ATAS chief looks to Emmy challenges
John Shaffner went through a run-off election to keep his post as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Now, he faces one of the toughest mandates for a head of the TV academy in recent history. The Primetime Emmy Awards are in their final year under the current deal with the Big Four broadcast networks. The license fee for the Emmys is a key source of financing for the TV academy and its programs, but with broadcast ratings downtrending, convincing the networks to shell out a large sum for the Emmys may prove a tough sell.
INTERVIEW: EASTENDERS' Rita Simons (Roxy)
On who killed Archie: "I absolutely don't have a clue! There are so many of them and I know what they're like here, they like to pin it on the most unsuspecting person! In fact, I keep thinking it must be me because I'm pretty much the only non-suspect!"
AD AGE: 2009 Set to Show First Revenue Decline for Nation's Top 100 Media Cos.
The nation's top 100 media companies eked out 0.8% revenue growth in 2008, but reported revenue for top media firms in the first half of 2009 fell 4.3% from a year ago, according to Ad Age's analysis.
INTERVIEW: Former DAYS star Darin Brooks (ex-Max)
What politician would you date? "Does Sarah Palin still count?"
Former DAYS star Charles Shaughnessy in Boston this weekend
Shaughnessy is in Boston doing a private acting workshop for local youth. He takes a break from his work to discuss his career, pose for photos, and sign autographs. The event benefits the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
Off-Broadway Drama "Loaded" to Close Jan. 17
Elliot Ramón Potts' tense two-hander "Loaded: will shutter Off-Broadway Jan. 17, one week earlier than originally scheduled.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Read our review of "Loaded" here, and our interview with star Kevin Spirtas here.