Archive for February, 2013

CMG Closes Deals For ‘Saving Santa’

February 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Pic set for a Christmas 2013 release

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CMG Closes Deals For ‘Saving Santa’

February 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Pic set for a Christmas 2013 release

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CW’s ‘Cult’ loses Tuesday slot

February 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox's 'Goodwin Games' to premiere May 20

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Pandora to Introduce 40-Hour Monthly Limit on Free Mobile Listening

February 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Pandora said it will introduce a 40-hours-per-month limit on free mobile listening, as the Internet radio company looks to manage rising royalty costs. In a blog post on the company’s website, Pandora said the new limit will affect less than 4 percent of its total monthly active users. The company said the average listener spends about 20 hours listening to Pandora across all devices in any given month. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Groupon CEO: All Is Well! Nothing to See Here! Carry On!

February 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Andrew Mason says Groupon is “better positioned than any other company in the world to plug local commerce into the Web,” but you wouldn’t know it from the daily deals site’s latest earnings : A fourth-quarter GAAP loss of 12 cents per share — 10 cents more than Wall Street was looking for. As Groupon’s shares tanked in after-hours trading, Mason fielded questions from analysts on the company’s earnings call, but didn’t do much to explain how the company is going to scale its core online-coupon business. Instead, he did all that he could to paint a happy face on today’s sad results, tossing out sound bites that glossed over the issues troubling the company: “It’s hard to believe just a short time ago we were a deal-a-day business.” “Record billings growth this quarter is a clear signal that customers love Groupons!” “Our vision is to be the operating system for local commerce.” Sadly for Mason, that last statement may be even harder to believe than the first. Thanks to its Groupon Goods offering, the company — which is seeing slowing growth in its coupon business — is now competing with juggernauts like Amazon and eBay in a sector where margins are thin. That’s not going to be easy, though Mason — whose tenure as Groupon’s CEO remains iffy — did his damnedest to say otherwise.

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Exclusive: AOL Poised to Hire Susan Lyne to Run All Content Brands, Except HuffPo

February 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sources said AOL is set to hire well-known media and Internet exec Susan Lyne to be CEO of its content brands unit at the New York-based Web company, except for the Huffington Post media unit headed by Arianna Huffington. Lyne has most recently been chairman of the Gilt Groupe and was CEO previous to that. She will retain her board role at the online retailer, but is likely to give up her director role at AOL. She is set to be on its executive operating committee going forward. Lyne has had a long and varied career in media and is a high-profile hire. Beside Gilt, she also ran Martha Stewart Omnimedia and was a top network exec at ABC.

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FX orders new season of ‘Archer’

February 27, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Toon comedy seeing ratings increases in several demos

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No Ratings Glitter for CBS’ Golden Boy

February 27, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A special premiere of CBS’ midseason cop show Golden Boy showed little luster Tuesday night, drawing 10.5 million viewers and an unremarkable 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo. According to preliminary Nielsen estimates, while Golden Boy improved on the 1.5 rating time slot occupant Vegas posted last week, the newcomer also lost a lot of ground as the hour wore on. After opening to 11.4 million viewers and a 2.0, the premiere lost nearly 2 million viewers and 20 percent of its demo deliveries in the final half-hour. CBS guarantees against the adults 25-54 demo. By that benchmark, Golden Boy put up a 2.7 rating, up 13 percent from the 2.4 Vegas delivered on Feb. 19. Despite an enviable lead-in—Golden Boy bowed out of NCIS: Los Angeles, which drew 16.8 million viewers, a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 and a 4.2 in CBS’s dollar demo—the rookie series retained only 64 percent of the previous hour’s target demo. Lukewarm deliveries aside, Golden Boy still made short work of its 10 p.m. competition, out-distancing ABC’s Body of Proof (6.31 million viewers, 1.2 rating) and NBC’s imperiled Smash (2.99 million, 0.9). After one additional Tuesday night airdate, Golden Boy on March 8 will move to its regular Friday 9 p.m. slot, where it replaces CSI: NY. CBS opened the season with the legal drama Made in Jersey occupying the time slot; two episodes into its run, the freshman series was yanked after averaging 7.3 million viewers and a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo.

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Jacbons-Jenkins gets Sundance award

February 27, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Playwright will receive prize at spring benefit

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Native Ad Network Sharethrough Lands Veteran Digital Exec Patrick Keane

February 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The last time Patrick Keane went to work for a digital media startup, he took the reins of Associated Content, and things went pretty well: He ran the Web-article maker for a little more than a year, and ended up selling it to Yahoo for $90 million . So keep an eye on Keane’s newest job: He’s going to be president at Sharethrough , a startup that’s trying to let advertisers buy “native ads” at scale, on multiple sites. Native advertising may be the media industry most popular buzzword of the moment. In short, it’s an updated version of the old-fashioned advertorials you used to see in magazines and newspapers, or old-timey radio and TV shows like “Texaco Star Theater” : Content solely underwritten by advertisers that’s supposed to look and act like “real” content. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it so much you’ll share it with your friends. The model has picked up currency again as advertisers conclude that conventional banner ads and other techniques aren’t registering, and as content-makers try to fight declining ad rates. Two big issues:   Most native ads are lousy , and they usually have to be created on a bespoke basis, one Web site at a time. Keane, who has also put in time at CBS and Google, says his new company can solve these problems; right now their approach is to function primarily as a video ad network, distributing ad-sponsored clips on lots of different Web sites. I’m not sure how they’ll grapple with native ads that aren’t videos, but for now they seem to have some traction. Last year they sold $18 million worth of ads/content, and are looking to do $40 million this year. Sharethrough CEO Dan Greenberg, who started the company when he was at Stanford, will stay on. He’s raised $11 million in the last couple years and has 85 employees in three cities.

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