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YouTube TV Jacks Up Pricing To Become Most Expensive Cable TV Alternative

On Tuesday, Google's YouTube TV announced a monthly $15 price hike, bringing its streaming package of channels to $64.99 monthly, from $49.99. "YouTube TV is now the most expensive of the cable TV streaming alternative services," notes USA Today. "When YouTube TV launched in 2017, it was $35." From the report: In a company blog post, YouTube defended its decision by announcing the availability of additional channels from Viacom, including MTV and Nickelodeon. The move is effective Tuesday for ne...
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After flashy hires and a big buildout, Perella Weinberg's media and telecom team has been gutted. We tracked the exodus — and what it says about the landscape for blockbuster M&A deals.

As it was ramping up its dealmaking platform in 2015, Perella Weinberg Partners poached star banker Woody Young, a chief adviser to AT&T, to build out a media and telecom practice.  The new group got off to an explosive start in 2016, landing one of the largest mergers in history — AT&T's $100 billion deal for Time Warner.  But since then, deals have been scarce for Perella's media and telecom team, and the group has been gutted by departures in 2020. Young remains at Perella and has added the...
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After flashy hires and a big buildout, Perella Weinberg's media and telecom team has been gutted. We tracked the bankers who are out — and what it says about the landscape for blockbuster M&A deals.

As it was ramping up its dealmaking platform in 2015, Perella Weinberg Partners poached star banker Woody Young, a chief adviser to AT&T, to build out a media and telecom practice.  The new group got off to an explosive start in 2016, landing one of the largest mergers in history — AT&T's $100 billion deal for Time Warner.  But since then, deals have been scarce for Perella's media and telecom team, and the group has been gutted by departures in 2020. Young remains at Perella and has added the...
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CBS Moves $180 Million Media Account to Horizon

CBS has awarded media buying and planning responsibilities across CBS, CBS All Access and Showtime to Horizon Media, sources with knowledge of the account confirmed to Adweek. The appointment follows a competitive review conducted this spring in which incumbent OMD defended, according to these sources. That review followed the merger of CBS and Viacom last...
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‘The Comey Rule’ Release Date Bumped Up to Air Before the 2020 Election

Last week, we got our first glimpse at the upcoming Showtime political drama miniseries The Comey Rule. Based on former FBI director James Comey‘s book A Higher Loyalty, the miniseries focuses on Russia’s manipulation of the United States election process in 2016 and the investigation into the Trump presidency that followed after evidence pointed to collusion between his campaign higher-ups and Russian operatives. Much of the drama in The Comey Rule comes from the contentious relationship betwe...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Russia, Fbi, United States, New York Times, Showtime, Cbs, Donald Trump, True Story, Viacom, Political, James Comey, Ray, Trump, United States of America


CBS moves planning and buying to Horizon Media

The agency will now handle media for CBS, CBS Access and Showtime, taking the business from OMD. Horizon Media already handled media for Viacom brands.
Tags: Advertising, Showtime, Cbs, Viacom, Horizon Media, CBS CBS, OMD Horizon Media


Meet the 25 power players at Instagram who are deciding the future of the wildly popular Facebook-owned app (FB)

Business Insider has identified the top 25 power players and key executives at Instagram. These are the leaders at the Facebook-owned app responsible for deciding its future, managing its relationships, and executing its vision. Together they're responsible for running one of the most important apps in the world. Keep reading for the full list. Got a tip about Instagram? Contact this reporter at [email protected] or +1 650-636-6268. Anonymity offered. Instagram is the hottest app in ...
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Meet the 20 most powerful WarnerMedia execs and their top deputies. Here are the leaders helping HBO Max battle Netflix and defining AT&T's TV strategy. (T)

