Nielsen’s Gracenote is launching a new Video ID Distribution System enabling easier distribution of movies, TV shows, and short-form videos to global OTT services, smart device manufacturers and cable and satellite TV providers. Studios and networks will be able to register their content with Gracenote‘s Video Database and obtain connected Gracenote IDs to enable better search and discovery in program guides, interfaces and OTT catalogs. They can also submit their own descriptive metadata, tags and imagery which Gracenote will editorially review and prepare for broad distribution. “With the growing popularity of new original programs and short-form video, our global customers face new challenges connecting users to all the content they have to offer,“ said Simon Adams, Gracenote’s Chief Product Officer. “The new Gracenote ID Distribution system will help creators and owners secure the broadest possible distribution of their programming while providing leading VOD and OTT services a means to easily identify and access relevant metadata for next-generation search and discovery experiences.”
Walt Disney and Microsoft are teaming for a five-year partnership to create, produce and distribute content using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. “The cloud has reached a tipping point for the media industry, and it’s not surprising that The Walt Disney Studios, which has its heritage based on a passion for innovation and technology, is at the forefront of this transformation,” said Microsoft president Kate Johnson. “The combination of Azure’s hyperscale capacity, global distribution, and industry-leading storage and networking capabilities with Disney’s strong history of industry leadership unlocks new opportunity in the media and entertainment space and will power new ways to drive content and creativity at scale.”
Amazon’s Audible, facing a lawsuit from publishers claiming its captioning service infringes on their rights, filed papers last week with a U.S. District Court judge arguing that Audible Captions is not only “not a book of any kind,” it is permitted under fair use since its purpose is educational. The service helps listeners look up unfamiliar words, access reference materials, and “may break through troubling and persistent barriers to access that are reflected in declining reading rates,” said the company. Moreover, “The law is clear,” writes Audible. “Plaintiffs waived their right to sue for copyright infringement as a result of licensed conduct.” A hearing is expected to be held on September 25.
MultiDyne Fiber Optics Solutions has acquired Census Digital, a specialist in signal processing, distribution, conversion and monitoring gear. “MultiDyne and Census Digital are known worldwide as problem-solvers in their areas of specialty: fiber transport and signal monitoring,” said Frank Jachetta, CEO, MultiDyne. “There is no question that the two areas are complementary for broadcasters and content producers working across a variety of live production environments, and Census Digital’s audio innovations add substantial power to our value proposition.” MultiDyne will keep Census Digital’s Toronto HQ.
Video technology provider Kaltura is pledging to increase female leadership at the company to 50% by 2024, up from 32% today, as part of its new initiative to drive gender equality throughout the tech landscape. Kaltura will work to increase the number of female employees at all levels of the company, and to ensure that it is on track to reach these goals by 2024 will routinely monitor progress via bi-yearly check-ins for gender equality both in compensation and representation.
IBM launched its new mainframe, called Z15. The new platform was designed with server consolidation, privacy and hybrid cloud applications in mind, and utilized design thinking, with an eye towards customer input. Data Privacy Passports give any data created on the Z15 encryption and protections as it moves to the public cloud or a third party.
Eutelsat Americas announced at the IBC Show that it has been selected by Orby TV for capacity on the EUTELSAT 117 West A satellite. The multi-year, multi-transponder agreement follows Orby TV’s recent launch of its new satellite service across the lower 48 continental United States. Orby TV has two base programming packages priced at $40 (Essentials) or $50 (Extras) per month for up to four rooms, with optional premium network programming packages and DVR service available. Local channels and unlimited use of the Orby TV interactive program guide is provided at no additional charge, even if the subscriber decides to turn off the monthly paid Orby TV service. “With Orby TV prices starting at just $40 per month and the flexibility of the prepaid model to turn the service on/off, while always enjoying free local programming and use of the interactive guide, Orby TV is filling a void in the US marketplace,” said Michael Thornton, CEO of Orby TV.
Data solutions company Lotame announced the launch of Lotame PDX, a private, curated marketplace of high-quality second-party data sellers, as well as niche third-party data providers from around the world. The standard asks data providers to offer “nutrition labels” for their data, informing segment quality, recency, provenance, criteria and beyond. “Our post-GDPR world has eroded trust and heightened standards – making the process of vetting partners and understanding data provenance an almost herculean task,” said Andy Monfried, founder and CEO, Lotame. “Lotame knows that quality and reliability are paramount when choosing a data partner, which is why we have created a venue for highly regarded providers and authenticated sellers.”
