Online Video’s Shifting Sands and Economics

By Matt Smith, vice president and principal media evangelist at Brightcove The business of broadcast and video publishing continues to undergo massive change, bearing little resemblance to their business only five short years ago. Industry heavyweights like ESPN and HBO face challenges: ESPN with licensing costs and subscriber losses eating into the overall bottom line, […]

Univision Shifts Gears

Consumer research led to a strategic refocus at Univision that includes more talent competitions, bio-series, reality shows and crime dramas alongside telenovelas. The result? Univision out-delivered one or more of the English-language broadcast networks on every  night among Adults 18-34 and on three out of every four nights among Adults 18-49 during the February 2017 Sweeps period.  Lourdes Diaz, […]

eSports: The Halo Effect

eSports is exploding, as Millennial-heavy communities engage in global tournaments that can offer paydays in the seven figures. With the Halo Universe deep in the game and exploring new frontiers, Cynopsis eSports chief Chris Purcell – and mastermind behind the April 12 Cynopsis World eSports Summit – asked Frank O’Connor, Halo Franchise Creative Director at 343 Industries, […]

A Reality Show Where the Danger Is Real

Law-abiding citizens agree to live in prison, without the knowledge of inmates or staff, in A&E‘s groundbreaking (and Cynopsis TV Award-winning) docu-series 60 Days In, which launched season 3, 60 Days In: Atlanta,  on March 2. How does the show find volunteers for such dangerous duty – and how do they keep them safe?  Lucky 8 TV Co-President […]

At Justice Network, Doing Good Is Good for Business

By Steve Schiffman, Chief Executive Officer of Justice Network For-profit or for-purpose? While the answer to this question typically defines the strategic direction of an organization, the brief history of Justice Network (our crime and investigations broadcast diginet operating in 60+ million homes), proves that doing both is good for business. In early 2014, […]

HITN-TV Trains its Sights on the Future

Educational channel HITN-TV inhabits an important space in the Spanish-language television universe, says new Content Director Erika Vogt – and the network is about to take off. Cynopsis: After decades of being in the media market as an independent US Spanish language programming network, which do you consider are the main challenges in today’s cable TV industry?  Erika Vogt: We live in an […]

Strivers: A Demo That Defies Definition

El Rey Network is targeting a surging audience they call “Strivers.” Daniel Tibbets, network President and GM, explains who Strivers are – and why they’re so important.  Cynopsis: What are Strivers? Daniel Tibbets: When I joined El Rey in May of 2016, Robert Rodriguez and I discovered that we shared a common vision for the network. We […]

Swimming Against a Slow Tide: Perspectives on the Future of Television

By Bryan Noguchi, SVP, Media Director, R2C Group A recent survey of media sales executives, fielded by R2C Group, gauged how the industry views the evolution of TV and the transformative trends and technologies that are in play today. The respondents ranged from television sales professionals to those representing digital and print properties. In addition to […]

Ratings Master Class: A Snapshot

The Cynopsis Ratings Master Class on January 25 featured experts offering a variety of perspectives on a hot topic: where the industry is now when it comes to measurement, and where it needs to go. You really had to be there – but if you couldn’t attend, here are some notable quotes:  “Within the linear […]