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.

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‘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.

Viral Video Firm Jukin Media Builds Studio To Expand

Digital Chiefs Will Tackle Multiplatform Production At NewsTECHForum 2017

Catherine BadalamenteJoe FiveashAnthony KatsurFrank MungeamDigital executives from Nexstar, Tegna, Graham Media and Raycom will discuss the challenges of integrating digital news production and distribution into traditional television newsroom workflow at the sixth annual NewsTECHForum conference in New York on Dec. 11-12.

The Top 10 Burning Issues In Digital

A new study charts trends affecting media buyers and sellers. It’s available from ComScore as a complimentary download.

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KGW Names New Director Of Digital Strategy

The Tegna NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore., promoted Greg Retsinas to a newly created position overseeing digital content and revenue strategy.

Tegna Adds Ostrow As Chief Digital Officer

Former Mashable executive Adam Ostrow will oversee Tegna’s digital vision and strategy.

Vice Lays Off 60 Amid Video Expansion

The cuts, which are impacting about 2% of Vice Media’s 3,000 person staff, comes as the company grows its video operations internationally.

Fred Graver Named Digital SVP At Discovery

Discovery Communications today appointed Fred Graver SVP, digital content and social for Discovery Digital. Graver most recently was the global head of TV for Twitter. In his new role, he will oversee the digital network teams across Discovery’s US portfolio to extend the brand’s reach across all digital media platforms. Graver will report to Karen Leever, EVP-GM, digital […]

Fuse Taps Patrick Courtney As Digital Strategy SVP

Katzenberg’s WndrCo Targets 18-34s

In Cannes to talk up his latest venture, WndrCo, Jeffrey Katzenberg says he’s found “a brand new Everest.” The company is getting into what he’s so far terming “New TV” destined for mobile devices in the form of shows with full story arcs, but limited to 6-10 minutes per episode. The target demo is the coveted 18-34 range and the plan involves incentives along the way for every stakeholder, including creatives. It will be built with a significant advertising component.

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Limelight Details Consumer Digital Media Use

Laura Lee Joins NBCU Digital As EVP

The former YouTube executive will help drive the company’s digital strategy and will be responsible for growing the consumption, audience engagement and monetization of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises’s content on both existing and emerging platforms.

Motorsport TV Taps Kevin Annison As President

Former Fox Sports/Speed Channel television network and digital media executive Kevin Annison will join Motorsport Network to spearhead the group’s planned expansion in traditional and internet television as its president. The appointment of Annison comes one week after former NASCAR Digital Media VP Colin Smith joined Motorsport Network as CEO. Motorsport Network acquired European cable […]

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Capitol Names Audience Development GM

Shelly Leslie, WRAL’s creative director is now the general manager of audience development — a new Capitol Broadcasting Co. division focused on growing the company’s digital video footprint.

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For Nexstar Digital And Raifman, Size Matters

Gregory Raifman, Nexstar Digital’s newly-minted president, says the company is well underway with a rollup of its portfolio of technology companies under a single banner. As the company scouts new digital acquisitions, Raifman says it will leverage Nexstar Media Group’s broadcast size and footprint to find its edge in the market.

Nexstar Digital Sets Key Leadership Posts

Advertising technology and business strategy executives Anthony Katsur and Michael Kestenbaum named SVP of platforms and SVP of strategy and corporate development, respectively.

NBC/Telemundo Stations Get Digital Mgmt. VP

As vice president of digital product management and design, Azza Elsheikh will lead the station division’s product and designs teams.

NBCU Buys Majority Of Craftsy Digital Net

NBCUniversal has acquired a majority stake in Craftsy, the digital channel that serves up how-to videos on a range of cooking, decorating and lifestyle subjects.

Wochit, Getty Images Expand Content Deal

A new, long-term agreement builds on an existing relationship to bring Getty Images’ premium creative content to social video creation platform Wochit’s users.