Thursday, November 30, 2017

Good TVeets

Popular Chinese drama hits Netflix

Day and Night, a Chinese detective drama, will be available worldwide thanks to a deal between Netflix and Youku Tudou, China's video streaming service.

Starz' American Gods loses showrunners

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green leave their positions as American Gods showrunners due to creative differences with its producer Fremantle Media. The two were pushing for a larger budget and specific creative measures that weren’t made available and chose to invest more time to their other projects.

HBO Asia expanding production

HBO is increasing original content in Asia, content which is potentially getting global distribution.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide Merger

BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide merge into single operation to better compete with the integrated models of the British entertainment industry. The move will integrate production, sales, and distribution.

ESPN makes room for a new era

A Wednesday morning memo from ESPN President, John Skipper, explains the company's decision to cut 150 technical network employees.

AT&T Pushes for Merger Trial

As the government seeks to push the AT&T and Time Warner merger trial to May 2018, AT&T requests a February deadline.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Murdoch Sale Explained

Faced by content threats in the new media sector, Murdoch sale spurs talks about the changing media environment.

She's Gotta Have It Review

She's Gotta Have It earning praise for timely subject matter.

Hulu partners with StudioCanal

Hulu partners with StudioCanal for U.S. streaming rights of popular European shows.

Netflix Goes Bollywood

Netflix has announced a 2018 collaboration with RSVP banner to produce Love Per Square Foot, a Bollywood style romantic comedy that marks the beginning of a new era for the streaming platform.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal

Cecilia Kang reports on the FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality, with a proposal coming later today. Chairman Ajit Pai has an op-ed in the WSJ announcing his intentions.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Late Night Bits

David Bianculli laments how much late-night shows are now oriented around bite-size content in hopes of going viral.

NFL Regionalization

Kevin Draper explains the byzantine logic behind how network affiliates decide which NFL games they'll get to show on Sunday afternoons.

Canada's Cord Cutting

Etan Vlessing covers the tough time Canada is having with stemming cord cutting.

Conspiracy Theories

Rolling Stone's Amanda Robb breaks down how the Pizzagate conspiracy theory spread across social media outlets and Trump-friendly sites, and Alvin Chang notes that Sean Hannity has become the most prominent conspiracy theorist in the media.

Fewer Scripted Shows at Viacom Channels

Lesley Goldberg reports on a new strategy at Viacom: fewer scripted series.

Amazon-AMC International Deal

Amazon has forged a deal with AMC Studios for international distribution of its series.

The Good Doctor's a Hit

John Koblin explains how ABC managed to find a rare network hit this season with The Good Doctor.

More Sexual Harassment News

Jeffrey Tambor says he'll exit Transparent over the sexual harassment allegations against him and the "politicized atmosphere" they have caused. Andrew Wallenstein considers how the show could go on.

A One Tree Hill writer describes the harassment she experienced as the only female writer in the room. Producers Damon Lindelof and Mike Schur talked about Hollywood harassment at a panel, and THR critics also discussed the topic. Todd VanDerWerff outlines why the film and TV industries are structurally set up to breed abuse.

Charlie Rose Suspended

In response to sexual harassment allegations, CBS and PBS have both suspended Charlie Rose.

DOJ Suing

The Department of Justice will sue to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger. Will Richmond questions the suit.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

AT&T-Time Warner

Peter Holley says the Justice Department's antitrust division head has signaled opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger, and James B. Stewart sees an epic antitrust court case looming.

Fox Talks

David Faber reports Comcast now talking with 21st Century Fox about acquiring entertainment and distribution assets, a similar deal discussed with Disney.

More Harassment Problems

New testimonies on experiences of sexual harassment and bullying in the British TV industry are being compiled by a group called Women in Film and Television. Doyle Green points to the A&E show Storage Wars as evident sexism on screen.

Trump TV News

Andrew Kirell looks at how Fox Business Network has ridden the Trump Train to ratings success, while Alexander Nazaryan covers Fox News' embrace of Trump.

The Problem With Apu

Robert Ito covers a documentary about the Simpsons character Apu, which airs tomorrow on truTV.

FCC Moves

Next week will bring the unveiling of the FCC's plan to end net neutrality. Gigi Sohn is critical of what the FCC has otherwise been up to over the last month with deregulation.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Good TVeets

Writing & Directing Diversity

A new DGA study finds "some progress overall" in the hiring of women and minority directors for TV, but some outlets, like Netflix, have much more progress to be made. Liz Shannon Miller points out that increased episode volumes have brought more opportunities.

