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With Broadcast Volume Down, TV Inventory Is Going to Get Expensive Scatter market due for a major uptick

If everybody waits out this upfront for better inventory in the fall, will anybody get enough of it? Brian Wieser, analyst at Pivotal Research (and a former head forecaster for…

June 29, 2014, 7:54 PM EDT

Horizon’s Marianne Gambelli Discusses Television, Programmatic and Life After NBC ‘It’s not just the TV Upfront anymore’

   Specs Who Marianne Gambelli New gig Evp, chief investment officer at Horizon Media Old gig President of advertising sales at NBC Age 54 How do you like being on the other side of the negotiating table? It’s…

June 29, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

Penny Dreadful Creator John Logan Explains Why He Loves Monsters Season 1 of Showtime's creepy drama ends Sunday night

One of the most critically beloved new shows on cable, Showtime's Penny Dreadful is written start to finish by Skyfall and Hugo screenwriter John Logan and produced by Sam Mendes,…

June 27, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

Turner Nears the Upfront Finish Line Sources say company is writing 6% CPM bumps

As broadcast closes out this week, big kahuna cable conglomerate Turner is working on the last of its deals, with CPM increases around the 6 percent range and flat volume…

June 27, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT

ESPN Breaks Record as Fans Watch Instead of Working Linear viewership lags behind Ghana, Portugal matches, digital soars

ESPN metered market numbers for yesterday's 12 p.m. match between the U.S. and Germany got a 6.3 rating, including an hour of pregame starting at 11 a.m. That's great, considering…

June 27, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT

FX Drama Tyrant Rules Respectable Kingdom of 775K Demo Viewers Mideast-set series gets increase over lead-in for pilot

Tyrant is off to a reasonable start, if not an earth-shaking one: the drama pulled in a .61 rating, which came out to some 775,000 viewers in the key 18-49…

June 25, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

Fox Is Done With 2014-15 Upfront Sales Volume down, pricing up about 3%

Fox is essentially done with its upfront sales, according to a source, gaining pricing increases of 2.5-3.5 percent but losing volume after a rough 2013-14 season in which ratings for…

June 25, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

Diane Sawyer Leaves World News, David Muir Will Anchor George Stephanopoulos promoted to chief anchor

Diane Sawyer is officially stepping down from the leadership of ABC's World News franchise, and David Muir is stepping up. Starting Sept. 2, David Muir will become the anchor and…

June 25, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

Supreme Court Effectively Puts Aereo Out of Business 'Aereo is not simply an equipment provider'

The official word on Aereo came down from the Supreme Court today, and the word is "no."  The ruling came down 6-3 against the streaming TV company. In an opinion written…

June 25, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

The CW Wraps Upfront Sales Buyers dig The Flash

The CW has finished its upfront sales, making Fox the last man standing in this year's ad sales bazaar. Volume for the network was down slightly (as it has been…

June 24, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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