MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
The CW Network | November 03, 2022
The CW Network, LLC (“The CW” “The CW Network”) announced that television executive Brad Schwartz has been named President, CW Entertainment, responsible for programming strategy, creative and brand development, and day-to-day operations of The CW Network, America’s fifth national television network. Schwartz will begin his new duties on November 7, 2022, and report to Dennis Miller, President, The CW Network.Schwartz spearheaded the highly-successful award-winning re-brand of the TV Guide Network to Pop TV. As President of the network, Schwartz oversaw both creative and business operations and by instilling nimble, entrepreneurial and opportunistic programming and marketing strategies, the Pop TV team grew audience and revenue for six consecutive years.
Schwartz was responsible for landing Pop TV’s flagship original series, “Schitt’s Creek,” which received four Emmy nominations in 2019, making Pop TV only the second basic cable network in history with a Best Comedy Series Emmy nomination. In 2020, “Schitt’s Creek” won more Emmys than any comedy series in history and between “Schitt’s Creek” and “One Day at a Time,” Pop TV won the third-highest total of Emmys in the industry. In 2020, Pop TV was the fastest growing non-news network in all of television. Most recently, he consulted at The CW on long-term strategy and programming.
I have had the pleasure of working closely with Brad and I have seen his entrepreneurial approach to reinvigorating brands,” said Miller. “He knows how to develop and acquire hits with limited resources, nurture talent, and broaden the appeal of diverse media assets.
Schwartz brings 20 years of experience in media leadership and transformation, having overseen the launch or turnaround of seven different media brands. Prior to Pop TV, he was Senior Vice President of Programming and Operations at Fuse, where he oversaw an award-winning re-brand, delivered the highest ratings in the network’s history and discovered critically acclaimed talent and programming, including the Emmy-nominated “Billy On The Street” with Billy Eichner, Prentice Penny’s Image-Award winning The Hustle, GLAAD-winning Best Reality Series “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,” and developed the Emmy and Peabody-winning “Hip Hop Evolution” for Netflix.
I have respected and admired The CW for a long, long time and, quite frankly, I have always dreamed of working there, said Schwartz. I am thrilled to get back together with Dennis and build upon its great foundation. It is an exciting challenge, backed by a fantastic team at Nexstar, and we’re going to have a ton of fun.
Prior to Fuse, Schwartz served as General Manager of a portfolio of eight music and pop culture networks in Canada, including MTV Canada and MuchMusic, where his team produced the Gemini-winning MTV Live, the North American-wide hit “The Hills After Show” (hosted by a young Dan Levy), the highest rated non-sports cable program on television “The MuchMusic Video Awards,” Emmy-nominated and Peabody-winning “Degrassi,” and produced Martin Gero’s first TV show “The L.A. Complex” (which was licensed to The CW). Schwartz also launched and led VEVO in Canada.
Schwartz has been recognized among Broadcasting & Cable’s “Next Wave of Leaders,” The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Generation,” CableFax’s “Top 100 Power Players,” and Marketing Magazine’s “Thought Leaders.” He was named one of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” executives and is a member of the CableFax Hall of Fame.
Schwartz is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and began his career working for Lorne Michaels at “Saturday Night Live.”
About The CW Network
The CW Network, LLC is America’s fifth major broadcast network, offering 14 hours of primetime programming, Monday through Sunday. The CW is 75%-owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtv.com.
Epoxy.ai | October 12, 2022
Epoxy.ai -- the new innovative leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven sports technology --announced the commercial launch of the gaming market’s first sports media and betting specific insights platform, Audience Cloud™.Epoxy’s Audience Cloud™ is a sports gaming and media analysis solution utilizing purpose-built AI to provide an ongoing view of sports fan behavior. Audience Cloud™ provides gaming operators and sports media entities with critical data to help them understand how their users are engaging with their products over time – as consumers change with seasonality and their fandom evolves.
“The whole idea is to provide our customers with the ability to look holistically at sports fan behavior and use that understanding to better and more efficiently support acquisition, retention and retargeting,”
-Chris Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of Epoxy.ai.
