Sep 19, 2014
8:44 am

Veteran Broadcaster Pulls the Plug on His Television Show (NY Times)

A broadcaster and former White House press secretary who has been a fixture on television for more than 40 years is calling it quits — again. Writing in The New York Times, Elizabeth Jensen reports that Bill Moyers sent word to public television stations that he’s ending his weekly show “Moyers & Company” after its Jan. 2 episode.

Jensen writes: “He made a similar announcement last October, but changed his mind in the face of an outpouring of support from his fans on social media. This time, however, ‘it’s the real deal,’ he wrote in the Sept. 11 letter, which was first reported by the trade publication Current.”

Moyers wrote in an email, “A few months ago I began to hear what Shakespeare described as that ‘inaudible and noiseless foot of time’ that only you can identify as the stranger suddenly trotting beside you.”

He added that he plans “for the indefinite future” to keep up his website, where much of his public television programming since 1971 is available, the story adds.

Moyers served as White House press secretary under Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965-1967.

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Sep 19, 2014
8:31 am

Nielsen Phasing Out Ratings Method That Has Been in Use for 60 Years (TVNewsCheck)

TV ratings service Nielsen is getting rid of a system that has been used for at least 60 years, replacing its paper diaries with new electronic devices, reports TVNewsCheck.

The paper system will eventually be retired, with the company already phasing out the diaries in 14 markets, the story reports.

“The dismantling has already begun in 14 markets designated by Nielsen, confirmed Shad Family, SVP of local media for Nielsen,” the article notes. “The 14 are the first of the 154 markets in which hand-written ‘viewing diaries’ — paper booklets in which Nielsen participants record by hand what they’ve watched on TV — are still the primary source for viewership data.”

The report notes that the new devices “track viewing in Nielsen households by ‘listening’ to the audio portion of any TV shows that are being watched and a Nielsen ‘audio watermark’ embedded in the signals transmitted by TV stations. The devices — or ‘code readers,’ as Nielsen is calling them — are about the size of a Roku or Apple TV set-top box, Family said.”

While broadcasters are eager for a new system, they are also cautioning Nielsen to move slowly because they have used the paper-based system for so long, the story adds.

“We just want to make sure that Nielsen doesn’t skip a step and is doing all it can to not have this come off as half-baked,” Jon Rand, chief operating officer for Northwest Broadcasting, a station owner, told the publication.

The markets that are seeing the diary-system phased out are: Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, Wash. (DMA 122); Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (40), Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pa. (45), Fresno-Visalia, Calif. (54), Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (58), Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola (Fort Walton), Fla. (59), Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich. (70), Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz. (71), Paducah, Ky.-Cape Girardeau, Mo. (81), Madison, Wis. (82), Charleston, S.C. (95), Reno, Nev. (107), Traverse City-Cadillac, Mich. (118), and Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, Calif. (123).

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Sep 19, 2014
8:19 am

NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Lands Exclusive Automotive Sponsor (B&C)

The NBC singing competition “The Voice” has entered into a three-year deal with the automaker Nissan, which will become the show’s exclusive automotive sponsor, B&C reports.

Financial terms of the deal were not released, but it includes product integrations on the show and covers multiple platforms.

“Among the newer sponsored elements is a pre-show social media event called ‘The Voice Tailgate’ that gives fans the opportunity to interact with people on the show and view photos and video from backstage,” the story reports. “The automaker will also present ‘The Voice’s’ ‘official’ app. The app allows viewers to vote for their favorite singers live during the broadcast.”

Kia previously was the official automotive sponsor for “The Voice,” the piece notes.

In a statement, Fred Diaz, senior VP, Nissan sales & marketing and operations for Nissan North America, said: “This new three-year partnership with NBC is another way that Nissan is going beyond traditional sponsorships to provide innovation to our consumers with exciting experiences. Between the on-air broadcast, ‘The Voice Official App’ and ‘The Voice Tailgate,’ we’re adding a new dimension to big cultural experiences like ‘The Voice’ — far beyond what has been available in previous seasons.”

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Sep 19, 2014
8:11 am

Ads for Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’ Yanked After Complaints (Deadline)

Metro Los Angeles pulled bus ads for Fox’s new series “Red Band Society” after some activists complained it included offensive language geared toward Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, reports

The ad that offended included a photo of Spencer with the words “scary bitch,” the story notes. The ads were pulled after being on the buses for months and a day after the show debuted.

Fox apologized for the issue. “We were notified this morning of the concern around the ads and immediately offered to remove the language,” a spokeswoman said. “Metro Los Angeles ultimately decided to take down the ads, and we respect that decision. We sincerely apologize if the copy was offensive to viewers.”

