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US TV Networks Seek to Grow By Expanding Internationally

October 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On the eve of network TV executives’ annual pilgrimage this week to Cannes, France, for the global programming bazaar known as Mipcom , Viacom announced last Wednesday it will launch men’s channel Spike in the U.K. this spring—with plans for a wider international rollout. Viacom already has a global foothold for a number of its brands. The group, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is distributed to 200 countries in 37 languages and has grown steadily. Overseas operations have experienced revenue percentage growth in the mid to high teens annually over the last five years, reports Bob Bakish, president, CEO of Viacom International Media Networks. That growth looks even more impressive, given that Viacom overall will experience a 0.4 percent revenue dip in fiscal 2014, to about $13.7 billion, reports S&P Capital IQ. “The growth opportunities are greater in other parts of the world because the U.S. market is more mature,” explained John Sanders, a principal of the media valuation and consulting firm Bond & Pecaro. “Anyone who would ignore that would do so at their own peril.” And Mipcom is where content buying and selling achieves critical mass. Of course, deals are struck year-round.

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As Genre Shows Go Mainstream, TV Execs Are Looking to Novelists for the Next Hit

September 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

TV network options on books have exploded. Publishers Lunch, a trade that tracks book industry deals, lists an ever-increasing number of television options over the last few years, with 2013 setting the record and this year looking good. And with massive success stories like Game of Thrones ruling the roost on cable , a disproportionate number of those books are genre fiction. Bill McGoldrick, head of programming for NBCUniversal’s Syfy network, says part of the appeal is the charge a reader gets from a good book with a thoroughly thought-out world. It captures your imagination, even if you’re using that imagination to figure out what your programming slate is going to look like. “The imagination behind the intellectual property, when you’re a producer or a writer or somebody sitting in my chair, fills out the world for you in a way that the script can’t,” he said. “You get behind the curtain in a way the script doesn’t allow you to do.” McGoldrick is overseeing his network’s adaptation of The Magicians trilogy , a fantasy cycle by Time book critic and tech writer Lev Grossman that reads a little like Bright Lights, Big City meets The Chronicles of Narnia. Everybody’s looking for “the next Game of Thrones,” as you’ll hear often from execs

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GoPro and the NHL Have Signed a Deal That Will Give Hockey Fans a Player’s POV

September 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ever wonder what’s it like to be Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks streaking in on a breakaway? Or New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist blocking a 100 mph shot? The NHL has struck a content-sharing deal with GoPro cameras to offer TV viewers exactly that kind of player point of view this season. The NHL will use GoPro’s POV footage in promo campaigns for the new season starting Oct. 8. The league’s two national TV partners—NBC Sports in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada—will also weave clips into game telecasts to illustrate the shooting, stickhandling and skating skills of NHL stars, said Bob Chesterman, NHL’s svp of programming. During the recent NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour, GoPro techs outfitted nearly a dozen top stars with mini-cameras on their helmets, masks and jerseys at Newark’s Prudential Center. If a player filmed by GoPro scores this season, NBC or Rogers can illustrate what they saw on the play by cutting to taped footage from the commercial shoot, said Brian Jennings, NHL’s CMO. The league will also feature the POV content on NHL Network and NHL.com, while GoPro will use it on its YouTube channel. The GoPro mini-cameras capture images that were “unimaginable” before, said Jennings. “The [technology] demystifies our game—and truly shows what skill our players have,” he said. GoPro cut its teeth on action sports such as surfing. But it’s expanding with pro sports leagues such as the NHL and NFL, said Wil Tidman, GoPro’s head of production. Lundqvist, who led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals, can’t wait to see the footage himself. “It can definitely help the game become even more interesting for the viewer, no question.”

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The CW’s New Shows, From Best to … Second Best

September 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The CW is not a large network. Co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros., its target viewers are the teens and twentysomethings who play Minecraft, watch Netflix, work at odd hours or attend school, and so its lineup doesn't rate as highly in the 18-49 demo as the other four.

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NBC’s New Fall Shows, From Best to Worst

September 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Last season, for the first time in a long time, NBC was on top. Much of that was due to The Voice, flagship drama The Blacklist and shows that struck an unexpected chord, like Hannibal. But some of it was because the competition faltered more or less across the board. Even with its #1 slot, though, the network had some retooling to do, and the result is the least consistent slate of new shows this season. It's not that the shows are uniformly bad; they're not uniformly anything. There are funny comedies and unfunny comedies, pulpy dramas and Very Serious Dramas. It feels as if it was developed by at least two different teams, and the process yields shows that will probably appeal (or not) to very different audiences. As with our previous new-show writeups for ABC , CBS and Fox , these breakdowns are based on the early episodes provided by the networks. Mostly, that just means pilots, and in one case (Bad Judge) not even that. But it's instructive for the advertising community to see what the audience's first glimpse of a show is going to be, as there's enough great material out there these days to make television a medium with near-limitless choice.

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Beyond ‘The Walking Dead’: Mining Darker Comics to Find a Hit

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Contrary to what broadcast television’s fall schedules might suggest, the revamped trend of using comicbooks as source material for TV shows has been hot for a while — even if the brains behind the networks’ programming slates have a hard time remembering that. “It’s funny — if you talk to the people at the networks,... Read more

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The New Shows on Fox, Rated From Best to Worst

September 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Continuing our week-long rundown of broadcast TV's latest and greatest offerings, we now look to Fox. And Fox is in some trouble. The network lost a huge chunk of its audience last season due primarily to aging product (looking at you, American Idol), and then the powers that be gave programming head Kevin Reilly the heave-ho before the ad sales division had a chance to shift all the inventory in their new slate. That's kind of a shame, because it's a slate with some serious cojones, even if nothing is a total slam dunk. There are five new fall series on Fox, one of which (Utopia) has already begun life— ish —with three nontraditional dramas and a traditional sitcom getting ready to go in the next few weeks. It's worth noting my analysis below (as with my take on ABC's lineup ) is based on each series' pilot, and shows often change in their later episodes.

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Dish Adds Food Network, HGTV and Other Scripps Cable Nets to Internet TV Lineup

September 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dish Network is another step closer to launching a cheaper over-the-top TV service, obtaining rights to deliver live and on-demand content from Scripps Networks Interactive’s suite of cablers including Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network. The No. 2 satcaster has cut similar pacts with Disney/ESPN and A+E Networks, and has said it plans to bow an OTT service by... Read more

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Fox’s Maria Bartiromo Follows Everyone From Matt Damon to Matt Drudge on Twitter

September 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Stand Up to Cancer Tops Nielsen’s TV Tweet Chart

September 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A telethon that raised $109 million dollars to help fight cancer has topped Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings for the first week of September. The Stand Up to Cancer (@SU2C) event featured top tier performers like The Who and the Dave Matthews Band

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