Watch your back, Oprah. You may be getting some company on cable.
“American Idol” host and E! host/producer Ryan Seacrest is talking with AEG, which is mostly in the live-event business, and talent agency CAA about teaming up to create a new cable network. The discussions are in the early stages, according to The Live Feed, but the partners are discussing programming that would be “music, pop culture and lifestyle oriented.”
Seacrest would continue working with E!, where he hosts and executive produces the daily “E! News” show and produces “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and other shows.
The biggest obstacle to launching a new channel, the Live Feed story notes, is finding distribution. Cable providers don’t have a ton of room for new channels, so one option would be for the Seacrest/CAA/AEG venture to take over a struggling channel that already exists and rebranding it.
We’re curious to see where this idea leads. Seacrest has talked in the past about wanting to be the next Dick Clark, but maybe now he’s aiming at being the next Ted Turner or Rupert Murdoch.
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