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SBD/August 29, 2012/Media
Cal AD Sandy Barbour Pressures DirecTV To Add Pac-12 Networks
Published August 29, 2012
LIFE IMITATING ART: DAILY VARIETY's Andrew Wallenstein notes DirecTV is "teaming with 20th Century Fox's digital studio to produce 'Suit Up,' a scripted comedy in which the satcaster, via a brand integration deal, is inserted into the narrative as coming to the rescue of a scandal-ridden athletic department that loses its valuable TV deal with a fictional cable company." The eight-episode "shortform series will get an exclusive two-week run on Yahoo beginning Sept. 12 before moving on to DirecTV's Audience Network next January." While the show "recalls the high-profile negotiations currently playing out between DirecTV and a certain real-life collegiate conference, DirecTV greenlit the project roughly 18 months ago" (VARIETY.com, 8/28).