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CBS Upfronts Presentation 2014: David Letterman Makes His Last Upfront Appearance

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 12:50pm PDT

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101Upfronts2014_badge__140505214755CBS this morning revealed it will cut its Monday comedy block in half next season and move NCIS to Monday, CSI to Sunday, and The Amazing Race to Friday. And yet, the biggest news of the network’s upfront day is the new comedy it did not pick up — How I Met Your Dad. And then there’s Leslie Moonves’ wife’s early-morning tweet of “my hubby” chumming around with Joel “Got A Talk Show?” McHale. CBS’ upfront presentation, at Carnegie Hall, starts at 4 PM ET…

5:30 PM ET: CBS presentation ends without even a whiff of an announcement about Craig Ferguson’s replacement.

5:26 PM ET: CBS programming chief Nina Tassler walks advertisers through the schedule. Highlights: Chuck Lorre has “big surprises” in store for the final season of Thursday’s Two And A Half Men — and almost no repeats for Thursday night all season, thanks to football. Benchwarmers are Mike and Molly, Battle Creek, new Matthew Perry starrer The Odd Couple, The Mentalist, and Undercover Boss.

5:10 PM ET: Battle Creek is Vince Gilligan’s next drama after his AMC hit Breaking Bad, CBS programing Nina Tassler makes a point of telling advertisers in the hall, pretty early into the presentation considering it’s not on the fall schedule.  Then, during the clip of the pilot episode, they break away to say it’s from Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.

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TNT & TBS Upfronts Presentation 2014: TNT Goes BOOM, TBS Targets Comedy Relatables, Conan Talks ‘Two Wongs Don’t Make A Wright’ Sitcom

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 7:01am PDT

TBS has TBS / TNT Upfront 2014 - Presentationextended Conan through 2018! TNT is having a dramatic programming evolution and a brand refresh! Turner Upfront presentation went like this:

10:12 AM ET: “In times of change, good teams move forward; great teams — retreat,” Turner Entertainment says to open its presentation. We see video of  ad sales team working out with The Rock, because they want to be #1-ier. They learn things like “Blind cc’s are for bitches.”

Upfronts2014_badge10:15 AM ET: Traditional Network Ad Sales Airport-Tarmac-Hand-Gesture Speeches. Attempting to figure out what the future holds is really hard. Our industry famous for investing new and futuristic ideas. Nobody loves to think about the future more than Turner. This is most important time of year to keep one foot firmly on the ground. This year both TBS and TNT are here to talk about NowMedia. It’s not old media or new media, but an innovative way to capitalize on best of both.

10: 30 AM ET:Michael Wright, TBS / TNT Upfront 2014 - Presentationhead of programing at TNT, TBS, and Turner Classic Movies, take the stage: “I’m pretty sure most of you agree change is good. Sometimes change is even necessary. For TBS –  not so much not now. The headline is: TBS is in great shape…But for TNT now change is in the air. Time to evolve and grow the network. That starts with refreshing the brand and content with it — get younger, more dual, and louder. The clear promise to the audience: if you’re in the mood for drama that thrills, you turn to TNT.”

He introduces a video about TNT’s new 18-49-targeting brand: TNT Drama. Boom:
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TBS’ New Series Trailers: ‘Angie Tribeca’, ‘Buzzy’s', ‘Your Family Or Mine’

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:34am PDT

TBS Upfronts 2014Here are the first look at TBS‘ new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers available now that Turner’s upfront presentation is getting underway in NY. Check them out:

Angie Tribeca – Comedy
Produced by Warner Horizon, Conaco and Carousel TV. From executive producer/writer/director Steve Carell and executive producers Nancy Carell, Campbell Smith and Thom Hinkle.

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TNT’s New Series Trailers: ‘Public Morals’, ‘Proof’, ‘The Librarians’, ‘Transporter: The Series’

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:31am PDT

TNTLogoNewHere are the first looks at TNT‘s new dramas as part of the network’s 2014-2015 series orders. They include two original series — the Jennifer Beals-starrer Proof, exec produced by Kyra Sedgwick, and Edward Burns’ 1967-set NY cop drama Public Morals — as well as the Librarian series spinoff and the overseas pickup Transporter: The Series starring Chris VanceCheck them out:

Related: TNT Unveils New ‘Boom’ Tagline, Turner Development Slates

Transporter: The Series – Fall Drama
Produced by Atlantique Productions. From executive producers Frank Spotnitz, Chris Vance, Fred Fuchs, Olivier Bibas and QVF Inc, and producer Susan Murdoch.