To do this, you need to look at a broad base of users across a wide variety of variables and that is exactly what our Audience Cloud™ does. By merging key traits across related behaviors of fans such as sports viewing patterns and history, betting behavior and level of fandom, we can then better predict future behavior and also use this data to find “look alike” fans who would have a high propensity to react to specific forms of fan engagement.
Audience cloud continuously ingests various sources of user telemetry, such as betting, viewership history and many other contextual cues. This flow of user actions and context generates a dynamic set of discrete clusters that changes along with the evolving patterns as subject to seasonality and client presentation. Through use of MAIDs, IP addresses and other IDs, Epoxy.ai uses its integrations with data marketplaces and repositories to find those users and glean a wide variety of common attributes shared by each profile.
Recently, Epoxy.ai began the beta commercial launch of its technology within the betPARX sports betting experience (https://epoxy.ai/news/).
Founded in 2021, Epoxy.ai is a sports technology innovation company. Rooted from OneTwoSee – the team that helped create the second screen and sports fan engagement industries with its interactive sports platform – Epoxy.ai is taking fan engagement to the next level. Epoxy.ai’s platform enables the development of new forms of Acquisition, Engagement and Retention across the global sports media and gaming ecosystem. Its mission is to provide B2B solutions that simplify the user experience to increase fan and consumer engagement, providing unique opportunities for differentiation and are adaptable to meet the specific needs of its customers’ businesses.
CJ 4DPLEX | September 21, 2022
CJ 4DPLEX, the world's leading producer of premium film formats and cinema technologies, and Cinemark, one of the world's largest and most influential movie theatre companies, announced they have signed an agreement to bring the expanded immersive ScreenX technology to select Cinemark locations in the U.S. Together, they will convert auditoriums in six Cinemark theatres in Texas and California by the end of the year, with plans for a potential expansion.ScreenX is the world's first multi-projection cinema with an immersive 270-degree field of view. ScreenX expands specially selected sequences of a film onto the left and right-side walls of the auditorium, surrounding audiences with extended imagery that naturally fills their peripheral vision and immerses them into the narrative of the film. ScreenX works closely with filmmakers and studios to ensure the highest quality presentation of the film in select key scenes with exclusive story-enhancing imagery produced by CJ 4DPLEX's VFX studio in Korea.
The deal comes at an exciting time for the immersive format, as it is rapidly growing its footprint in the U.S. and abroad. Recent ScreenX films include Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder, Warner Bros.' Elvis, Sony's Bullet Train and Paramount's summer blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick.
"Cinemark is a world-class exhibitor with high performing locations all across the U.S. and Latin America We are thrilled to partner with the Cinemark team to bring their moviegoers our Super Premium ScreenX experience, which is uniquely differentiated from what they can stream at home or on a mobile device. "
-Don Savant, CEO, CJ 4DPLEX Americas
Adding ScreenX auditoriums to select theatres builds on Cinemark's commitment to offering our moviegoers a truly immersive, cinematic experience that cannot be replicated at home, said Damian Wardle, Cinemark EVP of Theatre & Technology Operations. "We look forward to expanding our big screens and offering our guests a unique way to see Hollywood's newest content.
It's an exciting time for the company as we continue to supply blockbuster tentpole films and work with filmmakers who are recognizing the format's unique ability to tell their story using ScreenX as their canvas, said Jong Ryul Kim, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX.
ScreenX theatres have grown dramatically since being introduced in 2012. In total, ScreenX is available worldwide in over 380 locations, across 38 countries.
ABOUT CJ 4DPLEX
CJ 4DPLEX is a leading, next-generation cinema technology company, headquartered in Seoul with international offices in Los Angeles and Beijing. The company has created innovative film technologies for theaters worldwide that include 'ScreenX', '4DX', and '4DX Screen' for consumers to experience films in ways that were never before possible. CJ 4DPLEX is a part of the CJ Group conglomerate that also includes entertainment powerhouses CJ CGV, the fifth largest theater chain in the world, and CJ ENM (CJ Entertainment & Media), who produced the Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and SAG Awards winning film, "Parasite". CJ 4DPLEX was named Most Innovative Company of 2017 and 2019 in Live Events by Fast Company, and the technology has been recognized with Silver at the Edison Awards in the Media and Visual Communications-Entertainment category in 2015 and 2018. ScreenX is the world's first multi-projection cinema with an immersive 270 degree field of view. By expanding the image beyond the frame and onto the walls of the theatre, ScreenX draws you into the story on the main screen and immerses you in a virtual reality like setting with cinema quality resolution. To date, there are over 381 ScreenX auditoriums around the world in 38 countries.
