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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Ready for a channel devoted to nothing but "The Simpsons?"
Don't laugh, it is one idea News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey threw out when speaking Tuesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills.
Noting that "The Simpsons" shows no sign of slowing down as it prepares to start its 23rd season on News Corp.'s Fox network, Carey said the company is starting to have internal discussions about how to create additional revenue streams for the animated hit that goes beyond reruns on TV stations and DVD sales.
Any effort at creating a platform just for "The Simpsons" may have to wait for the show to stop producing new episodes. Because the show is still in production after more than two decades, the rerun deals done years ago are still in effect. Once the show ends, so-called second cycle sales of repeat episodes can be sold. Although some shows might seem stale after 20 years, "The Simpsons" continues to be a solid performer.
Carey said there have been a "number of meetings" to determine how to capitalize on its library of episodes of "The Simpsons" and he mentioned a digital channel featuring nothing but Homer and the gang as being a possibility. Carey said it is incumbent on the company to take advantage of a show that is "unique in television with a volume too that is unprecedented."
The rest of the session with Carey offered little in new headlines. He again reiterated that Fox News is undervalued compared to most other cable networks and said that after ESPN, it has the most value to distributors.
The topic of the phone hacking scandal at News Corp., which led to the closing of the company's News of the World tabloid and has put a cloud over company Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son, deputy chief operating officer James Murdoch, did not come up for discussion, at least in the portion that was streamed on the Internet.
-- Joe Flint
Photo: Homer Simpson. Credit: 20th Century Fox


Anonymous said...

It is shocking to me that this series has been so successful.

Jill Pentkowski

victor garcia said...

the simpsons are successful this show has been on for years they really do know how to make entertainment

Alexis Donovan 4041 said...

Is it weird that i literally have NEVER watched the Simpsons show? I played the Homer Simpson hit and run game though. I liked to just drive around. Haha. As far as it getting it's own channel? I think that may be taking it a bit far. Why can't they have a Family Guy channel then?

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, The Simpsons is old and its humor is silly and stale. New shows have caught my attention like Family Guy and Modern Family. Those are a couple of my favorite new comedy shows.

-Camille Sunseri, BC6003

Jessica Johnson said...

I know, it rots the brain.
Jessica Johnson COM 101-4041

Anonymous said...

I liked the Simpsons. I would watch the Simpsons with my dad as I was growing up, we just couldn’t watch it when my mom was around because she didn’t like the Simpsons. I think the Simpsons channel will do very well.
Julia Miller
Com 101 HN 4041