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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Stuart Elliott: The ANA Conference, Then and Now
Mention "autumn" to normal people and they'll think about leaf peeping, what to wear for Halloween or the abundance of everyday foods that can be found in pumpkin spice flavors. To someone who has followed Madison Avenue for many years, it also brings to mind what might be the premier event of advertising, marketing and media.
Access Confidential Brand Watch: United Airlines
Wall Street is watching United Airlines after new CEO Oscar Munoz acknowledged that the airline has had a turbulent ride since its 2010 merger with Continental. Via full-page ads running in national newspapers, Munoz appealed to consumers; “We are committed to re-earning your trust.”
Seven New Insights About Gender Diversity
Last week, McKinsey & Company released a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America today.
In a Crowded Native Space, Only the Strong Will Survive
Earlier this year at the Digital NewFronts every company that took to the stage made native advertising the centerpiece of their presentation. Everyone was launching new studios to create “first rate video content.” There was going to be original digital-only shorts, series and of course new completely custom capabilities.
What is a “Media” Company, Anyway?
Comcast has about 22,400,000 broadband (going up) and video (going down) subscribers each in the US. That makes it the biggest of the multichannel video programming distributors (as christened by the FCC). But does that make it No. 1 amongst media kahunas?
Book Review: Michael Wolff's "Television is the New Television"
Television is the new television, or is it?
The New York Times Announces a Bold Digital Path for Newspaper
The two biggest issues facing the newspaper business today are readership and revenue. In fact you can probably say the same for all traditional media. While the focus for most companies has been advertising, the reader has proven to be difficult to ignore. Readers are now an essential piece of the total revenue picture as circulation dollars have begun to match (and sometimes exceed) ad revenues. What’s clear is that the local market coverage that newspaper platforms provide still has no real competition. The breadth of content alone has established a value proposition that readers have shown a willingness to support. So looking toward the consumer for a pathway to a new business model would seem logical. It certainly does to The New York Times.
Twenty-Two Big Ideas from Powerful Women
Thank you, Mary Wells and Charlotte Beers for paving the way for a new generation of powerful business women lighting the path with insights like these.
Six Commitments Successful Women Never Break
Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline,” proclaimed Jim Collins in the classic business tome Good to Great.
The N-Word on TV, From the Bunkers to “black-ish”
We’re three weeks into the 2015-16 television season and so far the only single episode of any series that seems to have generated any talk at all is the sophomore season premiere of ABC’s superb family comedy “black-ish,” which examined the many and varied reactions from people -- especially African Americans -- to mention of the N-word. (The cast of "black-ish" is pictured above.)
Entrenched Attitudes Holding Back TV Measurement
This is the fifth in a series of articles on the various data solutions for television measurement being offered by data companies in the industry. In Parts One through Four, participants answered questions regarding their data business model and on their data attributes. Now in Part Five we explore some of the challenges to the television data measurement business.
Adblockalypse and More: Top 10 Takeaways from Advertising Week 2015
Another year, another Advertising Week, that seminal time when the industry descends upon Times Square to mingle, make connections and learn a little. Being relatively new to it, we had a lot to learn. For example, bring an external charger since outlets are few and far between. Also, do not purchase an iced coffee before going into the Times Center’s beverage-free main stage (or at least be stealthy about it). Below we share our Top 10 observations from Advertising Week 2015.
Navigating the eSports Sponsorship Market
The eSports phenomenon has taken flight -- and its sponsorship marketplace is beginning to take shape.
Nature vs. Nurture: Sales Traits You Can Learn – Part 3
In the previous installments of this series, we discussed how the sales traits of being persistent and goal oriented can be taught. Well, now let’s get into how any seller can become organized.
DMTraining -- October 2015 Tips of the Week
Organize your connections.