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6 Things We Learned From Espn’s Upfront

16 May 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The name Espn conjures up images of “Monday Night Football,” “SportsCenter” and reams of stats about your favorite contests. But during an “upfront” presentation to advertisers Tuesday, executives spent a lot more time focused on the intricacies of the business, like ad sales, multi platform distribution and audience measurement.

No one’s eyes glazed over. Execs from the Disney-backed sports media juggernaut were accompanied by Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland and dozens of the network’s on-air personalities, all of whom helped illustrate what those more academic subjects help put into practice. Below are a few more things we learned from Espn’s showcase.

1. Scott Van Pelt wants to be considered among the set that includes Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Van Pelt made a brief appearance during the event and made the point that his viewership among young men between 18 to 34 is competitive – if not more so – than his late night rivals.

2. Serena Williams »

- Brian Steinberg

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TV’s Measurement Mess: Industry Strives to Count the Modern Couch Potato

4 May 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Espn pays millions of dollars each year to air professional basketball games, baseball contests and the venerable “Monday Night Football.” These days, there’s a new contest that’s getting more attention from the company’s executives: audience measurement.

In recent months, Espn has worked with Nielsen to provide a measure of viewers who watch offerings from the Disney-owned sports-media juggernaut in bars or at friends’ homes. For years, Espn executives knew they had a sizable group of viewers that watched its programs in places other than their own living room. Without a standard way of measuring that crowd, however, Espn could not get paid for it easily.

The network has recently worked with select buyers and clients to do deals based on so-called “out-of-home” viewing, and hopes to make the measure more widely used.

“Measurement is now a team sport,” says Artie Bulgrin, senior VP of research and global analytics at Espn. In »

- Brian Steinberg

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Espn Leads Sports Emmy Nominations, Brent Musburger to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

30 March 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Espn and its sister networks led all of their competition in the nominations for the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards, securing 50 nods across 41 categories. In addition, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that legendary sportscaster Brent Musburger would be honored at this year’s ceremony with the lifetime achievement award.

“It has been another outstanding year for the sports television industry and the quality of this year’s record number of entries continues to raise the bar of what sports programming can be,” said Steve Ulrich, senior vice president of the Sports Emmy Awards. “With Brent Musburger being recognized for his almost 50 years in sports television, it will be a grand night as we celebrate this stellar cast of nominees on May 9th at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.”

The NBC Sports Group trailed Espn by just nine nominations, racking up 41 of their own for their coverage of the 2016 Summer »

- Joe Otterson

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Exclusive interview with Cris Velasco, award winning video game composer

20 March 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tai Freligh chats with award-winning composer Cris Velasco

Cris Velasco is a multiple award-winning composer of epic orchestral, dark experimental and modern hybrid music scores for video games, film and television. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Music Composition, Velasco pursued his passion to write music for visual media; his first major release was composing for Sony’s blockbuster God of War.

A prolific and versatile composer, Velasco has become one of the most sought-after composers in interactive entertainment, scoring many major titles including Overwatch, Battleborn, The Long Dark, Bloodborne, H1Z1, Assassin’s Creed IV: Dead Kings, Company of Heroes 2, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 1 & 2, God of War 1-3, Tron: Evolution, Clive Barker’s Jericho, and many more.

Velasco also composes for independent films, trailers, and commercials for high-profile clients such as Coca-Cola, Disney, Lexus and Mercedes. His music has been licensed for numerous movies, documentaries and television shows. »

- Tai Freligh

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Alec Baldwin Proves There Are Two Types of Problems: Regular, And Trump

12 February 2017 8:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rumors swirled of President Trump’s unhappiness with last week’s Sean Spicer sketch. It’s not that he didn’t enjoy the sketch, per se, but despised the fact that a woman portrayed his Press Secretary. So, what if the President himself was portrayed by a middle-aged black woman, and not even a heavily disguised one at that? These are the questions “Saturday Night Live” has to ask, because every day comes a new, terrifying CNN push notification — and with it, an irrelevant tweet from the Commander-in-Chief. Even so, “SNL” didn’t stick to politics for the entire hour, and when they strayed from the news, it was often in error.

