By Annette Chrysostomou ‘Profile’, a film directed by genre specialist Timur Bekmambetov currently playing at the Berlin Film Festival has partly been filmed and co-produced in Cyprus.The thriller, in which a reckless British journalist goes undercover as a radicalised Muslim convert, was mainly filmed in the UK but for three days the action was centred in Cyprus.“We had three-month preproduction meetings through Skype,” production supervisor Monica Nicolaidou of the Cyprus unit said. “During the shooting there was crew of 40 in Cyprus, and the filming took place in Nicosia, Ayios Sozomenos and Shia.”Supervisors Nicolaidou and George Pantzis took care of the equipment, location, props and catering for the three-day shooting.The premiere of the film at the prestigious Berlin festival was on February 17.Director and producer Bekmambetov, known for films such as Russian horror fantasy Night Watch and the lavish 2016 remake of Ben Hur, has in recent years experimented with films which unfold on digital interfaces, and ‘Profile’ is sustaining a narrative using only FaceTime, Skype, Facebook, video downloads and various other web pages and social media platforms.The film is based on French journalist Anna Erelle’s memoir, In the Skin of the Jihadist. The director makes her into an English journalist who, like women in real life in recent years, falls for recruitment by Isis, something that often starts on social media before the women actually leave Europe.Struggling to make a living, London freelance Amy Whittaker, played by Valene Kane, convinces Vick (Christine Adams), an editor at a TV station, to let her work on a story about a vulnerable woman who is being lured to join Isis in Syria.For this, she chooses a new name, Melody Nelson, creates a Facebook profile and pretends to be recently converted to Islam.According to a hollywoodreporter.com review she is then connected with Bilel, a Kalashnikov-wielding Londoner from a Pakistani family, who burned his British passport upon arrival in Syria and never looked back. Eventually she falls in love with him, leaving the safety of the online relationship and going as far as Amsterdam to meet with him.This is one of very few international films which have been even partially produced in Cyprus. Local involvement in such films has been thin on the ground due to a lack of incentives, something a new law is expected to change.The cabinet last September approved a scheme to attract overseas productions. Production companies that opt to film in Cyprus will be able to choose between cash rebate – partial refund of the amount invested on the film – or tax credit, and can also benefit from tax discounts on investments made on equipment and infrastructure, and VAT returns on expenditure in scope.The cash rebate may reach up to 35 per cent of expenditure made in Cyprus and is capped at €650,000 for each production. The scheme includes the production of films, TV series, documentaries and cartoons.By 2020, the audio-visual industry is expected to have a global turnover of more than €50bn, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades announced at the time. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Rep. Iden applauds $5 million for job programsKalamazoo Valley Community College was one of 18 community colleges in Michigan to receive a grant for added equipment and training for technical education, State Rep. Brandt Iden announced.The grants come as the Michigan Legislature and governor are placing a renewed focus on filling jobs in the skilled trades. Rep. Iden said he believes investing more in these programs will benefit both the local and state economies.“I recently had a chance to see the great work being done in the technical education programs at KVCC, and I’m convinced that expanding these programs will keep Michigan headed in the right direction,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Our economy is recovering, and filling open jobs in these fields will keep Michigan and Kalamazoo County moving forward.”The $4,753,682.13 grant was awarded as part of the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. KVCC will use the money to assist with the 3D Printing/Machine Tool, Welding, CNC, Information Technology, CAD/CAM and Water Treatment/Chemical Processing programs.Rep. Iden said he hopes to see more people take advantage of technical education opportunities in the state.“We’re headed in the right direction and we can’t let up now. Giving these programs additional tools will help them provide training for more people and keep our state on the path to a brighter future,” Rep. Iden said.### 26Feb KVCC boosting skilled trades training Categories: Iden News
Categories: Webber News 20Aug Aug. office hours announced by Rep. Michael Webber State Rep. Michael Webber has announced office hours to be held this August.Office hours will be on Friday, Aug. 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, located at 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills.“Office hours are one of the best tools I can use to accurately represent our district in Lansing,” said Rep. Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “There are many pressing issues facing us in the Legislature, and I look forward to hearing thoughts from all of those in our community.”No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Webber’s office by phone at 517-373-1773, or by email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov.###
