TV CTOs to Discuss Tech Investment Plans

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At the 2018 Devoncroft Summit: The Business of Media Technology, industry thought leaders will debate strategic drivers of media technology spending, including cloud technology, virtualization, transition to IP, 4K/UHD, artificial intelligence/machine learning and media supply chain restructuring. 

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Fox Brings Back ‘TV Everywhere’ Sweepstakes

Fox Networks Ups BJ Elias TO SVP, Distribution

Fox Networks television executive Benjamin “BJ” Elias has been promoted to senior vice president, distribution. He will continue to report to Mike Biard, president, distribution, Fox Networks. Elias, who joined Fox in 2010 and previously served as VP, distribution, advanced services for Fox Networks, is responsible for leading the division’s distribution of new media products […]

TCA SUMMER PRESS TOUR

Fox’s Rice: ‘We Need Some New Hits’

Fox Networks CEO Peter Rice says the company needs to come up with some winners after a season when ratings tanked. Only two of Fox’s new shows from last season, the horror drama Sleepy Hollow and the comedy Brooklyn 99, survived.

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Fox Nets Add Video Clarity 4K Quality Analyzer

Fox Nets Add SintecMedia’s OnAir Enterprise

The management software will be deployed for Fox Networks Group’s cable and broadcast networks, including FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1 and 2, Fox Soccer Plus, National Geographic channels, Fox Deportes, as well as the Fox broadcast network and the recently launched MundoFox.

Fox Ups Two Distribution Execs to SVP

Jessica Fang will oversee relationships and negotiating agreements with distributors covering all of the company’s platforms, including Fox’s 44 O&O’s. David Espinosa’s new role includes negotiation, implementation and administration of affiliation and retransmission consent agreements.

Fox Networks’ Mike Hopkins To Be Hulu CEO

Hulu is close to naming Fox executive Mike Hopkins as its chief executive officer, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The appointment is expected to be announced shortly, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. Hopkins, president of distribution for Fox Networks, would succeed Andy Forssell, acting CEO of the Internet service.

WITL AWARD WINNER

Fox’s Andrea Berry: Tech Leader And Mentor

A series of fortutious “accidents” shaped this year’s winner of the TVNewsCheck Women in Technology Leadership Award and helped her find her passion in the broadcasting business. The award, which benefits the NAB Educational Foundation’s Apprenticeship Program, will be presented next Tuesday during the NAB convention.

Fox, DirecTV Reach Carriage Deal

Fox Networks and DirecTV announced Monday evening that they reached an agreement for DirecTV to continue carrying all Fox networks (including FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes), Fox’s regional sports networks, Fox Broadcasting, the Fox local stations, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The joint statement said: “We both know the past 10 days have been challenging, but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming.”

CARRIAGE WARS

DirecTV Threatens To Pull Fox Networks

DirecTV has told Fox Networks that it will drop the channels Nov. 1 if the two companies don’t come to an agreement in the ongoing carriage dispute.

SNL KAGAN TV AND RADIO FINANCE SUMMIT

Fox On Retrans: Ditching Affils ‘Last Resort’

Fox network distribution chief Mike Hopkins says his network hopes it “can get through the [affiliate negotiation] process and get deals done with everybody we have today.” But, as it’s shown recently, it will switch affiliation if it can’t reach a deal. He added that the network’s demands on its affiliates stem from the realization that the “value equation” between network and affiliate had shifted and the network had wound up on the short end.

Vinciquerra Exit Triggers Fox Reorganization

Yesterday’s resignation of Fox Networks Group CEO Tony Vinciquerra will result in promotions for David Haslingden, David Hill, Randy Freer and Eric Shanks.

Fox Nets Use Snell Morpheus For Disaster Recovery

Fox Networks has purchased Snell Morpheus Automation and Morpheus ICE (Integrated Content Engine) for disaster recovery systems in California and Texas. “Morpheus is an unusually powerful, flexible, and scalable broadcast automation solution that, with Morpheus ICE, provides both the system density and fully resilient architecture that our disaster recovery project requires,” said Richard Friedel, EVP-GM, […]