Amazon Orders ‘The Tick,’ ‘I Love Dick,’ Jean-Claude Van Damme Comedies to Full Series

Amazon Studios announced that it has greenlit three comedies — Jill Soloway’s “I Love Dick,” “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” and its reboot of “The Tick” — as original series set to debut in 2017. The half-hour series are “I Love Dick,” adapted by “Transparent” creator Soloway based on the feminist novel about a couple’s marital struggles… Read more »

‘I Love Dick’, ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ & ‘The Tick’ Picked Up To Series By Amazon

Amazon has officially greenlit all three pilots it streamed in a trial run in August. I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson and The Tick have been ordered to series for premiere exclusively on Prime Video in 2017 in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.
“These pilots were vast in scope, disruptive in tone, challenging in story and sometimes even funny,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Half-Hour Series, Amazon Studios. “It’s rewarding to see customers embrace them in such a…


‘Fences’ Teaser Trailer: Denzel Washington & Viola Davis Enter Oscar Race

If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was worried about a threepeat of #OscarsSoWhite, it can probably breathe a lot easier after seeing this just-released first trailer of Paramount’s FencesThe movie version of August Wilson’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play is directed by and stars Denzel Washington as Troy, a once-promising baseball player who now drives a trash truck and must deal with raising his family. The 1950s-set film touches on many things but…


‘Hamilton’ Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Ready for His Next Coup

Lin-Manuel Miranda is standing in the graveyard behind Trinity Church, just a few feet from where Alexander Hamilton is buried. On the 212th anniversary of Hamilton’s death, the playwright has come to this place, situated among the skyscrapers in Manhattan’s financial district, to commemorate the American founding father who inspired his Tony-winning, smash-hit, Broadway musical. Three… Read more »

Continuing Its Total Audience Rollout, Nielsen Will Launch Digital Content Ratings on Friday

Another piece of Nielsen’s total audience measurement rollout has fallen into place, as the company will launch its new digital content ratings metric this week. The ratings metric measures audiences across desktop and mobile devices for all content, including video, audio and text.

Digital content ratings, which is a core component of the company’s total audience measurement tool, will be available for all Nielsen clients beginning on Friday, the company announced this morning. The syndicated release provides a daily measure of audiences with the same apples-to-apples metrics used for linear ratings. 

The syndicated clients involved with digital content ratings include BuzzFeed, Vice, Mashable, PopSugar, Discovery, Freeform, Kik, AOL, A&E and Tastemade.

Last week, Nielsen solidified plans for its total audience measurement rollout, announcing that its total content ratings will be available to all Nielsen clients, including all networks, agencies, analysts and press, by March 1. But the digital content ratings will be available a full five months earlier than that.

The company’s digital content ratings differ from the total content ratings, which are video-focused and contain “de-duplicated” numbers, revealing the total unduplicated audience by removing multiple viewers by the same person on different platforms. “The core audience metrics, which are used as currency for settlement and ad planning, are part of total content ratings,” said David Wong, svp of product leadership for Nielsen.

So while clients could add the linear ratings and digital content ratings together to approximate a program’s total content rating, it won’t be accurate, said Wong.

The digital content ratings are similar to Nielsen’s digital ad ratings, which are not a syndicated product because they are campaign-specific and contain proprietary information about the brands involved. Nielsen said its digital content ratings will help digital and television publishers monetize video launches, live coverage and other moments, while agencies and advertisers can incorporate that data into their media plans.

For each brand that Nielsen measures for digital content ratings, it offers two sets of metrics. One is an overall view of time spent, reach and audiences that view all content (video, audio and text) on that particular brand overall, and the other is a deeper dive into video metrics, like amount of time spent and average audience. Publishers can decide whether to allow Nielsen to release information on individual videos, which “most of the longform folks” will do,” said Wong.

The early rollout “provides our clients time in the fall to get used to it, to start to use it publicly, and to have data which is fully consistent with the digital measurements in full content ratings over the next months,” which will help them get up to speed as total content ratings are rolled out early next year, said Wong.

Until now, the only clients with access to these metrics were the 50-plus participating TV and digital media brands that have been involved in the evaluation process of total audience measurement, as well as companies with digital-only content like BuzzFeed and Mashable.

“Delivering syndicated digital content ratings is a tremendous milestone, and provides publishers, agencies and advertisers powerful insights that help them understand the full value of their content across digital platforms,” said Megan Clarken, Nielsen’s president of product leadership, in a statement.

Nielsen’s digital content ratings announcement included statements from several of the syndicated clients. “Chat is at the core of the smartphone era, and we’re leading the way in showing brands what’s possible with this new medium,” said Josh Jacobs, president of Kik Services at Kik. “We’re looking forward to integrating Nielsen digital content ratings to demonstrate the value and impact of engaging teens through chat.”

Added Edwin Wong, vp, research and insights, BuzzFeed, “We’re very excited about the potential of Nielsen’s digital content and advertising ratings and the future of more robust third party measurement features that cover the breadth of BuzzFeed’s cross-platform content: from fans watching Tasty videos on Facebook mobile, to the latest BuzzFeed News investigation on Google’s AMP.”

Watch Mary J. Blige Sing About Police Brutality To Hillary Clinton In Apple Music Show Preview

Mary J Blige and Hillary ClintonApple Music gets a lot of enviable exclusives, but every once in a while, it also puts forward something where you have to wonder what everyone involved was thinking. Case in point: On The 411, an Apple Music special that’ll be up later this week, Mary J. Blige, the queen of hip-hop soul, sat down … More »