Sunday, March 25, 2018


It's become untenable to keep up with the blog regularly, so I've instead turned to retweeting stories at the @N4TVM twitter feed rather than posting here. I may get back to it some day, but for now, this site has become an archive rather than an active blog.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Doctor Who Activism

Rachel Talalay describes her experience of a powerful #MeToo panel moment at the Doctor Who Gallifrey One convention. Meanwhile, a sector of the Doctor Who fandom is raising money to combat gun violence.

Standout TV Cinematography

Jake Nevins talked with cinematographers from Atlanta, Transparent, Altered Carbon, Insecure, and Glow about how they make their shows look so good.

The Bachelor's Ratings

Kate Aurthur criticizes The Bachelor for an exploitative finale, which did bring ratings results.

Life on YouTube

Joe Zadeh profiles a professional YouTuber and his daily life of online labor. And Todd C. Frankel explains why it's so hard to make a living as a YouTuber.

Epix OTT

Epix is planning to launch a standalone streaming service for its premium cable content.

Fighting For TV in the Net Neutrality Debate

Aymar Jean Christian explains why the repeal of net neutrality rules could be a death blow to independent TV creators.

Black Mirror Renewed

There will be a fifth season of Black Mirror on Netflix.

Fox News Victorious Over TVEyes

Fox News won a court ruling over a TV clip-sharing service and copyright, but there's probably more legal wrangling to come.

Talent Agency Conflicts of Interest

Following a Variety story on conflicts of interest as talent agencies move into production, the WGA West wants to drum up more information from its members.

TV & Digital Advertising

Alan Wolk calls for TV advertising to get more digitally-minded.

Roseanne's Marketing Campaign

Jason Lynch introduces us to Roseanne's nostalgia-themed marketing campaign, which includes a decked-out NYC subway train.

Univision's Upfronts

Univision is planning an immersive, experiential gathering for advertisers this year, rather than a traditional upfronts presentation.

Ad Reductions

NBCU announced a goal to cut prime-time ad loads by 20% across all of its channels. As Brian Steinberg writes: "NBCU’s commercial cutback shows the far-reaching effects the viewing habits of a rising generation of new-tech couch potatoes are having on the business of television." Will Richmond offers analysis of this move on his blog and in his podcast. Meanwhile, Fox Networks Group has also announced an ad reduction strategy, setting a target of two minutes per hour by 2020.

Sinclair's Shenanigans

Sinclair continues to amaze and astound with its latest plan to sell two stations but continue to operate them in order to get around FCC ownership rules. Sinclair is getting some pushback in Washington over its Tribune deal. Meanwhile, the company continues to scare viewers with "Terrorism Alert Desk" segments across its local stations.

de Havilland’s Lawsuit

Paul Brownfield details Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland's lawsuit against FX and Ryan Murphy Productions and considers its larger symbolism: "Few expect her to win, but the action is nonetheless reverberating as a kind of last stand against the current bricolage approach to facts."

Escobar's Fame

Jon Lee Anderson explores how Narcos and other pop culture depictions have helped lead to problematic posthumous celebrity for Pablo Escobar.

Jane the Virgin is a No-Guilt Pleasure

Emily Nussbaum revels in the joys of Jane the Virgin and decries the "guilty pleasure" characterization.

ESPN's New President

James Pitaro is will move from heading up Disney's consumer products and interactive media divisions to being president of ESPN. One thing he'll have on his plate is a sexual harassment and discrimination suit involving anchor John Buccigross.

Oscar Ratings

Ratings for the Oscars hit an all-time low, and Josef Adalian wonders how much that really matters.

Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest's ratings on E! plunged substantially compared to last year.

Net Neutrality in Washington State

Washington has become the first state to institute its own net neutrality rules. In the article, Cecilia Kang notes that lawsuits over the issue are certainly also on their way.