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Jimmy Kimmel Does What He Can to Help Disney Attract Advertisers

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From a Lincoln Center stage, Jimmy Kimmel looked out at nearly 3,000 empty seats that, in any other year, would have been filled for The Walt Disney Company’s annual presentation to advertisers.

“I forgot to delete this from my iCal,” he said in video presented to the media giant’s advertising clients.

In reality, the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Disney’s ABC network, was nowhere near the New York landmark, having filmed his segment in front of a green screen at home.

The computer-generated set was one of many concessions that networks have made as the coronavirus pandemic shut down the upfronts, a series of springtime events where advertisers attend canapé-and-cocktail parties and celebrity-studded showcases meant to hype the fall television season.

“You want shrimp? Next year we’ll give you shrimp,” Mr. Kimmel told the ad buyers watching him from home this year. “But in the meantime, we need cash.”

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The advertising industry is still feeling out how to do business in the pandemic. Major spenders such as Anheuser-Busch and L’Oreal scaled back marketing. Many others are shying away from long-term promises to buy commercial time and opting for deals made on short notice.

Flexibility has never been more important as companies scrambled to adjust their reactions to the news: first opting for caution during the pandemic and then, in recent days, pausing some ad campaigns out of sensitivity to the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.

With theaters closed in New York, media companies have resorted to less elaborate presentations to keep advertisers interested. Following events by NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS and other companies, Disney put on what it called a “virtual roadshow” made up of seven presentations filled with sizzle reels backed by triumphant music.

Executives hyped upcoming shows from various Disney channels: an FX dramas starring Jeff Bridges and Matthew McConaughey; a detective thriller on ABC from David E. Kelley; an ESPN documentary about Tom Brady. There were appearances Alex Rodriguez, Gordon Ramsay, David Muir, Robin Roberts and Bear Grylls.

In a presentation shown to reporters, Jeff Meacham, an actor from ABC’s “Black-ish,” had a conversation with a Barbie doll. Ryan Seacrest, who hosts “American Idol,” called Disney a “reach machine” for its popularity with multiple generations. Kerry Washington, who stars in “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu, talked up product placement opportunities.

The topic of production delays laid bare the effect of the pandemic. The new season of the National Geographic show “Genius,” featuring Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin, halted filming with two episodes left. “Supermarket Sweep,” an ABC game show hosted by Leslie Jones, was stalled just before filming was set to start. After the death of George Floyd, Disney added a note to the presentations expressing support for the black community, saying that the company was “struggling to make sense of all recent tragedies” and that it was “outraged by the killing of George Floyd among so many others.”

TV viewership has surged during the pandemic, but companies have slashed budgets for commercials by more than 40 percent, according to the research firm Kantar. Ad spots, which had grown steadily more expensive in recent years, have sold for 20 percent or more below their usual rates, media buyers said.

Disney’s ad revenue is expected to slump $1.4 billion this year and will not fully recover for another two years, according to a forecast from the research firm MoffettNathanson.

“Many advertisers are unable to commit to budgets, and many TV networks don’t have finished product to sell,” said Tim Nollen, an analyst with Macquarie Capital, in a note to investors last month.


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  • Frequently Asked Questions and Advice

    Updated June 5, 2020

    • How many people have lost their jobs due to coronavirus in the U.S.?

      The unemployment rate fell to 13.3 percent in May, the Labor Department said on June 5, an unexpected improvement in the nation’s job market as hiring rebounded faster than economists expected. Economists had forecast the unemployment rate to increase to as much as 20 percent, after it hit 14.7 percent in April, which was the highest since the government began keeping official statistics after World War II. But the unemployment rate dipped instead, with employers adding 2.5 million jobs, after more than 20 million jobs were lost in April.

    • Will protests set off a second viral wave of coronavirus?

      Mass protests against police brutality that have brought thousands of people onto the streets in cities across America are raising the specter of new coronavirus outbreaks, prompting political leaders, physicians and public health experts to warn that the crowds could cause a surge in cases. While many political leaders affirmed the right of protesters to express themselves, they urged the demonstrators to wear face masks and maintain social distancing, both to protect themselves and to prevent further community spread of the virus. Some infectious disease experts were reassured by the fact that the protests were held outdoors, saying the open air settings could mitigate the risk of transmission.

    • How do we start exercising again without hurting ourselves after months of lockdown?

