Community Picked Up by Yahoo! (LostRemote)
Greendale Community College is reopening its doors — on Yahoo! The cancelled NBC sitcom Community has been picked up by Yahoo for a 13-episode sixth season. Mashable Until recently, Community’s studio, Sony, had been in talks with Hulu about resurrecting the series following its May cancellation by NBC. NYT Community, which uses a study group at Greendale Community College as the jumping-off point for its self-referential story lines and pop culture obsessions, comes with a core audience of passionate fans. Those fans helped save the show from a previous threat of cancellation two seasons ago. Yahoo! Screen offers reruns of many shows, but Yahoo! has been putting more emphasis on adding original shows. WSJ In April, it announced the launch of 30-minute comedies Other Space and Sin City Saints, which will debut next year. In a time of “cord-cutting,” online services have helped attract subscribers with shows such as Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and Amazon’s Alpha House. Deadline Hollywood The deal for Community extends Sony TV’s strong track record in bringing back cancelled series. The studio previously brokered a deal to move acclaimed drama Damages to DirecTV after it was cancelled by FX, and found a way to bring back on their original networks cancelled series Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime and Unforgettable on CBS. All three series have gone to air multiple seasons post-cancellation. What wasn’t immediately clear was how Yahoo! plans to make money from continuing the cult show online.
AP to Automate Earnings Stories (The Associated Press)
The Associated Press announced in an advisory to customers Monday that the majority of U.S. corporate earnings stories for its business news report will eventually be produced using automation technology. FishbowlNY Lou Ferrara, managing editor of the AP, said the technology will allow the AP to crank out short articles much more efficiently. Mashable Quarterly corporate earnings reports from the AP will soon be produced through a computer program that is able to take the key numbers from companies’ results to create a story of 150 to 300 words. NYT Articles about corporate earnings are largely based on a company’s report to shareholders, but can include information from earnings conference calls with executives and comments from analysts. The AP produces about 300 such articles a quarter.
The Record Breaking Continues: Facebook Tops 1 Billion World Cup Interactions (AllFacebook)
The number of Facebook posts, comments and likes related to 2014 FIFA World Cup has officially topped the 1 billion mark, from some 220 million users, according to the Facebook Data Science Team. LostRemote The knockout matches, which have already seen a fair share of games decided on penalty kicks, have certainly expedited this process. Still, Facebook’s data editors have never measured an event — sports or otherwise — that has topped a billion interactions, and although the World Cup lasts longer than the average event, it is continuing to set social records that will be tough to top. Variety Additionally, Sunday’s World Cup match between Mexico and Netherlands has set a Spanish-language ratings record in the U.S. Nielsen estimates that 10.4 million total viewers were watching during any average minute as Mexico lost 2-1 to be eliminated from the tournament. This easily tops the previous record for a World Cup match on the network, set in 2010 with Mexico-Argentina (9.4 million). THR / The Live Feed It blasts past any previous U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster, eclipsing the previous high (9 million) Univision set in 2007 with telenovela Destilando Amor. Saturday’s shoot-out victory for Brazil brought record audiences to ABC. The Brazil-Chile match averaged a 3.8 households rating and 6.14 million viewers. That’s the biggest non-U.S. team soccer game for either ABC or ESPN.
Judge Throws Out George Zimmerman’s Libel Suit Against NBC (Orlando Sentinel)
A Sanford, Fla. judge Monday put an end to George Zimmerman’s libel suit against NBC Universal. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that the former neighborhood watch volunteer is entitled to no money from the media giant. TVNewser Zimmerman’s suit accused NBCU of trying to portray him as a racist by falsely editing 911 audio tapes he made to police the night Travyon Martin was killed. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Nelson wrote Monday that “there exists absolutely no clear and convincing evidence that defendants knew that the information published was false at the time it was published, or recklessly disregarded the truth or falsity of those statements.” Nelson’s decision effectively closes the case, barring another appeal.
Fox News No. 1 for 50 Quarters (TVNewser)
With the final Q2 2014 ratings released Tuesday, Fox News marks a milestone, one that has only been matched by ESPN in the cable TV universe. Fox News will mark 50 quarters — or 12 and a half years — as the No. 1 cable news channel in total viewers in both total day and primetime. ESPN has done that in the sports category, which until recently, it had to itself. THR Though FNC, like all cable news networks, saw year-to-year losses in the second quarter, its average 1.6 million viewers and 267,000 adults 25-54 still gives it large margins of victory in primetime — where its biggest competition might be itself. Variety FNC also claims the 14 most popular news programs in total viewers and the top nine in adults 25-54 — led in both categories by The O’Reilly Factor and The Kelly File. Outside of primetime, the list includes the late afternoon/early evening combo of The Five and Special Report With Bret Baier as well as morning show Fox And Friends.
