Posts Tagged ‘television’

NBA Basketball Is Coming to Saturday Nights on ABC

July 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC is opening up another night of NBA action, adding Saturday night games for next season. The eight-game slate will tip off Jan. 23, 2016 and run twice a month through the rest of the season, with games starting at 8:30 p.m. ABC is coming off its most-watched NBA Finals since it began airing the NBA in the 2002-03 season, with nearly 20 million viewers watching the Golden State Warriors capture their first title in 40 years, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. Under its current rights deal with the NBA – which expires after next season – ABC was scheduled for 16 games. Instead of airing doubleheaders on Sundays, ABC will now air one on Saturday nights and one on Sunday afternoons. Per usual, ABC's NBA slate begins with its Christmas Day doubleheader. "We expect to establish this series as a big-game destination for NBA fans, along the lines of what we've accomplished in college football with Saturday Night Football on ABC," said ESPN president John Skipper. ABC and ESPN will now combine to televise NBA games four days per week: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

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The ESPY Awards Tripled Viewership in Its Broadcast Debut

July 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The ESPY Awards made a strong debut in its move to broadcast television last night, as the three-hour telecast drew 7.7 million viewers, according to overnight numbers from Nielsen. The viewership was more than triple last year's 2.2 million when the awards show aired on namesake network ESPN. Caitlyn Jenner, the 1976 Olympic gold medalist, then known as Bruce and who recently transitioned from male to female, was the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Jenner personally thanked "my buddy" Diane Sawyer, whose sit-down interview with Jenner in April drew a whopping 17 million viewers on ABC. "You can only tell your story the first time once, and you did it so authentically and so gracefully," Jenner said to Sawyer, who was in the crowd. "I'm so proud to have you as a friend." Other highlights from the program included noted Boston Red Sox superfan Ben Affleck presenting New York Yankee legend Derek Jeter with the Icon Award and Cincinnati Bengals' Devon Still accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award for himself and his five-year-old daughter, Leah Still, who has been battling cancer. The night also included many advertisers ABC viewers might not be accustomed to, including Draft Kings, a Nike spot more fitting for ESPN, and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey pitching for Metro PCS .

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TLC Cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’

July 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

TLC has canceled one of its most successful reality shows nearly two months after it was revealed one of the stars of the show had molested several underage girls. Josh Duggar, one of 19 children of an Arkansas family documented by TLC since 2008, admitted to molesting five underage girls in 2002 and 2003, including four of his sisters, when he was a teenager. "After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air," TLC said in a statement. The network is partnering with advocacy groups to "raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue." It will also produce a one-hour documentary featuring Jill and Jessa Duggar who were victims of Josh Duggar. The commercial-free documentary will air later this summer. "TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help." Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly in early June saying what happened was "not rape" because Josh's victims "didn't know or understand" what was happening to them. Their responses seemed to downplay the seriousness of the abuse, leaving TLC in a unpredictable position. As the story broke, TLC went ahead airing a 19 Kids and Counting marathon on the night of May 21, but shelved the show the following day.

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TiVo Tries to Scoop Up Former Aereo Customers

July 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In the ashes of Aereo's now-defunct service, TiVo is making a play for the streaming service's former customers. Over the past few days, an email bearing the Aereo logo with the subject line "Aereo Bankruptcy Resolution" has been hitting Aereo subscribers' inboxes. The email, which TiVo confirms to Adweek it sent, pitches the company's Roamio-OTA DVR, explaining that the device "was conceived, developed and introduced for people just like you." TiVo purchased the Aereo trademark and customer lists following Aereo's bankruptcy filing in November. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled last June that Aereo was infringing on the copyright of the major broadcast networks. At its height, Aereo counted nearly half a million subscribers in several metropolitan areas, including New York City, Atlanta, Boston and Cincinnati. For a monthly subscription, Aereo's technology allowed subscribers to receive broadcast signals over the Internet. The TiVo offer gives ex-Aereo customers a Roamio OTA box, a TiVo Stream and two years of service for no money down and $19.99 per month . By comparison, Aereo's monthly rate was $8, though at least the Supreme Court won't shut down TiVo's offering

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The Voice of So Many Simpsons Characters, Harry Shearer Will Return, After All

July 7, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It looks like Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner, among many others, will sound the same when The Simpsons returns this fall. After previously saying he would not return for the animated sitcom's 27th season, Fox announced today that Harry Shearer will be back alongside the rest of the principal voice cast—Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria. The news was confirmed on The Simpsons' official Twitter account this afternoon. Shearer has been the voice of many notable Springfieldians, including Ned Flanders, C. Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman and Principal Seymour Skinner

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How Daily Fantasy Sports Became a Heavyweight in the Advertising World