      Exercise researchers and physicians have some blunt advice for those of us aiming to return to regular exercise now: Start slowly and then rev up your workouts, also slowly. American adults tended to be about 12 percent less active after the stay-at-home mandates began in March than they were in January. But there are steps you can take to ease your way back into regular exercise safely. First, “start at no more than 50 percent of the exercise you were doing before Covid,” says Dr. Monica Rho, the chief of musculoskeletal medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. Thread in some preparatory squats, too, she advises. “When you haven’t been exercising, you lose muscle mass.” Expect some muscle twinges after these preliminary, post-lockdown sessions, especially a day or two later. But sudden or increasing pain during exercise is a clarion call to stop and return home.

    • My state is reopening. Is it safe to go out?

      States are reopening bit by bit. This means that more public spaces are available for use and more and more businesses are being allowed to open again. The federal government is largely leaving the decision up to states, and some state leaders are leaving the decision up to local authorities. Even if you aren’t being told to stay at home, it’s still a good idea to limit trips outside and your interaction with other people.

    • What’s the risk of catching coronavirus from a surface?

      Touching contaminated objects and then infecting ourselves with the germs is not typically how the virus spreads. But it can happen. A number of studies of flu, rhinovirus, coronavirus and other microbes have shown that respiratory illnesses, including the new coronavirus, can spread by touching contaminated surfaces, particularly in places like day care centers, offices and hospitals. But a long chain of events has to happen for the disease to spread that way. The best way to protect yourself from coronavirus — whether it’s surface transmission or close human contact — is still social distancing, washing your hands, not touching your face and wearing masks.

    • What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

      Common symptoms include fever, a dry cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Some of these symptoms overlap with those of the flu, making detection difficult, but runny noses and stuffy sinuses are less common. The C.D.C. has also added chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache and a new loss of the sense of taste or smell as symptoms to look out for. Most people fall ill five to seven days after exposure, but symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days.

    • How can I protect myself while flying?

      If air travel is unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Most important: Wash your hands often, and stop touching your face. If possible, choose a window seat. A study from Emory University found that during flu season, the safest place to sit on a plane is by a window, as people sitting in window seats had less contact with potentially sick people. Disinfect hard surfaces. When you get to your seat and your hands are clean, use disinfecting wipes to clean the hard surfaces at your seat like the head and arm rest, the seatbelt buckle, the remote, screen, seat back pocket and the tray table. If the seat is hard and nonporous or leather or pleather, you can wipe that down, too. (Using wipes on upholstered seats could lead to a wet seat and spreading of germs rather than killing them.)

    • Should I wear a mask?

      The C.D.C. has recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a shift in federal guidance reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms. Until now, the C.D.C., like the W.H.O., has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. Masks don’t replace hand washing and social distancing.

    • What should I do if I feel sick?

      If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.


Companies canceled between 15 and 20 percent of third quarter spending commitments with ABC, up from 5 to 10 percent normally, said Rita Ferro, Disney’s ad sales chief, in an interview.

Networks hope that sales recover as golf and other sports return. To lure advertising dollars, networks are dangling flexible payment terms.

“People and brands are starting to feel a little more — I’m not going to say ‘comfortable’ with the new normal, but understanding that they have to get back into the market,” Ms. Ferro said.

Disney has a new chief executive, Bob Chapek, who replaced Robert A. Iger in February and then had to announce that Disney’s profit fell more than 90 percent in its most recent quarter. The head of streaming, Kevin Mayer, left Disney last month to become the chief executive of TikTok.

The whiplash informed Mr. Kimmel’s virtual monologue, which was dotted with fake applause.

“We are a mess,” he said. “We don’t know who our boss is.”

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Peak TV Hits a New Peak, With 532 Scripted Shows

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It has been on a steep upward trajectory for years, and in 2019, it finally happened.

There were more than 500 scripted television series in the United States last year, a high. The estimated number: 532 comedies, dramas and limited series that were broadcast or streamed, according to the research department of the cable network FX, which tabulates and releases the figure every year.

It marked the first time the 500-show threshold had been crossed, representing a 7 percent increase over the number of scripted shows in 2018.

The 2019 total was 52 percent more than the 349 shows that existed in 2013, the year that streaming started to become a habit for many viewers, with the debut of “House of Cards” on Netflix. And it’s a jump of 153 percent over the 210 series available in 2009.

The FX tally did not include reality shows, daytime dramas or children’s series. If those were included, the number would swell to significantly more than 1,000.

