BET Names Two Digital SVPs

Simone Oliver is tapped as senior vice president of digital content, while Jason Odom becomes senior vice president of digital operations.

Fox Corp. and Innovid In Cross-Platform Measurement Deal

The partnership will cover the Fox portfolio, leveraging InnovidXP for measurement of linear and streaming.

What’s The Cheapest Way To Watch TV?

From an antenna to streaming hacks, the Washington Post finds the least expensive ways to watch television.

Cinedigm Launching ‘Cinaverse’ FAST Channels And VOD Services

Built on Cinedigm’s Matchpoint technology, Cineverse will come with an integrated program guide, allowing users to easily browse between channels, beginning Sept. 15. (Image: Cinedigm)

Samsung Looks To Leverage Smart TV Lead With Revamp Of Free, Ad-Supported Streaming

Smart TV maker Samsung has unveiled a new version of its TV Plus streaming offering. The free, ad-supported TV service has reach to 24 countries and 465 million devices globally across TV and mobile, the company said. (Photo: Samsung)

Peacock Launches Virtual ‘DocFest’

Peacock launches its first ever DocFest, an on-platform showcase highlighting a selection from the streamer’s top-tier documentary roster. The six-week virtual festival will feature six brand new Peacock Original titles between Sept. 14 and Oct. 19, with new titles dropping every Wednesday.

Sinclair Expands Its Digital Executive Team

Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced an expansion of the company’s digital executive leadership team with the creation of two new positions. Richard Cooke was named VP, audio programming, and Lou Ferrara was elevated to VP, consumer data and strategy. Both positions will report to Kevin Cotlove, EVP and chief digital officer. “Lou and Richard bring […]

Longtime Digital Exec Meredith Artley Out At CNN

Meredith Artley, the longtime SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, is out at the network, according to a memo obtained by Axios. The news was first noted on a staff call with head of CNN Worldwide Chris Licht. (Image: CNN)

Polaris Bringing Black-Owned Streaming Channel To Vizio SmartCast Lineup

Consumers Complain About Streaming, But They Can’t Live Without Netflix

If they could only keep one streaming service, 41% of those surveyed by Whip Media said they’d keep Netflix and HBO Max was tops with about 90% when asked which service left them most satisfied.

Triton Unveils Agnostic Audio Ad Marketplace: Pools 100B Broadcast, Podcast, Streaming Impressions

Triton Digital, which was acquired by audio media giant iHeartMedia in early 2021, said the open audience exchange will launch in the Q1 2022.

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Creator Dan Levy Inks Film, TV Deal With Netflix

The multiple Emmy winner’s first project will be a romcom feature in which he’ll star, write, direct and produce as his TV pact begins next year after his current Disney deal expires.

Why TV Antennas Are Making a Comeback in the Streaming Age

Antennas, or “rabbit ears” provide completely free access to local network affiliates, typically including ABC, NBC, Fox and others. Fueled largely by millennials who’ve long sidestepped cable, antenna sales in the U.S. have risen 4% over the past year.

ESPN Plus, Hulu to Stream 75 Live NHL Regular-Season Games

The National Hockey League and the Walt Disney Company will drop the puck on the first season of its seven-year multiplatform television deal by distributing more 100 exclusive, live NHL regular season games, nearly three-quarters of which will be offered through digital services ESPN Plus and Hulu.

YouTube Viewing During Tokyo Games Jumped Seven Times Over Rio

During the Tokyo Games, which ran July 23-Aug. 8, YouTube viewers watched more than 200 million hours of Olympics-related content (including historical footage of past Olympic Games). According to the video platform, that’s seven times the amount of hours of Olympic Games content YouTube visitors watched during Rio 2016.

What Streaming Upstart CNN Can Learn From Fox Nation And Other Competitors

By the time CNN’s new streaming service CNN+ debuts in early 2022, Fox News will have launched its third streaming service. MSNBC, meanwhile, has been creating content for NBCUniversal’s Peacock.

Cinedigm Reviving El Rey Network As Streamer

Scripps Appoints Digital Chief For National Networks

Richard Steiner joins Scripps after more than 20 years in key positions with WarnerMedia/Turner Broadcasting, where he created and led dozens of nationally recognized products.

Nielsen Sets Major Measurement Changes

As streaming transforms the media landscape, Nielsen is making sweeping changes in the way it measures the viewing of programs and commercials, altering the way $100 billion in video advertising is bought and sold. Nielsen One will measure across linear, digital and streaming platforms, combine big data with its famous panel of Nielsen households, shift the focus from average minute per program to evaluating viewing on a second by second basis and move from a unit-based ad model to an impression based system that gives a separate audience number to individual commercials.