July 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It seems these days sports fans can't catch a game on TV or listen to sports talk radio without being hit with ads for daily fantasy sports (DFS). While fantasy sports have enjoyed a long run, with digital giants ESPN, Yahoo and CBS capturing the attention of sports-crazed gamers, a daily form of drafting players and tracking teams is exploding in popularity. The fantasy sports world boasts 56.8 million active players in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. Of those, roughly 20 percent are participating exclusively in DFS, up from 8 percent in 2013, with just two providers—6-year-old FanDuel and 3-year-old DraftKings —cornering the market. It's not just fans' ability to build a new team on a daily basis that's the driver. The real key to DFS' success is legalized betting. Thanks to a series of technicalities, DFS players can win cash. One heavy hitter, Tommy Gelati, has won well over $100,000 playing DFS and even has parlayed his success into a hosting gig on SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports radio station. "I play high volume—thousands [of dollars] a day," said Gelati.

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This Hilarious Promo for SharkFest Bites Shark Week Where It Hurts

June 23, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Nat Geo Wild is taking an unapologetic chomp out of a Discovery Channel summer staple. The network, a joint venture between the National Geographic Society and Fox, has released a promo that all but admits it's stolen the idea of multiple nights of shark-infested programming from its cable competitor. Discovery Channel's 28th Shark Week begins July 5 and features 19 hours of sharktastic shows—the most ever. Nat Geo Wild also kicks off its SharkFest on July 5. "It's the same friggin' sharks anyways," the promo blares. "Sharks cannot sign an exclusive contract with a network ... we're pretty certain on that." Want even more sharks?

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TV Land Cements Its Gen X Rebranding With a New Logo

June 23, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

TV Land has been giving its channel a Generation X-themed overhaul, and now it's done the same with its logo, which debuted on the network today. Its first new logo in four years is meant to represent what the new TV Land is all about: "quality, cleverness and truth," according to the network. More accurately, the network is no longer catering to the older audiences that watched its multicam sitcoms like Hot in Cleveland, Retired at 35 and Kirstie. It's going after Gen Xers. "Our new logo, look and editorial voice are a part of a major overhaul of the TV Land brand itself," said Kim Rosenblum, evp, marketing and creative. "The majority of our audience in prime time and weekends are now Gen Xers—vibrant, working adults who grew up on MTV and edgier shows.

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How the Sundance Doc ‘The Wolfpack’ Kickstarted a Media Frenzy

June 22, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With the June 12 theatrical release of The Wolfpack —winner of this year's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary—the Angulo brothers have been thrust into the media spotlight, landing in Vogue, Vanity Fair and on the cover of The New York Times' Arts & Leisure section, and even collaborating with Vice Media on a short film. Being plunged into such a media frenzy could overwhelm anyone, but for the young men who spent much of their lives locked away from civilization in an apartment on New York's Lower East Side and who are just being exposed to media, advertising and everything else in the outside world, it seems to have been a surprisingly seamless transition. "How we're experiencing life right now is definitely [on the go]," 20-year-old Mukunda Angulo said in a phone interview from Los Angeles where the documentary just premiered. "That means, well, I'll give you an example: It's as if you're riding on an airport escalator and all these things are passing you by and we are grabbing every single thing." Mukunda and his brothers—Bhagavan, Narayana, Govinda, Krsna (who now goes by Glenn) and Jagadisa (who goes by Eddie)—have spent the last several years emerging from the isolation of their childhood home. Now fully immersed in society, the brothers are at last experiencing media, technology (they have iPhones and Samsung smartphones, while three of the brothers are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and consumer products (brands they have a fondness for include Coca-Cola, Heinz ketchup and Kellogg's cereal; they also like '80s punk fashion and yearn to check out a drive-in movie theater). The Angulos' unusual upbringing was the focus of filmmaker Crystal Moselle's acclaimed documentary, which chronicled their lives over four years following Moselle's encounter with the family during one of their first public outings.

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To Promote Its New Scream Series, MTV is Killing Its Audience

June 19, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As MTV continues its huge promotional push on social media for the upcoming series Scream, the network has unveiled its latest method for hooking potential viewers—killing them. In the spirit of Scream, a series based on the hit horror-film franchise that debuts June 30, MTV has launched Choose Your Own Murder, an interactive online game that places users in the middle of their own horror movie scenario, which unfolds from their POV and asks them to select from various options a way to escape a killer that's pursuing them. As the game begins, the user is about to have sex with a half-naked woman when there's a noise outside the bedroom. The action pauses while the user has 10 seconds to choose between two options: "Go check it out" or "Ignore it." As in the Choose Your Own Adventure books, the story unfolds differently depending on the path users take. (Later options include "Run for door"/"Hide & call someone" and "Stay where you are"/"Go out window.") The end result, however, is always the same: users are murdered, and in a variety of different ways—sometimes right after their first selection.

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