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Tuning in Happiness: Why Broadcast Still Wins With Viewers

One month into the launch of the new fall season, some new network brands have begun entering the viewer mix.  Or have they?  While the industry pundits debate the relative merits of each new broadcast show on the schedule, several cable premieres have not-so-quietly entered the scene. The most notable is AMC’s The Walking Dead,

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Television’s Hierarchy of Needs

As an industry, we frequently talk about the complexity of today’s television ecosystem.  Nearly every aspect of television is complicated.  Multiple screens and thousands of content options have complicated the “what” and the “where”.  Behavioral targeting has complicated the “who” of viewing. Television has displaced time itself with time shifting and on-demand – and even

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TV, Not History

“Two emotionally charged events, forever linked in our memories.  Fifty years later, they underscore the immediacy of TV, and its tremendous impact on our society.  The boxes are thinner, the screens are flatter, and more portable, but television’s power to engage, inform, and unite continues to have a profound purpose as we remember the past,

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The Shiny New Object

Everybody is always talking about the “shiny new object”.  The press loves it.  Advertisers fight over it.  Consumers want to be the first to have it.  But in many cases after the honeymoon ends.  Well, they’re always looking for the next one. But, let me tell you about what I have found to be the

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Tweeting the Shark?

There was a full-blown feeding frenzy recently on Twitter. Chances are pretty good you saw the Tweets (or stories about them), but not the TV movie that inspired them. As a television event, SyFy’s “Sharknado” was great social media. And a great example of what the Twitter Effect can have on programmers and the television

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The Red, White, and Blue of Our American Heroes Never Fades

America loves its war heroes. Almost every week you’ll find a heartwarming feature on a local news report of a soldier coming home to surprise their family – usually in some “throwing out the first pitch” type of hidden ruse. It’s an honor that’s at once both public and family-focused, and each one is well-deserved.

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The 2012/2013 Television Season: The More Things Change…

When you look at the results of the past broadcast season, you might just find something interesting. It looks very much like last year. And the year before that, and the year before that, and before that, and so on. Over 90% of the top 200 A25-54 primetime programs airing during this season were on

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Broadcast – Alive, Well and Flourishing

by Steve Lanzano President and CEO, TVB Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Perhaps this is due to the annual onslaught of “Is Broadcast Dead?”-type headlines that surface around this time of the year. Assassinated by cable, done in by digital, suffocated by streaming, broadcast has finally cashed in this year. Again. Well, let’s take a quick

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When Crisis Strikes Home, Viewers Turn To Hometown TV Stations

By Bill Fine President and General Manager, WCVB-TV Boston & Chairman, TVB The Boston Marathon is a major annual event, a spectacle all Bostonians know will always receive widespread local television coverage — typically uplifting stories of athletic endurance. We live for and love the third Monday in April. It is our own special holiday

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Mars Tweets! And Fans Respond, With Their Wallets

Now that Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas, and the entire Veronica Mars universe have learned just what a mobilized fanbase can do for a TV franchise, are we looking at the gestational period of a new world order of post-television crowdsourcing? This represents an evolution for “Save Our Show” campaigns – viewers are putting their money

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