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The Emmys Are Basically Fantasy Football for Network Executives The point isn't to get the right award, it's to get as many awards as possible

The Emmy Awards are a game. That doesn't mean they're worthless, or meaningless, or cynical; it just means that there is high-level strategy around who gets what award and why, beyond…

August 26, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

How Do You Brand Big Data? Brokers need to distinguish themselves in a crowded market

Branding data is tough—and not just because many eyes glaze over when you start to talk about it. But in today’s media marketplace, it wouldn’t be wrong to think of…

August 26, 2014, 6:01 AM EDT

Hulu’s Jenny Wall Is a Pioneer of the Web Series Form But she doesn’t discount the impact of outdoor and TV advertising

Specs Who Jenny Wall New gig Svp, head of marketing at Hulu Old gig Vp, marketing at Netflix Age 44 Photo: Karl J Kaul/Wonderful Machine So how did you find Hulu? I think I found Hulu in…

August 24, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

A Look Back at the Mythbusters Explosions That Moved Us M7 crew abruptly exits between seasons

Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara, collectively known as the M7 Build Team, won't be back on MythBusters next year. The news came rather abruptly from show hosts Jamie…

August 23, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

Parents Television Council Is Already Upset About What Nicki Minaj Will Do on Sunday Watchdogs foresee VMA lewdness

Really, you wonder if the Parents Television Council is secretly letting MTV write its press releases. Nicki Minaj's butt-heavy video for her new single Anaconda (why, yes, it does sample…

August 20, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT

What Did TV CEOs Tell Investors About the Weak Ad Market? Telcos, cars and CPG underspent on television

Now that second-quarter earnings are over for the media sector, we can finally take a good look at what senior media company executives actually said on calls to investors when…

August 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

Islamic State Militants Exploit Digital Services to Disseminate Video of Apparent Murder Journos promote photos of victim in happier times to counter

The group calling itself Islamic State (ISIS) did something truly abominable by any humane standard today: They posted onto several Internet video services footage of a masked, black-robed man appearing…

August 19, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

House of Cards' Kevin Spacey Prank Calls Hillary Clinton But we're still not buying the Southern accent

Kevin Spacey, more or less in character as House of Cards' South Carolina politician Frank Underwood, stars in this ad for the Clinton Foundation, keyed to Bill Clinton's 68th birthday.…

August 18, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

All of San Francisco Hates NFL Red Zone Advertising Football advertisers criticized for covering TV screens during key plays

Here's an agreement between The Northern California Toyota Dealers Association and the San Francisco 49ers that seems to have caught viewers’ attention in all the wrong ways: During the team’s…

August 11, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

Where Have All the Upfront Dollars Gone? Online is only part of the answer

It's obvious by now that something has gone wrong in the television advertising world—upfront dollar volume fell by 6.1 percent to $18.125 billion, including a 4.7 percent hit for cable,…

August 11, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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