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3 Moves Amazon Studios Must Make to Salvage Its Brand Following Roy Price’s Exit

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:13:14 +0000

Like Harvey Weinstein before him, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price's temporary suspension after sexual harassment allegations has become permanent. On Tuesday night, Price stepped down as head of Amazon Studios, which suspended him last week, hours after the publication of a Hollywood Reporter story in which a producer on Amazon's Man in the High Castle...

At Long Last, Nielsen Will Publicly Share Ratings for Netflix Shows

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:48 +0000

Ever since House of Cards premiered in 2013 on Netflix, the TV industry has been frustrated by the streaming service's refusal to share ratings data for its content. Netflix ratings have become the industry's white whale, with many companies attempting to nail down the company's metrics, but seemingly failing to do so in any precise...

YouTube Creators Rhett and Link Discuss Their First Book While Swinging on a Swingset

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:19:47 +0000

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal met in first grade, got in trouble together and became fast friends. Now, they're on a book tour for their very first book. They created a YouTube channel 11 years ago, but only after excited fans began uploading videos from their own website for them. With almost 13 million subscribers...

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Netflix Is Increasing Its Spending on Original Content. How Will Competitors Like HBO Respond?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:02:49 +0000

From House of Cards, to The Crown, Marvel's Daredevil and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix is home to some of the most acclaimed original scripted series on streaming, cable or broadcast TV. The service won 20 Emmy awards in 2017, second only to HBO's 29. But the streaming juggernaut doesn't seem too worried about...

Fox Taps iHeartMedia to Help Launch Its Post-American Idol Music Competition Series

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:00:06 +0000

Fox is still searching for hosts and other talent for its first music competition series since American Idol, but the network has landed one of music's biggest brands for the show: iHeartMedia. The radio behemoth is partnering with Fox on The Four: Battle for Stardom. iHeartMedia will assist with auditions, the talent search and will...

A Google Home Mini Integration Helps Jimmy Kimmel’s Family Settle a Decades-Long Argument

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:02:37 +0000

Jimmy Kimmel Live's weeklong return to Brooklyn was going to be one of the show's highest-profile events this year even before its recent ratings gains, and Disney-ABC has assembled some unprecedented partnerships for this week's shows. Every night of Kimmel's broadcast from the Brooklyn Academy of Music will feature a major integration with a different...

Snapchat and NBCUniversal Are Creating a Digital Content Studio for Scripted Shows

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:01:03 +0000

Snapchat is delving deeper into the world of original programming, thanks to new partnerships with NBCUniversal and the Duplass Brothers. With a digital content studio in Santa Monica, Calif., Snap Inc. and NBCUniversal said today they're developing and producing original content in the form of scripted shows and other genres. The joint-venture studio will be...

Digital Parenting Resource BabyCenter Is Launching Its Own Roku Channel

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:00:11 +0000

BabyCenter provides pregnancy and parenting resources to more than 49 million parents each month. And it's continuing to expand into new technologies. Last year, BabyCenter launched the first Amazon Alexa voice skill for expectant parents called "My Pregnancy." Today the company, which is a part of the Johnson & Johnson family, is announcing its own...

Weinstein Co. Receives Emergency Investment From, and Begins Sales Talks With, Colony Capital

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:10:43 +0000

The flailing Weinstein Co. announced today that it has received an emergency cash infusion from Colony Capital, and is in negotiations to sell "a significant portion" of its assets to the international investment firm. Mounting rape and sexual assault charges against co-founder Harvey Weinstein has left the brand increasingly radioactive, as companies reassess deals with...

As Its Brand Becomes Toxic, Weinstein Co. Reportedly Will Either Be Sold or Shut Down

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:26:54 +0000

As dozens of horrific allegations involving sexual assault and harassment continue to mount about media mogul Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein Co.--which fired him on Sunday night--has reportedly decided that the movie and TV studio will be either be sold or shut down. The board of directors for Weinstein Co.--founded in 2005 by Weinstein and his brother...

