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“Today’s an exciting day,” CEO Robert Bakish said at Goldman Sachs’ annual Communacopia media and telecom conference on Tuesday. “It’s really the beginning of a new chapter for one of the most storied brands in Hollywood.”
Barron's reports Bakish said that ViacomCBS is planning a major marketing campaign to announce the rebranded Paramount+ service next year. It’s essentially CBS All Access with some additional original content. That includes live sports, news, and talk shows; new and library TV series; and Paramount movies. It’s one of three legs of ViacomCBS’ streaming strategy, along with subscription-service Showtime and ad-supported PlutoTV.
Paramount+ international will be a mix of Showtime and CBS All Access programming, plus movies from Paramount and TV shows from Viacom channels. Starting in early 2021, the service will be available in Australia, the Nordic countries, and parts of Latin America.
Bakish said that a priority for ViacomCBS is ensuring that its streaming services are distributed on all the major streaming platforms. Some streaming services owners—like AT&T’s HBO Max—have bristled against requirements from streaming platforms—like Amazon.com’s Fire TV.
ViacomCBS’s traditional TV and movie businesses are beginning to recover from their second-quarter lows, Bakish said on Tuesday. He expects the company to show revenue growth for 2020, implying at least $14.9 billion in sales in the second half of the year, versus $12.9 billion in the first half.
Growth in affiliate fee, retransmission, and streaming revenues will be large enough to make up for cable subscriber losses, Bakish said, noting that advertising revenues are also recovering from their trough in the second quarter, but many categories remain below their levels a year earlier. The return of sports programming is also helping.
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93.3 Austin will be programmed locally by Waterloo Media & Program Director Jay Michaels, who notes “This could be the most exciting job in the current radio climate. My goal is to program 93.3 using local and national tools like streaming, TikTok, and not just play the usual corporate Top 20 songs. It’s amazing to be back in Texas and do what I love with an incredible company and staff.”
Once or twice a year Adobe conducts a study that surveys more than 1,000 people on their habits around voice-based devices, with a focus on smart speakers. This year the company conducted the survey in July, asking 1,043 U.S. consumers ages 18 or older to share their habits to determine how things changed as a result of shelter-in-place orders.
With a similar study conducted last year, Adobe notes the year-over-year comparison.
Thirty-nine percent of those participating in Adobe’s smart-speaker survey in July 2020 report owning a smart speaker — up from 36% in February 2019 and 28% in January 2018.
Adobe did not segment the market in terms of the most popular brand, but eMarketer data from July 2020 suggests Amazon Echo owns 66.8% of the U.S. market share, followed by Google Home with 30.4% and other, at 17.6%.
Adobe’s findings suggest 58% of consumers find smart-speaker ads to be less intrusive than other major formats such as television, print, online and social — up from 43% in May 2019.
Even more interesting, 52% of consumers find the ads to be more engaging — up from 42% in May 2019. Advertisers must be doing a better job of targeting the correct message, because 57% said the ads are more relevant to their needs and interests.
This year, Adobe also asked about brand recall, a new question in the survey. Some 51% said they found it easier to recall the brand behind an ad on a smart speaker, compared with other major ad formats.
And 53% said a smart speaker ad drove them to make a purchase at a later time, up from 39% in May 2019.
When asked about the three-month period of April through July, 46% of consumers who own a smart speaker say they use voice assistants more often.
What do they do with the smart speaker?
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Over the course of the night, Biden took questions ranging from farming regulations, the military presence in Afghanistan, to how he would approach the coronavirus pandemic.— CNN (@CNN) September 18, 2020
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It debuts Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max.
In June, Carton was released from prison just 12 months into his three-and-a-half-year sentence for scamming investors in his ticket resale business out of a reported $5.6 million. As part of his sentence, Carton was ordered to pay the victims $4.8 million in restitution.
According to a recent bankruptcy filing, Carton claims assets of around $1 million and liabilities of $9.4 million which includes the restitution payments. Casino operators still seek more than $1.5 million in paybacks from Carton, who racked up gambling debts and illegally sought to use money from his investors to fund betting habits.
The filing acknowledges $4,300 in monthly income for Carton, which is received from Street Smart Video, the company producing an upcoming documentary about his life titled Wildcard: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth. The film which will be featured on HBO, was recently given a premiere date of Oct. 7.
Forrester reports one influential analyst, Jessica Reif Ehrlich from the Bank of America, describes the changes as a “significant shake-up” and says that a move by John Malone’s Liberty Media – and perhaps also involving Live Nation Entertainment and perhaps iHeart Radio, where Malone holds stakes – could be a possibility.
Another commentator suggested that the appointment of new executives into SiriusXM could be a sign of changes to come.
The bigger surprise is the instant departure of Frear “ to pursue other opportunities” after 17 years – and one analyst suggests that he might have expected the CEO position and perhaps is the victim of disagreement.
However, according to an opinion piece at Seeking Alpha, the most likely explanation for the sudden departure of David Frear could be that he had hoped to become CEO himself after Jim Meyer's retirement. He has been 17 years in his role, which makes an immediate departure highly unusual.
Clearly, there is also the possibility that majority-owner Liberty Media is pushing for some move which Frear believes to be too risky from a financial standpoint.
Yet we also have to consider that Frear has been perfectly fine with Liberty Media's decisions and strategy for many, many years. He was perfectly aware of Sirius XM being effectively controlled by John Malone's company and his alter ego Greg Maffei. Moreover, it is hard to argue that Liberty Media's direction has been bad for Sirius XM.
It wasn’t until late 2017 that anything changed, reports The Washington Post.
Media reporter Paul Farhi and Elahe Izadi write as the #MeToo movement galvanized workplaces across the country on the issue of harassment, Yore redoubled his efforts to address a situation he feared could turn into a scandal at Washington’s WAMU-FM — and uncovered a troubling track record of past behavior at the employee’s previous job, according to several people familiar with the sequence of events and emails detailing what occurred.
WAMU insiders spoke for The Washington Post story on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel decisions. A story first published late Wednesday by DCist also detailed American University’s role in overruling station managers in dealing with the harassment complaints.
A co-creator of the popular show “Marketplace,” Yore was a rising star within public radio in 2014 when he took over as general manager of WAMU, an NPR affiliate and home of the then-widely syndicated “Diane Rehm Show.” During his time there, revenue nearly doubled and the roster of regular donors shot up nearly 60 percent. The station also doubled its news and production staff at a time when other local news organizations were cutting back.
Di Caro, who had joined WAMU as a part-time reporter two years before Yore’s arrival, covered the local transportation beat. He also allegedly had problematic personal relationships: In late July, the news site DCist, owned by WAMU, documented complaints from more than 20 people who said he had subjected them to inappropriate and unwelcome comments during his five years at the station. When Di Caro resigned, he told colleagues he wanted to take a break from reporting; there was no public indication that his departure was related to harassment.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris received praise for sporting Timberland boots on Wednesday, but, reports FOX News the media wasn't nearly as kind to First Lady Melania Trump when displaying a similar look.
Upon her visit in her home state, Harris was seen wearing the iconic boots while surveying the devastation left behind by the California wildfires, sparking plenty of compliments on Twitter and glowing headlines from the media.
However, Women For Trump co-founder Amy Kremer pointed out that the media was rather hostile towards the first lady on multiple occasions when she wore Timberlands.
Kremer shared two headlines side-by-side from Yahoo News, one from Wednesday reading "Kamala Harris may have made Timberland boots cool again" and the other from December 2018 reading "Melania Trump gets mocked for wearing Timberland boots while visiting the troops."