Categories: Diana Farrington News,News 21Jun House approves Rep. Farrington bill to ensure processing of medical sexual assault exams The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation authored by state Rep. Diana Farrington to help assault victims by increasing the funding available for medical forensic examinations.“Sexual assault is a horrendous crime that has become a widespread issue in our communities,” said Farrington of Utica. “These victims should never be forced to foot the bill for their examinations, and the state must ensure that all examination kits are processed. A lack of funding should not be the reason a kit remains untested. There is compelling evidence that we need to do more to ensure these services are provided. I believe this will strengthen a fantastic program we have in Michigan to protect victims.”The bill also provides for a colposcopy or for high-resolution digital photography to document injury or evidence.Every 98 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault in the United States. Sexual assault affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and 3 percent of men are victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.House Bill 4505 now moves to the Senate for consideration.###
State Rep. Jeff Noble (left), state Rep. Michael Webber, state Rep. Julie Alexander and state Senator Phil Pavlov with an autonomous vehicleState Rep. Jeff Noble this week toured Mcity in Ann Arbor with the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Transportation Committee to discuss the future of autonomous vehicles on Michigan roads.Huei Peng and Carrie Morton of Mcity discussed research and outlined the vision of how autonomous vehicles will revolutionize transportation during Tuesday’s presentation.Laurel Champion, COO of the American Center for Mobility, discussed the focus on testing and connectivity of autonomous vehicles.“One of the key industries that have benefited the most from technological advances is the field of transportation,” said Rep. Noble, of Plymouth. “I look forward to seeing the new developments and research in the near future.”Mcity has created a public-private partnership to work on connected and automated mobility systems. There are more than 65 industry partners with $16 million invested in research and over 100 students involved in Mcity activities on the University of Michigan campus.The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future transportation development. The facility is located at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township in southeast Michigan.An automated vehicle uses a variety of sensors to collect data about the surrounding environment. Maps and GPS help guide the vehicle. Onboard computers analyze the data collected by the sensors, as well as the mapping data, to determine the best course.### Categories: Noble News 24Aug Rep. Noble: Self-driving cars will arrive sooner than you think
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 11, 2014; New York TimesA settlement of nearly $600,000 has been made by the City of New York to resolve a lawsuit filed by Occupy Wall Street protestors arrested as they walked down a sidewalk in the East Village on New Year’s Day in 2012.After clearing Zuccotti Park, police accompanied around 200 protesters as they were marched to the East Village, eventually stopping and surrounding them, then ordering them to disperse. When they did not, due to being blocked by police, they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, a charge later dropped by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. This video on Ustream shows the incident.Fourteen protestors will receive payments of $5,000-$220,000 each, and the rest goes to the lawyers. The city has already committed to pay more than $300,000 to resolve two other suits, one having to do with the destruction of books and one having to do with lost computer equipment.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNovember 27, 2014; Washington Post Sometimes, insights into the nonprofit and philanthropic world come from unlikely places. In this week’s Washington Post coverage of the quarterback turmoil—the benching of Robert Griffin III—in Washington’s NFL franchise, columnist Mike Wise raised questions about the silence of General Manager Bruce Allen.What does Bruce Allen’s silence about RGIII and his replacement, journeyman Colt McCoy, have to do with nonprofits? Wise highlighted three roles in Allen’s tenure as GM under team owner Dan Snyder, noting that in his role as “tradition czar,” Allen “spent countless hours defending Dan Snyder’s brand at keep-the-name rallies.”That was probably de rigueur for a Snyder GM, but Wise added something that we hadn’t seen before: According to Wise, Allen “has been so bold as to walk up to Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians, at a fundraiser and simply ask, ‘So what do we need to do to make this right?’”It seems clear that the NCAI didn’t accept Allen’s offer to negotiate, but the presumption is kind of stunning. Just think: Snyder, through his lieutenant Bruce Allen, approached the nation’s major civil rights organization for Native Americans and thought they could find some sort of price or accommodation that would allow Snyder’s team to retain a disparaging racial epithet as the team name. Obviously, Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation hadn’t done the trick, as most people saw the new “foundation” as a pretty ham-handed effort to use philanthropy to buy support among Native American