WarnerMedia has launched HBO Max, its new flagship streaming-video service that will be the online home of all its entertainment brands, from DC to HBO and Cartoon Network. The streaming debut came after a nearly two-year executive shakeup that started when AT&T exec John Stankey began integrating the entertainment company into the broader telecom in June 2018, and concluded in May when CEO Jason Kilar stepped into the top job at the media company. With Stankey rising to become AT&T's CEO, Ki...
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The Roku Channel expands to include over 100 live channels, adds a Live TV guide

Roku is expanding its free live, linear channel lineup that’s part of its free movies and TV hub, The Roku Channel. In the U.S., Roku customers will now be able to stream from over 100 live channels, including those offering free access to news, sports, movies, TV, kids and family programming, lifestyle content, and Spanish-language programming. Along with the expansion, Roku is also launching a new Live TV guide to make it easier to browse through its free content. The update would seem to p...
Tags: Media, Tech, Comcast, Streaming, Roku, Cord Cutting, Viacom, Streaming Service, Pluto TV, Live TV, Reuters, VUDU, Tubi, Roku Channel, TV Streaming Service, The Roku Channel


MTV Video Music Awards Exploring August Live Show From Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (EXCLUSIVE)

MTV is currently working with numerous government and health agencies in hopes of mounting its annual Video Music Awards live from New York this August, Variety can report exclusively. The show is eyeing an Aug. 30 broadcast date from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for its 36th edition of the VMAs, where MTV honors the best in […]
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'We had no idea how to do it': YouTube's founders, investors, and first employees tell the chaotic inside story of how it rose from failed dating site to $1.65 billion video behemoth (GOOG, GOOGL)

YouTube's cofounders originally thought "a generic platform where we could host all the videos on the internet" was too bold of an idea. So for about a week, the site was a dating platform — until it wasn't.  Fifteen years later, YouTube still reigns as the leader in video, but the climb to the top wasn't easy.  "What's hard to appreciate is how quickly we had grown beyond our capacity to manage the business," said Zahavah Levine, then YouTube's general counsel and vice president of business d...
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‘He Could Become The Next Walt Disney’: Kron Moore & Ed Quinn On Tyler Perry & BET’s ‘The Oval’

(CBS Local)– Tyler Perry is one of the biggest names in Hollywood and he has created a slew of entertaining shows on BET. In 2019, he brought “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” and “Tyler Perry’s The Oval” to the world and two of the biggest beneficiaries of that are actors Kron Moore and Ed Quinn. The duo plays President Hunter Franklin and First Lady Victoria Franklin on the political drama that is providing many with an escape during these trying times. “We felt like we kind of won the lottery with this,...
Tags: Hollywood, White House, Only CBS, Quinn, Bet, Walt Disney, Viacom, The Oval, Tyler Perry, Moore, CBS Local, DJ Sixsmith, Ed Quinn, Perry He, Kron Moore, Hunter Franklin


Layoffs Hit CBS as ViacomCBS Continues Post-Merger Integration

ViacomCBS has engaged in another round of layoffs, this time at CBS, as Viacom and CBS continue their post-merger integration as a combined company. The staff reduction includes those at CBS Entertainment, CBS News, CBS Sports, CBS Studios and CBS Television Studios. “We are restructuring various operations at CBS as part our ongoing integration with […]
Tags: News, Cbs, Viacom, CBS Television Studios, CBS Entertainment CBS News CBS Sports CBS Studios


Join the Africa Day virtual festivities

An annual celebration of African unity, Africa Day commemorates the founding of the African Union. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, thinking about a “Borderless Africa: Celebrating Commonalities” has a special resonance. We’re lending our support to the (virtual) festivities: We kicked things off yesterday on YouTube with the Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home, in partnership with Viacom and MTV Base. The two-hour special, hosted by Idris Elba, will bring together multiple African artis...
Tags: Google, Tanzania, Idris Elba, Unicef, Viacom, Youtube Music, Giza, UN World Food Program, Johnny Clegg, MTV Base, Google in Africa, Medina Dugger, Ben Enwonwu, Baltimore Museum, Google Africa, Gereza Fort


