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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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NBC Announces New Approach to Upfronts!

Post by: Sal

Source: The Futon Critic

NBC Universal today announced an innovative, client-centric approach to its traditional Upfront presentation that will include the announcement of a year-round programming schedule in April; a series of one-on-one client meetings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; and a spotlight event on May 12 that will showcase the platforms and capabilities of the larger NBC Universal company.

"A business-as-usual approach no longer applies in today's multi-platform media environment," said Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC Universal. "The traditional primetime presentation shines a light on only one piece of what our company has to offer. This new approach gives our clients an early look at NBC's scheduling strategy and allows us to showcase the full suite of creative advertising solutions and customized services that NBC Universal is uniquely positioned to provide to the marketplace."

As part of the new selling process, NBC Entertainment will take the unprecedented step of unveiling a full, 52-week primetime programming schedule in early April. Over a three-day period in New York, Ben Silverman and Mark Graboff, Co-Chairmen of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, will meet with advertisers and agency partners to allow for a more collaborative dialogue with clients about the advertising opportunities presented in the schedule.

Silverman said: "There is an insatiable desire for new content year round, and we want to satisfy that need and be efficient at the same time." Graboff added: "By getting a jump start on the season we can start the dialogue now and continue it throughout the year, ensuring a productive process with our clients that allows for more robust, integrated campaigns."

Immediately following the network's schedule presentation, NBC Universal's sales team will begin a series of client meetings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to discuss the new schedule as well as detail the numerous opportunities and capabilities available across the NBCU portfolio.

"This marks the next step in the evolution we began with our partners one year ago, to create a more powerful connection between our clients and consumers through innovative, targeted and custom marketing solutions," said Mike Pilot, President, NBC Universal Sales and Marketing. "The new Upfront process allows us to continue our 'customer-first' approach, as we work together to create new advertising models, define more effective metrics and provide a better return on our clients' investments."

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