OpenVault, a provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators, has partnered with TVC Communications to drive increased availability of OpenVault product offerings within the Latin American and Caribbean markets. “The near-term ability of Grupo TVCable to improve user experiences and satisfaction has significantly increased interest in OpenVault solutions,” said George Kassas, founder and CEO of Bireme Systems and an advisor to OpenVault. “TVC’s tradition of excellence in the region will help us augment OpenVault’s market reach and identify new opportunities in a vibrantly growing region.” The agreement follows the announcement earlier this year of OpenVault’s first CALA customer, Grupo TVCable, the largest cable system operator in Ecuador.
Roku is expanding its TV licensing program to Europe. Manufacturers can now license Roku TV reference designs and use Roku OS to build smart TVs for sale in European markets. The news was announced during the IFA trade show in Berlin.
A number of US Senators joined forces to ask Google CEO Sundar Pichai to expand Content ID, YouTube’s copyright infringement technology, to more members of the creative community. The Senators asked that YouTube send representatives to participate in a roundtable to answer their questions. “Google has demonstrated an interest in protecting original content on YouTube. However, by limiting the use of Contend ID to more popular users, Google hinders copyright holders with smaller catalogues from reaping the benefits of its actions,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). “Talented creators, including Nashville’s song-writing community, are disproportionately at risk of infringement.”
A new sharing option will allow Spotify usersto recommend tracks and podcasts directly to their friends and followers on Snapchat. The feature lets users either add albums, tracks or podcasts to a story, or share them directly. Users who see a shared song in a story, or receive a listening recommendation from a Snapchat friend, will get to see the full album art. To listen, they can swipe up and tap on the context card. It automatically opens the Spotify app, if it’s installed on their phones.
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Disney CEO Bob Iger resigned from Apple’s board of directors on September 10, according to an SEC filing. While no reason was given for Iger’s exit, the fact that Disney and Apple are both just months away from starting streaming services could be a factor. Iger joined Apple’s board in November of 2011.
Apple released a launch date for its forthcoming streaming service.Apple TV+will make its debut on November 1 at an introductory price of $4.99 per month and will be available in over 100 countries. The service will roll out its first original series at launch, then add more each month, shared CEO Tim Cook during the company’s product event at its Cupertino headquarters.
News of the surprisingly low price for Apple’s upcoming streaming servicesent shares of Netflix, Disney and Roku lower. “The pricing of Apple’s streaming TV service at $4.99 per month is a ‘show stopper’ and a major shot across the bow at the likes of Netflix and Disney among others,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives told clients in a research note on Wednesday. “In our opinion with an installed base of 900 million active iPhones worldwide we believe Cook & Co. have an opportunity to gain 100 million consumers on the streaming front in the next 3-4 years.”
At its press event Tuesday, Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 Pro, the 11 Pro Max and the less pricey iPhone 11, replacing the iPhone IX, IX Max and XR. Apple CEO Tim Cook called the Pro models “the most powerful and most advanced iPhones we have ever built, with a stunning design.” The iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, with three cameras as the back of the device, will start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, comparable to what Apple charged for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone 11, with a dual-camera system, will start at $699 – less than the $749 charged for last year’s XR.
Tremor Video is bringing its video advertisingplatform to webOS smart TVs from LG Electronics. The ad units will run in a visible position the LG smart TV’s home screen, aiming to drive viewers to an app or drive tune-in campaigns for specific shows and movies.
Comcast Spotlight has launched TV Ad Planner, a new industry offering that allows advertisers to purchase TV in a similar manner to buying digital media. It also opens up TV advertising to a new set of local advertisers and small businesses. In addition to being able to buy their own TV ad campaign, small business owners can create a TV spot for as little as $295 in less than 72 hours. “TV Ad Planner provides a seamless, independent experience, allowing all customers, regardless of size, to use one of the most influential and powerful mediums to grow their businesses,” said Hank Oster, SVP and COO at Comcast Spotlight. TV Ad Planner is now live in 57 markets and will be rolling out to additional markets later this year.
Imagine Communications, provider of ad tech solutionsfor broadcasters, content owners, MVPDs and vMVPDs, announced that core OTT monetization functionality from its Targeted Delivery portfolio is now available as OTT Monetization Service, powered by Amazon Web Services. The cloud-based, cross-platform managed service features functionality and simplified browser-based management, without requiring local equipment and hosting. Imagine is collaborating with global streaming TV platform provider MOBITV to incorporate content monetization capabilities into live connected TV and OTT video services, to eventually include VOD and cloud DVR.“Video delivery business models have been turned upside down and distributors need every edge they can get to continue offering robust, profitable services,” said David Heppe, Commercial General Manager for Imagine Communications. “Our OTT Monetization Service removes many of the heavy lifts that come with installing, operationalizing and updating next-gen ad tech.”