Agency Brief: Creative Humans founder explains how her platform is drumming up work and jobs during the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has cost the industry tens of thousands of jobs as businesses, agencies especially, have resorted to furloughs and layoffs to stay afloat. As Ad Age earlier reported, employment in advertising, public relations and related services lost 36,400 jobs in April alone. That's why Darlene Liebman, an ex-Viacom producer, thinks her Creative Humans platform, which she has been quietly building up for about two years, could be a nice assist for creatives looking for work right...
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Dan Cohen to Head ViacomCBS Global Distribution as Armando Nunez Shifts to Advisory Role

Dan Cohen has been elevated to ViacomCBS’ top distribution post as longtime CBS Corp. international sales chief Armando Nuñez shifts to an advisory role. Cohen will serve as president of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, starting in June. Nuñez has been chairman of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group and chief content licensing officer since the integrated Viacom […]
Tags: News, Viacom, CBS Corp, Cohen, Dan Cohen, Nunez, Armando Nunez, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group


ViacomCBS Entertainment and Youth Group Fortifies Team in Wake of Merger

ViacomCBS’ entertainment and youth group has promoted two executives under president of content and chief creative officer Nina Diaz, as the broader media conglomerate continues to realign internally in the wake of the reunion of Viacom and CBS. Trevor Rose has been named executive vice president of talent and content development and head of talent […]
Tags: News, Viacom, Nina Diaz, ViacomCBS, Justin Rosenblatt, Trevor Rose, CBS Trevor Rose


Univision Q1 Profit Drops Amid Pending Sale

Spanish-language media giant Univision, which earlier this year agreed to sell a majority stake to an investment group led by former Viacom CFO Wade Davis, reported first-quarter net profit of $11.7 million compared to $36.9 million for the same period ending March 31 last year. In a conference call with investors on Friday, CEO Vince […]
Tags: News, Viacom, Univision, Vince, Wade Davis


YouTube TV to gain 14 more ViacomCBS channels in expanded distribution deal

YouTube TV is expanding its lineup of channels thanks to a new, multi-year distribution agreement with ViacomCBS, announced this morning. The Google-owned streaming TV service is gaining 14 new ViacomCBS channels as a result of the deal, including news, sports, and entertainment offerings. It will also continue to carry CBS broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel, and The CW. New channels including BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land...
Tags: Google, Verizon, TV, Television, Media, Youtube, Tech, Foxtel, Comcast, Showtime, Cbs, Vh1, News Corp, Cw, Tivo, Viacom


YouTube TV Is Adding 14 Cable Networks From ViacomCBS Under Expanded Pact

YouTube TV subscribers will finally be able to tune into ViacomCBS’s BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and eight other cable nets starting this summer. Under an expanded, multiyear pact between Google and ViacomCBS, YouTube TV will add 14 cable networks from the legacy Viacom — which have been missing from YouTube TV ever since it […]
Tags: Google, News, Viacom, YouTube TV, ViacomCBS, BET Comedy Central MTV Nickelodeon, ViacomCBS YouTube TV


ViacomCBS Sets Revised Upfront Plan, With Virtual Presentations Over 2 Days

A week before ViacomCBS would normally hold its annual upfronts bash at New York's Carnegie Hall--which, like every other in-person upfronts week event, was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic--the company has set a new strategy for its first upfront since CBS and Viacom merged last December. Instead of its May 13 event, the company...
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Pluto TV expands with addition of CBS Sports HQ, new deals with TiVo and Verizon

Free streaming service Pluto TV is expanding. The company has today gained access to streaming sports network, CBS Sports HQ, as a result of the ViacomCBS merger. It has also forged new distribution deals with Verizon and TiVo, both of which were detailed this week. The free streamer had been acquired by Viacom for $340 million in early 2019, ahead of the $12 billion merger of media giants, Viacom and CBS Corp. Since the deal’s completion in December 2019, ViacomCBS has been quick to capitalize ...
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Meet the 20 most powerful WarnerMedia execs and their top deputies. Here are the leaders who will help HBO Max battle Netflix and define AT&T's TV future. (T)