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Sep 19, 2014
8:01 am

With Super Bowl Ad Pricing in Record Territory, NBC Has Reportedly Sold as Much as 80% of Its Inventory (Boston Herald)

NBC has sold an estimated 70% to 80% of its 30-second spots in the Super Bowl XLIX broadcast, the Boston Herald reports, citing a media buyer who’s familiar with the ad negotiations.

About 15 to 18 of the network’s 30-second spots may be left, although the network could still face challenges selling the rest, according to the report. That’s because NBC is said to be seeking a record $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, a 12.5% increase over Fox’s target pricing for its 2014 Super Bowl broadcast.

“Another buyer suggested NBC has been flexible, seeking between $4.2 million and $4.6 million for an ad berth. A person familiar with the network’s strategy said NBC was holding firm to the $4.5 million price tag, though it was offering a slight discount for advertisers who buy multiple spots. In that case, the persons said, the price is only $4.4 million per 30 seconds,” the story notes.

NBC declined to comment on the negotiations, but added that the market “remains strong.” The broadcast is set for Feb. 1, 2015.

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Sep 19, 2014
7:49 am

YouTube Ramps Up Its Move Into Original Programming (Bloomberg)

YouTube is investing in top talent to create new video content for the Google-owned site, seeking to compete more effectively with Netflix and other streaming services, reports Bloomberg.

The plan was disclosed in a blog post by Alex Carloss, head of YouTube Originals, who wrote, “Now, we feel the time is right to make another important investment in our creators.”

Carloss added, “That’s why we’ve decided to fund new content from some of our top creators, helping them not only fulfill their creative ambitions but also deliver new material to their millions of fans on YouTube.” The plan, he wrote, is to create “some fantastic new content on YouTube.”

The post didn’t cite any specifics about the amount of the investment, or provide other details.


Sep 19, 2014
7:41 am

NBC’s ’Meet the Press’ Slips in Second Week With Chuck Todd (TVNewser)

NBC’s “Meet the Press” slipped in the ratings in its second week with new host Chuck Todd, declining from first place to third among the Sunday morning news shows, reports TVNewser.

The story notes that “Face the Nation” on CBS was the most-watched program in total viewers, while ABC’s “This Week” won the key news demographic of viewers 25-54.

The piece reports, “‘Face’ bested ‘This Week’ by +165,000 viewers, drawing its largest audience in two months. ‘This Week’ beat the CBS broadcast by +34,000 demo viewers. The demo win marks 13 out of the last 16 weeks for ABC. Although ‘Meet’ slipped to third, as NBC News told us last week, they expect a slow build to grow its audience.”

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Sep 19, 2014
7:37 am

Rupert Murdoch Reveals Why He Abandoned Time Warner Bid (Multichannel News)

News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch told Fox Business Network that he abandoned his bid for Time Warner over concerns about the massive debt load it would create, reports Multichannel News.

In July, Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox disclosed it had made an unsolicited $80 billion offer for Time Warner. After Time Warner rebuffed the bid, Fox dropped its quest in August.

“I just felt with all the uncertainties in the world I didn’t want to be carrying that degree of debt,” Murdoch told Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto.

The mogul told Cavuto that he wouldn’t revisit an offer, adding, “Certainly not in a hostile way.”

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Rupert Murdoch

Sep 19, 2014
7:31 am

A&E Developing Project With Actor Gael Garcia Bernal, Steven Spielberg (Deadline)

A&E Network is working with Mexican actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna to develop a drama based on the Mexican spiritual medical drama “Niño Santo,” reports.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV is producing with A+E Studios and Canana, the original show’s producer, the story says. The project has been given an order for multiple scripts and is being placed in fast-track development, the piece adds.

The story notes, “‘Niño Santo’ follows a group of young doctors who are sent to vaccinate the locals in a remote village, where they encounter an unusual cult headed by an enigmatic faith healer. The curiosity of the doctors leads them to become involved with this group in the name of science. As they witness Niño’s ‘miracles,’ they begin to weigh scientific impossibility against the possibility of faith.”

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Gael Garcia Bernal

Sep 19, 2014
7:21 am

NBC Commits to ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ (THR)

NBC is moving forward with “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told,” giving a script commitment to the comedy from Justin Spitzer of “The Office,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

Spitzer worked on “The Office” for six seasons and currently is a co-executive producer on Fox’s “Mulaney,” the piece notes. He will write the script for the project, which is about a group of employees working at a big retailer and the romances that develop among them.

Executive producing will be Spitzer, as well as David Bernad of “Enlightened” and Ruben Fleischer of “Zombieland.”

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