How the Pandemic Turned the Television Upfronts Upside Down | Podcast

On this week’s episode of “TheWrap-Up,” we discuss how TV’s biggest time of the year has changed

Last Updated: May 17, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

Early May is usually an important time of year for the broadcast television business — with billions of ad dollars being spent — but with the coronavirus pandemic grinding Hollywood to a fault, this year is not going to be the same.

On this week’s episode of “TheWrap-Up” podcast, hosts Sharon Waxman and Daniel Goldblatt were joined by TheWrap’s Jenny Maas and Tim Baysinger to discuss how the pandemic has affected the biggest advertising season of the year for the television industry.

It’s going to be a significantly less robust upfront than it usually is,” Baysinger explained. “Usually around this time, advertisers are seeing trailers for all the new fall shows and they’re starting their conversations about which ones they want to make bets on. And then usually, it picks up over the next month and then by July you usually see a lot of the upfront business being done. But that’s not gonna happen and no one really knows when it’s going to start.

He added, “I hear some ad sales executives tell me they think only half their normal advertisers are even ready to make commitments because some of them are figuring out their own business. You have whole categories like travel, tourism, even movie studios that don’t know what they’re going to spend money on, if they’re going to spend money. So it’s really a lot of uncertainty right now.”

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“TheWrap-Up” is hosted each week by founder and editor in chief Sharon Waxman and assistant managing editor Daniel Goldblatt. The pair dive into the biggest headlines of the week in the world of movies, television, streaming and tech. Each episode features two deeper dive segments featuring our knowledgable and talented team of Wrap Pro reporters, offering up their in-depth, expert analysis you won’t hear anywhere else.

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