In terms of TV writing, Tracy Jan reports on a new study finding that white writers are still telling the vast majority of our small-screen stories.

LOTR's Cost

Lesley Goldberg proposes that Amazon's Lord of the Rings could end up as the most expensive TV series of all time.

New Ad Formats

Brian Steinberg reports on new ad formats coming from Hulu, while Todd Shields and Gerry Smith say TV ads could soon be like targeted Facebook ads. Ann Marlowe notes that Cambridge Analytica (the company owned by conservative politics mega-donors the Mercers) is getting involved in targeted advertising.

Fullscreen Shutting Down

The SVOD service Fullscreen will close down in January 2018.

Vietnam War Ratings

Lisa de Moraes reports on the ratings for PBS's Vietnam War series from Ken Burns.

Conservative News & Trump

Jason Schwartz covers how Fox News has embraced Trump, and Michael M. Grynbaum observes that big ratings have followed. Meanwhile, Shepard Smith angered some of the faithful by debunking the Clinton uranium scandal on his show. Richard Cohen argues that Rupert Murdoch has managed to destroy the Republican party. Two ex-Fox Newsers will speak to the British Parliament over 21st Century Fox's Sky takeover bid.

In other conservative outlet news, David Zurawik calls out Sinclair for yet more biased broadcasting, this time in connection with Roy Moore. Meanwhile, House Democrats want to question FCC chairman Ajit Pai over the Sinclair-Tribune merger.

Michael Wolff says AT&T has misplayed its hand in regard to the Trump White House. Richard Greenfield covers the AT&T/Department of Justice battle. Brian Stelter and Jackie Wattles profile Makan Delrahim, who heads up the anti-trust division at the DoJ.

You're the Worst Renewed & Ending

FXX is giving a fifth but final season to You're the Worst.

More on Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment claims have now been leveled against One Tree Hill showrunner Mark Schwahn, and he has now been suspended from The Royals by E!, and Arrow and Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended by Warner Bros. over voluminous harassment allegations.

Read more analysis of Louis C.K., harassment in the comedy world, art and the artist, and/or dicks from Eliza Skinner, Guy Branum, Sonia Saraiya, Scaachi Koul, Kathryn VanArendonk, Ben Travers, Amanda Hess, Drew MagaryTodd VanDerWerff, and Ira Madison III.

Transparent reportedly could carry on without Jeffrey Tambor pending investigation of a sexual harassment claim against him.

A 20th Century Fox VP is departing the studio to launch a startup that will field sexual assault and bias reports.

Amazon stops pursuing Skinny Bundles

Amazon drops negotiations for cable skinny bundles, stating the profit margin was too small for the investment.

People watch Netflix at Work and on the Commute

According to survey data, more than 67% of viewers watch Netflix in public. The most popular places are during the commute and at work.

Difficult People Cancelled

Difficult People cancelled at Hulu after three seasons as Hulu changes course with its comedy lineup.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Digital Measurement Finds Stranger Things

The Netflix original Stranger Things was reportedly the most popular show last week in the United States. Additionally, the method for measuring the most viewed show developed by Parrot Analytics marks a new era in television viewing analytics.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hannity Advertiser Backlash

At least five advertisers cut ties with Fox News “Hannity” after he asked viewers to give Senate candidate Roy Moore the benefit of the doubt in a sexual allegations case involving several minors. This has prompted social media backlash against Keurig, in particular, from conservative viewership.

SportsCenter on Snapchat

ESPN launches SportsCenter on Snapchat that will offer familiar highlights in a casual, five minute or less segment.

Agatha Christie adaptaion on hold

Agatha Christie adaptation on hold with Ed Westwick accused of sexual assault.

HBO Go available in parts of Europe

HBO Go direct streaming services are now available in four new European countries.

Good TVeets

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ESPN Layoffs

Richard Deitsch reports that another wave of layoffs is in the works at ESPN.

Star Power in Development at Apple

Apple has a two-season series in development starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

Fox News & Impartiality

UK media regulator Ofcom has censured Fox News for breaches of "due impartiality" by Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Wonder what Ofcom would say about new Fox News hire Sebastian Gorka. Jason Schwartz notes that Fox News seems to be clinging ever tighter to Trump. Meanwhile, a billionaire who paid to place a Trump impeachment ad onto Fox News is protesting the ad contract's cancellation.

