Report: Internet ad spending will top TV in 2017

Live from Advertising Week - Friday 09/29/17

2017 will be the year advertisers spend more on the Internet than on TV, projects PwC in its 5-year “Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020” report. But while Internet advertising ($75.3 billion) will overtake broadcast TV advertising for the first time in the U.S., “Broadcast TV advertising has responded fairly robustly to digital disruption and […]

Nick president exits

Nick president exits

The latest Viacom vamoose has Nickelodeon president of content development and production Russell Hicks checking out of the kids’ net after 18 years. Announcing Hicks’ decision to step down, Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom’s Kids and Family Group, said, “The current temporary structure for our teams will remain in place while we regroup and formulate […]

Pregnant Savannah Guthrie won’t be keeping Matt Lauer company in Rio

Pregnant Savannah Guthrie won't be keeping Matt Lauer company in Rio (Peter Kramer)

On Tuesday, Savannah Guthrie shared the news with her Today co-hosts (and America) that she’s pregnant with her second child, and therefore bowing out of covering the Summer Olympics. “You’re going to have to go to beach volleyball without me,” Guthrie told Matt Lauer. An outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been blamed for […]

Judge takes his time in Redstone case

Judge takes his time in Redstone case

At a hearing on Tuesday to determine if 93-year-old Sumner Redstone is mentally competent to make business decisions, a Massachusetts judge said a ruling would come later this month. “I grew up in a housing project where I was lucky to have a quarter in my pocket,” said Judge George Phelan. “I’m still trying to […]

Pierce Brosnan to star in AMC drama

Pierce Brosnan to star in AMC drama

Pierce Brosnan is set to headline upcoming AMC drama The Son. The series is a multi-generational epic tale of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Brosnan will play Eli, the head of the McCullough family. The role was originally awarded to Sam Neill, who opted to […]

Obama headed for The Tonight Show

Obama grants first-ever presidential Snapchat interview

President Barack Obama will make his first ever appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, June 9 at 11:35p. It’s not Fallon’s first appearance with the Commander in Chief, however – Fallon previously interviewed and slow jammed the news with President Obama in April 2012 during a special “Late Night with […]

ID debuts its first docu-series tonight

ID debuts its first serialized docu-series tonight

Investigation Discovery will premiere its first serialized docu-series, six-part The Vanishing Women, tonight (June 6) at 10p. Series focuses on Chillicothe, Ohio, the town where six young women have gone missing or been found dead in the past year and a half. The women, all in their 20s and 30s, are believed to have known […]

Idris Elba to test his limits in new series

Idris Elba to test his limits in new series

Golden Globe-winning actor/producer Idris Elba will use his body, mind and engineering know-how to race on land, water and in the air for new four-part Discovery series Idris Elba No Limits. Premiering Monday, July 4 at 7p the series is part of Discovery’s Motor Monday lineup. Each ep starts with Elba visiting a motor sport […]

TV Land picks up Melissa McCarthy/Ben Falcone comedy to series

TV Land picks up Melissa McCarthy/Ben Falcone comedy to series

TV Land gave a 12-episode series pick-up to Nobodies, executive produced, written by and starring Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Mike Tyson Mysteries) as three wannabes trying desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script they’ve developed. Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone will exec produce through their […]

Discovery to the rescue on Everest

Discovery to the rescue on Everest

Six-part Everest Rescue (wt) from betty will air on Discovery Networks International and Discovery Channel later this year. The series follows elite search and rescue units responding to emergencies on the world’s highest mountain, where an avalanche killed 22 people in 2015. It’s not Discovery’s first trip to the site – Everest Jump Live, planned […]

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