Can a network really achieve “TV Everywhere” status if its affiliates aren’t dipping their toes in the digital waters? Maybe not, and that’s why Disney-ABC Television Group is launching Clearinghouse, a new initiative designed to heft its affiliates onto the digital bandwagon. Announced at NAB by Disney-ABC honcho Ben Sherwood, Clearinghouse will offer station partners “turnkey opportunities,” allowing them to opt in to digital distribution agreements pre-negotiated by ABC. ABC is trying to nudge its affiliates toward the live-streaming of linear feeds and, eventually, on-demand streaming of current series. Sherwood says 14 ABC affiliates in Hearst’s TV station group will lead the initiative’s pilot program, hopping on board a technological and administrative template that ABC negotiated with DirecTV for the Watch ABC app. Sherwood says that ABC has also created a template agreement with PlayStation Vue.
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 […]
December will bring a new season of the National Lacrosse League, the largest men’s professional indoor lacrosse league in North America, with the league announcing the Twitter Game of the Week schedule for the second year in a row, featuring a free live broadcast of a key matchup as well as playoff and Champion’s Cup […]