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TNT Introduces New ‘Boom’ Tagline; TNT & TBS Unveil 2014-2015 Development Slates

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

boomTNT is tweaking its branding. After the cable network introduced its signature We Know Drama tagline in 2001 and shortened it to Drama. in 2008, it is now expanding it to TNT Drama. Boom. The brand update reflects TNT’s new direction, with more action-adventure, sci-fi/fantasy and mystery/suspense series alongside crime dramas or, as TNT programming chief Michael Wright put it, more “drama that thrills.” It will be unveiled at TNT and TBS’ upfront presentation today where TNT will tout its slate of new series The Last Ship, Legends, Murder In The First, Public Morals, Proof and The Librarians, a take on TNT’s Librarian original movie franchise. ITBSlogo__130507225714ts development slate includes projects (some previously announced) from Vince Vaughn, Greg Berlanti, Scott Winant, Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Gordon and Joe Carnahan, as well as a sequel to King’s 1980 bestseller Firestarter. TBS, which just picked up new half-hour series Angie Tribeca, Buzzy’s and Your Family Or Mine, is developing projects from Ed Helms and John Krasinski. Here are details about TNT and TBS’ development slates:

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CBS 2014 Schedule: Monday Comedy Block Trimmed, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Gets Post-‘NCIS’ Slot, ‘NCIS: LA’ To Monday, ‘CSI’ To Sunday, ‘The Amazing Race’ To Friday

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With only two new comedy series vs. six new dramas, CBS gave indications it may be retreating in comedy. It happened not on Thurscbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101day, where CBS expanded its comedy block to two hours last season, but on Monday, where the network’s traditional two-hour comedy block has been a 28-year-old tradition. A lot of veterans are on the move, including NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI and The Amazing Race. Here is the schedule, followed by analysis and descriptions of the new series:

CBS FALL 2014-2015 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8 PM – The Big Bang Theory/2 Broke Girls
8:30 PM – Mom
9 PM – SCORPION
10 PM – NCIS: Los Angeles

TUESDAY
8 PM – NCIS
9 PM – NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
10 PM – Person Of Interest

WEDNESDAY
8 PM – Survivor
9 PM – Criminal Minds
10 PM – STALKER

THURSDAY
8-11 PM ET – NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Sept 11-Oct 23)
Beginning Oct 30:
8 PM – The Big Bang Theory
8:30 PM – The Millers
9 PM – Two And A Half Men
9:30 PM – THE MCCARTHYS
10 PM – Elementary

FRIDAY
8 PM – The Amazing Race
9 PM – Hawaii Five-0
10 PM – Blue Bloods

SATURDAY
8 PM – Crimetime Saturday
9:00 PM – Crimetime Saturday
10 PM – 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7 PM – 60 Minutes
8 PM – MADAM SECRETARY
9 PM – The Good Wife
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CBS Pre-Upfront Breakfast: Les Moonves & Co. Talk About ‘HIMYD’ Non-Order, Monday Comedy Block Downsize & Future Of ‘CSI’

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:00am PDT

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712__131121001522CBS is the only broadcaster that still invites the press to breakfast in order to reveal/pitch its primetime plans for next season. It has become an Upfront Week tradition. CBS also is the network that most closely guards its schedule for maximum drama at the breakfast. Here’s how it went:

9 AM ET: CBS Corp chief Leslie Moonves: “The only thing I’m gonna say — when did all the late-night guys start being the arbiters, the ones being fed the lines.. certainly not going to have TCA Summer Press Tour 2013Dave come out and put down other networks. I liked it much better when network execs put down other networks,” he said, noting in particular how much he loved nicking Jeff Zucker when Zucker ran NBC. That said, Les give Jimmy Kimmel’s seventh-inning stretch during ABC’s upfront presentation a thumbs up.

