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"The Entertainment Channel" redirects here. There was also a short-lived United States cable network known as "The Entertainment Channel" that merged with Alpha Repertory Television Service in 1984 to become A&E.

E!: Entertainment Television (or simply E!) is an Americanmarker cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. From November 2006 onwards, it became wholly owned by Comcast. E! is known for it focus on Hollywood celebrities from the A-list on E! News (Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus) to its own stars which have their own shows (Kim Kardashian, Dina Lohan, Denise Richards and Kimora Lee Simmons).

History

E! Entertainment Television was launched by Larry Namer, Brian Owens, Rick Portin, Mark Hale, and others on July 31, 1987 as Movietime, a service that aired movie trailers, entertainment news, event coverage, and interviews . Early Movietime hosts included Greg Kinnear, Paula Abdul, Katie Wagner, Julie Moran, Suzanne Kay, Mark DeCarlo, Sam Ruben and Richard Blade. Three years later, in June 1990, Movietime was renamed E! Entertainment Television to emphasize its widening coverage of the celebrity-industrial complex, contemporary film, television and music, entertainment awards shows, daily Hollywood news and gossip, and fashion.

In November 2006, Comcast acquired the Walt Disney Company's 39.5% share of E! for $1.23 billion to gain full ownership of the network as part of a broader programming carriage agreement between Disney/ABC and Comcast .

E! has an audience reach of 88 million cable and satellite viewers in the U.S. and 600 million homes internationally. E!'s sister networks are the Style Network and G4, along with Comcast's sports networks Versus and Golf Channel. In the case of Versus, E! staff produce that network's Sports Soup, while the Orlando-based Golf Channel features no crossovers with E! at all due to incompatible audiences and operations.

Personalities

  • Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest host award shows and E! News.
  • Ken Baker is E!'s executive news editor.
  • Ted Casablanca interviews various celebrities and has The Awful Truth column online.
  • Jason Kennedy is a correspondent and fill-in host for E! News and the Daily 10.
  • Ashlan Gorse is a correspondent and fill-in host for E! News and the Daily 10.
  • Chelsea Handler hosts Chelsea Lately.
  • Ben Lyons is E!'s film critic.
  • Sal Masekela co-hosts the Daily 10.
  • Catt Sadler co-hosts the Daily 10.
  • Kristina Guerrero is a correspondent for E! News and a fill-in host for the Daily 10.
  • Kristin Dos Santos (née Veitch) hosts all season premieres and events for television programming along with her online column Watch With Kristin.
  • Marc Malkin provides breaking news and commentary on E! News and various other programs on the network along with his online column "Planet Gossip" and online videoblog of the same name.
  • Joel McHale hosts The Soup.
  • Amy Paffrath hosts E! News Now.
  • Michael Yo is a celebrity correspondent of the Daily 10.


E! HD

The network launched their HD simulcast on December 8, 2008, like the rest of E!'s sister lifestyle and sports networks, in 1080i format. Currently only some filmed content and limited series are carried in high definition.

E! Online

E! Online is the online arm of the E! network, which features live updates on Hollywood gossip and TV news. Kristin Dos Santos runs the 'Watch with Kristin' blog, which features spoliers, scoops and exclusives on TV shows. While other columnists include Ted Casablanca, who is in charge of breaking the latest celebrity news and Marc Malkin.

In 2008, E! launched E! News Now, which is video streams of the latest Hollywood news 24/7. This is only seen on the internet.

Programming

See also



References

  1. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE4DD173CF930A35755C0A966958260&sec=&spon=
  2. Box Office Magazine, July 1990
  3. http://www.comcast.com/About/PressRelease/PressReleaseDetail.ashx?PRID=24
  4. E! Television Personalities


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