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Syndicators Exit Upfront Smelling Like a Rosie

Emmy-winning talk show sets tone for the market’s rich pricing To the rich go the spoils. “A-list” syndicated series, such as King World’s Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and The Oprah Winfrey Show, own the best time-period real estate, allowing them to dominate each upfront ad sales market. Yet syndicators often look to other market leaders to set pricing in the market. At the recently concluded syndication upfront, it was The Rosie O’Donnell Show that joined the

Who Needs the Kids?

The balance sheets show, with one exception, that the networks’ parent companies aren’t relying on the upfront Like Tiger Woods aiming for a field of brilliant green, Westinghouse Electric Corp. is about to make the most important approach shot of its life. For years the company was among the shyest of the nation’s serious media companies, slowly amassing a portfolio of radio, television and cable properties to go with its gas-powered turbines and refrigerated cars, yet
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