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2014 BET Awards — Winners and Nominees

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist WINNER: Beyoncé Janelle Monáe Jhené Aiko K. Michelle Rihanna Tamar Braxton Best Male R&B/Pop Artist WINNER: Pharrell Williams August Alsina Chris Brown John Legend Justin Timberlake Best Group WINNER: Young Money A$AP Mob Daft Punk Macklemore…

Aereo Defeat Sets Up Bigger, Broader Fight for TV — Broadcasters Should Prepare for a New Look From Congress

By Jeanine Poggi Advertising Age TV networks' apparently total victory over Aereo at the Supreme Court on Wednesday isn't necessarily a long-term win for the broadcasters, observers and analysts said as the implications of the ruling settled in. By solidifying…

Fox Finishes Upfront Talks, Sees Deal Total Decline — Network Secures Price Hikes Between 2.5% and 3.5%

By Jeanine Poggi Advertising Age Fox has completed its upfront negotiations for ad time in the upcoming TV season, with as much as a 15% drop in dollar volume and lackluster price hikes, according to a person familiar with negotiations….

NBC Wraps Upfront Deals With 11% Volume Increase — Secures Price Hikes Between 7.5% and 8%

By Jeanine Poggi Advertising Age NBC has wrapped its annual upfront negotiations for ad time in the upcoming TV season, the network said. The dollar value of those commitments was roughly $2.5 billion, a person close to the negotiations estimated….

Miramax Names Daniel Pipski Vice President, Television

Press release from Miramax, June 18, 2014: Global film and television studio Miramax today announced that Daniel Pipski has joined the company in the newly created position of Vice President, Television, effective immediately. Reporting to Miramax EVP, Production and Development,…

Meet Amazon’s Fire Phone — New Device Features Unlimited Photo Storage, Recognizes Millions of Items

By Mark Bergen Advertising Age The rumors were true. Amazon, the nation's largest online retailer, will now be selling its own smartphone. At a highly publicized event in its Seattle headquarters, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone, doubling…

Raycom Media Agrees to Carry New Broadcast Networks Escape (For Women) and Grit (For Men) in Major New Distribution Agreement With Katz Broadcasting

Press release from Katz Broadcasting, June 17, 2014: Raycom Media, one of the nation’s largest broadcasters, will carry the country’s first-ever female-centric and male-centric over-the-air broadcast television networks — Escape (For Women) and Grit (For Men) — in multiple markets…

2014 World Cup Setting Audience Records Across ESPN’s Digital and TV Platforms

Press release from ESPN, June 16, 2014: ESPN’s 2014 World Cup coverage has generated significant audiences across its television and digital platforms through the first 11 games. Four of the seven games televised on ESPN or ESPN2 are the networks’…

How GroupM’s Exit From Open Ad Exchanges Shifts the Power in Ad Tech — ‘Our Brands Shouldn’t Have to Compete With Mom-and-Pop Shops’

By Tim Peterson Advertising Age GroupM is looking to reset digital advertising's balance. The giant ad-buying network, part of WPP Group, plans to pull its clients' budgets from open ad exchanges by the end of the year, as first reported…

CBS Wraps Upfront Talks — Says Its Undisclosed Ad Rates Are Higher Than Rivals’ Prices

By Jeanine Poggi Advertising Age CBS has largely completed its upfront sales, according to the network. "As we near the finish line, we are very confident that CBS has once again achieved the highest pricing and most total dollars in…