Comscore, CBS Reup Ratings Deal

The agreement sees 27 CBS-owned stations in 17 major U.S. markets continuing their use of Comscore local ratings currency.

CBS, Turner Quickly Sell Out March Madness

Nothing but net as advertisers snatch up the last of the tourney’s ad inventory a full month before tipoff.

Streaming Has Broadcast Nets Rethinking Pilots

Now more than ever, the broadcast networks are feeling the need to change up their typical pilot season strategy. With existing streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and Amazon and new competitors like HBO Max and Peacock developing shows year-round, the broadcasters are slowly but surely shifting their plans to include more off-cycle pickups.

CBS Beats Va. Official’s Defamation Suit

The state’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax hasn’t proven the network acted with malice in airing interviews with two women who accuse him of sexual assault, but a Virginia federal judge found his claims in the $400 million lawsuit to be reasonable enough to deny an award of attorney’s fees.

CBS Developing ‘CSI’ Event Series Revival

CSI could be coming back to CBS. Variety has confirmed with sources that the broadcaster is eyeing a potential event series revival of the megahit show, which aired on the network from 2000 to 2015. The project is in the very early development stages and no original cast members are currently attached.

‘Judge Judy’ Profits Fight Settled

A 2016 dispute that included a complaint about Judy Sheindlin’s $47 million salary has been resolved by a mediator.

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.

‘Young And Restless’ Gets 4-Season Renewal

On the heels of Days of Our Lives‘ official pickup at NBC, CBS has renewed fellow sudser The Young and the Restless for four — count ’em, four — more seasons. The blockbuster deal ensures that daytime’s No. 1 soap will be around through (at least) the 2023-24 TV season.

CBS Ready For High-Stakes Tony Romo Fight To Kick Off NFL TV Free-Agent Bonanza

CBS Business Operations Head To Leave

Longtime CBS executive Deborah Barak will leave the network at the end of the year. Barak, president of business operations for CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios and CBS News, will exit the company after more than 30 years in the latest change to the network’s management structure.

Queen Latifah-Led ‘Equalizer’ Reboot Nabs CBS Pilot Pickup

CBS CEO Ianniello Expected To Leave In Spring

CBS CEO Joe Ianniello is expected to depart from ViacomCBS in the spring, according to two individuals familiar with the situation.

Can CBS’s Grammys Telecast Weather Scandal?

Deborah Dugan has gone from leading the Recording Academy to being a whistleblower. Here’s why those watching — or not watching — this year’s awards ceremony may be more consequential than any judge.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | For Election 2020, It’s IP In A Landslide

Stations and broadcast networks alike are heavily turning to IP contribution to cover the presidential primaries this year as past contention problems have largely dissipated and cellular networks greatly improved. For some, however, dedicated fiber and satellite trucks will still play a key role.

THE PRICE POINT

The Price Point | An Ode To CBS’s Black Rock

My first thought when seeing Viacom’s announcement that William S. Paley’s architectural masterpiece Black Rock will be put on the market was horror. But then I checked. Black Rock is on the National Register of Historic Places, so I, for one, breathed a sigh of relief.

Suit Against CBS, Moonves Allowed To Continue

A federal judge in New York has allowed a shareholder lawsuit against CBS Corp. to proceed based on the specificity of statements made by disgraced former chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves at a 2017 Variety conference.

CBS Orders Silence Of The Lambs Sequel

Nets, Nielsen to Test Addressable Ad Platform

A+E Networks, AMC Networks, CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and other media publishers double down on addressable TV initiatives ahead of the 2020 upfronts.

Locast Launches GoFundMe Page To Fight Nets

The streaming service has created a legal defense fund to battle CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC to “protect streaming of local broadcast TV.”

Networks Celebrate Holidays By Paying Tribute To Their Teams

Remembering CBS’s ‘Knots Landing’ At 40

Judge Blocks Maine’s A La Carte Cable Law

A first-in-the-nation Maine law seeking to force cable providers to offer a la carte services has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge in a decision that renders the new requirement unlikely to ever take effect.

ViacomCBS To Drop SEC Football In ’23

CBS will walk away from the SEC when its contract ends after the 2023 football season, and all indications are that the package will move to ESPN/ABC. CBS decided to exit the negotiations for college football’s most-watched TV package after making an aggressive bid in the neighborhood of $300 million per season — a massive increase from the $55 million it currently pays annually.

