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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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Q&A: IPG SE Asia on Automation, Programmatic and TV
Jay Sears, Senior Vice President Marketplace Development of Rubicon Project discusses “Automation, Programmatic and TV” with Yean Cheong of IPG Mediabrands’ Cadreon in SE Asia. The two executives appeared at Rubicon Project’s 2nd Annual Real Time Trading Update from SE Asia's Buy Side in Bintan, Indonesia in July 2015.

Success on YouTube: These Four Brands are Doing It Right
There’s a huge variety of brands on YouTube and lessons to learn from the ways they tell stories and build communities.

VMA Takeaway: Miley Cyrus is Boring
Miley Cyrus likes to smoke pot and show off her tits. (Her choice of words, not mine.) That was the takeaway from her gig as host of the 32nd annual VMA Awards on MTV Sunday night – and most of her pre-show publicity, as well, which included an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in which she wore an outfit that covered most of her body except for her breasts. They were bare except for strategically placed pasties.

The Growing eSports Marketplace for Brands
This week on Mindshare’s Culture Vulture Live, Alexis Fragile explores the rise of eSports in North America.

Q&A: Dentsu Aegis SE Asia on Automation, Programmatic and TV
The Summer of Sears continues! Jay Sears, Senior Vice President Marketplace Development of Rubicon Project discusses "Automation, Programmatic and TV" with Anna Chan of Dentsu Aegis' Amnet Asia. The two executives appeared at Rubicon Project's 2nd Annual Real Time Trading Update from SE Asia's Buy Side in Bintan, Indonesia in July 2015.

“AGT” Presents One of the Most Amazing Things You Will Ever See on Any Screen
NBC’s summer hit “America’s Got Talent” has offered up countless impressive acts during its decade-long run … but there was one on the show Tuesday night that in my opinion topped them all. In fact, it was so amazing that it doesn’t seem adequate to qualify it against other “AGT” acts only, so let me say this: It was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen on television – and, in part, on Instagram – period. My neighbors and I were as slack-jawed as judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, and host Nick Cannon, at the end of the segment.

SMI: Vibrant July Gets Ad Spend Market Back on Track
Following a challenging start to the year for most media owners, July delivered the biggest growth numbers of 2015 so far, fueled by digital and a resurgent out-of-home market.

“Fear the Walking Dead,” “I Am Cait,” “Mr. Robot”
Shortly after the publication of my column last Friday, which was filled with hindsight reflections on the recently concluded Summer 2015 Television Critics Association tour, I heard from a former TCA member with an interesting observation of his own.

Will There Be a New Media Distribution Consensus?
It’s been awhile since DISH CEO Charles Ergen began accumulating spectrum to augment his ability to provide robust programming to subscribers via mobile broadband. Last week, I noted that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was, more or less kind of, leapfrogging Charlie and putting the strategic idea together by absorbing DirecTV. And, on the cheaper side of the immediate future, major cable MSO/ISPs Comcast, Charter (presumably with the Time Warner Cable and Bright House acquisitions), Cablevision, Cox and others already provide Internet access via Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere (and all together) and are moving to use almost any set-top box (or dongle or device) via the cloud. (Charter’s Thomas Rutledge was a mover behind the remote DVR at Cablevision.) Also at the end of last week, Investor’s Business Daily reported that Oppenheimer analyst Tim Horan was predicting that Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile would, one way or another, find a way to partner a la AT&T/DirecTV, too.

“TREotM”: The 2nd Decade of the 21st Century
Chapter 12, Part 1

What We Know About Frequency in TV and Digital Advertising: Pt. 2
By Gian Fulgoni, Bill Harvey and Andrew Lipsman

Ashley Madison and the Future of Men
The recent Ashley Madison hack revealed that 86% of the site's users were men, casting men and the online dating culture into the spotlight--and not in a good way.

"Fear the Walking Dead" is Here at Last!
Without a doubt the most feverishly anticipated new series of 2015 is "Fear the Walking Dead," AMC's fearsome prequel to "The Walking Dead." And tonight, at long last, it's showtime!

Is The Agency Model Broken?
Bill Koenigsberg, CEO of Horizon Media, was probably right when he recently pointed out that the old agency model is broken. But it has happened for many reasons that are not only associated with approximately $30 billion in client billings now in review.

The Millennial Dilemma
We’ve been called lazy, arrogant, narcissistic -- and most definitely tech-absorbed. When older generations hear the word “Millennials,” they often groan or shake their heads. We are the spoiled generation, connected constantly to our phones and missing out on real relationships, real connections. Or so they say.

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