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U.S. Ad Spending To Grow 6% In 2018, But TV Upfront Faltering On “Less Robust” NFL Sales – Analyst

Overall U.S. advertising spending will grow 6% in 2018, but areas of decline outnumber areas of growth, according to a report issued today by Morgan Stanley. The forecast includes a slight revised total growth number, up to 6.1% from 5.9%. Morgan Stanley’s team, headed by analyst Benjamin Swinburne, notes cyclical lift this year from forces like mid-term elections, the Winter Olympics and the World Cup. Its report also says that Facebook and Google are driving 95% of… Read

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Edward R. Murrow Awards: CBS News Wins Overall Excellence For Second Straight Year

CBS News picked up its second consecutive Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence today, and ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muri for Best Newscast. Other network winners include CNN for its website and coverage of Hurricane Maria and the solar eclipse, Netflix for its Russian sports-doping documentary Icarus and NBC News for its Breaking News Coverage of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport. Awards also were announced today for small- and large-market TV and… Read

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Kevin Hart & Lionsgate’s Laugh Out Loud Network Sets Summer Slate: ‘Lyft Legend’, ‘Cold As Balls’, New Series & More

Kevin Hart and Lionsgate’s digital network Laugh Out Loud has unveiled its summer slate, featuring four new original series and sophomore seasons of three others. The rookie shows star the likes of Rahat Hossian, Sarah Davenport, Skye Townsend and Carlie Craig. Read details of all seven series below, and check out a teaser trailer for Lyft Legend Season 2 above. The June-to-September months will see the returns of prank series Kevin Hart: Lyft Legend, which launches… Read

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Facebook Increases Its VidCon Presence As The Online Video Conference Draws Broad Participation From Social Media Platforms

Facebook is increasing its presence this year at VidCon as the annual convention in Anaheim has emerged as the epicenter of the digital video scene. For the first time, two of the social media giant’s executives, Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and Facebook Vice President Fidji Simo, will participate in a fireside chat, talking about the future of video with Ami Dunn McClure, 35, Nigerian mother of the McClure twins who’ve become social media phenomenons. VidCon’s Jim… Read

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Gareth Emery To Topline ‘We Are CVNT5’ Electronic Dance Music Mockumentary Series On Verizon’s go90

Verizon's go90 has ordered eight episodes of We Are CVNT5, a mockumentary series set in the world of electronic dance music, from DJ and record producer Gareth Emery, for premiere June 28. Created by Emery and his sister Roxanne, and written by Emery, Alex Madden, who also co-stars, and Geraint Jones (Princess), We Are CVNT5 is based heavily on Emery's experience at the center of the EDM boom in the U.S. It's described as a hilarious insider look at the secretive world of… Read

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Universal Music And Hip-Hop Player All Def Boost Film And TV Volume

Universal Music Group and All Def Media, a purveyor of hip-hop content backed by investors including Greycroft Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and WPP, have expanded their relationship to encompass long- and short-form video. Under an overall programming and marketing partnership, the two companies will also team for live events and social media. TV and film offerings will cater to UMG's roster of artists, recorded music and publishing catalog. ADM's music series include Ar… Read

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Digital News Brand ATTN: Reveals Details About New Facebook Watch Program, “Undivided ATTN”

ATTN Co-founder Jarrett Moreno provided fresh details about the millennial news organization’s new Facebook Watch news show Undivided ATTN ahead of its planned launch next month. The weekly news program will focus on a single issue, giving the audience greater context and background about a major news story or exploring a subject that’s timely. “In a week like this one, we could be talking about the history of our relationship with North Korea or how the trade wars could… Read

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UTA Promotes Brent Weinstein To Chief Innovation Officer

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UTA promoted its veteran digital agent, Brent Weinstein, to serve as the company's first chief innovation officer. Weinstein will continue to oversee UTA's digital talent, emerging platforms, events and experiences and ventures divisions. He also will manage UTA IQ, the newly established in-house data insights group, together with UTA co-president David Kramer. In his expanded role, Weinstein will work alongside UTA co-president Jay Sures to oversee the agency’s news and… Read

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‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’ Scores Freeform’s Best Series Launch In Two Years

Freeform’s young-superhero drama Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premiered with 1.64 million total viewers in Live+3, the cable net’s best series launch in two years. It also was Freeform’s most-watched drama telecast since the Pretty Little Liars finale nearly a year ago. It also had the biggest digital bow ever for the network with 716,000 starts. The premiere drew 7.3 million views across linear and digital platforms and was Thursday’s most-social scripted series with 112,000… Read

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Dancer-Vlogger Tessa Brooks Headlines Fullscreen Live’s 20-City ‘Girls Night In’ Tour

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Dancer and digital influencer Tessa Brooks is set as the solo headliner of Fullscreen Live's 20-city Girls Night In Tour, which gives fans an opportunity to watch live performances and meet their favorite online celebrities. Brooks has attracted millions of followers across social platforms, rising to prominence on the strength of her vlogs and viral dance videos on YouTube. She has worked with such major brands as Marc Jacobs Beauty, Coca Cola, Smashbox Cosmetics and… Read

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‘Preachers’ Producer Lemuel Plummer Joins With Social Media Celebrities King Bach, Amanda Cerny And DeStorm Power To Launch SVOD Service

Television producer Lemuel Plummer has joined with social media celebrities King Bach, Amanda Cerny and DeStorm Power to launch an subscription video on demand service that it bills as programming as created by millennials, for millennials. Zeus will launch July 13 with original scripted and unscripted series from a roster of digital influencers that include the service’s founders. Although shows have yet to be announced, it’ll feature lifestyle programming —  including… Read

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German VOD Revenues To Hit $2.9B By 2023, Report

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After taking a while to heat up, revenues in the German VOD market are now growing at a steady rate, according to a new report. The study, ‘Pay VOD inGermany – 2018-2023 Forecast’ by Berlin-based research and consultancy firm Goldmedia, found that at the end of 2017, 18% of all German households were subscribing to at least one paid-for Video-on-Demand service. The market appears to be on an “unabated growth trajectory” and the boom in the Pay VOD market (SVOD, TVOD, EST)… Read