Related: CBS 2014 Schedule

“This really is the best era in the history of television — right now… a great time to be in the television business….We love the fact so many of the Silicon Valley companies are getting into production — not so easy!” Les says.

“We are going to have 90 hours of original programming in the summer. The September to May doesn’t quite work the way it used to.” Moonves says CBS’ summer series Under The Dome was the most-watched new drama of the television season, beating NBC’s The Blacklist. As part of that strategy, CBS is officially retiring the term “midseason,” chairman Nina Tassler says. Read More »

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ABC Upfronts: Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Network, CBS, NBC, Fox

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 3:22pm PDT

Jimmy Kimmel ABC upfronts 2014ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel gave his yearly network roast today in his 12th upfronts appearance. Last year he compared the network’s presentation to trolling a strip club for cash and pushed ABC’s multiplatform apps. This year he roasted outgoing Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney, Entertainment Group president Paul Lee‘s praise of new comedy Black-ish, rivals NBC, CBS, and Fox, ABC’s lineup of new programs, and the baldfaced pitch for ad dollars that are the annual upfronts:

Related: ABC Upfronts Presentation 2014: Live-Blog

ABC-logo-2014__140506025424-150x150“Sorry I’m late, I got stuck in the elevator with this guy, he’s a rapper and his wife is a singer. His sister-in-law was very upset…

I don’t know about you but my favorite part of upfronts was Paul Lee saying Black-ish. Paul saying Black-ish is the ‘White-ish’ thing I’ve ever heard.

You heard Paul say we’re #1. I don’t know what this #1 brand bullsh*t is… We might have to crash on your couch for a while.

If anyone’s in the market for a director with no experience who’s used to a high-7-figure salary and used to no one getting in her way, make sure to accept Anne Sweeney’s invitation on LinkedIn. Read More »

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ABC’s New Series Trailers: ‘American Crime’, ‘Selfie’, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, ‘Black-Ish’, More

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 2:20pm PDT

ABC Upfronts 2014UPDATED WITH FULL TRAILERS: Check out the first look at ABC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation is underway. The sole holdout: Midseason drama Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stay tuned for that one. Here’s the rest:

American Crime – Drama
Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/director/executive producer John Ridley and executive producer Michael J McDonald.

Forever – Drama
Produced by Warner Bros Television. From writer/executive producer Matt Miller, executive producers Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson.

How To Get Away With Murder – Drama
Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, and director Michael Offer.

Secrets And Lies – Drama
Produced by ABC Studios and executive producers Kapital Entertainment with Hoodlum Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Barbie Kligman, director Charles McDougall and executive producers Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield.

The Whispers – Drama
Produced by ABC Studios with Amblin TV co-producing. From writer/co-executive producer Soo Hugh, director Mark Romanek and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Dawn Olmstead.

Black-ish – Comedy
Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Kenya Barris, director/executive producer James Griffiths and executive producers Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Tom Russo, Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato and Paul Young.

Cristela – Comedy
Produced by 20th Century Fox TV. From writer Cristela Alonzo, writer/executive producer Kevin Hench and executive producers Marty Adelstein, … Read More »

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ABC Upfront Presentation Pitches Advertisers On Disney, Digital, And Data

Upfronts2014_badgeNot much change from last year in the basic business proposition that ABC offered to upfront advertisers today: Forget that it’s the No. 4 network in prime time for 18-to-49 year olds. Execs touted the “brand halo” (as entertainment chief Paul Lee put it) that Disney and its properties offer ABC. “When you bring them all together they are as unstoppable a force as The Force,” Disney-ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney said in a forced reference to the parent company’s acquisition of Star Wars creator Lucasfilm. Sales President Geri Wang and ESPN sales chief Ed Erhardt shared the stage to illustrate ways advertisers can mix and match appeals to women and men, for example via New Year’s programming on ABC and games on the sports network. Wang added that ABC offers more original programming than other networks which “creates great moments for your brands.”

Related: ABC 2014 Schedule: ‘Scandal’ Moves To 9 PM As Part Of Shonda Rhimes Thursday; ‘Black-ish’ Gets Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot

The network also talked up digital and data. Sweeney says the company will “continue to develop” its WATCH ABC app. It will offer opportunities to watch live broadcasts from multiple viewpoints, multitask on social media, and share clips with others. That can provide a “more integrated, immersive, personalized experience…..You get our passion for innovation and technology and the resources we put behind it, and the scope of our brand and the strength of our businesses.”

