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The best and worst of the 2019 TV upfronts

Nothing was more evident during TV’s biggest week than the fact that networks are at a crossroads. Once the place to show off splashy content that people will (hopefully) watch so advertisers can sell them things, this year’s dog-and-pony shows were overshadowed by mega-deals, messy scandals and streaming services. These topics were at the center of some of best jokes, flashiest costumes and stunts of the week. Funniest OTT joke Streaming video was a focal point at nearly all of the presentati...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Usa, Nbc, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Abc, Advertising, Disney, NFL, Kaley Cuoco, Walmart, Fox, Comcast, Colbert, Cbs


Stephen Colbert does upfronts humor, and the White House tackles Facebook and Twitter: Thursday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device; sign up here. It’s the fourth day of the TV upfronts, with TV networks pitching their shows to advertisers; everyone’s probably a bit bleary-eyed this morning, so let’s start with a joke. At CBS’s event, Stephen Colbert said the reason the network has been No. 1 for 11 seasons is because “there are a lot of old people who d...
Tags: Facebook, Stephen Colbert, White House, Advertising, Cbs, Conde Nast, Tbs, IAC, Nielsen, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Woodstock, Trump, Conan O'brien, AT T, Les Moonves


Les Moonves Was Gone, but Not Forgotten, at First CBS Upfront Under New Leadership

There was much that was familiar about CBS' upfront presentation on Wednesday afternoon, including the location (New York's Carnegie Hall), the pitch to advertisers (once again, it's the most-watched network on TV in total viewers) and the mix of new shows (procedurals, spinoffs of popular franchises and broad-skewing comedies). But there was also a huge...
Tags: New York, Advertising, Cbs, Carnegie Hall, Les Moonves, TV Upfronts, First CBS Upfront Under New Leadership


CBS tries to forget its past, WarnerMedia revamps for OTT: Upfronts download

Welcome to our special pop-up TV upfronts roundup. Each day this week we’re bringing you breaking news and some of the best (and worst) of TV’s dog-and-pony show, curated by Jeanine Poggi, senior editor, and delivered directly to your inbox. Get it in your email by signing up here. Moonves who? My, how much things have changed. Last year at Carnegie Hall, advertisers gave Leslie Moonves a standing ovation. At this year’s upfront presentation, CBS execs sought to assure advertisers his tainted ...
Tags: Stephen Colbert, New York City, Advertising, Disney, Kaley Cuoco, Walmart, Colbert, Hillary Swank, Cbs, Leslie Moonves, Tbs, Lincoln Center, TNT, Adweek, Steven Spielberg, Michael


CBS distances itself from its former chief, touting diversity and inclusion at its upfront

On Wednesday, in the same theater where one year ago advertisers gave Leslie Mooves a standing ovation, CBS execs sought to assure the audience that the failure of his tenure has not impacted the stability of the company. CBS used sports analogies to acknowledge the scandal that’s shaken the company over the past year during its upfront presentation in Carnegie Hall in New York City on Wednesday afternoon. In a parody of its NFL pre-game show that opened the hoopla, hosts Jim Nantz and Tony R...
Tags: Stephen Colbert, New York City, Advertising, Disney, NFL, Colbert, Cbs, Jim Nantz, James Corden, Tony Romo, 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney, Ross, Carnegie Hall, AT T, Les Moonves


CBS fall schedule: Here's how the network is moving on after 'Big Bang Theory,' Les Moonves

The most-watched network is counting on five new series, plus plenty of familiar faces, to counter the loss of "Big Bang Theory" next season.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Cbs, Usa Today, Les Moonves


Disney upfront: ABC gets lost in massive presentation

Walt Disney told attendees to arrive early to its upfront presentation at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center on Tuesday afternoon for an immersive “Disney experience.” What that experience was wasn't clear. Agency executives and marketers waited around David Geffen Hall for the doors to open. It was like waiting in line to meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World, so maybe, in a way, attendees were treated to a true Disney experience. This year’s Disney experience was certainly different than those of previ...
Tags: Jimmy Kimmel, Abc, Advertising, Disney, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Manhattan, Philadelphia, Espn, Lincoln Center, Hulu, Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Disney World, Kimmel


Kimmel slays and Constance Wu jokes abound: Upfronts download

Welcome to our special pop-up TV upfronts roundup. Each day this week we’re bringing you breaking news and some of the best (and worst) of TV’s dog-and-pony show, curated by Jeanine Poggi, senior editor, and delivered directly to your inbox. Get it in your email by signing up here.  Where’s ABC? ABC was the anchor of Disney’s massive upfront presentation, its first since acquiring assets from 21st Century Fox. But the alphabet network got lost in the more than two-hour presentation filled with...
Tags: Japan, Jimmy Kimmel, Abc, Advertising, Disney, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Espn, Warner Bros, Nbc Universal, Hulu, Detroit, National Geographic, Walt Disney, Univision