The 532 figure denotes scripted fictional shows, including the final seasons of “Game of Thrones” and “The Big Bang Theory,” as well as critics’ favorites like “Fleabag,” “Succession” and “PEN15.” It includes Dick Wolf’s army of shows — “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “FBI” — as well as Greg Berlanti’s prolific output, an oeuvre led by “Riverdale” and “You.”

The number also includes a slew of shows that did not break out in an increasingly crowded field. For instance, there was Netflix’s “Another Life,” a 10-episode series about astronauts searching for the origins of an alien artifact. It also included the first half of the fifth season of “Fuller House,” which centered on D.J. Tanner turning 40 and a midseason finale concluding with a surprise proposal amid a flash-mob dance sequence.

Streaming services once again helped drive the growth. Last year, Netflix plowed as much as $15 billion into original content. Apple joined the streaming party in November, with Apple TV Plus. Its slate of new shows was led by “The Morning Show,” a drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon that cost an estimated $120 million for its first season. Disney added to the almost overwhelming number of viewing options when it unveiled Disney Plus weeks later. Its buzziest show was “The Mandalorian,” a “Star Wars” series that took off thanks, in part, to the viral appeal of the character known as Baby Yoda.

The change has come on quickly. According to FX, there were 24 series from so-called online services in 2013. That same year, there were 131 series from the broadcast networks and 161 basic cable shows. Five years later, in 2018, the streaming platforms accounted for 160 series, more than the number of shows made by the networks (146) or basic cable (144).

For 2019, FX did not distinguish between streaming and cable — John Landgraf, the FX chairman, has argued that measure was antiquated — but online services are now the dominant players in television.

In 2015, Mr. Landgraf argued there was “simply too much television” and coined the term “Peak TV.” He predicted that an inevitable decline was likely to set in soon. Instead, the growth has seemed endless.

And it is not just the streaming services. Even the old guard made more shows last year.

HBO had so much programming in 2019 that, for the first time, first-episode runs of some of its series spilled into Monday, rather than the channel’s traditional Sunday night slot that was once home to “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.” Last year, the network said it planned to air 150 hours of original scripted content, a 50 percent increase from 2018. In May, it will fully commit to streaming, with the unveiling of a new platform, HBO Max.

There is now so much TV that even the people who watch it for a living have had a hard time keeping up. “The idea that you could cover it all is gone,” said Willa Paskin, a television critic for Slate.

Matt Roush, a senior critic for TV Guide Magazine, pointed out a seemingly innocuous upcoming day on the calendar: “February 6, a Thursday, there are six major series premiering,” he said. “A network sitcom, a network drama with Edie Falco, a big USA Network project, plus another season of ‘The Sinner’ with Matt Bomer in it. There’s a CW show. And this ‘Interrogation’ thing on CBS All Access.”

Netflix and Apple have major releases planned for Feb. 7 — “Locke & Key” for Netflix; “Mythic Quest,” a live-action comedy for Apple.

“That’s the next day!” Mr. Roush said. “And ‘Homeland’ is Sunday. Every week is, ‘Oh my God!’ Everyday is an ‘Oh my god!’ It’s an embarrassment of riches, but also a calamity of overkill.”

Ms. Paskin said the calculus for reviewing a show has changed as well — sometimes it includes reader input, in addition to the cast and the network that makes it. An HBO show, for instance, is something that she would almost automatically watch, even if she didn’t plan to review it.

“The fact that it’s on HBO means that I watched it,” she said. “A drama on HBO — for now, until HBO Max has like 200 shows — seems to me like a more serious proposition than a lot of other network offerings.”

Ms. Paskin estimated that she had at least sampled 150 series, at some point, of the 532 series that ran in 2019. But sometimes it was all too much.

“There were lots of shows I hadn’t seen, but I’d heard of,” she said. “But there were also totally a handful of shows that I was like, ‘I don’t even know what that is.’”

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Confidential Videos Show Why Navy SEALs Reported Edward Gallagher

Producers Jessica Dimmock and Zackary Canepari

Combat video, text messages and confidential interviews with members of the Navy SEALs obtained by The New York Times reveal chilling details about the conduct of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a bona fide badass with a chest full of medals.

Trained as a medic, sniper and explosives expert, Gallagher was the consummate leader of Alpha Platoon, SEAL Team 7, part of the Navy’s elite commando force. But when his own men said he committed war crimes, it sent shock waves up the chain of command — reaching all the way to the commander in chief.