CBS And ‘Survivor’ Address Controversy, Changes

A week after the surprise removal of Survivor contestant Dan Spilo, CBS and the show’s producers are speaking out about the incident for the first time. In a very lengthy statement, the network and the show call Season 39 “unprecedented.” Starting with the show’s next season (40), Survivor is adding to the cast’s pre-production orientation specific guidelines regarding personal space, inappropriate behavior and how to report these issues.

‘Survivor’ Dealing With #MeToo-Era Issues

The abrupt exit of player Dan Spilo, for what CBS said was an off-camera incident, didn’t end questions about whether the network fumbled a #MeToo-era issue that it knew about months ago. CBS has the chance to address its decisions Wednesday, when it airs the traditional one-hour post-mortem discussion after the season’s conclusion. Spilo has not been invited to participate. For the first time, that post-show discussion will be taped instead of live.

‘Survivor’ Removes Contestant For First Time After Off-Camera Incident

ViacomCBS To Sell Black Rock Headquarters

Three days after the long-awaited merger of CBS and Viacom closed, the combined company has decided to sell off the fabled headquarters building of CBS known as Black Rock. Bob Bakish, CEO of ViacomCBS, confirmed the company is proceeding with the divestiture during an appearance at the UBS TMT Conference in New York.

CBS Replaces Showrunner On ‘All Rise’

Viacom, CBS Shares Rise On Their Final Day

Viacom and CBS shares perked up Wednesday, each rising more than 3% in their final day of trading as separate companies. The media companies’ all-stock merger took effect after the closing bell. Shares in ViacomCBS will begin trading Thursday morning on the Nasdaq.

Bob Bakish’s Memo To ViacomCBS Staff

The executive sent the email to staff after Viacom and CBS completed their merger following the close of the stock market.

ViacomCBS Closes As Wall St. Debates Outlook

Management touts the firm’s big U.S. TV audience share, content library, growing streaming services and international upside, but some analysts say investors want to see proof of the merger benefits over time.

CBS And Viacom Are Back Together

Shari Redstone gets her wish, bringing about the merger of two media giants in a $25 billion deal. The plan is to become a content arms dealer in the streaming wars.

Locast: Big 4 Nets ‘Waited Too Long’ To Sue

David Goodfriend, founder of controversial not-for-profit outfit Locast, said the parent companies of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox “waited too long” to sue him over the alleged theft of their signal. He also questioned why they didn’t seek a temporary restraining order to halt the two-year-old company’s operations, as they did in the case of Aereo years earlier.

CBS Settles Reporter’s Gender Bias Lawsuit

CBS Broadcasting has come to a settlement agreement with Michele Gillen, an Emmy-winning investigative reporter based in Miami who alleged being fired due to her gender and age. The resolution heads off a trial that was scheduled to begin Dec.9.

CBS Ordered To Disclose Viacom Records

A Delaware judge on Monday ordered CBS Corp. to turn over records regarding its plan to reunite with Viacom to a shareholder who wants to investigate if the deal unfairly benefits Shari Redstone, who controls both companies.

CBS Hit With Bias Suit From Reality Exec

Ghen Maynard, who was brought back to CBS three years ago to revive its unscripted department, has launched a discrimination lawsuit against the company after apparently being terminated last month. According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, the firing occurred after an investigation into an allegation that he mistreated a female coworker.

CBS And Viacom Reveal Dec. Merger Date

CBS and Viacom expect their re-merger to become official after the U.S. stock markets close on Wednesday, Dec. 4, the companies said this morning.

‘Young And The Restless’ Marks Peter Bergman’s Milestone

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years ago, “The Young and the Restless” celebrated Peter Bergman’s quarter-century on the daytime serial with a cake and speeches. The actor says he didn’t expect any fuss over his 30th year playing Jack Abbott, but producers devised a plot twist worthy of a soap opera. To publicly honor the […]

CBS Rushes To Get CEO Out Of Testifying

Will CBS CEO Joseph Ianniello have to take the witness stand at a trial next month and talk about Leslie Moonves and the company’s problems on the “me too” front? On Monday, CBS took steps to avoid that possibility.

Two Female Writers Quit ‘Carol’s Second Act’

“None of this had to happen”: The network’s new sexual harassment policy did not prevent them from leaving Patricia Heaton’s new show after accusations against the star’s husband, a producer.