Disney-Fox Deal: Murdochs On ‘New Fox’ Strategy And “The Next Great Leg Of Our Journey”
Rupert Murdoch had a similar take to that of many media veterans on Disney's $66B acquisition of assets of 21st Century Fox. He called it "a momentous occasion for me, our investors and thousands of colleagues who have joined us over the years in building 20th Century Fox."
During a conference call with investors this morning to discuss the "next great leg of our journey,” Murdoch was joined by sons Lachlan and James as well as CFO John Nallen.
The execs detailed the… Read
Bruce Brown Dies: Surf Movie Pioneer Who Sought The Perfect Wave For ‘Endless Summer’ Was 80
Bruce Brown, the pioneering filmmaker whose hunt for the perfect wave helped cement surf culture with The Endless Summer, has died. He was 80. Brown died Sunday at his ranch near Santa Barbara. The announcement was made on his website.
A San Francisco native who was accomplished surfer and motorcycle rider, Brown already had made a number of surf movies before 1964’s The Endless Summer. The film was a regional hit and earned a national release in 1966. Fueled by the SoCal… Read
Patriots Lose But ‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Rise, ‘Better Late Than Never’ Off In Return But Improves On ‘The Brave’
All things must come to an end, and last night's saw the Miami Dolphins shut down the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak. In a season that has been full of ratings tackles for the league and its broadcasters, it also saw an uptick for ESPN and the NFL: With a 8.5 in metered market ratings, last night’s MNF was up 9% over last week.
On the broadcast networks, NBC’s globe-trotting reality series Better Late Than Never returned for a second… Read
Steelers Squeaker Slumps ‘Sunday Night Football’ In Metered Market Stats
NBC’s featuring the Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers generated a 11.6 rating/19 share from 8:30-11:30 PM ET in metered-marked household stats, leading the network to an easy primetime victory.
The Steelers rallied from behind and won on a last-minute field goal over their rivals, 39-38, clinching the AFC North title. But Sunday’s 11.6 rating was down from the previous three SNF games. Among them, last Sunday’s Philadelphia Eagles-Seattle… Read
Verizon And NFL Reach New Five-Year Streaming Rights Deal
Verizon and the NFL have reached a new five-year deal to extend their streaming rights arrangement, though the wireless carrier will lose exclusive rights to the streams.
Terms were not disclosed for the new deal, which takes effect in January. Compensating for the loss of exclusive wireless rights will be an expanded presence for games on Yahoo Sports, an early pioneer in live-streaming games that is now owned by Verizon. The action will also be on Verizon’s OTT service… Read
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Gets 5-Year Contract Extension Reportedly Worth Up To $200 Million
Despite faltering TV ratings, an ongoing crisis over players’ National Anthem protests, and loud opposition from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a 5-year contract extension.
The league this afternoon confirmed the completion of contract talks, which began last spring before this season turned into a raging battle on numerous fronts. Having survived Deflategate and then handing the Lombardi Trophy to former friend turned harsh… Read
Russia Olympics Ban Applauded By ‘Icarus’ Filmmakers
The International Olympic Committee said today that it is banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea following its investigations of a doping scheme. The news was met with applause by Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan, filmmakers behind the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary, Icarus, an exposé chronicling Fogel's investigation into the international world of sports doping. Netflix has rights and premiered the film in August.
“We applaud today's… Read
‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Score, ‘The Voice’ & ‘Good Doctor’ Unchanged
At this stage in the current ratings-challenged NFL season, tossing around the term "game-changer" may seem no more than a Hail Mary pass. However, with Sunday Night Football rising this week again and now up double digits from last week's season low, things are certainly looking brighter for the league in Week 13.
As The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.1/4) shined just as bright as it did last year on ABC and The Voice (1.9/7) topped the Big 4 for NBC… Read
Endemol Shine Germany Chief Exits; Parrot Analytics Bolsters Board; BBC/ITV Set World Cup Matches – Global Briefs
Endemol Shine has set leadership changes atop its German and Northern Europe divisions as Marcus Wolter, CEO of Endemol Shine Germany and Chairman, Northern Europe, has chosen to step down at the end of January. The veteran will be succeeded by Boudewijn Beusmans as Chairman, Northern Europe, in addition to his ongoing role as Joint CEO of Endemol Shine Netherlands. In the case of Endemol Shine Germany, its CFO, Ute März; Head of Strategic Development, Gabi Abegg; and… Read
‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Rise As Seahawks Fly Over Eagles For The Win
In Las Vegas, the odds were on the Philadelphia Eagles to come out on top on last night's , but someone forgot to tell the Seattle Seahawks.
In a game preceded by several Seattle players sitting or kneeling during the national anthem, the Seahawks proceeded to clip the division-leading Eagles' wings with a 24-10 victory. Led by all-engines-firing QB Russell Wilson last night at home and the Eagles not challenging a certain questionable forward pass… Read
Cowboys’ Win Scores Thin ‘Thursday Night Football’ Viewership Season High For NBC & NFL – Update
UPDATED, 4:28 PM: The score of the sometimes painful-to-watch Dallas Cowboys 38-14 win over the Washington Redskins last night on Thursday Night Football was determined hours ago, but the real final figures finally are in.
With 15.6 million viewers on NBC and the NFL Network simulcast of the primetime matchup, TNF has hit its best viewership of the sometimes ratings-challenged 2017 NFL season.
Now, yes, 15.6 million does seem to be less than the 16.91 million who tuned in… Read
NBC Brings Rebecca Lowe Back To Olympics Team For PyeongChang 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Rebecca Lowe is returning to the Olympics for NBC next year in South Korea. Heading into her third Olympics for the Comcast-owned network and her second Winter Games, the host of NBC Sports Network’s Premier League soccer coverage will be handling daytime coverage of the PyeongChang competition from the International Broadcast Center.
“It's going to be a complicated situation with the time difference but we're going to get some really good athletes coming on,”… Read