The State of Our Art has been the Promax Station Summit’s signature opening presentation on as long as I can remember. This perennial favorite shows the best video messages from around the world. Powerful, expensive spots created to change minds and perspectives. And, hopefully, inspire creativity for local TV marketing people. Check them out.
TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center last week saw new job postings from Lockwood, Hearst, Sinclair and Dispatch for openings in Kansas, Iowa and Ohio for openings in sales, creative services, IT management, and one for a general manager.
In less than a month, Norah O’Donnell will start delivering the headlines at CBS Evening News – and, most likely, start generating a few of her own. CBS News plans to launch a re-tooled CBS Evening News anchored by O’Donnell on July 15, part of the network’s ambitious plans to overhaul its morning and evening standbys and get more competitive with rivals. O’Donnell will play an instrumental role in a big bet by the network, which plans to move her and the broadcast to Washington from New York City in the fall.
Carlos Amezcua and Lisa Remillard debuted BEOND.TV that establishes an online digital platform for original content paired with broadcast access. The new initiative launches with Carlos and Lisa, a half-hour news talk program that incorporates issue-driven discussions with Southern California flavor
The S&P 500 notched its third straight weekly gain after a wobbly day Friday. That milestone, which eclipsed the benchmark index’s last record close on April 30, came amid a swift turnaround for stocks this month that has erased the losses from a steep sell-off in May.
Game shows continue their strong run in the early part of the summer, with ABC and Fox leading Thursday’s 18-49 ratings.
According to a panel of high-level executives gathered Thursday morning at the freshly renamed Kagan Media Summit, TV industry growth will come from a number of sources — including private equity, core and emerging advertising categories, a huuuuge bump in 2020 political dollars, and digital expansion and the promise that ATSC 3.0 holds. At the session, Mike Nelson, EVP-CFO of Fox Television Stations, said his company is interested in buying stations that fit the group’s profile, a top-25 market with a sports presence. “At the right price, Fox is very much interested,” he said.
Netflix is testing a pop-out player so subscribers can watch content on the service while continuing to use other applications. The feature lets users pop out a screen that floats on top of other windows and applications. Users can resize the player by clicking and dragging. Right now, the feature doesn’t support subtitles.
A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors do dismiss all charges against Jussie Smollett.
In his swaggering glory days as a 60 Minutes star of stars, it was sometimes said that the mere mention of Mike Wallace’s name could strike fear in the hearts of resolute men and women. Seven years after Wallace’s death at 93, his life and career as one of America’s most accomplished and celebrated journalists are being examined in the new documentary, Mike Wallace Is Here. The film, by Los Angeles-based documentarian Avi Belkin, raises chewy questions about the legendary newsman’s legacy and whether he played a role in sowing the seeds of today’s untrammeled information landscape.
NBC executives had been preparing to handle 20 presidential candidates over two nights of debate when the current occupant of the Oval Office introduced a new twist by threatening to live-tweet next week’s Democratic face-off.
The president has booked an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday and has done an interview with Telemundo — two of the three networks that will simulcast next week’s first debate among Democratic presidential contenders. (The other is MSNBC.)
Wolfe Research Managing Director Marci Ryvicker initiated coverage of Netflix on Thursday with an “outperform” rating and a $442 price target, adding that despite fears new streaming video offerings from top programmers could cut into its business, the SVOD pioneer should still dominate.
Former Tribune exec Greg Easterly will succeed the retiring Mike Renda as head of Fox’s O&O in Detroit at the end of the month.
There are myriad ways streaming services disrupt traditional broadcast and cable television. Lumping cable in with broadcast (aka linear television) is itself a sea change since it was just 20 years ago that cable was the new kid on the block eating broadcast’s lunch.
In case you missed it, TVNewsCheck’s inaugural event brought together streaming executives for all the major news organizations forging a presence on OTT. Get up to speed here.
Locast, a startup that provides streaming access to local TV channels in a growing number of markets, continues to succeed where others, such as Aereo and Ivi, crashed and burned. It’s still early days, but Locast appears to have found a way to stream access to those channels without having to dodge the crushing legal hammer of powerful U.S. broadcasters.
It looks like the days of certified mail carriage elections are going the way of the pony express. The FCC will vote July 10 on adopting a broadcast and cable compromise approach to carriage elections notifications, as well as extending it to DBS carriage elections. It is expected to be approved.
An estimated 14.5 million people watched James Holzhauer on June 3, when the professional gambler lost for first time after 32 consecutive wins and $2,464,216 in prize money, the Nielsen company said. No television series this season (football excluded) averaged more viewers per episode on the first night they aired.
Rupert Murdoch, the 88-year-old billionaire media mogul, is recovering after a bout with pneumonia, two people familiar with the matter told CNN Business. One of the people, a person close to Murdoch’s family, said the pneumonia occurred nearly three weeks ago. The second person and a third person familiar with the matter added that he had gone to a Los Angeles hospital. It is unclear whether he was admitted.
Two new TV jobs were posted last week on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center by Cox and Sinclair for openings in sales and creative services at their stations in Seattle and Nashville.