tribes. Maybe it would have been a direct contribution to NCAI’s coffers?Perhaps Allen was inspired by Donald Sterling’s contributions to the NAACP in Los Angeles, which was apparently more than willing to laud Sterling’s support of causes in the black community and ignore his racial track record as a real estate owner and developer and as a racially biased owner of an NBA team.It is striking that an entity such as the Washington NFL team, or perhaps simply its general manager, believed that a racial group would be willing to sell its outrage over a racially disparaging team name (plus disparaging team mascots and paraphernalia) for any amount of money. On the other hand, for some corporate entities, that’s the way business is done: Use philanthropy, use charitable giving, make a deal, and buy off critics of corporate policy.To Wise, implicitly, the failure of Allen’s pitch to NCAI is just one more instance of Allen’s ineffectualness as team general manager. To us, it is different: an example of how some people think they can simply buy off adversaries no matter the issue, even when it comes to the retention of a name perceived by most Native Americans as racially insulting.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share48TweetShare1Email49 Sharesdots / ConnieOctober 3, 2016; City LimitsAmanda Reddy and David Jacobs take a look at the intersections of race, health and justice in an article entitled “Building Justice: Genetic Code, ZIP Code and Housing Code All Affect Health and Equality” for the magazine City Limits. In support of their thesis about the linkages between African American health disparities and geographic (“zip codes”) and housing (“housing codes”) conditions, the authors cite numerous studies. Asthma and lead poisoning are featured among the health conditions caused by poor housing. Lack of access to quality healthcare and healthy foods are intervening variables that undermine health outcomes. The authors go on to cite the reductions in health problems shown in the studies of the Move to Opportunity programs as evidence that housing and neighborhood account for the health disadvantages.Ironically, the authors miss a key factor: Discrimination itself matters. A wealth of studies have made the connection between discrimination and health, and the newest ones show the stress of racial isolation underlies chronic disease where there are dramatic health disparities between African Americans and whites.A recent study from Manchester University links racial discrimination and poor mental health. “For the first time, research reveals how harmful repeated racial discrimination can be on mental and physical health. The study looked at the accumulation of experiences of racial attacks over time including being shouted at, being physically attacked, avoiding a place, or feeling unsafe because of one’s ethnicity.”A 2010 study by researchers at the University of Michigan found “Older people who live in racially segregated neighborhoods with high crime rates have a much higher chance of developing cancer than do older people with similar health histories and income levels who live in safer, less segregated neighborhoods, according to new research.”Sarah Goodkind’s study of black lives digs into the lived experiences of African American girls in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.This week, a study of New York City residents identified “shocks” that result from frequent encounters in the lives of low-income people as being associated with persistent poverty and poor health outcomes. “Poverty Tracker collects data on five types of shocks: financial, relationship dissolution, crime victimization or loss of property, medical events, or encounters with law enforcement (police stops or arrests). There appears to be a strong correlation between frequency of shocks and persistence of hardships.”In the face of mounting evidence that discrimination and racial isolation are themselves sources of racial health disparities, it seems a little naive to believe that simply repairing substandard housing or facilitating moves to more prosperous neighborhoods will cure the damage done by the “shocks” of living through racial discrimination and economic insufficiency. While addressing housing and segregation may reduce the frequency or severity of “shocks,” as is suggested in the book Coming of Age in the Other America, that reduction may not guarantee social mobility.Merely addressing housing conditions like removing lead hazards and asthma triggers, or reducing housing insecurity by expanding rent subsidies, or promoting household mobility to opportunity-rich neighborhoods may not be sufficient to modify racial health disparities. Ending discrimination, in both its forms of outright bigotry and implicit bias, may be another necessary intervention.Kudos to City Limits for tackling this complex subject in a multi-part series on inequality. “Building Justice,” supported in part by Enterprise Community Partners, marks the magazine’s 40th anniversary with an ambitious undertaking worthy of consideration. City Limits is a nonprofit journal that features stories about cutting edge community development issues. The City Limits website describes their organizational genealogy in a way that seems reminiscent of many nonprofit startups.In early February 1976, a newsletter was printed on yellow paper, stapled and sent out to housing advocates around New York. The name across the top was “City Limits.” Over the subsequent four decades, City Limits would grow to become the city’s leading source for policy news and investigative reporting on issues facing low-income communities. The design, the staff and our medium changed. Our commitment to reporting on the New York that most media don’t cover did not.Survival with style is worthy of acclaim.—Spencer WellsShare48TweetShare1Email49 Shares