4DX provides moviegoers with a multi-sensory cinema-going experience, allowing audiences to connect with movies through motion, vibration, water, wind, snow, lightning, scents, and other special effects that enhance the visuals on-screen. Each 4DX auditorium incorporates motion-based seating synchronized with more than 21 different effects and optimized by a team of skilled editors. To date, there are over 784 4DX auditoriums around the world, spanning over 69 countries. 4DXScreen is a powerful combination of our super premium immersive theatre technologies of ScreenX and 4DX in one auditorium, creating a never-before-seen experience for cinemagoers. To date, there are 42 4DXScreens installed around the globe.
About Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Plano, TX, Cinemark (NYSE: CNK) is one of the largest and most influential movie theatre companies in the world. Cinemark's circuit, comprised of various brands that also include Century, Tinseltown and Rave, operates 521 theatres in 42 states domestically and 15 countries throughout South and Central America. Cinemark consistently provides an extraordinary guest experience from the initial ticket purchase to the closing credits, including Movie Club, the industry-leading exhibitor-launched subscription program and the first to reach the one-million-member milestone; the highest Luxury Lounger recliner seat penetration among the major players; XD - the No. 1 exhibitor-brand premium large format; and expansive food and beverage options to further enhance the moviegoing experience. For more information go to https://investors.cinemark.com/
GE Lighting | October 20, 2022
GE Lighting, a Savant company, continues to expand its smart home ecosystem, Cync™, with a new addition to the portfolio – Dynamic Effects. The new line will feature an assortment of smart home products with entertainment-backed features. Today, Cync unveils the first products in the new Dynamic Effects line, Cync Dynamic Effects Light Strips, with additional products making their introduction in spring of 2023.Available right in time for holiday hosting and entertaining, Cync's Dynamic Effect Lights Strips feature millions of color options and white tones, gradient effects and pre-set multicolor light shows.
Through the Cync App, powered by Savant, consumers can create distinctly original multi-color light shows and will eventually be able to mix color segments for additional lighting customization rolling out to the app early next year. Equipped with on-device music syncing, users can now enjoy synced multi-color lights and sound. Available in both an indoor and outdoor option, the new Cync Dynamic Effects Light Strips can complement any smart home to create an immersive entertainment or gaming experience for all at-home occasions this season and beyond.
With simple installation, flexible design and heavy-duty adhesive, the new Cync Dynamic Effects Indoor Light Strips can easily enhance any space. Available in a 16-foot option, the indoor light strips are cuttable and extendable up to 32 feet.
Featuring an IP65 wet rating, the Cync Dynamic Effects Outdoor Light Strips are durably designed to withstand the rigors of weather and other demanding outdoor conditions. Unlike other outdoor smart strips on the market, the Cync power supply can be exposed to outdoor elements without fear of damage or loss of power. The new outdoor light strips are also thoughtfully designed to keep their vibrant bright light overtime and feature a frosted finish to reduce pixelation and enhance haze effect.
The Cync Dynamic Effects Outdoor Light Strips are available in two lengths, 16 and 32 feet. The 16-foot strip can be extended up to 32 feet and the 32-foot strip can be extended up to 64 feet.
Control Cync Dynamic Effects Light Strips away from home without a hub via the Cync App, powered by Savant or seamlessly pair with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for hands-free voice control.
The new Cync Dynamic Effects Indoor and Outdoor light strips and extensions are now available at Best Buy and bestbuy.com and will be rolling out to other retailers early next year.
About GE Lighting, a Savant company
Headquartered in East Cleveland, Ohio, our roots date back nearly 130 years to Thomas Edison and the invention of the world's first light bulb. Today, as part of Savant Systems Inc. we're bringing the future to light by ensuring brighter lives and a more sustainable world through innovation and energy efficiency in lamps, switches, fixtures and so much more. We're also unleashing the ultimate personalized living experience through a growing suite of smart home products that help consumers connect with confidence and experience the comfort, quality and security for which GE branded products are known. Learn more at gelighting.com.