Posts Tagged ‘news’

Donald Trump’s Lack of Ad Spending Is Leaving a Hole In Local Media’s Pocket

October 20, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The presidential debates provided plenty of free airtime. Gif: Dianna McDougall; Sources: CNN, Shutterstock The presidential election has been momentous and memorable: the first woman nominee of a major party, a businessman/reality show candidate, leaked emails, bigly, Ken Bone and Billy Bush. But local media will remember the 2016 race for what it didn't provide: significant ad revenue. Media forecasting firm Magna originally projected this year's political ad spend to be 15 percent above 2012, which would have set a new record. But current forecasts put the ad buy in line with the 2012 campaign. "[Donald Trump] is not nearly spending what Mitt Romney or John McCain's campaigns did eight years ago," said Mark Fratrik, svp and chief economist for BIA Kelsey. "That disappointed the outlooks of local media companies." Local TV ad sales were underwhelming despite a 10 percent increase this year. "Good, but it fell below our anticipations," added Vincent Letang, evp of global market intelligence for Magna. Around $2.8 billion was booked in local political TV ad sales this year, up 3 percent from 2012 dollars. It's particularly not impressive because a total of $20 billion was spent on local TV ads overall, excluding political ads. "When Trump was a candidate in the primaries, he spent very little," said Letang. "We thought once he got the nomination and gained more access to GOP fundraising, he'd spend closer to what Romney did during his general election [of 2012]. That didn't happen." But it's not just Trump's underwhelming spend that surprises analysts. "We all thought Virginia would continue to be a battleground state for the campaigns. But it just isn't

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How Jeff Bezos Is Turning the Washington Post Into a Digitally Driven Publisher

October 19, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

SAN FRANCISCO—When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took over the Washington Post in 2013, many wondered what a tech exec's leadership would look like at a 140-year-old newspaper. But with a growing digital business and new practices in the newsroom, the Washington Post's executive editor, Martin Baron, talked about how the paper approaches its deep reporting—like having 20 reporters cover this year's presidential election—during a panel at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit. "Jeff came in not only with financial power, but he came in with intellectual power and I think forced us to think more profoundly about how the internet changed the way that we deliver information to people," Barron said during an interview with Vanity Fair's special correspondent Sarah Ellison. Baron said the paper talks to Bezos once every two weeks for about an hour, and one of the first things he did after buying the paper was getting the newsroom to think differently about aggregation and curation. "One of the first things he talked to us about is, 'Look, you do these big, narrative stories. You do these deep investigations, and then some other media outlet in 15 minutes [has] rewritten your story, and they've grabbed your traffic. How are you going to think about that?' That's a hard question to answer," Baron said. That conversation left Baron with the impression that Bezos' ownership "will not allow us to do the deep, narrative stories—but that's not what happened." Instead, the paper started aggregating itself with staff members looking for parts of stories they could pick out and compile into one story. The publisher has also started aggregating from other news outlets.

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‘The Real O’Neals’ Cast: How the Network Sitcom Tells a Unique LGBT Story

October 12, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Paley Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. hosted the cast and producers of “The Real O’Neals” Tuesday evening. The ABC sitcom had its season premiere on Oct. 11 in tandem with Tuesday’s event, which also coincided on the same date as National Coming Out Day. The panel included stars Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Mary Hollis Inboden and executive..

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A CEO by the Age of 40

October 4, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Search the term "wunderkind" and several entries about Jeff Zucker will no doubt turn up. The ink had barely dried on Zucker's Harvard bachelor's degree when he joined NBC as an Olympics researcher ahead of the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. In 1989, he parlayed that into a gig on the Today show, and was named its youngest-ever executive producer in 1992. He was 26. "Looking back on it, I can't believe they gave me the job," Zucker said. "I lived and breathed every aspect of the show 24/7, and I loved every minute of it. I was young, and I made some mistakes, and doing so in the bright spotlight of media attention wasn't always easy. But I did my best to learn from them, and not make the same mistake twice." In his early 30s, two bouts of colon cancer proved to be only a minor a setback

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Golfing Origins Movie ‘Tommy’s Honour’ Lands at Roadside Attractions

September 23, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. rights to golfing origins movie “Tommy’s Honour” from Gutta Percha Productions. The drama, which was the opening night film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, is directed by Jason Connery. Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook wrote the screenplay, an adaptation from Cook’s acclaimed book of the same name. Keith Bank...

