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Published: April 16, 2008 at 10:39 PM GMT
Last Updated: April 17, 2008 at 10:39 PM GMT
Bravo is my absolute favorite network. It’s the network I watch most often and the first I flip to whenever I channel surf. So when I heard Lauren Zalaznick, President of Bravo Media and Oxygen Media, tell journalists over breakfast at Craft yesterday that the network’s strategy for continued success would be to Be Bravo, More Often and in More Places, I was thrilled.
And it seems my obsession is typical of most Bravo fans. Regardless of volume, though Bravo plans to reach 90 million homes this year, viewers are deeply engaged and passionate about the content. “We’re all about consistently super-serving our passionate and I would say sometimes fanatical viewers” said Susan Malfa, Senior Vice President of Ad Sales.
Zalaznick went on to define “Bravo” (the adjective) as young, affluent, entertaining and educated. “Bravo more often” means 45 percent more original content this year and “in More Places” means experiencing the Bravo brands in the market, on and off air and online. Both Malfa and Zalaznick referenced the Top Chef Cookbook as an example of the ways in which viewers could experience Bravo in more places.
Last night I assembled some of my closest friends to watch the finale of The Real Housewives of New York City followed by the season 3 premiere of Workout. “What will we do now that Housewives is finished?” and “Why hasn’t Jackie [Warner] done a Workout exercise
Despite the loss of Project Runway to Lifetime, Bravo will air the fifth season of the hit fashion design competition this July. Of the loss of the show, Zalaznick said “I’ll say it straight out. Regarding last week’s news, as you can well imagine, I have not much to say. It’s ongoing litigation and ‘no comment’ starts here and ends here and that’s what I have to say.”
In addition to a new season of Project Runway, Bravo’s returning series include Flipping Out, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Million Dollar Listing, The Millionaire Matchmaker, The Real Housewives of New York City, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Shear Genius, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, Top Chef and Top Design.
Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Bravo Media, unveiled a number of new series. My favorites were Date My Ex and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Date My Ex stars Jo De La Rosa and Slade Smiley of The Real Housewives of Orange County. It’s not your typical reality dating series. De La Rosa searches for love in
The Real Housewives of New Jersey is the newest addition to Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise. It will chronicle the lives of five
Of the series in development, two look equally entertaining and appalling- Miami Social and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.
Miami Social peers into the lives of a group of attractive, wealthy and young professionals living in
Tabatha’s Salon Takeover (working title) follows Tabatha Coffey, who was last seen in the first season of Shear Genius, as she seeks to improve salons across America. In a preview clip, Coffey scolds hair stylists for chewing gum, insisting that they spit it out immediately, into Coffey’s hand. “I don’t think I’ll ever chew gum again” says one of the stylists. After seeing the clip, I don’t think I will either.
Maybe country music is more your speed. You can get plenty of it every Wednesday night on ABC’s “Nashville,” which most weeks is chock-full of original country tunes. Here’s a standout song from the show’s third season, “Gasoline and Matches,” performed by Connie Britton and one of this season’s outstanding guest actresses, Broadway star Laura Benanti, who has been appearing regularly on “Nashville” and this past Sunday held her own opposite Ed Asner in a guest shot on CBS’ “The Good Wife.” Sticking with the superhero theme above, Benanti has also been cast as the mother of the title character in the pilot for CBS’ “Supergirl.”Read More
The deficiencies are that traditional television has never gotten down to the core of the business which would be the interest of advertisers -- to measure commercial viewing and commercial ratings. It has always been using that surrogate of program ratings that translate down to estimated commercial ratings. But now in the digital world, the measurability is there. The accountability is there. There is no reason why an advertiser couldn’t know that the commercial was viewed or not. And of course the clutter of traditional television (with an enormous amount of ads squeezed into a pod and an enormous amount of pods forcing viewers to watch 20 minutes of advertising out of every hour of content) has trained the viewer to avoid advertising. There are so many tools now – the DVR – and just multi-tasking has created so many ways for the viewer to avoid advertising that I don’t believe television advertisers are really getting what they think they are getting. Television is a valuable medium but it is time to move into this next level of measurement.Read More