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"Fringe," "Dollhouse," "90210" and More: A Summer 2008 TCA Download - Ed Martin Live from TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/24/2008)

For the first time in longer than any current TCA member can recall, hundreds of television critics from across the United States and Canada assembled to learn all they could about the new series set to debut during the upcoming television season without seeing pilots for most of those shows.

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NBC's Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff at TCA: It's All About Cars and Stars - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/22/2008)

The broadcast network portion of the Summer 2008 Television Critics Association tour has run surprisingly smooth these last eight days, given that three of the five networks - ABC, The CW and NBC -- had no pilots to show the press prior to sessions with the producers and casts of their new shows. The critics have been good sports about it, conducting interviews and filing stories with far less information than usual to go on.

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"Gossip Girl" and "90210": The CW's Day at TCA - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/21/2008)

It seemed as if every moment of The CW's morning at the Summer 2008 Television Critics Association tour throbbed with the influence of the two-year-old network's first true signature show, Gossip Girl. From the sessions for 90210 and Privilege, two new scripted dramas with canvases largely populated by wealthy and attractive young people, to the presentation of a new reality series about young people competing for a job at a fashion magazine that caters to the wealthy and the attractive, to a press conference with CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff, The CW's day at TCA felt as if it were all Gossip Girl all the time.

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Emmy Glory: "Mad Men," "Damages," "Monk" and More Make This a Big Year for Basic Cable - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/18/2008)

The 2008 Summer Television Critics Association tour has been notable for showcasing an unprecedented number of successful scripted basic cable series. A press conference with the cast of AMC's Mad Men and, one week later, an unforgettable field trip to the show's set, where critics eagerly explored the offices of the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. A party with the casts of TNT's The Closer and Saving Grace. Press conferences with the casts of FX's Damages and The Shield (and the opportunity to talk with most of the actors in both casts at Fox's spectacular party Monday night on the Santa Monica Pier).

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TCA Terror! When Publicists Attack! - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/17/2008)

I have watched a number of personal publicists express extreme displeasure with journalists during my almost 20 years of covering TCA tours, but I have never seen anything like the assault Tuesday night on Hal Boedeker, the hard-working and very well liked television critic for the Orlando Sentinel.

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"Grey's Anatomy:" It's All About Katherine Heigl and Shonda Rhimes at TCA - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/17/2008)

Something major is going to happen to Katherine Heigl's character, Dr. Izzie Stevens, when Grey's Anatomy returns for its fifth season this fall.

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The MediaVillage Articles Club: Friendsgiving
In celebration of the giving season, this month's Articles Club was billed as a Friendsgiving-style potluck. Were it not for some delicious chili and cornbread from our hostess, Chelsea, the evening may have fallen short of expectations. (I came armed with store-bought desserts and we also ditched a called-for side dish in favor of some Cabernet.) Our conversation covered a lot of ground this month even if our dinner table spread did not. As we look ahead to 2016 we have set a resolution for more diversity in our slate of suggested reading. With all due respect to The New York Times, we are going to make more of an effort to share articles from other publications in the coming months.

Stuart Elliott Revives "20 Questions" -- A Popular Holiday Tradition
One of the best friends of a columnist, apart from an elastic deadline, is the perennial feature, and I was known for one during my more than two decades writing for my previous employer. It was called "20 Questions," a column that would run before or after major holidays. Since we're about to celebrate Thanksgiving I thought it would be fun to revive it for my MediaVillage audience.

Pepsi on “Empire”: Coolest. Sponsor. Integration. Ever.
Call it the wave of the future, or a blast from the past. Pepsi’s sponsorship of Fox’s hit primetime serial “Empire” became virtually DVR-proof on this week’s episode while also evoking that long-ago era of television when advertisers were integral to the presentation and content of programming.

