TV Upfronts 2018 Presentation & Party Schedule: More Corporate Consolidation, Fewer Agency Bashes, Kimmel Returns

Deadline | 5/1/2018 | Nellie Andreeva
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After pulling out of ABC’s upfront presentation last year following his newborn son’s surgery, Jimmy Kimmel will make a welcome return for his 15th roast of the broadcast networks at the Lincoln Center during Upfront Week beginning May 13 in New York.

Corporate sibling continue to merge their upfront events. Over the past few years, NBC’s presentation expanded to include all NBCUniversal networks, which previously held their own upfronts; TNT & TBS’ presentation became a Turner event spanning all nets; Fox’s presentation added a segment about its cable siblings; ESPN and ESPN Deportes merged their presentations; and the 20th Century Fox TV private reception was folded into the Fox party.

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The trend continues this year with an Upfront Week staple, Adult Swim’s Wednesday night bash. The event, always headlined by a top music act (past performers included Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus), is being rebranded as a Turner Upfront Party this year. Absorbing truTV’s Hang After Party, the Turner party will keep the Terminal 5 location of the Adult Swim gathering...
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