Ad buyers and TV network executives converged in New York City last week for a series of splashy, star-studded events. Jennifer Hudson sang. The cast of “Roseanne” reunited. There was lots of trash talking aimed at Facebook and Google. There was a new show about a magician who consults for the FBI.
But there was something missing among the round of TV upfront presentations, during which networks try and sell advertisers on their new crop of upcoming shows: lots of projects spun out of digital media companies.
To read more on why digital media companies are making slow progress when it comes to TV, click here.
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