Deal Analysis

Paul Bond and Georg Szalai try to make sense of what's going on with both Disney-21st Century Fox and AT&T-Time Warner. Graham Ruddick wonders if there's a war on within the Murdoch family.

Ben Fritz sees Netflix as the specter behind Disney's dalliance with buying 21st's entertainment assets.

Sexual Assault Allegations

A New York Times report puts on the "fit to print" record what has been rumored about for years in regard to sexual misconduct by Louis C.K. Emily Nussbaum shares her reaction, and David Sims considers how the industry will grapple with this. Producer Mike Royce, who has worked with Louis C.K., says he never saw the alleged behavior but stands in support of the women sharing their experiences. HBO has cut ties with C.K., while FX says the matter is under review. Scaachi Koul says the C.K. revelations feel like a personal betrayal given his self-aware comedy routines. Willa Paskin looks back on Louie in light of the recent news.

There's also been a sexual harassment allegation leveled against Matthew Weiner by Mad Men writer Kater Gordon. Meanwhile, Terry Crews has dropped WME as his representation in the wake of his sexual assault allegation against an agent there.

People choose On-Demand for Favorite Show

A new research report finds that those who watch their favorite show from an online source now just surpass those who do so from a traditional TV set.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Good TVeets

AT&T-Time Warner Update

The NYT reports on word that the Justice Department will demand AT&T sell off either Turner Broadcasting, which includes Trump's nemesis CNN, or DirecTV for the merger to win approval. Brian Steinberg doesn't see an easy way for this to happen. Brian Stelter notes how this has all become public.

Conan O'Brien Feature

According to Jason Zinoman, Conan O'Brien is the most likely of the late night hosts to take artistic risks in his comedy.

Colombia's Ilia Calderon will Co-Host Noticiero Univision

The extremely popular Spanish-language evening news show has hired its first Afro-Latina anchor, who will take her post as co-host (alongside Jorge Ramos) sometime near mid-December.

Potential Disney and Fox Merger

As Disney prepares for the launch of a streaming platform to compete with Netflix, the purchase of 21st Century Fox's Entertainment divisions could give Disney more competitive content.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Warm Bath TV?

IndieWire's Michael Schneider discusses the rise of "Warm Bath TV" with The Good Doctor creator David Shore, in light of the  success of his show and This Is Us.

Lord of the Rings Series on Amazon

Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios are in talks for adapting a new Lord of the Ring series.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Big Budget Advertising Appears to Work

Real-time TV advertisement measurements for smart TVs show that big budget commercials help with audience attention.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Good TVeets

Bachelor Harassment

A former producer of The Bachelor has filed a sexual harassment suit.

Disney Channel's Gay Storyline

A Disney Channel show has featured a gay storyline for the first time ever. (Link fixed)

Watching Fox News

Justin Peters shares observations garnered after watching Fox News for three weeks.

ESPN's NFL Future

James Andrew Miller proposes that ESPN could dump the NFL after its rights deal expires in 2021, and Ty Duffy weighs the argument.

Minority Labor & Representation

A new study finds that black people make up only 4.8% of TV writers, and another study finds that immigrants are equally likely to be represented on TV as criminals as not.

AT&T-TW Deal Update

The WSJ reports that the Dept of Justice might file a lawsuit challenging the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

First Cancellation

The fall season's first cancelled show is CBS's Me, Myself, & I.

TV Ad Prices

Brian Steinberg has posted his annual estimate of TV ad prices.

Netflix Ratings

Nielsen has announced a Netflix ratings initiative, which reports big numbers for Stranger Things.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Piracy costing Television

New research shows that traditional TV services could be losing up to 4.2 billion dollars a year to pirating.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

BBC Loses Money to Streaming Platforms

Tony Hall, Chief of BBC, predicts a $661 million spending drop within the next decade due to services like Netflix and Amazon.

Great British Bake Off Finale

This season’s Great British Bake Off finale still brought in a live audience of 7.3 million viewers after a judge mistakenly revealed the winner before it aired.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Broad City's Attentive Audience

According to the i.Spot tv Attention score, Broad City audiences rarely change the channel during advertisement breaks. Last week’s episode boasted a new all time high average view rate of 93.04%.