Six-month-old Revolt’s Upfront bash was like no other. “That Millennial s*** is whack,” music net founder Sean Combs told the packed house at NYC’s Marquee Tuesday Night. “No one likes to be called that. I’m coming up with a new name.” Combs did come up with a new name for the Upfront: Omni-front, to describe [...]
Food Network and Cooking Channel served up 35 new series and over 30 returning shows during the Scripps Upfront breakfast at Alice Tully Hall in NYC. “Food Network will be launching new shows we believe fans are hungry for while Cooking Channel offers an exciting complement of flavors and cuisines,” said Brooke Johnson, president Food [...]
Pivot unveiled a millennial-loving slate of original series and 11 projects in development during yesterday’s Upfront at The Lamb’s Club in NY. Pivot President Evan Shapiro noted that the network’s “second slate demonstrates our significant investment in, and commitment to, groundbreaking content for the thought-leading segment of Generation Y we call ‘Upstanders.’ We believe that [...]
They sure know how to make an entrance. For Reelz’s first-ever, Oktoberfest-themed Upfront event at NYC’s Hudson Hotel, the net’s Polka Kings cast presented its programming slate – via polka song. And the band played on as guests danced And drank beer. And mingled with the casts of Beverly Hills Pawn, Hollywood Hillbillies, The Capones [...]
ASPiRE held its Upfront presentations on its Upfront Tour Bus, the net’s mobile venue for client meetings, and unveiled a roster showcasing its commitment to bringing positive African-American images to viewers. “Our advertisers and partners know that ASPiRE connects them to viewers looking for relevant and relatable images of positive Black culture on TV,” said [...]
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf announced that FXN plans to double its original output, from 11 to more than 20 over the next year. Six FX Networks pilots include dramas Hoke and The Bastard Executioner; and comedies How and Why, Man Seeking Woman, SexDrugs&Rock&Roll and the untitled Zach Galifianakis project. The programming slate for FX [...]
At Skylight Modern in NYC, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker took to the stage to announce new CNN documentaries and original series meant to keep viewers tuned in to the news net even when there are no big stories breaking. Starting this summer, the 9p hour once reserved for talk will be given over to [...]
UP unveiled an original programming slate that includes 30 new premiere movies and four series. “UP is an expert on its growing audience of family-friendly viewers who are seeking a destination for uplifting, entertaining programming,” said Lisa Fischer EVP, ad sales. “We produce more family-friendly movies than any other television network. During this upfront season, [...]
Bravo Media unveiled a diverse slate at its Upfront Tuesday morning at the Andaz Hotel, as well as bragging rights as the number one ranked net for educated, affluent viewers for P18-49 in primetime, and the fifth most social cable net in 2013. “Our strategy of creating a total multi-platform lifestyle experience for our Affluencers [...]
Discovery Communications had a packed schedule for its Upfront presentation at NYC’s Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on Thursday. And there was star power aplenty, with everyone from OWN’s Oprah Winfrey to Ron Howard, announcing digital studio New Form, to TLC’s Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson cheering from the sidelines (“Let’s get [...]
Advertisers, the press and CMT execs gathered at the Times Center yesterday to hear about CMT’s new programming, which features a healthy slate of documentaries, series, and music, music, music. Owned by Viacom (in fact, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman was in the audience), CMT is enjoying four consecutive quarters of year over year ratings increases, [...]
Travel Channel is taking viewers away, with ten new series, one new special and a a series in development that span the globe. “We believe in travel’s inherent ability to connect us with different places and cultures,” said net president Shannon O’Neill. “Our mission is to provide our viewers with transformative programming that provides a [...]
At their energetic upfront event at NYC’s Pier 36, AMC announced a development slate bursting with scripted drama projects, its first-ever scripted comedy, talent deals with the likes of Chris Carter (The X Files), Amy Lippman (Masters of Sex), Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End) and John Leguizamo (Ice Age), and several [...]
It was a festive evening at the E! Upfront press party at the Dream Hotel penthouse in New York city. As guests nibbled on veggie tacos and drank Veuve Cliquot Champagne, E! Entertainment President Suzanne Kolb presented the new slate. The show she was most excited About? “The Royals,” she told Cynopsis. ”It’s scripted, which really expands [...]
IFC’s 2015 slate includes docu-parody American Documentary (wt), and scripted comedy American Storage (wt). The net is collaborating with CollegeHumor on satire Comedy Music Awards, and has in development Westside, a comedy exec produced by Joel McHale (Community) and The Bank, about a dysfunctional family running a sperm bank.
The soaring, stately Refectory Room at NYC’s High Line Hotel, once an Episcopal seminary (chandeliers, stained glass windows), was the site for Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD’s lively upfront presentations, where net luminaries like Jason Silva (Brain Games) and Dr. Jan Pol (Dr. Pol) nibbled on chicken and risotto alongside guests as the nets [...]
GSN had plenty to announce at Tuesday’s upfront, held on a chilly but bright day on the 35th floor of NYC’s Sony Center. First up was GSN president and CEO David Goldhill, who touted the net as “a terrific value to affiliates, with a passionate and engaged audience.” 2013 was GSN’s most-watched ever, reported Goldhill, [...]
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM DISNEY MEDIA DISNEY MEDIA The Leader in Reaching Kids and Families! Disney Channel: #1 cable network among K2-11 and Total Viewers. Disney Junior Channel: #1 24-hour preschool network among K2-5 and Women. Disney XD: More growth among Kids than any other Cable Network in last five years. Radio Disney: Over 20.7 [...]
Nickelodeon Upfront: What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time Nick was still smarting from a ratings pummeling. This year, thanks to 13 months of year over year growth, the net is prancing into the new season with a slate that includes 100-plus hours of new preschool programming, a fresh approach to [...]
An elegant lunch at NYC’s Gramercy Park Hotel was the setting for Crown Media’s upfront presentation on Thursday, where EVP of ad sales and digital media Ed Georger said he anticipates a 20 percent increase in advertiser commitments at the upfront, explaining, “Advertisers are putting a higher value on original content and a higher value [...]
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