Berlamino Is New CW Distribution Exec

Betty Ellen Berlamino will be responsible for all network distribution and affiliate relations at The CW as well as serve as the network’s primary liaison with its station groups and MVPDs. Affiliate marketing activities will be jointly managed by both Berlamino and Rick Haskins, president, streaming and chief brand officer.

DOJ, FTC Schedule Vertical Merger Workshops

The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are teaming up for two public workshops on drafts of new vertical merger guidelines. Vertical mergers are ones that combine different parts of the same supply chain, an AT&T with its video services and Time Warner with its content production, for example. DOJ and the FTC divvy up reviews of mergers for potential anticompetitive effects.

David Amy Named Television Music License Committee Chair

Today, the Television Music License Committee (TVMLC) appointed David B. Amy, a veteran executive in the local TV broadcast industry, as its chairman. TVMLC is a nonprofit trade association that negotiates music performing rights licenses on behalf of the local commercial television industry and leads efforts to promote a competitive market for music performing rights. Retired as […]

BRAND CONNECTIONS

After Bankruptcy, LBI Adopts Estrella Name

LBI Media, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last October, has renamed itself Estrella Media. Estrella Media is owned by HPS Investment Partners. Lenard Liberman, who founded LBI, gave up his equity in the company as part of the reorganization plan.

Super Bowl Ads Dialed Up Fun

NEW YORK (AP) — In the real world, political primaries are looming, impeachment is ongoing and heavy news never seems to stop. But during commercial breaks in the Super Bowl, advertisers did their best to serve up an antidote heavily spiked with fun. True, political ads did invade the game, with President Trump and Michael […]

Anne Cox Chambers, Wealthy Newspaper Heiress, Dies At 100

ATLANTA — Anne Cox Chambers, a newspaper heiress, diplomat and philanthropist who was one of the country’s richest women, died Friday at the age of 100. Chambers’ nephew James Cox Kennedy announced her death to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her company’s flagship newspaper. “Aunt Anne was a wonderful, kind and elegant lady who cared deeply about […]

Cox Closing Videa Advance Ad Unit

March 31 will be the last day for the unit that launched in 2014 to work with station groups, agencies and rep firms across the spot TV industry to build an automated television solution that optimizes advertising campaigns and enables workflow efficiencies and data-enhanced audience targeting. The company said it was “no longer sustainable.”

NFL ‘Open To Changing’ Media Partners

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Sunday that his organization is “very open to changing packages, very open to changing partners” when it comes to negotiating media contracts that will expire in the next few years.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH BRETT JENKINS

TVN Executive Session | Nexstar: Bigger Scale, More IP Opportunities

Nexstar sees more potential to transition to IP workflows with its acquisition of Tribune, says CTO Brett Jenkins. It’s also aiming to light up some major-market NextGen TV signals in the second quarter amid what Jenkins sees as a climate of strong consumer acceptance and adoption of the new ATSC 3.0 standard.

NBC Affils In Talks On Peacock Latenight

After learning of the plan to offer The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers to streaming customers prior to their broadcast airtimes, NBC affiliates have been in talks with the network and they say the two sides “are working toward a plan that is good for NBCU and provides affiliates the opportunity to meaningfully participate in this business.”

CLOSING BELL

Dow Drops 603, Nasdaq Finishes Down 148

Stocks sank Friday on fears that the coronavirus outbreak will dent the enonomy. Technology companies, which do a lot of business with China, led the losses. Airlines fell after Delta and American suspended flights to and from China. The sell-off erased the S&P 500’s gains for January and gave the benchmark index its biggest weekly loss since August.

DMAS 50 & 94

Gray Names Two New GMs In Louisiana

The station group promotes Ronna Corrente and Joe Sciortino to lead its New Orleans Fox and Baton Rouge CBS affiliates.

KBLR Las Vegas Holds Ribbon Cutting

On Jan. 30, Telemundo’s KBLR Las Vegas held a ribbon cutting to commemorate the unveiling of its new 22,622 sq. ft. media center in the presence of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, local community leaders, NBC and Telemundo stations executives and colleagues. Telemundo Las Vegas aired its first newscast from its […]

Super Bowl Is Key Proving Ground For Slimmed-Down Fox

George Cheeks Named Head Of CBS

ViacomCBS has made it official today: Joe Ianniello, chairman and CEO of CBS, will be leaving the company. George Cheeks has been appointed president and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, effective March 23.