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ABC Upfronts Presentation 2014 Live-Blog: Network Touts “Passion Projects” And “Raw” ‘American Crime’

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 12:37pm PDT

ABC Upfronts 2014ABC will unveil its new Shonda Rhimes Thursday in the fall, and new comedy Black-ish that got the plum post-Modern Family timeslot (though its showrunner Larry Wilmore has departed for Comedy Central where he will replace Stephen Colbert). This morning, on a phone call with reporters, ABC programming chief Paul Lee had to defend his move of Rhimes’ sexy Grey’s Anatomy to the broadcast-prudish 8 PM timeslot, as well as the cultural diversity of his new series. Let’s see how these primetime schedule moves play in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall to advertisers — and with Jimmy Kimmel:

Upfronts2014_badgePresentation about to begin….

4:12 PM ET: Anne Sweeney gives her final pitch to advertisers as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and Disney/ABC President, while people in the hall mull her decision to quit so she can go realize her dream of becoming a TV director. She introduces her successor, Ben Sherwood. He stands in the audience and salutes her. “Ben, I think you’re going to be great and I can’t wait to see you onstage next year,” she says. “Don’t forget — I’m still a shareholder.”

Related: ABC’s New Series Trailers

4:39 PM ET: “Our shows rock — OK, that’s the upfront. Want to go to the pub?” ABC programming chief Paul Lee said opening his dog and pony show.  Least objectionable programming is dead, he said. This year, Lee says he approached “some of the greatest storytellers in the world and asked them one thing: bring us your passion project — we’ll take off the handcuffs…And in my opinion they do not disappoint.” He said the new shows include “One of most blistering pieces of raw film ever scheduled on broadcast television” but didn’t say which show he was talking about. Jumping right in to address that which had reporters’ knickers in a knot earlier in the day, Lee said his new primetime schedule “most of all reflects the already changed face of America…We set out to reflect America,” he said, as he began to talk about new Wednesday comedy Black-ish.

Related: Paul Lee Defends ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Move To 8 PM, ‘Trophy Wife’ Cancellation

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Discovery U.S. Hispanic Networks’ 2014-2015 Lineup Includes Expanded Motor Mondays, Return Of ‘Cake Boss’

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

Discovery U.S. HispanicDiscoveryHispani-2012logo-e1337365294352 has unveiled its networks’ 2014-2015 upfront slate which includes new adventure series and expanded Motor Mondays programming for Discovery en Español. Adventure series Tethered (Al límite) follows two polar opposite survival experts who endure 21 days in one of the harshest environments on earth, tied together at the waist by a 6-foot cable. There’s also Survive That – aka Dude You’re Screwed (Sálvate si puedes), a new twist on the survival genre. It features five elite survivalists who are captured, blindfolded and taken to an unknown, remote location where they are left to fend for themselves and forced to make it back to civilization within 100 hours. Discovery en Español also is expanding its popular Motor Mondays programming block, adding docureality series Texas trocas, a look at a big-rig trucking business run by a spirited true-life family of Texas truckers. Also on the lineup is Chrome Underground, featuring professional car hunters Yusuf and Antonio who put their lives on the line in their day jobs, traveling worldwide to lawless countries in a search for ‘diamond in the rough’ vehicles they can flip for a fortune. Discovery Familia’s popular Cake Boss is returning for a new season. It follows Buddy Valastro, an accomplished fourth generation baker, as he manages his booming business. Discovery Familia also is premiering new shows on parenting, health and beauty. Here are highlights of Discovery U.S. Hispanic networks’ 2014-15 Upfront schedule: Read More »

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Univision To Offer A Simon Cowell Talent Show As It Pitches Advertisers On Its Youth Appeal

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 9:36am PDT

univisioncomm1Simon Cowell has joined Univision‘s effort to dissuade advertisers of the notion that Spanish-language programming is fine for older viewers but not necessarily young Latinos who are bilingual and watch English TV. He’s launching a talent show in 2015, La Banda — a search for five members of a Latino boy band — across the company’s media platforms, he said "Britain's Got Talent" - Photocalltoday at Univision’s upfront presentation. “There was only one destination [for the show], and that was Univision,” he said as execs added that they’ll begin looking for product integrations, which have become de rigueur for TV talent shows. Contestants will come from Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, and the band will have a recording contract with Sony Music Latin.