Share14Tweet24Share29Email67 Shares“Pullman Historic District mural” by Sheila ScarboroughOctober 6, 2017; Chicago TribuneThere’s no doubt that most nonprofits could better use evaluation to their advantage, and by that we mean it could be used to develop successful programs more quickly. Proving success to the outside world is important, but not as important perhaps as disciplining your organization to ask the right next questions. In this story, an employment nonprofit has used its data to make one point in a very complicated practice.Job growth in the Chicago Metropolitan Area has been slower than other US urban centers since the Great Recession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the area’s job growth over the last twelve months was only 0.5 percent, the slowest rate of increase among the 12 largest urban centers. Particularly challenged are Chicago’s South Side and West Side communities, where more than one in two residents lack stable employment. Finding a job in this environment is not easy, particularly for those who do not have a history of employment and a strong network to lean on. One young nonprofit, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (“Skills”), is having significant success with its model, which has had a chance to prove itself through a well-designed evaluation.Rather than concentrating on the job seeker and the support they need to enter the job market, Skills describes its approach as “demand-driven,” focusing on finding job-seekers who bring the skills and talents employers need.In taking this demand-driven or “employer-driven” approach, Skills joins a minority but growing trend among nonprofits. The idea is simple yet profound: Too often, workforce development programs have trained people for jobs that don’t exist. A 2014 US Department of Labor paper notes in its listing of findings that, “Employer and industry engagement strategies may improve the alignment of training to employer needs.” The 2014 Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act, which guides the actions of the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA), was centered on shifting federal support to support employer-driven programs.In a recent profile, the Chicago Tribune described how Skills is structured: “Public employment agencies match people to jobs, but Skills starts by working with businesses to determine their hiring needs and then recruits job seekers with the right backgrounds to fill those jobs.” Skills then provides support for the new worker as the worker adjusts to the demands of a new job and employer, further improving the chances of long-term job success.Data gathered in a recent evaluation sponsored by the Joyce Foundation and conducted by the New Growth Group showed that “Seventy-eight percent of the people placed through Skills were employed after a year, verses 65 percent for the comparison group. After two years, 73 percent of those placed through Skills remained employed, compared with 62 percent of those in the control group.”New Growth’s Chris Spence told the Tribune, “Based on the strong outcomes, all signs would point to the fact that they are helping connect people to good opportunities…. The fact that Skills is able to identify candidates from among the lowest-earning pool and connect them to jobs is a testament to the effectiveness of their matching strategy.”Marie Trzupek Lynch, founding president and CEO at Skills, sees these positive results and the organization’s ability to bring almost 4,500 men and women into the ranks of the employed as an endorsement of their strategy and an impetus to expand to other communities. “The real takeaway is that the model works and we can do much more…Many places around the country are struggling with unemployment and we want to make sure we can help.”Because this approach pre-matches job to worker, it does have limitations. The New Growth Group’s evaluation cautions that the Skills “model is designed to fill job orders received from businesses with the most qualified candidates available. There is no obligation to serve every job-seeker registered in the system [and] may be effective in identifying individuals more likely to achieve success.” Left out are those who are hardest to serve and struggle the most to maintain employment. “Whereas other public service providers may have mandates to provide universal service to job seekers, Skills differentiates itself by first and foremost working to meet the demands of businesses.”And this is where, for us, the next questions lie.—Martin LevineShare14Tweet24Share29Email67 Shares
French media regulator the CSA has outlined a number of recommendations about references to social networks during TV and radio programmes.According to the CSA, it is permissible for programmes to reference social networks by name when the latter provide sources of information or testimony and when the reference is timely and discreet and does not have a promotional character.The CSA reiterated that inserting the name of a social network in the title of a programme and the display of the branding of a social network fell foul of its ban on clandestine advertising.
