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TV Upfront

TV Upfront and Digital NewFront 2018 Calendar

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JoJo Siwa, a teen star on YouTube and Nickelodeon, at the 2017 Kids Choice Awards. She will undoubtedly be a presence in pitches to advertisers this year.
JoJo Siwa, a teen star on YouTube and Nickelodeon, at the 2017 Kids Choice Awards. She will undoubtedly be a presence in pitches to advertisers this year. Credit: Nickelodeon

It's that time of year again: TV networks and digital publishers are making their annual pitches to media buyers and marketers in an arms race to snag dollars for next season.

The newly combined Discovery and Scripps networks hosted a coming out party of sorts on April 10, with president and CEO David Zaslav touting the company's "functional content" as an alternative to the plethora of scripted programming, much of which is he said is not ad supported.

A&E Networks put women front-and-center at its presentation in mid-March, which took place just days after former president and CEO Nancy Dubuc said she was stepping down from the company to lead Vice Media.

Certainly, thing don't always go as planned. Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media was forced to cancel its celebration at the Rainbow Room in March thanks to a snowstorm that barreled through New York City.

TV behemoths are expected to continue to emphasize their growing ability to more precisely target audiences, the better to resemble their digital rivals, while touting their premium and brand-safe content, which they'll argue sets them above digital.

Non-traditional upfront players like Twitter and Conde Nast will continue to try to steal market share from TV stalwarts during the Interactive Advertising Bureau's annual Digital Content NewFronts. But this year the two-week pitchfest in New York City has been cut to just a week, complemented by a new West Coast version planned for a week in the fourth quarter. To stay up-to-date on where and when the biggest presentations and parties will take place, use this continuously updated calandear. You can sort by media company or date.

Upfronts/NewFronts Calendar 2018
Nickelodeon March 6, 5 p.m. Palace Theatre
Ovation March 7, 5 p.m. City Winery
A&E Networks March 15, 6:30 p.m. New York Public Library
Crown Media March 21, 6 p.m. Rainbow Room
IFC March 29, 12 p.m. 345 Park Ave South
Discovery April 10, 4 p.m. Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Azteca America April 18, 6 p.m. The Times Center
National Geographic April 18, 6 p.m. 214 Lafayette St
The New York Times April 30, 9 a.m. The Times Center
BBC News April 30, 12 p.m. The Dream Downtown
Viacom (NewFront) April 30, 3 p.m. The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
Ellen Digital Network April 30, 4 p.m. Lightbox
Twitter April 30, 6 p.m. TBD
Disney Digital Network May 1, 9 a.m. TBD
Conde Nast May 1, 3 p.m. The Penthouse at 100 Barclay
Oath May 1, 6 p.m. TBD
Hulu May 2, 9 a.m. Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
ESPN (NewFront) May 2, 12 p.m. Cedar Lake
Refinery29 May 2, 3 p.m. The Town Hall
Junkin Media May 2, 6 p.m. TBD
Meredith May 3, 9 a.m. TBD
Group Nine Media May 3, 12 p.m. Skylight Modern
DigitasLBI May 3, 2 p.m. TBD
Google/YouTube May 3, 6 p.m. Radio City Music Hall
Studio71 May 4, 12 p.m. TBD
Screenvision May 10, 6 p.m. PlayStation Theater
Univision May 14 & May 15, presentation times vary Spring Studios
NBC Universal May 14, 11 a.m. Radio City Music Hall
Fox May 14, 4 p.m. The Beacon Theatre
ESPN May 15, 8:30 a.m. Minskoff Theatre
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