Big news at Bleacher Report, as Turner Sports promoted Dorth Raphaely to GM of the platform, while Rory Brown gets elevated to Chief Content Officer. Meanwhile, Bleacher Report founder and GM Dave Finocchio and Sam Parnell, Chief Technology Officer, will assume new strategic advisory roles with the division beginning in 2015. Under Finnocchio’s guidance Bleacher Report has surpassed several key milestones over the last year, ranking as the second largest standalone sports website for the first time ever from April-August and notching a 40% annual increase in cross-platform monthly uniques, based on the latest comScore metrics. Meanwhile, in his new position as GM, Raphaely will add responsibility for business operations, product management and design, engineering and oversight of international expansion to his current leadership of the programming, analytics and quality control teams. Brown, based in New York, will oversee all forms of content for Bleacher Report under a unified content creation team, running both editorial and video content creation for the site and its Team Stream app. By the way, don’t miss Raphaely today as he keynotes the Cynopsis Sports Social Media Summit!
Della Reese, the breakout jazz/gospel singer whose TV credits include talk show Della and Touched By an Angel, died last night at age 86. “I know heaven has a brand new angel this day,” said Reese’s Touched By an Angel co-star, Roma Downey.
Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show […]
George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire a full stake Otter Media, its joint digital video venture with the Chernin Group, according to a new report from Digiday. Otter Media – whose properties include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Hello Sunshine, and Gunpowder & Sky – was first formed in 2014. Since its inception, it’s been a purely […]
Dana Walden, the co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s board of directors. Two other Fox execs already were already serving on the board: Peter Rice, the President of 21st Century Fox, and Brian Sullivan, the President and COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group. 21st Century Fox currently owns a […]