Broadcast management software provider SintecMedia has acquired cable industry business solutions specialist Argo Systems.The deal brings together Israel-based SintecMedia’s OnAir broadcast management solution for media companies and its line of related products with Argo Systems’ management solutions designed for pay TV channels and multichannel video distributors. This is SintecMedia’s second acquisition in the North American market, complementing its recent purchase of StorerTV.“SintecMedia’s acquisition of Argo Systems will further augment our local activities in the North American cable television and MSO markets,” said SintecMedia CEO Amotz Yarden. “Its team and suite of products have gained the respect of every television executive in the industry. Argo Systems will increase SintecMedia’s footprint and capabilities, boost our US presence in terms of local support including software engineers, technicians as well as other professionals and delivery resources that will enable us to supply a greater array of broadcast and digital media solutions.”
Vivendi has confirmed that it has been approached by Numericable majority owner Patrick Drahi’s investment vehicle Altice “regarding a potential alliance” between its telecom subsidiary SFR and cable operator Numericable, in which Drahi holds a controlling interest.However, Vivendi said it “has not received any formal offer” and that its supervisory board “will announce a decision, if necessary, as and when appropriate”.The clarification comes after French financial daily Les Echos reported that the media and telecoms group had struck an agreement in principle to sell a majority stake in SFR to Numericable and would likely pull its plan to float the operator on the stock exchange.According to the paper, Vivendi’s supervisory council has give a green light to SFR CEO Jean-Yves Charlier to begin detailed negotiations with Numericable based on this agreement.According to Les Echos, Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou and Drahi met last week, kicking off the latest round of talks. Under the deal under discussion, Altice would hold a 50% stake in a new combined entity, with Vivendi holding 32%.The paper said the deal is likely to value SFR at about €15 billion. This includes about €8 billion in debt, about four times gross operating profit. Potential synergies from a deal are estimated at around €6 billion, in particular thanks to the possibility of SFR using Numericable’s network rather than leasing capacity from Orange, as it currently does. In addition the pair could pool their resources in investing in fibre, as well as making savings in maintenance and interconnection costs.The latest news follows Altice and Numericable’s successful separate introductions on the stock exchange, giving Drahi additional financial leverage in negotiations.
Accedo will use this year’s ANGA COM to highlight its updated TV Everywhere solution.According to Accedo, it is delivering a comprehensive solution to enable media companies and pay TV operators to launch multiscreen applications and is available on any device, including mobile phones, tablets, game consoles and smart TVs.Accedo will also demonstrate its TV App Store, including its Accedo Application Sphere application management platform as well as a range of TV apps, features to enable application monetization and a number of other new features. Accedo will be exhibiting in Hall 10.1, Stand S38 at ANGA COM.