Jo Ann Ross on CBS’ First Upfront in More Than Two Decades Without Les Moonves

Ahead of the most distinct, transformative upfronts week in a decade, Adweek is sitting down with a different ad sales chief each day. Following Fox's Marianne Gambelli on Tuesday, Disney's Rita Ferro on Wednesday and WarnerMedia's Donna Speciale Thursday is Jo Ann Ross, CBS' president and chief advertising revenue officer. While Ross will be making...
Tags: Advertising, Disney, Fox, Cbs, Adweek, Ross, Donna Speciale, Les Moonves, Jo Ann Ross, TV Upfronts, Rita Ferro, Marianne Gambelli, WarnerMedia


A Coke-coffee hybrid. Plus, changes at MDC Partners and OMD: Wednesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today Coca-Cola Co. tested a Coke-coffee blend in a few countries already, and now it will bring the product to 25 markets, CEO James Quincey said in an earnings call on Tuesday. Some people seem skeptical. As someone tweeted: “I like Coke. I l...
Tags: Twitter, New York, Advertising, Unilever, Bloomberg, Cbs, Fifth Avenue, Jack Dorsey, The Washington Post, Coke, Viacom, Alexa, Central Park, Penn, Adt, Trump


CBS suspends CEO search

CBS Corp. suspended its search for a new chief executive officer, extending the tenure of acting CEO Joe Ianniello through the end of the year and buying time for the company to decide if it wants to merge with Viacom Inc. Ianniello, formerly chief operating officer, was promoted to the role in September 2018 after the ouster of longtime boss Les Moonves, who was accused of sexual misconduct. CBS’s board has been searching for a permanent CEO for the past few months, and had planned to made a d...
Tags: Nbc, Abc, Advertising, Disney, Showtime, Cbs, Viacom, Joe, Shari Redstone, Martin, CBS Corp, Redstone, Viacom Inc, Walt Disney Co, Les Moonves, Comcast Corp


‘CBS Has a White Problem’: Executive Blasts Toxic Culture at Network in Explosive Letter

Last year, CBS hired two white-shoe law firms to conduct an independent investigation into alleged misconduct by then-CEO Leslie Moonves, as well as broader cultural issues at CBS. Writing for Variety, Whitney Davis — a veteran of the company’s news and entertainment divisions — describes how the investigation prompted her to reconsider her nearly decade-and-a-half career […]
Tags: News, Cbs News, Cbs, Leslie Moonves, Les Moonves, Whitney Davis, CBS Writing for Variety


Disney shares are up after the big reveal of its streaming service

Investors seem to think that Disney is on the right track with its plans for the new streaming service, Disney+. On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of the streaming service’s November 12 launch date and slate of programming, Disney’s stock price is currently up 9% to $127.23 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Ending months of speculation about what would and wouldn’t be included in a streaming package from the mouse house, yesterday’s “investor day”, satisfied public marke...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Disney, Tech, Companies, Netflix, AT T, Cbs, New York Stock Exchange, Streaming Video, Hulu, King, Viacom, Ball, Streaming Media


The Good Fight Creators on Tackling Trump and Les Moonves, and Why There’s No Place Like Home

CBS All Access doesn't have the breadth of original content that streaming rivals Netflix and Hulu do, but it's worth the subscription price just for The Good Fight, which Adweek named one of 2018's best TV shows. That's largely due to the work of co-creators and showrunners Robert and Michelle King, who have turned the...
Tags: Advertising, Netflix, Cbs, Hulu, Adweek, Trump, Robert, Les Moonves, Michelle King, Streaming & OTT


Morning Docket: 03.01.19

* Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows have referred Michael Cohen to the Justice Department, claiming that they have evidence that Trump’s former fixer “committed perjury and knowingly made false statements“ during his testimony before the House Oversight Committee. [CNN] * Meanwhile, thanks to Cohen’s testimony, Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization who has already been granted immunity by SDNY prosecutors, will be called to testify before the House In...
Tags: Law, Time Warner, Senate, Nbc News, Copyright, AT&T, Antitrust, Cbs, Pornography, Department Of Justice, House Intelligence Committee, Cyberstalking, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Law Schools, Biglaw


Les Moonves, Fired by CBS, Sets Up Shop in Hollywood

The ousted chief executive of CBS is occupying an office on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip that, per his exit agreement, is being paid for by the network.
Tags: Hollywood, Television, News, Cbs, CBS Corporation, Les Moonves, Leslie, Moonves, Executive Compensation, MeToo Movement, West Hollywood (Calif


Ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves to challenge severance denial

NEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company's decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations.Moonves is demanding binding arbitration proceedings... [Author: [email protected]]
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Les Moonves to challenge CBS severance denial

NEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company’s decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations. CBS announced the development in a filing Wednesday with the Security Exchange Commission. CBS said Moonves has demanded binding arbitration proceedings to challenge the decision. CBS’ board […]
Tags: Business, New York, Television, News, Entertainment, Ap, Nation, Cbs, Les Moonves, Moonves, Security Exchange Commission CBS


Les Moonves Really Wants That $120 Million CBS Said He Can’t Have

The former CEO, accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, is forcing CBS into arbitration.
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Les Moonves will fight for $120 million CBS exit package

CBS wants to break from the Les Moonves era, but Moonves isn't making it easy.
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Les Moonves not going away quietly, fighting CBS for $120M exit package

CBS says Les Moonves has invoked his right to seek binding arbitration but maintains he was fired for cause and is therefore not entitled to severance pay.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Les Moonves Is Taking CBS to Arbitration Over Denial of $120 Million Severance

Former CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves isn't letting his $120 million severance go away without a fight and has decided to take the company to arbitration. Moonves informed CBS of his intentions Wednesday, according to a SEC filing from CBS. The move, which had been expected, comes after the CBS board determined in mid-December...
Tags: Advertising, Cbs, SEC, Les Moonves, Moonves, Publishers & Platforms, Programming & Performance


Julie Chen 'excited' to return to 'Big Brother' after husband Les Moonves' CBS ouster

Julie Chen shared a picture of herself looking happy as can be on the set for the upcoming season of "Celebrity Big Brother."            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Cbs, Usa Today, Julie Chen, Les Moonves


Showtime Names Gary Levine and Jana Winograde Co-Presidents of Entertainment

It's been three months since Showtime CEO David Nevins was named chief creative officer of CBS Corp., taking over much of the programming oversight once handled by Les Moonves. And today, the premium cable network has promoted several execs to help oversee Showtime as Nevins focuses on the broader company. Gary Levine and Jana Winograde...
Tags: Advertising, Showtime, CBS Corp, Les Moonves, Nevins, David Nevins, Gary Levine, Programming & Performance, Jana Winograde Co Presidents of Entertainment


After Sexual Harassment Scandals, CBS News Brings In First Female President

After being roiled by sexual harassment scandals, CBS News is bringing in veteran producer Susan Zirinsky to become its first female president. According to a Monday Los Angeles Times report, Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes who has served in the role since 2011 and is nearing the end of his contract. CBS has taken hits in the #MeToo era, as anchor Charlie Rose, “60 Minutes” executive Jeff Fager and CEO Les Moonves all lost their jobs due to sexual harrasment and/or assault allegations. “Th...
Tags: News, Cbs News, Cbs, Times, Los Angeles Times, Charlie Rose, Les Moonves, Jeff Fager, David Rhodes, Susan Zirinsky, Kate Riga, Zirinsky


7 things people are talking about after the Golden Globes on Sunday

If you had Glenn Close winning best actress for a dramatic movie in your Golden Globes pool on Sunday step forward. Now step back and sit down because you’re lying — not even Glen Close thought her admittedly excellent work in “The Wife” would beat the likes of Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born” or Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” The night’s other drama categories went to the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and star Rami Malek for his portrayal of frontman Freddie Mercury. However, we...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Mahershala Ali, Sport, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Carol Burnett, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Close, Bridges, Mitch McConnell, Sue


Golden Globes 2019: How the tone of this year’s show is different

The tone at the 76th annual Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards was noticeably more lighthearted than last year when the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct scandal dominated. Now they could joke about it. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh opened the Golden Globe Awards by explaining why they were hosting the show. As Oh explained it, “We’re the only two people left in Hollywood who haven’t gotten in trouble for saying something offensive.” In a post-monologue jab, co-host Samberg introduced three stars fro...
Tags: TV, Hollywood, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Cbs, Hulu, Les Moonves, Sandra, Andy Samberg, Samberg, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


With One Month Until the Super Bowl, CBS Is Quietly Racking Up Robust Big Game Ad Sales

Super Bowl LIII is exactly one month away, and even though CBS has been unusually quiet about its Big Game ad sales this year--now that former chairman and CEO Les Moonves is no longer around to tout his company's progress during earnings calls and other public appearances--the network's haul is expected to be as robust...
Tags: Advertising, Cbs, Les Moonves, The Big Game, Programming & Performance


Sexual Harassment Is Illegal, but It May Not Get You Fired

The grim lesson of the Les Moonves scandal at CBS is that many companies still don’t take sexual harassment allegations seriously.
Tags: Television, News, Cbs, Sexual Harassment, CBS Corporation, Les Moonves, Workplace Hazards and Violations, MeToo Movement


Colbert Has A Trump-Themed Idea Of What Les Moonves May Do Next

"What job could a famous TV billionaire with sexual allegations possibly get?"
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