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Amazon Studios Chief Roy Price Suspended After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:04:30 +0000

Amazon Studios has become the second entertainment company in the past week to suspend its chief after public accusations of sexual harassment. Thursday night, Amazon Studios announced that it had suspended Roy Price following a Hollywood Reporter story in which a producer on Amazon's The Man in the High Castle alleged that Price sexually harassed...

A+E Networks Reconfigures Its Ad Sales Team to Sell Cross-Portfolio and Cross-Platform

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:09:10 +0000

A+E Networks, one of the last remaining big media companies that hadn't switched to a cross-portfolio and cross-platform sales strategy, is finally jumping on the bandwagon. In the shift, which the company announced today, the ad sales team will no longer sell its inventory by brand, with separate linear and digital groups, and will morph...

Fox Sports Likely to Take a Big Ratings Hit for the 2018 World Cup After the U.S. Fails to Qualify

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:47:55 +0000

The U.S. men's soccer team will have a black eye for years after it failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a shocking loss Tuesday night. But the night's biggest loser was Fox Sports, which has U.S. rights to the tournament next summer and could be looking at a significant...

The CW Tasks the Producers of The O.C. and Gossip Girl With Getting Younger Viewers to Watch Dynasty

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:00:40 +0000

After spending part of last season trying to get millennials excited about its Archie reboot, Riverdale, The CW is up for a fresh challenge--trying to pull off the same feat with its reinvention of the '80s soap Dynasty, which premieres tonight. Network president Mark Pedowitz recalled that when he talked about Dynasty during ad sales...

Why Returning Shows Like Kevin Can Wait Got Extreme Makeovers This Fall

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 23:45:46 +0000

This season, several returning series feel more like brand new shows, after undergoing significant casting and storyline overhauls to give their ratings a jolt. Kevin James' CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait added Leah Remini as a cast regular for Season 2, reuniting him with his King of Queens spouse--and killing off his new TV wife...

Fox Business Network Rode Murdoch’s Millions, a Populist Message and Trump to No. 1

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 23:45:32 +0000

In 1996 Rupert Murdoch had an idea: He was going to launch a TV news network to take on CNN. Five years after it went on the air, Fox News was regularly beating CNN in the Nielsen ratings. And still does. In 2007, when Murdoch decided to create a TV business network to take on...

ICYMI: See the Top Stories of the Last Week, From the ‘Fearless Girl’ to a Beautiful Volkswagen Spot

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:43:44 +0000

We rounded up some of our top stories and viral hits from the past week. Catch up on what you may have missed from the last seven days. For more on our top stories: Financial Firm Behind 'Fearless Girl' Will Pay $5 Million for Allegedly Underpaying Women and Minorities CBS Executive Fired After Making Comments...

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Harvey Weinstein’s Name Will Be Removed From All TV Shows He Produced

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:01:02 +0000

After firing co-founder Harvey Weinstein Sunday night following allegations of decades of sexual harassment, The Weinstein Company is in the process of removing his name from all of the TV shows he produced alongside his now-former company. Weinstein executive produced several shows--including Project Runway, History's Six, Matthew Weiner's followup to Mad Men and a trio...

Fall TV Has 3 New Military Shows—But Buyers Think Only 2 Have a Chance to Survive

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:00:50 +0000

When Valor premieres tonight on The CW, it will become the third military-themed freshman drama to air on broadcast this fall, following SEAL Team on CBS and The Brave on NBC. While all three networks insist their shows are distinctive enough to stand out from the others, buyers predict that only two of those series--at...

Issa Rae Built a Hollywood Career on Her Own Terms. Next, She’ll Build an Empire

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:44 +0000

It's a Friday afternoon in late August, and Issa Rae--the creator, star and executive producer of HBO's Insecure--is leaving the bar at The London hotel in midtown Manhattan. But before she can make her way back to her room, a nervous woman stops her. Apologizing, the woman says that she never asks celebrities for photos,...