Edgeware will integrate Mirada’s UIVideo technology provider Edgeware has teamed up with Spanish technology company Mirada to provide a joint multiscreen platform aimed at pay TV operators.The joint platform is already being used by four operators in Brazil, Mexico and Spain, according to the pair.Edgeware has integrated its Video Consolidation Platform with Mirada’s Iris multi-platform user interface product.Iris provides two UI options, Origin and Inspire, and supporting back-office system the Iris Service Delivery Platform.“At Mirada, we build our products around the best possible user experience for viewers,” said Jose Luis Vazquez, group CEO at Mirada. “This is precisely why we partnered with Edgeware. With the VCP, we enable our customers to deliver the multiscreen services their customers demand at the quality they expect, enabling them to maintain a competitive edge in today’s rapidly changing market.”“Our joint customer wins in Latin America and Spain are only the first of many opportunities with Mirada,” said Joachim Roos, CEO at Edgeware. “The combined strengths of Mirada’s consumer-centric UIs and back-office products and our highly flexible and scalable delivery architecture, create a solution that directly addresses the needs of TV and video operators around the globe.”
Showtime, the new standalone streaming service from the US broadcaster, has now gone live in the US.The service, which is priced at US$10.99 per-month, gives users on-demand access to Showtime original series, movies and live broadcasts of the east and west coast feeds of the Showtime TV network.Showtime is available via Apple TV, iOS devices, Roku streaming players, the PlayStation Vue cloud TV service and Hulu Plus.Hulu is offering the service for US$8.99 per month in addition to a US$7.99 per month Hulu subscription and said that the Showtime offering “complements Hulu’s rapidly expanding library of exclusive content.”Commenting on the Showtime launch last month, Leslie Moonves, the CEO of the firm’s parent company CBS Corporation, said: “Going over-the-top means Showtime will be much more accessible to tens of millions of potential new subscribers.”
Turner has led a US$45 million (€40 million) funding round in female-focused lifestyle site, Refinery29, with additional participation coming from Scripps Networks Interactive.The investment will see Refinery29 “supercharge” its growing video production business across a range of new formats and channels.Turner and Refinery29 will also work together to create and develop content for Turner networks that will appeal to Refinery29’s core audience of millennial women.“In order to achieve success in today’s quickly evolving digital environment, we believe in partnering with brands that have distinct voices and loyal, engaged audiences,” said Turner president, David Levy.“Refinery29 certainly fits the bill, bringing with it a highly coveted following of millennial-minded women, strong capabilities in digital products, event marketing and content creation, as well as an attractive advertiser base.”Refinery29’s co-founders and co-CEOs, Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano, said: “We are excited to collaborate with the Turner team to expand Refinery29 into new territories, expand and develop our leading voice in video content for women, as well as integrate into some of Turner’s most exciting franchises and platforms.”As part of the deal, Christina Miller, Turner’s president and general manager of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, will take a seat on Refinery29’s board of directors.The funding caps a strong year of growth for Refinery29, which claims to have seen a 19 times increase in video views since launching its R29 Originals in April 2015.The company announced international expansion plans in September 2015 and has since opened international offices in Germany and the UK. Overall Refinery29 claims to have a following of more than 27 million unique visitors to its website and a reach of over 225 million users across all other platforms.
Netherlands-based mobile-focused TV platform Mobile2Morrow has added a bouquet of Turkish pay TV channels to its line-up.The 26 Turkish channels available on the M2M TV platform include news, sports, documentaries, music, films and series-oriented channels.The line-up includes TRT Cocuk, TV8 Int, TRT 1 Avrupa, ATV Avrupa, TGRT, Sky360 and A Spor. The bouquet is available alongside the M2M TV basic subscription for €9.99 per month.The platform has launched an introductory offering whereby subscribers can try M2M TV Basic and the Turkish package the first month for €4. The normal price of the M2M TV basic service is €5.99, with the first month available free of charge.The M2M TV service is available via the web and as an app for iOS and Android devices as well as via Apple TV, Amazon Fire sticks and its own-branded Android TV boxes, which the company says support 4K content.Other channels on the basic tier include DW, France 24, GoTo Luxe.TV, HVN 2, RT and Current Time. Additional channels can be purchased on an à la carte basis for €0.15 each.M2M TV launched in the spring of last year, with a strategy of aggregating channels aimed at migrant audiences globally and a target of reaching between 250,000 and 300,000 subscribers by the end of last year.
