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Topic: Viacom

FCC Cracks Down on Misuse of Emergency Alert Signal in Ads Slaps Viacom, ESPN and NBCU with largest aggregate penalty

When will advertisers learn not to use the broadcast emergency alert signal in an ad? And when will networks realize the Federal Communications Commission is dead serious about the integrity…

March 3, 2014, 1:43 PM EST

HLN Refocuses on Viral, Social Content Turner net's big shift comes under new chief Albie Hecht

HLN is drastically switching focus from salacious court coverage to viral-hopeful segments and upbeat coverage of stories like "Is America Ready for a Gay NFL Player?" (not coincidentally also the…

February 10, 2014, 11:51 AM EST

Viacom Sees a Softer Scatter Market in November, Recovers in December Dauman says ratings are up again, especially at Nick

Viacom's Q4 earnings call included the first discussion of scatter cable prices so far, with the company reporting a 3 percent increase in the market "tempered somewhat by ratings at…

January 30, 2014, 4:07 PM EST

Viacom Is Creating a Full Division Devoted to Branded Content Neils Schuurmans, Dario Spina will run the new unit

Viacom is doing at scale something that TV entertainment companies—especially those with a wide footprint in the unscripted world—are relying heavily on for growth: It's creating a full division devoted…

January 21, 2014, 7:47 PM EST

No Ads for New Nickelodeon Channel (Yet) Programmable kids' net may opt for parent-targeted spots

My Nickelodeon Jr. is set to launch on Verizon in the coming months—and presumably on other systems soon thereafter—but there's one thing you won't be seeing on the network at…

January 15, 2014, 12:25 PM EST

Time Warner Cable, Viacom Ink New Carriage Deal Multiyear pact includes provision for streaming app

Five years ago, a nasty carriage feud between Time Warner Cable and Viacom brought Dora the Explorer to tears. This time around, the two sides hashed out a new affiliate…

December 24, 2013, 3:41 PM EST

MTV Founder Bob Pittman Is Our First Media Visionary Clear Channel CEO's many incarnations make him a jack of all media

Bob Pittman had no intention of putting lipstick on a pig. The native Southerner and C-suite veteran, who was semi-retired a few years ago and overseeing private equity firm Pilot…

December 15, 2013, 9:59 PM EST

SpongeBob Is Coming to a USPS Mailbox Near You in Nickelodeon's Holiday Push Very square pants, postcards and more

All right, it's been done before, but not for a while: Nickelodeon is partnering with the ever-embattled U.S. Postal Service to promote its long-running children's series SpongeBob SquarePants, in which…

December 9, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

John Oliver Leaves The Daily Show for HBO Veteran comic parlays fill-in host gig into weekly series

John Oliver is leaving The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. The English comedian, who hosted the four-nights-a-week commentary show on Comedy Central during Stewart's absence, will star in a weekly topical…

November 14, 2013, 4:14 PM EST

MTV Networks Come Back With Stronger Ad Sales Than Last Year Dauman cites increased retail spend, better programming

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman was upbeat on Wednesday's earnings call, and had reason to be: the network's fortunes on the ad sales front at MTV Networks, which has had a…

November 14, 2013, 10:19 AM EST

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