we intend to help this immersive form of entertainment grow,” added Secret Location President James Milward.

Halcyon is being produced with financial participation of the Independent Production Fund, a Canadian private foundation that makes equity investments in original digital drama series.

ACA Seeks Navigation Device Carve-out

ACA Seeks Navigation Device Carve-out

Complete coverage of the FCC’s set-top proposal.

The American Cable Association is urging the FCC to recognize the “enormous strides” smaller MVPDs have made in offering programming, the burdens of a new navigation device mandate, and give them a break.

In a letter to the FCC, ACA asked that if the FCC does adopt agency chairman Tom Wheeler’s set-top proposal to provide MVPD set-top data to third-party boxes, that the FCC: “(1) adopt a tentative conclusion that analog-only systems should be exempt from any new set-top box requirements, and (2) seek comment on an exemption for MVPDs with fewer than one million subscribers, which would serve the public interest by ensuring that the cost of MVPD service does not dramatically and unnecessarily increase, as it most certainly would if small and medium-sized MVPDs are forced to take the difficult and costly steps necessary meet the demands of the Chairman’s proposal.”

Wheeler has scheduled a vote on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at the FCC’s Feb. 18 meeting.

Former Discovery Channel Star Wyatt Arrested

Former Discovery Channel Star Wyatt ArrestedA whole new reality: Richard Wyatt, former cast member of Discovery Channel’s “American Guns” was arrested on gun charges.

Richard Wyatt, former star of Discovery Channel’s reality series American Guns, was arrested last week and charged with conspiracy, dealing in firearms without a license and tax-related charges, according to the Justice Department.

Wyatt surrendered to authorities and was expected to make his first appearance before a judge in Colorado Friday (Feb. 12).

A 13-count federal grand jury indictment was returned against Wyatt Feb. 9.

Wyatt allegedly failed to report more than $1.1 million in income from his Gunsmoke store in Wheat Ridge, Colo. He also allegedly conspired to sell guns without a license. He surrendered that license in 2012.

Wyatt also faces forfeiture of the guns and ammo “involved in the commission of his alleged crimes,” those crimes being trying to sell those guns and ammo without a license and evading taxes on that income.

DOJ noted that he “aggressively” marketed the business on YouTube and through his appearances on 26 episodes of the Discovery Channel series in 2011 and 2012.

His new reality, if convicted on all counts, could be 35 years in prison and fines of more than $1.5 million.