Gallagher’s case continues to roil the Navy even after his acquittal on the most severe charges, and the public debate on Fox News and Twitter has widened the rift between President Trump and some top military leaders.

What exactly happened in Iraq in 2017 that so alarmed Gallagher’s brothers in arms? And why has the case resonated with Trump and his political base?

On this episode of “The Weekly,” members of SEAL Team 7 tell Navy investigators that Gallagher was a reckless leader with a disturbing hunger for violence. They say they spent much of their time protecting Iraqi civilians from their battle-crazed chief instead of going after ISIS. And never-before-released video from the SEALs’ deployment shows Gallagher kneeling beside a defenseless ISIS captive moments before Gallagher plunged his knife into the prisoner’s neck.

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Dave Philipps is a national correspondent covering veterans and the military, and won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Since joining The Times in 2014, he has covered the military community from the ground up, focusing largely on the unintended consequences of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of pages of photos, transcripts and investigative reports, as well as videos from Iraq were used to report this episode of “The Weekly.” It features confidential Navy interviews with the SEALs, who had never spoken publicly outside Gallagher’s trial. One Navy source was particularly helpful, but gave Dave only a 24-hour window to obtain materials.

[The full episode will be available to Times subscribers in the U.S. on Monday, Feb. 3]

Updates on some of the people in this episode of “The Weekly.”

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Edward Gallagher retired from the Navy with full honors on Nov. 30. He lives with his wife and family near the beach in Florida. The Navy recently returned items seized during the murder investigation, including a custom-made hatchet he took with him to Iraq.

Corey Scott, the SEAL medic who said he — not Gallagher — had killed the wounded ISIS captive, was medically retired from the Navy this fall for problems unrelated to the Gallagher investigation. He has reached out to other members of the platoon to talk. None have responded.

Pete Hegseth, a guest host on Fox & Friends on Fox News, continues to praise President Trump’s decision to intervene on Gallagher’s behalf. Hegseth has posted Twitter messages urging the president to pardon other service members convicted of war crimes.

  • After Gallagher’s acquittal for all but one relatively minor charge, his case set in motion a dispute between the Pentagon hierarchy committed to enforcing good order and discipline, and a president who has come to distrust the commanders running the military.


Senior Story Editors Dan Barry, Liz O. Baylen, and Liz Day
Director of Photography Boaz Freund
Video Editors David Herr and Pierre Takal
Associate Producers Brennan Cusack, Lora Moftah, and Valerie Schenkman

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G.M. Leaves Lordstown Behind in Hard Bet on Future

Producer/Director Alyse Shorland

With its focus on a future of self-driving cars and renewable fuels, General Motors is leaving some manufacturing plants like the one in Lordstown, Ohio, in its rearview. Workers who spent a lifetime at the plant — and constructed their lives around G.M. as they built the company’s cars — are losing their jobs. But this round of layoffs is different from the decades-old shifts in the auto industry. Competition from Silicon Valley, pressure from Wall Street and fundamental changes in how we get around are forcing the company to transform itself. It may be easy to say it’s not fair, but the American economy may not have room for fairness anymore.

“The Weekly” visits Lordstown to talk to some workers before their last shift, and our correspondent sits down with G.M.’s chief executive, Mary Barra, who says she’s trying to save the car company.


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Sabrina Tavernise is a national correspondent for The Times who has been traveling to states like Ohio for nearly a decade to report on social and economic changes. For 10 years, she was a foreign correspondent in Russia, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey, where she was The Times’s Istanbul bureau chief. Follow her on Twitter at @stavernise.

  • The closing of the Lordstown plant has disrupted thousands of lives and upended politics in a county that flipped from Democrat to Republican in the 2016 presidential race, and where candidates are making their pitches for 2020. Read Sabrina’s article about Lordstown voters’ ambivalence toward President Trump.

  • The president tried to throw Lordstown a lifeline in May when he announced that a small, little-known manufacturer of electric vehicles would buy the G.M. plant. It isn’t a done deal, and few people had much faith it would replace many of the lost jobs.

  • When the plant made its last car in March, it marked the end of a way of life that Lordstown had known for a half-century, when almost everything in town revolved around the G.M. plant.

  • G.M.’s announcement in November 2018 that it was shuttering the Lordstown plant and four others caught many people by surprise. Wall Street responded enthusiastically to the news, sending the carmaker’s stock up nearly 5 percent that day.

  • Listen to Sabrina talk about the political fallout of the G.M. plant shutdown on “The Daily” podcast.


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