RIGHTS & CLEARANCES COORD, CONTENT CREATION, TEMP A+E Stamford Ensure all materials used in our internally-produced content are properly cleared and licensed. Review rights bibles, perform detailed contract analysis on license agreements & perform risk analysis. BA w/JD pref’d. Min 3 yrs exp analyzing third party licenses (music, stills). Prior exp in a TV, cable, law firm or film studio a plus. Apply HERE Full info HERE
NATIONAL MEDIA ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >> Ramsey Solutions: Proactively prospecting, qualifying, closing and growing a national account list of NEW business. 3+ yrs of sales exp. Proven track record of successfully closing NEW business while growing and renewing existing client base. Full info HERE (9/28)
RESEARCH ANALYST, KIDS >> Insight Strategy Group/NYC: Contribute ideas & be an active voice in team brainstorming. 0-3 yrs exp mkt rsrch, or in a brand/mrktg consulting role that involves hands-on primary rsrch; exp in quantitative rsrch pref’d. Kids/family rsrch exp a strong requirement. Full info HERE(9/28)
MANAGER, PARTNER RELATIONS >> Simulmedia/NYC: Manage & develop inventory partnerships with TV and digital media partners, provide internal guidance & analysis on inventory sources and media spend. TV media buying/planning exp, 3+ yrs. Strong relationship building, negotiating & planning skills.Full info/apply HERE(9/28)
RIGHTS & CLEARANCES COORD, CONTENT CREATION, TEMP >> A+E/Stamford: Ensure all materials used in our internally-produced content are properly cleared and licensed. Review rights bibles, perform detailed contract analysis on license agreements & perform risk analysis. BA w/JD pref’d. Min 3 yrs exp analyzing third party licenses (music, stills). Prior exp in a TV, cable, law firm or film studio a plus. Apply HERE Full info HERE (9/27)
ANALYST (FREELANCE) >> MTV/VH1/CMT/NYC: Deep knowledge & real passion for media, ent & consumer insight. Assist in monitoring the health of key series for 3 channels; keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the video content landscape. 1-2yrs rsrch exp; qualitative and quantitative research techniques—e.g., focus groups, surveys, etc. Full info HERE(9/27)
MANAGER, AD SALES MARKETING >> Discovery/LA: Collaborative team player to dvlp/execute cross-pltfrm mrktng progs across network portfolio. Lead internal planning/brainstorming in response to RFPs, activate/manage sponsorship prgrms & work effectively w/ stakeholders. 5+ yrs int mrktng exp. Full info HERE (9/27)
RESEARCH ANALYST >> Insight Strategy Group/NYC: Be an idea contributor and an active voice in team brainstorming. 0-3yrs of exp in market rsrch, or in a brand/mktg consulting role that involves hands-on primary rsrch. Kids/family research exp pref’d. Full INFO HERE (9/27)
MANAGER, RESEARCH >> FX Networks/LA: Manager, Research is responsible for tracking/analyzing the performance of all programs on linear and SVOD with an emphasis on Scripted Programs and landscape of TV. MUST be fluent in Excel and NPower. Multitrak and VBA exp a plus. Must have 3-5 years of relevant experience. Full info HERE (9/27)
ASSOC DIRECTOR, SOCIAL & DIGITAL STRATEGY >> GLOW/NYC: Develop campaign direction, voice & tone, strategy, & creative for high-profile media/entrtnmt clients. 5-8 years social media & digital, pitch and new biz dev experience. Full info HERE(9/27) AD SALES PLANNER >> Ovation/NYC: Seeking organized/motivated candidate to join linear sales team as a leave replacement. Responsible for developing proposals, allocating inventory and stewarding existing business. Strong communication skills, proficiency in MS Excel & 2 yrs linear cable exp desired. Position available 12/2019 – 4/2020. Full info HERE(9/27)
NAT SALES ASSISTANT >> UP/NYC: Asst AEs, Sales Plners & Pricing/Inv. Edit PowerPt presentations & excel spreadsheets. Work w/ agency buyers. Maintain order entry, inv moves & prod allocations. Effective verbal skills. Strong attn to details. Prior internship exp at TV ntwk pref’d. Full info HERE (10/24)
LINE PRODUCERS >>
NY-Based ProdCo seeks strong, multi-faceted Line Producer(s) for 2+ upcoming projects. well versed in both studio and field productions, be calm under pressure, have the ability to multi-task and manage a multi-facetted budget a must. Work closely with the project creatives & talent in ensure the quality programs on-time and on-budget. Full infoHERE (9/23)
DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT >> 9 Story Media Group/NYC: provide administrative support to the NY development team as they oversee several projects in development. Manage calendars for two busy VPs of Dvlpmnt. 1-2 years of prior assistant work, children’s content exp. a + Full info HERE (9/20)
