Streaming service BritBox from BBC Worldwide and ITV announced an ambitious 2018 programming slate featuring its first original drama series, Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. It’s produced by Omnifilm Entertainment in association with BritBox and World Productions, the original producers of The Bletchley Circle and the U.S. debut of Rowan Atkinson’s first lead role in a drama, Maigret. Additionally, BritBox unveiled a broad mix of new and returning critically-acclaimed and star-studded series, several of which will be presented in the platform’s “Now” vertical, which brings U.K. shows to the U.S. within hours following their U.K. premieres.
In anticipation of next week’s exclusive season two premiere of JORDSKOTT, AMC Networks’ Shudder made all season 1 episodes of the critically-acclaimed thriller available to stream for starting yesterday. Season 2 of JORDSKOTT will premiere on Shudder with all eight episodes at once on January 18. Only on Shudder will viewers in the U.S. and Canada be able to binge all of season 1 without a login through Wednesday, January 17.
Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track the shows they’re watching. TV Time uses this data to determine the Most Binged shows of the week. Below, check out the Binge Report for January 1-7.
Canvs, the emotion measurement company, analyzed tweets about TV and streaming programming from January 3-9 using Twitter data from Nielsen. Check out their findings below.
The Julius Influencer Ranking, from influencer marketing platform Julius, is based on an influencer’s Average Engagement (the daily sum of engagements over the past 60 days) on an individual social platform or overall social presence. Below, check out the Top 10 kid-focused influencers from November to December 2017.
Here’s a snapshot of Group Nine Media based on Nielsen Digital Content Ratings Monthly (Tagged Data, P13+, U.S., October 2017).
Group Nine, one of the largest digital media companies and parent of NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and Thrillist, formed less than a year ago and is already a powerful player in the world of social video. Group Nine attracts audiences from devoted animal lovers to lifestyle enthusiasts to avid news and information junkies. Group Nine has a highly engaged audience, boasting almost 1 billion minutes of content consumed across its four brands. Group Nine’s content performs incredibly well among young adults—reaching 81% of Americans in their 20’s. The company’s network of channels is a powerful means to connect young consumers with advertising partners.
With all the ongoing refinements to header bidding for desktop digital ad buys, in-app ads have sort of been left behind. Mobile ad network InMobi wants to change that, so it’s acquired mobile video monetization platform AerServe for a reported $90 million. InMobi says the pairing will give publishers more control over ad bid pricing than the widespread waterfall system.
Roughly half (55%) of all U.S. consumers report that they understand the issue of Net Neutrality, regardless of whether they are following the neutrality debate closely, according to global research firm GfK. Among those who say they do understand Net Neutrality, 72% favor it, which is 8 points higher than the figure (64%) among those who feel they do not understand the issue. From a political perspective, eight in 10 (82%) Democrats who understand it favor it, as well as 70% of Independents and those in other parties. A majority (56%) of Republican understanders also express support for maintaining Net Neutrality.
How much cellular data do people with unlimited plans use compared with those who have data caps? According to The NPD Group, unlimited plans result in 67% higher data usage. This, in turn, means those people relay far less on WiFi. According to NPD, the average smartphone user consumes a total of 31.4 GB of data (both WiFi and cellular) a month, up 25% from a year ago (which averaged 25.2 GB per user).
Pele Cortizo-Burgess has been recruited to fill the new position of U.S. Chief Strategy Officer for media agency Initiative. He most recently was Global Chief Creative Officer and President, Strategy & Communications Planning, for GroupM’s MEC.
Digital Media company RAZE appointed Mari Urdaneta to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer. Urdaneta has been RAZE’s content partner through her production house Dhana Media.
Our Last Trivia Question: Who won the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film about figure skater Tonya Harding that airs tonight on ABC? Answer: Allison Janney. Kudos to Stephen Kelley-9 Story Distribution International Ltd./Ire, Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel/CA, Sonie Guseh-Comcast NBCUniversal/NY, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Lorrie Shilling/CA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, Stephanie Ann-Inside Lacrosse/MD, Jocelyn De Gracia-Warner Bros. Entertainment/CA, Aaron Paquette-Screen Engine/ASI/TX.