The Weather Channel Decides Not to Name a Winter Storm for Stephen Colbert After All

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 16:42:11 +0000

The Weather Channel released its annual winter storm names for the 2017 to 2018 season this past Thursday, but Stephen Colbert didn't make the list. You might recall that Colbert had a little fun last year at The Weather Channel's expense when it came to its process of naming winter storms. "The Weather Channel has...

Watch Covers of The New Yorker Come to Life in These Short Films, Made in Partnership With Qualcomm

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:00:30 +0000

Three short films, debuting this weekend at the New Yorker Festival, give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at three New Yorker covers. In partnership with Qualcomm, an innovative technology company that was crucial to creating smartphones, award-winning filmmakers created rich backstories for smartphone-related covers of the magazine. Running about five minutes each, these shorts are now...

3 Takeaways From the New Fall TV Season

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:04:48 +0000

The battle royale for viewers has begun with a new fall TV season. Adweek is taking a look at the three major takeaways we've noticed during the first week of premieres. This Is Us is still a runaway hit and hasn't reached its peak; favorites like Will & Grace and Young Sheldon are putting networks...

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Why BuzzFeed Is Hosting Real-Life Events to Promote Its Digital Shows

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:00:45 +0000

BuzzFeed's food series Worth It recently launched its third season, which "airs" on YouTube, but for the first time, the show had a premiere party comparable to those that prestige television networks throw. This also kicked off a three-week event across the country where 150 restaurants featured on Worth It, or that want to be...

Once Upon a Time’s Creators Say the Show’s Ambitious Overhaul Could Extend the Series for 6 More Seasons

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:29 +0000

The new TV season features several reboots and revivals of former TV hits like Will & Grace, S.W.A.T. and Dynasty. Then there's ABC's long-running fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time, which is being dramatically rebooted while it is still in the midst of its original run. When the series returns Friday for Season 7,...

AMC Will Place a 6-Second Ad at the Start of Each Walking Dead Episode

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:00:51 +0000

After making their linear debut in August, six-second ads will begin airing later this month for appears to be the first time on a regular series: The Walking Dead, which remains TV's No. 1 show among 18- to 49-year-olds. Beginning with Season 8's second episode, airing on Oct. 29, AMC is creating a new, isolated...

Business Insider and LittleThings Share 3 Tips on Becoming Video-First Publishers

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:48:33 +0000

These days, nearly every digital publication is concerned about how to do video correctly online. During an Advertising Week panel titled "How to Become a Video First Business," lifestyle site LittleThings, which creates over 1,600 pieces of digital and video content each month and Business Insider, which sees over 2.8 billion monthly video views, shared...

6 Big Takeaways From the First Week of the New TV Season

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 20:04:08 +0000

The first full week of the 2017-18 season is in the books, and while ratings were down overall, the news was better than expected for several of the broadcasters, who were able to attract sizable audiences to their biggest new and returning shows. NBC, which won last season in the 18-49 demo, continued its streak,...

How a Former NBC News Producer Created One of Fall’s Best New Shows, The Mayor

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:00:23 +0000

There are only two must-watch new shows this fall, including The Mayor, which premieres at 9:30 tonight on ABC. But just as surprising as the quality of the show--it's about a struggling rapper (Brandon Michael Hall) runs for mayor of his town as a publicity stunt, and unexpectedly wins the election--is the resume of its...

60% of Hulu Viewers Binge Watch. Here’s Why That Matters for Marketers

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:54:38 +0000

With hundreds of show catalogs to catch up on, plus original series and weekly updated programs, Hulu users are an example of today's empowered viewer. They choose what, when and how to watch their favorite shows, and Hulu dedicated its latest Insights study into their viewing habits. Hulu surveyed over 1,600 viewers to determine whether...