Nomination Surprises: ‘The Mandalorian,’ Quibi Get Emmy Love

NEW YORK (AP) — The Emmy Award nominations announced Tuesday included some snubs and surprises. THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE “The Mandalorian” — maybe thanks to Baby Yoda — snagged a surprising 15 nominations, mostly technical nods for things like production design, costumes, stunts, makeup and cinematography. But it also earned Disney+ a […]

FCC Diversity Committee: Yes, There Is Systemic Racism

Entravision Rolls Out Entravision Digital

The Hispanic broadcaster consolidates digital media, consumer insights and technology businesses under the Entravision brand.

Meredith Makes Digital Team Promotions

Bryce Moore becomes VP of digital content and Lee Morehouse is promoted to digital products manager.

Is YouTube Bigger Than All Of Local TV?

Not likely. Analysts believe that the Alphabet unit generates between $16 billion and $25 billion a year, while local TV broadcasting annual revenues tops $30 billion. But no one outside the company knows for sure because it has decided not to breakout YouTube’s financials in its earnings reports.

10 Digital Players Disrupting Hollywood

Tech companies that were once considered disrupters — like YouTube and Google — have grown into media giants in their own right. In 2017, online advertising reached $209 billion, for the first time surpassing the TV ad market. So, in this new media environment, where virtually every studio is launching its own streaming service and every tech company is getting into the TV show-producing business, exactly who is disrupting who?

Frankly Completes Strategic Review

The digital media platform provider said it anticipates additional funding from Raycom and implements management and board changes.

NAB 2018

‘Digital’ TV Leaders Have Been Forged By Risk

Broadcast leaders who’ve come up through their companies’ digital ranks have a different vantage point than their C-suite peers. Leaders from Raycom, E.W. Scripps, ABC Owned Television Stations are Capitol Broadcasting say their experience with digital media risks, failures and the process of constant iteration has shaped their approach to the broadcast helm for the better.

Lawsuit Alleges Pay Discrimination At Vice

Elizabeth Rose, a former female employee of Vice Media has alleged in a lawsuit filed today that the company discriminates against female employees, systemically and intentionally paying them less than their male counterparts.

COMMENTARY BY STEVE SCHWAID

How To Get Your Website Users To Return

The biggest and most important social media challenge to you as a TV station is to use your platforms to increase ratings by getting new viewers to sample newscasts, and — even more critically — getting current viewers to watch you more often. If they watched you once a week and now watch you three times a week, that’s great growth. The same applies to digital. Imagine what it would do to your metrics if you could repeatedly bring back your users throughout the week.

Hughes New Fox Networks Digital President

Fox Networks Group has promoted Jeff Hughes to president of its digital consumer group, overseeing digital strategy and operations for all of FNG’s entertainment and sports brands. Hughes takes over the position from Brian Sullivan, who assumed the role of president and COO of Fox Networks Group late last year.

Vice Media’s Digital Chief Loses Job

After placing Mike Germano on leave weeks ago, Vice said he would not return. Two women at the company had accused him of inappropriate behavior.

Vice Media Suspends Two Top Executives

Vice Media has suspended President Andrew Creighton and Chief Digital Officer Mike Germano following a New York Times report last month detailing sexual harassment allegations against them.

2017 IN REVIEW

Traditional Media Stocks Underperform In ’17

The Dow Jones Industrial Index added a massive 24.7%, but the Dow Jones U.S. Broadcasting & Entertainment index market grew only 7.8%. So-called FANG stocks — big digital media companies including Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google — posted eye-opening 50% improvements.

Apple Video Hires Michelle Lee As Creative Exec

Vice Media Fires 3 For Inappropriate Conduct

Vice Media fired three employees on Thursday amid a probe into sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct, according to an internal memo. Vice did not name the employees.

Hearst Mag Team Developing Digital Shows

Hearst Magazines Digital Media has formed a five-person division dedicated to developing, creating and selling original video series for digital platforms. Built over the past six months, the Hearst Originals team is led by Brian Madden, VP of audience, and Michael Mraz, executive director of partnerships for Hearst Magazines Digital Media. Two weeks ago, Hearst hired former MTV and Vice News executive Eric Leven as its director of Hearst Originals, who will be responsible for the day-to-day development of original shows.

Vice Media Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims

Comedy Central Taps Danielson As Digital Head

How Univision Has Grown Its Digital Presence

Digital and TV have an often symbiotic relationship for Univision, with shows created for digital also running on linear TV.

Hollywood’s New Digital Disrupters

As web video merges with film and TV, meet the breakouts — from Lilly Singh to Adam Conover — leveraging fame on YouTube and Instagram into careers on platforms their parents actually watch.