Dissent In Ranks Of Hollywood Writers

As television and movie writers find themselves in a standoff with the four major talent agencies, some of them want to push their unions in a new direction.

Amazon Ramps Up Prime Day TV Ad Spend

 

Some $7.9 million has been spent to date — June 30 to July 15 — with big dollars spent on Univision ($1.3 million), NBC ($705,000) and ABC ($604,000).

CBS, Viacom Set Aug. Target For Merger Talks

CBS and Viacom continue to bob along with merger talks and are now circling Aug. 8 as an internal deadline to agree to a deal, according to people familiar with the matter. While a transaction could be announced sooner — or later — than that, CBS and Viacom happen to share Aug. 8 as the day both companies report second-quarter earnings. That makes it a natural goal post for a merger that’s been speculated about for more than a year, the people said.

BRAND CONNECTIONS
UPFRONTS

Fox Sees Primetime, Sports Ad Gains

Upfront ad demand at Fox Corp. was stronger than many executives anticipated, according to a person familiar with the matter. The volume of ad commitments for the primetime entertainment lineup on Fox Broadcasting — which includes 9-1-1 — increased in the high-single-digit percentage range over last year’s offerings, this person said. If Fox’s primetime entertainment volume rose in a range of 8% to 9% over last year, then the company could have secured between $1.6 billion and $1.82 billion, according to Variety estimates.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Moves up 27, Nasdaq Adds 14

The S&P 500 notched another record on Monday after a muted, mixed day. Financial stocks fell even though Citigroup said it made more money last quarter than analysts expected. Energy stocks were also weak, but gains for technology and health care stocks helped tip the S&P 500 and other indexes past the highs set on Friday.

RETRANS

AT&T, Nexstar Meet But Blackout Goes On

Executives from AT&T and Nexstar Media Group met over the weekend, but the nearly two-week long blackout of about 120 stations continues. The talks continue but there has been no agreement yet, according to an AT&T spokesperson. Negotiations will continue this week, a Nexstar spokesman added.

DMA 49: GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Dan Baylog Named WZZM President-GM

Tegna moves its programming and research veteran to succeed Janet Mason as head of its ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Univision Owners Want To Sell. Why?

Years of boardroom bickering and missteps, including a disastrous foray into English-language media, as well as rising competition from rival Telemundo and shifting demographics, have taken a toll.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

New Jobs In Sales, News And Creative Services

Jobs just posted last week on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings in sales, news, creative services, and advertising research by ABC, Graham and BIA Advisory Services. These openings are in Texas, California, Virginia and in the Midwest.

DMA 43: BIRMINGHAM, AL

WBRC Names Jason Mathews GSM

Gray taps its director of business development to lead sales at its Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Ala.