The announcement buttressed what’s possibly the most direct sales pitch advertisers will hear from the major networks presenting during upfront week: “You won’t sell your stuff if you don’t speak the language,” EVP Ad Sales Steve Mandala told Upfronts2014_badgeadvertisers in his presentation today. Univision presents itself as the “one media company that’s 100% focused on all Hispanics.” Mandala pointed to rapper Pitbull (he “isn’t just a pop star; he’s a marketing powerhouse”) and Univision’s success selling products for Post’s Honey Bunches Of Oats, Subway, Nissan, and Toyota.
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Azteca Unveils Strengthened Soccer Lineup, New Comedy Format; Announces Azteca Station Group

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT

Spanish language network Azteca America241955 (1) announced a bolstered soccer presence, among other initiatives, at its upfront today in NYC. Mexican team Santos is returning  to Azteca’s Liga MX lineup this fall as part of its 2014-2015 slate, the network said. The weekend will kick off with new sports franchise Friday Night Futbol, with two live primetime games every Friday night. On the novela front, Azteca is launching original production Las Bravo, starring Edith Gonzalez, Mauricio Islas and Saul Lizaso. It tells the story of Valentina Bravo and her three wealthy, privileged and prejudiced daughters whose sheltered world falls apart with the death of the family’s patriarch. Azteca also unveiled a new comedy format, El Club del Chiste, a show starring the classic joke as the main character in a modern and cosmopolitan setting. The network also introduced awards program, Premio Mujer, which recognizes the outstanding achievement of Hispanic Women in the U.S.  Returning shows on Azteca’s slate include, La Academia Kids, Ventaneando, Venga La Alegria, and Al Extremo.
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ABC 2014 Schedule: ‘Scandal’ Moves To 9 PM As Part Of Shonda Rhimes Thursday; ‘Black-ish’ Gets Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 8:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

scandal-season-finaleA Shonda Rhimes 8-11 PM Thursday lineup highlights ABC’s fall schedule, with Rhimes’ red-hot Scandal bracing for a 9 PM showdown with another sizzling drama that is moving to Thursday next season, NBC’s The Blacklist. Here is ABC’s fall schedule, which ABC president Paul Lee says “reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability,” followed by analysis and new series descriptions:

ABC FALL 2014-2015 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8 PM Dancing with the Stars
10 PM Castle

TUESDAY
8 PM SELFIE
8:30 PM MANHATTAN LOVE STORY
9 PM Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10 PM FOREVER

WEDNESDAY
8 PM The Middle
8:30 PM The Goldbergs
9:00 PM Modern Family
9:30 PM BLACK-ISH
10:00 PM Nashville

THURSDAY
8 PM Grey’s Anatomy
9 PM Scandal
10 PM HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER/SECRETS & LIES

FRIDAY
8 PM Last Man Standing
8:30 PM  CRISTELA
9 PM Shark Tank
10 PM 20/20

SATURDAY
8 PM  Saturday Night Football

SUNDAY
7 PM America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM Once Upon a Time
9 PM Resurrection/AMERICAN CRIME
10 PM Revenge Read More »

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Fox’s New Series Trailers: ‘Gotham’, ‘Gracepoint’, ‘Red Band Society’, ‘Mulaney’, ‘Utopia’, ‘Backstrom’, ‘Empire’, ‘Heiroglyph’, ‘Wayward Pines’, ‘Last Man On Earth’

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 2:55pm PDT

Fox Upfronts 2014Check out the first look at Fox‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. Check back for more as they come in.

Gotham – Fall Drama
Produced by Warner Bros TV and based upon characters published by DC Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, director/executive producer Danny Cannon and executive producer John Stephens.

Gracepoint – Fall Event Series
Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. From writer/executive producer Chris Chibnall and executive producers Anya Epstein, Dan Futterman, Jane Featherstone,John Goldwyn and Carolyn Bernstein. Futterman and Epstein serve as showrunners.

