Posts Tagged ‘television’

Diller: Aereo is ‘Finished’ if It Loses Supreme Court Battle

April 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Should Aereo lose its impending U.S. Supreme Court case , backer Barry Diller believes it’ll be game over for the upstart distributor. Speaking to anchor Erik Schatzker during an appearance on Bloomberg Television’s Market Makers , the IAC chairman and Aereo’s most visible investor said a defeat in the highest court in the land would all but doom the company. “If we lose, we’re finished,” Diller said. “It’s very possible that there’s some salvage. But Aereo would probably—as I say, probably, just because I can’t…I can’t see any path forward. It probably would not be able to continue in business.” Knuckling under and paying broadcasters to distribute their signals simply isn’t part of Aereo’s business model, Diller added. “We could probably pay retransmission consent, uh, dollars, if we could make a deal with broadcasters, we probably could, but the value proposition would go out of the game,” Diller said.

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Pharrell Williams Joins NBC’s The Voice

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams is bringing his talents to NBC’s The Voice . The 40-year-old Neptunes linchpin and recent Daft Punk collaborator

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The Walking Dead Gobbles Up TV Ratings Crown

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While Sunday night’s Season 4 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead failed to shatter the ratings record set in the season premiere, it did establish a new high-water mark for a cliff-hanger episode. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the frenzied finale scared up 15.7 million viewers and an 8.0 in the all-important adults 18-49 demo, marking a slight decline (-2 percent) versus the Oct. 13 opener , which drew a series-high 16.1 million viewers and an 8.2 rating. That said, the season capper improved significantly when compared to the Season 3 finale, which drew 12.4 million viewers and a 6.4 on March 31, 2013. In the dollar demo alone, last night’s installment was up 25 percent versus the most recent finale. Here’s how ravenous The Walking Dead’s audience truly is: Last night’s show out-rated the Big Four broadcast networks combined by a

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Resurrection Falls Back to Earth

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After a splashy debut in which it more than doubled its time slot predecessor’s average deliveries, ABC’s Resurrection has fallen back to earth. According to Nielsen fast national data, the fourth episode of Resurrection last night averaged 8.18 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, marking an 8 percent decline from the previous week’s preliminary draw. Strikingly, when compared to the 3.8 final live-plus-same-day rating notched by the March 9 premiere, last night’s installment was down 40 percent in the dollar demo. Although the show’s decline is of some concern for ABC, Resurrection still handily defeated its 9 p.m. competition, outgunning Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.5) and NBC’s Believe (1.1). An NCAA Elite Eight overrun delayed CBS’ The Good Wife by 20 minutes; if the ratings hold (1.7), the pivotal episode will have tied for the second highest-rated episode of Season 5. While the ratings for the lip-smacking season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead won’t be tallied until later this afternoon, it’s all but certain that the zombie apocalypse drama will have beaten the Big Four broadcast networks’ combined demo score. UPDATE: It did. And how. Through the first 15 episodes of Season 3, The Walking Dead remains the top-rated scripted series on television, averaging a staggering 6.7 in the demo; by comparison, the No. 2 show, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory , is drawing a 5.2 through 18 episodes. Over at NBC, the network’s first stab at launching a Sunday night drama franchise since March 2009 is faltering. Ratings for Believe have plummeted 59 percent from its special Monday night preview on March 10, while dropping 27 percent versus its time-slot debut (1.5). Meanwhile, the 10 p.m.

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A Recent History of the Heckler’s Veto

March 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The television world has weathered quite a few controversies in the last several months, all of which have one disturbing thing in common: they are fomented and sustained by people who are hurt, saddened or otherwise aggrieved and they think that gives them the right to demand that an offending television program cease production. At the risk of being blunt, I don't think this is a trend that should excite or please anyone who is serious about art or entertainment or indeed, the use of words and/or images to communicate, and the trend seems to transcend traditional liberal/conservative divisions (isn't it nice when people come together?). Following are a few examples. This weekend, we had

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E! Green-Lights The Royals Starring Elizabeth Hurley

March 26, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's finally happening: E!'s scripted series, The Royals, will grace its viewers with its presence in 2015. A one-hour drama by Mark Schwahn about the British royal family and starring Elizabeth Hurley, the show has been ordered to series by E!, though the network did not say how many episodes it would have. Also on the docket for the women's cable network: Botched, a reality series about correcting horrific plastic surgery mistakes, ordered for eight hour-long episodes and set for September; and Escape Club, a competition show in which twentysomething competitors are sent off to a tropical resort where they compete for the privilege to stay in the sun (think of it as the opposite of Survivor). E!'s development slate has a deepening bench scripted shows, too, including Songbyrd, by Gray's Anatomy writer Krista Vernoff and "featuring the experiences of" songwriter Diane Warren, who is a consulting producer (presumably Songbyrd uses details from Warren's life—the show is about an unlucky-in-love songwriter). And there's also a miniseries about drama among scions of the Gucci clan.

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Turner Taps Donna Speciale to Oversee Integrated TV, Digital Sales

March 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On the eve of the 2014-15 upfront,

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House Subcommittee Sends Reauthorization of Satellite Bill to Full Committee

March 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With a few tweaks, the House communications and technology subcommittee advanced a bill that reauthorizes the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act for five years. The bill now goes to the full House commerce committee. Reauthorization of the bill is vitally important to DirecTV, which still relies on the law to be able to deliver out of market network affiliated TV stations to 1.5 million of its subscribers. In addition, the bill has a few other goodies that both sides of the aisle have hammered out in two weeks since chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) introduced his draft and held a hearing on it .

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Allstate’s Marketing Boss Talks Up ‘March Mayhem’

March 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

From the now-ubiquitous Good Hands field goal net program to the increasingly chaotic pratfalls of anarchic pitchman Dean Winters, Allstate’s Pam Hollander, senior director of integrated marketing communications, has developed some of the most highly visible marketing activations in sports. On the first big day of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship , the Syracuse alum plots out the Xs and Os of the insurance giant’s busy March. This is Allstate’s third year as an NCAA corporate partner. What kind of activations can we expect to see from you in and around March Madness ? Things are going to evolve with our “March Mayhem” positioning, let’s put it that way. Consumers can expect to hear from Mayhem, especially on this, the day of all days, when the inevitable bracket busting begins. So it’s a full-court press on the TV front?

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The Long Goodbye: Mad Men Cast Begins Victory Lap

March 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While he wasn’t physically onstage during Friday night’s PaleyFest panel, Mad Men creator Matt Weiner cast a long shadow over the proceedings—so much so that the only potential spoilers leaked by the stars of the AMC drama were decidedly tongue-in-cheek. Addressing the obsessive online speculation about the fate of her character, Megan Draper—a T-shirt she wore onscreen in Season 6 had fans making grim associations between her and the doomed actress Sharon Tate—Jessica Par

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