‘Fake News’ Death Threats Signal Big Problem

RTDNA and its Voice of the First Amendment Task Force are urging all journalists and news organizations to take extra security measures following the arrest of a man from Michigan for allegedly threatening to assassinate several CNN employees.

Sebbag Elected PromaxBDA Board Co-Chair

PromaxBDA, the entertainment marketing and design trade association today elected Steph Sebbag, founder of Los Angeles-based creative agency bpg and production company Rebel Films, co-chair of the PromaxBDA board of directors, effective immediately. Sebbag, who previously served as vice chair, assumes his position alongside current board chair Scot Chastain, EVP, affiliate marketing and development at […]

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New Role For NAB’s John David

The association’s longtime EVP of radio will become senior adviser beginning Feb. 1.

‘West Wing’ Cast Reunites For Benefit Reading Of ‘All The President’s Men’


SMPTE Names Secretary/Treasurer And Directors

SMPTE, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that the SMPTE Board of Governors has appointed a new secretary/treasurer and has named the society’s 2018 directors. John E. Ferder has been appointed to serve as SMPTE secretary/treasurer, a position left open […]

RTNDF Extends Deadline For Scholarships

NATPE Boosts International, Reality, Local TV

As the 55th edition of NATPE begins Tuesday morning in Miami, the syndication business that long served as its heartbeat continues to show a faltering pulse. Even so, the conference has managed to stabilize itself by bulking up offerings in streaming video, unscripted programming and local TV, rebounding after lean years when many in the industry thought it might vanish entirely.

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Little Syndication Action Expected At NATPE

Once again, the new first-run offerings are slim as stations are mostly content with what’s working for them. The big question is whether Harry will be back for a third season. While some syndicators have new entries for sale, only one new show has so far found a station launch group (Fox) that virtually assures its debut this fall. That is Debmar-Mercury’s new court show Caught in Providence (AP photo/Michelle R. Smith).

In The Dark: Power Outage At CES

Meyhem erupted at CES Wednesday as a power outage in the Central Hall shut down the giant tech conference, taking place in Las Vegas this week. Staff were told to close all entrances to the event, according to show management. Not even exhibitors were allowed into the event.


PromaxBDA Names Ball Head Of Marketing

PromaxBDA, the global trade association of the entertainment marketing and design industry, today appointed Jennifer Ball head of marketing, effective immediately. She joins the organization  from Univision Communications, where she was EVP of marketing and content partnerships.


What Constitutes ‘A Person To Watch’

MFM has choosen its annual “People to Watch” honorees for 2018. They are known for getting out of their office to experience the business first-hand. They also tend to ask good questions and to communicate the right information. For them, it’s not just about getting things done; it’s about getting them right.

IAB, 4As Unveil Long-Form Video Terms

The Interactive Advertising Bureau and American Association of Advertising Agencies on Thursday released new terms and conditions for long-form video — a significant update to the T&Cs, which were last updated in 2009

Entries Accepted For Service To America Awards

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Association is accepting entries for the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be recognized at the 20th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards gala held Tuesday, June 12, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington. The awards program, now […]

Trilithic Inc. Joins AWARN Alliance

Trilithic Inc. (which recently became a part of VIAVI Solutions) is joining broadcasters, public safety agencies and other technology companies to develop and deploy the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN), which utilizes the capabilities enabled by Next Generation Television. The goal of the AWARN Alliance is to create the most advanced emergency alerting system […]

LAB Adds Four Members To Its Board

The newest directors at the Library of American Broadcasting are Harry A. Jessell, TVNewsCheck; Heather Birks, Broadcast Education Association; Ruth Gaviria, Entercom; and Walter Podrazik, University of Illinois.

Television Academy Opens Up Membership

NATPE To Open With Panel On Media’s Future

Other features of the Jan. 16-18 conference include a conversation with the team behind the critically-acclaimed Dear White People and a mega-session on international production. In addition, Maria Menounos will host the 15th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards and the finalists for the NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards will be revealed.


C-SPAN Vet Paul Orgel Elected RTCA Chair

C-SPAN Editorial Director Paul Orgel has been voted in as the next executive committee chair of the Radio and Television Correspondents Association. For the next year, he will serve as vice chair and begin his work as chair in 2019. As executive committee chair, Orgel has promised to work to ensure Congressional Radio-Television Galleries’ rights […]

AIMS And MNA Announce Merger

AIMS And MNA Announce Merger Operating as AIMS, the joint organization can support IP interoperability standards across a larger cross section of the media and entertainment industry

Pilot, Local Media Association Set Video Summit

Pilot, NAB’s innovation initiative, in partnership with the Local Media Association (LMA), will host The Video Summit: A Forum for Video Business Solutions on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at NAB headquarters in Washington. The event will explore new strategies for video as they relate to over-the-top providers, broadcast, social media and emerging content distribution platforms. “The rapid expansion […]

HRTS Elects New Officers

The Hollywood Radio and Television Society has elected industry leaders from WME, Universal Television, Lionsgate and City National Bank as new officers to a two-year voluntary term, beginning in January, 2018. They are: Marc Korman, partner, WME, who succeeds Eric Schrier, president of programming, FX Networks and president of FX Productions, as president of HRTS; Pearlena Igbokwe, president, Universal Television, […]

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Native Ads Rise In Importance, Better Labeling Needed

The importance of native advertising continues to rise in the revenue mix even as labeling is inconsistent for many media companies, according to a report released today by the International News Media Association (INMA) and the Native Advertising Institute. Based on a survey of 231 media executives from 51 countries, “Native Advertising Trends in News […]

‘Wheel,’ ‘Jeopardy’ Joining NAB Hall Of Fame

Two of America’s most popular gameshows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the new 2018 NAB Show Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 in Las Vegas. The two syndicated hits have produced a combined 13,000-plus episodes. They are both produced by […]

Kristen Bell To Be First SAG Awards Host


Chicago TV Academy’s Silver Circle Adds Nine

Former RTDNA President Ernie Schultz Dies

ASCAP Hires Stephanie Ruyle As Licensing EVP

Performing rights organization ASCAP today appointed media executive Stephanie Ruyle executive vice president and head of licensing, reporting directly to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.  As a member of ASCAP’s leadership team, Ruyle will be responsible for ASCAP’s licensing revenues and operations across all platforms including broadcast and cable television, terrestrial and satellite radio, digital, live concerts, venues, retail, restaurants, […]

NAB Joins GENIVI Showcase At Automobility LA

The NAB and the GENIVI Alliance, a collaborative community of automakers and their suppliers developing open software for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and the connected car, are collaborating on automotive radio technology. NAB joins the GENIVI Showcase at AutoMobility LA 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nov. 27-30. The relationship between GENIVI and NAB stems from NAB’s PILOTprogram aimed at […]