TV accounts for 24% of daily media consumption but 35% of global advertising spend, according to marketing intelligence service WARC’s first Global Ad Trends Report.The study claims that across 12 key global markets – which between them account for roughly two-thirds of the value of global ad trade – TV drew 34.9% of global ad spend last year, some US$141.8 billion.This is down from a peak of 40.5% in 2010, but is just a 0.9 point dip over the decade, with budget allocation to TV remaining consistent in recent years.By analysing more than 600 case studies, WARC found that successful high-budget campaigns of US$10 million or more allocate 66% of their media spend to TV, and said that Financial services and alcoholic drinks brands are “most TV-led”.Low budget campaigns of up to US$500,000, on the other hand, allocate on average just 8% of ad spend to TV and the vast majority to digital, while mid budget campaigns of US$500,000-US$10 million spend anything between 25% and 60% on TV ads.Data from WARC’s Media Inflation Forecast – a survey of global media agencies – said that the cost-per-thousand (CPM) for a 30-second TV spot is expected to rise by an average 5% on a global basis next year.WARC expects TV CPM in the US to rise with the global average, and in developing markets like India and China to rise “well ahead of the global average”.Rounding up the ‘importance of TV’, WARC said it accounts for 24% of daily media consumption, 35% of global ad spend, 47% of global display ad spend, 66% of successful high-budget campaigns and 88% of global video spend.“The advertising industry increasingly relies on factual and evidenced data to make business decisions on a daily basis,” said James McDonald, data editor, WARC.“With the launch of our monthly Global Ad Trends Report, which is included as part of our newly enhanced data platform, we will provide the latest independent, objective and unbiased information drawn from actual figures rather than modelled or estimated data.”The 12 key markets identified in the WARC report are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.Separately, a new report by Videology – a software provider for converged TV and video advertising – found that US spend on linear TV campaigns using advanced data grew 60% for the first three quarters of 2017. This was based on campaigns done via the Videology platform.
Jeff Wachtel is relocating from LA to London to become the replacement for Michael Edelstein at NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS).Jeff WachtelCurrently NBCU Cable Entertainment’s chief content officer, Wachtel will begin his new role as president of NBCUIS in January before moving to London in the summer of 2018.He will be in charge of all aspects of television development, production, formats, and strategic content partnerships internationally.This comes after current incumbent Edelstein announced he would leave the Comcast-owned production business at the end of his contract.Wachtel will report into NBCU chairman of global distribution and international Kevin MacLellan, who last night hosted journalists and staff at an event at NBCU’s London base.NBCUIS houses operations such as JoAnn Alfano’s NBCU International Productions, which scored a straight-to-series deal with Amazon to turn feature film Hanna into a TV drama back in April.Also in the stable are Downton Abbey prodco Carnival Films, Made in Chelsea firm Monkey Kingdom, Australia’s Matchbox Pictures, NBCU International Formats, plus a stake in Canada’s Lark Productions and joint ventures with Tom Hardy prodco Hardy Son & Baker and David Heyman’s Heyday TV.Wachtel currently reports to NBCU Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios chairman Bonnie Hammer, and oversees production for channels such as USA Network, Syfy, Bravo and E!.His is also currently president of Mr. Robot and The Sinner producer Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.He was previously co-president of Mr. Robot channel USA, having originally joined 2001 as executive VP of series and longform programming.“The ability to produce for a local and a global audience is key to the future success of any major production company,” said MacLellan. “Jeff is one of the few creative executives in the business who has proven time and again that he can deliver shows that work on both planes.“Working with him closely over the years, my team and I have always found him to be incredibly collaborative and sensitive to what works best for our international audiences.”There was no word on who will replace Wachtel at NBCU Cable Entertainment.
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