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Wall St. Speaks Out: Media Needs a Stuart Smalley Moment - Brian Weiser, Pivotal Research
By: Brian Wieser   (08/07/2015)

The so-called "traditional" media sector had a rough week, with many companies reporting mediocre results and carnage in the stock markets.

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Wall St. Speaks Out: July Ratings: Down but Not Out - Anthony DiClemente Nomura Global Markets Research
By: Anthony DiClemente   (07/31/2015)

Nielsen released its July monthly live cable TV ratings Thursday morning. Ratings were down 11% YoY in both total day viewership and in primetime. The pace of declines has moderated slightly and we are hopeful that upcoming easier YoY comps will produce more encouraging ratings trends going forward.

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Wall St. Speaks Out: Challenging Agency Growth Forecasts - Brian Wieser, Pivotal Research
By: Brian Wieser   (07/24/2015)

On yesterday's earnings call with Publicis, there were some relatively contentious issues, including the company's indication that it believed the agency industry would grow by only +2.5% during 2015, down from a prior expectation of +3.0% growth.

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Wall St. Speaks Out on IPG: A Compelling Story? - David Bank, RBC Capital Markets
By: David Bank   (07/20/2015)

Recent new business results suggest Interpublic will maintain strong top-line growth over the near-term while solid margin results in spite of FX headwinds and ramp in new hiring give us confidence that management will continue to execute on its margin expansion goal.

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Google and YouTube: The Narrative Is Starting to Click - Anthony DiClemente, Nomura Global Market Research
By: Anthony DiClemente   (07/17/2015)

We believe 2Q results debunk the major Google bear cases: desktop search is declining (it's not), expense growth will be faster than revenue growth (not the case),

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Wall St. Speaks Out on Google - Stephen Ju, Credit Suisse Securities
By: Stephen Ju   (07/10/2015)

We recalibrate our model to reflect greater contribution from YouTube while moderating near-term Play estimates. We increase our target price to $700 (vs. $690 prior), but our adj. EPS for FY15 comes down by 200bps, to $25.88 (vs. $26.40 prior), as we modestly decrease our near-term revenue and gross profit forecasts.

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Wall St Speaks Out on Twenty-First Century Fox Inc - David Bank, RBC Capital Markets
By: David Bank   (07/10/2015)

On 7/1/15, James Murdoch Became CEO--We expect continuity in operating and capital allocation discipline with a focus on the evolving ecosystem.

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Wall St. Speaks Out on Cannes and Commoditization - Brian Wieser, Pivotal Research Group
By: Brian Wieser   (06/26/2015)

The Cannes Lions awards – the advertising industry's pre-eminent honors – occurring this week will undoubtedly provide awards to well-deserving examples of creative excellence. Although we do not claim particular expertise in making assessments of stand-out creative campaigns on a global basis, a recent one which resonated for us was on behalf of the Cannes Lions themselves.

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Wall St. Speaks Out on AMC Networks - John Tinker, Maxim Group
By: John Tinker   (06/19/2015)

Fear the Walking Dead , a spin-off prequel of television's highest-rated show, The Walking Dead, should premiere in August with six episodes as part of a two-season pick-up. Another hit following the success of the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, should highlight AMC's increased audience visibility and ability to break new shows

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Wall St. Speaks Out on Cannes and Ad Industry Turmoil - Brian Wieser, Pivotal Research
By: Brian Wieser   (06/19/2015)

The Cannes Lions – arguably the world's pre-eminent annual event for the advertising community – begins today and runs through next week. The industry will celebrate a wide range of advertising and creativity while at the same time threats to the health of advertising in the future will loom for some as they so often do.

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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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