Andy Coulson to Face Retrial Over Alleged Payments to Public Officials (The Guardian)
Andy Coulson is to face a retrial on charges outstanding from the hacking trial which ended last week. He will be retried along with the News of The World’s former royal editor Clive Goodman. NYT A court in London was told of the plans by the prosecutor, Andrew Edis, after a jury failed to reach a verdict on bribery charges last week and found Coulson guilty of only one charge, a conspiracy to hack into mobile phones during his time at the helm of News of the World, a Sunday paper that is now defunct. Coulson, who resigned from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office in 2011, faces up to two years in prison for the hacking verdict. The judge is expected to sentence him on Friday, along with three other former colleagues who pleaded guilty before the trial. A fourth colleague who has admitted to phone hacking will be sentenced in late July. HuffPost / AP Ex-editor Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of Murdoch’s British newspaper division, and five others were cleared of wrongdoing last week after an eight-month trial.
Village Voice Contract Negotiations Down to The Wire (FishbowlNY)
It started with a June 13 fundraiser, and continued Monday with a lunchtime staged walkout by employees in front of the Village Voice headquarters. It’s all part of some effective in-their-face media outreach by the Voice employees’ union. Capital New York With their current contract up in July, they say they want “better pay, better working conditions, particularly for our overburdened sales staff and to keep our health care coverage,” according to a press release circulated Monday morning by the Village Voice Bargaining Unit. Management for the Voice, which is owned by the Phoenix-based Voice Media Group, a national chain of about a dozen alternative newsweeklies, have proposed a contract that would raise salaries by only $10 a week while increasing health care costs by at least $200 a month, halving family leave time, easing the rules governing firings and slashing severance payments in half for senior employees, the bargaining unit said.
Twitter Scoops Up Ad Tech Firm Tap Commerce for Around $100 Million (Re/code)
Twitter has acquired Tap Commerce, a New York-based mobile advertising technology firm. The purchase price was in the ballpark of $100 million, according to sources. Mashable TapCommerce describes itself as a mobile ad retargeting and app reengagement service. To put that more simply, TapCommerce sells ads designed to prompt users to open up apps they’ve already downloaded. The company was founded in 2012 and raised more than $10 million in funding.
Fox Television Stations, Nielsen to Continue ‘Longstanding Relationship’ (TVSpy)
Fox Television Stations and Nielsen have agreed on a new contract, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and Nielsen president of U.S. Media Lynda Clarizio announced in a joint statement Monday. Deadline Hollywood Fox signaled its willingness to drop Nielsen in June when it announced what it called a long-term agreement Rentrak’s local TV ratings at its 28 stations in 18 markets. Abernethy said that the deal would “accelerate the long overdue progress toward an accurate digital measuring system in local TV, based on a census, not estimates, and one that measures all screens.” Rentrak derives its ratings data from cable set top boxes, making the numbers more precise than Nielsen’s estimates.
Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist Won’t Appeal (TVNewser)
Mohamed Fahmy, the jailed Al Jazeera journalist, won’t appeal his conviction. Fahmy is one of three journalists from the Qatar-based channel found guilty last week of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Monday, with the help of his brother, Fahmy tweeted that an appeal would be futile.
ABC News’ Jeffrey Schneider Suspended After Shouting at Staffer (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Jeffrey Schneider, the senior vice president of communications at ABC News, was suspended after shouting at a staffer. The incident, which Schneider confirmed, resulted in a two-week suspension that ended Monday. Schneider, who is widely known as a high-intensity figure at ABC and throughout the industry, was seen raising his voice in frustration at a staff member last month.
NBCU Taps CFO for E!, Esquire Network (Deadline Hollywood)
NBCU has stayed in-house for the new top money man at two of its cable nets. Donald Storm III has been named CFO of E! and Esquire Network, overseeing all financial operations for both and pursuing growth opportunities. He had been VP financial planning and analysis at NBCUniversal Corporate.
Supreme Court Declines to Review Case Over Ads on Public TV (Variety)
A law restricting advertising on public television will remain in place after the Supreme Court refused to review a case in which a San Francisco station challenged its FCC fine for airing messages from a bevy of commercial sponsors.
Most Major Media Conglomerates Underperforming at Half-Year Mark (THR)
At the halfway mark of 2014, the major media-entertainment conglomerates are underperforming the broader markets with two notable exceptions: the Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner. Disney shares advanced 12.2 percent in the first half of the year, which ended Monday, while the S&P 500 advanced 6.1 percent. Time Warner mirrored the S&P 500 with a 6.1 percent gain.
NYT Names Cara Buckley New Carpetbagger (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times has named Cara Buckley as its new Carpetbagger blogger. As the Carpetbagger, Buckley will be tasked with covering the endless Hollywood award shows. Prior to covering culture for the Times, Buckley served as a reporter for its metro desk for seven years.