Media Cos. Emboldened Against Unionizing

Jessica Meiselman: Over the past few years employees at ViceG/O Media, the Huffington PostBuzzFeedSlateThe New Yorker, the LA Times, New York Media, and Vox Media, among many others, have decided to organize. Management responses have had this in common: their ultimate goal is to avert a union.

Nexstar Ups Quarterly Dividend By 24.4%

The increase to $0.56 per share marks the company’s seventh annual consecutive rise in cash dividend.

Sports Betting Industry Set For A Big Year

Barstool Sports used to be a media company, but on the heels of a $163 million investment from Penn National Gaming, it is now, in many respects, a sports betting company. Barstool’s evolution speaks to where the sports betting industry stands at the outset of 2020. With legalization on the horizon in key states and mobile betting set to explode, sportsbook operators are in a race to acquire users and build the best digital storefront.

Free Locast Now Has 1M Registered Users

The free live TV streaming service that launched in January 2018 in New York City offering access to 15 over-the-air TV stations including ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC affiliates, says it now has 1 million registered users after expanding to Denver, Atlanta, Phoenix, Washington, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, New York and South Dakota.. Locast did not say how many of them are donating to Locast but a million users is a good base to start with.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Moves Up 125, Nasdaq Adds 24

Stocks posted modest gains at end of a wobbly day of trading Thursday. News of a spike in the number of confirmed cases and fatalities from a virus outbreak in China put investors in a selling mood for most of the day, overshadowing a batch of mostly solid company earnings reports.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Amazon Stock Soars After Huge 4Q Earnings

Amazon’s move towards one-day shipping did little to hurt its bottom line during the holiday season, with the e-commerce giant reporting on Thursday afternoon its Q4 earnings easily surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. At the same time, Amazon shared it reached a new milestone when it comes to Prime memberships.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Verizon Shares Down On Profit Miss

Verizon Communications shares fell about 1% on Thursday as quarterly profits missed estimates even though the company added more monthly mobile phone subscribers than expected as adding the Disney+ streaming service helped some of its plans.

TV Programming Legend Fred Silverman Dies

Fred Silverman, the visionary television producer and executive behind such hit shows as All in the Family, Soap, M*A*S*H and Hill Street Blues, and the first and only executive to creatively run CBS, ABC and NBC, died today. He was 82. Silverman’s uncanny ability not just to identify hit shows in the making but also to program them into memorable primetime nights led Time magazine to crown him “The Man with the Golden Gut.”

TIP Initiative Expands Membership, Sets Goals

More leading local broadcasters join the advertising consortium, which now includes groups representing more than 740 stations.

How Soon Can Comcast’s Sky Deal Pay Off?

A new global news venture will arrive this summer as some analysts wish Comcast was a pure-play cable company, while a Wall Street bull says Sky and NBCUniversal give the company a “distinct advantage.”

Super PAC Ads Swamp Dem Primary

Outside groups have spent more than $14 million on ads and other campaigning in the 2020 Democratic primary so far.

AT&T Pins Hopes On Premium Streamer

After losing nearly 1.2 million pay TV subscribers in the fourth quarter, AT&T looks for new premium streaming service to reverse its video fortunes. The company said in its 4Q earnings report that it hopes the introduction of “software-based” video services, AT&T TV and HBO Max, will be natural compliments to a sales push of fiber-to-the-home services and reverse the company’s failing video fortunes.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Facebook Reports 4Q Profit, User Growth

Its profit and revenue both handily surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. Facebook said that about 2.89 billion people use at least one of its services — Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Messenger — each month.

Nielsen Improves Voter Ratings Service

Nielsen Voter Ratings combines advanced meter technology, big data, people-powered panels and voter registration data to provide persons-level, monthly voter-based insights.

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Dow Edges Up 12, Nasdaq Closes Up 5

Stocks giae up early gains and ended mixed on Wednesday. Investors continued to assess quarterly reports from big companies, including solid results from General Electric and Apple. The iPhone maker’s shares climbed to an all-time high. Microsoft reported quarterly results after the close of regular trading that topped Wall Street estimates.