Red Band Society – Fall Drama
Produced by ABC Studios in association with Amblin TV. From writer/executive producer Margaret Nagle and executive producer Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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Fox Pitches Advertisers On Appeal To Millennials Plus Online And VOD Initiatives

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 2:15pm PDT

Upfronts2014_badgeHas the Fox broadcast network become a cable-like niche service? You might think so after listening to the presentations execs made to advertisers today. After another year of down ratings in primetime, entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly boasted that ”Fox reaches the hard to reach” – notably Millennials. He sketched a strategy that offers the “most youthful audience at scale” while Fox starts “redefining the network experience” as it begins “eventizing our entertainment slate.” He promised “the biggest investment we’ve ever made” in shows that offer “urgency.” In addition to its new series, it’s making a big commitment to specials that represent “one of the ways we’re looking to drive tune-in all year long.”

Related: Fox Upfronts Presentation 2014: Live-Blog

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Fox Upfronts Presentation 2014 Live-Blog: Network Aims To “Eventize” Its New Slate

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 12:48pm PDT

Fox Upfront PresentationFox_Broadcasting_Company111004142957-200x101Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly already has tried out his This Has Been A Tough Season presentation, on the phone with the press early this morning, to see if any part of it elicited giggles. They swallowed it in big gulps — even the bit in which he said, “We don’t acknowledge the season as defined by Nielsen – but if we did….If you were to look at the season, it’s been a tough one for us, especially in the second half… Returning shows did not perform as well as anticipated.” Among those under-achievers: American Idol will be “streamlined” (translation: busted down) – probably to two hours, one night a week after the auditions phase. Glee looks to be in for a “streamlining” too. Tuesday’s comedy block has been “streamlined” and animated comedies have been “streamlined” on Sunday to make room for some live-action one which Reilly called “returning to Fox’s roots.” On the bright side, advertisers attending Fox’s Upfront presentation at the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side won’t have to sit through Fox’s annual slog through its midseason schedule this year — because Fox execs aren’t announcing one. That’s because the network hasn’t yet decided how much of Idol it can afford to “streamline” next season. “We always built our second-season schedule around Idol,” Reilly explained this morning.

Presentation about to begin….

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4:08 PM: Because Fox doesn’t have a Jimmy Kimmel or a Seth Meyers, it opens its presentation with Ryan Seacrest announcing “THIS — is the 2014 Fox upfront!” And what better way to start this party than with “the man who literally knows how to get a party started…a fashion icon who shakes it unlike anyone I’ve ever met?” Seacrest asks, rhetorically. We know he can’t be talking about Reilly — and, sure enough, it’s Pitbull, who has been signed to host Fox’s New Year’s Eve countdown special this year, which has been renamed Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution.

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NBC Execs Talk Up Comcast Synergy In A “New Era For Media”

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 9:29am PDT

Upfronts2014_badgeThe broadcast network is “firing on all cylinders” as it ends the season No. 1 in its 18-to-49 target audience, NBCUniversal Advertising Sales President Linda Yaccarino says. But the network’s main business pitch at its upfront presentation this morning was familiar to anyone who showed up last year: As part of Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, COMCASTNBC offers far more corporate synergies than its broadcast peers, presenting buyers with opportunities to make a “portfolio wide investment” from one sales team in “the most amazing collection of brands ever assembled,” she says. ”We proved it. It works. It works by a mile.” Yaccarino pointed to Comcast’s Project Symphony broadcast-cable-digital-movie-theme park-cable system promotions for LindaYaccarinoUniversal’s Despicable Me, the Olympics, and NBC’s The Blacklist. (Telemundo and NBC’s cable channels will make separate presentations to ad buyers this week.)

Related: NBC Upfronts Presentation 2014: Live-Blog

NBC couldn’t ignore the Internet following weeks of NewFront presentations from tech companies including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL that want to lure ad dollars from TV to their online video productions.”You’ll see much more growth in digital investments” in “a new era in media” for Comcast, the sales chief says. She touted investments in the “NBCU+ Powered by Comcast” initiative that offers buyers targeted VOD ads and data from its cable set top boxes. The company offers “more ways to measure our success, like no other company can do.” Read More »

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