ESPN is going all out to bring more women and younger viewers to the network, its leader Jimmy Pitaro told Bloomberg Television, describing how the network will complement its new streaming service, ESPN+. Parent company Disney has bought a stake in DraftKings, an online betting service, but Pitaro said the network will only provide information.
CNN wants to see if its viewers consider the news a laughing matter, airing an adaptation of comedian Colin Quinn's "Red, White & Blue" Off-Broadway show Monday night to test potentially expanding the network's format. A previous foray into comedy, "United Shades of America," is in its fourth season on CNN, and the network experimented with another comedian-hosted show in 2008-2009.
Comcast's favorite turtle family, the Slowskys, has returned in a series of new spots that promote the cable company's Xfinity app and and its high-speed broadband service. The latest ads feature the millennial Bill Jr. trying to introduce the app to his parents, skeptics when it comes to anything fast.
Actors and media executives are warning that they will decline or cancel projects in Georgia in order to protest the state's recent passage of a law that prohibits abortions after the detection of fetal heartbeats. The Georgia Department of Economic Development reports that the film and television industry brought $9.5 billion to the state last year, with direct spending making up $2.7 billion of that amount.
The National Association of Broadcasters' Radio Board of Directors will gain five new designated representatives as of its June board meeting, Randy Gravley, the board's chairman, has announced. Entercom leader David Field, Bill McElveen of Alpha and Amador Bustos, Bustos Media's president, will return to the board for two-year terms, while Perry Broadcasting's Kevin Perry and Mary Berner, chief executive of Cumulus, will start their first sessions.
A report from Moody's finds that cyberattacks on higher education institutions are escalating, but the financial risk of those breaches remains relatively low. Universities with medical centers are most appealing to hackers, as are institutions doing defense research, which puts them at risk of cyberespionage, the report says.
Executives said Lionsgate will continue to put money behind Starz for the long term, even as they declined to comment on reports that the studio has talked to CBS about selling it. "We have a plan," said Jon Feltheimer, the company's chief executive, adding that Starz will retain the rights to later-window Disney content and seek to expand aggressively overseas.
A Hub Research survey found that 36% of respondents wouldn't add another over-the-top video service until they dropped one. Hub also says that 24% of users complain they pay for too many services, compared to 14% from the same period in 2018.
Charter Communications, Cable Labs and Cox Communications are among the companies that have recently formed the Immersive Digital Experiences Alliance. IDEA is working on creating open-source standards that could take advantage of emerging 10-gigabit networks to develop next-generation immersive media such as holographic video.
AT&T came out on top in Vertical Systems Group's inaugural leaderboard for the managed software-defined WAN market with Verizon, Windstream and CenturyLink also ranking in the top five for 2018. VSG said telcoms with heavy backgrounds in MPLS, Ethernet and IP technologies are likely to led the sector in the transition to SDN.
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