Posts Tagged ‘television’

Time Inc. and Telemundo Team Up For Weekly Home Improvement Show

April 7, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Time Inc. and Telemundo are joining forces for the launch of SOS: Salva Mi Casa (or SOS: Save My House). The weekly home improvement TV show, debuting Saturday, April 11 at noon E.T., is Time's first Spanish-language television program and first major collaboration with Telemundo. "Time Inc. is expanding in many ways, including the launch of new digital, video and television products, and we're thrilled to add our first Spanish-language TV venture to the mix," said Time Inc.

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The Beeb Creates Buzz With Splashy Thrillers

April 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sarah Barnett hasn't been genetically engineered, like all those clones in Orphan Black, for the job at hand. It just seems that way. Barnett's new gig—she's a few months into her tenure as president and general manager of the buzzed-about cable channel BBC America—brings her back to the place where she began her stateside career a decade ago, so she intimately knows the lay of the land. It also keeps her in the AMC Networks fold, where she methodically built SundanceTV from the quirky home of indie flicks into an ad-supported, original-content player with scripted series like Rectify, Top of the Lake and Carlos. Now that AMC has taken an operating stake in BBC America, the U.K.-born-and-bred Barnett will be running point on the new relationship. She'll also be guiding the channel, which recently logged its highest-rated year in prime time and total viewers, into the ever-competitive upfront presentations to advertisers and beyond, where she says she'll continue to take "the big swings" that helped put the "Beeb" on the map in the U.S.

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Twitch, HBO Partner to Promote ‘Silicon Valley’

April 3, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Silicon Valley is hoping it can get tech and video game nerds to unite, with a little help from streaming video platform Twitch . To promote the second season of the HBO comedy series—which will debut on April 12— the stars of Silicon Valley will livestream a Q&A for the Twitch community and debut an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode. (And, of course, they'll be playing video games with Twitch's live programming director and host Jon Carnage during the program.) To introduce new viewers to the series and jog the memory of fans, the platform will also livestream the show's pilot episode, marking the first time a network has done so on the platform. "There is an authentic connection between Silicon Valley and the Twitch audience, and this unique event is a great way to build upon that," Sabrina Caluori, HBO vice president, digital and social media, said in a release. "Twitch offers a unique opportunity to provide exclusive content and a highly social experience to this influential community." The idea of Silicon Valley coming to Twitch isn't that far of a stretch, considering actor Thomas Middleditch (who plays main star Richard Hendricks on the show) already is a streamer on the site. But, more importantly, it shows that Twitch can be used for different marketing techniques besides traditional pre-roll and banner ads. And it highlights its livestreaming capabilities, which have garnered buzz thanks to the releases of Periscope and Meerkat . More than 1.5 million broadcasters use Twitch to share content, and it gets over 100 million unique viewers a month. The platform recently made headlines when Amazon purchased it

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Star-Driven Comedies and Late Night Talk Show for CMT

April 2, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

CMT packed its 2015 upfront with stars: singer Darius Rucker performing at the upfront presentation at New York's TimesCenter, and the stars of the network's slate of new shows, including Billy Ray Cyrus and Kellie Pickler, introducing clips of their shows. "This year, we're enlisting some of the biggest names in the industry to unleash a groundbreaking new programming slate including epic events and music specials, a bold scripted comedy and brilliant documentaries," said CMT evp of development Jayson Dinsmore. The network will introduce two new star-driven comedies: "Still the King," a scripted comedy starring Billy Ray Cyrus as a washed-up one-hit-wonder kicked out of country music only to return years later posing as the new minister of a country church; and "I Love Kellie Pickler," featuring the American Idol Season 5 contestant. "It's kind of a modern-day 'I Love Lucy,'" Pickler said. Comedian Josh Wolf will host CMT's first-ever nightly talk show, "The Josh Wolf Show," produced by Chelsea Handler. The show will air Wednesday through Saturday nights, with panel discussions, comedy sketches and country music stars

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How It Feels to Become the Face of a Generation’s Shrugging Indifference

April 2, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Back around 2008, I posed for photographs for my friends who worked at a small animation company run out of a shack-like bungalow in East Atlanta. I stood in front of a white backdrop, like in a yearbook photo, and moved my face in 50 different ways in 10 different angles. It was fun, and then we all went out to lunch. Siobhan Price A few months later, one of my friends asked me to sign an agreement to use my likeness and told me he legally had to give me $1. It was a while after that when I learned my face had become the character Cheryl Tunt on Archer. It's a pretty cool claim to fame but hopefully not the only thing I'll ever be known for. What I would like to be remembered for is ... I don't know, actually. I used to know. I used to have a plan and drive and clarity, and then I turned 30 and it all fell apart. As I've gotten older and more experienced in my profession, I've begun to feel more unfulfilled and lost. I thought I'd have it all figured out now and I'd have my dream job and a family and a house and generally be on the road to happily ever after. At one point, I had most of those things, and I realized I was incredibly unhappy. Since then, I've quit my great job in television, moved across the country, got an even better job at the same company, got promoted, moved back across the country, quit and then moved across the country again.

