Posts Tagged ‘media’

AOL Unveils Massive Slate of New Programming and Partnership With NBCU

April 29, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

For those who thought AOL might be shifting away from big content plays and heading into pure ad tech, the media company proved this week it still has plenty in store for digitally savvy audiences. Announcing a licensing distribution deal with NBCUniversal and a hefty slate of original and co-produced programming, the media company reiterated its commitment to creating original content at its Digital Content NewFront at New York's 4 World Trade Center Tuesday evening. "There was a perception that we were overinvested in (ad tech) compared to other places," AOL chief marketing officer Allie Kline said ahead of the event. "I don't think that's been the case. Huffington Post is still the largest investment and acquisition we've made. We have 20-plus O&O brands, 2,000 premium content publishers we maintain relationships with, and about 26 shows we're releasing." To drive that point home, AOL president Bob Lord and NBCU ad sales and client partnerships chairman Linda Yaccarino announced a new partnership on stage, which will also extend into co-produced content. AOL On will get the rights to stream NBCU content from its broadcast networks, cable channels and digital networks on mobile, desktop and 16 over-the-top platforms. (Yes, this means clips and segments from Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Watch What Happens are headed to AOL.) The move to add NBCU content demonstrated AOL's Content 365 strategy, which AOL head of video Dermot McCormack explained as the company's tactic to make content of all shapes and sizes. AOL said its AOL On streaming video platform averages 1 billion multi-platform video views a month and houses more than one million premium AOL original and partner videos

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BET Announces 7 New Shows and Looks Beyond TV for Growth

April 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Singer Tyrese was dubbed the "Mayor" of the BET upfront presentation Thursday night at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. His constituents included Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Mack Wilds, Whoopi Goldberg and Queen Latifah. The night was full of surprises, including veteran rapper MC Lyte's elaborate "freestyle" about the Viacom network's ratings success, and boxers Andre Ward and Paul Smith came on stage to promote BET's first boxing event—part of a Roc Nation sponsorship; and a performer dubbed "Nelson Nielsen" interrupted the presentation to explain how he's the only black man in America with a Nielsen box. "We are the trendsetters; we are the influencers," said BET president of ad sales media Louis Carr. "We believe that black consumers experience our content—our sites, everything that we do—in a much different way than they do any other media company because of the relationship that they have with us." The network that delivers more African-American viewers than any other is adding seven new programs: Chasing Destiny: Kelly Rowland searches for the next Destiny's Child. About the Business: A docu-series following a group of friends in urban Hollywood. Criminals at Work: A docu-crime series about crimes committed in the workplace. Zoe Moon: Brandy plays a single mother in this sitcom. The Label: A docu-series about the rise and fall of classic record labels. DeSean Jackson: Home team: A series about the women who run the NFL star's life. Punk'd: A reboot of the prank show tailored for a BET audience. "We've got a slate of programing coming up that's going to engage our audience," BET president of programming Stephen G

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Guide to the 2015 NewFronts and Upfronts

April 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The 2015-2016 Upfronts and NewFronts are upon us—that time of year, when TV and digital networks announce new programs, partnerships and initiatives hoping the media get excited about them and advertisers buy into them. Here's the list of past and upcoming New York City events, including Adweek's coverage of them: Feb. 25 (Wednesday) Nickelodeon | Skylight | 4 p.m. March 3 (Thursday) Spike | Cipriani | 12 p.m. March 10 (Thursday) GSN | Sony Building | 11 a.m. March 30 (Monday) Bravo / Oxygen / Esquire | Andaz Hotel | 12 p.m. March 31 (Tuesday) Discovery | Time Warner Center | 8:30 a.m. April 2 (Thursday) CMT | Times Center | 11:30 a.m. April 7 (Tuesday) USA | Rainbow Room | 9 a.m. April 9 (Thursday) POP | Gansevoort Park Ave. | 8:30 a.m. April 14 (Tuesday) TV One | Helen Mills Theater | 11:30 a.m. Crackle | Hudson Theater | 11:30 a.m. ABC Family | SIR Stage 37 | 5:30 p.m. April 15 (Wednesday) National Geographic Channel / Nat Geo Wild | Ma Peche | 12 p.m. April 21 (Tuesday) MTV | Beacon Theater | 4:30 p.m. April 22 (Wednesday) Scripps (Food Network, HGTV, DIY) | Lincoln Center | 8:30 a.m. Facebook | NYC HQ FX | Lucky Strike Lanes | 7 p.m. April 23 (Thursday) BET | TBD Ovation | Core Club | 9 a.m. April 24 (Friday) Revolt | Gotham Hall | 4 p.m.

