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NBC Closes Final Upfront Deal

Volume, pricing up on broadcast prime, USA Network

In what will go on the books as one of the most drawn-out upfront seasons in recent memory, NBCUniversal has finalized its last major agency deal. Having finished its business with…

What the Publicis-Omnicom Merger Means to Media Owners

Scale could help mega-agency drive down pricing

It may be instructive to think of the Publicis-Omnicom merger as a fantastically complex Rube Goldberg device that was triggered by Sunday’s signing ceremony. The convoluted machinations that will be…

Discovery Communications Concludes Its Upfront Business

Programmer achieves 5% lift in dollar volume

Six weeks after securing its first commitments from advertisers for the coming TV season, Discovery Communications has put a bow on the 2013-14 upfront bazaar. According to media buyers, the Discovery…

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is the Hottest Ticket at Comic-Con

Avengers spinoff draws an SRO crowd of Whedon, Gregg fanboys

Despite a notably toned-down presence among Disney-owned properties at Comic-Con, there was no hotter ticket than the 90-minute panel for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC’s much anticipated fall drama series.…

Turner Wraps Upfront Business; Broadcast Still in Motion

Buyers are at the midway point with cable, while Big Four will be down in volume

Turner Broadcasting System has wrapped the bulk of its entertainment network upfront sales, finalizing the last of its deals with the major media agencies just hours ago. According to multiple sources,…

Turner Halfway Through Upfront Deals; Fox Effectively Done

Cable moves as broadcast makes painstaking progress

With much of the broadcast upfront market still unsettled—ABC and NBC are still ironing out their pricing strategies—some top-tier cable players have quietly begun piecing together deals with major agencies. Sources…

CBS Nears Upfront Finish Line

Ratings champ on pace to book $2.65 billion in advance ad sales

After a week of stealthily locking down a flurry of deals with agencies, CBS is on the verge of wrapping its 2013-14 upfront business. Sources with knowledge of the network’s negotiations…

The CW Closes Out Its Upfront Deals

Converged packages give ratings-challenged net a shot in the arm

The CW is once again the first network to finish writing its upfront business, taking in approximately $400 million to $410 million in advance commitments for the 2013-14 TV season.…

Starcom President Explains Her Holistic Approach to Data

Making digital horizontal

Specs Who Amanda Richman New gig President, investment and activation, Starcom Old gig President, digital, MediaVest Age 46 What is your mission statement? It’s truly to break down the silos in the marketplace and within…

Fox Makes Headway as First Week of Upfront Deals Ends

Network sacrifices bigger CPM hikes for dollar volume

After jumping out to an early start on Wednesday, Fox steadily has been closing its 2013-14 upfront deals, writing business at slightly less inflated rates than in recent years. According to…

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