Media Daily News

by Steve McClellan
The Interpublic Group reported a 2012 revenue total of $6.9 billion, down 0.8% with net income down 16% to $464 million. Of the holding companies reporting full-year results so far, IPG’s organic growth is lowest for both the full year and fourth quarter. …Read the whole story
by David Goetzl
The new data Nielsen will generate by classifying homes with Internet-connected TVs as TV homes will not influence the C3 ratings that bring the national TV currency, but it may not boost network revenue. A Wall Street analyst believes video on demand offers networks a far better opportunity. …Read the whole story
by Wayne Friedman
Crown Media Holdings’ Hallmark Channel struggled to improve ad revenue for its fourth quarter 2012, but first-quarter 2013 business — including new 2013 calendar-year upfront deals — have showed steady gains. Current 2013 scatter ad market for Hallmark Channel is showing big pricing gains — 24% higher — over the upfront. …Read the whole story
by Steve McClellan
Publicis Groupe’s Spark has won media planning and buying duties for drug marketer AbbVie after a review. According to Nielsen, ad spending on the drug brands that are now part of AbbVie totaled nearly $310 million in 2012. …Read the whole story
by Steve McClellan
MDC Partners’ 72andSunny, the ad agency that tweaked Apple iPhone devotees in a series of Samsung commercials over the last two years, has been tapped by Google for global ad duties for its Chrome browser. …Read the whole story
by Wayne Friedman
Charter Communications fourth-quarter revenues climbed, due to its video, Internet, commercial and advertising businesses. But like most cable operators, it lost customers; cable was down 4%. …Read the whole story
by Erik Sass
The Washington Post Co. saw revenues from its newspaper division fall 14% to $228 million in 2012. However, the company’s overall results were buoyed somewhat in the fourth quarter by political advertising at its cable and broadcast TV divisions. Cable TV revenue was up 4% to $787 million, while broadcast was up 25% to $400 million for 2012. …Read the whole story
by Wayne Friedman
Dish Network used some in-show branded entertainment to sneak into Fox Sports’ “Daytona 500” in the wake of ongoing legal activities between the two companies and after Dish said Fox rejected it from buying TV commercials in Fox programming. …Read the whole story
by Gavin O’Malley
NBCUniversal spent $195 million to buy back the remaining 50% of that was owned by Microsoft, according to Comcast’s latest 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. …Read the whole story


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