ACCOUNT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE >> Crown Media Family Networks/Chicago:Maintains & grows business on assigned agency list; key liaison for Ad Sales team. Min 2 yrs. exp sales planning or buying. BA/BS req; strong MS Office Skills; prior exp. Full info HERE (9/19)
SALES ASSISTANT, DIRECT RESPONSE >> Crown Media Family Networks/NY: This position is responsible for providing sales support to the Direct Response sales team for Crown Media Family Networks: Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. Full info HERE(9/19)
SR MGR, PUBLIC RELATIONS >> TV One/Silver Spring MD: Strategize/ implement publicity plans to generate positive consumer & industry press coverage of the network’s prgrmng, leading to awareness & viewership. Min 5-6 yrs related exp & thorough understanding of social & traditional PR. PR exp w/ a prod co, studio, network or ent PR agency pref’d. Full info HERE (9/18)
DIRECTOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS >> ACTV8me/NY: Mobile Media/Ad Tech firm – Dir Strat Partner, 6+ yrs media sales, client svce exp. 75% tri-state travel, BusDev, client mgmt. TV, Radio, Agency, venue, retail & mobile com exp. Full info HERE(9/18)
SALES PLANNER >> RIDE TV/Chicago: Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI) Full info HERE (9/18)
SALES PLANNER >> RIDE TV/NY: Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI) Full infoHERE (9/18)
SALES PLANNER >> RIDE TV/LA: Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI) Full infoHERE (9/18)
SALES ASSISTANT >> RIDE TV/LA:Establish strong business relationships and act as a liaison with ad agency counterparts and internal departments including DR, Traffic, Marketing and Accounting. Strong organizational skills; great verbal/written communication skills and ability to work in a deadline driven environment. Full info HERE (9/18)
SALES ASSISTANT >> RIDE TV/NY: Establish strong business relationships and act as a liaison with ad agency counterparts and internal departments including DR, Traffic, Marketing and Accounting. Strong organizational skills; great verbal/written communication skills and ability to work in a deadline driven environment. Full infoHERE(9/18)
BOOKING PRODUCER, MEET THE PRESS DAILY >> MSNBC/DC:Book and produce high-profile national and international news makers, experts and guest in politics, foreign relations and business/economy. 5+ yrs exp in live TV (i.e. morning shows, cable shows, broadcast TV), 2 years in political journalism. Full info HERE(9/18)
MANAGER, PUBLICITY, CNBC PRIMETIME >> CNBC/Englewood Cliffs NJ: Responsible for publicizing/promoting CNBC’s primetime programming & talent as well as implementing and executing PR campaigns and strategies. 4+ yrs of exp in PR/Communications. TV/Media exp pref’d. Full info HERE(9/18)
DIR, BRAND STRATEGY, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER >>
NBCUniversal/NYC: Looking for world-class brand strategist responsible for supporting the overarching DTC communications strategy. Must be big picture thinker with 8 yrs brand planning/marketing strategy exp (TV/DTC) from ent industry, adv agency or consumer products co. Full info HERE (9/17)
AUDIO TECHNICIAN >>
Newsmax TV/NYC:Operate/execute complete audio mixing/creation for several live & taped broadcasts, in the context of originally produced programs & public service announcements of audiences. 2+yrs successful exp in executing graphic and character generation in TV news, creative services, etc. Full info HERE (9/17)
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR >>
Newsmax TV/NYC:Directs, co-develops & delivers locally produced programs and public service announcements for national and international audiences. 3+ yrs of successful exp in directing Live TV news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media prod & media presentation exp. Full info HERE(9/17)
VIDEO EDITOR >>
Newsmax TV/NYC:Produce and deliver completed projects using Adobe Creative Suite. Collaborate with production team, producers, and talent to create and deliver broadcast ready elements and assets. 5+yrs professional editing exp. Full info HERE (9/17)
VIDEO GRAPHICS EDITOR >>
Newsmax TV/NYC: Create graphics template for on-air Guests. Create animation graphics template for telephone guests. 2+ more years of successful exp in the field or in a related area required. Full info HERE&nnbsp;(9/17)
SR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS >>
Newsmax TV/NYC: Manage, oversee and/or execute multiple communications and program publicity campaigns. A strong understanding of television publicity, key press outlets/journalists and experience in launching and sustaining press coverage on TV series is essential. Full info HERE (9/17)