• Digital Video Grabs 180 Million Visitors Monthly

    San Francisco -- Big video usage numbers continue to come to the digital video industry: 180 million visitors watching videos per month. That comes to 85% of all Internet consumers, 200 videos per person and around 13 hours per month. ...Read the whole story

  • Mega-Merger On: FCC, Justice OK NBC/Comcast

    Federal approval for the proposed Comcast-NBC deal came in as expected -- taking just over a year to complete and with a number of long-term restrictions. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department approved Comcast Corp.'s deal to acquire control of NBC Universal from General Electric Co for $13.8 billion in cash and assets. ...Read the whole story

  • Bakish Heads Viacom Media International

    Robert Bakish has been promoted to president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks. Bakish will take charge of company properties operating outside the U.S., such as MTVN International, BET, Comedy Central and non-premium Paramount nets. ...Read the whole story

  • Falco Returns To TV Roots, Joins Univision As COO

    Following a contentious stint at the helm of AOL, Randy Falco is back to doing what he knows and does best: overseeing the TV stations, ad sales and marketing for leading Spanish-language media company Univision. ...Read the whole story

  • Magna Global Forecast: Trad TV, Digital Reign

    Magna Global predicts the U.S. ad economy will grow at a 3.1% rate this year, about on par with 2010. TV advertising continues to be a stalwart with 6.3% growth projected for 2011. ...Read the whole story

  • TV Veteran Regis Philbin To Retire

    Talk-show veteran Regis Philbin, who also became the subject of national renown as host of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" on ABC, said Tuesday he will retire sometime later this year. He made the announcement on "Live with Regis and Kelly." ...Read the whole story

  • TheLadders.com Dangles Edge To Job Seekers

    The new ad campaign, which was created to coincide with seekers' New Year's resolutions to find new jobs, positions TheLadders.com as a site that will make applicants more attractive to potential employers. ...Read the whole story

  • ESPN, University of Texas To Kick Off New Network

    ESPN said it has a 20-year deal with the University of Texas and marketing arm IMG College to operate a 24/7 (still-unnamed) network dedicated to UT. Content will include the exclusive broadcast of at least one UT football and eight basketball games a year. ...Read the whole story

  • Dolan To Lead Fox International Channels Marketing

    Liz Dolan, who led marketing at Oprah's new network before leaving months before its debut, has joined News Corp. as CMO of the Fox International Channels. The new post includes oversight of branding and corporate communications. ...Read the whole story

  • Outdoor, Bonnier Renew Partnership

    The Outdoor Channel has renewed a deal with Bonnier Corp. to air programming carrying the iconic Field & Stream magazine brand, and the two companies will continue to offer multiplatform ad packages. ...Read the whole story

  • IAC's Electus Acquires Engine Entertainment, Forms Global Distribution Arm

    Multimedia entertainment studio Electus on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Engine Entertainment. Founded in 2009 by former NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman and Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, Electus now plans to form an in-house global distribution arm named Electus/Engine Distribution, which will handle worldwide sales for Electus' content, including television, motion picture and digital. ...Read the whole story

  • Headache: NFL Calls Foul On Toyota Ad, Spot Changed

    In a rare occurrence for a TV copyright owner -- not a TV network -- the National Football League forced sponsor Toyota Motor Corp. to change a television commercial after it ran. The spot involved helmet-to-helmet football contact. ...Read the whole story

Thanks, Steve

small group of disruptive technologists and I spent the day yesterday in Ft. Myers, Fla. where we had the chance to dine at the Edison House. Pictures of Thomas Edison and friends donned the walls, and as we all reclined there, using our iPhones and iPads to communicate and demonstrate our visions, there was something very eerie about the whole experience. Edison's awarded patents (1,093) have touched all of our lives, and I'm certain that almost nothing we did yesterday could have happened as it did, had Mr. Edison not graced us with his presence (and vision). ...More

  • Comcast And NBC Approval: There's Hulu, The Clouds, And 2018

    With all the details of the Comcast-NBC Universal deal now set, a big change will affect Hulu, one of the new venture's possibly major future business areas. The Justice Department demanded Comcast give up management rights to the digital video service, rights it shares with its two other major partners, News Corp. and Walt Disney Co. ...More

  • 'Conditions and Enforceable Commitments": FCC Hearts the Web

    Whatever you think of the FCC approval of the Comcast-NBC merger, it seems to be giving a big wet kiss to the online video industry. In approving the marriage, the FCC defined "conditions and enforceable commitments" that Comcast/NBC universal had to abide, and the Commission went out of its way to acknowledge and include digital distribution and emerging online video business models. ...More

  • Warning Labels

    We're living through a unique period in the media industry. In fact, I don't think we should refer to the "media" industry, at least for a time, until we rethink the assumptions now transforming it. It has become the mediatech industry. No element of media is unaffected by enabling technology, certainly not TV, and because tech is sexy and smart and not the core competence of most practitioners, it seems to be emerging sometimes on its own. It might need a new warning label: "Functionality does not enable provider to make money." ...More

  • A Racy And Frank Golden Globes: Reality Show, Friar's Roast, And A Big Marketing Vehicle

    Wait a second! Was that Golden Globes Awards Show on Sunday night a rerun? Yes, if you are going to get Ricky Gervais as host of that particular award show, you know what you are getting -- a Friar's Roast, celebrity-skewing show for the masses. You once had a drug problem? You have a current drug problem? You allegedly took a bride and became a Scientologist? Were once married to Demi Moore? All material for Gervais. This was his second time as a host -- and the second time some TV executives groaned. ...More

  • Hulu's First Original Show Revives TV's 'LOP' Age

    The rumored original programming from TV repurposer Hulu popped online yesterday. "The Morning After" is a clips compilation of the previous night or weekend's TV highlights. Two talking heads call out their favorite bits not only from TV but occasionally from Web videos as well. Funny or Die is mentioned in the first episode. Generally, however, the material available on Hulu itself seems to be in featured rotation, such as "SNL" clips, "Glee" and highlights of the Golden Globes. I don't want to pile on, but I'm going to pile on. ...More