WarnerMedia began a new chapter on Friday as CEO Jason Kilar stepped into the top job at the media company. Kilar's appointment draws to a close a nearly two-year executive shakeup that started when AT&T exec John Stankey began integrating the entertainment company into the broader telecom in June 2018. With Stankey going on to become AT&T's CEO, Kilar and his senior leadership team will be shaping WarnerMedia's future from here on out, including the critical launch of HBO Max this month.  Bus...
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We identified the 48 most powerful execs at AT&T's WarnerMedia, which is launching its new flagship service HBO Max after solidifying its leadership structure (T)

WarnerMedia began a new chapter on Friday as CEO Jason Kilar stepped into the top job at the media company. Kilar's appointment draws to a close a nearly two-year executive shakeup that started when AT&T exec John Stankey began integrating the entertainment company into the broader telecom in June 2018. With Stankey going on to become AT&T's CEO, Kilar and his senior leadership team will be shaping WarnerMedia's future from here on out, including the critical launch of HBO Max this month.  Bus...
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Another 512(f) Claim Fails–Ningbo Mizhihe v Doe

The plaintiff is a Chinese vendor that claims copyright in unicorn images (see depictions on the right). The defendants are also vendors using unicorn images. The plaintiff accuses the defendants of infringing the plaintiff’s copyrights. In support of that, the plaintiff sent takedown notices to Amazon targeting the defendants’ listings, which resulted in Amazon disabling the defendants’ Amazon storefront. The plaintiff also sued the defendants for copyright infringement. In response, the defen...
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Smithsonian Networks Head Tom Hayden Exits as Post-Merger Layoffs Hit ViacomCBS

Amid a day of company-wide restructuring at ViacomCBS, Smithsonian Network president Tom Hayden will leaving his post at the end of May, Variety has learned. The reorganization — which includes layoffs of more than 100 employees primarily at MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Pop and Smithsonian — is part of the ongoing post-merger integration of Viacom […]
Tags: News, Smithsonian, Viacom, Tom Hayden, ViacomCBS, ViacomCBS Smithsonian Network, MTV Comedy Central Nickelodeon Pop


Sarah Babineau Slated to Depart Comedy Central

Sarah Babineau, who in recent years enjoyed a heady rise at Comedy Central, is slated to depart the ViacomCBS network by the end of the year, the latest executive to leave entertainment operations at the parent company as it continues to work its way through the merger of the former Viacom and CBS late last […]
Tags: News, Comedy Central, Cbs, Viacom, Sarah Babineau, ViacomCBS


ViacomCBS Lays Off Staffers Across Organization Amid Ongoing Integration Efforts

As part of the ongoing integration of Viacom and CBS, more staffers were laid off Wednesday at divisions across ViacomCBS, including at MTV News and elsewhere. As Variety has previously reported, the media conglomerate had been planning to enact several rounds of layoffs as early as late February, just months after the closing of Viacom’s […]
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The CTO of ViacomCBS explains why its rolling out Slack to over 20,000 employees to modernize and unify the newly-merged company — and how it's using Slack alongside rival Microsoft Teams (VIAC, WORK)

Media conglomerate ViacomCBS announced on Tuesday that it's rolled out the workplace chat app Slack to over 20,000 employees — the majority of its workforce. It's part of the process of unifying the IT at Viacom and CBS in the wake of their merger in December. Both companies already had at least some teams using Slack, making it a natural fit, says ViacomCBS CTO Phil Wiser. ViacomCBS signed the deal with Slack in late December, but the companies are discussing it publicly for the first time to...
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Meet 23 insiders from companies like Hershey, Hulu, and NBCUniversal who are working to fix TV advertising

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
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