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Fox Networks Ad Sales Chief Toby Byrne to Step Down

September 12, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Toby Byrne, who has supervised advertising sales for TV’s Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports and, more recently, the 21st Century Fox general entertainment cable networks, stepped down unexpectedly Monday, another sign of the increasing pressure being put on the position across the TV-industry landscape. More to come….

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Fox Sports Is Banking on Skip Bayless to Be Its ‘Undisputed’ Champ

September 6, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Skip Bayless is considered one of the most articulate, fearless and polarizing figures on sports television today. The sports columnist turned on-air personality gained fame from a partnership with another outspoken figure, Stephen A. Smith, on ESPN2's weekday morning debate program First Take. Bayless, 64, left ESPN and is taking his contrarian viewpoints, including a propensity to bash three-time NBA champion LeBron James and an undying love for ex-NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, to Fox Sports and a new show for FS1 called Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. The program's format mirrors that of First Take, but Bayless gets a new sparring partner in NFL Hall-of-Famer and CBS Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe and a new moderator in FS1 host Joy Taylor. The program will air live on weekday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. Fox Sports considers the addition of Bayless a coup for the company and believes the news merits a significant multiplatform marketing campaign. Marketing elements for Bayless' arrival include a multimillion-dollar, off-channel media plan including billboards, TV and digital; a digital video stunt in which Bayless and Sharpe debate sports with customers at an L.A. barber shop; a Times Square billboard takeover, which will be up during the series premiere on Tuesday; a social media promotion where fans can tweet at Fox Sports for a chance to win a daily breakfast delivered by GrubHub vendors in local markets; and a 12-foot Skip Bayless bobblehead, which will travel to FS1 college football games across the country this fall. The promotion kicked off Friday at the Kansas State-Stanford game in Palo Alto, Calif.

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‘Rogue One’ New Trailer Premieres During Olympics (Watch)

August 12, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney dropped a new trailer for the Star Wars spinoff film “Rogue One” during Thursday night’s Olympics coverage on NBC. Watch the trailer above. Starring Felicity Jones, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in theaters December 16, 2016.

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European Pay TV Giant Sky Sees Revenues Rise 7% to $15.8 Billion

July 28, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Revenues at European pay-TV giant Sky Group for the year ended June 30 grew 7% to £11.96 billion ($15.8 billion). More to follow.

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CBS Spins Off Carpool Karaoke Into Its Own Series, on Apple Music

July 26, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Late Late Show with James Corden wasn't kidding about trying to beat Spike's new rival series (also combining cars and karaoke) to the punch. Today, CBS Television Studios announced that Apple Music had landed global rights to Carpool Karaoke, a series based on the wildly popular segment from The Late Late Show. It will be created and produced by Corden and Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston. The weekly series will consist of 16 episodes, in which celebrities ride along with the host and "visit places meaningful to the celebrity," according to the release. A host (which is very unlikely to be Corden) and premiere date will be announced later. CBS said Carpool Karaoke will also continue as a recurring segment on The Late Late Show. Apple Music is available in more than 100 countries. The service, which gives subscribers access to more than 30 million songs, costs $9.99 per month. While the show is obviously a good fit for Apple Music, it's still surprising that CBS didn't put the series on its own fledgling streaming service, CBS All Access. Executive producers had initially been dismissive of efforts to spin off Carpool Karaoke, as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon had done with Lip Sync Battle on Spike

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