Starcom Is First Half’s Global Pitch King

That's according to agency tracker COMvergence, which is out with a new "Business Barometer" report detailing media agency new business activity for the first six months of the year.

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Whip Media, NATPE Launch Global Content Viewing Report

Whip Media said it is working with the National Association of Television Program Executives to produce a new data report that will tell buyers and distributors which programming is most popular with U.S. viewers.

Argus Capital, Media-Focused SPAC Led By Former CBS Brass, Has IPO

Argus Capital Corp., a special-purpose acquisition company created by former CBS CEO Joe Ianniello, head of CBS Interactive Marc DeBevoise and other CBS alums, has gone public. The SPAC, which is targeting deals in what it describes as “tech-driven media” sector, is offering investors 26.5 million units, priced at $10 apiece. (Image: Argus Capital)

TVN’S STATION GROUP OF THE YEAR 2021

Graham Cultivates Its Most Valuable ‘Insiders’

Graham Media Group, TVNewsCheck’s Station Group of the Year, is fostering tighter relationships with its most highly engaged audiences via Insiders, a company-wide membership program it launched last year. Graham executives believe it will have a transformative effect on news content, community building and revenues in an era of ever-disaggregating audiences. Read part one of the series on Graham's culture of innovation here. Read part two on President and CEO Emily Barr here.

Latinos Vastly Underrepresented In Media, New Report Finds

Latinos are perpetually absent in major newsrooms, Hollywood films and other media industries where their portrayals — or lack thereof — could deeply impact how their fellow Americans view them, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Britney Spears Netflix Documentary to Explore Conservatorship

A Netflix documentary about Britney Spears is one step closer to reaching the screen, as a trailer teaser for the film “Britney Vs. Spears” confirms. A trailer is expected to drop on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and the doc itself on Sept. 28, ahead of Spears’ next court date on Sept. 29.

Afghanistan Has Its Own Fake News Problem – Special Report

A month into the Taliban takeover of Kabul, and the misinformation and disinformation continues to soar into dizzying territory – driven not only by both clumsy, opportunistic social media sharing, but also seemingly structured propaganda initiatives both inside and outside Afghanistan.

Disney+ Subscriber Growth Slows Down

Shares in Disney fall 4.2% after CEO Bob Chapek says streaming service faced headwinds in quarter.

A Hollywood Producer And A Master Of Adaptation

Bruna Papandrea, who teamed with Reese Witherspoon on hits like “Wild” and “Gone Girl,” now has her own company providing shows and movies to a number of streaming services.

Women In Technology Awards To Be Presented Virtually

TVNewsCheck’s 11th annual Women in Technology Awards will be presented, live on Zoom, at 1 p.m. ET on October 12. The same event will feature the 2021 honorees in a moderated conversation, “Technologyy in a Changing Media Ecosystem: Predictions for 2022.” To attend, please register here.

New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a general manager, an account executive, an assignment editor/digital producer, a newscast producer, a senior MMJ, a morning news executive producer, a production manager and a chief meteorologist.

Data, Technology & Optimizing Spot TV At TV2025

Executives from Publicis, Dentsu, Universal McCann and E.W. Scripps will talk about their industry’s progress toward automating the buying and selling of spot TV and adapting it to a future currency based more on big data than rating points. Register here.

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