Office Smackdown! Baby Boomers vs. Millennials and Vice Versa
Have you noticed a difference (or ten) between Baby Boomers and Millennials in the workplace (and everyplace else, for that matter)? Especially the younger end of the former and the older segment of the latter? Of course you have -- and you aren't the only one.

SMI: Television Roars Back to Life; Digital Questionable?
Fresh off the back of soft results for many media owners in the third quarter of this year, the start of the new broadcast year has delivered some very heartening news for the television industry. Strong ad sales results for both the broadcast and cable sector helped the market to its best result of the year, with the total market up 15% compared to the same period last year.

DPAA: Audience Targeting -- Are You Missing the Mark?
With years of media fragmentation and increasing demands for better ROI, audience targeting has never been more valuable to marketers than it is today. The value for the marketers employing it, of course, includes better measurement and message delivery – and for those who fail to take advantage, smaller budgets or shorter careers.

Ten Expert Practices for Optimizing Team Performance
Visionary leaders are agents of change. Highly observant and great at reading situations, these managers know how to motivate teams to achieve new goals in the pursuit of excellence.

Net Neutrality Work-Arounds; Cutting Cords, Any Cords!
So you’ve got a MVPD subscription -- whether cable, satellite or telco -- plus broadband access and you’d like to watch video on some device or another … but you don’t know what exactly you’d like to watch and you don’t really feel like surfing 7,842 channels and web sites to find out what’s on and/or available. What do you do? Panic? Hope whatever MVPD or broadband provider you have gets smart enough to produce a guide that actually, uh, guides? Well, there are already a few gleams in the gloom out there.

NNN: When a Crisis Hits, Smart Marketers Like VW Know Where to Turn
Yesterday, Volkswagen began a print campaign in 13 newspapers across America. The purpose: To regain the trust of their customers following news of their emission issues. In the ad, CEO Michael Horn extends his apology and a special offer to those affected. Specifically, customers who qualify will be given a $500 prepaid Visa Card along with a $500 dealership card. This is the first official, public gesture that the company has made to address the consumer crisis and here at the Newspaper National Network we were honored to work with them in executing the initiative.

ABC Sales President Geri Wang on Media, Measurement and Mentoring
Geri Wang started as a physical therapy major in college but later changed to communications. Upon graduation she landed her first job working for Helen Johnston at Grey Advertising as a media research analyst. From there Geri was recruited by ABC, where she excelled. She is currently President of Sales, leading a team of nearly 300, and she is responsible for advertising sales and integrated marketing across the entire ABC portfolio including ABC Primetime, Daytime, News, Late-Night and Digital; the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Syndication Group; Fusion, and ABC Sales Development.

Unlike Certain Ads, This Column is Viewable
It seems that most weeks bring yet another jaw-dropping story from the wacky world of digital advertising. We’ve had bots, fraud, trading desks buying inventory from themselves and a host of other wonders. Last week though brought an excellent example of the genre, for which I’m grateful to Linda Holliday, the CEO of CITIA.com who brought it to my attention.

Driverless Cars and the New Automobile Era
We are now about 130 years into the automobile era. Starting with Karl Benz’s patent in the 1880s the automobile quickly became widespread with Henry Ford’s model of mass production scaling up the market 100 years ago.

MediaBizBuzz: Fox, Univision, Turner Broadcasting, Spotify and More
A roundup of the week's key news from MediaVillage member companies and trends from the wider media industry. This week, networks hit by fantasy sports woes, Fox gets creative with branding, and both Edward Snowden and "South Park" join the ad blocking debate.

Gender News Weekly: Barbie is for Boys, Too
"Inspired by Jack Myers’ upcoming book “The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century,” this is a weekly blog series focused on gender equality, gender politics and the shift in gender norms in business and culture. Read on for this week’s news roundup."

Mindshare on Movember: Your Beard Has Good Intentions
This week on Mindshare’s Culture Vulture Live: Mike Yablonski talks about Movember -- that time of year when men let their facial hair grow out for a good cause.

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