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Discovery Leverages Global Reach in Multi-Network Upfront

March 31, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's not uncommon to hear hyperbolic talk at upfront presentations, but when Discovery Channel president Rich Ross talked about reaching for the moon at the network's presentation in New York Tuesday, he meant it—among the shows Discovery Channel announced is Lunar XPRIZE, tracking a competition among teams working to land a craft on the moon (preferably, Ross said, live, and in prime time). The Discovery Channel also announced Racing Extinction, a documentary from the producers of the Academy Award-winning The Cove that will "expose the hidden world of endangered species and race to protect them against mass extinction." Discovery Communications chief executive David Zaslav said with Discovery networks in 230 countries, an effort like Racing Extinction can become a show with truly global scale. "It's something only Discovery can do," Zaslav said. "We're reaching more people in more countries than any other media company." Zaslav said his networks had focused their spending on programs with international appeal, as Discovery worked to expand its global footprint. "Our international pillar gives us a real hedge as you look at the slowing of the U.S. business," said Zaslav. Highlights from the Discovery networks:

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Ian Harding Loves Connecting With Fans Online—Until They Show Up at His House

March 31, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age 28 Claim to fame Stars as Ezra Fitz on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars; five-time Teen Choice Awards winner Base Los Angeles Twitter @IANMHARDING What's the first information you consume in the morning? I wake up, I'll meditate, and then I'll read something. I try to wake up 45 minutes prior to actually needing to do anything just so I can have that moment. What's been on your morning reading list lately? I just finished this book called Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. Another book I read was A Billion Wicked Thoughts, which was about the study of human desire based on Internet searches for pornographic content. It was pretty eye-opening. And sometimes a little too much to be reading in the morning. Tell us about your social media habits

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Study: Young People Watch More Than 22 Hours of Online Video a Week

March 30, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A new study shows that watching content online instead of on TV is the new normal for young millennials and even younger Gen Zers. Just how much digital video are they watching? The average survey taker viewed 11.3 hours of free online video (on sites like YouTube) and 10.8 hours of subscription video (on sites like Netflix) for a staggering total of 22 hours a week. By comparison, that same survey group—1,350 people between the ages of 13 and 24—viewed an average 8.3 hours of scheduled linear TV content, according to the third annual Acumen Report. And of that, 6.4 hours happened online. While almost everyone surveyed said they watch digital content, a little more than half reported watching TV. "Whether you're a marketer or a content creator, the results magnify the growing influence of these millennial consumers and further affirmation that traditional media is falling short with this audience," said Andy Tu, evp of marketing for Defy Media, an online video production house that commissioned the study.

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The Breakout Hit Outlander Is Finally Attracting Women to Starz

March 30, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Game of Thrones isn't the only highly anticipated returning premium cable program based on a hugely popular book series with a rabid fan base. Starz has its own budding hit in Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon's historical/fantasy/romance novels, which will launch the second half of its debut season on April 4. Outlander made an immediate impact when it premiered last August, with the first eight episodes averaging 5.1 million viewers across platforms. Notably, Outlander has finally brought a large female audience to Starz, whose programs, including Black Sails, Magic City and Spartacus, have tended to skew male. Outlander's audience, meanwhile, is 59 percent women, compared to 38 percent for Black Sails and 45 percent for Power, and its last two episodes were the top-ranked cable programs of the week among women. Like Game of Thrones before it, Outlander proved that "if you can get in business on a great book series where you've got a presold audience and there are storylines that have been worked out by an author that have had the test not just of time but of an audience having to read and accept it, then that's a pretty good template for a television series," said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht . Outlander's success with women is just the latest good news for Starz, which has grown to 23.3 million subscribers and, according to SNL Kagan, leapfrogged Showtime to become the No. 2 premium network behind HBO.

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Multicultural TV’s Success Isn’t About Whites Getting Less, It’s About Everyone Getting More

March 27, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After the success of multicultural shows like Fox's Empire, CW's Jane the Virgin and ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, Deadline reported this week that some white actors and their agents are feeling victimized by the TV industry's growing interest in diverse casting. But you know who doesn't mind this trend? Advertisers.

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