Janet Stilson

Why Leave It to Beaver Has Stations Seeing Green

A new wave of channels is stealing a page from cable

In recent years, at the far end of the channel lineup, a slew of upstart broadcast diginets, or subchannels, quietly started popping up thanks to changes in FCC regulations that…

US TV Networks Seek to Grow By Expanding Internationally

Reach is integral to their bottom lines

On the eve of network TV executives’ annual pilgrimage this week to Cannes, France, for the global programming bazaar known as Mipcom, Viacom announced last Wednesday it will launch men’s…

Programmers Are Frustrated by a Lack of Netflix Metrics

Dearth of viewership data ‘runs counter’ to industry standards

When Breaking Bad scored three Emmy wins last fall, its showrunner, Vince Gilligan, credited Netflix for his show’s longevity and for heightening its popularity. Similarly, program execs in general have…

Can Indie Ad Agencies Thrive in the Merger Era?

Nimble and tech-savvy shops dodge both acquisition and bankruptcy

Inside a converted manufacturing building in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., lies an independent ad agency called Breakfast. Its tiny band of workers sits before a tight cluster of…

Study Shows Prevalence of Consumer 'Webrooming'

More people researching online and buying in local stores

Retailers who fume about showrooming may find a new report from Merchant Warehouse is a welcome reality check. The company, which is focused on business payment solutions, has melded together…

Obamacare Turns Hospitals Into Insurers, and Insurers Into Healthcare Providers

Brand messages have flip-flopped

An elderly woman looks around her home fondly as she sings “There’s no place like home” in an advertising message for a service that helps senior citizens live a happy,…

Retailers Are Using Data-Based Approaches to Fight Showrooming

A ‘call, click or come over’ strategy

Technology has given consumers the ability to be multichannel shoppers, giving rise to the showrooming phenomenon whereby people check out the merchandise in the stores, then go online and buy…

Binge Viewing, Cord Cutting and Streaming Platforms Are All the Rage at NATPE

‘The syndicated model is broken’

Some hot issues are sure to be addressed at the annual National Association of Television Program Executives gathering this week in Miami—among them, cord cutting, binge viewing, social media and…

Consumer Confusion Slows Healthcare Exchange Ad Market

Many states, insurers waiting for clarity

The confusion surrounding healthcare exchanges has had an unanticipated negative impact on the media sales business over the last few weeks. Advertising tied to healthcare reform was expected to slam dunk…

Ad Agencies Flock to MIPCOM in Search of Branded Content

The face of the global programming bazaar keeps changing

Jeffrey Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television, first noticed the changing vibe at MIPCOM a few years back. The global programming bazaar held every fall in Cannes, France, had…