Host: Alec Baldwin

Live from New York, it’s Alec Baldwin’s historic 17th gig as host. It’s hard to believe he only began hosting in 1990, which happens to be three-plus years before cast member Pete Davidson was born. »

- Sophy Ziss

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Alec Baldwin Proves There Are Two Types of Problems: Regular, And Trump

12 February 2017 8:59 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Rumors swirled of President Trump’s unhappiness with last week’s Sean Spicer sketch. It’s not that he didn’t enjoy the sketch, per se, but despised the fact that a woman portrayed his Press Secretary. So, what if the President himself was portrayed by a middle-aged black woman, and not even a heavily disguised one at that? These are the questions “Saturday Night Live” has to ask, because every day comes a new, terrifying CNN push notification — and with it, an irrelevant tweet from the Commander-in-Chief. Even so, “SNL” didn’t stick to politics for the entire hour, and when they strayed from the news, it was often in error.

Host: Alec Baldwin

Live from New York, it’s Alec Baldwin’s historic 17th gig as host. It’s hard to believe he only began hosting in 1990, which happens to be three-plus years before cast member Pete Davidson was born. »

- Sophy Ziss

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Bob Costas Stepping Down as Olympics Host, To Be Replaced by Mike Tirico

9 February 2017 5:59 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Bob Costas announced on Thursday that he is stepping down as host of NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage after 25 years, passing the torch to fellow sportscaster Mike Tirico.

RelatedToday‘s Tamron Hall Leaving NBC News

Tirico, perhaps best known for his 10-year stint as the play-by-play announcer on Espn’s Monday Night Football, will succeed Costas when he presides over the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“It has been both a privilege and an incredible personal and professional experience to have been part of NBC’s Olympic coverage all these years,” Costas said in a statement. “I’m especially »

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Mike Tirico to Replace Bob Costas as NBC’s Primetime Olympics Host in 2018 (Video)

9 February 2017 5:46 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mike Tirico is set to replace Bob Costas as NBC’s primetime Olympics host beginning with next year’s Winter Games. Costas made the revelation on Thursday morning’s “Today” show. “I am going to be like the rest of the country, watching Mike Tirico, who will be an able successor in Korea for the Winter Olympics” a year from now, Costas said. Tirico, a former “Monday Night Football” play-by-play man and longtime Espn talent came to NBC Sports for such an opportunity. He was expected to either succeed Costas on the Olympics or takeover for Al Michaels on “Sunday Night Football” — or. »

- Tony Maglio

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Golden Globes 2017: Hollywood Finds Its Voice as Trump Takes the Presidency

8 January 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Leave it to Hollywood treasure Meryl Streep to give Hollywood a 2017 rallying cry — and remind the industry, gathered Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton, that they have a voice and a say in where this country is heading.

Accepting the Golden Globe Awards’ Cecil B. deMille honor for lifetime achievement, Streep elicited tears and a standing ovation from the crowd as she reminded the Globes audience that Hollywood is made up of talent from all over the country — and the world.

“Hollywood is crawling with foreigners,” she said. “Take them all out and you’ll end up watching Monday Night Football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”

Read More: Golden Globes Winners List: ‘La La Land’ Sweeps, While ‘Moonlight,’ ‘The Crown’ and ‘Atlanta’ Triumph

But in particular, Streep drew high marks from the crowd for criticizing the coarseness of political discourse, specifically pointing out the moment that »

- Michael Schneider

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How the Golden Globe Winners Will Shake Up the Oscar Race

8 January 2017 9:39 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The ever-idiosyncratic 90 entertainment reporters who comprise the Hollywood Foreign Press never fail to surprise. The entertaining show itself was hosted by the musically oriented Jimmy Fallon, who predictably leaned into inevitable big winner “La La Land” throughout the show.

The seven-award sweep for musical “La La Land” sets a Globe record and only adds to its Oscar momentum. Academy voters are filling in their ballots now, which are due January 13, but the Globes are not predictive. Remember, there is no overlap with some 6,000 Academy voters. The PGA nominations on January 10 and SAG Awards on January 29 will be more revealing.

The winners’ speeches could have some impact on their fates. Viola Davis got plenty of Globe screen time: Not only did she gracefully win Supporting Actress for “Fences,” but she paid tribute to Cecil B. DeMille winner and “Doubt” costar Meryl Streep, who is competing for Best Actress in “Florence Foster Jenkins. »

- Anne Thompson

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