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NBCU’s Lifestyle Group Debuts Synchronized Joking With Complementary Comedy Shows

March 30, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Just when you thought reality TV was totally out of ideas—like completely, entirely, woefully out of ideas—Oxygen and Esquire come along with a novel pitch: two shows with the same cast on two different networks, one aimed at men and one aimed at women. This was the NBCU Lifestyle Group's most interesting announcement on Monday, when Bravo, Oxygen and Esquire presented their wares to reporters. Also a show kidnapped from NatGeo, but more on that in a moment. The high points: Living With Funny, on Oxygen, will follow the travails of several comedians trying to get along with their significant others in Los Angeles; Comedians of L.A. will follow those same comedians' careers as they try to move up in the professional world. It's an interesting extension of NBCU's extensive commitment to making everything at the gigantic company work alongside everything else; the Lifestyle group seems to be the part of the operation with the most viewer overlap and the networks usually try to downplay that for fear of appearing to compete with each other—this looks like an attempt to make them work in concert. Both shows (working titles all) are produced by L. Plummer Media, the company behind Oxygen's Preachers franchise. NatGe... uh, sorry, Esquire's Going Deep With David Rees is... back... for a second season, an eight-episode order of new shows for the well-liked comic's science show, which explores the physics of tying shoes, shaking hands, making paper airplanes and so on. The first improbably interesting episodes aired on News Corp/National Geographic joint venture The National Geographic Channel and were pushed hard by that network. It's strange to see, but the company definitely appears to have sold its interest in the show to Esquire, which will air "the original season," as Esquire programming svp Matt Hanna delicately put it during the presentation, as well as the new shows. Oxygen's other bids for greater relevance to young women include Pretty. Strong, an unscripted show about a lingerie football league, Crazy Talk, a Soup-style show about embarrassments on reality TV, and further entries in Plummer's Preachers franchise, this time Preachers of Atlanta, a hat trick with Preachers of Detroit and Preachers of L.A. Nary a mention of the Real Housewives franchise passed the lips of group president Frances Berwick during the presentation; the network is putting its eggs in baskets labeled NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches, Mother Funders (mostly self-explanatory), and Apres Ski, an impressive-looking show about a ski resort.

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How Are TV Networks Just Like Kimmy Schmidt?

March 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The television networks are kind of like the main character in Tina Fey's new sitcom

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Can Data Help Maker Studios Guarantee a Hit for The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman?

March 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a heated exchange before a judge, YouTuber Commander Holly (real name: Holly Conrad) faces off against actress Tina Huang. The issue at hand is one that has divided many a Trekkie: William Riker, yay or nay? Welcome to Nerd Court, where arguments that one might normally witness at a comic book store instead are heard in a "court of law,"

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Infographic: a Look at Kids’ Media Consumption

February 23, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It may not be surprising that kids in every age group are watching TV regularly, but that's far from the only way the lunchbox set are consuming media. With digital devices now a facet of everyday life, even the youngest among us are tuning in via tech. "When Nielsen looked at the cross-platform consumption of children, from toddlers to teens, there were a few things that became abundantly clear," said Kelly Abcarian, svp, Nielsen Kids Center of Excellence. "Traditional TV remains the favored choice for kids of all ages to connect with content, but as they cognitively and developmentally grow, so do their media preferences." Exclusive data from Nielsen shows how kids' viewership habits develop and shift from age 2 through high school years.

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Japan’s Imagica Pays $160 Million for SDI Media

February 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TOKYO — Imagica Robot Holdings, which operates one of Japan’s largest post-production houses, has teamed with trading house Sumitomo and the Cool Japan Fund, to buy LA-based post-production firm SDI Media. The three partners are paying a reported $160 million to the unit of French bank BNP Paribas that owns SDI. SDI is active in... Read more

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Why Leave It to Beaver Has Stations Seeing Green

February 17, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In recent years, at the far end of the channel lineup, a slew of upstart broadcast diginets, or subchannels, quietly started popping up thanks to changes in FCC regulations that let TV stations broadcast multiple channels. And while much of their programming—news, weather and lifestyle content characterized by low production values—would hardly be considered Emmy-worthy, some are stealing a page from cable networks like USA and TBS in their early days by leaning on reruns of classic TV shows. MeTV , a channel that airs The Honeymooners, has been cleared in 94 percent of the U.S., according to Neal Sabin, vice chairman of parent Weigel Broadcasting Co. Tribune Media's Antenna TV. This diginet's schedule is filled with episodes of series like Leave It to Beaver and has cleared the top 20 markets and 75 percent of the country.

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Shanghai Viva to Take Dori Media’s ‘Power Couple’ Test

February 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Israel’s Dori Media Group has sold a full season of Abot Hameiri’s hit reality TV format “Power Couple” to the Chinese production company Shanghai Viva. The show is already in production and will go on air during 2015. “Power Couple” is a reality format where eight couples face extreme challenges that test how well they really... Read more

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